Where in our solar system should NASA focus future missions?

Claim: In the future, NASA should focus more on exploring in Saturn’s rings, on a moon called Enceladus.

Evidence: In the Newsela article about searching for life beyond Earth, they found out that in Saturn’s rings, they found a moon that may contain life. NASA found hydrogen molecules in the geysers of Enceladus. The chemical reaction and tart life for microbes. “We now know that Enceladus has almost all of the ingredients that you would need to support life as we know it on Earth,” Linda Spiker said. Scientists found a lot of hydrogen which living organisms need so there may be life or contain life there. Hydrogen and carbon dioxide under means that undersea microbes are producing methane gas. This is what microbes do deep below Earth’s oceans.

Reasoning: NASA should focus more on exploring Enceladus because if one day Earth can’t sustain life, we will have another place where we can go, since scientist have found things that contribute to sustaining life. Enceladus has many natural fountains. Water is an important thing we need in order to survive.  This can not only help us in the future, but this discovery can also help us advance our knowledge about outer space and our solar system. This can also show that there is life outside of earth.  “We still have a long way to go in our understanding,” said Seewald, who was not involved in the study. “Future missions to explore oceans beyond Earth will answer many of these questions.”



How big is our solar system?

Our universe contains 10 planets and billions of stars. Our solar system has 10 planets. They are separated in different groups according to their characteristics. When we did the activities in the last two days, we learned about the diameter or the actual planet and the actual distance from the sun. We converted the diameter into centimeters so 1 cm=50,000 km and we converted the actual distance from the sun, so it was actual distance divided by 100 equals the scaled distance. We took those scaled measurements and went around ISB mapping their distances. Even though we know a lot of things in our solar system, there is still many things outside we haven’t explored.

The planets in order, from the closest distance from the sun to the furthest, starting from the Sun is Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto (if you count that. As a planet). The planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, all have similar characteristics, so they are in a group called terrestrial planets. Gas giants, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, are made out of gas. That means their density is less, but they are bigger than terrestrial planets. They are also further away from the sun.

From our experience when we were mapping the planets outside on the field and the track, we used the scaled distance (meters). It took the whole class time to map it and when we got to Mars, it took a long time to walk to Jupiter. We had to walk another 110 meters. Even though it was the scaled distance, it took a long time. We had to run starting at the dome to the baseball field. After that, as we mapped the rest of the planets, we went around the baseball field and walked around the track once and then finished it at the cafeteria door, the one close to the dome. From this, it changed my mind on how big our solar system is. Since we scaled it, it took a long time but if we didn’t scale it and went with the actual number, it would take a long time. Mercury is 11.6 meters away from the sun, and the furthest planet from the sun is Pluto, 1180 meters. The actual distance from one planet to another is a very large number. It would take us a long time get to another planet not close to us. Our solar system is big, but it isn’t the biggest thing.

The Mendocino Complex Fire

Wildfire in California


“We broke the record,” said Scott McLean, a deputy chief with Cal Fire. That is the state’s fire department. “That’s one of those records you don’t want to see.” A fire started in Northern California. The Mendocino Complex Fire is technically two fires burning with about an hour’s distance between them, the Ranch Fire and the River Fire. Two fires started and then they combined forming a massive fire scorching more than 304,402 acres of land. Many homes were destroyed, and cities had to evacuate. Many plants and environments were destroyed too. This wildfire started on July 27, 2018 and it ended on September 18, 2018. Temperatures in California had increased rapidly. The extreme heat can also cause other wildfires. This event is really important, and this had a big impact on us because currently we have global warming, and this can affect it. The fire scorching trees and plants could make global warming even worse. Since there is poor air quality because of the fire, pollution will get worse. There will also be less oxygen. With this event, we can reflect back to ourselves and that gives us a warning why we shouldn’t do things that can cause a fire.

I think this event was huge and it impacted California. Since I live there, I’ve seen some wildfires but not so destructive as this one. “The area covered by the fire is about one-and-a-half times the size of New York City.” (Newsela Article) From maps and statistics of the fire, I can tell that this might be one of California’s largest fires. “It is now the largest wildfire in modern California history, scorching more than 304,402 acres” (Newsela Article).
think this event was very devastating thing, but this can help us in the future. “It is extremely fast, extremely aggressive, extremely dangerous,” said McLean. “Look how big it got, just in a matter of days. … Look how fast this Mendocino Complex went up in ranking. That doesn’t happen. That just doesn’t happen.” Not a lot of people died, but environments were destroyed, but this event already ended so it’s ok. I think that this also had a big impact on global warming. People can know that we should stop smoking because that is how most people start fires. “Years of drought have created ripe conditions for large-scale wildfires that spread rapidly. Of the five largest wildfires in state history, four have occurred since 2012.” After this event happened, I think and I want people to pay more attention to this and how this affects our world.


“Palaces, fortresses and ancient cities in Yemen destroyed by civil war.” NEWSELA, November 11, 2018.

“War-torn Yemen is losing the fight against famine.” SCMP, November 21, 2018.

“Yemen: injured Houthi rebels evacuated, raising hope of peace talks.” Guardian, December 3, 2018.

The Boxer Rebellion

The Boxers killed and massacred many people because of Westerners coming and influencing their country. They brought Christianity and other things that influenced China. The Boxers only killed them because they wanted to keep their countries traditions and cultures, so I think the Boxers don’t deserve a bad rap.

“Friends for Life” by Andrew Norriss book cover

My book “Friends for Life”, by Andrew Norriss is about a little boy, Francis, meeting a ghost called Jessica. They help other children that are in trouble and change their personality and make them a better version of themselves. Jessica helps the kids at school but what is her real purpose. Why is she still here and why can Francis and the other kids see her? [spoiler alert!] At the end, another girl tries to suicide, but Jessica told Francis and they were able to save her. After that, Jessica slowly faded into the moonlight. I think that, that is why Jessica was there. To stop someone making the same mistake as her. “If it’s true,” she said, “that I’m here to stop you all making the same mistake I did, and I’ve done it… why am I still here?” Her purpose of staying there is because she was supposed to stop the kids form making the same mistake as her, suiciding.

“The conflict is man vs self and man vs society. It talks about something that is happening all around the world, which is suicide(man vs self). Also stressing out in school and being bullied(man vs society). I think the theme is about friendship  and the it’s not to late to change. To change to become a better person, version of yourself.

For my book cover, I had a lot of symbols representing the theme of the book. You can see Francis and Jessica on the ground. The tree symbolises growth. Francis, Jessica, and the other two kids grew a lot in this book. Not only their age, but their personality and them as a person too. The sunset and the moon also represents change. The colors of the flower are pink. Pink represents friendship. The warm colors of the sunset, red, orange, and yellow, also represents love and happiness. When the four of them were together, they felt happy. Blue, purple, and black represents sadness and lost. When Jessica died, Francis and Jessica’s family were sad. Also black represents death(death of Jessica). The two birds in the tree represents trying to achieve something and freedom. “Do you have ant idea,” she said eventually, “why you can see me, when no one else can?” “No,” said Francis. “Do you?” “Not really.” Jessica looked up. “But I wonder if maybe you were the one who could tell me what I was meant to do next.” (pg. 21) They achieved saving someones life and the purpose of why Jessica was there.

“It was , like so many things in life these days, absolutely delicious.” (pg. 231) In the end, they realise how great and precious their lives are. Even though its hard, there will be happy and sweet things too.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I had a lot of things related to love like “Escape for true love”,  “Marry Demetrius or Death”, and “Desperate for Lysander” because in this play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, the theme is that love can be like a maze. Hard, difficult, and sad things can happen when you are in love. She and Lysander escaped for true love. “There, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee. And to that place the sharp Athenian law cannot pursue us…” (Line 161-165) Her father, Egeus, wants her to marry Demetrius but she doesn’t want to live a life married to Demetrius. She would rather die than be married to him. “So will I grow, so live, so die, my lord, ere I will yield my virgin patent up unto his lordship…” (line 79-82)  “Your eyes are lodestars, and your tongues sweet air more tuneable than a lark to shepherd’s ear…” – (Line 181-194) Helena describes how her appearance is very beautiful and fair.  This is what Helena and Demetrius thinks of her, a fair lady. With all this drama in the Athens, at the end of this, she has to make a decision. That’s why I put “Making a Decision” at the bottom.

Panic by Lauren Oliver

The book, Panic, by Lauren Oliver, in a way, it has a similar idea and is kind of relative to the movie Nerve, by Jeanne Ryan. My main conflict in my book is man vs self. Heather the main character overcomes her fear of thing and faces many challenges to get what she desires. She had never thought of herself as a fearless kind of person who would fight. She had a sudden terror that she was going to lose her balance and go tumbling down the rocky slop, cracking her head in the shallows. (pg. 22)From this, we can tell that she has a fear of heights but instead of turning back, she jumps off. “Heather felt nausea rising in her throat. She hated guns.” (pg. 101) She is afraid of guns too but she reached for it. She finds something and someone to fight for, and she discovers that she is braver than she thinks. It also q


The movie Nerve, by Jeanne Ryan, also portrays this type of conflict. The main character, Vee, conquer her fears of trying new things. She seems like a shy person at first, but in the end, she became a person who was a risk taker and who stood up for herself. A part in the movie tells that Vee, she has to complete this challenge her friend was supposed to do but she gave up. Vee was confident and she crossed the ladder onto the other building without panicking even though she had trouble crossing and fear of heights. That shows us that she overcame her fear. She was also very shy at the beginning and afraid at what people would see her and think of her, but in the end, she stood up for herself and other people.

Independent Reading Exposition “Panic” by Lauren Oliver

Tina Liu 8-5

 Conflict in the book, Panic

By: Lauren Oliver

In the first few paragraphs of Panic, in the exposition, had conflict. I analysed the conflict of the book that was in the exposition. I think the conflict in my book is man vs man. Technically it the protagonist vs other peoplein a competition. I also think the conflict is also man vs self. She tries to overcome difficult challenges she is afraid of. She is competing in a game called Panic. Each summer, graduating seniors play life threatening, thrilling games, set up by anonymous judgesto win a lot of money. Heather, the protagonist and the main character decides to play. She wants to play because life is not easy for her. She has to take care of caring for her little sister. The conflict is that she needs to complete different challenges in order to win the game. From the quotes and sentences below, we can tell that Heather is afraid of jumping off and that she is maybe afraid of heights, but she overcomes her fears and jumps down. This is one challenge she faces. I’ll be cheering for you, Heather had said to Natalie. The guilt was there, throbbing alongside the nausea. (pg. 22) “I’m going to jump now before I chicken out.” – Heather (pg. 22) She had a sudden terror that she was going to lose her balance and go tumbling down the rocky slop, cracking her head in the shallows. (pg. 22) Her mouth tasted a little like puke. She took a deep breath. She closed her eyes. She jumped. (pg. 23) From this, we can tell that Heather is afraid of jumping off and that she is maybe afraid of heights, but she overcomes her fears and jumps down. This is one challenge she faces.

In my life, I also have to overcome my struggles like trying new things. In my life, I have to try things that I’m afraid of sometimes like doing things that I’m uncomfortable or afraid of. Sometimes I have to read a Chinese poem or prepare a show on special occasions in front of my family. I can be a very shy person sometimes. Also with just dealing with everyday problems likesometimes I have to demonstrate something in classes. I sometimes don’t know what to do. I am afraid of embarrassing myself.I sometimes compete with other people in my hockey competitions and other sports competitions.







Am I a Humanist

Goals 2018-2019

Academic Goal: I will try to improve my math, science, and humanities skills this trimester.

I will study and do more problems to improve my skills in those subjects.

Wellness Goal: I will try and be more healthy and improve my hockey skills. 8-5 will do 30 sec to 1 minute and on of planks/squats to  improve our bodies every Monday.

I will try to eat healthy food and get a good amount of sleep. I will try to do my best in improving my hockey skills.

Personal Goal: I will try and say nice things and be nice to my brother everyday.

When he doesn’t have lunch money I will buy him lunch. I will say nice things to him everyday.