Pingyao

  • I learned that the chairs can rotate in the train, Andy Oh brought a lot of candies, and Henry Ma loves wearing headphones.
  • I learned that Pingyao makes a lot of vinegar and food, and I also learned that Pingyao was the “Wall Street” of ancient China.
  • The 2 successful aspects of the Pingyao Challenge are: 1. We learn about the city and the positions of different buildings 2.  We get to work and cooperate together
  • The funniest moment on the trip was the arm wrestle battle during dinner.
  • The most challenging aspect of the trip is probably finding different places, but I have good memories and can memorize where the different places are.
  • The most memorable experience in Pingyao is the part when we were walking on the wall surrounding the ancient Pingyao city because we get to see how well-preserved Pingyao is.
  • My recommendations for the trip next year are: 1. Better food next year 2. Better activities, and more tasting tours 3. More free time after dinner 4. Maybe better hotels
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Science: Designing Polymers Journal 3

 

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This is the infographic for my 3rd science polymer journal. It was created by using Piktochart.

Link to Piktochart: https://piktochart.com/

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Science: Designing Polymers Journal 1

 

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This is my infographic for my science project journal 1.

Link to Piktochart: https://piktochart.com/

Citation:

“Polymer.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 29 Apr. 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polymer.

Perkins, Sid. “Explainer: What Are Polymers?” Science News for Students, 13 Oct. 2017, www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/explainer-what-are-polymers.

“Borax.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 1 May 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borax.

“Polyvinyl Alcohol.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 30 Apr. 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyvinyl_alcohol.

“Synthetic – Dictionary Definition.” Vocabulary.com, www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/synthetic.

“Natural Resources & Synthetic Materials.” Natural Resources & Synthetic Materials | Chapter 6: Chemical Change | Middle School Chemistry, www.middleschoolchemistry.com/lessonplans/chapter6/lesson12.

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Science: Designing Polymers Journal 2

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This is my infographic for my science project journal 2.

Link to Piktochart: https://piktochart.com/

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Tris Prior: the Weak or the Brave?

Have you ever wondered about what it’s like to live in a seemingly utopian city with strict laws and perfect orders? Divergent is a perfect book for that. It talked about the main character, Tris, and her life in a seemingly peaceful city with strict laws and people living “perfect” lives. In a dystopian novel called Divergent, Veronica Roth’s use of characterization of Tris (Beatrice) tells us that you cannot judge a person’s ability by his/her look.

Tris, who appears to be a small but also smart girl, is frail in other people’s eyes but has a strong will and a brave heart on the inside. Throughout the entire book, Tris was seen as a small girl. According to the first chapter, Tris, who was still called Beatrice, has a “narrow face, wide, round eyes, and a long thin nose” (Roth 2). Also, even Tris herself agreed that she looks small: “I still look like a little girl, though sometime in the last few months I turned sixteen” (Roth 2). These show that Tris is a small girl and she is not outstanding at all compare to other people in her city, and her young appearance also impacted the events later in the story. Her look also impacted what other people think of her. Tris was constantly seen as a child and underestimated in the story. Tris’s main enemy in the story is Peter. Because Tris came from the Abnegation(selfless) faction, Peter viewed her as a “stiff” and pulled a lot of pranks on her. When Tris came back from the bathroom in a morning, she found out that “the word ‘Stiff’ is spray-painted across my(Tris’s) mattress in red. The word is written smaller along the bed frame, and again on my pillow…Peter stands behind me(Tris), whistling as he fluffs his pillow” (Roth 105). The rivalry and hatred between them were shown in a lot of different parts in the story, and this also shows us that Peter thinks he is superior to Tris. In another part in the story, when Tris got Peter under control in a hallway, Peter despised Tris and said “You won’t shoot me”; however, Tris shot Peter, though not in a lethal place. Also, during the War Game, everyone but Four thought Tris is a child and even her friend Christina “gives me(Tris) a patronizing look, the way people sometimes look at children when they act too adult” (Roth 154). Tris was underestimated all the time, and that also proved that she’s not an outstanding person in other people’s eyes, and you cannot judge a person by their look. Tris’s actual personality and ability are far different from her look. There are many parts of the book that proves her bravery and intelligence. In page 140, when all her other teammates are arguing with each other for a tactic, Tris actually calmed down to think of what she should do: “We can’t act until we know where the other team is…The best way to find them is not to argue about how to search for them, or how many to send out in a search party. It’s to climb as high as possible” (Roth 140). This tells us that Tris, unlike the others, is smart enough to think of a solution, and it also tells us that Tris is brave enough to come up with the idea of climbing the tall Ferris wheel barehanded. Tris’s intelligence also appeared in many different places, including the time when the simulation attack happened. When everyone else was under control and she was still awake, she realized the problem and made her decision quickly: to follow what everyone else is doing in order to stay undiscovered as a divergent, who is not affected by the simulation serum. She thought, “I(Tris) can’t stay here alone…I mimic them as best I can, but the rhythm feels strange to me” (Roth 417). She was in a life-endangering situation, and she was still able to make up her mind, which is not an easy thing to do even for us. Although she may seem weak on the outside, she is a strong and intelligent person on the inside.

In conclusion, a person’s look cannot limit the person’s ability, and judging someone by their look is not right. We should all investigate and learn about the true side of someone before making our decision about them, and we shouldn’t be distracted by their appearance.

 

Picture citation:

Navarro, Christine. “Divergent in the Classroom.” Ave Maria Press, Christine Navarro, 2 May 2014, www.avemariapress.com/engagingfaith/2014/05/divergent-classroom/.

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SLC 2019

This is my SLC (student lead conference) ppt for my 2019 Slc.

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The Lacemaker and the Princess: Truth or Appearance?

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In The Lacemaker and the Princess, the author (Kimberly Brubaker Bradley) believed that truth of a thing is sometimes different from the look, and knowing the truth is more important because knowing the truth can help you and knowing the surface will do nothing to you, and sometimes it will even lie to you.

According to the story, when the country was still seemingly peaceful, the protagonist’s wise brother George warned the protagonist about a potential war and told the protagonist, “I want you to see more than one side of the world”(Bradley 125), but the protagonist didn’t take his advise and still stood on the Royals point of view instead of keeping an open mind and look from both sides, and she lost her best chance to leave the country for doing this. This told us that listening to others, especially the ones with more experiences, is good for us, and the appearance of a thing might fool you.

Also, on page 135, Thérèse the royal princess told the protagonist that she “hear rumors–about people rising against us”(Bradley 135). Even the Royals, who were not supposed to be worrying about life, had started to think about the revolution, so this is already serious enough to be considered as a problem. However, the protagonist still thought it was just a misunderstanding or rumor and thought it will not happen at all. If she had paid full attention to her words and find out what’s it like for the peasants, she might make the decision to flee and she would be safe, without consequences like George dying to save her. Sometimes listening to the warnings of the people and investigate the truth might also be helpful.

But why did people still do that? Why do they know advises are good for them but still don’t listen to it? Because sometimes we are not reasonable. According to The Lacemaker and the Princess, “People would believe what they wanted to believe” (Bradley 157), not what they should believe, so sometimes hearing and acknowledging the truth might be difficult for us, and therefore the look of something can easily trick us into believing it. But if we listen to advises and learn from them, we will prevent mistakes from happening. We should all learn to be reasonable and look for the truth instead of the appearance. Knowing the truth never hurts, and we can always benefit from it.

Source of the picture: Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. “The Lacemaker and the Princess.” Amazon, Amazon, 15 Sept. 2009, www.amazon.com/Lacemaker-Princess-Kimberly-Brubaker-Bradley/dp/1416985832.

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André, the Anti-Monarchist

Call me André, the revolutionary. I am a follower of the revolution, an anti-monarchist, a poor farmer who didn’t have enough money to pay my taxes, and one of the firsts to witness the massacre. I am a freedom fighter. I wrote these journals during the revolution, hoping that someone could see it and learn from my experience if I died during the process. As if I would let that happen to me. Anyways, you could never go back in the past, but you can always learn from the past, so please read my journals if you want to learn and avoid the mistakes I made. Enjoy.

 

During the French Revolution, a lot of things changed, big and small things. From the abolish of the monarchy to the change of our social classes, only a few things stayed the same, some good, some bad. The most important ones are probably the abolish of monarchy, the declaration of everyone’s equality and freedom, and the change in our society.

While a lot of things changed, the government after the revolution kind of stayed the same. We failed to abolish the monarchy totally since the betrayer, Napoleon, turned into the evil emperor, and us peasants are still living under the emperor’s rule, not our rule. In addition, most of our lives stayed the same, and most of our hard work during the revolution turned out to be useless Well, let’s look at the bright side, as long as we are still alive and us peasants still have a heart searching for freedom, we will end monarchy, and the time can prove us right!

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A Quick Summary of French Revolution

This is the video we made for our revolution – the French Revolution. In this video, we talked about the important events during the revolution and many other things you might be interested in. The revolution started on May 5th, 1789 and ended on Nov 9th, 1799. Thousands died during the process, and it ended after the Third Estate, the peasants got in power. Many nobles fled the country, and a lot of interesting things happened, like the competition between the Girondins and the Jacobins. To learn more about the French Revolution, watch the video below, and please enjoy.

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DT Robot Shark

This is the Robot Shark me and Henry made for the DT petting zoo. My biggest success was making it look kind of scary and connecting the wires in the right way to make it work properly. One thing I’d like to change is the shark’s tail because I want it to work better instead of occasionally wiggling is tail when no one is touching it. Overall, I think this product was successful because it attracted a lot of first graders and some of them were actually scared when the eyes shine. It was a fun project to do, and I really enjoyed it.

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