Andy

"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious" - Albert Einstein

Temple Field Trip 2019

Recently, I visited a few Chinese temples with my school. We went on this trip to study some of the ancient Chinese religions such as Taoism and Buddhism. We visited three Chinese temples, a Buddhist temple, Taoist temple, and a Confucius school. Our first destination was the Buddhist temple.

This first temple was packed. There were so many people that I even almost got lost a few times. The temple contained many small buildings in side a large courtyard. Each small building was representing one aspect of Buddhist life or one of their multitude of beliefs. By the door of every temple was a bronze banner that displayed basic information about the building such as when it was built and what was housed inside of it. In this temple, I learned that Buddhists believed that there were many jewels or ornaments that you could wear to help protect yourself against celestial  threats.

Our next stop was the Confucius school. Here I learned that there were many different people that helped with the creating of the religion. I also learned that if people cheated on the tests they will have to have a large board on their neck and walk around so everybody could know that they had cheated and be shamed.

 

 

I learned that it requires a lot of water to lift up the platform even a little bit. This surprised me because I thought water could easily lift up a block. I learned this because when the syringe was just filled with water the syringe would not lift up and I had to add water.

One challenge that I overcame was the lift breaking many times. I overcame this by using much stronger pieces. I had to double up on some pieces to make it stronger.

Something that I wish I did differently is that I would spend more time on making the project look better. I spent too much time on the design and didn’t focus on the looks. This would make the project more smooth and clean looking.

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