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Project Entrepreneur: Design Plan and Market Research

My group and I are planning to make a pencil case out of old books and cloth. We found this idea online, and we thought it was a really cool idea that was also able to reuse so many books that would usually just be thrown away. We are also thinking that after gutting the book, we would have a lot of paper that might go to waste, so we’re going to make paper pencils out of the book pages. Because after people have already bought our pencil case, and don’t know what they’re going to do with their old one, we plan for them to trade in their old pencil case in return for a precious plastics or hand sewn cloth keychain. Our target audience is mainly middle school students, since we think they are the group in the ISB community that has the most need of pencil cases.

Our initial design for our book cover pencil case.

Our inspiration we found online for our pencil case.

book clutch with stationary supplies

A photo of inside the pencil case from our online inspiration.




River Field Study: Data Collection 6

On Monday, April 8, we visited the Wenyu River for our 6th data collection of the year. Most of the trees were already starting to look very green, grass was sprouting, and there were many purple flowers as well. The sky was bright and it was sunny, but also cloudy at the same time. Something my group and I noticed was that the water levels were lower than before, and we had to reach farther down to record the temperature.

Picture of Samantha taking the temperature at Site 2 during the April Visit

During this field study, the LabQuest wasn’t working so unfortunately we weren’t able to record the mg/L of dissolved oxygen, but we were able to collect the temperature for all three locations. For Site 1, the temperature was 15ºC, Site 2 was 13ºC, and Site 3 was 9ºC, which you can see in the data table below. Last time, my group thought that as the temperature increases, so does the amount of dissolved oxygen. But now, we aren’t so sure, because we had asked another group who was doing dissolved oxygen as well to give us their information so that we could fill in some of the blank spaces in our data table. We found out that in January, the amount of dissolved oxygen in mg/L for Site 1 was 15.94, and for Site 2 was 16.34, with an average of 16.14 mg/L. The temperature of both sites was 5ºC.

Updated data table

The pattern we noticed last time does not make sense anymore, since the average amount of dissolved oxygen in November was 13.5733333, with an average temperature of 7ºC. The amount of dissolved oxygen in January was greater than the amount in November, while the temperature in January was lower than the temperature in November. So right now we are not sure what pattern and connections there are between our data points. Next time when we collect the amount of dissolved oxygen in the river, I wonder if it will show that the data from January was wrong and the pattern we first noticed is correct, or if there’s another pattern that hopefully we’ll be able to figure out next time.

Site Visit vs Temperature: Graph that shows the average temperature of the river during each visit

Site Visit vs Dissolved Oxygen: Graph that shows the average amount of dissolved oxygen in the river during each visit


Eco-Friendly Places in ISB 学校的那个地方环保?♻️

This is a photo of a wooden box in the cafeteria where we get our eating utensils. I chose to take a photo of the box and its contents because I thought it was an improvement the school has made in terms of being environmentally friendly. The past few years and even during the beginning of this school year, the cafeteria used to have plastic straws, cups, forks, knifes, and spoons that would only be used one time and was thrown away. Now, the cafeteria has changed all our utensils including cups to be stainless steel so it’s reusable. Takeaway cups are now made paper because it’s biodegradable. I think it’s great that the school has become aware of the marks we’re leaving on the environment, and making small improvements in our daily life to help resolve the environmental crisis.

Project Recharge

Looking back on Project ReCharge, I think that freedom and power are related because whoever is in power, determines how much freedom you have. For example, when we were learning about forms of government at the beginning of this unit, we learned about the different types of government, and who has power in each type. For example, in a dictatorship, the dictator of the nation has all the power and can make any decision he/she wants to at any time, and the citizens of that country don’t have much power or voice. But for a democracy, although there is the executive branch and a president, the people of that country are able to vote for decisions that need to be made. So in this case, the citizens of a nation have some power as well, as they get a say in decisions that need to be made.

Connecting back to our final topic in this unit regrading child labor, the owner of child laborers that are forced to work in the Ivory Coast and Ghana have all the power over these children. The child laborers have very little to no power at all especially because they’re children, and therefore they have no freedom. So people with the power are able to determine who has freedom. I also learned that power can come in different forms. For example, when you have many people protesting for something, you have power, because power can come in numbers. You can also have power in the form of force, and an example of this are dictators. Dictators usually have their power from military force. Another example that power can come in is wealth, where some people have more power over things or others because they are rich and wealthy.

During this unit, I also learned that when you are learning about a new topic or problem, you should always define the problem first. Making notices and asking questions first, and then trying to find answers to these questions would help you know more about this topic. After this, you would start doing research, making connections, and looking through different viewpoints that people have on the topic, so that you can understand this topic in a more in-depth level.

Something I also learned in this unit is that if you look at an issue through multiple perspectives, you are able to better understand the topic. This is because when you try to understand different people’s opinions on something, you are able to learn more and be able to further develop your own ideas as well. In class, we watched a video that says when you have a hunch, or the “seed” of an idea, you are able to develop that hunch when you share ideas with other people, or as the video put it, combining two hunches together. This shows that when you look through different lenses on a topic, you might develop your original idea and improve it, or you might even completely change your opinion on the issue, because someone has given you a completely new idea.

When you share ideas with each other, you can also strengthen your own idea, because other people might have questions about your perspective that you may not have the answer to. By answering these questions, you have a stronger argument for your opinion. An example of this during the unit is that we had to interview someone in the ISB community about their opinion on child labor in the ISB supply chain, and what they think we should do about it. We would then write an avatar page about their perspective on this issue, and a proposal that states what our character thinks ISB should do about it. My peers would then pose questions they had for our proposal. By answering these questions, we would have a better argument for our proposal, and if someone asked us these questions in the board meeting, we would be prepared with an answer for it.

Before this project, I didn’t think that seeing a problem from multiple perspectives would be important, because I thought you would have one argument and one opinion on something, and you would be arguing against another opinion. Now, I think that even if you don’t agree with another opinion, you should still try to understand why people think that, so that you can fully understand the issue and then solve it with information from all sides of the story. Overall, this unit was really fun, and I was able to learn a lot. Working with my group, looking at an issue through different viewpoints, and being my avatar in a board meeting was all a great experience.

Kevin, Angel, Julian and I creating a door with gargoyles in drama class.

Our board meeting regarding the topic of child labor in ISB’s supply chain.



River Field Study: Data Collection 5

On March 7, last Thursday, we went to the Wenyu River again for our March data collection. The data collection process was very efficient and smooth, and my group was finished very quickly without running into any. technology related issues. But I did almost fall into the river (hence the photo below) and in the process of saving me and my phone, I snapped our thermometer in half. We were able to collect similar numbers compared to November, which were also positive numbers in the “teens”. We think that we had different results each month because we weren’t consistent with what device we were using, LabQuest or computer. But now, we thinks that LabQuest works best, and specifically plugging the probe into the second outlet.

For the first site, the amount of dissolved oxygen in the river was 13.57 mg/L, and the temperature was 9.5 degrees Celsius. Site #2 had 15.09 mg/L of dissolved oxygen, and the temperature was 10 degrees Celsius. The third site had 14.82 mg/L of dissolved oxygen and was 11 degrees Celsius. If we compare it to the November data collection that had similar results, you can see that the data table shows the temperature is warmer by an average of about 3 degrees Celsius in March. The dissolved oxygen has also increased by an average of about 1 mg/L. Something I’m wondering about is does the temperature have anything to do with the dissolved oxygen? When the temperature increases, does the amount of dissolved oxygen in the river increase as well? I’m wondering this because when the temperature from November to March increased, so did the amount of dissolved oxygen.

Considering Viewpoints: Freedom of Speech

Should freedom of speech be absolute, or should it be limited? I’ve created tweets of people who are on both sides of this debate. Click the hyperlink below to look at both sides of the argument.

Considering Viewpoints – Freedom of Speech

Ignite Week: Express It! Exhibition

During our second Ignite Week Express It!, I created a video that consisted of different clips – some that were time lapse, some were in normal speed – from different angles that showed what a middle schooler’s life looks like during a normal school day.

To complete this project, I first had to decide what I wanted to do and plan out what I wanted my project to look like. I had to look at some videos and find some inspiration so I could get some ideas. I saw a video showing time lapse clips of kids on their first day of school, and that was my biggest source of inspiration. I then started filming other seventh grade classes, break, lunch, enrichments, etc. I would edit along the way on Final Cut Pro, and add titles for each clip to tell my audience what that part was about. In the end, I also added an upbeat song that was appropriate for my video. During this process, I learned that there was a stabilizer effect in Final Cut Pro and iMovie as well, and when you filmed something shaky, you can use it to make your clip look less shaky.

The L21 Area that I focused on was Creativity and Innovation, and more specifically, “My product combines different elements into a coherent whole.” I wanted to focus on this because when I first started filming, I had a lot of different time lapse clips from different parts of a day, and I had to learn to put all of that together into one video so that it would flow. To meet this goal, I first had to finish filming all the different parts of a day first and then put them in order so it would make sense. But when I started editing, using transitions was something that helped the different shots merge and flow.

Throughout this project, something that I learned how to do is I got better at using my editing program, Final Cut Pro, and I discovered more effects like the stabilization effect to make my videos less shaky. Even though I already knew how to set up a large tripod before, I got better at it because I was able to do it on my own. I also am better at filming now, and the videos I film aren’t nearly as shaky as before as I practiced filming with steadier hands, and the smaller tripod for my phone really helped. These skills will benefit me in the future because there is a high chance that I might do another film project in the future, and these new skills I’ve gained will definitely improve my production quality.

Overall, this Ignite Week really helped me grow, because I was able to learn so many different things and skills and challenge myself, while I could still be creative and have fun at the same time.

Ignite Week: Express It! Post 2

Today is the third day, Wednesday, of the second Ignite Week, and my second blog post for Express It!

During this project, I am using mostly my phone to film, but I also use the school iPad sometimes. I have a small tripod for my phone, and the larger one for the iPad. To edit my video, I’m using Final Cut Pro. A skill that I want to improve on is to film better. For example, when I walk and my phone is recording, sometimes, the video can be really shaky, but using the small tripod and holding the “arms” instead of the phone has helped me stabilize the camera. But sometimes when I use the tripod, the video still might be a bit shaky, so then, I use the stabilizer effect in Final Cut Pro. During second block, we also shared what we have for our project so far with our peers, and they gave us feedback. This is my TAG feedback form:

Using this feedback, I will improve my final product, and add things like titles to clips, so my audience knows what is happening as they watch my video.

Ignite Week: Express It! Post 1

For the second Ignite Week of this year, the theme is Express It! My group is My Day, and we need to do something that shows basically either a day in our life, or a day in ISB. I’m doing a time lapse video that shows different places in ISB during different times of the day, and what MS students are doing during that time. By Friday, I want to be able to create a video that’s able to share with people what Middle School, specifically 7th grade students, are doing and what they look like during a normal school day. During this process, I hope I am able to learn about a student’s life can look like from a different perspective. I hope that the audience will also be able to see what students’ lives look like from a different perspective during a normal school day.

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