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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.

One Day 2019: Just Dance

Define and Inquire: 8:20 am

This year for One Day, Angel (my friend) and I are going to choreograph our own lyrical duet. We have chosen the song  “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. Since it’s a duet, we need choreograph some partner work into our dance, and we have seen some ideas from Sean Lew and Kaycee Rice from World of Dance. We have started choreographing the dance, and we are almost halfway through. We didn’t plan out any of our dance at all, but we’ve been experimenting with different ideas, and choreographing from our dance experience outside of school.

Develop and Plan: 9:30 am

Angel and I didn’t plan out any of our dance at all, but we’ve been experimenting with different ideas, and choreographing from our dance experience outside of school. We’ve used inspiration from videos of World of Dance and Dance Moms, and we’ve choreographed most of our dance. Now, we just need to finish the last 20 seconds, and then just continue practicing, running through it, and cleaning it up.


River Field Study: Data Collection 4

Today, we went to the Wenyu River for the January data collection. This time, we had no problems with our LabQuest, and we were able to collect the data we needed very quickly and efficiently. This time, our data was somewhat unusual, because all the data points were exactly the same in all three locations. The temperature of all three locations is 5 degrees Celsius, and the dissolved oxygen in all three locations is -0.34 mg/L.

The previous data we collected fordissolved oxygen in November was around 13 mg/L, and in October it was around 0.304 mg/L. Our data doesn’t really make sense, so we can’t find any trends our patterns so far. We think the reason we are getting numbers that are so different is because sometimes we are using LabQuest, and others we are using LoggerPro on a computer. Next time we collect data, we will try using both devices, to see the difference in the data we are collecting.

Project Collisions: Design 1

Our team constructed the first design using a small piece (about 50 x 50 cm) of a clear plastic trash bag we found. We
used 4 pieces of string that was knotted at the four corners to our parachute, and was hot glued onto each side of the box. We also laid sponges at the bottom of our box to better protect the fruits. Multiple drops took place and we noticed that the parachute wasn’t puffed up, which meant that there wasn’t much air resistance, so the velocity was pretty much the same as a package falling without a parachute. Even if the parachute worked, it would still take long to even “react” because it was too far away from the package, so by the time it started to puff up a little, the package was already almost landing. The sponges we put at the bottom didn’t stay at the bottom, and when we opened the package, all the fruits and sponges were all mixed up, and the plastic boxes for our fruits had opened.

In order to improve our design, we paid attention to areas where it failed. Here is a list for everything that failed for Drop 2:

  • There wasn’t air resistance because the parachute was too small for the package.
  • The strings connecting the box and the parachute was too long so the parachute couldn’t “react” fast enough.
  • The plastic bag wasn’t strong enough, so it ripped after our first drop and one of our strings were detached.
  • The sponges and the fruits got mixed up inside the box.
  • The smaller plastic boxes holding the fruits opened

These are things that went well for the drop of our first design:

  • Two out of the three drops hit the force plate
  • You can see in the videos that Drop 2b and 2c started to puff up more than during Drop 2a

For our next design, we will improve our first prototype by:

  • Making a bigger parachute that will support the weight of our box
  • Use the concept of a double parachute
  • Create layers with cardboard pieces to separate and secure the sponges and the fruits

Project Collisions: Design 0

This is our package that will hold the fruits.

In Project Collisions, my group is creating a system to deliver fresh fruits by drones. The drones will drop a package from a height of 10 meters, and it is our job as engineers to develop a solution so that the package is protected in its fall. For Drop 0, our box has the dimensions of 20 x 20 x 30 cm (length, width, height), and was dropped from a height of 5 meters. This is the photo of the package:`

The box will hold 4 apples (weighs about 400 grams), a box of blueberries (about 340 grams), a box of strawberries (about 1,000 kg), and 8 tangerines (about 960 grams). The two boxes of strawberries and blueberries will go at the bottom of the box, and the apples and tangerines will go on top of the strawberries and blueberries.

My drawing of what will go inside the package.

The purpose of Drop 0 is like the “control” in our experiment, to get the baseline data about our package. Our group developed a procedure so that we can be consistent about how we are dropping our package and collecting data.

During our first drop, we didn’t line the package up with the arrow mark properly, so the box didn’t hit the force plate and we weren’t able to collect data for the force of the landing. After opening the box, we also noticed that the fruits weren’t that badly damaged, only a few bruises on the strawberry and blueberries, so now we know how to protect the fruits from getting damaged. Below is the data we’ve collected so far:

The procedure and data table.



The package took 1.08 seconds from the moment it was released to the moment it was dropped, and we used LoggerPro to plot out the fall of our package. Below is the image of the plotted points of our package. At first, the package didn’t drop very much, which is why the points are plotted so close together. But the box’s velocity increased as it dropped further down and gained momentum, which is why they grew further apart. At the end, the package also bounced off the table, which is why there are many dots bunched together at the end.

A force plate was set up at the bottom to collect data on the impact force of the package. One of our metrics of success was if the package hit the force plate and the force plate was able to collect data. For our first drop, the package did not hit the force plate, so we weren’t able to collect data for Drop 0, but for Drop 1, we were able to successfully hit the force plate. Our average force on impact was 28.9 newton’s. Our goal is to be able to hit the force plate, which is a 28.5 by 31.5 cm area. Our goal for our first design is to reduce the force impact to 15 newton’s, and if we can reach that goal, we will keep reducing the number so we can have a softer landing. We are also planning to do this with the velocity as well.

The data we collected put into LoggerPro.

Our team has decided that these metrics of success are the most important criteria that our design should follow:

  1. Fruits should not be damaged (eg. bruised, juice seeping out, squashed)
  2. Package hits the force plate
  3. The force impact is 15 newton’s or less
  4. The velocity is 1.6 / second

Below, each metric is described and the goals were determined based on data we have collected from Drop 0.

  1. Fruits are in mint condition
  2. The package hits the force plate
  3. The force impact is 15 newton’s or less
  4. The velocity is 1.6 m / second

Our group is now building our first prototype. We are planning to slow the fall with a parachute, and have some padding at the bottom of the box for protection. I hope that we are able to meet all our goals for Drop 1, and will be able to learn more from the data we are collecting.

Project Collisions: Unit Launch

On Monday, January 7, we launched our new unit Project Collisions with and egg drop experiment. The design challenge
was to drop a raw egg from a height of 5 meters without breaking it. We had a certain amount of time and materials to build something that would somehow prevent the egg from cracking. We had materials like newspaper, a balloon, cotton balls, paper, straw, and binder clips etc. But we also only had a certain amount of “money”, so we had to choose wisely about what we wanted to buy.

My individual design was built with one sheet newspaper, a balloon, an A4 paper sheet and 3 cotton balls. My design was to stretch out the cotton balls and then put them underneath the egg, then wrap around the whole thing with scrunched up newspaper. We would then put the egg into the balloon and blow it up. When my teammates and I shared our individual ideas, I realized that we all had basically the same idea, except that they had a parachute attached to the balloon so that the egg would drop slower down to the floor. So our group combined all of our ideas, so that the egg wrapped in protection would be placed in a balloon with a parachute attached to it. Soon, we realized that the egg wouldn’t fit into the balloon, and the balloon eventually broke as we tried to fit it around the egg, so we tried our Plan B.

The basic idea of Plan B was to roll the egg up in newspaper with protection, stand it up vertically, seal the end up so the egg wouldn’t fall out from the bottom, and attach the parachute to the top. Our design was successful because even though the egg had a few cracks in it after it had dropped, nothing leaked out of the egg, which meant our design had succeeded!

As I was watching other groups, I noticed that other people had parachutes made out of newspaper, which meant there was more air resistance, so the egg
would drop even slower to the ground. Another thing I would definitely do next time is to add a balloon at the bottom of the newspaper package, so that the egg has more cushion and protection to land on so it might
not even crack the next time.

Project Collisions is using the idea of drone delivery. During my research, I discovered that companies like Amazon, Domino’s Pizza, and Zipline have used drones to deliver packages that range from food to blood. One thing I’ve noticed that they all have in common is that when the package is dropped from the drone, they all seem to be using parachutes to “break the fall” of the package. I find that really interesting because all these big companies that are successful at drone delivery are using the same method to do things. Throughout this project, I hope I can learn more about the different forces on an object and how it might be able to help me in creating the design of my delivery system.

The Girl Who Died 6 Years Ago

Ashlee lives with her mom and brother, Andy, in a world where the new US government system, better known as the Dominitary, has tried to solve global issues. This family’s lives aren’t very different from anyone else living in the Downsizes; they live in their old shipping crate, and food is provided but the Dominitary. Except for the fact that Ashlee has to hide from everyone else beyond the walls of her house, and live in fear everyday. No one, except her family, must knows Ashlee exists. Or else there will be consequences. Will the Dominitary find the girl that was supposed to die 6 years ago?

Click here to read  The Girl Who Died 6 Years Ago


In math, we created a 3D printed habitat that we think kids our age would live in in the future. Individually, we created a floorpan of what our habitat from our sci-fi story would look like, but we eventually had to combine our group’s ideas into one design. After we had our group’s initial design, we started designing our first print on TinkerCad. The initial print was just the walls without any furniture, just to make sure we get the dimensions right and everything is to scale. After that, we then started designing our final print, which was our habitat with the wall structure and the furniture.

Some challenges we encountered while making the initial design was trying to figure out what components from our individual designs we should ad d, and how we could fit that all together into one house. While making the wall structures on TinkerCad, a challenge we had was making sure all the rooms were a correct size and everything was to scale. A problem we faced while designing our final product on TinkerCad was that our file had deleted the day before it was due, so we had to remake everything. But one good thing about that was that it pushed our group to work harder and make our habitat even better than before. 

I’m proud of how our final product turned out, because we put a lot of effort in it, and it looks really cool and realistic. Overall, this project was really fun, and I enjoyed designing a habitat.

Fly Over Video

Initial Design Blog Post

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