Evelyn

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Make It: Final Presentation

The final trip on Thursday was behind schedule, mainly because a great number of people missed the subway at the first station (China International Exhibition Center), but after our group reformed we moved quickly and responsibly, and didn’t split up on purpose. The only time we purposely split up into different groups was when the subway was slightly packed, so the groups were spread out to ensure that not only one area was really crowded with people.

This is our schedule:

  1. Bus Drive: ISB to China International Exhibition Center – 9:00 am on subway
  2. Line 15: China International Exhibition Center to Olympic Green (Bird’s Nest). 5 RMB – Arrive at 9:30 am
  3. Line 8: Olympic Green to Olympic Sports Center (Tennis). 3 RMB – Arrive at 10:00 am
  4. Line 8: Olympic Sports Center to GuLouDaJie. Change to Line 2: GuLouDaJie to YongHeGong (Lama Temple). 4 RMB – Arrive at 10:30 am
  5. Line 2: YongHeGong to DongSiShiTiao (Football). 3 RMB – Arrive at 10:50 am
  6. Line 2: DongSiShiTiao to ChaoYangMen. Change to Line 6: ChaoYangMen to QingNianLu (Joy City). 4 RMB – Arrive at 12:20 pm
  7. Line 6: QingNianLu to JinTaiLu. Change to Line 14: JinTaiLu to WangJing. Change to Line 15: WangJing to China International Exhibition Center. 6 RMB – Arrive at 1:10 pm
  8. Bus Drive: China International Exhibition Center to ISB – 1:10 pm on bus

This is the map of the route we intended to take.

Inside the subway during rush hour.

A challenge we encountered was reforming our group, because of the incident at the China International Exhibition Center. My group decided we would stop at the next station, SunHe, to meet up with the people who were left behind. However, it was then that we read the WeChat messages of the rest of our group saying that we should meet up at Olympic Green, so we got back on the next subway that came to SunHe and went straight to Olympic Green. Another challenge we encountered was time management. Since we were falling behind schedule, and couldn’t get back on schedule at Olympic Green or the Olympic Sports Center, we had to take going to DongSiShiTiao (the football place) off our schedule so that we wouldn’t be late for the bus. Time management is also a skill I developed.

While on the subway going to YongHeGong Lama Temple, I recorded the amount of time it took to get to the next stop and how long it took for people to get on before the doors closed. I recorded around 1 minute and 30 seconds for the time it took to get to the next stop, and around 30 seconds for the amount of time it took for people to get on the subway. While we were waiting for people to get food and drinks around a few minutes before 2:00 pm, in Joy City, I counted the amount of stops and intersections we had to get to the China International Exhibition Center from QingNianLu. I counted 12 stops and two intersections, and because one stop would be around two minutes, and an intersection would be about five minutes, I realised it would take around 34 minutes to get to the China International Exhibition Center from QingNianLu, without organising tickets or getting on the bus. Since organising tickets takes around 10 minutes, I suggested we leave at 2:00 pm at the latest to give us extra time just in case someone gets left behind or some other incident happens. However, we ended up leaving Joy City a few minutes after 2:00 pm, and got on the bus a few minutes after 3:00 pm. This is how I realised how I could manage my time on subways, or in real life.

The amount of time it takes to get to one stop to another: 1:30 seconds

The amount of time for people to get on the subway: 30 seconds

1:30 and 30 seconds makes 2 minutes

One stop: 2 minutes

During this trip, I enjoyed seeing all the places we visited (especially the attractions) and facing the challenge of sticking together as a group on one of the busiest subway systems in the world, while following a schedule. I also enjoyed developing my skills for time management, and experiencing what it is like on the subway during rush hours.

Make It: Develop & Plan

I hope to be able to use estimation skills to develop my time management skills. I can use my watch to record the amount of time for one stop to be able to estimate how long it will take to get somewhere, and my phone to write down the time I will record. I can tell if my estimation was accurate by timing the how long it took to actually get to the place we wanted to go. If we are falling behind schedule, this skill will be helpful because we have to get back to the bus at 3:00 pm, and if we are too late it will cause some problems with after school activities or getting home.

Watch for timer

Phone for taking notes

Make It: Create & Improve

Roll calling is when everyone is assigned a number, and when the roller caller needs to check that everybody is there and not lost, they shout out the number one, and then everyone else shouts out their number in ascending order. According to one student on the trip, the roll calling didn’t work perfectly because some people were quiet and one person would forget their number. This was also the most difficult part of the journey and it took around three minutes. This method isn’t going to be changed much, but another number is going to be added because I missed the journey on Tuesday but I am going on it on Thursday, and the person who always forgot their number’s number is going to be changed. This new method is going to be tested on Thursday. If the method works, it could also be tested on a new family at ISB to ensure that it works.

Pictures or videos can’t be added because I wasn’t on the trip on Tuesday.

Make It: Define & Inquire

The purpose of this project is to help new people at ISB navigate around Beijing using its complicated subway system. I hope that they will understand how to get on a subway using tickets and cards, and how to get those tickets and cards after they have finished reading the Thinglink. I also hope they will be able to easily understand the descriptions of attractions and historical monuments, restaurants and sports venues in Beijing and how to get there.

I chose to have the “Can You Make It?” activity as my activity for Ignite Week because I was interested in traveling. As a new student, I also wanted to learn how to use the complicated Beijing subway system. I think estimating the amount of time it will take to get to a specific station will be difficult because a lot of research will be needed, such as the amount of time that is spent at a stop on average will need to be recorded.

Beijing Subway System

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