Express It: Reflection

Overall, I really enjoyed this project. I really liked drawing and planning my skateboard and seeing the finished product. I was very proud of it, and I really like the work and effort I put into the skateboard + its finishing touches.

My Process
I started off with a prototype. This was a paper cut out with my planned design on it. This was Develop and Plan.  Second, I then copied my design to my board after using the paper cut out as a reference. I used graphite paper to trace it onto my skateboard. This was Create and Improve. After that, I duct taped out my caracal and then spray painted a gradient from blue > orange > red. After that, I used paint markers to create my design, orange with white and the flowers. There was one thing I could have done, which was coloring it first before outlining it. Because I didn’t do this, the paint markers ended up smudging. Then, there was a challenge. I didn’t like the other side of my skateboard and so I spray painted over it with a dark blue. I sprayed too much and ended up making it drip; it had an uneven texture. I sanded it down, and then repainted it. I added wheels, and then it was finished 🙂

Skills I learned
I learned a lot of skills during this project. I learned how to spray paint and learned how to use other materials, such as paint markers, and using masking tape to spray over the subject without spray painting it.

There was a lot of things I enjoyed. I really enjoyed working on my skateboard and painting it, and I also really liked the gradient I made. However, the whole experience was the highlight and I feel really proud of my skateboard.

Ignite Week Media

Ignite Week Media

My prototype and the other board

Prototype design transferred to wood

spray painted the background

finished top

finished bottom

Express It: Create and Improve

Day Four – Almost Exhibition!

What worked and what didn’t?
Well, a lot of things worked while some didn’t. I really worked hard on the caracal, but it smudged and as a result, it became brown. I fixed this problem by swatching the paint pens, since the paint pens had absorbed the black ink and I needed to wash it out.  I was very excited when my design didn’t get blocked by the wheels, since it’s considerably near the wheel area.

What was most challenging and how did you overcome this?
The most challenging part was when I spray painted, both times. The first time, I had to duct tape my entire design so I could spray over it, and the second time I sprayed too much and it dripped, dried and then I had to sand it down, creating the scratchy texture you see right now. I fixed this by waiting for it to fully dry and then I painted over it. It’s not the best solution, but it works. 🙂

How will you use feedback to improve your design?
I can do this by asking peers what would go well or not, such as outlining the caracal. If someone can tell me how to properly spray-paint, maybe my board wouldn’t have that texture. People can teach me a lot of things, and also suggest new things for my board.

Test your design with your audience.
I don’t know if we’re auctioning to students or teachers, but first of all, a lot of people in the class liked the design and enjoyed it. As a board, I didn’t try it yet but I tried an unpainted board. The only thing I noticed that was a bit offputting was that it was slightly weak and didn’t turn that well.

How did your prototype help your final design?
Well, to use my prototype, I used paper and traced over my design. It was quite pretty, and the prototype helped me center the caracal’s face and copy it effectively. It also let me copy the same design and redraw it which could help me color it better.

Make It, Express It

Day Three of Ignite Week
I’ve gotta say, making a skateboard is very exciting. I’ve finished the background for my main design, which is a gradient of dark blue > orange > red, with a sun. This technique to spray paint it without ruining the subject was to tape it up. I spray painted over the tape, but I spray painted too much, and it started dripping. That’s why there are some drip marks, but I managed to cover most of it with red paint marker.  It was fun as well. Another thing I started noticing was that as I was painting the caracal, some of the black paint marker came off and smudged with my orange. This was a problem, as my paint marker started to paint brown. This problem could’ve been avoided if I painted the subject before applying the black parts. I solved this problem by taking a piece of paper and swatching it until it became its original color.

A lot of people have come and looked at my design, including my friends and everyone else in the project. They gave me advice as well as tips for how to blend paint markers.

So far, Masterpiece with a Message has been pretty fun. I hope that I can re-spray the top of the board to a dark blue/black, but we’ll have to wait until I finish the main design.


Skating With Color

What am I doing? Who is Skateistan and what do they do?
For Ignite Week, I chose Masterpiece with A Message for Express It. This project focuses on creating a skateboard, or rather painting it, and then selling it to raise money for Skateistan, an organization dedicated to helping children in less economically developed countries by offering physical and mental support, as well as educating them. By doing this, they’re teaching children to help each other and to survive in the world.

How can you create a custom skate deck?
I can create a deck by using paint markers. Paint markers can overlay each other, so I can work in layers by applying a background first and then painting the subject of the picture. Paint markers come in a variety of colors so I can make colorful illustrations.

What areas of this project do you think will be challenging?
I think the areas of the project that will be most challenging would be to effectively use the markers. I would have to learn how to use them because I am used to drawing digitally and being able to erase parts of a drawing. Since paint markers are permanent, I would have to overdraw some parts if I make mistakes. I also think being able to draw my subject would be a challenging aspect because I’d need to draw big, opposed to drawing tiny pictures.

What’s your idea?
My idea would be a caracal wearing flowers that sits in front of a setting sun. It’s not meant to symbolize anything, but I really like the idea, and the colors that I could use.


Science Inquiry Project – Data Collection Update 4

January 25
Wenyu River

As January rolls around, winter is still seeping into the wildlife. No signs of birds and most of the plants have died. Truly depressing (not really.) We are doing our monthly data collection again. Last data collection was kinda…. disappointing, to say the least. First of all, last time we had no signs of life, except for 2 spiders scurrying around in the grass.

Quadrant 1 was very… blank. Like last time, there were no signs of ants. (Remember the fable about the Grasshopper and the Ants?) It reminds me of that. Hopefully, the ants are just in their little holes, hibernating (or resting) the winter away.  I hope when Spring comes, they return and we can collect better data.

Quadrant 2 was the same results. Even though we didn’t find the quadrant. As previously mentioned, there were green leaves surrounding our quadrant. This time, they have all died, the brown leaves crunching and blocking the quadrant. Last time there were signs of spiders, this time there’s none. Compared to the start of this inquiry, with wildlife chittering and chattering all around, to this bleak nothingness. It really has changed with the seasons, hasn’t it?


Project Collisions: Blog Post #2

This is our prototype 1. We made a parachute out of a bag and attached it with string. The string was pretty big.

The drop was not very… successful. It flew down fast, but the parachute did stop it a little bit, increasing the time it took to fall. Most of this came because the parachute was too long and we couldn’t expand it enough. It did not have a great force rating as it kept missing.

Next time, we would add more parachutes or make a larger parachute.

Shoot, the chocolate broke and it’s squishy. [DROP 0]

January 16th

Project Collisions is all about drones. And that means necessary testing so that our idea will work! We’re dropping from 10 meters, a box filled with candy, dubbed “The Mystery Box of Candy.” It might break, so we have to protect it! with our lives. The box we dropped today is 15 cm x 18 cm x 6 cm. It’s pretty small, but a lot of our consumers want different sizes, and of course, a huge box with candy is not at all healthy. It’s a white cardboard box with candy inside.

we didn’t put these sweets in… but you get the point

Apparently, I was the only one that brought candy, but it was chocolate, haha. Since we didn’t have other candies, we weighed it down with erasers and other items that resemble the weight of the candy.

Drop 0 is supposed to be kind of a control test to figure out what is successful and what’s not and how we need to protect our package in a sense. Say, maybe one of the packages breaks, so we realize we need to use stronger packages. Because of this, we are only dropping 5 meters. We also made a procedure so each time the way we drop doesn’t change.

At the drop, I noticed a lot of things. It fell at an average of 2 seconds and completely missed the force plate, our target both times. Coincidence or not? Anyways it was falling sort of quickly and bounced, which may have shaken the contents. We would like it to drop slower or be stronger to withstand the force of impact.

This is our logger pro graph after reviewing the footage. The blue dots are the meters it is getting closer to the reference point, while the red dots are the speed of meters/second.  The blue dots were at the distance of 5 (this drop) and it curves downward, as it falls more distance between each frame. In the end, it’s nearly at 0 but it is around -1 as the box bounces off of the target. The red dots show that its speed is relatively below 0, which means that it must have not moved as fast as a meter per second. At the center, it goes above 0, and that must be at the very end of the free fall, as it began to pick up speed

We would like to improve our drop, and we can improve it in several ways. One of the most important factors we need is to be accurate. Both times, we missed sorely, being so far from the goal we didn’t have a force measuring. We would like our packages to be accurate, landing where preferred, so it hopefully won’t end up at someone else’s house, in the garden, on the balcony, etc. Also, another metric is a soft landing. The more time it takes to fall means the slower it would fall, so we think it would be nice to have it drift slowly down, or at least not with sudden impact. It also bounced, so that might’ve damaged the package, so we want a stabler landing. Anothe metric would be the velocity, as we want it to go down slower, or at a slower rate of meters to second.



I hope that we can drastically slow down the way it falls and make it more accurate so it wouldn’t bang as hard into the ground.


data table


Project Collisions: Blog Post #1 [Insert creative title here]

January 7th, Project Collisions Launch

Eggs and messes. A perfect combo, because today we were supposed to drop an egg. An egg drop. Great. And messy at the same time. Regardless, it was only 5 meters, and we had to use specific materials, like newspapers, army men (huh), etc. And we had a budget of 600.

My independent first designs were odd, to say the least.

My first design was this:
A balloon (120)
Newspaper (120)
Tie up (60)

There are multiple reasons why this design wouldn’t work, mostly with the balloon. With the balloon, the egg couldn’t possibly fit in it, and the newspaper would act as cushioning, but at the same time weigh it down. It would be thrown like a sack, and quite roughly, it would break.

My second design was mostly a joke:
A balloon (120)
Army men x72 (480)



It would not work either. Army men were surprisingly crushable, but I thought this idea would work, similar to that of a sea urchin and its shell. The spikes would poke through and allow the army meant to “stilt” it up in a way. But it still wouldn’t go down slowly, as eggs were extremely fragile and there was a risk of the army men coming in contact with the ground, and the force would poke the army men up into the egg and crack it.

Then with a group, we made another design. This one used newspaper to make a parachute as well as wrapping the egg in layers of newspaper, with string attaching the newspaper through paperclips. As it was dropping, the parachute deployed well and then it fell relatively fast, but it seemed to be a smooth landing. It was successful and I think it’s partly because we had wrapped it in a lot of newspaper and paper, both of which don’t exactly “break”? The parachute was light and connected by paperclips well, and nothing fell off. During that time, our first parachute broke, but we had bought too much newspaper, so we made a bigger parachute which proved effective.

Next time I would find a way to use a different design, to increase the variety of materials we could use, to see what type of effects on the egg they would have.
This launch project was about drone delivery, and I had a lot of ideas. I was thinking about dropping edible food and goods, as those might be high in demand, and who wouldn’t like food delivered to their door?  🙂

Through this project I hope to collaborate with my peers, make effective and efficient ideas, but most importantly, have fun!

Stories Of The Future Blog Post

Habitat Reflection

In our habitat project with Cara, we built our habitat. We had a few challenges such as the file deleting itself and other annoying things, but the hardest difficulty was to get it in on time. This is because the file had made endless copies of itself and then we had to paste it in a new document and start all over. Another challenge was to incorporate my artifacts and my ideas. My character lives in a museum so it’s relatively hard for me to incorporate a house in my TinkerCad project. I instead used her “dream house”, a house that she would live in if she had a house. Since my character is the shy sort of observative girl, she has a glass room so she can look out at the city, and a garden since she pursuits plants as well. My artifact would be an aquarium. It printed out a blob 🙁 . But it shows that she cares about animals.



Yet to come…


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Thin Doors

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