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Animation Project Ignite Week – define and inquire

I decided to do an animation for my Ignite Week personalize it. I decided to use a few videos to do this as well as tutorials. I decided to do this because I want to pursue animation as a possible career choice and I need more experience in it.  I used these two tutorials:


Of course, you might be wondering, what is Toon Boom? I’m using Toon Boom Harmony for my animation. It is really hard to use and I’m just using the trial version as Toon Boom can be quite costly (73$ a year, wow). If I’d really want to pursue animation, I could download a free program like Blender or pencil 2d.

I decided to do some storyboarding. I’m planning to only finish about 20 seconds but the full animation is something I can pursue out of school. Toon Boom works sort of like with keyframes and regular frames. I also can use pegs to create character rigs.

While drawing all of this, I ran into a few problems, such as how to use keyframes and such. It was confusing to say the least. The program does look complicated but I figured out some hotkeys to use. Toon Boom is more like actual flipbook animation. Nevertheless, I continued with my animation.

I have a plan for the week to finish the sketch and then layer over it and possibly finish it with a white background. But if I really wanted to take it above and beyond I could add a background and some shading. That’d take some time, so I want to get the main animation done first. Getting a sketch done is presentable enough. I really enjoy my animation so far, so it’d take some time.

I’d really look forward to the end project!


Blog Post 6 – Collaboration

Our project seems to be going smoothly without a hitch. And here we are, the collaboration reflection. I enjoy working and discussing this project with Manjishtha and Elizabeth, we all have nice ideas and work together.
I believe that I am most successful in sharing ideas with my team, I give them nice ideas. I also try to put all my effort into my team and try to problem-solve when a problem arises. A thing that has shown itself that I realized was that I absolutely suck at completing work on time. Like actually. I think part of this is due to my (very poor) scheduling skills and the fact that I’m distracted easily by anything, like a good book. I could change this by becoming more focused and making a personal schedule for myself. I am also good with sharing ideas, because we have good ideas and we all communicate with each other. We came up with great ideas, and we also collaborated with each other. I went off-task a little bit because Elizabeth was absent and as such, we didn’t have anything else to talk about but financing but there was no initiative/motivative to start working on it because our prime focus was financing, something my available teammates and I were not experienced in. I do realize that I need to gradually improve my procrastination, and as such I can make a schedule and further communicate with my team.

Blog Post 5 – Prototype

On a waterbottle!


We finished our prototype from the design lab and here’s our finished product! I really like how it turned out but I feel like we could definitely spice it up a little bit.
I found out from this version that felt doesn’t stick very well to glue, and this one also helped me remember how to etch and glue lines. I realized that the backpack symbol looks like a robot head so I will be changing that.
On another note, I wonder if we can get the average letters in one name so we can make the name scan bigger. I also wonder how we are going to package these with our string.
One thing I will definitely change is the material I used along with the symbol. Prototype 1 is definitely a success.


Blog Post 4 – Improvement

So we’ve pitched to our mentor and investor. So the question is, what do they think? We pitched to Mrs. Ridlon and she gave us many great ideas as well as questions and things we hadn’t acknowledged originally.

Of course, we’re going to continue with our idea of tags. We are still going to be selling to teachers and moving forward with our idea and expanding. Also, I think it is a good idea to keep discussing with our team. However, I believe that there are numerous things we could improve on. One contender is our price, as we will have to keep in mind the cost of labor and other materials that we didn’t acknowledge at first. I think we should keep the price at 5 but that may minimize our profits. Another thing we should improve on is the variety of things we are selling ,as we should sell in different colors (maybe?) or use different icons.

There are some ideas I am considering, such as for bilingual tags to make the text bigger and on different sides, since French and Spanish teachers seem to teach both languages. Another thing I might do is change the way the icons are displayed as well as the material I am using. I know how to use the laser cutter which is good, but I may have to do changes based on our prototype. I want to expand the audience we are marketing to and I also want to just expand our product as well.

I will show you the icon prototypes next week hopefully.

Blog Post 3 – Social Entrepeneurship

So right after we surveyed teachers, we needed to find a cause to write our mission statement. Well, for some weird reason, we named our company/team Sustainablue. I don’t know why, but in our initial sketch, we wanted to help ocean plastics and the fact that our product is 100% recyclable and does not pollute.

After a bit of discussing with our team members, we came up with our mission statement. It is “Creating ecological organizational tools for a more organized community and cleaner ocean”. I feel like this accurately acknowledges our product and what it’s used for and the cause it advocates for. However, we are not a non-profit so we may have to keep some profits (?).

Each of our own team members have their own responsibilities. Elizabeth is the one in charge of financing, Manjishtha’s the one in charge of marketing, while I’m in charge of design.

I’m the one in charge of design because I am experienced with Illustrator and have used it many times, while I also understand how to make things look aesthetically pleasing and “clean-cut.” Along with this, I am able to find icons to use for our project while I also have the original files for the product.

Next, we have to do our elevator pitch. (and do the logo!)

Blog Post 2 – Social Entrepeneurship

We decided to survey a number of MS teachers (however the form is huge) and here are the answers we got (click to enlarge):

Survey results

Accordingly to our current survey count, approximately 21/32 people were interested in buying our product. Half of the people we interviewed gave us some recommendations and ideas they would possibly want for the product. The spreadsheet is quite large so as such we only put around half of the total number of people we interviewed.

I really like the support we got from MS language teachers to include the tags with bilingual labels. This would certainly allow them to be used for more teachers and help students learn languages. Also, a lot of the teachers who wanted these labels were ES teachers so we may adjust the market. We also learned from students that they would not have an interest in this product supply-wise but would really enjoy tags for their own belongings. I wonder why the counselor in 8 does not want the tags, and is it possibly because they already have them? Also I wonder why there’s a variation in price ranges, because some are extremely cheap while others are a bit more expensive and what they are pricing for the various items (bundles, 10 tags, 1 tag, etc.) As of this data, we’ve changed our product a little bit more to fit their needs, by making instrument tags and belonging tags.

Blog Post 1 – Market and Initial Idea

Initial Sketch



Our team (Manjishtha and Elizabeth) noticed that some teachers have labels when some don’t, while other teachers need new labels. The labels help teachers identify supplies in the classroom. However, some of the examples we saw were not eco-friendly, like some were laminated and printed. So, we decided we would make ours sustainable and eco-friendly.

While we were doing that, we got a few ideas. Some of them are instrument labels, luggage tags, and bathroom and PTA passes. We want teachers to buy our product and maybe parents and children as well (especially for the luggage name tags.)

They are going to be based on this project I did a while back.. We can use felt as the base and cardstock in the front. Also, instead of pipe cleaners, we’re using string as it is easier to attach and doesn’t damage the labels. We are going to be using Illustrator as our main program.

I can’t wait to see the final results!


Social Entrepeneurship Project

For our social entrepeneurship project, our initial idea was to create organisation labels that can categorize materials and school supplies.

Here’s our prototype. As you can see, it’s upside down, but if you turn it around, it is a collection of ideas we had. Although some of the ideas didn’t seem to work, apparently the organisation labels were an alright idea. We decided to use this prototype of the diamond organisation labels. We didn’t have a lot of inspiration, but we took some from the labels I made for my old Ignite Week project. After this, we decided to go ahead with the idea and survey teachers. Our ideal market is teachers so they can put the labels in their classrooms and organise their supplies. I hope our idea does reach out a bit more though.

Science Inquiry Project – Data Collection Update 5

March 7
Wenyu River

It’s March, and the winter has not left yet (the groundhog was wrong)! We didn’t see any bugs in our quadrant 1. Quadrant 2 was nowhere to be seen except we felt the crunchiness of the dying leaves beneath our feet. Although we did not see any bugs, this data collection wasn’t for nothing. We now have a visible trend, with our predictions being somewhat accurate. Our predictions were that the number of arthropods during winter would decrease, and that has proven to be true, with a smashing 0 on everything.

updated data table

On a happier note, life is springing back. Along the riverbank, many people reported seeing spiders crawling about in the grass. We actually managed to catch a few, five to be exact. The first one seemed to be missing a few legs. This is a sign that bugs will be returning soon, which will give a little more insight into our trends for this year.

Spooky scary spiders send shivers down your spine

waohhhh its me


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.

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