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River Field Study – Data Collection 5

When we visited Wenyu river after 2 months on March 7, 2019, we noticed a few signs of the upcoming spring. There were a few birds flying in the sky. Also, there were many spiders in the ground which were not there last time. The weather was still cold but not as much as last time. The group who was collecting insects collected more than 3 of spiders.

the big tree and me

The mushroom, tree’s trunk was this colour. the trunk had lighter cracks than last time probably meaning it was moister.

The mushrooms were much softer and alive than last time. You could poke them and they would bend unlike last time.

The glass patch with lesser glass because glass was spread far away too.

Here is the updated data table.

Big tree data  points- In this trip,  the big tree’s trunk was still dark brown, just like all the previous trips we made. There were no leaves, not even dry ones hanging on the branches even now.  There were 2 ‘human impacts’ or pieces of trash near the big tree only, which is a lot less that last time. About this, I notice that since the very first trip in September, the pieces of trash have been decreasing by almost halves. I think that this is because the pieces of trash have been buried in the ground now, not that it would be decomposed.

Mushroom tree data points- Like last time, there were no leaves, just like the Big tree. There were 79 mushrooms and this time, the mushrooms looked much more alive and were softer. This time, there were 8 more mushrooms than last time. This probably means that newer mushroom grew which means the weather became warmer (since last time, mushrooms were less than in November). Newer mushrooms grew and the older ones that had survived the winter replenished. The trunk colour was lightish brown, darker then last time but not dark enough. There were no cracks so that means the trunk was more moist than last time.

Glass Patch data point- There were 168 glass pieces which is almost 10% more then last time.  I think that although some glass pieces got buried, the wind and people walking on the glass pieces broke them up. Another proof for people walking on them is that the glass pieces were a lot more spread out than last time.  They were spread in more than 2 metres periphery which was a lot more than last time where all the glass pieces were with a 1 metre by 2 metre rectangle.

Next time we collect data, I wonder if the glass pieces will increase or decrease and will they be more spread out. I also wonder if there would be leaves or not. I think that big tree’s trunk will still be dark brown.  I also wonder if the mushrooms will be more alive and if there will be any changes in the mushroom tree’s trunk colour. Apart from our data points, I wonder if (and/or think) the weather will be warmer. I also wonder if the ground will be softer. I wonder if next time the pieces of trash around the big tree would be 0 or would it increase because more people would come and throw the trash  since the weather would be warm.

Freedom of Speech: Absolute or not (Podcast)

Freedom of speech is a common phrase we hear- if not in our daily lives- many times. Consider a question- Should freedom of speech be absolute or not? And the answer is… surprise- nothing. The answer to this question can be different for everyone- you, me, your friend, your neighbour, your teacher, her daughter, her brother, her brother’s aunt’s sister and her aunt’s sister’s daughter’s goldfish.

Part of being a social scientist is the ability to consider multiple views or perspectives. We all might see and hear “the same thing” but we walk away with a different memory and experience. One way to consider a different view is to step inside a different perspectives and consider what they:

  1. KNOW about
  2. CARE about or BELIEVE,
  3. and WONDER or THINK about.

In this podcast, I consider three different viewpoints I figured could be opinions for people to think about this topic.

Here is a link to my podcast on buzzsprout- .

Make it: Reflect and Exhibit (Fandom)

From Project Fandom, I learned how to write fan fiction in which I learned how to balance humour and seriousness in the same context without losing its meaning and essence. Next time, using what I learned, I would create more dialogues in fan fiction, maybe even write just the conversation and add only a few internal thoughts or setting explanatory lines because I think that dialogues are an awesome way implement humour in your writing. The mistake I learned from the most was obviously not using dialogues because I ended up having a paragraph with only a few funny lines. However, when I added the dialogues, it was much more funnier (at least from the previous try). Implementing humour is also the important skill I learned because in the future, I can not only use it for making my writings more interesting but also, when I need a laugh, I can simply create a funny conversation in my mind to lighten my mood. This is also the thing I was most proud of doing since at first, I found it really hard to be funny in a serious context but now, I can do it pretty good. Being humorous when the mood is serious was a part of Creativity which is what I chose as my L21 area (CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION). I think that cracking a joke in the middle of a serious mood or setting (like a war as in my story) without losing the seriousness of the mood or setting but still making the joke funny enough that the reader laughs is creative and innovative since you have to use your creativity to figure a way on how to do it and also, and you have to be innovative by changing the cliché method to an interesting one.

Here is my fan fiction on wattpad. Hope you like it!-

Here is the QR code to my fan fiction on wattpad!

Make It: Create and Improve (Fandom)

When I wrote my first draft, I noticed that I wanted to use humour and seriousness in the same context without changing its meaning. Even though I was doing it, I thought that I had to improve it. I figured that I wanted to implement humour through the dialogues of one of the characters. So, I worked on the dialogues of the character (Leo). One of the biggest challenges was writing such that the context was funny, but the essence of seriousness was not lost. It was hard to do so as whenever I would write something funny, it would either be funny so that there was no more seriousness in the joke or line or it would not be funny at all. I struggled to balance the serious thoughts and funny thoughts. I took feedback from Mr. Q and my friends. After my peers and teacher gave me feedback, I realised that to achieve what I was aiming for, I had to use mood and tone and apply the setting to my advantage. Also, finding inspiration from the book I was currently reading (Percy Jackson- The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan) I had to write more dialogues because in the book, the characters were continuously conversing so that the character(s) could crack a joke or do something funny. I improved in implementing humour in my context without losing my writings essence of seriousness.

Make It Develop and Plan (Fandom)

My Character description and plot.

What I also thought was that she could be the one who helps them win over Nike, the Victory goddess but I figured it would be better if she plays a part in the defeating Gaea the evil Earth mother to stop her from killing the world.

I will write down, or type my story on my computer. I figured that it should be short, 20 pages are too much. So it must be less than 10 pages long otherwise the reader will lose interest, keeping in mind that it is fan fiction and not a complete story. I would haev to learn to use humour to my advantage like Rick Riordan does for Leo. I would have to read such examples to learn it and find influence from other author’s writings.

I got my idea by brainstorming.  Also, I have seen a few ‘headcanons’ which are basically fan fiction when I did research and got inspired to create one too. I will test it by asking others to read it and provide me feedback so that I can improve on my idea and story. I did my first draft’s part 1 but it is too long (1 page for only the first paragraph) so I will redo it n=and make it shorter.

This is the weekly plan I made to organise my week.

Make It Define and Inquire (Fandom)

For this project, I decided I would like to build on the world of Percy Jackson. I like mythology and the humour in the book is grasping. The Heroes of Olympus series is my inspiration.

The heroes of Olympus series (by Rick Riordan) is my inspiration to do this Project. I am going to build on the story by creating another character and implementing her in the prophecy of seven.

For this project, my audience will be people of age 12 and up. Basically other teenagers and middle schoolers from age 12 to 17 (or up). A lot of fandoms change the stories or use the same story to create other things. I liked these ideas. My audience (assuming they know what Percy Jackson is) want the story to yet still be humorous but interesting, not the same thing Rick Riordan wrote because people would not like repetition. So I think my audience will want the story to be humorous, interesting and different but not too different as that will ruin the relation with the real story.

As I said before, I was inspired by the Heroes of Olympus series, The series is interesting and I am sure it would be very interesting and fun to build on it, or modify it in my own way. Rick Riordan’s writings inspire me because he knows how to balance humour and seriousness.

I think that creating a character would be good but the actual challenge would be to make her fit into the real story along with all the characters and then creating a plot all this without making my story into a book but keeping it comparatively short (not more than 20 pages).


One day: being a Teacher for a day!

For one day, I was an elementary school teacher. Me and my group (4 people but 1 got sick and was unfortunately not there) taught 2 VZ and it was really fun. We started the day by helping Ms Victoria cut out decorations for inter class door decorating competition.

We were helping her cut out circles and squares to make Chinese coins

Then, when the children returned, we introduced ourselves to them and told them how they were divided into 3 groups and who they would be with for the rest of the day. We introduced ourselves and they introduced themselves and then, we set off to read!

I read them After the fall by Dan Santat. They chose that book out of the 4 books I had.

Me reading the kids ‘after the fall’ for story time.

Chrisitine reading her group a book for story time

I asked them what they learnt from the story and discussed about the moral and then, we read ‘Hurray for Amanda and her Alligator’ by Mo Willems. They really liked both the books and had fun.

After that, it was time for passion lesson. My group members were doing Drama about CNY and presentation about animals and I was doing a few (4) magic card tricks. I taught them how to do those and they guessed the secret behind two of them.

Then, it was time for Chinese New Year (CNY) Crafts. We made them make fans and it was really fun. They decorated the fans and had a blast.

Christine was checking on the fans and making them ready for the upcoming ‘drama’.

We were making fans for CNY crafts.

After the CNY crafts, a few kids did a drama show for the rest of the class based on the story of Nian, the monster who led to Chinese New Year.

After that, it was time for lunch. They went to lunch and 10 minutes later, we went to our lunch. We came back and headed to performing arts. There, they practiced drums and sang songs and it was a lot of fun!

Then, for science, they rotated classes.  We made them do a guess what is in the pillow case game where they had to guess what is in a pillow case by touching the item outside from the pillow case, and then when we revealed what was in it, they had to write down properties of the object.

Me, Kaylyn and Chrisitine looking over the class that first came to us and clearing their doubts.

Then, we had a dance party and ended the day! It was a lot of fun and we learned a lot of things. I hope the children did too!  I hope this day returns again. I am down to choose it again. It was a good experience. I would miss the kids and the day and being a teacher again.

Final product

Our final design is a black parachute and the box is wrapped with water resistant tape. The string connects the two together.

From project collisions, I learned that to create a reliable delivery system, criteria/ metrics are really important since they help you figure out if your product or service is going to be successful in the market or not. Unless we have metrics to work towards, we do not know what our service or product is supposed to achieve and thus, we cannot measure success. They also help us know if the consumer wants what we are releasing because criteria/ metrics are supposed to be outcomes of market research. For example, we did a market survey and figured that 17 of 20 people want the gift delivery service and 20 of 20 people wanted it to be safe, weather protected, and accurately delivered. So, weather protection, safety and accuracy became our criteria/ metrics.

Before project collisions, I used to think that the iteration process was just to show a number of people that your project worked. In fact, I did even think about it much before I started project Collisions and designing my drone delivery package. But now, I think that the iterative process of designing – making – testing – repeat with new understanding is actually very important since it helps you improve the design and make it more suitable for the consumer’s needs and wants. First, we get an idea, then we improve on it and test the prototype to find flaws. Then we repeat, keeping on improving the prototypes until we reach a prototype that meets the criteria. That is how we figure it is successful.

Looking back in Project Collisions and all the design process we underwent, I realise that the iterative process is important because it is the very process we undergo to make a product or provide a service to or for the market which the consumers will use since in the process, we know it works because we tested it and improved on flaws. For example, when we started making our design, we knew that the ‘consumers’ wanted us to be accurate and the package to be safe and weather protected. So, we created the design (design 1), dropped it to test (drop 1) and then improved it to design and drop again (design and drop #2). When we saw that the data showed that we were meeting the criteria, we figured we were ‘successful’. There should be more trial and improvement (unlike us, we only did 2 tries but that was due to time) to be more accurate about success but in a nutshell, the iterative process is important because it helps to lead us to success.

Drop 1


Picture of the box with its mass

Me and my group made our first design using 86cm string ( four pieces 86 cm in length ), 2 sheets of newspaper, tape and tissue wrapping paper (to wrap the smaller box inside).  Multiple drops took place and we noticed that although the first try was not very good, our try 2 and 3 showed that the parachute worked since we noticed that the drop was a lot more slower than our drop 0 and it dropped as if drifting in the air.

In order to improve our design, we paid attention to area where it failed. The following “FAILS” happened during the drop:

  1. Our drop 1 was not very good. The paper parachute ripped mid air and the package dropped down with not a good design implemented on it.
  2. Our drop 2 was good and the parachute worked except that the package did not land on the force plate but fell 220 cm away from the force plate while in our try 3, it still worked and was till very inaccurate but it fell 180 cm away from the force plate.

Some things also went well. Big successes include

  1. Our parachute ended up working,

For our next design, we will improve upon the first prototype by slowing the drown down more (decreasing the speed) and also trying to be more accurate (hitting the force plate since we were way too much off this time). We will use a plastic bag for the parachute and more strings. We will also make a grip on the bottom of the box to make it hold itself when it falls.

Wenyu River Field study- Data Collection 4

Jan 25, 2019

The glass patch

A part of the mushroom tree

The big tree

Our data table with the data from our previous trips till the latest today (25 Jan 2019)

The data we collected was (For Big tree) trunk shade – dark brown, leave colour- NA because there were no leaves and human impact- 6, (for Mushroom Tree) trunk colour- light tan with brown cracks, no. of mushrooms- 71 and leave colour- NA because there were no leaves and (for glass patch) no. of glass pieces- 153.

Connection of data to previous data collected for Big Tree-

The colour of the trunk has been dark brown ever since we started collecting data. The leaves last time wire yellow green which means they were drying. So, throughout December and most of January, they dried and fell and there were no leaves today so we could not collect data about there colour. Also, number of human impacts or pieces of trash has been decreasing since September.

Connection of data to previous data collected for Mushroom tree-

The trunk colour has been lighter than the last times. There were no leaves due to winter and the mushroom’s number decreased also probably because of winter.

Connection of data to previous data collected for Glass patch-

The number of glass pieces decreased! Now that is weird since in October, the glass pieces had increased because of breaking. But now they have decreased. I figure that it is probably because they have been buried inside the ground and we cannot see them and thus could not count.

I wonder if the glass pieces will decrease or increase and also, I wonder if the number of mushrooms will change.

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