Marco Polo’s Changemaker

Project entrepreneur

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This project was to use the principals of entrepreneur meet the needs of our local and global community. Our group was following the driving question, the Marco Polo Snack Bar is aware of not serving meat and no unhealthy ingredients like oil. What made us aware and engaged into the project is that there has been a hypothesis that many scientists made, our planet will run out of resources in around 85 years if we continually keep our consistent habits of wasting.

Throughout the project we had some problems, every process will have a problem point, our problem was that our group was slowly processing during planning, so the first day our group wasn’t able to sell one of our products, so then our group did terrible the first day of selling.

But then we have our successes, we were able to sell the missing product we weren’t able to sell in the first day, and the people who bought our products last bake sale came again, so it was slowly getting popular every few minutes. The most products we sold was our oreo milkshake. So then here come another problem, the third bake sale we weren’t able to sell much oreo milkshake because we didn’t have enough milkshake, and then there wasn’t much people coming to our snack bar.

Our group came to a conclusion that we definitely made a profit out of 2 of the sales. The first sale did not go too well, because our group thought that people weren’t reminded to bring their money and didn’t have anything to buy our product. But the rest was a success because that the other group that was selling bubble tea was gone, that was our observation.

Using Entrepreneurship to Help People with Disabilities

Social entrepreneurship is when someone uses entrepreneurship to meet social needs. Our business was to make pet collars for pet’s fashion. Some principles of entrepreneurship that we used were:

Market research to find out how many people who have pets to see if our business was a good idea.

We had more supply than demand

We pitched to the investor and got their support and ideas.

We didn’t change pricepoint, we made cookies that were sold and we made some extra money.

I had the idea to make food because it was lunch, and a lot of people want cheaper lunches. For the projects, the SDG is “Good Health and Wellbeing” because we donated the money to Smile week which helps little babies with Cleft Pallet. This will impact our community by making pets look better and no hunger from cookies. The conclusion is that we will try and feed people with cookies and help with the fashion of pets.

I had the idea to make food and not dog collars, but my teammates didn’t listen, they thought dog collars we’re good and that’s the reason why our company was created, I respect that, but when we really went out there, we didn’t sell enough, so one of our group members decided to listen to me, so she made cookies, then we made some extra money.

tshirts and sodas (tdas)

 

Looking back at this project, I’ve learnt supply and demand, golden zones for price, and partnerships with other companies. Even though some companies may get a lot, their ideas are too mainstream. What is important is imagination. Maybe you can make over 1 000€ with milk tea, one day you’ll run out of boba, or tea, but you’ll never run out of imagination space, unless you’re an 8GB phone.

 

Social entrepreneurship is when you earn money but consider the 17 UNSDGs. I won’t go further into the SDGs, since it’s very long. Social entrepreneurship companies may be non-profit or semi-non-profit, as they will donate to organizations like Indspire and Smile Week.

 

We’ve used the principles of social entrepreneurship to create a product that was eco-friendly, and healthy. The donation part of SE, we’ve decided Smile Week will be the receiving end.

 

Sparkytomas

DESO (Support the Sharks)

We created DESO based on the Sustainable Development Goal No. 14 (Life Below Water). As we were both interested in the creatures of the ocean, we decided to focus on sharks, as we felt they were not as appreciated as the other creatures in the sea. So that was how our idea formed, from then on, we started researching about how sharks were endangered, and we knew we had to do something. It was not easy to decide what we wanted to sell, so we made a survey and tried to see what the customers preferred. Finally we decided on selling keychains and notebooks, both related to sharks. We made more keychains, because of supply and demand. In the survey a lot more people preferred the keychains so we made more to help the customers need. The notebook would teach people about sharks and how they were endangered and the keychains were there to remind people of the threat of the sharks extinction. After all sales, we managed to sell everything, and we plan to adopt 2 sharks. By adopting a shark, we made sure that the sharks we were helping would life a healthy and good life, in the wild. Over the course of this project we learned a lot about being social entrepreneurs,  because of first-hand experience. Being a social entrepreneur means helping people that have a global or local need. Social entrepreneurs think about the good of others, and the world, not just the money. They try to raise awareness and help others around them. Making sure that whatever harm they cause is minimized until it barely leaves an impact. Being social entrepreneurs, you have to work hard in other to help others and the world.

 

Baseball Tragedy

Driving Question: How do we use the laws of motion to improve safety

I learned a lot of things during this project. I learned how to implement science, humanities and math in real life. I learned some laws of motion by Newton and it widen my vision because they are used actually everywhere, everything we do, the laws of motion acts on us.

During this unit, we had two major projects, the Aquaponics/Hydroponic and the PSA.

In the Aquaponics project we had a lot of freedom and we organized time by ourselves without reminders from teachers, we learned that we should be responsible for our own work and we are not doing work for anyone but ourselves.

In the PSA, I learned how to edit successfully and my group learned how to communicate without fighting.

Recycle Plastic Bags!

  • I made a positive impact on Beijing by inspiring people to participate in the B.B.B project. I use to think plastic bags in supermarkets weren’t a big deal and never paid much attention to them. However, now I realized that it’s causing a major source of pollution to our environment. For example, one piece of plastic takes at least 500 years to decompose and when they decompose the micro plastic still float around, so the fish mistake plastic as food. And when we eat fish we eat the plastic in them together. After I found out about this, I tried to make a water filter. But I realized how hard it would be to make it into a real project because I would need employees, salesmen, and maybe even a company. So I decided that I should do something to stop the supermarkets from giving out free plastic bags instead. The BBB project was born. I talked to the Jenny Wang’s supermarket and they told me that I could put a collection box there so that they can reuse the plastic bags instead of giving out new ones every time.

Recycling in Our Community

I went to different places in my compound to look through the trash bins. I noticed there weren’t many recycle bins and mostly just two bins of other waste and one bin of kitchen waste. Out of all the places I went, I only found 2 recycle bins. I also found out that there were many items in the non-recyclable that were recyclable, and in the recycle bin, many things were not recyclable. Something that I had to think about was whether or not the people sort the trash. One time my mom was really upset because she saw that the people putting away the trash put everything in one big pile, but Mr. Q brought up how some people sort the trash when they have everything together, so I had to try to find out whether they did that or not. I couldn’t find anything though. Most of the trash I found was aluminum, cardboard, and paper, which are all recyclable.

Here is how my PowerPoint (The one that I presented and taught people with) turned out:

Up-cycled Furniture – Bean Bag Chair

During Ignite week, I created a wooden chillax corner that can help me become comfortable along with a beanbag chair so that its not very hard, and that it can add some softness. My beanbag chair was a success, even though it kind of ended being a giant pillow, but my wooden part of the project was not. I used some wood from home to make the back/leaning part of the “corner”, but I ran out of wood and it kind of ended up really small (but I can still fit myself in there). One of my challenges that i had to encounter, was time. I used up a lot of time just goofing around with my friends and not focusing, and time was almost up for the project, I had no time to get more wood, or any other materials. I learned more about how to take things apart and then making them into a whole new thing is just a week, and that how hard it is to focus and finish all of it on time. I can use the skills that I have learned during Ignite Week in the future when my boss or someone else suddenly throw a project or job to do, I can be comfortable, and know that I should focus and not be off task.

Writing A 101% Perfect Book

I made a picture book to capture the attention of younger students around KG, called “MY 101% PERFECT BOOK”, about an elephant named Bob, who wants his book to go all his way, but the reader keeps messing it up.  He gets really angry. He wants it to be just his and just his way, but when he starts to think, he realizes reader’s ideas aren’t actually so bad.

 

I was able to teach a lesson in the story, but still make it engaging. I was teaching that it’s not all about you and that other people’s ideas make your ideas even better, a thing most little kids don’t realize. They tend to want to be in charge, and make it all about them, and I succeeded to teach them that’s not how it has to be. I also seceded to make a deluge where the character is interacting with the reader which is really hard to pull off. Questions are the key, like,” what? You want me to turn the page? Well okay…”, and repetition because the reader already knows and understands.

 

I found it challenging to make the the illustrations, and the emotions of the characters. I wanted to show more in the pictures than in the words, but I don’t exactly think I did that. I think my illustrations where okay though! I also thought it challenging to make it look like a crayon drew some things, and photo shopping crayons into the image, using different media. There was no crayon option, so I had to be creative and instead I used dots.

 

My L2 project was creativity. I thought I improved in that area because I was able to use a speech of writing where the writer was communicating with the reader, which is really unique and really hard to pull off, and took some really creative thinking. Also, my images start out black and white expect for the character and the “reader” makes it more colorful little by little which I felt was really creative to the theme that others ideas only make your ideas more interesting and better.

 

A skill I learned from making a book ignite week was how to really engage and teach little kids. This is a great skill in life, especially because I have little brothers and sisters, and may have children of my own someday, or be a teacher. This also means I can teach real life problems in a simple way that everyone can understand though a story, which will also get me a lot further in life. I can teach people of all ages important life lessons.

Link to Process Journal:

http://isbtube.isb.bj.edu.cn/video/Samantha039s-MAKE-A-BOOK-processs/72ad8a1f743ea108b714e21335c283b8

 

Art Of Cake- Around on the World

I created the China World cake, It’s a cake in the shape of a sphere, and it represents a globe. The “China” fondant letters, and fondant flowers is a touch of my personality because it is where I live and one of the places I call home. I had many success, but the one I feel most accomplished on is not really a skill but actually a responsibility. I learned how to make cakes based on the recipes accurately, so it would turn out great. And also I learned how to prepare before you make a cake and all the essentials needed. I learned how to work the oven by myself, so I will be able to cook at home by myself without any guidance. One of my biggest challenges was that when I made a measurement mistake, and the cake batter wasn’t like what the recipe required it to be. To fix this, I would have to problem solve and make the cake batter the way it was supposed be without remaking the batter, and starting over. For example, if the frosting was too thick I would add more milk. I grew more of creativity and innovation because now, I realized how good cooks cook. By changing the recipe, a bit to fit my expectations I would make the cake better than it would have been, and have added a little bit of my personal touch. This would help me in the future because I would be able to make things more helpful and efficient, for example if we were asked to make a book for little kids. Others might make a standard book and write their story inside, whilst I might make the book into the shape of an animal head that would fit my theme and my story. With this creativity and innovation, I will learn to accomplish much more.

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