In the beginning, Esther and I were confused and lost. We didn’t know what to do and we couldn’t think of any ideas. First, we wanted to make a polymer that could fit in your eat when you sleep. However, it would be dangerous to put a polymer in your ear because it’s not safe. On April 15, I thought of an idea. I realized that many students bring their phones in class and sometimes their phone rings. It happens all the time and all over the world. I told Esther about my idea of making a polymer that blocks the sound from your phone. Later on, we had class time to experiment on our polymer.
The first prototype was Gloop. We went into another room and used the Gloop to cover the part of the phone that produced sound. We were amazed that it worked on the Samsung, but it didn’t work on the iPhone. Next, we used all the different ingredients and the results were horrible. It looked ugly and disgusting and we regretted making a prototype using all the ingredients. We moved on to making Boogers. Boogers was the same as Gloop and didn’t have a big difference. The only difference was that it had more characteristics that we wanted. Then we changed the ingredients to make it better. We added 50 ml laundry starch, 2 cm of glue, and a few drops of food coloring. We mixed it all together and then placed it on paper towels to absorb all the excess laundry soap. Then we used our hands to make it into a ball. When class was over we put the new prototype in a plastic bag. The next class, the prototype became wet and sticky so we used the paper towel again to absorb the stickiness. Every time we made a prototype we would follow this procedure. In total, we made four different colors for our prototype, blue, purple, green, and pink.
This is when we started making our commercial. I wanted our audience to relate and connect to our commercial so we thought of real life situation. The commercial started off in a school environment and a student’s phone starts ringing. The teacher gets mad and the student is embarrassed. Then the student’s classmate introduces a product called ‘Sinslate’. We have a before and after video of the student using the product. We use this story line and add little bits of information in the video. For example, the price, colors, company’s name, etc. The name ‘Sinslate’ came from the words: Sound and Insulator. In the beginning, it was ‘Sonslate’, but it didn’t sound good so we changed it to ‘Sinslate’. Our company name is ‘Isoler’ because it means isolate in French.
On the day we presented our product, I learned that the best commercials were the ones that had real life connections and the ones that had the target market audience in the video. For example, there was one group who had little kids as their target market audience. So they had a child in the video instead of a middle schooler acting like a little kid. Comparing from where we finished to where we started was a huge improvement. I learned many things along the way in this project.
The Powerpoint above talks about the most magical province in China, Heilongjiang. Heilongjiang is known for how cold it is in the winter. When you look through the slideshow, you will see some the natural environment of Heilongjiang, human-created environment, how to move around the province, the negatives and positives, and the types of travelers that should visit Heilongjiang. Without further or due, please enjoy reading through the powerpoint.
After reading and annotating many traveling articles, I now know what a good article is. I’ve read different travel articles about different places. All of them have a good hook, images, theme, imagery, attitude, and describes the place very well. Some articles are all about the author’s experience, some include the author’s experience, but mostly about the destination’s culture. However, my traveling writing was completely different. I only talked about where I was going, what I did, and places I went. I didn’t talk about how I got there, what I felt, the weather, clothes that I wore, and most importantly I didn’t describe the place I was going to. I didn’t give any information about their culture or some information you should know when traveling there. After reading all the other travel articles I learned what a good article is. Next time, I will describe the place I’m going, have more attitude, have some data, add images, and write why I liked this trip and what I felt when I was there.
The Bhutan article was mainly about black-necked cranes. The beginning of the article started off describing the festival. Then it talked about the black-necked cranes, the author’s stay in Bhutan, more in-depth about the festival, and then the population of the cranes. The article had 7 seven pictures and included some tips for the type of clothing you should bring, the price of going to Bhutan, and where to go for the festival.
In the Russia article, it was all about the author’s experience. He talked about how he decided to go to Klyuchevskaya Sopka, getting his visa, buying skiing equipment, and his journey. He also talked about his camera, the slope of the mountain, how cold it was, and the pebble storm. This was very different from the Bhutan Article. The Bhutan told a little bit about her trip, but mostly explained information of the culture. In this article, it was all about the author’s trip.
Both articles talked about the authors trip, had good quality pictures, and had the same format. The two articles are different in some areas, but both did a fine job on describing the place and it lets the reader understand the place better.
Esther and I are almost done with our prototypes. We made good progress and going on the right track. In class, we continued where we left off last class. We finish our fourth prototype and we were happy with our results. Out of all the prototypes, we liked the fourth one the because we noticed that it had most of the characteristics that we needed. We fixed all the problems that we had and now we are thinking whether or not if we should have packaging and our products name. Some of the problems that we encountered were: the polymer smelling bad, the polymer being too sticky, and not insulating the ringtone. We first solved our second problem by using paper towels. We used the paper towels to absorb all the excess laundry starched that we used. Once our polymer was ready, we played with it to make sure it wasn’t sticky. Later on, we used Esther’s perfume and sprayed a little bit on our polymer. It solved our first problem and had now we had all the characteristics that we needed, except for one. The polymer had to insulate the ringtone and vibration. When we were testing the ringtone and the vibration in another room we realized that we were getting the wrong data. Esther and I went back into the science room because most classrooms are not completely silent. The teacher might be talking or other classmates are, so we decided to go back in the science room and asked our classmate if they could hear any ringtone or vibration sound. We tested maybe times by putting the polymer in a different shape and size. We learned that the best way to insulate the sound was to have a thick layer of the polymer and use it to cover where the sound was coming from. We were glad that the polymer didn’t go into the tiny holes because we wouldn’t our customers using it and noticing polymer stuck to the phone.
These pictures are the process of making our polymer.
First, we added 2 cm of glue in a plastic clue. Then we added blue food coloring and mixed it together. Once it was mixed, we added 50 ml of Laundry starch.
After mixing in the laundry starch it looks like the first picture.
We used paper towels to absorb all the excess laundry starch. After that, we mold it until it stuck together in one piece. Once we were done, we put it in a plastic bag and labeled the bag.
Today Esther and I made three prototypes. Right now we have 4 in total. The first one was Gloop. To reach our goal we used our own phones to test it out. I used my iPhone 5 and Esther used her Samsung. We put our phones on the Gloop and played ringtones and vibration to see if the Gloop would block the sound. When we tested it, Samsung worked the best. It was very hard to hear the vibration sound and it was very effective. However, the iPhone wasn’t the same. You could still hear the vibration sound and the Gloop didn’t work. Later on, we tried to mix 3cm glue, 13 ml of borax, 12 ml of water, 20ml laundry starch, 5ml PVA, 1 drop of green, and 2 drops of yellow food coloring. We realized that it wasn’t a good idea because the results didn’t work and it didn’t look appealing. After our 2nd prototype didn’t work out, we moved on to our 3rd prototype. We used 1cm of glue, 2 drops of yellow food coloring, 26 ml of laundry starch, and another drop of glue. This worked out really well as well. It had the same results as our first prototype, Gloop. However, it had more characteristics than Gloop so we decided to use our third prototype. We wanted it to be flexible, easily removed, and easily molded. Our third prototype had all these characteristics so we decided to work on it. Because our third prototype didn’t work for iPhone, we wanted to make a polymer that was big enough to cover the whole phone. We doubled the amount of prototype 3 and started mixing. Because we didn’t have enough time the polymer wasn’t combined well together. Next class we are planning to improve our fourth prototype.
Mixing everything together
Prototype 4 improving Boogers
Blocks vibration sound
Blocks ringtone sound
Have most of the characteristics that we need
The table above shows you the characteristics of all the prototypes we made. The best one is the third prototype and the worst was the second prototype.
Materials we used for our second polymer: 3cm glue, 13 ml of borax, 12 ml of water, 20ml laundry starch, 5ml PVA, 1 drop of green, and 2 drops of yellow food coloring.(We switched the blue food coloring to yellow and green after the photo was taken)
Our second prototype looked like this. It didn’t look good and it was very, very slimy and disgusting.
The best vacation I had was in 2015 during October break. My family and I went to Japan, Osaka. We went there for 5 days and did a lot of shopping. It wasn’t very cold or hot and the weather was really nice. The first day I bought a lot of stationary and clothes. We went to a café and ate pancakes. At night, we went to an Owl café. I took a lot of pictures with the owls and had a really good time. On the second day, we went to visit Osaka Castle and different temples. After that, we went to a deer park. We feed the deer and took a lot of pictures. On the third day, our family went to Kyoto and did a bike ride. We also went to an onsen hotel for one night. Then we went back to Osaka and did more shopping and eating. Throughout the trip, we ate a lot of sushi and soft milk ice cream.
My favorite magazine is Seventeen Magazine. I really like this magazine because I really like the stories in the magazine. I get to read other people’s experience about different activities. I also like this magazine because sometimes they have coupons. In every magazine they feature a celebrity. I enjoy reading what the celebrity says in the interview. Reading this magazine helps me keep updated on what’s going on in America. Sometimes they have tips for school and life. For example, it had tips on SAT, school life, and friends. Also, they have one page that tells you some of the cheap items that are under $10. Sometimes they give you coupons!