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Feature Article: WenYu river

Feature Article: WenYu River

Jeremy Ng


Students held tight onto bamboo sticks while other students used duct tape to hold their water collection devices in place. “Finally!” students exclaimed as they are finished making their water collection devices. Groups of four students each- consisting of 2 ISB students and 2 Niu Lan Shan students finally tested how well they engineered the water samplers. Three students from each group leaned forward looking down at the seemingly high turbid level water as one student slowly lowered the water tester down into the void.


It was a sunny Wednesday morning, April 13th, where about 80 students from both Niu Lan Shan middle school and International School of Beijing Futures academy went to the WenYu river for the launch of the project “We Are One.” The guiding question asks students how they can clean the local waterways of Beijing as a community. When students disembarked the bus after the 15 minutes trip to the WenYu, they walked down the mini hill to see the gloomy, thick river filled with trash. “I wonder what all the black layers floating at the top of the river are?” A puzzled student questioned himself.


“I wonder if all the trash comes from the nearby apartments?” Another student asked while pointing to the many apartments right next to the river.


The WenYu river is one of the main waterways of Beijing, and it is a human resource. Unfortunately, it is being severely polluted by sewer waste. Beijing alone produces 6,800 tons of human waste per day, almost enough to fill three Olympic swimming pools, but instead of going into pools, it gets flushed into the sewers which dump into Beijing’s waterways; creating tons of water pollution and deadly bacteria.


Students also thought that the trash might come from people littering nearby so the students from both schools started out their half day field trip by picking up trash nearby the river, students found a lot of trash nearby the river mostly including styrofoam, plastic, cigarette butts and more.


From a bird’s eye view, you can see that there could be a lot of reasons that the river might be polluted which includes Pinnacle Plaza nearby the river. There are many restaurants there that dump their leftovers, therefore resulting in a polluted water system. A big portion of the waste pinnacle plaza produces is a BBQ restaurant which produces most of the waste compared to the other shops in Pinnacle Plaza.


Other waste sources along the long WenYu river include golf courses. According to the famous website, Beachapedia, golf courses can pollute a lot of the local waterways: “To develop a golf course, many acres of land may have to be cleared of natural vegetation and habitat, graded, and planted with what is often non-native grasses, trees, and shrubs. All that pretty green grass takes a lot of water, fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides to maintain. The local water supply may or may not be adequate for the required irrigation needs. Chemical use, combined with over-irrigation may cause contamination of groundwater aquifers, surface water bodies, and the ocean. Native plants and animals may be destroyed/driven out. Natural coastal dunes or other coastal features may be covered over. ”


All the pesticides run into the water and can dilute the river properties making it more acidic than before. There are a total of six golf courses next to the WenYu river. Golf courses are not the only threat to natural waterways; threats also include the Beijing airport. Tons of airplane fuel flow into the waterways of Beijing everyday as many planes take-off.


As the students picked up the trash they could observe a lot of plastic bags and food wraps, which they could easily relate to the fact that many fast food restaurants are nearby such as McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC and more. They also found shattered pieces of flower pots as that could relate to the fact that many people are selling flowers nearby the river.


“I wonder if the flower sellers use the dirty water to feed the plants?” A student asked our science facilitator.


Very soon our ISB Futures academy students will complete an action project to help the Beijing waterways and make it cleaner than ever before and make Beijing great again.




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Reading response 2

1st place: St. Mungo’s hospital


St. Mungo’s hospital is like a real hospital in real life, but in Harry Potter this hospital is a hospital only for wizards, this setting really affected the plot because it saved Arthur Weasley’s life, Arthur Weasley was a great contribution to the Order and he helped guide the plot some times in the book. This hospital was very organized as seen from page 429 that it is listed and organized into different sections for differently talented healers (Magical doctors) to work in.


2nd place: Room of Requirements


The room of requirements definitely helped change the plot of the story and will for sure improve the dueling skills of the students from the DA (Dumbledoor’s army). The room of requirements is a room that will become a room that is perfect for whoever is using it, in this case Harry is using it to teach his followers and friends how to defend themselves. This room is like a normal gym in real life but for magic. It is like a gym because it improves ones skill in defending themselves allowing them to become stronger.


3rd place: Grimmauld place


Grimmauld place is where Sirius Black, Harry’s godfather, lives. This helped shape the plot of the story because when Harry got attacked by the dementors at the beginning of the book Harry got a place to stay with his friends. It was most important for the order’s meetings allowing them to defeat Voldemort. Grimmaulds place is like a real old house in real life, it is used to live in with dinner tables, and can be used for meetings. But in this house they are having a sleep over so about 10 people are living in that house.

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The piper and the Pooka story

Exposition: A long time ago in a country named Galway which is on the west coast of Ireland there was a boy who liked playing the pipes and he can only play one tune on the pipes and that was “Black rouge.”

Rising action: As the piper boy is playing the pipes on a bridge the Pooka came and knocked him over, as the boy got back up he grabbed the Pooka’s horns and tried to fight him. But the Pooka told him to try and play a new piece on his pipe, the boy thinks that the Pooka is a really good teacher at the pipe as he improved tremendously in a very short time, the Pooka then asks the boy to play music for some banshees for their dinner.

Climax: The Pooka turns into a horse and the boy climbs on when the boy plays his new piece to the banshees during their dinner. He is crowned the best piper in Ireland and was given a lot of golden coins, and the Pooka toke the piper home.

Falling Action: When the boy was home he told his mom all about the banshee and gold coins, but eventually found out by his mom that he was drunk and he had no idea what was really happening, his proof was that he could play the pipe very well and his golden coins, but they were just acorns and he played the pipes terribly.

Resolution: As the boy played more and more on his pipe he got better and his neighbor didn’t get really mad at him for stealing his goose last Christmas. Then he was really crowned the best piper of Ireland.

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Passion Project

We first decided to make a supersonic sensor robot that is auto-piloted and can turn when there is an obstacle 5 centimetres or less away from it. We exhibited our robot in the makers fair over the break. There are some people who told us to join competitions and sell our product. I think this was a very good experience for me. After the makers fair our first passion project class we decided to do one of the competitions the makers fair people told us to do. We decided to do the future city competition. In this class we planned out how are city will be recyclable and waste proof. David and I also started using the Arduino mega to make our new robot that has eight wheels. We decided for it to have eight wheels so it can climb upstairs cases. This robot will tour us around Futures academy if we have guests. That is all we did for our passion project so far.


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Math: Me by the numbers

This histogram shows the Futures Academy students taking different languages. The big majority of the students take Chinese class during language period. The rest of the people are taking French and EAL. There are 2 people that are taking no languages during language period and that they have enrichment for both period 4 and period 3. With a lot of people taking Chinese class I infer that the majority students in Futures Academy is good at English and graduated from EAL to Chinese. And I also infer students that have graduated from EAL will prefer to take Chinese more than French because if you have graduated from EAL then you can have a choice of which language to take: French, Chinese or none. And a gigantic majority of the students picked Chinese instead of French or none. I am one of the students taking Chinese in these surveys. In futures academy there are only nine girls in our class and the rest are boys. In the girls there are only 2 people taking French and the rest are taking Chinese. One of them is taking EAL, but none of them are taking no languages. Knowing that the people taking EAL from Futures academy are mostly boys I infer that some boys in Futures academy came in from a foreign school. And also the similarities with boys and girls is that the majority of both genders take Chinese.Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 17.47.22

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In The Year Of The Boar And Jackie Robinson celebration

Today we did a In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson celebration, the author of the book is Bette Bao Lord, it’s little story about her when she moved to  America, we were supposed to dress up as a character in the book, and say a short line from the book that this person has said in the book.

I was grandfather and I put on a beard that I make the night before, and a little hat that I made in second grade in art class.

Then we had snacks that other people brought, I brought pretzels.  I had a stuffed tummy after my snack, it was a lot of food. I had lots of fun saying my part and celebrating with everyone. This was a very fun day, I wish to do this again one day.

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Why do we need rules???

   I think we need rules in our world because without rules the world would be a disaster. People would be stealing, they would go full speed in a car etc. With rules the world would be much better, no stealing, no traffic jams. I think rules help people, the world and a happier life!

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Minecraft day 10

Yesterday on Minecraft I was also the farmer, we have gotten a lot done on day 10, for the farm we learned how to feed give adult chickens health (I found that out). We also made fences around the farm so the animals won’t escape. We a had a fence gate just in case the animals got up to the fence. Deep and I was the one that was actually building the fences for the farm. The other farmers were just trying to keep the animals in the farm. For the miners Jayden has found a very good mine that has some coal, not much iron, we don’t know yet but there maybe some gold or diamond in that mine. As for the builders I saw them doing much on the wall, the wall is almost finished, we just have one more side to do. On Minecraft day 10 I think we did a good job on the forty five minutes, so that means we had used our time wisely. Next session for Minecraft I think we should keep up the good work and we should also switch jobs because people would love to try some new jobs, I really want to be a builder cause I think being a builder is fun!

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Minecraft day 9

During Minecraft today the bad guys didn’t log in to play, well not when class 4-RD was learning about governance. I was the farmer on day nine, I  wanted to do mining if that was out then I would do building, but mining and building was took over by some people so I had to be a farmer. I wasn’t happy about being a farmer but it was my job so I tried hard on being a farmer. I didn’t have a hoe when we were logging in to Minecraft so quickly mined some stone, But when I was mining I fell into a lava pit. I teleported home and was dying of hunger I couldn’t find any food so I had half a heart left. I fell in a hole quite deep when I started mining. I teleported back home again, didn’t fall in a hole,and crafted a stone hoe. I collected seeds from grass near our village town hall, when I got about fif-teen seeds I started to plant the seeds. By the time I planted all the seeds day nine has ended. I think the whole class wasn’t co-operating very well on Minecraft day nine so, people have basically wasted forty-five minutes not doing something that can help us in life. I think next time when we play Minecraft I think we should communicate our ideas so we can have better ideas. “two heads are better than one”. I think we should also work on the wall more, because I think the bad guys will attack our village again.