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TOK semester 1 reflection

1.During the first semester, we considered knowledge questions related to “Knowledge and the Knower” and “Knowledge and Technology.”  Looking back, what learning engagements stand out to you the most and why?

2.In what ways, if any, has your perspective shifted as a result of your participation in this course so far?

3.Looking ahead to the exhibition requirement, what do you want to keep in mind?

4.Thinking back on the writing you have done so far in the course, what can you do to continue to hone your skills?


One the of learning engagement that stood out to me this semster is watching the “The Social Dilemma”. After watching “The Social Dilemma”, I realized how Knowledge will affect us being a knower. Social media shaped us as users to think in a certain way, there are many negative effects to using technology affecting human’s psychology. People get affected by the spread of fake news and bias.

My participation in TOK has made me understand ways of knowing and not to believe blindedly. Furthermore, after having the basic skill to spot the difference between different scenarios. Furthermore, this course pushes me to think deeper into problems that we face on a daily bases.

Looking ahead to the exhibition requirements something I will keep in mind is how I need to incoperate my skill in to the exhibition.

Something I will improve my skill by having more in depth real life examples and putting the concepts in the examples to show my understanding.



Are some ways of knowing more likely than others to lead to truth?

In order to fully answer the question in the title, the definition of “truth” must be defined. Though truth seems to be a simple concept, many may think truth is what is right, in different situations different people might have different beliefs of what’s right what’s wrong.

In Stanford University’s article, Stanford University defined Truth in many different way and scenarios and thus there is never an absolute definition of truth. However, relating to the ways of knowing, in different situations some ways of knowing will be more favored and beneficial compared to other ways of knowing. There are eight ways of knowing: emotion, memory, imagination, sense perception, intuition, reason, faith and language. However, at different situations there are different efficiencies in the ways of knowing that will be led to the truth.


In situations where a company’s leader needs to fire employees due to their poor performances, the way of knowing whether this should be done or not could be can widely affect the future of this company. For example, if the company’s leader follows the way of knowing of sense perception, reason and intuition, there will be a high chance the leader will fire the employees, saving the future of the company. The truth of that the employees needed to be fired to improve the company is objective truth, meaning truth is achieved without bias and factors such as emotions. Objective truth is achieved with logic and reasoning, which in the scenario is the best way of knowing. However, an example that the way of knowing is not beneficial is, for example, when the employees and the leader have good relationship, the ways of knowing of emotion might get in the way. In this case, if the leader decides to listen to what his emotions tell him, he will probably won’t fire the employee, this decision will be costly, possibly affecting the company. This scenario, the truth was achieved subjectively. The subjective truth means that it’s based off our input making it subjective. In the scenario, subjective truth will not be beneficial as it will interfere the company’s future development due to personal relationships.


However, there are also situations where subjective truth is more beneficial. For example, on a personal level, the relationship between friends, family and love ones, subjective truth might be more beneficial compared to objective truth. When a person you cared is sad or feeling down, what they want to hear might not be the objective truth, but subjective truth. If was objective truth was used, it might affect the relationship between them. Other situations where its related to a personal scale, it is more prioritized to be using the WOKs of subjective than objective.


In conclusion, despite having benefits and limitations for both the subjective truths and objective truths of the ways of knowing depending on the situation there is better ways to present the truth between people.



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What do you know for sure, and how do you know it?

There are many things that are certain and we know for sure, one plus one will always equal two, the hard work will eventually pay off, however, a specific thing that we know for sure that could only imply to a personal level is how we deal with things.

Identifying a person means indicating who and what someone is. However, different experiences, different races, cultures, families, etc. shapes the belief and who we are as a person. The actions that are taken because of the beliefs we have, therefore these are things that we know for sure. For example, as a student what I know for sure is that on-campus and in-class rules and norms should be followed, that learning is the number one priority. These are what we know for sure as we are taught this way, and the experiences that we have indicate that this is the way.

However, there are also aspects that we don’t know for sure is what the society is like and how might it influence us in the future. Having recently and still experience the pandemic, it can be inferred that events happening in the society are uncertain. Before COVID-19, I set goals that I want to achieve by the end of 2020. Now as we approach near the end of 2020, looking back barely any of my goals were achieved as they were set back due to the virus. Furthermore, through experiencing COVID, the new experiences shape new beliefs, an example could be that I have become more patient with everything.

In conclusion, we might be able to know the beliefs, reactions, and actions we might take to a certain event due to our own beliefs. However, the belief and actions we take won’t last forever, as the society and the world is uncertain, things could be out of hand which could eventually change everything.


Engineering project Blog post#3

Through the Engineering Project, I made 3 prototypes. From the 3 prototypes I built, I learned the cruciality on the planning step.

For the first class, I started making my first prototype, I used simple and cheap materials: paper, cardboard, foam, elastic band, and paperclip,  and PVS tube, simply just to test the measurements I decided on the blueprint. It didn’t work for the first few times, so I had to adjust the length of the handle. After spending the first class getting the right measurements, I worked on with better materials the next class for my 2nd prototype: Carboard wood, wood, elastic band, paperclip, and wood stick. I got the right measurements this time and the prototype worked out fine, so for the final product, without changing any measurements, I tried to make it look better. I spent my final 2 classes finding better materials, sanding the wood and simply make the product look better. I used the same measurements but this time the materials changed to wood, plastic jar, elastic band, wood stick, and wire. My mistake here is that I used wire instead of paperclip. The part I use paperclip is to stabilize and connect the elastic band and the wood platform, a wire is clearly not stronger than a paperclip, but I couldn’t find a paperclip at that time so I used wire instead. After finishing the product, I went on the testing. It worked for the first few tries but it snapped when I tried for the 5th time. The whole product collapsed and I didn’t have any time to put them back together.

For the project, I should’ve stick with materials that I have planned on the blueprint. Even though I changed some of the materials form the blueprint to make it look better, but I should have followed important materials that would stabilize the whole product. The feedback I got from peers are crucial in my design and I changed a lot by listening to peers. By listening to peers I changed materials such as foam to wood, which helped the carousel to speed at a steady pace.

(sorry the pictures are bad, I accidentally deleted the good pictures and videos I took)

Engineering Project Blog Post #2

After Define and Inquiring, I started to model and planning my project.

The picture below is my model of the product.

Since my Project is fairly easy to build, I will be spending my first 2 classes to build prototypes, and the final 2 classes to build my final product.

Engineering Project Blog Post #1

For the project, I decided that I would make a toy that transfers energy. After brainstorming some ideas I decided that I would focus on transferring elastic energy to kinetic energy, and the kinetic carousel is one of my ideas.

By twisting the elastic band it allows the carousel to spin which the elastic energy transfers to kinetic energy.

By making this carousel I will be needing:

Cardboard paper

elastic band

straw or stick

glue gun




The idea I first had is to create a slingshot, but since slingshots are considered weapon is not really likely to get approved, it inspired me to create something related to the transfer from elastic energy to kinetic. So I came across the Kinetic Carousel.


These are the link that will help me making my kinetic carousel.

DIY Engineering Toy: Kinetic Carousel


Band Goal 18-19 S1

My goal for the end of the semester is to improve on tonguing while maintain good tone.

The recording below is from Magnificent seven bar 30 to 45 and I feel like I need to work on the tonguing at this part more.

To improve tonguing I can practice tonguing quarter notes, eighth notes and sixteenth notes.

My Top 3

The Capstone Journey

Through the Capstone project, I gain a deeper understanding of the problems that China has right now. Air pollution is a struggle to many Chinese, as a result to all of the research and interview me and Sam made a documentary about how terrible the problem is right now and why it air pollution should gain attention. After the documentary, I gain knowledge why China is burning coal, why Air pollution is still happening and what can stop Air pollution. If I had the chance of doing the project again, I would try to interview more variety of people to support my idea even more. For the future 8th graders I want them to be aware that the more interview you get, the better it’s going to be.


The catapult project is a math project we are doing in Algebra 1 this year. We first build the catapult and then we used desmos to graph the arc of the catapult height vs time and height vs distance. By using the standard form we found the vertex and factored form.

Throughout the project, I have learned different things. I learned how to graph from just a video of the catapult and I have improved on turning forms into different forms and it also helped me to understand quadratic functions more.

There wasn’t really any challenges but for next time I think me and my partner need to make the catapult more stable, since every time the catapult shoots differently.

I think that the catapult project helped me a lot at understanding quadratic functions and I have learned a lot from this.

Height vs Distance Graph

Height vs Time Graph

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