3D Modeling reflection

 

 

In this 3D unit, I designed a case for my earplugs. The case is composed of 1 upper component and one lower component, connecting by the hinge. A cuboid and two hinges form the upper part. I rounded the cuboid to make the case more smooth. The two hinges are attachable, so I can print the upper and lower components separately and attach them after the printing process. I used two cylinders to form the hinges; the bigger one is cut by the small one. A cuboid and two cylinders form the lower body. The cuboid was also rounded. For the connecting joint, I used two rectangles to create space for the hinges, and I sketched and extruded two circles, which formed two cylinders. These cylinders are crucial for my case as the hinges revoluted on them.

I’m proud of the design of the hinge in my features of the model. The hinge is attachable, which is a great idea to increase the lifetime of the product. For typical cases, if the case doesn’t revolute, you will have to buy an entirely new case. However, if the upper component is broken in my model, I will only need to replace it and print another case because it’s attachable. One thing that challenged me is to learn and used new features in fusion 360. Due to my lack of experience in 3d modeling, it was hard at first to get familiar with different tools. I overcame this problem by searching for additional materials online and seeking help from my teacher Mr.Beatty. After finishing this unit, I gained tons of experience using these tools such as sketch, joint, and clearance.

 

 

English Reflective Blog Post

The humor unit started in the last stage of this semester. As a Grade 9 student, I had little experience with online learning and I hadn’t expected that we have done online distance learning for four months. Now the school year is almost done, I believe such a special experience of learning independently at home will be significantly helpful in the future of my life.

In this unit, I learned that humor exists in multiple forms of literature and can contribute to the underlying theme. Humor can be created and escalated through various techniques, such as irony, incongruity, or exaggeration. Specifically, I learned how social issues can be exposed in a humorous way in Confusions. In the 2020 student poem anthology, I learned how the author uses incongruity and a structure of parody to create a humorous effect and reveals the theme. From such practice, I have achieved the SMART Goal: possessing the ability of self-learning and improving the quality of the literary analysis. I achieved this aim by strictly following the course plan and checking my tasks multiple times.

The most challenging part of this unit was analyzing the Confusions and English 9 Poetry Anthology, because I had no experience in analyzing plays and poetry in terms of techniques and the theme analysis. I had to search new concepts, so I spent a long time digesting and applying the knowledge independently. From this perspective, I succeeded in achieving my study goals and submitting my tasks on time. Particularly, I made up my own schedule and I followed it without procrastination.

During the learning process, I successfully met the SAL criteria of “Responsibility” and “Attitude”. For example, I made a detailed plan, attended every zoom meeting, collected the feedback from my teacher, and submitted the tasks before deadlines. On the other hand, I need to improve my working efficiency and focus my targets without wasting time on some relaxing YouTubers’ videos. In addition, I need to be self-motivated and self-corrected in my future learning process. Overall, I think the humor unit is a great experience to understand how humor works in various forms of literature and this final project trained us to explore new knowledge as an active learner and solve difficulties independently.

In English 10, I plan to do more reading in American literature, explore new knowledge, and find solutions in an active way. In this way, I believe that I can improve my creative thinking, logic reasoning, and independent analyzing ability. I really appreciate such an online learning experience together with my peers and Ms.Maloney.

IDU Project Reflection

Usually, I enjoy doing a group project because I learn different perspectives from others. I especially enjoy the project if my friends and I are in the same group.  However, my dream does not always come true and unfamiliar students are always in my group. There can be a potential risk that each individual contributes to the group differently. If they are your friends, you know their personality whether they are lazy workers or not. As doing work with unfamiliar members, you do not know them very well and the problem can be amplified if people do not collaborate successfully. During the initial stage of the project, our group didn’t have any good ideas for the project but we made some agreements about the collaboration norms.

I believe the most important norm from the seven norms of collaborative work is posing questions. Asking questions can lead the discussion, usually different ideas and suggestions are created through the process of posing questions. However, I do believe the other 6 norms are important and a productive group must implement the norms successfully.  I think the easiest norm for me to implement is paraphrasing. Paraphrasing is especially essential for the group because this is the process to understand others’ ideas and insights in your own words. I did this really well so I mostly did not have questions about the prototype of our project.  The most difficult norm for the group is paying attention to others. As the project goes in a relatively relaxed environment with little supervision from the teachers, students get the freedom to do the project by themselves. In such type of atmosphere, students can get off tasked cause there is little supervision. Then, the productivity of the group will decrease because not everyone is fully concentrated on the project. Some individuals will do more work than others and some will not finish their own assigned tasks.  This is where arguments happen. Pausing is also very difficult for me because I am the kind of person that likes to finish the whole sentence without stopping otherwise my thought will get intercepted. So I during the project I have to speak slowly to make sure everyone understands my points.

My strengths as a team member are making plans and being a responsible group member.  Plans made our group worked more efficiently. For instance, our group finishes the PowerPoint on Friday which gives us lots of time to rehearse and gather feedback from others. I made an online shared PowerPoint since we figured out our solution and we just added stuff on it.  Therefore, we finished the PPT faster than other groups because most of the group first write their plan on Word Document and paste them on PowerPoint. I did more work on time and never procrastinate.  I also helped one of my group member to solve the issue of solution content. This helps me to be a responsible group member.

However, there are areas that I need to work on gathering feedback from others. As a group, we achieve the standard of the amount of feedback. However, if there is more feedback, our project could be better and this is where I need to work on. I also wish to develop my leadership skills cause it is essential for my future career. Our group worked democratically, so there was no leader. Next time I wish I can be the leader to lead the group. I gave myself Satisfaction in the collaboration strand of the student as a learner rubric because there was no leader in our group and I contribute a lot to the group.

Collaboration is extremely important and valuable when we are doing a team project. A group can get the most comprehensive solution when everyone collaborates. There are also challenges when collaborating with others. People will have arguments and conflicts when they disagree with something because different people can have different ideas.  A group can solve this by making a team charter to prevent predictable conflicts. And if there is an argument, people can try to convince each other or compromise. Luckily, our group did not have any conflict.

In conclusion, I learned a lot from the IDU project. It makes me become a more inclusive student. I also learn how to collaborate with unfamiliar students. Next time, I hope I can work on my leadership skills and gather more feedback from others.