Throughout this project, we learned how to incorporate real life situations like “playing catch” to abstract mathematical concepts like quadratic and linear functions. We also used our statistics skill sets to assess or accuracy of predictions. Our group also did great communicating outside of school as we finished very quickly, with high quality, and most importantly, amazing music. We also did well on our throws, because Loup is a major league baseball player. Some challenges we faced as a group could be; Alex had a broken hand, so we had to let Ms. Cheng film us. Also, when graphing on the LoggerPro application, we forgot to use the ruler function, so we had to do the graphs all over again. If we have a second chance to do this project, we would split the work load more equally so everyone has a chance to do everything.
This video aims to spread awareness of the trade war. Many people in this world today are not taking the trade war seriously because of the jokes that are made of it. I tried to show the serious consequences of trade war if not taken care of properly, including decreased growth for countries, and maybe even an economic crisis. It is important that we understand the current affairs that are happening in our world today, and the significant impacts it can bring to our personal lives.
In the novel, “A Cage of Butterflies”, by Brian Caswell, A group of teenagers with extremely high intellectual quotients were living at an “institute” (The Farm) where they were closely studied and monitored by scientists. However, they were just a cover up for the true purpose of the Farm. Secretly, there were four special “babies” in the farm who are constantly experimented upon by the head scientists – Larson and Macintyre. The babies had IQs that were off the charts, and telepathic abilities that Larson strongly desired to understand. As a result, the babies were treated as test subjects without any human rights. Towards the end, the group of teenagers used cunning tricks and rouses to bring the babies to safety. In this story, the main antagonist, Larson, did not care about the wellbeing of his “subjects”, is shown to be a mean and cold-hearted man.
Larson is a scientist that is obsessed with his own success and fame. He does not care about the people around him and would do everything he can to destroy his competitors. In this book, one of the major character traits of Larson is being cold-hearted. “He’s got the ethics of a sewer-rat.” (Caswell, 119) An example of his lack of ethics might be when he gave pregnant women a drug called metiamide. This drug mutates the babies inside the women into children with abnormal intelligence and grants them the power of telepathy, with a big risk of life. “A means of producing a genius and telepathy through an inexpensive pill… every defense department in the world would buy it.” (119) He didn’t care of the Children’s health. He only wanted the money. Out of the 16 people that he gave the drug to, only 8 of their children survived. Even when the children survived, they fell extremely ill with a high fever. After their recoveries, they had changed both physically and mentally.
Another character trait of Larson is that he is a mean person. When he secretly gave the drugs to the pregnant women, he said: “every mother needn’t know what she’s been given…” (119) He destroyed the health, and dreams of a lot of women without any consent, just for what he wants to achieve. Another example might be when Larson tried to experiment on live children. “We would rather die.” (106) Because Larson was devastated with his results with the children, he decided to drug the children to find out something new. Later on, he also says that he would do anything he could to succeed, including shooting the children with dart guns through the glass to experiment on them.
Larson in this book connects to many scientists in the world today. He is a cold hearted and mean man. Ethics in science is a big topic for today’s society. With the scientific world advancing, more and more problems are arising about the “right or wrong” aspects of it. A few months ago, a Chinese scientist had tried to clone a monkey. Many scientists around the world had criticized the “ethics situation”. Brian Caswell is trying to tackle this problem and bring it to an end by showing the stories behind the science.
In the novel, A Cage of Butterflies, by Brian Caswell, the author tries to explore many themes, the most important one being what does it mean to be different? What does being an individual really mean? A topic extremely relevant to today’s society. Through this multimedia post, I tried to show the drastic difference between the scientist and the kids. To the kids, being different was always an extreme burden because it meant they would never be accepted. Many of the kids from the Think-Tank already felt this way. But in reality, individuality should never be a fear in the back of our minds. Because as seen from the image from the post. The real burden and fear for the kids are the scientists. Larson and Macintyre ones who exploit the kids. The ones who tell them they are different therefore worthless. “We’re like a new toy, they’re just playing with us, experimenting” (Caswell, 19). This s the message the kids are given and believe. Only when they learn to think for themselves and embrace individuality do they learn to escape the burden that never existed.
- List three things you learned during the two train rides (not necessarily about the train).
- I learnt that talking to friends is more enjoyable than being on my phone.
- I learnt that the train is actually really comfortable and fast
- I learnt that Psych is a very fun game.
- What are two things you learned by the end of this trip?
- I learnt that Pingyao is where the bank businesses in China started.
- I learnt the many traditions that Pingyao had, such as, vinegar, noodles, and beef.
- What were the successful aspects of the Pingyao Challenge for your group?
We went around not only to find different sites in Pingyao, but also to visit little shops and eat traditional foods. I would say we experienced a the authentic Pingyao.
- The funniest moment on the trip was:
When my friends and I did a “Flex Challenge” at night in our rooms while video calling. And, doing a psyche challenge with some other friends.
- What was the most challenging aspect of the trip? How did you deal with this challenge?
The most challenging part of the trip was the art class with Mr. Northcott. I did not know how to draw properly, but, I did my best to paint a detailed picture of a old building.
- Describe the most memorable experience you had in Pingyao.
When I accidentally set of an anti-theft alarm for a bike that I was sitting on to paint a building across the street. We were so scared, we ran away.
- What recommendations would you make for the trip next year?
Next year, it would be cool if we had more time to explore Pingyao by ourselves.
- Frank N. Kelley.”How are polymers made?”. Scientific American, May 9th 2019, https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-are-polymers-made/.
- “Natural Resources & Synthetic Materials”. ASC Chemistry for life. May 9th 2019. http://www.middleschoolchemistry.com/lessonplans/chapter6/lesson12.
- Alina Bradford. “What is a Polymer”. Live Science, October 13 2017, May 9th 2019, www.livescience.com/60682-polymwers.html
- “How plastics are made”. American chemistry council, 2005. May 9th 2019, https://plastics.americanchemistry.com/How-Plastics-Are-Made/
- “Unsafe Slime? how bad is borax, really?”. the Chronicle flask. 7 August, 2019. May 9th 2019, https:// chronicleflask.com/2017/08/07/slime-safety/