Chinese Culture Games

Before OneDay:

On one day, I’m planning to learn how to play I-go, because I already know how to play other Chinese games. Also, I’m planning to teach other people how to play Mah-Jong, because most people don’t know how to play it. I chose this OneDay because I love to play Mahjong, it would be great if I’m able to learn the culture behind it. Another reason is my dad likes to play Chinese chess, but I’m not as good, I want to use this opportunity to refine my skills.

After One Day:

On OneDay, 4 other people and I taught 4 people how to play Mah-Jong. They were mostly confused about when and how they are allowed to eat (the eat in Mahjong) and win. Then for most of OneDay, I played Mah-Jong with 3 people; I won the first game, then luck left me right after that and didn’t come back. Other than that, I learnt a little about how to play I-go, but I’m still confused at where I’m allowed to place a piece. At the last few minutes of OneDay, I played a really intense game of five-in-a-row with Joshua. Below, is the game I played with Joshua, which we ended with a draw. My biggest takeaway on OneDay is the culture behind Mahjong and teaching is not easy at all.

Project Space Race Reflection

Project Space Race was split into 3 missions. Mission 1 was about the Cold War, mainly the Space Race. In mission 2, we learnt what makes a good speech/pitch, then we made the scaled drawing and first prototype of our rover. Mission 3 was just working on the final prototype for the rover and the website.

Our investors liked our pitch because we are more realistic. Most companies say that they can travel 40 light years within a year, but with current technology, we are no where close to traveling at the speed of light. The audience were surprised when they saw that our rover actually works. We were able to convince the uninterested investors to invest into our company by put their name onto our rover. Next time, we would make the base of our rover bigger, because our current rover balance as good as other rovers.

During this project, I learned about the Space Race and Arms Race, which helped me understand competition may drive innovation. For example, when the USSR send the first cosmonaut to space, the United States was desperate to send an astronaut to space. That made the US the first country to send a man to space and back. Another thing I found really surprising was NASA sent INSIGHT to Mars just to learn about the formation of Earth, which made me think that knowledge can also drive innovation. Completing this project, I learnt that I need to work on writing a hook and conclusion for an informative writing. For example, when I was writing the website informative essay, I had a hard time coming up with a good hook. Before this project I used to think that only competition drives innovation, now I think there’s a lot of other factors that drive innovation: curiosity, knowledge, survival, etc. The driving question impacts me or my community because innovation is crucial to start a business. For example, if my idea is common and nothing is unique, no one will buy my product; but if my idea is new and unique, more people will likely buy my product. Looking back on this project, I realize that innovative and new ideas are more likely to take over the old ones. For example, although NASA is the most successful space company, but there is a lot of supporters for a new space company, SpaceX. I think the main factors that drive innovation are passion and the desire for knowledge. However, a big question I still have is: Will there ever be an end to innovation?