Express It: Define & Inquire

For this ignite week, we are using discarded plastic to create a product that is useful or wearable. My audience is for people who don’t bring their lunch cards to school. I noticed that they either have a broken card holder or don’t have one, so I’m planning to make a card holder to make it more convenient for my audience. This is important to me, because my friends don’t often bring their lunch card, forcing them to borrow other people’s lunch card. I was inspired by ID card holders similar to ISB. The most challenging part of this project would be making a mold for our product because it has to be thin. We are going to research on how to make a mold and what type of plastic is most suitable for our product.

Make it: Develop & Plan

The skills we need are problem solving and communication. Those skills are important, because if someone gets lost during the trip, we need to communicate and problem solve for us to find them. For the trip, I’m assigned to find the total traveling cost. Using Baidu map, I figured out that the cost for each person is 12 RMB. Since we have 15 people including teachers, 15 x 12 = 180 RMB. The people who are assigned to find the route to The Forbidden City decided that we should start at China International Exhibition Center, change to line 5 at DaTunLu east, then change to line 1 at DongDan, finally, leave the subway at TianAnMen east. My plan for making the web page is to have the name of restaurant on top. Then, have the address, how to get there via subway, and what they are famous for at the center of the web page. Finally I would have a picture of the restaurant and a photo of the route at the bottom of the page.

Make it: Define & Inquire

We are trying to make a resource for families new to Beijing/ISB to understand the Beijing Metro and some good places to go to. Our second task is to see how many stations can we go to within one day. To me, I think the researching and putting in the information to the resource is the hardest part of the project. Currently, I am researching some restaurants in Beijing and the closest subway station to it. 3 places I researched are DaDong, SanLiTun, and Joy City. These 3 places are easy to go to, because they are fairly close to each other.

Project Trade Up Reflection

One thing I found really surprising was how important trading was, which made me think if trading did not exist, how different would are society be. Some interest things I learnt in this project are: barriers of trade, why and how trade war effects a societies’ effect. Which helped me understand the connection between barriers of trade and a civilization’s development. The driving question impacts me or my community because it made me think: What happens when there is a barrier to trading? For example, in the opium war, the demand for tea in Britain is high, but the supply they have is low, and China has a lot of tea. The problem is China only allowed the British to trade at one port, making British to only get a little of tea. Soon, British found out that the Chinese likes to do opium, but opium is not allowed in China. This caused a conflict between British and Chinese. Looking back on this Project Trade up, I realize that trading was very important for a civilization’s development. Trading allowed civilizations to get resources that they don’t have or knowledge. For example, if an ancient civilizations might have fertile land, but no minerals. That civilization might use the crops that they grew to trade for minerals that they don’t have. However, a big question I still have is except for trading, what was another way that helped civilizations to develop.