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Futures Academy Drama Experience

This is our group’s 3rd scene for our shadow play


Looking back on Project ReCharge, I learned that there is no simple solution to solving child labour as the issue is too complex. For example, on Thursday during the board meeting, after several hours of work and negotiation we still ending with 5 proposals that we could not agree on, so in the end we sent a list of the 5 proposals to Mr. Hurworth, so he could choose.

Before this project, I used to think that child labour was alright as long as they are not being abused, now I think that child is in no means acceptable because child labour in itself is abuse. For example, if children are working then they cannot get an education, without and education they cannot get a real job, without a real job there will not be enough money to support their family and they will have to send their children off to work. That is an endless cycle that repeats for each generation.

Looking back on Project ReCharge, I realize that Child Labour is a complex issue and we cannot ever really fully understand the issue. For example, after watching “The Price of Free” I realized that some of these children really need to work to support their family because their parents are not making enough money. Sometimes the children work with their parents and other times the parents just send their children off to work in a faraway place, but if the children are working they cannot have the freedoms of going to school, or playing around or anything like that. Often times if the children aren’t working with their parents and they are sent to a place far away. Most times the parents will never see their children again


Ignite Week Day 2

During this project, I will need to use a camera to vlog the video, and editing software to edit the video. Some other basic things I could use is a selfie stick/tripod and headphone. A Tripod will allow me to get a better grip on the camera so I can hold it from different angles. Headphones will allow me to find the right places to cut the clips and where to start/ add the next clip.

I will need to learn how to use iMovie and use special editing tricks to make the video more interesting. For example, I need to learn how to use a timelapse and where to use it, I also need to learn how to add in the right music to fit the mood and where to add it.

I plan to use a certain song for the whole video depending on the mood of the video. I will use A time lapse in any place where I am doing something that takes a long time.





The feedback I gave and received

Based on the feedback I have received I will add music to my video so it makes the video more meaningful. I will add VoiceOvers to explain what I am doing, I will add titles to my video they the viewers know what time and what is happening. And finally I will Finish the video by adding the other clips and finishing the edit.





Project Collisions Conclusion

Looking back on Collision, I learned that to make a reliable delivery system we need accuracy and reliability. For example, for accuracy, we used an evenly strung parachute to drop our package from a drone. Regarding reliability, I mean having the package delivered in good shape (Not Broken) and the product inside is also in good shape. To complete this, we used the parachute to slow down the package.  I learned that the parachute needs to be bigger than the box for it to slow down because with Fnormal pushing up, the larger the base, the more resistance is present.

Before this project, I used to think that one design was enough and one drop is all we need, but now I feel that we need several models and several drops. For example, if we have many drops we can get an average idea of what the real data is because the first drop might be inaccurate and we won’t get a measurement, so we need many so get the most occurring of the drops. If we have accurate data, then we can make meaningful changes to the designs, and each time we create a new design there will be something wrong with it, so we test it, collect data on it, and change it until t is perfect.

Looking back on Collision,  I realize that something falls because gravity is greater than force. Some things fall faster than other because some things have more significant bases than others. When something is falling it is because gravity is pulling it down. The reason it is not instant is because a force is repelling it. That is why a parachute works. Since there is less mass the gravity is pulling it down less and with a parachute taking the resistance it slows down much more.

Project Collisions

Final Model and My design

Groups Final Material list and My Material list

On Monday, January 7th I began Project Collisions with an Egg drop. This design challenge was to drop an egg from 5 meters without breaking it. A material list with things we could buy was provided, we had “600 RMB” to spend on materials with a varied price range.







Then, after working with my group, we came to an agreement and made a Final Design. The Final Model used a lot of components from each persons’ model. For example, the parachute to slow the fall came from Paul’s Model, the balloons to hold the egg in place and cushion it was my idea, and the paper clips at the bottom to hold the paper together and make sure the device fell in the right direction. The hardest part to come to an agreement on was the base, we had to figure out what shape our base would be and would materials we would use.

As the egg was dropping, I was worried that the paper wouldn’t do their drop and the device would land on the wrong side and the egg would smash, and that is exactly what happened, as soon as it landed, in not only landed on the side that the egg was on, but it also knocked out the wooden skewers and the balloons fell out resulting in the egg following and smashing even more.

Our design was unsuccessful because of the parachute, displacement of the wooden skewers, and lack of paper clips. First off, I think the parachute was a great idea and could have been successful assuming we changed the of it and it deployed correctly. Part of the reason it didn’t work was that of the size, the parachute was smaller than the base so none of the air molecules rushing past the base hit it, we could have made the parachute bigger to catch the wind and actually slow the device down. Secondly, After several attempts to properly in the skewers and hold down too many holes were made and the balloons and other materials fell out. Thirdly, our plan with the paper clips did not work because we did not have enough paper clips and they didn’t weight down enough resulting in the parachute and the lack of bottom causing it to flip.

Next time I would make sure make a larger parachute maybe out of newspaper and use less money on paper because the weight idea didn’t work I would also use one balloon instead of two because it didn’t really work because the second balloon pushed the egg to the side. I would also use less paper for the base and maybe even use newspaper as a base.

Project Collisions is using the idea of drone delivery. During my research, I discovered that drone delivery allows for more efficiency and quicker speed. This can be important if somebody needs a medical shipment and they need it fast because there is not enough time for an ambulance sometimes and a drone could provide a solution. My idea was food, I am not as much interested in drone blood delivery because a lot of my fellow classmates are doing this as well and it wouldn’t be unique. If could deliver food quickly and make sure it stays at the right temperature and can deliver almost anywhere, not only to just homes this would open up a lot of opportunities.

Through this project, I hope to learn an understand forces and how they work.

Mission to Mars

Jacob is just like any other person, except he lives alone with his sister.  They have been alone for so long now they are as good as adults. Five years ago Jacobs parents were abducted by the government and taken to Mars. The government needed experienced scientists for their next mission. When he sees an ad for luxury rocket ships to mars he is convinced he can find and rescue his parents. Along with his best friend Jacob and his sister, will they make it to mars alone? Or will they rot on earth with 15 billion?


You can read the full story here.



Cells Final Conclusion

My design is repeatable by another person because I have shown the materials needed to carry out this investigation and the amount of each material needed. I have considered and agreed upon an appropriate procedure with my group, it is also step-by-step on how to carry out this investigation. I have also provided a data table that anyone trying to repeat this procedure can use to easily copy this investigation.

I realized that if someone in our FA class was attempting to repeat the same investigation as us, a problem they might come across is schedule. Since we don’t have a determined science class time, a problem someone might come across is collecting the data exactly after the time is up. This is important to get done because if the data is collected, for instance, an hour after the egg is done, we might get a different measure than we are looking for.

If I had to do this investigation again, I make a more detailed procedure, this is important because if someone cannot understand a procedure they might incorrectly carry out an investigation. Another thing to work on is neatness, in some areas of my writing somethings are not very neat and could be improved. The last main area of improvement is an elaboration, I think if I further elaborated in some places the overall document would be neater and more detailed.

The extra data we collected for a better understanding is the amount of liquid. We used two extra eggs and used the same the liquid but in different amounts of liquid. We did this because we were wondering if the egg had to be submerged and wondered what would happen if we put less water because having the liquids wanting to even out, we were wondering whether the egg would grow or shrink.


Explanation: When the shell of an egg is removed and it is submerged in a liquid, it will grow if the density is higher and shrink if the density is smaller. According to our investigation, when an egg is submerged in  liquid, it will shrink or grow depending on the density of the liquid. Our first measurement was the before and after in corn syrup and water. When we put the first egg in 175 millilitres of corn syrup, the first weight was 88.27 grams, after 24 hours of sitting in corn syrup is weighed 58.07 grams, this means it lost 30.2 grams. At the same time we put another egg in 175 millilitres of water, its before weight was 79.73 grams, after 24 hours it weighed 90.09 grams, this means it grew 10.36 grams.

Our groups conclusion on why it grew or shrunk was because of the holes and balance. When the egg is placed in liquid, the liquid inside tries to get out so it can even out, but when is put in corn  corn syrup the liquid inside is squeezing out and trying to even out, but the corn syrup on the outside can’t get in because the molecules/particles are too big and can’t get in, so with liquid on the inside coming out, and the corn syrup (liquid) on the outside trying to get, it shrinks. It is pretty much the opposite with the water, the egg is trying to balance out, so the liquid on the inside is going out and water is coming in at a faster rate, thus making the egg grow.

How much does Apple Know about you?

Have you ever wondered how YouTube knows precisely what you want to watch, well they don’t, Big Data does. These companies are able to recommend related content based off of what you watch or who follow. In my essay, I will talk about the main reasons we need to share data properly. These are my three reasons: Sharing data make everything more convenient. Sharing our data keeps us safe to an extent and sharing data allows companies to identify the root causes of failure.


Sharing data makes everything more convenient because, with more significant sums of Data, we can accomplish more.  According to Big Data on TedX by Kenneth Cuckier Sept 24, 2014, “When we have big data, we can fundamentally do more things than we could with smaller amounts” This means that they are able to do more relevant things than they could without collecting data, it is no longer randomized. (They know you better than most people do). Also, a lot of McDonald’s in Shanghai, China is using facial Identification to recommend food from their menu to you. In “KFC China Is Using Facial Recognition Tech to Serve Customers – but Are They Buying It?” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 11 Jan. 2017 (www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jan/11/china-beijing-first-smart-restaurant-kfc-facial-recognition) , they said KFC and Baidu have teamed up to make a facial recognition software that can recommend you items based on recent visits, what you are wearing, the size of your body, etc. In addition, this gives both the companies full access to your facial identifications. However, this is good for convenience, but it is a lot of information that if hacked, can be very dangerous. In one hand, there are a lot of amenities to these companies having your facial identifications all in one system and in the other, there is also a considerable risk. While enjoying the benefits of Big Data we need to be aware that sharing too much can be risky and dangerous.




Sharing our data keeps us safe to an extent. According to “Face Recognition” Panasonic ND (security.panasonic.com/Face_Recognition/) , Facial identification is crucial for special forces. Both the FBI and CIA have access to a system that holds everyone’s records including criminal records and facial IDS, this is good because if a crime takes place and it is caught in camera, the Special Forces will be able to identify the person from their system. Healthy eating apps can tell you whether you’re eating healthy enough. Let’s use MyFitnessPal as an example, this company allows you to put what you have been eating and doing throughout your day so they can give an analysis on whether or not you are being healthy enough. This is important for over obese people because it is tough for them to lose weight and this helps them and many others. Big Data has a significant safety bonus.


Sharing data allows companies to identify the root causes of failures.  Companies use your data to improve their company. In “Big Data: What’s Your Plan?”  by Stefan Biesdorf (www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/digital-mckinsey/our-insights/big-data-whats-your-plan), it said companies collect data based on what you most often search for or purchase, so they can more accurately advertise to you. This makes their advertisements more meaningful. A lot of the times a company makes an update to their app it is because the number of users is decreasing and their data showed them why. Certain apps such as Instagram update very frequently because of Big Data, based on every search you make or person you follow they want to find a way that allows you to see what you want and only what you want.  Companies are continually developing new algorithms for their users that keep on becoming more advanced, this is because of Big Data.


Many people are hesitating when it comes to sharing big data because they are merely afraid of being hacked, being hacked is a significant threat. However, you don’t need to share data to be hacked. According to “Apple Can’t Protect You from Data Trackers Forever. No One Can.” By  Alfred Ng, (www.cnet.com/news/apple-cant-protect-you-from-data-trackers-forever-no-one-can/ if you become hacked directly then instead of sharing your data with a company, it’s literally feeding your data to the hackers. This is even worse than being hacked.




In conclusion, I believe Big Data presents a lot of advantages, but these advantages come with a lot of possible speculations. We need to be careful not to click on sketchy stuff such as scams or hacks. In “Scam Statistics.” By Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, 19 May 2016, (www.scamwatch.gov.au/about-scamwatch/scam-statistics) it says in 2018 over $83,000,000 and 103,000 people were scammed. This is around 11.1% of their annual salary. The world is constantly advancing in theory, and without big data, we wouldn’t be where we are now.





Work Cited:



TEDtalksDirector. “Kenneth Cukier: Big Data Is Better Data.” YouTube, YouTube, 23 Sept. 2014, www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pHzROP1D-w.





Hawkins, Amy. “KFC China Is Using Facial Recognition Tech to Serve Customers – but Are They Buying It?” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 11 Jan. 2017, www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jan/11/china-beijing-first-smart-restaurant-kfc-facial-recognition.



“FacePRO.” FacePROFace RecognitionPanasonic Security System, security.panasonic.com/Face_Recognition/.



Ng, Alfred. “Apple Can’t Protect You from Data Trackers Forever. No One Can.” CNET, CNET, 12 June 2018, www.cnet.com/news/apple-cant-protect-you-from-data-trackers-forever-no-one-can/.



Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. “Scam Statistics.” Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, 19 May 2016, www.scamwatch.gov.au/about-scamwatch/scam-statistics.



Biesdorf, Stefan, et al. “Big Data: What’s Your Plan?” McKinsey & Company, www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/digital-mckinsey/our-insights/big-data-whats-your-plan.



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