How do the core concepts of Geography connect to your Project Shelter design work so far?
The core concepts of geography connect to my project because I have chosen how a poor living condition affects people’s health. I am focusing on patterns mainly density and distribution. I am going to try and be keeping the density of my living areas low, as well as trying to install methods of preventing diseases and precautions for fighting diseases.
In what ways will what learnt about Geography so far influence the way you design?
My house is mainly designed for people living in poverty. I have to keep in mind ways of reducing the price as much as possible. Possible ideas include using cheaper materials, building in areas that don’t have a high property value etc.
Two Goals I want to achieve from Survival Shelter V2:
- I want to do more in depth planning. My last design was lacking basic planning, I just kinda went with the flow. Even though the final project ended up being better I imagined, I feel like it could have been better if I planned it out more. With my Version 2 I am planning on having an in depth plan on exactly what I’m going to do so I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what to create during the creating process.
- In terms of the actual shelter, I plan on going more in depth this time. Ideally, I would like to work on the little details. For example, I want to have furniture on the inside of my house. Something I would like to add to my design is another new renewable food source. I decided to have a dome like room outside the house for growing fruits and vegetables.
What is is Shelter V1 Project?
Shelter V1 Project was a design project were we had to design a shelter that could withstand as many natural disasters as possible.
First, we planned out what we were going to do. From the large details such as the house, to the small details such as gutters and water food sources. Our material list was limited to only card paper, glue, and scissors. We were also allowed to use planning tools such as rulers and pencils.
- How is this first phase of the project providing evidence of your design skills?
I think the first phase is providing evidence because I was able to apply skills that I learned in the past to the planning and construction process. For example, I was able to show how I use the ruler to plan the size of the house and and get the exact dimensions. For the construction process, I could show how I added a little bit to the end of square object so I could fold them and glue it to the inside or outside of the other walls. Finally, I was able to show how I learned to create strips of paper and glue them to hold loose ends together on walls, or to hold object down.
2. How have you combined the Social Studies into your design?
I have combined social studies into my design by using primitive survival techniques such as catching rainwater. I have also used strategic designed and then used certain aspects of the land. For example, I used the down hill as to build the gutters on.
For my drama project I have created a video on fun things do during quarantine.
Some challenges that I faced when creating my video included: lighting, effects, and backgrounds.
- The main problem I had when creating this video was getting the clips at the right time of day. It took several days to get the right clips and insure that it you could see everything.
- I had a problem finding a way to get a variety of effects to spice the video up, however it was a fun challenge. For example, the baking clips were a way that added effects without using to many longer videos.
- For the intro, each tip intro, and the conclusion. I found it very difficult to get a background that didn’t interfere with my face so I could speak clearly.
Some things that worked well includes: transitions, and keeping it short and to the point.
- I thought that for basketball and frisbee, I had good transitions, also the clips weren’t to long and I gave a short clip that was “clean” looking.
Next time I would make sure to:
- Include more tips in my video so that was more interesting.
- I would elaborate on some tips so that each tip is relatively the same length.
- Maybe include some health things such as cleansers or even masks.
For my Drama Project, I chose to make a Day in the Life Video. My day in the life video starts from the moment I woke up, to the moment I went to sleep. I chose not to add any dialogue to my video for flow reasons. I felt that with dialogue it was a lot more choppy. I also experimented with several different types of filming and editing techniques in my video. I am not implying that I am a pro, I was just having some fun with it.
I had two major challenges when creating my video:
- I initially stated recording my video when we were in Denver Colorado. We were skiing during the weekdays. I got about 2 days of recording in, and then the slopes were shut down for the season due to the Coronavirus. I couldn’t use any of the footage because it wasn’t a day in my life anymore. Since then we have been on the move. We arrived at our house in Colorado Springs on Sunday. This meant that I had to record and edit the video in 2 days.
- Another issue I had was airdrop. On monday I got all the recordings done. We went on a walk through the mountains, and my pants didn’t have any pockets, so I left my phone in the car. Because of this, my mom took some photos and videos for me. I spent 2 days trying to airdrop the photos, but it didn’t work. In the end I had to use the few photos my brother took.
What went well:
I was happy with some of the results from my recording and editing.
- I thought that the basketball shots were cool. There is definitely room for improvement, however, I think it’s a good first attempt.
- Some of the timelapses worked out a lot better than I was expecting. It made the video flow a whole lot smoother.
- The videos of me walking through the house worked out well because I felt like it was almost introducing the audience to my house.