In this unit, we had to design a solvency to a problem we encounter in everyday life. One problem I always have is losing my phone, or dropping my phone. (That is what happened to my Iphone 6: It dropped from my desk and commited suicide. To overcome this problem, I decided to create a holster to hold my phone so it never drops or gets lost again, Here is my final design:
In this design unit, we were tasked with the challenge of creating a smell detector: a small, handheld device that identifies smells. My design was a shooter that you can wear on your arm and will shoot out a disc and I dedicated this machine that will identifie objects in a small radius or cramped space that people can not reach their hands into, for example a nuclear plant.
My design is inspired by Spider Man’s web shooter as well as an anime dart watch. These designs inspired me for I like the watch and shooting design. I like the design of the watch because it is a convenient design and the dart shooting design is cool and it also allows small spaces to be easily detected, for example a confined space a hand could not reach into could easily be reached into.
In product design, not only did we have a lot of fun, we learned a significant amount of knowledge based on technology. The world is constantly changing; more inventions, enhanced products. Product design is a great class for us to catch up whilst learning some of the ways important designs are created. For this specific unit, we learned about making lightbox, which is a wooden structure composed of different layers to represent a scenery. The place I chose for my scene was Maldives, focusing on the beach as well as the “vibes” in that atmosphere.
Overall, my lightbox was a success. I have recreated the actual scenery intricately using wood, and people could see the resemblance of the beach and my lightbox. My lightbox is also detailed, which brings more attention to people as there are many more objects that represent the things in real life. To be specific, my biggest success is on designing my layers. Gluing or cutting out certain places on my lightbox was not hard; it is designing the layers that actually took my time. My biggest obstacle was making the layers as it involved creativity and skills in our developing software, adobe illustrator, to make the layers. Firstly we had imagine and +out the icon we want and then to finally fit all the layers together. We repeated this project a lot of times to make sure our lightboxes stood out.
Some things I would change is making my lightbox even more detailed. I would like to do this because this will make my lightbox more realistic, so the actual picture of the beach could be easily imagined and thought of. Some advice from friends is also in correlation with making the scene look more life-like and realistic. I would also give my lightbox some color the next time I made it, but I stuck with not painting it this time because I liked the wooden texture and feel of my lightbox.
In conclusion, I had a really fun unit in product design. Not only did we have fun and collaborate with our friends, we also had the opportunity to learn useful knowledge in design.
Choices are made on a regular basis; some healthy, some erroneous, causing consequential impacts. Fixating on Percy Jackson, he determines choices in everyday life that changes his life in numerous ways. ADHD (Fidgeting and blurting), personal relationships (positive and negative relationships), and emotions (controlling his temper) sometimes cause Percy to misbehave, however, these problems can be changed with simple solutions in the following.
ADHD affects a lot of people by pressing them to blurt out and to fidget uncontrollably. Percy is disturbed by ADHD, making him constantly impetuous, such as when written on page two, “I had this accident with this revolutionary war cannon. I wasn’t aiming for the school bus, but of course I got expelled anyway. According to a Newsela article, fidgeting is one of the symptoms of ADHD. Another precedent is when Percy exclaimed, “Will you shut up?!” on page 5. This impulsive statement was when Nancy Bobofit antagonized Percy. Instead of contemplating, Percy immediately blurted out with loud volume. As shown, people with ADHD are affected with these symptoms, however, could be mitigated by the following suggestions: According to the article, “Neurodiversity: A Different View of ADHD” (Cricket media,2018), “People with ADHD also do their best in a stimulating environment.” This means that the system or theme of their learning could affect Percy, one resolution might be to (since Percy likes Greek Mythology) apply Myths to his classes. This could benefit Percy for a better education. Also, “There are many tools and apps to help someone get organized.” This shows that Percy could download apps to help him remind him of his goals and regulate his mood.
“My mother can make me feel good just by walking into the room” or “I was really glad to see her” introduces Percy’s relationships. Percy and his Mother have a healthy relationship, and according to an article by the University of Minnesota, having good, positive relationships allow you to live longer and be healthier. Percy also has a good friend Grover, and constantly makes choices because of him, such as on page 3, “Grover tried to calm me down” which shows how friends interact with each other to recommend the best choices with their friends. Grover made Percy feel better. “I started choking up, thinking about Grover” establishes to the reader of a healthy relationship with Grover. On the other side of relationships, a lot of choices are influenced by unhealthy relationships, such as with Nancy Bobofit when Percy’s “Mind went blank” after Nancy Bobofit taunted him, and this leads to a lot of impulsive actions that cause stress and anger. One endorsement could be to help Percy develop more genuine relationships, in other words, having more friends. Another quote in the article previously mentioned shows that having more relationships help you “deal with stress”. Anxiety would no longer be a problem for Percy since his friends would always be there to help them.
One other major factor that influences Percy’s decisions is how he regulates his mood and emotions. Sometimes, Percy is overwhelmed by his feeling causing him to act without thinking. “I’m going to kill her” (Page 3) was gritted out by Percy when he got mad at Nancy Bobofit or when “I tried to stay cool. The school counselor had told me a million times, count to ten, get control of your temper” but I was so mad my mind went blank. A wave roared in my ears”(page 9) and willed Nancy Bobofit into the fountain. He was constantly annoyed, such as when he “threw the Cambridge Guide to Greek Mythology” across his dorm room. The choices mentioned above are how his emotions pestered him to do things he would later regret. Some strategies Percy could implement to could be to, according to Healthline.com, try for regulation, not repression. Some ways of calming down could be to look at the main source of what you are feeling; perhaps not enough sleep, something you are anxious about and this might find a reason why you are angry that even you are not aware of. Another way could be to express yourself and let your thoughts flow into a mood journal. Writing a mood journal not only lets you reflect on your feelings, moreover, it also helps people express themselves and this might help to clear up any pessimism.
In conclusion, the ADHD, Negative relationships, Bad emotions can cause Percy to misbehave at certain times. Notwithstanding, the problems can be fixed by such as applying a stimulation environment, inviting more people to be their friend, or accepting their emotions, and not neglecting them could make a real difference between being impetuous and depressed to optimistic and calm.
- What is your biggest takeaway from 6th grade science?
Science is fun and it lets us explore the fundamental laws of our world it answers question about situations and fascinating events.
- If you were to write your own comment on the report card, what would you say? How confident do you feel in making models in science, analyzing data, and constructing scientific explanations?
I think I can still improve very much on scientific explanations, but I feel confident that I will continue to improve.
- What would you like to work on for next year in science?
I would like to know more scientific terms and learn more about conducting summaries and explanations.
Our Stories Make History was a project where we show what it is like living in a global pandemic, and reflecting on our emotions and we are talking from a perspective when there is history to be made.
I organized my project by doing a scrapbook. I think that doing a scrap book will be better for a primary source, and not an online thing. I also organized my project to have pictures and words divided “uniformly to make the reader get an idea from both word and pictures.
My scrapbook will be important because I described what it was like in the pandemic and lots of ways, and it summarizes and helps historians analyze what it was like.
I am most proud of my performance project, which was a poem, for how I brainstormed and had to get lots of inspirations from everyday life.
This is my poem on my feelings and thoughts of COVID-19.
The Dreamer has been deeply embedded into my life. It altered and changed my way behaviour after looking at this book. It reminded me to be thankful of everything around me; not all people have a good life. It also taught me to do beyond what is expected and follow my own beliefs and dreams. a compelling and emotional look at a lonely and fanciful boy who grew up to be an important and visionary artist. Evocative, sensual and moving, it is now my #1 children’s book. It taught me to love, to imagine, to do the unexpected, burn your biographies and keep dreaming.
One thing that we would like to change is the difficulty. The 4th graders complained that it was too hard, so we might remove some obstacles.
A skill that I learned was how you strengthen your project and to think more specifically and more like an actual engineer, this will later on help me to design other projects and to think clearly in everyday life.
One piece of advice I would give to a future student is to think clearly before you start building everything. If you didn’t plan correctly, flaws might happen, including tearing something apart and to think of the best solution before you take measures.