IBook-Legacies of Ancient China

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Product Design-Scent detector project reflection

Have you ever been walking on the streets and smell something delicious, but you just can’t identify what smell it is? The scent got your mouth all watery and you know it’s definitely some delicious food. But the fact that you just don’t know what is it makes you frustrating. So during product design, I made a prototype of my own scent detector. This prototype is inspired by a hairdryer and a gun. There’s a “trigger” located between the body and the handle. When you want the air to get detected, you push the trigger out and it starts sucking in the air. located inside the “body” are two sensors that will detect the smell, and transport the data to be shown on the analysis screen. At the end of the body, there is a little flap that can open and close, used for ejecting air after detection. Inbetween the sensors and the air sucker, there is a filtering piece located to keep out dust and other dirty things.

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Reflect, Make an Impact & Share. Design reflection

In this unit, we had been working on a wooden lightbox, creating a “picture” inside the box using pieces of wood, cut from the laser cutter. And the picture we’re creating is the place we missed due to COVID. I think the main skill I developed from this unit is using Adobe Illustrator, learning how to merge shapes, round corners, and create wood layers meant for laser cutting. I found it quite challenging at the beginning of using Adobe Illustrator, but after working together with my table partner (Audrey W.) and doing a lot of research, I got more familiar with the app and can work my way around with it.

The place I created in the lightbox is Tibet. Last year, my family visited there and the sites were quite beautiful. The skies are always blue and have blue lakes with a vague reflection of the mountain and the sky. Since this is the scene that I have the most impressions of, I decided to create the layers as the site I’ve seen in Tibet. I think my biggest success is getting the dimensions of my layers right after the first cut. Many people accidentally got the dimensions of the layers wrong and their layers can’t fit inside their lightbox. But mine turned out pretty accurate and fit in the box perfectly.  And after layering them together in the box, I’m very impressed with what I made and it’s exactly what I wanted. Even though I haven’t even added colors to the layers yet, I can imagine/see the beautiful scenery.

Though a thing I would change about my lightbox is (if I had another chance) taking the frame and making the sides wider. What that will do is taking my cow layer (see attached image for an overview of the layers) and glue it to the frame. And after doing that, it’ll create a little “cap” for my lightbox that I am able to take off. The design is inspired by Mr. Laymen’s lightbox since he also has a wide frame and makes a cap for his lightbox. It stops the layers from falling out and gives you a feeling of looking at a piece of painting. But the frame I made this time is too thin, which made it almost impossible for me to attach the cow layer.

I think the biggest obstacle I had during this project is deciding/planning my lightbox. During brainstorming, I thought up a few brilliant ideas and can’t quite decide on which one I should choose. Also, even though I got ideas about the place I’m missing, I had no idea at that time how my layers are going to look like. Until I finally remembered my trip to Tibet and the scenery I saw.

Overall, I think my lightbox is a success because it came out perfectly and all matched my plan. Other than the frame, I think I placed my light pretty perfectly and no “oopsie” mistakes had happened while gluing my layers. And I’m pretty satisfied with my painting. Especially the work I did on making the vague reflection of the mountain in the lake.

 

 

 

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Self-confidence of Percy Jackson

Topic: How could Percy’s self-confidence be improved?

Can you feel what it’s like to score below a C- for the past 11 years of your life? And moreover, you can’t even help it, just because your brain has a low attention span? Can you feel the guilt when your mom looks at your report card with poor grades and still needs to smile really big to make you feel better? Percy, a boy from the novel “Percy Jackson”, is a middle-schooler with dyslexia and ADHD, he is facing all those problems at Yancy Academy. Percy got a habit of self-degrading himself, and what factors made him like that and how can Percy make his self-confidence improve?

 

“What was so great about me?” states Percy Jackson, the main character in the novel by Rick Riordan. “A dyslexic, hyperactive boy with a D+ report card, kicked out of school for the sixth time in six years.” -pg.38. It is very obvious that Percy is abased by his grades and compared to what he called “normal kids” on page 1. The other kids at Yancy academy don’t have the problems Percy has. Money, grades, reading obstacle…etc. Percy thinks he differs majorly from them since he is the only one who got those problems and the “normal kids” don’t. He stated that his special disease and poor grades made him abnormal, which made Percy feel that he should probably get a lower expectation in school. But Mr. Brunner expected me to be as good as everybody else, despite the fact that I have dyslexia and attention deficit disorder and I had never made above a C- in my life.” pg.7 But expecting that is just another sign of lacking confidence. He might as well mean he’s not good enough to do as good as the other kids in school.

 

The truth is, there might be some better choices he can make to improve his grades.  Summarized from multiple pieces of evidence, we can see that Percy is having quite a negative attitude towards studying. However, studying linked directly towards his grades, and improving his grades meant a boost to his confidence. With Percy’s situation, it is normal to feel studying is no use. “Finally, when our English teacher, Mr. Nicoll, asked me for the millionth time why I was too lazy to study for tests, …” ­ -pg.17. Percy probably had tried, but due to his “unnormal” diseases, he can’t help very much with his grades. But what if he finds a more preferable way to study? “The sooner you get into a good study groove, the easier everything will be, and the more your chances of getting good marks will improve.” (cite) As stated in the article of Top 10 study tips by a website called Youthcentral. Getting into a better study habit could boost your grades. Percy needs the motivation to keep studying. It can be provided by anyone. “No- he (Mr. Brunner) didn’t expect me to be as good; he expected me to be better.” Pg.7 Well, Percy’s unmotivated attitude towards studying is not going to work. The article Top 10 study tips suggested/claimed that “If you study a little every day, you’ll be continually reviewing things in your mind. This helps you understand things. It also helps you avoid the stress of last-minute cramming.” (cite) Also, another article stated Percy’s symptoms (ADHD) is what called a kinesthetic learner, “which means that you learn best when your body is engaged along with your mind.” (cite) And the tips they had given in the article are that playing with a pencil, rubber band, ball or just doing 10 jumping jacks before answering the worksheet is all ideal ways to let you focus more on studying. –How to focus on studying.

 

In conclusion, with an effective and suiting way of studying for Percy plus a bit of motivation, his grades will have a higher chance to improve…and the confidence boost associated along too. Percy can do well in school, even with ADHD and dyslexia. Remember, “there is no normal brain.”-New ways to think about ADHD. (cite)

 

Citation:

-Top 10 study tips

-How to focus on studying

-New ways to think about ADHD (Newsela)

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G6 Reflection

When I started middle school, I was most excited about the freedom they give you (like the ability to choose) and also the lunch in the middle school cafeteria. In Grade 5 step-up day, I saw how good middle schoolers eat. There are so many choices to choose from.

Though, at the start of the year, I was really worried about the teachers I’m getting for each subject. I was worried like “how am I going to survive a year with an evil teacher??” But it turns out all my teachers are very nice. I really liked all of them.

The highlight of the year is the overnight trip to the Olympic Park. Even though it’s really hot there and my skin turned a bit black after I got back, but it’s fun to spend a night with your roommate in a hotel room. Though, the lowlight of that trip is that there is a bunch of mosquitos and the food isn’t as good as Singing deer lodge.

For me, the tests for all subjects are challenges. I always want to achieve a good grade in all subjects. But it’s hard for me to do that in science. So I turned my attention and tried to focus on math, humanities, Chinese, and PE. I tried my hardest and there are nights that I need to stay up late to study. Studying is like, the best way to confront tests.

I didn’t really get any feelings for e-learning and the coronavirus pandemic. I’m like, kind of a neutral. So if you ask me did I change? My answer is probably not.

The thing I’m most proud of is the grades I got for different units. Especially humanities. I did the best on that subject.

If I get a do-over, I would try to work on my science and math harder. My test scores didn’t come out that great. Also, I would try to make sure I wake up on time so I won’t miss the bus. There’s once in the year that I miss the bus during MAP testing, so I had to walk to school. And after I got there, I missed the MAP testing time in the morning.

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G6 Science review & Thinglink Submission

1) My biggest takeaway from Grade 6 science is the stuff I learned when doing the Penguin insulator project. I learned a lot about transformed energy and heat.

2)I don’t really know. Since I don’t feel really confident with ANY of those. During tests, I usually didn’t really fully observe and think about the scenario given. So on my Science tests, my scientific explanations and data analyzing probably aren’t that good.

3) I think maybe group projects. I can study any topic, but doing a group project based on that would be fun.

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“Our Story Make History” reflection

This unit, we created a major primary source about the coronavirus outbreak mainly based on our own experiences.  I’ve created a thinglink and organized the list of things I need to include mainly by date. I made the thinglink like a timeline “journey” through the start of coronavirus outbreak till now, putting every source I had collected/made throughout the unit by date. But, there are times that I grouped the things that related to each other. For example, I grouped an article about the developing vaccine along with one of my diary entries which mentioned the vaccine for COVID-19 too. They’re not placed by date but placed together because they have something in common or at least, talking about the same topic. They’ll get an idea of how the COVID-19 outbreak had impacted one’s life. Also, what strategy people used to face it.

I think what really went well during this unit is while creating my performance project. I’ve thought but a full three pages of advice and suggestions I could use while going through the coronavirus, school shutdown, e-learning, and all that stuff. I’m very proud of myself when I look back at all of the suggestions I came up with. And most importantly, they are all pretty useful since I tested every single one of them out.

During this unit, I found writing diaries a little bit challenging… I would be the first one to admit that my writing skills need improvement. There are times that I don’t even know what to write, or worse, fully express myself…

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Performance/Project

Hi everyone! This presentation is my performance project. (I also used it as a survival guide because it works literally the same) So this is mainly about some strategies and advice that you can use to get through this whole school shutdown and coronavirus thing.

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My Favorite

http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/10/god-of-cake.html

My favorite book when I’m a kid is hyperbole and a half. And in the book, there’s my favorite story, which is “The God of Cake”. The link up there directs you straight to the story. What I mainly like about this book is that the pictures sometimes are so funny. And the stories usually reflected some of me. The author really knew exactly what kids are thinking.  When I’m reading, I thought the main character is sometimes spilling my heart out and expressing things I always try to keep inside and not speak it out loud. Like the stuff I usually say (to myself) when parents make us kids do stuff against our will. And I’m including all the um, not-so-nice words. So now when I think about it, dad is actually the one that recommended this book. I remember reading the start and thought it’s going to be as boring as Moby Dick (which I had NO idea how I started with that book. Though, I think I just snatch it off my mom’s shelf randomly). But just to be nice (and obviously, for the most important reason: not to get in trouble about NOT being nice), I reluctantly read the book. But just shortly after I finished the introduction, the author started to tell stories that were so interesting (yeah, at least for me) that I got so sucked up into the book. I actually finished the book for under 3-4 hours (because, for some strange reasons, as the book got more exciting, I always read faster and not feel tired after hours of intense reading).

Though the main reason my favorite story is “The God of Cake” is because 1) It involved food. 2) It let me remembered some of my childhood memories of my brother, traumatizing me when mom told us to share something. But usually, I never get my portion because my brother always ate the whole thing in front of my eyes and left me nothing. Talk about cruel. This story made me felt bad when she didn’t get the cake and made me feel victory when the main character gobbled the whole thing.

So even though the story started some of my tragic memories, I still like it because of the biggest reason: it involves food.

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Early humans and us Thinglink project-technology

This is the thinglink project I’ve been working on and it’s about how has technology influenced humans throughout history.

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