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Should countries make school uniforms compulsory?

Marvel and Avengers superheroes can save people because they have amazing abilities. But a real superhero could protect all the students every day, just like mandatory school uniforms. Countries should make school uniforms compulsory because they increase safety, they reduce bullying, and they nourish a sense of equality at school.

Countries should make school uniforms compulsory because they increase safety at school. According to a 2010 study called “A Mandatory Uniform Policy in Urban Schools: Findings from the school survey on crime and safety”, schools who do enforce a mandatory uniform policy have 12% fewer fire-arm related accidents and 15% fewer drug related accidents than schools who let students choose to wear whatever they want. Also, according to an article called “The challenge of school violence” from the constitutional rights foundation, Long Beach officials said they found that weapons offenses decreased 50% and sex offenses decreased 74% after a mandatory uniform policy was introduced to local schools. All these numbers above show that students who study at schools who do enforce a mandatory uniform policy are able to learn and grow in an environment where they are safe from harm. This way, students are able to focus on their studies so that they can achieve better academic success.

School uniforms can reduce bullying so countries should make them compulsory. According to a news website called Sandusky Register, 160,000 children miss school daily because of fear of attack or intimidation by other students. In 2014, only 23% of public schools in the U.S. require students to wear uniforms, but this number has been increasing since then. When students are wearing the same clothes to school every single day, other students are less likely to bully and make fun of them because of their clothing choices since everyone is wearing the same thing. By requiring all of them to wear uniforms, more schools in the U.S. are trying to make school life better for their students.

Other people might say that countries should not make school uniforms compulsory because they can create discrimination and emphasize the gap between poor and rich students. This is true; however, students won’t judge each other based on clothing choices when they are all required to wear school uniforms. A spokesperson for Success Academy – the largest free public charter school network in New Your City sys, “The idea is to support equality. If students are dressed in same or similar clothing, they aren’t distracted by each other’s’ clothing choices.” Students will feel accepted at school and they’ll also feel that they’re an important part of the school community when schools require them to wear uniforms.

Countries should make school uniforms compulsory because they reduce crime rates, they prevent students from making fun of each other, and they make students feel accepted at school. Countries should make school uniforms compulsory if they want students to be benefited at school in the best ways possible. School uniforms are definitely the real superheroes.

Sewable Electronics Bookmark

Sharing my product

I made a bookmark out of felt with a heart design on the top. The battery holder on the bottom and the LED on top of the heart are part of the circuit.  I chose this design because I believe that everyone deserves to be loved and the LED on top of the heart represents the brightness in our lives. I discarded the other designs because I thought that they were a bit hard to make for my first sewing project.

In-progress photos

Sharing my learning

Everything to do with sewing was new to me because I had never even touched a needle before I started this sewable electronics project. Something that was hard for me was to sew three loops on the component and a cinch stitch. I overcame this challenge by trying to sew one loop on the component and then repeating that step for multiple times so that I would my hands would understand what to do. Some tips I would give the next semester’s students are to start doing the project early so that you would have time to finish everything before the due date and to make sure you make the stitches really tight when you’re sewing so that they don’t come loose. Based on this project, I would want to learn to code using my computer to light up the LED instead of having the battery do all the work.

Enrichment DIY Project – Hand Cream


  1. Melt the shea butter in a double boiler. Add almond oil after it melts and turn the burner off.
  2. Let the mixture cool (but do not let it solidify) and then add the essential oils.
  3. Whip the mixture well. You can use a whisker or blend it in a mixer (for a few seconds).
  4. Scoop out the creamy mixture into a glass jar. Store it at room temperature.
  5. Massage the cream on your dry hands.


The most challenging part of this DIY project was that I had to get the consistency of the mixture to be creamy and I had to whip it up for a long period of time. It was hard to know when to stop stirring and how hard I needed to whip it, so I just whipped up the mixture for around 10-15 minutes and then set it on a tray to get firm.  I think that trial 4 came out the best because the texture was very creamy and it wasn’t as oily as the other trials. I also did the best job stirring the mixture so that all the particles would get smaller and eventually dissolve.


Here are the photos of me making the hand cream and the finished product of the different trials.

Percy Jackson Blog Post

“Am I a troubled kid? Yeah. You could say that.” – Percy Jackson. Percy Jackson is an average middle school hero who thinks he has many problems. In order to live a better life, Percy should feel comfortable with his emotions, learn that there are things he could be good at, and have positive relationships with his friends.

Percy Jackson could feel comfortable with his emotions if he learns to recognize and manage them. For example, on page 9, Percy says, “But I was so mad my mind went blank. A wave roared in my ears.”When his emotions start taking control over him, this makes Percy do things that he doesn’t want to do. One way to assist him is to help him feel comfortable having to control his emotions. For example, according to an article on the topic of recognizing and managing emotions, the author says that “Understanding this link to memory and values gives you the key to managing your emotional response. Your emotional responses don’t necessarily have much to do with the current situation, or to reason, but you can overcome them with reason and by being aware of your reactions.” This quote will help him feel comfortable when he knows that his emotions can be controlled by him and not the other way around. Percy’s life could be better when he learns this skill because it will help him get along well with anyone he meets and his friends will more likely help him when he has problems.

Percy Jackson could feel better about himself if he learns that there are some things that he could be really good at. For example, on page 11, Percy says, “I have moments like that a lot, when my brain falls asleep or something, and the next thing I know I’ve missed something, as if a puzzle piece fell out of the universe and left me staring at the blank place behind it.” This makes him think that his ADHD is a kind of disease that he can never get rid of and won’t help him succeed in the future. There are some ways that Percy could make better decisions and feel better about himself. For instance, according to an article on the topic of ADHD, the author says that “Studies have found students with ADHD perform better on creative tasks.” He can feel more confident if he sees his ADHD as a strength, not as a weakness.

Another way to help Percy Jackson feel good about himself is to help him learn to have positive relationships with his friends. For example, on page 3, Percy says, “I’m going to kill her.” This shows that he can’t stand Nancy Bobofit doing bad things to his friend Grover. One way to assist Percy Jackson is to help him understand how maintaining positive relationships with people can improve his well-being. Additionally, according to an article on the topic of maintaining positive relationships with friends, the author says, “The Mayo Clinic, a medical research center, looks at these friendships. The clinic has found that friendship bonds can help reduce stress, increase happiness and bolster self-confidence.” He will be able to learn how friendship benefits his wellbeing so he can get along better with people at Yancy Academy.

While Percy Jackson may be a courageous hero, he still has many problems. In order to live a happier and better life, Percy should learn to feel comfortable with his emotions, learn to feel confident with his ADHD, and have healthy relationships with his friends. This advice can help all middle schoolers live better, happier lives.

Works Cited

Gibson, Karen Bush. “No such thing as a ‘normal’ brain: New ways to look at ADHD.” Newsela, 30 Mar. 2018, newsela.com/read/elem-new-ways-to-think-about-ADHD/id/41714/. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

“Having good friends can improve our wellbeing, especially during the holidays.” Newsela, 6 Dec. 2018, newsela.com/read/holidays-friends-health/id/47905/. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

“Why Personal Relationships Are Important.” University of Minnesota, www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/why-personal-relationships-are-important. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.



Circuits and Me #1

Course Reflection

My favorite circuit experience in the class was learning about all the different parts that make up a circuit and making my own simple circuit. This experience was the best so far because it was useful in helping me understand how a circuit works.

One challenge that I’ve already overcome in this class was making the copper tape smooth without any wrinkles. This was a challenge because the electrons would have to travel up and down the wrinkles and the LEDs didn’t light up.  I tried taking the tape off and putting new pieces on to try and take away the wrinkles or air bubbles. However, I soon realized that the new tape was still full of wrinkles and air bubbles so that didn’t work. In the end, I finally overcame this challenge when Ms. Kim handed me a round wooden stick to help smooth the wrinkles in the copper tape.

One difficulty that I currently have and have not overcome yet is trying to make the light from the LEDs sustain for longer periods of time. It is challenging because the light would blink on for a few seconds and then disappear completely so it wouldn’t be a complete circuit. So far, I have tried to take the old copper tape off of the LED legs and use new pieces of tape to attach them. The next steps that I will take to continue to overcome trying to overcome this difficulty is to put the LEDs on top of the copper tape and attach their legs with normal tape instead.

One aspect of the class that I really like is that there were no limitations to what we could create for our electronic card. I like this aspect of the class because it allowed me to fully become creative and imaginative with my circuit and card. One aspect of the class I really dislike is watching videos about how to make a certain type of circuit. I dislike this aspect of the class because I like watching teachers demonstrating exactly what we need to do for each class so that I have an idea of what the teachers expectations are. Ms. Kim could let us watch the videos to help us understand what parts are in the circuit and what it looks like. Then, she could make the circuit for us as a demonstration so that we know how it is supposed to look like with the materials we have in class.

Project Reflection

For this project, we made electronic cards that we could give to other people. I made my card for my family to show them what I’ve learned in this class so far. I made a simple circuit shaped like a rectangle and the LED represents the light peeking through a door. One aspect that I am happy with is the way the circuit goes all the way around. I am happy with this aspect because it looks like a complete rectangle. One aspect I would do differently is that I would put the LED on top of the copper tape and attach it with normal tape. I would do this aspect differently because it would help ensure that the electrons are travelling to the LED and that the light can sustain for a longer period of time.

Happiness Summary

Research has shown that happiness leads to many benefits in life. Happiness also leads to success, and it brings benefits to society. Additionally, happiness is not defined by wealth. Therefore, happiness is something that people value and want for others.

Biases and context of news articles

CRAP Bias from the side trying to end Uyghur abuse in China: CRAP Bias copy

CRAP Bias from the Pro Uyghur abuse in China side: CRAP Bias

Main Stakeholders: the Australian government, the Chinese government, people affected by abuse

The Australian government: Green, they’ve done the right thing

The Chinese government: Red, they’ve done the wrong thing

The people affected by the abuse: Orange, it’s unclear whether or not they’ve done the right thing

The context that the ABC News Australia article is written in: 27 governments issuing a statement at the UN Human Rights Council

The context that the China Daily article is written in: China says that the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 should end up in the garbage dump and the bill is just a paper full of lies.

How the ideas of relativism and absolutism fit/not fit with the context of each of the articles: The idea of absolutism fits with the ABC News Australia article because all governments should be able to make a difference and let people, especially minorities have basic human rights. The idea of relativism fits with the China Daily article because the Chinese government does things that reflect Chinese culture and society.




Identifying bias from current news issues

Current news issue: Uyghur abuses in China


This article strongly advocates for equal human rights for everyone including the Muslim Uyghurs. Australia and 26 other countries are urging the UN Human Rights Council to urgently monitor Chinese human rights practices.

Note: This is only for the first article on the webpage.

Pro Uyghur Abuse: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-53220713

This article is telling people that China is forcing  Uyghur women to be sterilized or fitted with contraceptive devices in Xinjiang in an attempt to limit the Muslim Uyghur population. China says this is “fake news” and these allegations are “baseless”.

Food Chem Banana Bread Design Challenge

Original Recipe:


Design Challenge:

We all know that hotel quarantine meals around the world do not currently cater for dietary needs. My challenge was to create a recipe that can be pre-made in bulk or reheated/baked in the hotel once it is delivered. My banana bread needs to be adapted to be gluten-free and it also needs to contain similar nutrients as my original recipe. I would use reusable containers and bags that are safe to use in the oven to bake my bread once it gets to the hotel.

New/adapted recipe:


3 ripe bananas

1 egg, beaten

1/3 cup butter (75g), melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (85g)

1/2 cup sugar (100g) optional

salt, to taste

1 1/2 cups almond flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius)
  2. In a bowl, add the bananas and mash until smooth. Add in the melted butter and stir until well combined.
  3. Add the sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda, salt, and flour, and stir until the batter is smooth.
  4. Add in the chocolate chips and pour the batter into a greased loaf pan. Top with additional chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 50 minutes to an hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely before serving.
  7. Enjoy!

Similarities and differences of original vs gluten-free banana bread:


1. The sides of the bread turned brown

2. The same type of  color as the original bread


1. The dough didn’t rise in the oven

2. Gluten-free almond flour was used

3. The dough kept falling/breaking apart when I was mixing it.

Chemical changes that caused differences:

Gluten-free almond flour doesn’t have the stretchiness/elasticity that wheat flour has so the bread didn’t rise in the oven and doesn’t keep it from falling/breaking apart. There needs to be a small amount of guar gum or xanthan gum mixed with gluten-free almond flour in order for the dough to get its elasticity/stretchiness that it needs to be able to have the same type of texture/feeling that wheat flour has.

Improvements for new/adapted recipe:

If I had time to make my new/adapted recipe again, I would make sure to add a teaspoon of guar gum or xanthan gum to help the dough stay together and give it some elasticity/stretchiness. I would also make sure that I added enough chocolate chips mixed in with the dough.


Grade 6 Reflection

When I started middle school, I was most excited about meeting new people and being able to have more freedom because middle school is a new adventure in my life and I want to make the most out of it. When I began sixth grade, I was worried about being late to class and getting lost in the hallways. I overcame these worries by spending a whole day with a sixth-grader to see exactly how my middle school journey is going to start. One highlight of my year was going on the trip to Camp Greenwoods because it gave me a chance to connect with other students while having fun in an environment that seemed new to me. I consider this a highlight because it helped me grow as a student and as a person. One challenge I faced this year was not being able to fit in with all the other girls because of my short hair and appearance. I confronted this challenge by learning about puberty in PE class which gave me the confidence to fully express myself and be who I truly am.

Before eLearning, I was always a shy and unconfident student who was afraid to voice her own opinions. Elearning has helped me grow a lot, especially drama class because the exercises that we do are meant to help us step outside our comfort zone and fully express who we are. Now, I am a student who is not afraid to be different and express who she is. I am most proud of myself for taking risks and stepping out of my comfort zone because I know that they will help me later on as I take on other adventures and challenges. If I could do sixth grade over again, I would probably just work on making my work even better so that I can get mastering for everything because I feel like I could do better if I tried.

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