"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious" - Albert Einstein

Author: Christina

Cardboard Arcade Game

This is my cardboard arcade game that Gina and I made. Our biggest success was that our game was fun for people to play with. If I did this again with Gina, we would make the backboard one-piece of cardboard and not six. Also, we would make the backboard higher just so they can hit it and go down to make the 15 goal. Skills that I learned when making this game was how to not burn myself when you glue the circle on the board (-1 hoop). Overall, I think that this game was a success and people really liked our game and Gina and I worked really hard on it.




Juicy Juice

I gulped the last bit of fresh orange juice. The cold, sweet juice slowly slid down my dry throat. I instantly felt peace and composure throughout my body. I put down my cup that made a loud clink with sparkles in my eyes.

‘More! More! More!’ I yelled, pounding on the table and kicking my legs violently. My grandma looked at me like I was enraged. She walked to the kitchen and took out a large, weird-looking tube with a razor-sharp, spirally thingy. My eyes widened. What is that? Is it a fruit cutter? How does it work? Can I touch it? Thousands of questions were running in my head right now. I walked towards the blender being cautious and studied it from top to bottom.

‘No, no, no, Christina.’ My grandma walked towards me while pointing the index finger at me. ‘Stay away from the blender unless someone is watching you.’ I took a step back with my eyes making contact with the floor.

‘Now listen, below this tube is a Food processer. The sharp knife will cut you if you put your hand too deep.’ Grandma spoke in a stern voice. I looked at the clock but, my grandma was still going on about the safety rules and stuff. When is this going to end, I asked myself.

‘You got it, Christina?’ Grandma asked. Wait what? Was she talking to me? Whatever, it’s not that big of a deal, I told myself.

‘Vivian! Chop some apples for us, please.’ Yelling at the maid while she tapped her foot. Later, there were plates full of fresh fruits. We carefully plugged in the blender and started the machine. We plopped in fruits one by one. Apples, oranges, bananas, all kinds of fruits! I put another slice of apple in the blender. Slicing, mashing, one by one, fruits turned into juice. I quickly grabbed another fresh apple and squished it down the large, round tube. I suddenly felt pain and tried pulling my hand out of the blender. Until I discovered it was stuck. I started to sweat and yanked my hand harder, but it only made it worse.

‘Grandma! My hand is stuck!’ I cried for help. She looked at me like I was fooling around.

‘No, you’re not stuck. Let’s quickly finish this up before the fruits start rotting.’ While she made tea on the countertop. I started sobbing and cried for my Mom. She noticed somethings actually wrong. She looked at the blender, and all the liquid was red. Her eyes widened with fear.

‘What did you do?’ She screamed while calling for help.

Everything started to blur up.

‘I don’t know! Help me! Help me!’ I once again tried pulling my hand out. No use. Grandma? You there? Anyone? Everything suddenly went black.

‘What where am I?’ I sat up, feeling dizzy.

‘Are you ok, Christina?’ My family looked at me with anxious eyes.

‘Yeah.’ I whispered unconvincingly. ‘Let’s go home.’ I put my shoes on immediately and stood up. I took hold of Grandma’s hand, still feeling soreness in my right hand. And slowly wandered back home. From that day on, I will always follow directions from my parents. No matter how ridiculous or crazy it is, I will be responsible and respectful to my parents or guardians. I don’t want to have another scar.


Penguin Project Reflection

The problem I was trying to solve is that because there was Global Warming, the penguins are losing their habitat. So, I was trying to design something that can stay cool.

First, our group decided we want a material that can reflect light/heat and that was going to be mylar. We can’t just have one material so we decided to add white felt because our last experiment showed that felt and mylar gained the least amount of heat. After that, we made our design the same size as the ice cube because we didn’t want to waste materials. Instead of making a flat lid, we made a curved lid. We think that the mylar can reflect better curved. The design was like a cube but with a curved lid and then we but a layer of white felt on all sides except the lid. We did the exact step but with mylar. After the test, the ice lost 6.4g (grams).

For the redesign, it was more of an add on, we cut more white felt and leftover mylar and reglued some pieces that came of. We stuck with our original plan because it worked really well. The second test was much better! The ice only lost 3.8g!

Between the two designs, the second one was much better. We glued more layers of felt and mylar and it improved from 6.4g to 3.8. This design helped me learn how heat can transfer and how each material has a different effect from the light/heat. I enjoyed this project and I am excited for the next Unit.


The Piggy Insulator

Grade 6, Science, Design, Engineering​

I was trying to solve the problem that happens when hot drinks get cold.

First, I and Evelyn drew out what might our insulator look like. Then we combined our ideas and made a final prototype. After that, we made a prototype out of paper and tape finally, we started collecting our materials.

I think that putting a lid on the mug can let the warm water decrease slower. For example, the lid is thick and hard so the hot gas won’t escape from the mug and will keep the water hot/warm. So, Evelyn and I glued layers of aluminum foil to the E.V.A foam. We were thinking that the water was already really hot/warm, so we want to keep it like that for the rest of the 15 minutes.

I am proud of us for making the Piggy Insulator because it was our idea and not just one person’s job and idea. Also, we worked together and took turns gluing, cutting, taping our project and we did not just let one person do all the work while one just hangs around doing nothing.

The hardest thing about this project would be making sure the sizes of the shape are completely a fit for the mug. Even if we measured it making sure it was 100 % correct. But when we glue the sides on, it might not work as planned. For example, if you glue the sides on top of the circle (any shape that you are gluing on) it’s going to be small and not fit properly.  If you glue it on the side/edge of the circle, then it will be a perfect fit. So, our group glued it on top of the circle, so it was too small and we ended up cutting so pieces off.

After all of that, I learned different ways and little hacks of you designing stuff like insulators and others. Making sure every piece goes on correctly and concentrating on what you’re working on. (Especially when you are working with hot glue). We used materials responsibly and didn’t waste anything while we were working on the Piggy Insulator.

Where I’m From

The Story of My Name

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