Ice Cream Booth
|Challenges and New Skills
- We ran out of ice and tissue paper so we had to ask the cafeteria staff for more. At the meantime we had to borrow boxes from other clubs. Sometimes we had to switch out the water to keep the spoon clean and I had to gather the courage to ask the cafeteria staff for it and I couldn’t speak Canto fluently. As a result I had to ask our president (who was fluent) how to ask for hot water and learnt that the staff would generously provide whatever we needed when we asked nicely.
Evaluation & Planning
- I discussed the quantity of things such as tissue paper, cones and ice cream bowls to buy. As well as calculate the money and estimate how much we should spend. Then we had to make a roster for the students participating because we weren’t sure how long the shifts needed to be. In the end we volunteered for longer than we signed up because it was busier than I expected. I learnt that we had to work longer shifts and encourage more people to volunteer by next year or rush hour could be worse.
- The money we raised were used as club funds for next years FFF and other events. In a way we were using our school community for our clubs well being and profit. We did produce trash as the cones were packed in plastic bags and the ice cream tubs were made of cardboard, the freezer used a lot of electricity as well. It made me think that perhaps some sacrifices have to be made and resources and it all depends on the outcome. If the money goes towards promotional events and charities to advocate for environmental awareness, I have no problem with it as long as it’s not all about club investments and we use it to benefit the environmental action taken by the school community.
Ice Cream Booth
|Evaluation & Planning
- Discussed the placement of the booth as there were different groups. Again discussed how many things we should buy for supply and demand. I learnt from last year to plan more people overlapping per shift and it made a huge difference in how many members we had available during rush hour. However I strongly think we should have sorted our resources better such as the water, metal spoons and the change for money.
- Rush hour was terrible because the president had to deal with other clubs and I was stuck with one other person while they were running around changing the water the spoon was meant to be in. Though I had to serve the ice cream so I had asked a friend to help handle the money while I scooped, it was hectic. We made it through a three hour shift in the end which I was glad for because I rewarded myself with ice-cream after. I found that working hard for something paid off with a satisfying feeling.
- We went to a beach cleanup hosted by E-club with my friend and other members as well. While there was a lot of trash on the main beach, there was also an intersection that required walking through water to get to. We had to know the importance of safety while travelling in a group especially if the ocean current could sweep us away, as well as carrying large pieces of trash that required multiple people.
- As mentioned, there was a lot of difficulty into getting the larger pieces of trash. Although it wasn’t planned, we waded through the water in our regular clothes and got wet. It was also quite dangerous but we went and made it back to the beach to clean up the neglected areas away from the main sections.
- As the trip was planned solely by the club and supervisor, we were independently doing this for the environments well being by cleaning up the beach of Hong Kong that are not frequently visited. I know that we are promoting to take action and clean the beaches from plastic trash and seeing the mess ourselves really made a huge impact. Honestly the experience is worth more than the pictures and we got to see all the different things from our lives that contributed to the trash such as crisp bags, ice cream tubs and light bulbs. I began to change my habits by using cloth and recycling bags only, using a thermos for all my drinks and reducing the amount of plastic cutlery and straws I used per year. Ever since then I avoided plastics in the cafeteria and only accepted plastic bags for takeouts. I didn’t buy juice boxes or bottled drinks unless I didn’t have water with me to reduce the plastic waste I was producing.
Farming in Rural Japan
|International-mindedness and Cultural Understanding
- I went to Japan this year. We had to do some farming and I learned a lot about the rural area. At the shiitake mushroom farm we went to, the only two people who run it were an old couple in their 70s. I learned that because many of the young people were moving towards the city to get a job and earn money, the farmer population has gotten much older. A problem with this is that food is incredibly important but the farmer community has gotten much smaller as they earn much less. I admired the amount of work farmers had to do and realised how blessed I was to be in a school with great education. As the community ages, food may become pricier in the future and the older generation has to work much harder to meet and demand.
Awareness of Strengths and Weaknesses
- The rural area in Japan is quite different that I am used to in Hong Kong. Getting used to the constant swarm of insects and bugs was really hard for me. I am aware that I am scared of insects and all that but in the end I ended up not caring about how clean I was. My clothes and hands were covered in soil by the end of the farming session and for once I actually enjoyed being outside with nature. The logs were incredibly heavy that two people needed to carry one at once and it took a lot of physical effort. I was also met with language barriers when communicating with others for something as simple as looking for the bathroom. Therefore I was forced to use body language and simple words hoping that they would understand my message.
Reading to Children in Myanmar and Kids 4 Kids:
|Awareness of Strengths and Weaknesses
- I was initially reluctant to go to Myanmar because the CAS trip was about reading to children. I knew that I could not deal with children very well but chose the trip anyway because everyone had such good reviews about it. After the trip, I can say for certain that I am still not very good at teaching children but I am certainly getting used to their presence.
- In the CAS trip, was placed in a group that I didn’t know at all. I ended up bonding with a grade 12 student who was really quirky and nice so we could be partners when teaching the students. It was extremely tough, especially since we had to read to around 20 students at once, keeping them in control was extremely tiring so we switched the leading role every once in awhile.
International-mindedness and Cultural Understanding:
- The children at Myanmar did not speak English which was why we taught them some vocabulary. However while being there, I knew they didn’t have the best quality of education. The teachers had beginner level English and the kids only spoke in Burmese. After the CAS activities, we would go to pagodas for sightseeing. We saw some of the children that were in the school which made me feel sad that these children sold postcards every day to tourists.
- As the children were poor and didn’t have facilities that could compare to our school, books were a luxury for them. They were happy to receive a book they couldn’t read on their own but I know that eventually they will value their learning in English when they grow older. The money we donate also contributes to building the damaged roof which will help shelter them on rainy days and I wish I could do more for them.
|Club Activities and Responsibilities: Horticulture and Alliance
|Awareness of Strengths and Weaknesses
- I became creative director of Alliance to utilize my Photoshop and graphic designing skills to create appealing and eye-catching posters to post in the US daily so people would be encouraged to participate.
Evaluation and Planning
- As a member of Alliance, we had to make sure there were people on the roster for each day of Gender Expression Week to direct the events, as well as pack the jellybeans for the sale on time for Valentine’s Day.
- As vice-president of Horticulture club, I planned with the president and supervisor to hand out plants to teachers for the Outreach program, promote gardening for all students and adults during Family Fun Fair in our club booth. There were activities and equipment to be prepared so I helped coloured cards to mix and match on the day and set up the booth in the morning. I volunteered for around 4 hours teaching children how to grow and identify herbs and passed out seeds as a starting point for them.
- As creative director of Alliance this year I had to make sure that all banners and graphics were made on time of the events, such as Valentine’s Jelly Bean sale, donating profits to the Rainbow of Hong Kong and Gender Expression Week to advocate for non-binary and other gender acceptances. We had to cooperate with CISPA and the executives in the club on the time frames for shifts, locations for resources and communication with the staff and teachers who were involved.
The film has raised the target audiences knowledge and understanding about how SARS has affected the citizens in Hong Kong by discussing the three areas of focus on property, economy/business and family. A majority of the audience understood the content and answer to the research question: How did the pandemic of SARS impact Hong Kong and its citizens in the past and today?
The tone and style of the documentary contributed to the serious tone, where as the narration provided context and background information while the interviews displayed more information and recounts of the experience. The variety
of interviewees, locals and non locals helped create a well balanced response overall.
One major flaw to our film was the engagement. A majority thought the film was kind of engaging, which meant that some information may have been missed out by the audience.
This may have been caused by the fact that the video was longer than the maximum, at 10:16 and people have short attentions spans. Or perhaps there could have been more stimulating videos and images used rather than still photos. We had planned to use time lapses but as editor I decided to leave them out because I thought they would make the video longer. Next time, I would split the audio of the interviews and overlay them with some scenic shots of Hong Kong to create a better setting.
Some thought that the audio balancing and footage cutting affected the video quality, which I agree because the audio EQ was different and was hard to make consistent as it was recorded in different settings. The majority thought the interview footage and visuals were clear, which helped enhance the quality of the video overall. Perhaps if I have done a couple of practice edits before hand as editor, my experience could have helped choose better areas to cut so the transitions between each scene could be smoother.
Overall, the majority of specifications have been met for the design aspect, but all of the research and informational aspects have been met. Therefore while it is not the most visually appealing documentary, it fares well in answering the research question to allow our target audience, the 10th graders in our school to sympathise with the people who suffered through SARS over a decade ago.
During the first term of Design, we had built a working heart valve model as a collaboration with Science and biology. Overall I achieved a score of 29/32 which was alright, however I made some careless mistakes that costed me marks. For example, in Crit A I should have written my design brief in a paragraph and linked more to the design requirements.
I would like to link more to the design requirements throughout the project, paying more attention to the course achievements and rubrics. Writing more comprehensively and professionally in areas where it is required (such as briefs and evaluations) and using the Gantt chart for managing my time and recording time usage better.Especially on using the Gantt chart, I would like to update it more often, colour code and break down the tasks more to make them seem more achievable.
It would be nice to have a collaborative Gantt chart as well as a personal one to manage the time as a group as this design project is done in a group as well. Honestly I am not very fond of the Gantt chart method but I will make sure that it is something I try to make use of during Criterian C. However I do see potential uses especially as a time management method for a group. I may use the regular bullet journal method I do personally and update the Gantt chart based off my records instead.