Inter[sections] Film Reflection

To what extent has the film raised the target audiences knowledge and understanding of how the theme/event influenced the central characters?

I think the film has raised the target audiences knowledge and understanding of how the Handover of Hong Kong in 1997 influenced the three individuals that were interviewed. In this film, the event was brought up a lot, as the film’s purpose was to show the different perspectives of the three diverse interviewees, a mom, who is an entrepreneur and was in Hong Kong during the event; a dad born and raised in Malaysia, who works in the business industry and was in Hong Kong during the event; and a mom, who is a housewife and was in Vancouver during the event, and bring them together through the central theme of the handover.

In our feedback survey, one of the questions we asked were ‘Does this film show a balance of different perspectives of diverse individuals relating to the 1997 Hong Kong handover?’, where out of the 14 responses, 13 (92.9%) said yes, and 1 (7.1%) said no. This shows how showing the different perspectives of the interviewees was one of our strengths of the film, as our purpose was met, and it has started to raise the target audiences knowledge about the handover. In our survey, we also asked ‘After watching this film, what impacts of the handover did you learn through the interviews?’. Here, the film definitely raised the target audiences knowledge and understanding of how the handover influenced the interviewees because our audience did learn something new after watching the interviews, such as how it was difficult for people figure out whether the handover impacts would be positive or negative, and a lot of people were not sure what would happen.

Through the interviews in our film, our audience were able to understand how each interviewee felt during the handover. However, I believe improvements can be made to make a greater impact on our target audience by making them more engaged through footages that relate more to what the interviewees are saying, and by providing more information about the handover through narrations. Overall, our film included a range of questions that were useful to showing the perspectives of the three diverse interviewees, thus raising the target audiences knowledge and understanding of how the Handover of Hong Kong in 1997 influenced them.

Reflection on Heartbeats

With our new Design project being integrated with History beginning, this has given me a chance to review my work, grades and feedback from the previous Design project in term 1, which was integrated with Science to create an artificial heart valve model.

For the previous Design project, I got 8/8 for all four criteria (A, B, C, D), and no specific feedback and comments were given for each criteria, so I can only make inferences based on my work as to how I can improve for this project. In my opinion, I think Criteria B is the hardest, as we have to develop our own ideas and come up with a plan to how we will create our final product. This is crucial because without the planning stage, I wouldn’t be able to execute Criteria C (the creation stage) as smooth as I would like, therefore I have to pay a lot of attention in Criteria B, and should continue to for this project as we will be making short films.

In this upcoming Design project, I think that I should continue to develop a detailed plan with descriptiveness in the design specifications, materials and equipment, as well as a clear and well thought out idea of the role I have in this project, and being aware of the roles of my team members. With these aspects in mind, I would be able to continue and carry out successful and a well-written Criteria B. This will be measured through the feedback and grade I receive, as I would then see whether I accomplished my goal. This goal will allow me to create an effective plan and show my contribution to the planning of the film, as the final product will be created together as a group. This goal will hopefully be achieved by February 21, which is when Criteria B with all of the planning stage will be due.

Heart Valve Model

Over the past month, we had to create artificial heart valve models for Grade 7 students to learn more about the human heart and how it works. This Design project was integrated with Science, and we had to use simple everyday materials to create a heart valve that has a one-way flow.

The video below is an brief explanation of my model along with the changes I made to my plan and design during the creation process.

As mentioned in the video above, there were quite a few changes made to my plan and design.

Firstly, I originally planned to use a PVC pipe as the body of the heart valve, but used a toilet roll and put a metal sheet on the inside. By changing this, it allowed for more space to attach the wires to hold the ping pong ball, so I didn’t have to work with such a small area. A toilet roll is originally not waterproof, therefore adding the metal sheet satisfied the design specification of durability, as it prevented the toilet roll from getting damp.

Another change I made to my plan was using hot glue instead of a rubber tube as the membrane to catch the ping pong ball when water is being poured the other way. This was due to the rubber tube having a fold when I tried to make it into a circle shape, therefore I used hot glue as this easily went around the edge of the toilet roll. However, this didn’t really work either, as the glue dried unevenly, which left gaps if the ping pong ball were to be placed in the center. I then changed my design again by using blue tack, as I found out that the material is waterproof. Therefore, this change allowed me to explore different materials to use as the membrane, as well as explore new ideas.

Another change I made to my plan was adding a foam board to include information about the human heart. This was due to the target audience survey created early on in the project, and a lot of the responses said that they didn’t know the vocabulary well. Therefore, I decided to paint a diagram of the human heart and label the parts using masking tape. By changing this, I think that this adds to my design, and provides a more visual and interesting approach for the Grade 7’s, so that they could learn easier.

Lastly, by including a foam board, this caused me to think of what ways I could attach my heart valve to the diagram. I decided to use velcro to attach the heart valve to the diagram on the foam board, as the model was light enough. Using velcro would allow for the easy access of the valve, and satisfies the design specification of transportable, as the valve can be easily taken off by the Grade 7 students for experimenting. At the same time, the board can also be moved to different places because it can stand on its own. By putting the valve in an area where an actual heart valve would go, this would allow the Grade 7 students to visualize and understand how the valves work in a human heart.

Furthermore, I think that I made good use of class time to create my heart valve model, as I only had to bring it home to paint, but other than that, I worked with the amount of time given to us, and managed to complete it. After this experience, there is still room for improvement, but I also gained a lot of knowledge about the human heart, and I hope the Grade 7 students did too.

Design Day Term 1

Today we had design day for term 1. For this project, we have to create a heart valve, and we will test it out with water, therefore it has been integrated with science.

After today, there were some key takeaways that I took that would help me with my project. In groups, we received a bag of materials that we could use to make a prototype of a heart valve. When creating the prototype, I found out that it wasn’t as easy to create a valve that allows water to flow one way, and not flow back. I took away the ideas we brainstormed as a group, and figured out how some of the materials work together. This allowed me to start developing ideas for my own valve, and how I can find a creative approach into making it.

Here is a concept map we made about the design project:
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If I could do this all again, I would try and come up with a more interesting way in creating the heart valve because as you can see in the picture attached our valve prototype was pretty small, and we didn’t make full use of all the materials as there was a lot of tape used to keep it together.
I used to think that heart valves were pretty thick as they would have to carry a lot of blood to the lungs and the whole body, but now I think that even though the heart valves are really thin, they have a really big role in allowing the human body to function properly everyday. I also think that we don’t need complex materials to create an artificial heart valve, we can just use the most simple resources around us.

In our first prototype (picture below), we used a PVC pipe and taped a plastic cover on one side so water can flow one way but it can’t flow back. When we first tried it out with water, it didn’t work as water could flow through because the plastic cover wasn’t taped on tight enough. We then adjusted our prototype by adding a rubber band to keep the plastic cover in place (picture below), and this prototype worked when we tested it with water. When we tried to evolve it to make another variation (picture below), we added a latex glove so that it could withstand more water, however, when we tested it out it didn’t work, as our tape was a bit off.

First Prototype Test + Rubber Band Added:

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Evolved Prototype:

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Waste Not, Want Not

Recently, I created a package for a CDNIS tumbler. Here is 4 pictures of the package from different angles:

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Please help me fill out this survey below as this would help me improve my package and help me be a better designer.

Here’s the survey link in case it doesn’t appear below: Survey Link

Personal Evaluation Using ATLs

I thought my participation today was good because I was on task most of the time, and managed to be self-motivated and gave ideas to my group when constructing a package (5).

My collaboration was also good because I worked well with my group members, and we got along really well when making the package together. We also gave each other feedback on ideas, and worked effectively (6).

My effort was good because I independently thought of the design process, and completed the requirements of the blog posts. I explored SketchUp, and made an effort to create an interesting package. I also thought I put a lot of effort in my blog posts, and thought through what I was going to say (6).

My time management was good because we finished packaging on time, and used our time effectively and met the deadlines of what we needed to do. I used my time wisely when posting the blog posts, and managed to complete them on time (5).

I need to make sure in the future I manage my time better, and participate more, as my group and I rushed a bit on creating our package because of time, and I need to be more self-motivated when writing blog posts about my process.

Waste Not, Want Not II

I used the program SketchUp, and had to make a package for a banana. I started off with this:

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Then, as I played with SketchUp more, I created the packaging, and I considered the criteria for packaging success. The package I created is easy to open, secure, protective, durable, and I added a hole on each side so the content inside is obvious. The packaging ended up like this:

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How can our understanding of geometry help us reduce our carbon footprint?

I think our understanding of geometry can help us reduce our carbon footprint because we now could create packages that require less space, and uses less plastic to wrap. With geometry, we can understand what shapes can form another shape, and how it will fit together in order to package an item.

Waste Not, Want Not

Today in Design Day, we had to create a packaging for either a banana or an apple, and see what sort of packaging would suite the fruit. My group and I decided to create a bag to put the banana in, and also wrapped paper around the banana as protection. We made this protection layer easy to open, as you just open a tab and you can just take the banana out, and you can eat it.

The banana in the bag:

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Banana wrapped in the protective layer:

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Banana out of the protective layer:

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Science iBook

When I was younger, I liked the series Magic School Bus, and I also liked reading National Geographic books because every page had a lot of graphics and images, and tells you information about what they are investigating about. They would use lots of bright images to get their message across, and the books would include diagrams so that it would be easier for us to read and understand.

These books are different compared to adult focused books because adult focused books use more descriptive language, and more words rather than visuals. As for books for younger ages, they are filled more with pictures and visuals to let them understand what’s going on in the book. The author wants adults to use the book for research, and also to let them know more about the topic they’re talking about. For younger kids, the author wants them to take what they’ve learnt from the book, and apply it to what they’re learning.

Some features that make those types of books interesting to me are mainly the visuals because it makes the book more appealing to the audience, and lets the reader want to find out more about what the pictures mean. When I was younger, I really liked books that had different fonts for some of the words so that it could be emphasized, and I would pay more attention to it.

The author was able to use text to take complex ideas and explain it in a simplified way. What they did was, they would think of what their targeted audience is, and reword the text to let them understand it. I would improve it by also adding diagrams, so that you can point out which parts you want to specifically talk about, so it won’t be so confusing.

I have now told you what makes a good iBook to me, so now I would like to know what YOU think on iBooks.

I would like to invite anyone in Grade 5-6 at CDNIS to comment on this post about your thoughts on what makes a great science iBook. I would really appreciate it. Thanks!