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Every year our school holds a Family Fun Fair, one which I used to attend as a lower school student. Now, as an upper school student, I’ve taken up the role of being a volunteer for my club, Orbis, to help raise funds for the nonprofit Orbis. If you don’t already know, Orbis is an international non-profit organization that aids with preventing preventable blindness in impoverished areas by ensuring them access to quality eye care.
During the fair, we sold drinks and color changing Orbis mugs. I volunteered to help set up the stands and manned the stand for the first hour. Of course, this was a group effort and with instructions from our club executives, everyone headed off to complete their assigned tasks. Some went to collect the drinks, others began unpackaging the ice; some went to hang up posters, others began preparing our stall. It was a group effort, and quickly we had the stand ready to operate. Then, with five friends behind one stand and a few other’s attracting potential customers, things became hectic. Juggling between exchanging money, keeping track of the items sold, pouring drinks, and collecting ice, if it weren’t for everyone it the group having their own specific role, the stand would have been really messy.
This addressed our fifth Service as Action learning outcome: How did you work collaboratively with others?
I think it’s a combination of good leadership, everyone having their own task, and good communication between members for the stand to work.
This month, I spent a week in Vietnam and stayed in a faraway village to help them lay a concrete ground for their local elementary school’s playground. Our accommodations were clean and comfortable, although it took some time for us to get used to.
During this week I addressed the fourth learning outcome: Persevering in action.
I’m not a very active person and I generally avoided labor work, so labor services such as the one on this trip are always a challenge. I think I persevered in giving all my effort during service work; be it shoveling rocks and sand, passing weighted buckets, mixing the materials to create cement, transporting the cement to skilled workers, and planting profitable trees for the elementary. I tried to take as little and short breaks as possible and I volunteer to take over a weary friend’s work. It was really hard to pull through, with the heavy weights in the buckets, with the soreness that comes with shoveling, and the blazing sun above me but I persevered and still tried to complete the work to the best of my abilities.
How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?
When I am in the Chang Mai service trip I realized that I can push myself to work harder when there are other members doing the same hard task as myself. However, I have found out that I do not take the initiative of leading. When we’re in small groups tasked with starting some small projects during Chang Mai, I was never the one who lead the conversation or the team.
How did you undertake challenges that developed new skills?
I usually research about the necessary steps that will need to be taken to acquire the skills. If help and instructions are already presented, I would go through with them. Learning new things is pretty cool, you’ll never know when you may use it in the future, and it’s always good to create more options for yourself.
3. How did you discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities?
The most important part of any student-led activities is cooperation between my peers and I. Usually we would begin with pitching ideas, and end with splitting the work between each member.
4. How did you persevere in action?
When in service, particularly in a service-intensive Chang-Mai CAS week, there were many instances where I felt like giving up because of the physically taxing task. However, since I have the support of other members also doing these work, I push myself till the end.
5. How did you work collaboratively with others?
Everyone has to adopt an open mind and listen to every suggestion. I’m quite passive when I’m in group work, but if no one else takes up the leadership role, I will take initiative because I have this sort of responsibility to see through your share of the group’s work and make sure everyone else has finished theirs.
6. How did you develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism, and intercultural understanding
By being active in our community and staying tune to global news and events, we make ourselves more aware and involved in thing things happening around us and beyond our community.
I wish bilingual children age 11 – 14 knew more vocabularies and methods of using them in both Chinese and English.
How might we expand an 11 – 14 year old’s vocabulary and ability to use them in both English and Chinese?
I found out ( Survey ) that my targeted audience ( 11 -14 bilingual students of CDNIS ) enjoys playing card games over ( 58% ) board games and that 7 out of 11 of them’s favorite games are card games. Since I have to meet my client’s needs, that means this game being a card game is now one of the limitations and requirements. Similarly, many of my other researched information became one of the limitations that I will have to follow in the future to create the best product. I’ve taken notes on what my targeted audience thinks makes a board game fun and appealing and made them another one of my limitations. ( Adequate length, decent story, unrepetitive, simple rules, competitive…. etc ) Another one of the topics I must research is what my target audience find challenging in English and Chinese. Using this data ( survey ) I can better understand what content should be in my educational board game.
I used to think branding and video production only requires a name, a logo, a goal, and an advertisement. I thought it would be a simple process that just comes out of nowhere, and when you finish the initial brainstorm the whole brand would come together really easily. I also thought the video process would be long, hard and time-consuming since I never was really great at video editing.
Now I think branding and video production it takes a lot of research and planning. For branding, you had to research about how you want to present the company, what type of logo works best, who your target audience is, and many more. We watched a video on how logos are made, and now I know how important logos are. Logos are what represent your company, they have to be in line with how your company presents itself and what the company does. You also have to think about how easy it is the change the size of the logo, a good logo has to be able to change its size without losing its form. The company theme is really important because you have to consider what appeals to your audience and what you want to be seen as. To video produce, you had to research the advertisements made by other companies ( and analyze them while thinking about how you could implement what you’ve learned from that to your video ), learn about storyboarding, learn about the perspective of the camera/screen, and learn how to use the apps ( in my case Animatic, Audacity and Adobe Premium Pro ) to produce it. I realized that there’s more than one way to tell the story by using more than one perspective to draw/film it.
Overall I really enjoyed this unit because it made us think outside the box and create our own 30-second advertisment.
Our Ad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-k6kSmG8vc
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This packages a toy sheep, this packaging will help the audience because of its window that shows the products head therefore allowing the audience to determine the contents of the packaging. Since the packaging is quite squared, this is shelf-friendly. This can even be hooked onto a wall. The handles that also work as an opening easy to use and the material is sturdy. The product won’t receive any damage if they are jostled around or dropped.
There’s little environmental footprint left behind ( reusing used packaging as windows ) and it requires no adhesive ( except for the windows, it was inevitable). But there is an excess amount of extra space.
On my first draft net, I even got my calculations wrong, but I quickly fixed it before making my final draft. I made sure to measure twice, and no other mistakes were made then.
If I were to do this again I will make the box more tailor made for the product, so I don’t waste space.
This is an image of the box containing the muffin:
I and my group went online and followed an origami tutorial teaching us how to make a paper box, and we manage to make it without any type of adhesive. If this was used as a box, this would not work because of the lack of cover, but this is a sturdy muffin holder.
I thought that this origami box can fit in many of the requirements. Because of a smart fold, the box does not require any adhesives and has many layers guaranteeing that it will not break. By not having adhesives and using only one piece of squared paper, I lessened the environmental footprints.
This is a box our group looked at:
I thought that the excessive materials used in this box for the sake of aesthetics were unnecessary and because of its mass production, left a lot of unneeded environmental foot prints. The box also used adhesives on two separate pieces of cardboard, further impacting the environment trying to be appealing.