Coding Reflection

Coding Reflection

Coding Reflection #2

Yesterday we had our weekly coding class with Ms. Fung , we were continuing our coding the alphabet project,  we had to program “Scratch”to draw our initials. Since my initials are AFVR I first started of with the F.  Since I was figuring out how to program a E for my friend, so I just had to remove some parts and volla! My letter is perfection. So I started drawing the R, R is especially difficult because it’s hard to make the angels work, I basically spent the whole period doing the letter R. It took about 6 attempts, but FINALLY it worked. Since the period ended so I thought ok I will attempt to do V and get the Idea for A next class.

The Guest Speaker

The Guest Speaker

  The Guest Speaker

Today we had a guest speaker who was a ex-police commander, who gave a presentation about natural disasters in Hong Kong and his stories with them. His name was Graeme Still.

 

Typhoons: Mr. Still talked about the olden day and the typhoon signals, and how they had a humongous plastic sign on top of all the police stations when there were typhoons coming. He also said that if police men really had to, they would go out into the strong wind and rain tied to a sturdy rope to save stranded people. In one case a taxi carrying 2 elderly people accidentally drove into a whirlpool right before a typhoon, so they tried their best to rescue everyone but unfortunately the passengers didn’t survive.

 

LandSlides: After the talk about typhoons he talked about the horrific landslide that happened in 1978 i believe. It happened somewhere in the mid-levels, the reason why it happened was that the drainage systems were not functional, so the buildings on the mountain slipped. After a few days the mud had moved some low rises crashing it right into a public housing estate, which caused it to topple over, killing about 67 people. I am not exactly sure if it’s like this but if you have any mistakes please comment.

 

Fires: Then after all the horrific incidents about natural disasters,  he came to the topic I most feared. FIRES!!! He talked about how he was growing up he was never allowed to play with fire, and nor am I. He explained how a little spark of flame can light up a huge fire that can kill everyone in its area. 

 

綠色天台

綠色天台

綠色天台

       在綠色天台上我想做一個小生態系統。我會把兩隻松鼠放在樹裏面。我們不可以以跟松鼠玩,因應為它們是野生的動物,並且你不知道它們可以攻擊人類。因為綠色天台上有很多樹和害蟲,所以我們不用給它們食物。我做這個生態系統的目的是松鼠可以吃掉毛蟲、螞蟻和不同的害蟲, 而且可以讓學生觀察松鼠的習慣。  

 

Our Final Dance

Our Final Dance

Our Final Dance

In performing arts we have all completed our final dances as a group, so the final step is to create the light painting. My group is doing a dance called a life of a caterpillar,which we created ourselves. The dance starts of with us marching like a worm so we are crouching stomping our hands and feet on the ground. We will try to get up at the same time and start the caterpillar body shape and movement. Me  and my classmate Eden will be swinging our arms gently while the boys in my group do the head and tail. Me and Eden will take two steps back and First Joe will fall into a criss cross sitting position, then Eden will go on her knees, harry will fall into a kneeling position while i remain standing. Then we will do ten continuous rainbow with our arms. We will fall onto the floor then SCEEN! WE are all very excited to do our light painting!

 

Our Learning Buddies Spotlights

Our Learning Buddies Spotlights

Today we went to watch our learning buddies spotlight, this was very special, because there were three classes displaying their learning in performing arts by putting on a huge show. This is what I thought about their performance.

What did I like about their performance:

I liked the fact that even for their age they still managed to place on a brilliant performance, it takes a lot of effort to produce such a professional production. I feel that when I was their age I could not even focus in class while they very studiously put on a show without any signs of fear.

How could they improve:

Although they showed all this hard work, I feel they could have had more dancing, singing and student made music. There were already kids using percussion instruments to make music in the background, there were a few songs, but the dancing was nil and the songs already had the singers singing in the background and we could not hear the little kids singing their songs which was a disappointment.

How Did My Buddy Preform:

I mentioned the dancing singing thing because my buddy was dancing and mostly all she did was sit there in a pose without a large roll in the spotlight, I saw her bored expression on her face.

Overall I felt that this was a amazing performance that exceeded my expectations.

WELL DONE BUDDIES!!!

 

How We Organise Our Selves

The new central idea

 

Next week we are starting a new central idea, the central idea is “How People And Organisations Respond And Prepare For Natural Disasters.”

We were told to list all the natural disasters that we know :

Natural

  • Huricans                                                    
  • Tornado
  • Flood
  • Tunami
  • Volcanic eruption
  • Earthquake
  • Blizzard
  • Avalanche
  • Fire Whirls
  • Forest fires
  • Landslides

    Man Made

  • Acid Rain
  • Chemical Spills
  • Nuclear Spills
  • Drought
  • Oil spills

We also were given a challenge, the challenge was we had to come up with responses of survival for natural disasters. I thought for most cases if there is a basement it’s the best place if there is food and water down there, and electricity for the sake of it. Since like if there’s a hurricane it might blow away the house, there is concrete or stone preventing it from harming the people inside.

 

Coding

Coding

                         Coding

In class we started coding with Ms. Fung, we are using Scratch to program, for the last 2 weeks we have been learning how to do a tessellation that repeats forever.  

The photo above is my code which lets my Scratch tessellate forever doing triangles, but one cool thing i did is if you press certain keys it will change color, so make it more interesting.

Did Scratch draw what I expected or was I puzzled with the result?

After I figured the basic code that allows me to tessellate forever, I wanted to test out different shapes. At first I made it turn 70 degrees, which produced Hexagons, then i did 25 degrees which just made loops, then i think it was 40 degrees which made it make rhombuses. My only problem was that it didn’t tessellate and kept on overlapping.

What was the most challenging part of the task?

I thought the most challenging part was the calculations of the shapes, since I wanted to change the angles of the shape, i caucused how each side of the shape should be, then tried it out, some of them just became loops, others were proper shapes but didn’t become a tessellation.

What did I learn though this task?

I learnt that professional programmers have to do a lot of hard calculations just to program one tiny thing. I also learnt that a pentagon consist of 70%.

 

Updates On The Robotics Dance Challenge

Updates On The Robotics Dance Challenge

Updates on the robotics dance challenge

As I said before I will give updates on the robotics dance challenge. Me and my 2 friends robots are quite synchronised and the robots are dancing by a 2 page long programming script. We have picked out the perfect song for them to “dance” to and it’s called time lapse.  Since my robot has this thing where it doesn’t go straight, so it was hard to find the perfect position for three robots. In the end we put them in a triangle shape and for some reason we ended up in the same position as they started in. So we thought that was pretty cool but mostly our dance is repetitive so it’s understandable why it repeats.

 

Persuasive Writing

                        Week in review

This week was an average week except for the public holiday on Tuesday, we only missed Chinese on Tuesday but other than that nothing else in particular happened.

We have been focusing in english on persuasive writing, since have not completed my final piece you can click the link down below and look at my detailed draft on google slides and my final piece!!!

 This is the link to my first Persuasive writing 

This is the link to my google slide presentation

This is the link to my final piece

I hope you enjoyed my persuasive writing.

CAMPING:D

             Camp Description

Last week from Wednesday to Friday we had camp with Treasure Island. We each were groups for our activity, my group leader was called Clawdia and our teacher was Mr. Wah. We slept in tents of 2-4 people each, I was in a group of three with my best friend. We did many nature related activities, such as swimming, building our own shelter with just ropes and what we can find in the wild during a storm( there was a storm when we built it), orienteering, etc.

What did I enjoy: I enjoyed the Raft building because we got to build raft from reusable resources such as tyres, bamboo and ropes. All of these resources were passed down from group to group, so we had to destruct our rafts after we finished making and testing it. I also enjoyed our BBQ, even though i am just so scared of fire, I was close to fainting when my group mates marshmallow caught on fire when we were making S’MORES.

What did I experience for the first time: I never slept in a tent before, nor in a sleeping bag, I never acknowledge a spider’s presents on my leg before, but hey there’s a time for everything.

What will i remember the most: I will remember my camp leader, the fact that I had some kinda asthma attack situation in the middle of the night, the raft building, the survival challenge, BBQ, orientering, the surf relay, and A LOT more.

What did I find challenging: I found dealing with my group mates when we did the surf relay challenging, because when they were waiting for their turn they were mixing sand and water and throwing it around, putting it on their bodies and just being completely utterly disgusting, and it was kind of like mud. Ew!

What did I learn from my camp experience: Hong Kong’s water in the winter can as cold as the lakes in Germany in summer for reasons related to science or physics.

I REALLY ENJOYED MY CAMP EXPERIENCE!!!!