Design Task #1 – Paper Airplanes!

Heyo bois, I’m back with another blog post! This post is about my first design task – designing a paper airplane!

My paper airplane had a very simple design, and while it can fly quite far, it is also very inconsistent. Sometimes it would go in a vertical direction, sometimes it would just stop flat in the air was fall! I attempted to use research to assist me in my task, but I was unable to (for reasons you have no need to know). However, by the time I was able to settle upon my design, I was left without any time to decorate it.

What this task has taught me about design is that it gave me a first-hand experience of the MYP design cycle, and helped me gain the knowledge on how to carry it out efficiently. The four main stages are 1. Researching and Analyzing, 2. Developing Ideas, 3. Creating the Solution, and 4. Evaluating (note that these stages are not in any particular order). The experience mainly told me how painful research and analysis is, and how I can apply that effectively in the the other 3 stages.

Overall, this activity helped strengthen me in design and I look forward to other activities.

Music: Clarinet

So! First post of Grade 7, and its about music! Quite a good way to start off the year, ain’t it?

Well, I’ll jump straight in. As I already have a clarinet, that’s the instrument I’ll be playing. The example of clarinet playing will be this:

So! With that out of the way, I now have to provide videos on how to maintain and assemble/disassemble a clarinet. Well, I found a site that has a video in it, so the link is for assemble/disassembly and for maintenance. Now, I know that the maintenance website does not have a video, but I am confident that I can use the video in the assembly video for reference, as well as the fact that my mother also knows how to take care of it.

Well, I think that’s it! Mr. O’Toole, I hope that this counts as good work. Cya!



PYP Final Reflection

As I draw near to the end of the exhibition, it is time for me to reflect on my 2-month journey.

I shall begin with describing myself as a learner. I find that it is easier for me to learn things if I actually do it, and not just hear about it or watch it. It helps me get a better understanding. After the exhibition, I have found that I now incorporate a bit of visual into my learning style, but it is still mainly kinetic. I do not find many opportunities to continue this, so I will have to shift my learning style a bit to get a deeper understanding.

Now, I shall describe my use of attitudes, attributes and transdisciplinary skills. As IB learners, we strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. We mainly had to be inquirers and communicators to get ahold of as much information as we could. They developed from the start of the exhibition by improved communication skills (by explanation during the exhibition and interviews).

Some next steps for my action could be to make a modified design of my creative solution, as currently it is a simulation. Perhaps I could create one that is smaller and actually works, though I will need a lot of research to do so.

I shall now describe my journey. It has been a long and tough journey, one that I would forbid to do again. With our creative solution haven been changed 5 times, it was certainly worrying to create a solid plan to use. From the tuning in stage to our creative solution, it all made me very stressed out, and I couldn’t really find the fun in it. However, it did help me improve my group work skills and will have a lasting impact on my life. Overall, the PYP exhibition was a stressful experience, but it has helped me improve critical skills.