There Will be an App for That

by 130091 on September 13, 2017

Through my research, I have not only gained a better understanding on my own app, but I also gained knowledge on different features of apps, such as storing data, multiple choice options, tabs, importing photos and even adding a search bar to an app. I also had the opportunity to explore multiple apps, which let me evaluate advantages and disadvantages of different types of apps, which will help me outline and create design specifications for my own app (Criteria B). Specifically for my client, who is looking to ease the task of baking, all the features I have learnt about and apps I have evaluated have provided me with more information to meet my client’s need. Specifically my 5 main takeaways:

1.  Storing data within apps so that recipes/conversions can be used again in the future. This is done by using “User Defaults” and connecting that to a variable by using strings.

2. Create a pop down window so my client can choose their conversion measurements. This can simply be done by using multiple buttons and programming each of them.

3. Use a camera to scan and upload recipes to the app, for easier access. This can be done by letting the user take a photo with their phone camera, and then giving the user the option to upload photos from their library. (This may be too advanced)

4. Create tabs in an app, to maintain a more organised layout and bring less confusion to the users. This is done by using the “Tab Bar Controller”, giving access to see the different views the user sees within each tab.

5. Adding a “Search Bar” function, incase the user wants to search for a recipe they used in the past. First you declare that the search bar is “UI Search Bar”, and then link that to a function where you can declare the placeholder text etc. (This may be too advanced)

Design Brief: I will create an app that serves the purpose of easing the activity of baking, by making it more efficient. I will do this by creating an app that allows users to convert baking measurements, scale recipes and save these recipes for future uses, while implying the design CARP principals as well as my new knowledge of Xcode and computer programming. My hope for this app is to not only ease baking, but to even encourage and motivate people to take up the activity of baking with an app that provides them with an organized, efficient way to bake.



2015 CAS: Chiang Mai, Thailand

by 130091 on May 10, 2017

1) How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?

This CAS trip was filled with activities, so I was able to gain a sense of my strengths and areas for growth. For example, we went on the confidence course, I found that I am not really great at taking risks, which is an area for growth. However, I found that my strengths were cooperation, as I was able to participate in every challenge we encountered.

2) How did you undertake challenges and develop new skills?

Because of the various activities we did, I was able to undertake different challenges, thus developing new skills. I developed new skills such as communication, as we did many team-building exercises.

3) How did you discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiative activities?

For the service part of the trip, we helped to build a school. As a group, we had to discuss, evaluate and plan how we were going to work effectively to accomplish as much work as possible, and devise a plan that worked for everyone.

4) How did you persevere in action?

We persevered in action by not only doing physical recreation activities, but also by doing service through out the week. We had to work through the heat to  persevere in action.

5) How did you work collaboratively with others?

I worked collaboratively with others mainly through the service component of the trip. As we had to work together to create the project, it brought collaboration between others.

6) How did you develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding?

I developed international-mindedness through global engagement with the Thai community, by helping to build a local school. The multilingualism and intercultural understanding of the Thai culture has helped me to gain a sense of a global community.

7) How did you consider the ethical implications of your actions?

As a large portion of this trip revolved around service, I can say that I think highly of my actions and their ethical implications. By building the school, we are contributing to education that seems quite scarce in Chiang Mai. This won’t only help current children, but will hopefully lead on to bring a positive impact to future generations.


2016 CAS Week – Guilin/Yangshuo – Final Reflection

April 26, 2017

1. How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth? I became more aware of my own strengths and areas for growth during this trip, mainly from the activities we participated in during the trip. For example, some of my areas that did grow over this trip were my risk […]

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Myanmar: Service as teaching local students

April 26, 2017

For this past CAS week (November, 2016), I went to Myanmar to teach local Burmese students English. We did this by engaging in fun activities, lessons, and games to enhance their ability to speak and read English. 1. How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth? Because we were […]

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Design + English – Criterion D Final Project Reflection

December 14, 2016

Over the past few weeks in English, we have been incorporating Designs into the lessons. After reading Lord of the Flies, we were given a passage that we would have to render into a graphic novel contribution, in order to enhance our understanding of graphic novel conventions, as well as the themes in Lord of […]

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Design + Math – Packaging Process

May 6, 2016

Over this process, I have learnt multiple new skills as well as have realized many areas in which I can improve on. Firstly, I have learnt to calculate surface area and volume of composite shapes, which helped me to create a package that was environmentally friendly, as less materials were used. Secondly, I have learnt […]

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Melodic Symphony – 16 Bar Melody Composition

March 21, 2016

I felt that this composition assignment was a big jump from what we composed last year. This year there was less structure to the composition  – I got to choose the instruments, key signature and time signature in this composition, as well as I had more freedom with the tempo and dynamics of the piece. […]

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Design Day 2016

March 2, 2016

Today, we got introduced to the new design cycle we will be doing: Design + Math. In this project, we will be creating a box or container for a selected object. We will have to first create a 2-D net, and then eventually turn it into a 3-D shape. For starters, we were put into […]

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8 Bar Melody Continued… Clarinet

February 4, 2016

For this composition practice, I used clarinet and piano, to create a mini composition. I used different and repetition of chords, and mostly conjunct notes. Though, I did not finish on the tonic note, because I thought that it didn’t sound and fit with the rest of the melody. To improve for next time, I […]

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8 Bar Rhythm

January 26, 2016

Today in music, we created a basic 8 bar melody on Finale. This composition piece will then be turned into our final piece of composition work. Below is a screenshot I included of the mini melody I composed. To keep it simple, we used the same note, same instrument and just changed note values today. […]

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