Overall, I thought that today was really fun because we were able to learn a lot by doing fun outdoor activities. At first, when we were told that the boat trip and the beach cleanup was cancelled, I was expecting a very boring day ahead. We started out the day by brainstorming questions and listening to Boyan Slat’s plan to clean the ocean from plastic. Then we had someone from Plastic Free Seas to come in and give a presentation explaining how plastic is coming into the ocean and how we need to stop it. I found this presentation very interesting and it really impacted what I think. I never knew that so much of our plastic waste goes straight to the ocean. Then, we did a mini lab where we used microscopes to zoom in on plankton samples. I found this really cool because planktons are actually transparent and there eyes are huge compared to their bodies. Then, we went on a hike near the Aberdeen Marina Club near the harbour where we were looking into the water to see if the water was dirty and if we could distinguish any signs of plastic. We saw so much plastic in the water and we found out that all the plastic waste that was on the side walk, when it rains, it falls into the sewage which goes straight to the ocean water. We also crossed the fish market and it was really dirty and so much waste was thrown straight back into the ocean. It smelled really bad and the floor was full of waste. This walk really enabled us to see what everything we learnt from the presentation looks like. Overall, I found this day a fun way of teaching us the impacts of plastic waste.
This CAS trip to Sabah, Malaysia has enabled to me demonstrate many IB learner profiles. The first night in Sabah, we met the guides and learnt the ground rules. All of the guides were really nice. For next two days we did a lot of service, we built a volleyball court and made a shelter for local schools mixing a total of fifty five tonnes of concrete by hand. The next day, we went on a three hour long jungle trek into the forest where we had to set up our own hammocks and sleep in the jungle. We were giving limited food so we had to manage the food and make sure there was enough food for every meal. The final day, we did two fun activities. First, we did some white water rafting and then we ended the day with zip line. Overall I found this trip really fun.
This reflection will be covering two examples of when I demonstrated IB learner profiles during this CAS trip. First, I will be explaining on how I demonstrated Risk Taking and then I will proceed by explaining how I demonstrated Communicating. I demonstrated Risk Taking many times throughout the trip. One of the most memorable moments when I demonstrated Risk Taking was when we went on the jungle trek, our group needed two leaders who decided when our group was going to take breaks and how we were going to organise the food. I volunteered to be a group leader and it demonstrated Risk Taking because I don’t often show my leadership skills.
The second IB learner profile that I demonstrated during this CAS trip was Communicating. I really demonstrated my Communicating skills was when were were building the volleyball court and shelter. We were building with students and teachers from CDNIS but locals were also involved to make sure that we were doing everything correctly. If we were unsure about something that teachers probably couldn’t answer we would need to find ways to Communicate with locals and get information back. I also demonstrated my Communication skills when I was one of the two leaders. We needed to discuss things and then pass the information to the group. This involved talking to about 20 people which is not what I do on a daily basis. Thus I was demonstrating Communicating skills. Overall, this CAS trip to Sabah, Malaysia has been really fun and has enabled me to demonstrate myself as a communicator and a Risk Taker.
1. How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?
Throughout this CAS trip to Sabah, we did many activities. Within these activities, there were aspects that I was good at and parts where I wasn’t so good. Thinking back on the activities, I know what I could improve on and what I did well. For example, when we went on the jungle trek I knew that I wasn’t very good with cooking so I couldn’t help out. I believe that I could have at least tried. I also learnt how to be more comfortable speaking to larger groups of people.
2. How did you undertake challenges that developed new skills?
I undertook my fear of speaking to large groups when we were talking about things we could improve. This developed my Risk Taking and Communicator skills. On the second night night we had to give something that we did well and something that we could improve on. We were speaking to about sixty students and a couple of teachers which is a lot of people.
3. How did you discuss, evaluate and plan student initiated activities?
I was one of the group leaders when we went on the jungle trek so it was my job to lead the group. When we got to the came site and we had nothing to do, we decided to organise some games. We decided to give everybody turns at the games and see what other people wanted to do so everybody could have fun.
4. How did you persevere in action?
I showed perseverance in the jungle trek. It was really long and we barely took any breaks. We were all getting very tired but we kept pushing through even though there was no sign of any campsite. I believe that many people showed perseverance during the jungle trek, not only me.
5. How did you work collaboratively with others?
I worked collaboratively with others throughout the whole trip but the time where it was very important to work as a group was on the first day when we built a volleyball court and a shelter for local kindergarten kids. There were many jobs for us to do and there were only a few of us so we had to divide the jobs equally and helped each do the hard jobs.
During this design project I learnt many aspects of making packages. Some I learnt the easy way, some I learnt by restarting my package with a new plan. The most important thing I learnt was that when you are testing something, test it properly. When I had finished my plan and starting my Criterion C I needed to test my package out. I printed my 2d net out I folded it quickly without paying much attention. Since it was on a smaller scale, I didn’t see that there were issues with folding so when I made my package on a bigger piece of paper, it didn’t fold properly. Another important thing I learnt is that what will convince someone the most to buy something is aesthetics. A package might have a really simple shape but a really nice design and people will notice it and possibly buy it. Another package might have a really cool and unique shape but be just plain red and people might notice it because it blends with the rest. For something to be bought it needs to be noticed first. Finally, the third important thing I learnt is that you don’t need as many adhesives as you think. When I first made my package I had tape on every edge of my package and every time I needed to add something on I just stuck tape on. After realising that my package wouldn’t work, I remade my package and I saw that I could remove and replace it with a hole and flaps and it would replace the tape. Over this design project, I learnt many important aspects on the designs of packages.