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Hi! Welcome to my blog! My name is Kayla, I’m currently a grade 7 student studying in CDNIS. I’m an outgoing and cheerful person. Anyway, in this blog, you will find my conclusions  from different topics or  some random things that I would want to talk about!

Innovation Day!

During this last week of Grade 8, we had our innovation day! As this project is only lasting for a day, the whole project is focusing on our pitch. Our question for the project was: How might we improve the experience of a PYP student (Grade 5) in their first year of MYP (Grade 6)? So looking at the video that was presented, a lot of the teachers mentioned that the students need to know to manage time and themselves. So we came to the conclusion of focusing our project to help students with self and time management. We did this by having the idea of an interactive timetable.

So how does this work? Basically, the interactive timetable has the same working system of the game four-in-a-row. Students will have tasks labeled on boards with different priorities. We then have a big box with labeled time slots where students will decide when they think they should be doing each task/summative. And then we will have experienced MYP students judge how the PYP students organize themselves and give some advice. Our idea was a success but we still know there is much room for improvement and our group hopes to find more ways to make the project convenient and useful at the same time.

How science can cause and solve environmental problems

Give a brief explanation of an oil spill and how it can be cleaned up.

An oil spill is when ships have leaks and pollute the water in oil. It can do immediate and large economic, social and environmental impacts. There are solutions to clean up oil spills, but it takes decades to remove all of the oil while being toxic. Currently, there are different ways to clean up these oil spills, skimming, dispersants etc. For my essay, I decided to pick the polymer method. It is a material where when put in water, it absorbs the oil and forms a sponge form. This is caused when the hydrocarbons come in contact with the polymer, it changes into a solid form.

Is science good for humanity? Do the benefits of scientific discovery outweigh the problems it causes?

Yes, science is probably one of the best things that happened to humanity in the first place. It has improved our world and opened new discoveries. It also can help save and make the world a more convenient and better place. For example: Without science, we would not have any methods to clean up oil spills. Without science, we would have very limited knowledge about humans and animals. But, I do not think that scientific discovery has fully outweighed the problems it causes. A lot of discoveries we come up with, it also comes with a downside. With oil spill, there are ways to clean it up, but the methods are not 100% perfect. Scientists are still trying to discover ways to find the best solutions.

Design Lantern

What are some cultural considerations people make when designing products?

People have to research if the design is respectful to the people who belong to the culture. They need to make sure that it is not offensive and connects to their target culture. For example, if you’re doing the Chinese Culture, maybe you can use Chinese symbols to add to the design. Avoid using text like 四 as it is a symbol of death to the Chinese.

How does the design of a product communicate traditions and values?

The design of a product and communicate traditions and values in many different ways. It could be from pictures to symbols, animals, language etc. All of these can easily represent something culturally and shows tradition and value. Eg, for the Lunar New Year, using words like 福 can communicate tradition.

Are handmade products an effective way of minimizing environmental impact? Why and Why not?

Most of the time, handmade products are an effective way of minimizing environmental impact. A lot of handmade products are used with green materials which help the environment already. And handmade products are more organic than machine made products.

(my lantern)

Car Park Algerbra

Today, we had a desmo activity where we figure out where we put dividers so that every vehicle can have an equal amount of space. We first started off by only estimating and placing them, hoping it is accurate enough. Then we put equations to solve how much space there should be between each divider. This helps me to be more efficient because when I come out with a formula, besides only knowing how to do it on one example, I can know how to calculate the space when I get different widths, the width of dividers etc.

(here is a picture of where I found the formula which works for other example problems)

Science – Seed Dispersal Investigation

What makes a credible scientist?

To be a credible scientist, you have to have reliable information. You need to be able to prove your explanations with data from the experiment. You need graphs, tables and also you need to explain the trend. Lastly, you need to use scientific reasoning for your experiment.

Why is the scientific ‘way of knowing’ used in medicine compared to other ‘ways of knowing’?

The scientific ‘way of knowing’ used in medicine are most likely given to patients. So scientists no only have to investigate how to make the medicine work, they also need to make sure that when they make the medicine it is safe for consumption. For other ways of knowing, we create an experiment that can help us get kind of reliable data for research.

Reflecting on scientific investigations is important because you can get more accurate results by repeating investigations with improvements to your method. How would you improve your seed dispersal investigation if you were to repeat it?

If I do this experiment again, I need to make sure that I can get more reliable data and try to control all my variables properly. I also should make sure the materials I use are good enough to collect fair data. 

 

Innovation Fair – My experience

Today was the Innovation Week Exhibition, Innovation Week is where students have a whole week to come up with an idea that can benefit the society. I walked around and actually found some very interesting projects. The first one I approached was called “The Multi-Device Stand”, also known as MDS. It is supposed to be a stand for your handheld devices and hold it on eye level so you don’t strain your neck. I think that it is very useful because a lot of people use their phones nowadays, so this is a product for basically everyone. Another unique one is “DIY makeup”, the group used natural ingredients to make makeup products for example lipstick, blush, face masks and more. It turned out to be a bit abnormal but it still works fine. Even though I was gone for a most of the week, but being able to see my classmates creativity was a fun and good experience.

La Vie Scolaire | French Unit 3

For this Unit in French, we were learning about stuff about school, subjects, people and more.

How can I express my needs in a classroom setting? How can I use French in situations related to school?

I can use french for asking about names, subjects etc.

The organisation of our school and our curriculum is influenced by the socio-economic and cultural background of our community.

Yes because different schools with different financial issues have differences. And the school affects the cultural background deeply.

What’s the perfect school system?

There is no perfect school system because every school is unique.

Design – Clock

For this unit for design, we were designing a clock to laser cut. First, we had to brainstorm an idea for our clock on paper. I came up with 2 designs, a Hong Kong sign and a ferris wheel. I decided to go with the ferris wheel. After designing the clock, I’m pretty satisfied with my creation. It isn’t that good or perfect, but I tried my best. Here’s a picture of the printed clock.

Music Instrument – Line #57

This is the second session of music where we had to play a selected instrument, here are my statements and the mp3

Criteria Bi, Bii Session 2

Bi

i. demonstrate the acquisition and development of the skills and techniques of the art form studied

Bii

ii. demonstrate the application of skills and techniques to create, perform and/or present art.
Grade yourself here! *
Note Accuracy
Rhythm Accuracy
Tempo
Performance Skills – Percussion
Evenness of Stroke
Approach to Melody
Smoothness
Dynamics *

Now respond to these statements…

I have developed the skills required to perform this music successfully over music this year. Explain…*
I think that my skills have already developed beforehand and were able to perform this piece of music successfully since I knew how to play percussion before we even started the first music session. To me both of the instrumental summatives were very easy because I remember learning how to play percussion with the same book when I was younger.
I demonstrated the application of skills to create a successful piece of music. This is as good as I can get it! Explain… *
For this instrumental unit, I was able to successfully play my piece and I think I did my very best to play it as perfect as I can. Even though I didn’t practise s much as the others, I was able to easily catch up and play the song properly. Besides playing in time and the notes correctly, I also added dynamics to make the song more interesting.

Ukulele – Say You Won’t Let Go

For this music session, we got to pick our own song to play. Here are the statements, mp3 alongside a picture of my song.
What was the inspiration for this song choice? *
 The song I selected was Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur. I am actually a big fan of James and I listen to a lot of his songs. I think my inspiration for this song came from the guitar. I always liked simple acoustic songs. I didn’t end up using the guitar to play it even though I was an option, I think I picked the ukulele since I had experience from the last unit.
How did your music classes as well as your previous music session and assignment prepare you for this assignment? *
For this assignment, I think that the music classes and the previous session gave me experience and time to practise. When we were doing the last music session, I didn’t know how to strum properly. After some classes of practise and watching some videos, I was able to strum better and get the proper notes.