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Welcome to my first blog !!! This is the first time I’m using blogs, so don’t mind if I did something wrong accidentally. This blog is for classes that I’m taking in school. It is used mostly to hand in and share homework.

How Science Can Cause and Solve Environmental Problems

An oil spill is when a lot of oil accidentally spills on land or water. It can cause a lot of damage to the environment around it. For example, when it is spilled on sea, the oil will bring huge damage to the brings to the birds, sea animals and the ecosystem or habitat in general. It could take years and years for a species to recover its population from the damage happened in a single oil spill.  In a single oil spill, up to 500,000 seabirds can lose their lives. To clean up such a mess, science should defiantly be used.  Oil is less dense than water and it can’t be mixed with water, so it will float in a layer on the water. Oil can also act as a fuel for fire, while  water can not… So a solution to get the oil out of the water will be to burn it. It is a relatively quick and easy solution you just need to control the fire, like putting a fire proof thing around the oil.

 

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

Science is good for humanity. Without science, we probably will still bel living in caves and eating what ever we hunted. Even though some science like the discovery fossil fuel might cause environmental problems, but it brings a lot of benefits to use, it gave us a lot of energy. With these energy, humanity could advance. And when humanity advances people will focus on using science to solve these environment problems.

Design Lantern Reflection

Q1: What are some cultural considerations people make when designing products?

A1: I think first of all, you have to make sure the products are not offensive and appropriate in every culture. Then, you have to make sure the symbols or pictures or designs on the products mean what they mean in the audience’s culture, because same things can mean different things in different cultures. For example, in this unit, while making the lantern, we had to check with the Chinese teacher to make sure the symbols and characters were correct and communicated what we meant.

Q2: How does of a product communicate traditions and values?

A2: A product communicates traditions and values in a lot of different ways, from the person it was given to to the symbols and characters on the design to the colour of the design. Many details can show the traditions and values. In our unit, we gave the lantern because we wanted to thank someone, that could be shown by the huge ‘THANK YOU’ on the lantern or shown by the blessings on the lantern. We made this lantern in the first place because it is a tradition for the Ancient Chinese to put words and riddles on lanterns. And the words and symbols show the what the Chinese culture values or what they recognise as a symbol of something.

Q3: Are handmade products an effective way of minimising environmental impact? Why or why not?

A3: No, because if not handmade it will be made by machines, which needs electricity or fuel to power which will make the environmental impact bigger. But on the other hand, lets say you bought some crafting materials, you probably won’t make the product again, and you probably will also waste some materials, while in a factory, they are less likely to waste materials. Another example is for this we used a laser cutter, this laser cutter made about 120 lanterns, while in a factory a laser cutter would probably cut more and therefore lower the environmental impact this laser cutter has caused per product.

Parking Using Algebra

Today in math class we did an activity on Desmos, parking using Algebra. First, we were ask to try separating the land in to equal slots for parking with out any information. That did not work well for me, and this is what happened:

Later, we had the information like how wide is each divider, and how long it is in total. That made it much easier and more efficient, cause then I had a way to calculate how big each slot is . This worked better:

But this wouldn’t work for any parking space, as different parking spaces have different lengths, different dividers. So later, Desmos introduced algebra in this problem which made it much more efficient, since it would apply to every situation.

 

Humanities Unit 1 Summative Reflection

In this summative for humanities, we mainly focused on the ATLs skills organising skills. The organising part is the action plan, where we  plan out and break down the summative in to  make sure you don’t do everything last minute and also to make sure you know what you need to do and and when you should do it.  I didn’t do well on this part because I misjudged the time I needed to finish my research organiser. It took me longer than I thought it would and pushing everything behind it back. Next time, I should also should check if I have any activities that will hold me back during that week or two, because this time additional to the misjudged time, I also had a activity on the last day that I didn’t expect. That activity took me about 4 hours, resulting me having to stay up late.

Grade 8 Unit 1 Science IFolio Reflection

What makes a credible scientist?

A credible scientist is one who gives reliable, accurate and valid results in what  ever experiment or knowledge they are studying. To do this they will have to control the controlled variables precisely, change the IV well and measure the DV accurately and also process the data they get correctly if they are doing an experiment. If they are learning a knowledge, they will have to be able to explain about that knowledge and know it really well.

 

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

The scientific way of knowing is tested and got good results before using it on patient, while other ways of knowing might not be tested or have worked. The scientific ‘way of knowing’ may also have more precise wording and more accurate sentences so that the doctors/patients know exactly what they should/need to do. The scientific ‘way of knowing’ will also include more information like exactly how many pills to use and how long will the medicine’s effect kick in.

 

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 were to repeat it, I could improve how to measure the DV more accurately to get more accurate results. To do this, instead of looking at when the cone hits the ground and then hitting the stop button (that takes time so the results might be a bit longer than the actual time it takes) I could use a camera to record the thing in slow motion, so that later I could replay it and see exactly what time does the cone hit the ground. I could also improve the method by controlling controlled variable two better. To do that I could use a measuring tape to measure at what height do I let go of the paper cone.

Reflection on Innovation Fair

This week was the innovation fair. In this week, we are supposed to find a problem and solve it. On the first day, we come up with ideas and write a proposal. On the second, third and fourth day we made our prototype and our pitch video. On the fifth day we go and look at others project and people from different grades come to see our project. At first we had a big trouble coming up with ideas, we came about 4-5 ideas but none of them got approved by the teachers. In each day, 3 classes/periods are devoted to this innovation fair and 1 class is a recharge time.  Later, someone in our group wished there was a innovation idea generator so we can get ideas, then we decided to make a innovation idea generator to help people like us (who couldn’t find ideas) to find ideas. In the second day, we started to make the plan of the app and started to code it. The third day was mainly focused on finding ideas to put into  the app and to continue coding it. We also started the pitch video. Finding the ideas for “other ideas” and “3D printing / laser – cutting ideas” was hard but still manageable. The  real challenge was to find ideas for “digital ideas”. In the end, we had about 4 digital ideas and 20 other ideas and 20 3D printing / laser – cutting ideas. In the fourth day we did the pitch video and improved the app. The second prototype of the app was better than the first one because in the first one, when you click the button “more” , more ideas will show up, but when you click button “more” again, nothing will happen. In the second app, when you click the button “more” , more ideas will show up, and when you click button “more” again and again, the screen will keep on changing. Coding the second app was hard for me, I didn’t know how to code it so I asked Mr.Stringer how to code it. On the fifth day, we sent up our place and explain and got feedback from other people. The challenge during this week was finding an idea and finding digital ideas. The most interesting thing in this week was board games (during recharge time) and coding (during innovation fair time) .

These are picture of our app: 

And this is the pitch video of we made:

 

Unite 2 – Portrait de famille

Global context:

Identities and Relationships

Statement of inquiry:

Our Family and the people around us contribute to our own individual identity

For the french summative, we had a Crit C & D video presentation we had to make.

ATLS ( APPROACHES TO LEARNING SKILLS)  on the summative

  • Communication: presented orally and visually a portrait of my family
  • Time management : there was a due date …
  • Organization: I managed to finished it before the due date, but I accidentally uploaded the wrong one at first. Later, I had to upload the correct video and take the old one down.
  • Being resourceful: I took the knowledge from previous french class and putted the script together

I thought I did ok on this assessment,  I did better in crit C than crit D. I have to improve a lot on pronunciation (which is a part of crit D). Madam Boyle suggests I should pay more attention to the pronunciation and use the google translations to help with the pronunciation.

This is the link to the video:

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Unit 3 Ifolio Reflection

The third unit was poetry.We analysed some poetry, and for the summative, we had to decorate a box according to a poetry and present it.

The challenging part I find in this unit is finding the objects that represent the things in the poetry for the summative and writing PEE paragraphs. The fun part of this unit is we get to decorate the box what ever way we wanted to, as long as it was connected to the poetry.

Unit 2 Ifolio Reflection

Global Context – Personal and Cultural Expression

Key Concept(s) – Perspectives

Related Concept(s) – Character and Point of View

Summative Assessment(s) – Fishbowl Discussion and Create your Own Short Story

 

Q: What did you enjoy about this unit (content, activities, etc.)? Explain

A: I enjoyed the short storied we read, because most of them were really interesting.

 

Q:What did you find challenging in this unit? 

A: The fish bowl discussion,  because I find it hard to speak in front people.

 

Q:  Which short story was your favorite? Why?

A: I liked ” Death on the Playground”  because the title is a bit exaggerating and it does show a lot of change in the character Principal Chow from to events.

 

Q: What causes change in a character?

A: A lot of factors could cause change in a character, like ageing, change of environment, something big happened in their lives…

 

Q: Is change inevitable?

A: I think change is inevitable, because a character could be changed  for a lot of reasons, and some of them might be inevitable. For example, some people’s interest change when they age, you could not prevent from ageing, so then you could prevent you interest to change.

Robotics Week

After CNY break, we had a robotics week. During this week, we got 7 lessons to work on robotics to make a robot and a video of the robot in groups of 3.

The robot that we need to make should be smaller than 14 x 14 cm, should be able to run and grab objects. The teachers had already made a robot that could  run and grab objects, but our goal is to make it smaller.

It took us a really long time to make adjustments and make the robot smaller. Sometimes, we had to take some parts of the robot apart to adjust it. A problem with our robot is it was a bit unstable, since some parts of it is zip tied together or putted on with blue tag. Another problem with our robot was the robot could not turn on ( because the batteries were not put in properly). Later, we took the robot to one door, and they helped us make the robot more stabler and told us that the robot could not turn on because the battery was not put in properly.

This is what our final robot looks like:

And this is the video we made:

Robotics Video