Camp is finally here!

Hello everyone! It’s me again, and today I will be talking about my camp experience at OuImage result for outward bound hong kongtward Bound Hong Kong. I had a wonderful experience at Outward Bound this year. I arrived at camp on Tuesday and I left camp on Friday.

So on Tuesday, I got to know my group members and have a camp brief by my coaches. I then had lunch that was made by Outward Bound’s chefs and it was very delicious!  I then put my clothes in a barrel that will be transported to my campsite as I camped on the first 2 nights of the 4 days and 3 nights program.  After lunch, I did an activity called ‘The Beam’. It was pretty fun and I had to work as a team to be able to overcome the challenges.  I then took the bus to my campsite.

At the campsite, we learned how to pitch our tents and made our dinner. For dinner, we had to cook food ourselves as we were given cooking utensils and food material to cook. I made curry for dinner that was way too spicy and some white rice. After eating dinner, we made a campfire and we roasted marshmallows! I then went to bed in my sleeping bag and fell asleep very quickly.

The next morning, I woke to the sound of the birds and crickets. I brushed my teeth and did a morning exercise with my coach. I then, as a team cracked a code that involved teamwork and some intelligence. I, unfortunately, got hurt during the activity. I then build a natural shelter with my group by using leaves and twigs. I then had lunch that was a sandwich with cheese and ham on the cob. I found the sandwich that I made very delicious. I then began on a hike. I then had a dinner made of rice with vegetables.  I then roasted marshmallows with my friends and I went to bed.  As I lay in bed, I realized that it was my last my night in the tent. I felt a bit sad as I wasn’t allowed to have more fun at the campsite. As I closed my eyes, I felt that I was satisfied with my work done on the 2 days done on the campsite.

I woke to the sound of the birds and the smell of fresh air. I got changed and I after breakfast that consisted of some bread, walked away from the campsite. Unlucky me, my group was not given the privilege to be able to take the bus to Outward Bound base. When we arrived at the base, we went to try the ‘High Elements challenge’. We donned the helmets and climbed the rope to the top. I then went to have lunch and I went to see my dorms. I then got changed into my swimsuit and went to go kayaking with my group. Before I kayaked, I had to do float test which went well.

I then went into the kayaks and kayaked around the base. We went kayaked to the ‘Jetty Jump’ area where you have to jump from 6 metres above the water. I without really thinking jumped into the water and I found it very fun!

After doing the jump, I went back to my dorm to take my first shower in 3 days. I felt incredibly good when the water touched my skin. I then had my final dinner at Outward Bound. I found the food really good. I also felt a bit sad as everything had to end so quickly. I was sad to go to bed that night as I really enjoyed the program really much and would have wanted to stay longer. I then had a de-brief with my group and my instructors. I went to bed a bit sad as I had to leave.

The next morning, my team sealed off a whole 4 days of hard work by completing the final challenge. I then got to share my feelings on the camp. I also shared I had learned and tried many new things. We went to the assembling place to have a closing ceremony. I received my certificate of participation. I then got my lunch of sandwiches and Outward still delivered quality food even when making the simplest things. I said goodbye to my coaches and to the place.

In a nutshell, I had a wonderful experience at Outward Bound. I would like to go to Outward bound once more and have an experience like this once more. I feel a lot tougher after this experience and I learned how to be independent. One thing I particularly enjoyed was cooking. I believe that cooking was a very meaningful experience as I always have my food cooked for me and I always take things for granted. I believe that by cooking I realize how much work my nannies need to pay to make the food I happily eat every day.

All in all, this has been a life-changing experience where I learned a lot. I will cherish these memories and I am sure I went out of my comfort zone and made into my ‘outward bound’. I will never forget this experience and I will remember this event dearly in my memories. This event will be something I will be able to tell my grandchildren about grade 6. I hope you enjoyed this blog post and I hope you will want to visit Outward Bound Hong Kong sometime soon. It is a great place to be.

 

17 nov weekly reflection

Hello again!!! Once again, sharing what I did this week in this weeks’ weekly reflection with you all. This week marked 2 achievements. I received second place in both a singing competition and the Hong Kong National Blitz Chess Championship.

So back to business! On Monday I did a few Math quizzes on That Quiz which I found fairly simple. Today we also did a class discussion on what is economy and all about economics.

On Tuesday, we watched a slide show sent to Ms. Sandul which I found helpful as the slideshow increased my knowledge on economics and the economy. Today we also started to make a prototype out of a box(there is a full report on my prototype). I also went to Mr. Mark’s classroom to have briefing of my field trip on Friday.

On Wednesday, I finished an end of unit Math test which to me was fairly simple. I also did a presentation of my group’s prototype to the class(full report in another post). We also learned about the 4 ways of reading. We also inquired into how to use quotation marks. I was split into a group which would enquire on on era. I am enquiring on the economy of the Song Dynasty.

On Thursday, sadly I skipped school to have my singing competition where I came as the first runner-up.

Finally on Friday, I had a field trip to Stanley Beach where I found many problems on the beach. For example, I found some dead fish and the life guards were texting messages on their phone. On Friday, I further inquired into my era’s economy.

When do the prototype making stop???

Today, we finished another prototype! Our prototype is called the Fluffy Case! Here is a picture of it.

My group decided to make a case after a lot of people have had there things going missing and that they always break there stationery. Inside our prototype, there is a bit of yarn stuck to it that will help protect the stationery. It can be used to store anything that is small enough to fit it.

Our prototype has been decorated with glitter and is made entirely from recycled materials. It has been mostly made of an old headphone box. Special thanks to Mr. Larson for giving us the boxes!!!

Sorry!!! The photo will be up here soon!

10 Nov weekly reflection

Today we had the Remembrance Day Assembly and I sang for the school as I was one of the Treble Timbertones so I had to sing to whole school which was very fun. So back to the week…

So on Monday, We started a New Unit! The new unit is Where We Are In Place and Time. I had my final range lesson for golf which was pretty sad as I really liked golf lessons. We also had a dance class which our dance group decided on what kind of music to dance with. We also researched some articles that would be shared in class on Tuesday.

On Tuesday we shared our articles in small groups. My article was chosen by my group and we prepared for our presentation of our article that would happen on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, I presented my article to the class and I realized that I should have allowed some of my group to speak more. My class also went to the green roof and we read books to our reading buddies. I did not have the afternoon as I left early as I had a music singing exam.

On Thursday, we watched a video that was an explanation of Remembrance Day which was pretty emotional  to watch.

Today as explained earlier I sang in the Remembrance Day Assembly. This was the first time I performed with the Timbertones. I shared my parent’s money budget with the class with my findings. I then had my Chinese lesson, and then I had an interview right after lunch from a man who was going to write an article on our prototypes.

 

 

Design Thinking Model of our prototype

This week, we added our final touches to our prototype and we finished the design thinking model.

Here it is:

The Cooling AC (Design Thinking Model)

By: Ava Helbig, Annabelle Au, Cheng Hsin and Siena Mulchand

 

Empathize:

People who are poor and don’t have an AC can use this because our bottle project is made to make the inside of a room cooler during the summer.

 

Define:

The weather is hot during the summer time, so we wanted to help people who couldn’t afford AC.

 

Ideate:

Before we decided to do this project, we came up with other ideas.

  • A Fan
  • Windmill
  • A swing set that powers an AC
  • Annabelle’s hamster that runs on the wheel and powers the AC

 

Prototype:

Energy Used:

  • Wind Energy (to go through the bottles)
  • Kinetic (the air moving through the bottles)
  • Mechanical (When the air reached it’s target; AKA the room)

 

Test:

When we tested our prototype, we used a thermometer made from little bits from the innovation lab to sense the difference of temperature in a room. We also tested our prototype with students in the classroom. We made a chart to organize all the locations that we have tested the Cooling AC in. We tested the prototype in places like the gym, the playground and even the cafeteria.

How it works:

The hot air goes through the bottle and the bottle neck compresses the air and makes it cooler. It is not such a significant change because the smaller it is the less air compressed but it works. We have touched the inside of the bottleneck and figured out that it is cold so we think that is what makes the air cold.

I hoped you liked it! This the work my group did throughout the whole of 3 weeks.

Robotics 20/9/17

“I am a Robot! Is my name C-3P0, R2-D2 or Dancing Cookie Robot?”

 

Today we had robotics class during the third and fourth period. We further developed our codes to help our robot follow a line and avoid an obstacle.

This the code I first came up with. I had high hopes for but it failed. The problem about it was that it was short and that I was trying to find the easy way out.

 

This is the code that I came up after some time in my ‘thinking tank’. I took my bot to the track and tested but yet after some good hard work I had failed. I here consulted Ms. Fung ( the robotics teacher) and she told me that I had the right idea but I had to combine the two codes into one code.

 

 

Not even did Ms. Fung tell me that I had to combine the 2 codes she even taught me how to combine the two codes. Here is my final code.

Try my code out and I wish you luck!!!

 

I have a special ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

Hello, all! It’s me over here and I am super stoked to tell you that I have an announcement!

I will be starting a scheme on my blog which includes strategies to be happier, how to be mindful,  positive ideas and much more! I will be posting a blog post like that once every week!

You might be asking yourselves why would I start this scheme. I believe that by starting this scheme I can make a lot of people happier and that I can attract more people to my blog. I will be posting my blog post later and I really hope that you will enjoy it.

I am very excited to be starting this new scheme and I hope that you will all enjoy this new scheme.

Self-Awareness Video

Today, we watched video posted by a former student studying Political Science in UCLA. Her name was Alexandra Wallace. In her video she talked about how rude asians were in the library. That video sure left me very angry after watching it. By posting the video she not only showed that she was RACIST, and ruining her universities’ reputation.

We then saw a video or a reply to her video posted by another youtuber. It was a song trying to make fun of her and also say he did not like the video in a very nice way. 

If you want to see the video of Alexandra Wallace here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkQ5-7Ii3aU

If you would like to see the response to the video by Jimmy Wong then here is the link :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zulEMWj3sVA

 

 

Digital Storytelling

 Today, we had our first Digi-Time lesson with Mr.Larson in the library pit. We learned about how to search for a good picture that we can use legally. We were assigned to describe an example when we were developing self-awareness. My example was when I was in grade three in my old school I made a lot of friends and made new relationships by showing empathy. I showed empathy by sharing snacks with my friends. I actually chose specific kinds of food for everyone and the food that was prepared was the food they enjoyed eating the most. I believe it made me self-aware as I understanded that I could make people jovial by doing simple things.

Mr, Larson also told me to put a picture but the picture is coming. Sorry for the delay!!! The picture will be coming up soon.

The end of assembly!

After 2 weeks of grueling hard work, we have finally passed a big hurdle in the year: the assembly! We had our assembly in the LLAC which is different from normal assemblies as assemblies are normally in the forum. We had a medieval fair which I found tiring but fun.  I feel overall happy about my performance although if I could re-do this assembly I would have my group mates exchange jobs.