Maker space: Tapenator

Today we had maker space! It was so fun! We got to find out about cool little gadgets that all do different things. Oli and me used a golden battery, a connector, a motor and a LED to create a small fan with a blinding light. But this gave us an idea. If you went on a flight at night, you must have remembered the lights on the front wheel, right? Well, Oli and me decided to make a plane out of the electric gadgets we have “on board”, we used cardboard that sorta looks like cookies, and feels like cookies drenched in water to build a magnificent plane.

The plane had an engine at the front, bent aerodynamical wings that were fit for long range flying, and also an LED light in the front, just beside the engine. The plane was really great for a final product!

Only, we couldn’t think of a name. But since we used so much tape on It, we decided to call it the Tapenator ( Terminator ).

Solving global issues

Today in class, we worked as a group to give some solutions to the world’s problems. My group talked about how to feed the world’s fishery problems. we talked about how to protect our oceans to let the numbers of fish grow again. We suggested all sorts of suggestions. I thought that fish farming was a good idea to create sustainable food. We also thought of putting a limit on the numbers of fish fishermen can catch in a day.

We really thought hard about this question and came up with so many different ideas! We got to see each other’s ideas and see what can we do better on. It was really a great experience!

Math Prior Knowledge

Today in math, we had four tables each with a  symbol of an operation like’ + – * / ‘. We then split into four groups, each group gets a table to start with, then we would go to each table and complete a poster on what we know about each operation. We can also learn from posters made by previous groups that have been on the table.

I like this way of learning because it helps us learn from each other and also learn from the group before us. I think it is a good way to learn from each other, and it can help us to also realize how much we know already, and what we can do better on.

我的一张照片

在我的记忆里,有一张照片我记忆犹新。在那张照片上,我站在一艘有轮子的船上吃着一块不规则形状的冰。这张照片背后有一个故事。

有一个夏天,我们一家一起来到了冰岛的冰河湖。湖泊上浮满了巨大的天蓝色的冰山。那是我第一次见到冰山。我立刻被这些巨大的天蓝色的物体迷住了。

过了一会,我们登上了两栖船。这船有轮子,可以在陆地上行走,它又有螺旋桨,可以在水中航行。这船是弯曲的,还喷了漂亮的黄漆,像月牙,更像一个大香蕉。当它慢慢地从陆地滑入水中时,我真的很担心它会直接沉入水底。船的速度也不快,不过,可以让我好好欣赏一下风景。

当我们来到湖中央的时候,我们的讲解员从水里捞上了一块冰,并把它打成小碎块分给我们。我看了看我的那一块冰:它晶莹剔透,咬上去像钻石一样硬。我把它放入嘴里含着。过了一分钟,我的嘴都快要冻上了,冰还是没有变小,一点也没变小。我们的讲解员告诉我们,那是因为这块冰在被很大的压力挤压了1000年后,密度变大了,这就是为什么它融化的速度很慢。

讲解员还告诉我们,全球变暖正在使这些冰山快速融化。这更使我认识到,如果我们不保护环境,这些美丽的风景都会消失,不复存在。

Scouts

Last time on scouts, we discussed what should we eat when we went camping. My first thought was eggs because they were nutritious, but then we face the challenge of keeping them in one piece and not breaking them. Then, we had another thought: bacon because bacon was easy to find and carry, so it was a good choice. We also thought of bringing instant noodles. We also agreed to bring chocolate because it had a lot of calories.

Then each of our patrols received our tents. Every patrol got three tents. Our troop got three…pretty big tents that looked great. We checked if anything was missing, and luckily, all we got was a bent poll.

We also got a first aid kit. And it was pretty reassuring. It had bandages, medical alcohol, and band-aids. It even had a Swiss Army knife! It really was pretty mysterious why there was a knife in the first aid kit.

Maths

This week, our math was about order of operations and estimation. For order of operations, we learned about BEDMAS, PEDMAS and BODMAS. As in estimations, I learned two new ways to estimate an equation. The first kind of estimation rounds of the first digit of a number, then add them together. After that, add the remaining parts together, see which number it’s close, then add it the prievious number.

Another one is for longer equations. Round each number off to the same number and then add them together.

Fencing

Today we had a competition in fencing. I won two times and lost two times. The two times I lost happened when I battled my friend Ken.

Ken had a great strategy of blocking every move I made. So every time I attacked, my move was blocked. When he attacked, I would block his moves. It resulted in a tiring long-lasting battle in which I wasted a lot of my attacks. When finally I got tired, Ken came up and totally creamed me with a simple attack.

Great strategy Ken!

ASA

This time in ASA, we built convertibles. The car was fairly complicated, but it looked great after it was finished. It had a hand spun motor and it was good for a bot fight! Well, to be cool, I went over and stripped the large wheels off the spare motors and put them on my car.

when the bot fight came, I crushed my opponent’s car to pieces simply by driving over it.

科學實驗

今天我們做了一系列的實驗! 在一個實驗裡,我們要在兩條固定下來的尺子中間滾彈珠,看一看會有什麼不同的效果:我們首先用小彈珠打大彈珠,發現小彈珠在撞到大彈珠後會停下,而大彈珠則會開始往前走。如果用大彈珠打小彈珠,大彈珠在撞到小彈珠後會繼續按照與前面接近的速度前進,而小彈珠在被撞到後,會以前所未有的速度衝向前方。

這個實驗既演示了力量是如何被傳播的,又十分簡單,用實驗演示真是一個好的學習方法!

Drawing game!

Today at my ASA writing class, we played a drawing game. In this game, a person has to draw according to a picture, but he can’t see it! we have to describe the picture to him. The picture I drew was pretty complicated. My classmates told me to draw a sponge-bob like skeleton, and I ended up drawing a big brick of bone. In short, the picture wasn’t really altered. the original picture showed a sponge-bob skeleton running away from two fish with shovels, mine looked about the same, except the skeleton was running the wrong way, and it wasn’t moving his legs!

this was a really fun game! It also helped me in understanding how hard it is to describe a character in my story.