Beam Design

今天在中文課上,我們每個人都做了對自己beam design 的介紹。我的beam design上面畫了陰陽,在陰陽的左邊有一隻鳳凰,而在右邊則有一條龍。這樣可以顯示平衡。

大家對我的作品提出了意見。我也覺得我可以有進步的空間。首先,我的作品沒有背景顏色。我首先以為有背景顏色會不自然,不過我現在認為如果塗入了背景顏色,可以讓我畫的圖案顯得更突出。我還認為,我可以把顏色多樣化。在我的作品上,基本只有兩個顏色,我認為如果我給我的作品添加更多的顏色,顏色肯定可以會讓我的作品更出色。

我總結出的意見一定可以幫助我進步的。只要我注意,就可以進步。

Biking Trip

Today in scout we went on a BIKING TRIP!!!

In the previous week, we have already been separated into three groups of different difficulty. Group 1 was relatively easy and relaxing. Group 2 was a bit more challenging than group one, but not too hard. Group 3 was the most challenging, and it also had the longest route.

When we arrived at the gathering point, we each chose a bike that fitted us the best. But we still needed to adjust the seat height ourselves. Once we got the bikes ready, we split into the groups. I was in group three. And our group started first.

We rode on a separate bicycle trail first. It was a well-paved road, so there was no trouble in controlling. But the issue was to try to catch up with my friends. They all cycle super fast, and even when I’m on gear seven, which is about the highest gear you can get on my bike. I paddled as hard as I could and I could barely keep up! Need practice!

We rode for about an hour until we stopped. when we looked around, one of our teammates was gone. It turned out that his gears were broken and he was stuck on the lowest gear. So he has to pedal really hard to just keep up. So the scouts decided to let him ride first, so he has more space and can ride at a pace he is comfortable with.

We completed the challenge. Everyone was tired, but we were happy! But we all agreed that next time we should ride slower, so we won’t be so tired and everyone could keep up.

PAC MAN SIM

Today in my coding class, we programmed a Pac man game.

OK. It’s not actually a perfect Pac man game with the maze and ghosts, but it’s the best simulation we have ever made. First, we needed to figure out the controls. Up, down, left and right. We needed the Pac man to move left when we pressed the left button. So we made a command that made the Pac man move minus ten along the x-axis when the left button was pressed. After we had this sorted out, the right button was obvious. Just reverse it!

Next, we needed to program the up and down buttons. But this time, the Pac man will be moving along the y-axis. So now we need to change the x-axis to y. When the Pac man goes up, it’s y plus ten. Down is y minus ten.

Since it isn’t very comfortable controlling the Pac man with one hand, we needed to separate them from the left and right buttons. So we used a horizontal arrangement to position the up and down buttons at the opposite side of the screen.

We tested out our app. it worked pretty well! The only problem was that due to lack of commands everyone’s Pac man could not glide. Every time we press a button, it only moves a bit. But other than that, It was pretty good! I hope that we can do something more complicated next time!

編程課

这周我們又上了一节编程课。这次,老师带领我们做了最后的修改。

我們主要的游戏结构已经完成了,不过老师告诉我們,遊戲的程序里還有很多漏洞,我們需要繼續修補。大家十分疑惑:大家都沒有發現自己的程序有任何的錯誤。於是,老師把平板電腦發給我們,讓我們把我們做的軟件發送到平板電腦上,自己發現錯誤。當我們將作品上傳到平板電腦上並打開後,我發現我的軟件上的人物沒有被顯示出來。我看到其他人似乎也遇到了相同的問題。大家都不知所措。

老師帶著我們複習了前幾週的內容:如何用我們軟件里的角色來組建一個單子,然後再用不同的指令從單子中取出一個隨機的數字或角色。雖然我們已經知道所有這些了,我們還是認真地聽。複習學過的知識不亞於學新的知識。

當我們複習好之後,就該我們自己來做好下面的步驟了。我按照指導文件上的步驟,一步一步地把程序搭建好,再把它重新發送到平板電腦上。這次,我的軟件有了改善。現在,當我點開始按鈕時,所有我設計的二十一個人物都出現在屏幕上。不過,我還是無法與他們互動,比如我點一下他們的話,他們應該消失。但是,他們並沒有消失。我問老師:“現在該怎麼辦?”老師回答道:“我們可以在下一節課完成軟件。”

我非常希望可以體驗我自己做的軟件。我很期待下一節課!

How Video Games Relate to Art

Today in Art class, we talked about how video games evolved and how they influence art.

First, our teacher showed us a PPT about how games have evolved from table games to computer games, and what the earliest gaming devices looked like. Next, she showed us how video games influenced artists. Some artists used visual arts to present video game inspired pictures and sculptures. Others use video game screens from the past and crop it in a creative way.

After that, the teacher gave us a project to work on. We were going to make a pinball machine. We would make a pinball machine out of cardboard and it has to attract people and have a theme. We also need to design a score system that keeps track of the player’s score.

We only made a design of the pinball machine today, but next class we would really kick in! Really excited about it!

ASA

Today in app jamming ASA, we made an app that says a quote when we shake our device.

We needed to make commands that told the app to randomly select one quote out of a batch of four. But where do we put the four quotes? We created a list. The list contains the four quotes. Once we shake the phone, a detector will send a command that selects a quote randomly. The list transmits the quote to the speaker, and the speaker says it. I tested my app. It worked pretty well. I liked it. However, I wanted to change the app’s voice. It sounded too dull.

Our teacher also taught us how to add quotes without having to reprogram it. He helped us add a textbox, then programmed it to be used in the actual app. Now we can type in a quote, and press a button, and that quote will be automatically programmed into the app.

I really like this ASA. I hope we can make a game next time! 😀

LEAP reflection

Today in LEAP, we played some icebreaker games and did a real-life scenario with our house NGOs.

The part I enjoyed the most was when we practiced with a real-life scenario of a global and/or local issue. We get to think of different ideas to solve this problem. It was fun to discuss with each other and hear other people’s ideas. I think everyone was interested in the LEAP programme.

We also played a game where we stand in four corners of the room. each corner is a personality. We would go to the corner we think represented ourselves the most. I found out that I mostly stayed in only one corner. Organizers. I also had a  round inside the visionaries corner. I think this activity made me know more about myself.

I also learned that if we wanted to be a leader, we need to be a role model to others to set an example. And that if you are a leader, you don’t tell others what to do, you serve other people.

The LEAP session today was great! I learned a lot about myself. The next session is this Friday. Hope we do something fun!

Experiment on Coca cola

On Friday, we did an experiment with different kinds of soft drinks mixed with candy.

First, we poured the three different kinds of sodas into three containers of same shape and size. Next, we opened a pack of mentos and put three in each cup. The coke started fizzing wildly, yet the sprite didn’t react much to the candy we put in. The Fanta however, reacted violently, fizzing much more than all the others.

Next, we put in skittles. The skittles reacted to the sodas very faintly, but also differently. The bubbles were packed up more closely and were also significantly smaller.Lastly, we examined the candy that has been removed from the soda. They were slimy and will not react if put back into soda.

Our conclusion was: the bubbles that were emerging from the candy were CO2 bubbles from the CO2 in the drink. The higher CO2 levels it has, the more bubbles will appear. The CO2 will gather in small cracks and spaces on the candy’s surface. There the CO2 will gather into bubbles. When we take the candy, most of its coat of sugar would have melted and so preventing it from fizzing.

 

汽水實驗

因為在星期五, 我們全班會一起在十二層的教室裡做實驗,所以老師在週一的時候就告訴了我們,好讓我們有時間自己組成小組,決定做什麼樣的實驗。

我們的小組想要做一個比較簡單的實驗。 最後,我們一致同意做可樂與糖的實驗。不過,這個實驗已是一個很沒有新意的實驗了。所以我們一起討論起我們應該怎麼樣“翻新”它。大家各有各的意見。有人認為我們根本不需要改動,實驗已經很完美了。不過我朋友認為我們可以用不同的糖果與汽水。大家一致同意後者。

下一步,我們一起來列一個購物清單。我們一起列下了實驗所需要的材料:兩種大小不同的糖果與三種二氧化碳含量不同的汽水。我們會看這三種汽水對不同的糖果有什麼不同的反應。

終於到了星期五。我們小組與大家一起開始了實驗。我們把三種汽水分別倒入三個相同的容器中,再打開一包糖,往每一杯汽水裡放入三個。糖果一進入就開始冒氣泡。不過我們驚奇地發現,這些糖果沒有像我們想像的那樣快速地溶解,而是在杯底繼續“吐氣”。當我們把它取出時,它變得光滑多了。如果這時再把它放進汽水裡,也不會有氣泡。我們的結論是:氣泡來自於糖上一層不光滑的糖衣。因為糖衣上有小的凹槽,二氧化碳會在那裏聚集,最後形成氣泡。而當糖衣在汽水中溶解後氣泡也會停止。

我們非常高興可以發現新的知識。我們等不及要把它分享出去!

Paintings’ Change

Today in arts we started reading art books.

The teacher told us that if we were satisfied with the cover of our art journals which we have been working on for the past few weeks, we could read some books about paintings. So I picked a book on famous arts that changed the world.

In this book, there were all kinds of paintings, some dating back to the Stone Age. There were paintings of people, pictures of fruits and landscapes. When I looked through the pages, I discovered that the paintings became more and more deformed. You can’t tell what it is trying to tell us unless you read the title.

The drawings that date back more are easier to understand. Most of them are based on a theme from books, others are self portraits. They all look more realistic. Mostly what you see going on in them is what the title is.

The landscape paintings didn’t change much through time. Although they did change style as time went by, but you can still see the view that they try to let you see.

I had a great time. Looking forward to the next art class!