I haven’t made a blog post in a really really long time and it’s been so long that I’m in the MYP now! So since I haven’t talked much about G6 PYPX, we’re gonna recap that.
My PYPX was about Screen Addiction with Horus, Darren, Ishaan, and Shannon and here’s the entire process.
The first thing we did was decide on a topic individually, which was the weirdly the hardest thing throughout the entire project, there are so many topics we could cover, how could we choose one? In the end, I chose screen addiction based on a coin toss, it was between that and drug abuse. During this part, I had to really dig deep into my passions and interest to see what I really wanted to do, I didn’t want to make a mistake because this would be what I would be working on for the next year or so.
Next up was starting to do some research. I hadn’t met my team yet except for Horus and Darren because they were in my class, so we worked together to do some research and learn different facts about our topic. Every week at about 9:00, we’d have a group call and talk about what we did in that week, share resources and facts, and reflect on how well we did our jobs and what we could do to improve.
In the end, this is what we came up with, a finished research document with all of our sources cited, which was also a very hard process. This was basically our first time seriously citing our sources on each website, so every image we used had to be cited correctly in the right order. We also highlighted some important notes that were interesting and could be used during our final presentation in March.
Then, it was time for our first guide meeting, to meet with everyone else in the grade that has the same interests as you to do the ultra combination of all research. This, again, consisted of Shannon, Horus, Darren, Ishaan, and I. We talked about what we’ve done together and started planning a field trip to interview an expert on screen addiction. This was really vital to the PYPX so we could have primary sources. We decided to go to a place called The Cabin, a therapy facility full of experts that can help people with addiction problems. They cover a lot of topics such as drugs, smoking, screens, etc…
We had a bunch of interview questions that we were planning to ask and to record the interview. Unfortunately, the audio clip is with Shannon so I don’t have it. Here are some of the questions we asked during the interview.
- Do you think that screen addiction is common in Hong Kong and other places?
- How severe is the situation compared to other places?
- Significantly more severe
- More severe
- Less severe
- Significantly less severe
- What do you think are the main reasons for addiction to start?
- How do kids develop their need for screens?
- Video Games
- Social media
- What are some symptoms of addiction?
- Are patients likely to be aware that they are addicted? Why?
- Are parents aware of the situation that happens to kids
- What are some of the help in HK?
- Do you think this is an important issue to address?
- How are some patients treated? (Their Process)
- How long does it take for the treatment to be complete?
- What are some easy things you can do to prevent it?
- Have you had any experience of screen addiction yourself?
- What inspired you to solve addition problems?
- Doctors have said_____________ (fact)_____ ,do you think this is true?
- How can you effectively treat addiction?
- Do you have any sources for research on screen addiction?
- What are the effects of screen addiction?
- What makes it so hard to turn off our devices?
- How can we take action?
- Individual Questions (Do you think ___ can help?)
- How many patients have you treated before?
This interview was very successful, mostly on the planning part. It was very hard to contact such a big corporation to interview because we were just 6th graders, but we somehow did it! We wrote many emails to them planning dates to come and the schedule for that day. The biggest thing I learned during this interview was to take risks even though there’s a high chance I’ll fail. For example, there wasn’t an email on the website for The Cabin, just a phone number. So I had to call The Cabin and ask them for their email, which even though it doesn’t sound like much, took a lot of guts and made me very nervous.
Just like that, the time to present our topic was almost here. >_< We took the time to start planning what our station was going to look like. There were many ideas like, one of the best ones was this:
We changed it up a bit so we could fit 5 people in a small amount of space, but that was our final project. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! We still had to take action and make an interactive space with our audience. First the action, we asked ourselves, what is the most effective way to get rid of screen addiction while having fun? We decided on chess, you were able to have a conversation with a friend while using your brain to play a game, not having the negative side effects of screen addiction, it was perfect! But what kind of action were we going to take? We were planning on making a chess club every Thursday from then on, inviting people from all over the school to attend and play chess together. It wasn’t much of a success at first, but after a while, it started taking off and more and more people came. It was working!
Next up was the interactive part of our presentation. Our entire group brainstormed what we were going to do for a very long time, at the end, we decided to make a box shape that a human could fit into that was dark with no sunlight, and put an iPad that was flashing lights to simulate what it was like looking at your phone at the dark. This was very very hard because we had many disagreements about the box, the first time we made it, it was very shabby and would fall easily. We kept thinking of ideas until the last moment where we had no time, there was no way we were going to use the box because it wouldn’t work, so we put a bunch of black pieces of paper around a table, and have our audience crawl under the table. This worked perfectly and was way better than the box idea.
That was all the preparation time we had, it felt like a month but it was actually a year-long process. We got into the LLAC, set everything up and started presenting…
This day was so nerve-racking and everyone was doing last-minute printing for some reason, I guess everyone just forgot to print stuff. There were lines as long as trains (credits to Horus for that amazing simile). We moved chairs and tables as quickly as we could and stood there, looking our best, prepared to present to our parents and teachers. The thing I was most nervous about was the question that our audience was going to ask, what if we didn’t know the answer? Apparently, it was really simple and was the first time I learned of this tactic. For example, they ask you a really random hard question like, “What’s the diameter of the sun?”, then you can answer, “I’ll get back to you on that, do you want to leave your Email address?”. It’s a great way of saying that you don’t know the answer, but still seem smart because you can Google it later and send them the information you learned. We presented for 2 days straight and had a lot of fun, we had some time to look at our peers’ presentations too. They were all very interesting topics and their action was very well planned, a lot of beach cleanups, clubs, speeches, so on and so forth.
We got a lot of feedback from the people that came to our station, one of them was to speak slower, which I totally agree on and would be a goal if I were to do PYPX again. We spoke really fast because we were nervous on our first day of presenting, so a lot of what we said didn’t make sense or our audience couldn’t catch it.
With PYPX 100% finished, we finally got to celebrate and have a graduation ceremony.
Fast forward to Grade 7, after 7 years of being in the PYP, moving up felt bittersweet, it was time to move forward but we would’ve missed Grade 6 a lot.
Design – For the past month or so, we’ve been working on different logo designs and the psychology behind it. There is meaning on every color and shape.
We took notes on all of these shapes and color designs, then started to draft our own logo, representing who I am.
After this draft, we used the CARP principles to make it better. CARP stands for CONTRAST, ALIGNMENT, REPETITION, and PROXIMITY. After learning about the design cycle and practicing on Illustrator the different functions. I started doing our final project!
We’re supposed to get feedback on our logo so here are some prompt questions.
- What was your first thought when looking at the logo?
- What do you like about it or how would you improve it?
- What would you change about my color choice?
- What’s 2 + 2?
After getting some feedback from my peers, I was tasked to make an annotated logo.
Math: Fractions, Decimals, and Integers
In our first unit, we learned how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions. I already knew how to add and subtract but this was my first time learning how to multiply and divide. We learned a lot and got introduced to a new Math source on YouTube, it’s called Math Antics. A guy called Rob comes up every time and teaches us about different Math concepts.
In our second unit, we learned about integers and how it can actually go NEGATIVE. It was very interesting to learn, like what would happen if a negative number was subtracted by a positive or the other way around? We learned formulas to be able to think about hard problems like 3-(-2). We also learned something new called Absolute Value, this is how far the number is from 0. So the Absolute Value for negative 3 or |-3|, is 3.
Humanities: Culture, Making of Me, Hong Kong Locations
Our first project was really fun, we were tasked to make a short movie (about 2 minutes) to explain your own culture and how it’s important to you. We were able to edit together movies
(This blog post is not finished and will be continued, I’m posting it now so I can get feedback on my logo earlier.)