Half-A-Semester 👏 Review 👏

Hey readers!

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.

  1. Do you think that screen addiction is common in Hong Kong and other places?
    1. Yes 
    2. no
  2. How severe is the situation compared to other places?
      1. Significantly  more severe
      2. More severe
      3. Same
      4. Less severe
      5. Significantly less severe 
  3. What do you think are the main reasons for addiction to start?
  4. How do kids develop their need for screens? 
      1. Video Games
      2. Social media
      3. Youtube
  5. What are some symptoms of addiction?  
  6. Are patients likely to be aware that they are addicted? Why?
      1. YES
      2.  NO
  7. Are parents aware of the situation that happens to kids 
  8. What are some of the help in HK?
  9. Do you think this is an important issue to address?
  10.  How are some patients treated? (Their Process)
  11.  How long does it take for the treatment to be complete?
  12.  What are some easy things you can do to prevent it?
  13.  Have you had any experience of screen addiction yourself?
  14. What inspired you to solve addition problems?
  15.  Doctors have said_____________ (fact)_____  ,do you think this is true?
  16.  How can you effectively treat addiction? 
  17.  Do you have any sources for research on screen addiction?
  18.  What are the effects of screen addiction?
  19. What makes it so hard to turn off our devices?
  20.  How can we take action?
  21.  Individual Questions (Do you think ___ can help?)
  22.  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.

The End.

Grade 7:

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.

  1. What was your first thought when looking at the logo?
  2. What do you like about it or how would you improve it?
  3. What would you change about my color choice?
  4. 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.)

 

 

Unité 1: Parlez-vous français – critères C et D à l’oral 🔊

Task: Create a role-play to include all of the information I have learned since the beginning of the year.

  • What were some of the challenges?

Developing our script to meet the requirements of being at least 2 minutes and 30 seconds was a challenge as we didn’t have enough content to go through. We took a long time editing the script to make it as long as we could, for example, during a sad moment when I said “I hate tests”, I had to stretch out a sigh for at least 3 seconds so we could go over the minimum.

Another problem I had was the pronunciation of certain words, next time, if I don’t know how to say a word, I want to ask the teacher on how to pronounce it and practice the word/sentence. One of the words I should’ve practiced more was “j’ai parce que”.

  • How do you feel about your results? How are you going to achieve your goal?

I’m pretty proud of my results for learning a brand new language. I’m sure when learning a new language that having bad pronunciation is common, so yes, I’m proud.

I’m going to achieve my goal to always always always ask the teacher on how to enunciate things or if the teacher isn’t available, use Google Translate to listen to the proper way to say it.

Chinese App Oral

你好大家!

上個星期,我們有一個講話的考試,要講講你最喜歡的應用,我選擇了”Reddit”。

Oral Video

我覺得我自己做得挺好,但是我說話不太通順,有很多停。下次還要仔仔細細地說每個用處,可以說多一點它的用法和相片。我的眼神接觸很好,我的眼睛是不停的看著電腦的。我說了一分鐘四十七秒,就是應該講的長度。下次不要太緊張了,要信心的說話。還可以練習多一點,不夠順,如果我練習了,就很好。

謝謝!




 

Sports Day + Glasses Cases + Young Americans!

Hello readers!

On Tuesday, we had our annual Sports Day! It was really tiring but we learned a lot about cooperation and commitment. Before Sports Day, our PE teacher sent us a Google Form where we could choose between 400 meters or 800 meters. The other option was 100 meters or 200 meters. I chose 100 meters and 400 meters (because they were the easiest). Even though they were the easiest, it was still super tiring.

The first activity when we got there was to jog around the sports ground, just to warm up our muscles so we don’t get hurt. The teachers chose the fastest runner in each house for the relay race. Sadly, I wasn’t chosen. After some light jogging and a lot of cheering for our houses (mine is Orca (Orca is the best)), we got to the next activity…

The racing! The first race was 800 meters for boys. It slowly got down to my race, the one I was anticipating for. I was pretty nervous, so I came up with a plan with my friends. If we ended up in the same race, we would tie up the race together. That didn’t end up happening and our plan fell apart, but the race was still really intense and I came at a pretty good 5th place. Woohoo! Next race, it was time for the 100-meter race, also known as the sprint. I got at the ready marks, waiting for the teacher to blow the whistle. “Ready, set, GO!” I ran as fast as I could even though after the 400 meters run, my legs were already getting sore. I came in at a good 4th!

We had multiple fun games afterwards such as capture the flag and ultimate handball. This was a great experience and really tired me out. Playing with my friends outside was really fun.

Next up, the glasses case. Our homeroom teacher told us about her glasses problem, how she doesn’t know where to put them during hikes or camps. Our task was to make a case for her glasses and make an advertisement after to present to the class.

We paired up in groups and started brainstorming ideas on the case. At first, we wanted something like this:

We wanted it to be a combination of an eye mask and a glasses case. But, we couldn’t find that beautiful, smooth cloth we were looking for, so we scrapped the idea. It was hard to cooperate as we had many arguments but worked it out at the end. Our presentation was pretty good (in my opinion) and I think if we were on live TV, we’d be rich by now selling all these glasses cases. They’re even waterproof!

Another thing that happened this month was Young Americans! I admit, I was doubtful at first and didn’t want it to happen. But, in the end, I didn’t want it to end! They taught us so many interesting things about songwriting, dance composition, etc… I’m not as shy to perform in front of people now after the performance. The YAs were really enthusiastic and would always help us out if we didn’t know how to do something.

The ones that taught us: 😀

Thanks for reading everyone!

Young 👏 Americans 👏

Hello readers,

Today is the start of the Young Americans. It’s a show produced by the students and the team of “Young Americans” of a collage of different songs from different times. Here’s the one from last years:

I’m feeling kind of nervous because I’ve never performed in front of so many people before and I easily get stage fright. Hopefully, after 3 days of insane practice, I’ll overcome my fear and make the greatest show ever.

Month Review

Hello readers,

Last Friday was my proposal for the PYP Exhibition (PYPX), and guess what… I got approved!

I chose to do my PYPX about screen addiction because I think it’s a huge problem in school. I’m aiming to help Lower School because if I do the entire school, my target would be too big.

I have three main questions I want to ask to help drive my inquiry. First, what is screen addiction? Second, what causes screen addiction? Last, how do we prevent screen addiction? During my research sessions, I’ll be trying to find information about these topics. I also need key concepts to drive the inquiry and they are responsibility, change, causation, and form. I chose responsibility because you have to be responsible to be able to prevent screen addiction. You can’t always have someone looking over your back to stop you from overusing screens, you’ve got to be self-aware and stop it yourself. I chose change because, without change, you literally can’t get out of your habits. Finally, I chose causation and form because they’ll help me with my research.

My final product might be making a game that has a pop up appear after 30 minutes to tell them to take a break. Another idea is to have a monitor at the back of your computer to alert them after a long time on the computer. My last idea is to spread the word and make a whiteboard animation or infographic to post around the school.

So far, I only have 3 sources. First, I found a guy called Dr. Nicholas Kardaras who’s an expert on screen addiction. I have his email to contact him and I can contact him to ask him a few questions. I’m also thinking about contacting SCMP to, again, try to spread the word and publish an article about screen addiction. I also might contact a OneDoor teacher to help me code the monitor program.

At last, after a month of planning, it was proposal time. My teacher came and I spoke to her about all this information. The hardest thing for me was to keep straight eye contact with the teacher. In the end, I got 6 fours and 2 threes. The teacher recommended me to narrow down my ideas and find more primary sources.

During November, we had G6 camp at Outward Bound. In my opinion, it was my favourite camp out of all the grades.

On the first day, we got together as a team and introduced ourselves. Since it was the first day, we had to learn to have teamwork and be friends. Our first activity was something called the “Spider-Web”. It looks like this:

Every person has to go through a hole without touching the strings but you’re not allowed to use one hole more than one time.

We did a lot of teamwork activities just like the spider-web that taught me that you can’t do anything without cooperating. At night, we cooked our own food using chicken and rice which was really fun because I rarely cook my own food. We also set up tents so we could sleep there that night. Unluckily, it started raining really heavily so we had a change of plans and had to sleep in the main hall. That night was the worst because there were like 7 mosquitos in the room that feasted on us during the night.

On the second day, we did more teamwork activities, just like the first day. For example, we made a circle and held hands in weird positions. The goal was to untwist our hands to a normal circle without letting go of our hands. After, we took a long hike to a public park to start camping. The hike was one of the hardest parts of the camp, it took 6 hours and it was really tiring. When we finally got there, it felt really satisfying that we completed something so hard. We set up little tents and finally got to sleep in it. Sleeping in it was really fun with my friends, at night, we got to talk and play cards.

The third day = Water day. We took a bus back to the base camp and started the long-awaited water activities. First, we went kayaking, it made my arms really sore but it was really fun. It helped our teamwork abilities again because we had to have the same rhythm to be able to kayak. After, we got to do the most exciting activity, the jetty jump. I felt the rush through my face and it was really fun. It felt like the fall in Jurassic Park. At night, we had an activity that taught us to take risks whenever possible (should be reasonable). There was a small little tunnel in the mountain that we had to crawl through in the dark, not knowing what was at the end of the tunnel.

Finally, it was our turn to take the dorms. At night, it was one of the most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept on after 2 nights on the floor or in a tent. On the last day was the final test, we had to raise our teammates to get over a pole. This was the final challenge and we took many tries to get it right. I was really sad at the end of this camp because we learnt so many lessons and taught me so many lessons.

Next topic! Assembly! We’ve been planning this special skong for two weeks. What is a skong though? It’s a mix of a skit and a song, basically a musical. During our planning stage, we wanted to do it about Christmas spirit and how giving is better than receiving. We made a plan on a whiteboard with all our ideas spread acroos it. We then transferred all that information into the computer and started writing the script. Here’s a sneak peek. 😉

The skong is about a boy named Desmond who doesn’t have much but is always grateful to whatever he gets. One day, he sees his friend, Alicia, in the park. Alicia isn’t grateful for anything and complains about how she didn’t get the new Gucci iPhone case. *Alicia and Desmond break into All I Want for Christmas is You Remix*  At night, Alicia’s mom and dad come back to give her a better present, hoping she’ll be happy this time. They gave Alicia an iPhone 8, she suddenly throws a tantrum about how she gets the worst presents ever and that she wanted the iPhone Xs. She throws the iPhone 8 on the ground and it cracks open. (The audience reaction was great) Alicia runs back to her room and “cries”. A mysterious Christmas ghost comes to visit her to teach her a lesson to be grateful for whatever she has. *Christmas ghost starts singing You’re a Mean One Mr Grinch Remix* The ghost snaps her fingers and they are teleported to Desmond’s house to see how they celebrate Christmas. Alicia and the ghost look through the window and sees Desmond’s family swapping gifts with each other and singing Christmas carols. *Family starts singing O Christmas Tree Remix* Alicia finally learns her lesson and goes back home to spend a nice Christmas Eve.

The next day, Desmond’s family comes to visit for Christmas morning. Alicia doesn’t get mad at Desmond, nor is she ungrateful anymore. Alicia and Desmond exchange gifts and have a happy Christmas together singing Let It Snow Remix.

Wow! That was one long paragraph. This took ages to plan and was really fun at the end. At first, I was really nervous when I was about to say my line. But, I reminded myself that there’s nothing embarrassing about this, I’m literally just talking, I’ve done this all the time! The reassured me a lot and now I’m not as stage-frightened anymore. In the end, I loved the assembly, it was really fun and the audience seemed to enjoy it. Even after the assembly, I would hear compliments about how good the skong was.

https://youtu.be/ijuhfz7dZRY

Now, onto Math! In this unit, we’ve been learning a lot about decimals, fractions, ratios, and percentages. I’ve learned a lot so far even though we haven’t even finished yet. We’ve done many exercises such as the Cuisenaire Rods that taught us ratios. For example:

If the purple rod was six, what is one red rod?

Of course, it would be way more challenging. We also did a murder mystery game based on fractions. We were tasked to find a solution to different fractions problems and find out who the murder is, where he did a crime, and when.

Last topic, UOI. Our unit for this month was about the economy, it was for WWPT. We learned about how economic events have a big impact on humanity and how humans use the money. We also learned about the economic events that happened in the past such as the Great Depression, the Brexit, or the Industrial Revolution. Our writing unit was tied in with UOI, we had to write a report about an economic event that happened in the past. Here’s my report:

 

I’m really proud of this report because if I do say so myself, it’s really good.

That’s all I have to say for this month’s month review. This month had so many special moments that was so fun. Even if it was tiring. See you in 2019 January!

 

AIR Fashion Show!!! (Number 2)

Hi guys!

So, like half an hour ago we did the fashion show and my parents came. If you haven’t seen the dress yet here’s a photo:

It started around 1:00 and we got the backseats. 🙁 But we also got a sofa to sit on. We were waiting for the show to start…

The show started and everyone was hooting and cheering, people started coming out and everyone was beautiful. One of the special features was when Ms. Laura’s class walked with special robots with robot clothes. The final dress was ours!!! The model came out and was wearing a flower crown. In the end, we did a group photo and I met my dad to look at the photos. It was really fun. We took a group photo and decided to make a nickname for the model. It was “Bubbles”.

I already said this in my last AIR post but I really like my group. We were very organized and cooperative and this project couldn’t have done better.

Bye!