Design 8 Unit 2 Lunar Lantern

What are some cultural considerations people make when designing products?

When it comes to making something by hand, people need to consider the traditions of the specific culture. They need to pay attention to the meaning of different symbols, as there is a possibility that some symbols in some cultures are extremely offensive.

How does the design of a product communicate traditions and values?

It communicates through the meaning of a phrase and picture. Some phrases refer to happiness, love and wealth. In Chinese culture, many plants and animals have symbolism to different life values, for example, the badger in my design represents happiness.

Are handmade products an effective way of minimizing environmental impact? Why or why not?

Some handmade products that are made of mostly plastic are not that good at protecting the environment, but others that use natural resources, such as wood (for the base) tend to be on the good side of the spectrum. It ultimately depends on what the person thinks and the amount of care he/she puts in making the product.



Gr.8 Science Unit 2 Chemistry Density Experiment

Today, Mr. Cameron taught us how to be a bartender (in a scientific way.) We had to mix different solids and liquids together into to make this cocktail – like mixture. The heaviest item, the steel washer has a higher density, therefore it sinks to the bottom, even though other liquid layers are added onto it. Some events were quite unexpected. Most of the dish soap diffused with the golden syrup, and the tomato and kidney bean sank into the milk layer. Bluewater diffused a bit with the milk. The styrofoam ball has the least density, therefore it floated to the top.

I learned that through the use of the equation Density (D) = Mass (m) / Volume (V) to find the density of a solid or liquid, and that some liquids are hydrophobic, or they might be able to diffuse with each other.

Humanities U1 Summative Reflection

I have learnt that attentive listening are very important, as therefore instructions can be followed clearly, and that Mr. Holtet can check a person’s work by typing HUM. Although I did Noodletools many times in Gr.7, it is a good practice for me as a Grade 8 student. Research skills are decent enough. I used Google and databases to search important information. Also I learnt the meaning of good preparation. One is that in case that I forgot what I ate, I would take a picture of it. Two is that I did most of the work at home, therefore I have more time to practice.

Science 8 Unit 1: Credible Scientist

Hello People!

This is my first post in Gr.8 and it is a wrap-up for my first Science Unit in Gr.8

In this unit, I learnt about what it takes to be a credible scientist. In order to be one, they obviously have to do the experiment otherwise, there is no valid data. In order to get reliable data, a scientist has to do multiple trials with several I.V.s (Independent Variables).  During the unit, we did several experiments to practice our data collection skills, lab report skills and Excel skills. We learn different scientific facts in this unit, for  example, elasticity, gravity, etc. For the assessment, I did a lab report relating to seed dispersal through wind, and my investigation was how the length of a whirlybird rotors affects its drop time. Scientific concepts include air turbulence, air resistance and thrust in the rotors.  One more thing, in order to write a good report, we need to write both quantitative and qualitative data

Chinese Year-end Reflection

我覺得今年的中文課都是好, 因為我可以進步我的中文說話, 和我可以學到了很多新的東西。在學校學中文課的第一天, 我愣了。 因為我真是不知道偵麽說中文。但是陳老師幫我。對我說應該多練習說中文。所以現在我都可以和老師說中文, 比以前好很多。