During this last week of Grade 8, we had our innovation day! As this project is only lasting for a day, the whole project is focusing on our pitch. Our question for the project was: How might we improve the experience of a PYP student (Grade 5) in their first year of MYP (Grade 6)? So looking at the video that was presented, a lot of the teachers mentioned that the students need to know to manage time and themselves. So we came to the conclusion of focusing our project to help students with self and time management. We did this by having the idea of an interactive timetable.
So how does this work? Basically, the interactive timetable has the same working system of the game four-in-a-row. Students will have tasks labeled on boards with different priorities. We then have a big box with labeled time slots where students will decide when they think they should be doing each task/summative. And then we will have experienced MYP students judge how the PYP students organize themselves and give some advice. Our idea was a success but we still know there is much room for improvement and our group hopes to find more ways to make the project convenient and useful at the same time.
Give a brief explanation of an oil spill and how it can be cleaned up.
An oil spill is when ships have leaks and pollute the water in oil. It can do immediate and large economic, social and environmental impacts. There are solutions to clean up oil spills, but it takes decades to remove all of the oil while being toxic. Currently, there are different ways to clean up these oil spills, skimming, dispersants etc. For my essay, I decided to pick the polymer method. It is a material where when put in water, it absorbs the oil and forms a sponge form. This is caused when the hydrocarbons come in contact with the polymer, it changes into a solid form.
Is science good for humanity? Do the benefits of scientific discovery outweigh the problems it causes?
Yes, science is probably one of the best things that happened to humanity in the first place. It has improved our world and opened new discoveries. It also can help save and make the world a more convenient and better place. For example: Without science, we would not have any methods to clean up oil spills. Without science, we would have very limited knowledge about humans and animals. But, I do not think that scientific discovery has fully outweighed the problems it causes. A lot of discoveries we come up with, it also comes with a downside. With oil spill, there are ways to clean it up, but the methods are not 100% perfect. Scientists are still trying to discover ways to find the best solutions.
What are some cultural considerations people make when designing products?
People have to research if the design is respectful to the people who belong to the culture. They need to make sure that it is not offensive and connects to their target culture. For example, if you’re doing the Chinese Culture, maybe you can use Chinese symbols to add to the design. Avoid using text like 四 as it is a symbol of death to the Chinese.
How does the design of a product communicate traditions and values?
The design of a product and communicate traditions and values in many different ways. It could be from pictures to symbols, animals, language etc. All of these can easily represent something culturally and shows tradition and value. Eg, for the Lunar New Year, using words like 福 can communicate tradition.
Are handmade products an effective way of minimizing environmental impact? Why and Why not?
Most of the time, handmade products are an effective way of minimizing environmental impact. A lot of handmade products are used with green materials which help the environment already. And handmade products are more organic than machine made products.