Innovation day – Reflection

Thinking about the 2019 Grade 8 Innovation Day, my biggest takeaway was that roles are very important in a team. A successful team needs each person to find a role that fits them. For this project, we formed our group according to our roles, so that we have 1 facilitator, 1 tech-pert, 1 creative and 1 communicator in our group. Also, another takeaway is that time-management is very important. We organized our time so that we can have everything done before the deadline. First, we discussed ideas to the challenge and came up with a solution. Then, we wrote our script and created supporting visuals. Using part of our lunchtime, we filmed and edited the video. Finally, in class, we finished the presentation and presented.

Arts Showcase – Reflection

English/Arts IDU Crit C and D Reflection Form 2019

How well did you communicate your experience as a Hong Konger? *
Our group’s artwork is a laser woodcut drawing with colorful acrylic paint on top. This communicated my experience as a Hong Konger well, because the poem that inspired us suggested the changes in Hong Kong and the tram travels through the changing times like an observer of the city. Therefore, in this drawing, the buildings on the right symbolize the past (traditional buildings with a lot of signboards), while the building on the left symbolizes modern (skyscrapers).

How would you describe your personal success as an interdisciplinary learner? *
As an interdisciplinary learner, I successfully combined music, visual arts, English, and design in my artwork. For our group, we got inspired by one of our group mate’s poem (English). We created the drawing from laser cutting (Design) and painted it with acrylic paint (Visual arts). Music was also created using Garageband to go along (Music). The final artwork displayed our message – the ding ding tram has been a steady presence in an otherwise changing city which is Hong Kong.

How would you describe benefits of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples. *
For the interdisciplinary unit is that we get to combine our learning and knowledge from different subjects. It can help us develop creative problem-solving and communication skills. For example, we can explore how music, drama, and art can be combined, using elements and inspirations from our English poem. We had to be creative and thoughtful of the way we communicate our idea and message to the audience. These skills can be very beneficial for us in further learning.

What were the limitations of the interdisciplinary unit? Give specific examples… *
Limitations of the interdisciplinary unit include that we can’t fully explore and understand all the information from so many different subjects. We can only cover the basic and surface of every subject in order to finish the project before the due date. Adding on, the required link between at least 2 subjects might limit what we can do. For example, from the art perspective, I maybe can create a better piece of art if we don’t have to follow the theme of our poem.

Grade yourself using the IDU Specifications. Easy if you have followed the above instructions!

Communication of the interdisciplinary theme.
Personal success as a interdisciplinary learner.
Benefits of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples.
Limitations of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples.

Self assess using the Crit. C rubric (question 1) *


Self assess using the Crit. D rubric (Question 2-4) *


Arts Showcase – Proposal


I am a Hongkonger Proposal
Group Members and HRs
Taylor Liu 8F, Emma Huang 8F, Emily Byun 8D
What are your Personal Goals and Intention of this project?
Our personal goals and intention of the project are to use one of our group member’s poem as an inspiration to demonstrate Hong Kong in our perspective through a laser wood cut drawing. We want to combine our strengths and interests to create a meaningful product showing the message of change in Hong Kong. Our artistic intention is according to the main message of the poem is showing that ding ding tram has been a steady presence in an otherwise changing city which is Hong Kong. The tram travels through the changing times like an observer of the city.
Hows does this project connect to your English Poem of choice?
This project connects to the English poem of our choice. The poem is using the voice of a tram talking about the change in Hong Kong through the decades. For our project, we are creating a laser wood cut drawing (colored) of Hong Kong, with a tram in the foreground, and the background buildings. The left side buildings would be of the past and right side now. The drawing is a visual representation of the poem.
Direct link to your poem, or poem text
What are you (is your) success criteria?

Must be tangible and measurable… Label this point by point, please!

  • Well designed wood cutting artwork piece that shows Hong Kong’s trams
  • Product connecting to the English poem of our choice
  • How well we used our class time efficiently
  • How well we used the skills that we already have, and develop and earn even more skills
  • Teamwork and skills we learn from overcoming problems
  • How well we reflect and learn from failure
What materials do you need to complete your project?
Macbook; Adobe Illustrator app; Laser cutter machine; 3 mm wood (for laser cut); Acrylic Paint; Brushes; Pencil
What equipment will you need to present your project?

(Very important if you are doing a live presentation – we need to organize this in advance!)

Easel, Speaker
Artwork will be presented outside the LLAC

All live presentations and videos will be on the LLAC stage.



CAS Week – Yangshuo experience week reflection (Service)

For experience week this year, I went to Yangshuo. We attended various activities such as hiking, as well as a service project. The project we did is to help build a perimeter wall, stairs and a volleyball court for a local primary school. From the service we did, I had become more aware of my own strengths and areas for growth. During the service, I learned to step out of my comfort zone and try new things and gain new experiences from it. For example, now I know how to mix cement and use cement to build stairs. I had also identified my areas of growth. I can be more concentrated on a single piece of work and not try multiple. This way maybe I can get more work done. I had undertaken many challenges as everything was new to me. I listened to the instructions given by the local teacher and asked for help anytime I don’t get what we were supposed to do. We were told about our service project before we arrived at Yangshuo. Before the service project started, we were given more information and split up in groups to work on specific projects. During the service, we formed small groups to work on each section of the project. I worked in making the perimeter wall as well as building the stairs. I learned that teamwork is very important. Some people mix the cement while others put the cement that is ready onto the blocks and smooth out the surface. This way we were very efficient and managed to get our work done before we left that primary school. Also, because I can understand Mandarin, I helped translated the local teacher and student’s speech to my schoolmates so they can understand each other. I think We made a positive impact because the student there was happy that we came, either we played with them or help them build their facilities.


Science – Oil spill separation lab reflection

For this project, we have to find a way to separate a mixture including styrofoam, oil, sand, iron filing, and water. We mainly followed our plan but also made some adjustments. For example, we used the magnet to separate the iron filings multiple times to make sure it is completely separated. We managed to separate most of the components from each other by taking advantages of their physical properties. We used hand separation to separation mechanical mixture – styrofoam; magnetic force to separate metal – the iron filings; decanting to pour out the less dense components of the mixture, leaving the densest component in the beaker – sand; separation funnel to separate a heterogeneous mixture of 2 liquids with different density – water and oil; evaporation to separation a solution of components of different boiling points – water and salt.




Music – Project Genesis Criteria B / D

Below is my project genesis mash up (Criteria B)


Below is my reflection (Criteria D)

Explain the step by step process of this assignment…

1) Decide the musical presentation I want to do – mashup and write a proposal

2) Research on the essential skills to create a mashup

3) Choose the 4 songs I want to mix

4) Create a Garageband project and import the song files.

5) Match the tempo for the song, then Enable flex and Follow tempo and pitch

6) Cut and move the soundtracks around to create a mashup

7) Adjust the volume of the songs to make the transition smooth

8) Add plugins to my sound

9) Export the song and post it on my blog


Assess your success against your must haves and desirable qualities from your proposal…

My final product didn’t quite meet my must-haves from my proposal. First, my 4 songs is in only one language – Chinese, not in different languages. I chose to do 4 songs all in Chinese because I am more familiar with Chinese songs. In addition, I can’t find songs in other languages that I like that the style or tempo matches my Chinese songs, therefore I chose to do all 4 Chinese songs. Second, the length of my song is about 3 minutes 40 seconds, which is way over the 2 – 3 minutes time limit. This is because I realize for my song to have a good structure (e.g. verse chorus verse chorus), it needs to be longer. Third, I did my best to match the tempo of my songs, but I don’t know if they are accurate. However, my transitions are smooth overall. I did apply the knowledge gained from the previous assignment, which is adding plugins. My song did meet most of my desirable qualities. The song included my own ideas, which is innovative. I used songs that are in other languages different from English (Chinese). However, I didn’t add a drum track or software instrument to my soundtrack.


Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired.

From this unit, I had a better knowledge of using Garageband, such as enabling flex and following tempo and pitch to make sure my songs are on time. I also learned techniques to create a mashup. For example, make the transition of two songs smooth by adjusting the volumes of the song – fading one song out slightly while fading the second one in.


What challenges did you face and overcome.

The challenges that I faced are matching the tempo of my songs and making the transitions smooth. I watched the video provided by the teacher to adjust the tempo, however, I still couldn’t find the tempo of my songs by listening to them. To overcome this challenge, I sought help from my teacher and classmates to help me find the correct tempos. My transitions between soundtracks sounded awkward at first, but then I adjusted the volumes of my songs and added plugins to make it more smooth.


Design – Lantern design Reflection

What are some cultural considerations people make when designing products?

People should consider the cultural meanings of their product because phrases, characters, and symbol can have different meanings in different cultures, which might offend people or make them misinterpret it.


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

The design of a product can communicate traditions and values through visual and characters. Designers incorporate elements that express their thoughts and understanding of traditions and values.


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

Handmade products are more environmentally friendly because they will lower the pollution on the environment provided by factories that produce a vast amount of the product.

Below is my lantern:


Music – Project Genesis Research

Project Genesis Research

Link of your research *

What information are you using from this link? *
-Adjust the tempo of each song to make sure it is in time.
-‘Enable flex’ and ‘follow tempo and pitch’

Link of your research *

What information are you using from this link? *
-Choose the part of a song that I want to use and remove the rest by splitting the clip and deleting them.
-Make the transitions smooth by fading out of the first song while fading into the second.

Link of your research *

What information are you using from this link? *
-Match the song structure, for example verse / chorus / verse / chorus

Link of your research *

What information are you using from this link? *
-Manipulate the sounds by adjusting the volume, panning, and EQ levels

Music – Project Genesis Proposal

Project Genesis Proposal

What is the goal for your assignment? *

My goal for this assignment is to create a mashup involving 4 songs of my own choice. I would like to mix songs together and make it run smooth and fit together, so it would sound different from the originals.

Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal. *

I need to research the steps to create a mashup. Then, I will choose my 4 songs to mix. First, I will match the tempo with the song. Second, I will choose the parts of the songs that I would like to use, and see how it sounds like. After I edited the soundtrack I will use Garageband to add plugins to it.


Why this project? *
I chose to do a mashup because it’s a new experience for me. I want to see the possibilities of the songs mixed together and create a new song. Also, I am not good at singing or playing instruments, so editing music digitally would be easier and more interesting to me.


What do you hope to learn? *
From this assignment, I hope to learn about the steps and techniques to create a mashup, such as how to make the transition of two songs smooth, how to mix them so they sound like a complete song. I also hope to learn about different techniques in Garageband that might help me in the future.


What are you must haves for this assignment? *

I need to include 4 songs in different languages. The tempo needs to match and transitions need to be smooth. The length of my song is about 2 – 3 minutes. I am also going to apply the knowledge gained from the previous assignment; such as add in plugins.


What are your desirable qualities you hope to add in for your assignment? *

I hope to incorporate my own ideas into my mashup so it is innovative. The songs in my mashup can be in other languages different from English, such as Chinese because I am more familiar with them. I can also add a drum track or software instrument to my soundtrack to add more layers to it.