For about two classes, the whole class did a role playing game together based on the Renaissance era. Everyone each had a role, or a job, that would have existed during the period. For me in the game, I played as a laborer who was not a part of the guild and had a dissatisfaction with it. Because lower class laborers were not allowed to form any guilds when they were actually important as much as the higher classes, my goal was to protest to the Medici family to give equal rights to the lower class.

 

During this game, I learned that the social pyramid during the Renaissance was very cruel and strict as it was in other places. I realized this especially strongly when I had a chance to confront the Medici and request what I wanted. Medici, instead of giving what I asked for, replied to me, “Get a skill and you’ll be treated as something,”. Another thing I learned was that the upper-class people were really charge of everything. It is because of the upper class that Florence, a city greatly influenced by the Renaissance, was able to develop at such a quick rate since the rich hired people such as scientists and artists to work. As a result, many topics at the time were able to be expanded and grow significantly. Although it is not the rich people who came up with the inventions, if it weren’t them who hired talented experts, the experts would not have been able to show their skills and produce monuments which are renowned and considered valuable these days.

 

To give my general opinion on this activity, I think it was a game which you could learn a lot and have fun at the same time. Although everyone who participated in the game has not actually been to Florence, we were able to get a glimpse of how the Renaissance era worked by resolving conflicts, trying to meet our goals, and thinking about how people would have done to get what they wanted. I’m not sure if this happened to everyone, but personally, I think I was able to improve on not getting afraid of speaking in front of people because it was something that I always had trouble with, and through this activity, which involved a lot of speaking, I was able to get over with it a bit.

Our Team's Planning Document: Click Here

Day 1 Reflection
Day 2 Reflection
Day 3 Reflection

What did you do today? How?

Today, my group and I started our final draft after thinking how the elements we chose connect to Hundertwasser's style. We did this by reviewing the elements of Hundertwasser's paintings and what we should be aware of when we actually begin working on our final piece.

How do you think your group members went?

I think my group member has been efficient at all times. She not only worked hard but tried to help others and made sure that we both were on the right track. As a result, we were able to get everything done on time without any work left that we would have to do for homework.

What do you think of your progress so far? Why?

I guess my individual progress so far has gone pretty well because I was able to gain a lot of information about the materials my group and I are using such as thin cards, knives, etc. Also, I finished my work at all times by the end of the deadline and always communicated if I couldn't. In addition, I came up with unique designs that are connected to Hundertwasser's style for the surfaces of our project.

What is your group plan for next 5 classes?

Our group plan is to continue working on our final artifact and purchasing or getting any materials we need. We are also going to revise our plan if needed, and continue making the reflection videos for every class.

Day 4 Reflection
Day 5 Reflection
Day 6 Reflection

What did you personally achieve today? Describe.

Today, I mainly worked on tracing the shapes of our elements onto the thin card and cutting them out. I also worked a bit on designing the surfaces of our shapes.

How did the rest of the group do? Did they all have jobs and assist with the progress of your sculpture? Explain.

My team member worked very efficiently by always making sure we were both on track and tried to suggest ideas for our designs. Although she wasn't able to help on what I was doing because she was plastering some shapes, she worked hard on what she was doing. While she was plastering, I also tried to blow up some nets for bigger elements of our project.

What challenges did you face today?

The main challenge we faced today was on how we are going to make the shapes. We found out that the method we have used during the past sessions involved a lot of steps that took a long time. We had to cut out the nets, trace the shape of the nets, design and glue the tabs together. It was pretty obvious that if we continue working like this, we wouldn't be able to meet the deadline even if we stayed after school to work on it.

What are your last steps/plans to complete this task? (2 classes) 

My group currently is planning to stay after school on April 21st so that we can work more on our project. If we think it would be difficult to finish by the due date even with this extra session, we are going to do some at home or schedule another session. Also, because we found some pre-made boxes that can be used as parts of our project, we are thinking of plastering them. Lastly, we are planning to buy some velcros that we can use for some parts of our project.

Day 7 Reflection

Day 8 Reflection

EXTRA EVIDENCE

DAY 9 Reflection

FINAL GROUP TASK

 

EVERYTHING ABOVE CAN BE FOUND HERE AS WELL!

Hundertwasser Inspired Painting

Hundertwasser Lollipop Trees

Hundertwasser was an artist renowned for his lollipop trees in his paintings. These lollipop trees, I think, represent freedom because the circles inside each tree aren't perfectly drawn but are mostly irregular. Since the circles aren't accurately drawn, it seemed to me it was drawn without too much thinking about whether they're big or not, squiggly or straight to give an idea that not everything has to be perfect but can sometimes be sloppy and unusual- just think freely. Another opinion I have about these trees is that they are a symbol of infinity. Although not all, many of his paintings' trees have a lot of circles inside and sometimes, it is even hard to count them. I connected this to infinity because infinity is something that continues forever and the circles seem to be continuing where we cannot see or reach whether they are countable or not.

Freedom in this painting was expressed by the irregular circles inside each lollipop tree. Because the circles aren't accurately drawn, I thought that Hundertwasser wanted to tell us that we are locked in people's opinion that everything should be straight and perfect. However, nothing straight exists in nature. It's a place where unlimited kinds of things exist.

Hundertwasser Quote Poster
Hundertwasser Spirals + Description

 

 (THE ELEMENTS IN HUNDERTWASSER'S PAINTINGS)

Hundertwasser Canvas Painting Reflection
Canvas Painting Process

Final Canvas Painting (Behind Library!)

In English, the whole 7th grade worked on charity videos that support different organizations established to help people in need in Vietnam for the Dragon’s Apprentice Plaza Sale. After everyone has finished their videos, we voted for the top 5 videos of all that would be shown in the sale since not all could be shown. The purpose of the videos were to convince people to advocate the charities the videos are talking about and spread awareness of these charities.

 

To briefly explain the steps, first, we chose the organization we were interested in, planned our video, filmed or recorded, and finally, created the video. The organization I chose was the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, an organization that helps those in need including trafficked children, street kids, and more. I chose this organization because it not only rescues children from danger, but also provides a safe shelter, education, and happiness. I’m sure that there are a lot of good organizations that work hard to help people just like Blue Dragon, but I felt that this organization is a group that I can really trust and rely on than other foundations. While doing this task, the most enjoyable part for me was researching because I got to find a lot of interesting and unexpected facts about the group. For example, I learned that the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation is a group that has transformed the lives more than 65000 children. Although I knew that a significant number of children would have been rescued since it is a group founded on the year 2003, I never knew that they have already rescued 65000 people. This fact motivated me to work harder on my video so the audience would be convinced and eventually donate to this charity. On the contrary, the most boring and challenging part was actually creating the video because I couldn’t think of how to present the information and pictures. But, from this, I learned that planning is extremely important and is basically the only way for you to finish your task quickly and anything done without thorough planning is just a waste of time. If I had another chance to do this assignment, I would plan out everything before actually starting, for sure. Also, I might try another format for my video just to see if it is more convincing than my first one.

 

A time I might apply the things I learned today could be whenever I receive a project that involves a lot of research. For example, if I get a task similar to this project, I could first research as much as I can, organize the facts and plan how I would present it, and then actually move on to the final step, which is basically creating the project, instead of just jumping onto the last step after skipping multiple important steps. Another way might be to just help a friend who is struggling. If he/she is having trouble because of not planning carefully, I might just advise that he/she should go back to the first step and do some quick planning.

For two classes in ELA, we worked on creating tutorials for the 6th graders on the Dragon’s Apprentice Project so that we can give advice and some tips that might help them throughout their project. Before we started, we were divided into several teams that focused on different areas such as organization, time management, etc. My team chose to work on time management and organization. To explain our planning stages, at first, we thought of just making a video of each of us talking about 3~4 ideas relevant to our topics. But later, because we thought it would be to lame and boring, we switched to making a video that includes both talking and actions. To be specific, we decided to actually act out the situations that you don’t want to get yourself into altogether, point out the negatives that would occur when some kind of situation occurs and tell some tips on how to avoid it from happening.

 

Unlike my assumption that my team would have many problems when doing this mini project, we actually didn’t. To still point out one, it was filming our situations because some of my teammates (including me) kept laughing in the middle of filming, which made the whole team start over and over again. Because we were constantly restarting when we had only a limited amount of time, we finished filming at the last minute. From this, I learned that although having fun is important, I should always keep in mind that I shouldn’t have too much of it so that I would still stay on task. To tell the most enjoyable part, it was when we were choosing the ideas we would talk about in our video. I think this part was fun for me because many of my team members were keep coming up with strange and unexpected ideas that were irrelevant to our topics, which made all of us laugh and have fun. To be honest, I was actually worried that we wouldn’t actually come up with real ideas that we would discuss, but luckily, later, we stayed on task and successfully came up with the three main ones we were to discuss. Another part that I had fun was when we were filming because like I mentioned, people in my team were constantly giggling. If I had another chance to do this project, I would like to film everything including the bad situations, for sure, examples of good situations, etc. I think formatting our video would be more interesting and fun not only for the audience but us, the team, too.

 

One way for me to apply what I learned today in the future is to use the them whenever I have team projects. For example, I can remind myself whenever I have one that I shouldn’t laugh too much when filming so that no time would be spent on filming the same time over again. Then, probably, my team in the future wouldn’t have to struggle in filming just because of me. Also, I can just tell what I learned from this to my friends who are struggling in team projects and just help them out by giving some advice. This way, I could remind myself what good teamwork is and help someone at the same time. Or, I can just make something like a slideshow on the things that I learned and share with people. Either way, I would help people not to experience what I did.

IN THE VIDEO, I WAS KICKING FROM MY HIPS AND MY SHOULDERS WERE ROTATING. ALSO, WHEN I LIFTED MY ARM, IT WAS BENT MOST OF THE TIME. ALSO, I PULLED MY FINGERS TO MY THIGHS AND BREATHED TO THE SIDE WHILE HAVING MY EAR DOWN. SO, I THINK I WAS ABLE TO BE A SUCCESSFUL SWIMMER THIS TIME.

IN THE VIDEO, I AM ABLE TO KICK FROM MY HIPS WHILE HAVING MY HEAD BACK AND MY CHIN UP. ALSO, I WAS ABLE TO ROTATE MY ARMS AND HAVE MY PINKIE DOWN WHEN MY ARM WAS GOING IN. HOWEVER, I OCCASIONALLY HAD TROUBLE ON HAVING MY THUMB GO UP WHEN MY ARM WAS COMING OUT, SO I THINK THIS IS A PART THAT I SHOULD WORK MORE ON IN THE FUTURE.

WHEN I WAS BEING FILMED, I WAS ABLE TO FROG KICK AT ALL TIMES, PULL MY ARMS TO MY CHEST, AND PULL TO BREATH. TO ADD, I MADE MY HEAD GO STRAIGHT UP TO BREATHE AND ALTERNATE KICKING AND PULL. SO, I THINK I WAS ABLE TO BE A PROFICIENT SWIMMER WHILE FILMING.

These are a few requirements that my group I needed to consider while working on the project:

  • The pH of filtered water should be between 6 to 8.
  • The filtered water should not have any contaminants.
  • Materials used should be available to Vietnamese people who are living in rural villages.

Ideas

Before starting the project, my group and I thought of some ideas. Some include:

  • A bottle that purifies water when you shake it several times.
  • A bottle that purifies water when you pump it several times.

After brainstorming, my group and I built our first prototype. first-proto

This is a reflection I wrote right after making the prototype:

I think the effectiveness of our prototype wasn't that bad because it filtered the contaminated water a bit. The results of our tests were pretty bad, though.  The pH decreased a bit from 1 to 3, but the turbidity was pretty high. Plus, there was a lot of salt inside and the ppm of copper was 600 ppm, when it should be less than 0.01 ppm.

In order to improve, I think we should change the way we layer the materials. To give an example, we shouldn't put sand at the bottom because sand was found in the filtered water. Also, we should add more materials like cotton.

Links to Prototype Posts: http://blog.ssis.edu.vn/102308/2016/11/18/water-filtration-prototype-2-reflection/ and http://blog.ssis.edu.vn/102308/2016/11/18/water-filtration-prototype-1-blog-post/

Final Results

photo-on-12-12-16-at-2-38-pmAlthough our final prototype became much better than the first one, it was not able to meet the requirements.

Prior Results New Results
Acidity

(pH)

1.5 4
Copper

(ppm)

700 ppm 100 ppm
Turbidity High Turbidity Clear

 

Opinion

I think this project taught me a lot about the importance of water and how hard it is to filter dirty water. Also, it helped me improve my cooperation skills because the result of our prototypes always depended on our teamwork. I feel that this project was a very good experience and would like to this again at any time although it was very challenging and stressful.

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The effectiveness of our second prototype was horrible. Because there was too much cotton inside, it absorbed all of the water. So, we had no water that got filtrated. Therefore, we could not test anything.

In order to improve, I feel that we need to minimize the amount of cotton and balance the amount of materials that are going to be put inside. Also, the rocks should be smaller since they might block the water from being filtered.

 

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I think the effectiveness of our prototype wasn't that bad because it filtered the contaminated water a bit. The results of our tests were pretty bad, though.  The pH decreased a bit from 1 to 3, but the turbidity was pretty high. Plus, there was a lot of salt inside and the ppm of copper was 600 ppm, when it should be less than 0.01 ppm.

In order to improve, I think we should change the way we layer the materials. To give an example, we shouldn't put sand at the bottom because sand was found in the filtered water. Also, we should add more materials like cotton.

While working on my project, I think I faced a lot of challenges. First, I had trouble selecting my music because I couldn't find the music that fit in with the theme of my poem. Second, it was hard for me to choose my photos because I wanted my images to be a bit challenging to understand its meaning.

I think I did pretty well on making my voice clear and speaking at an appropriate speed. I also feel I did well on choosing pictures that are meaningful and are not just random photos that don't have any meaning but just matches with the text. To add, I tried to emphasize my feelings in my video and actually let the audience feel what I have felt.

If I would have another chance to redo this project, I think I would try to choose my music wiser because I think the music somewhat doesn't fit to my poem. To give advice to students who would be doing this in the future, I would like to strongly encourage them to try not to procrastinate or spend too much time on transitions, captions, etc, because in my opinion, the photos are the most important ones in the video.