Nervously, I went up with my group to the front of some of the MOST important people who run this school to present a Sustainable Solution isn't as easy as you would think, and to top it all off, you have 60 people watching you, there just isn't a room for error, is there?
I was part of the final Shark Tanks, as some of you may know, our current Super Unit called the Green Dragons led us to be making Prezi's and Proposals of our chosen Sustainable Solution, and it involved LOTS of hard work to start and with. The Solution I chose was a Multi-Purpose outdoor hut. Only 37% of 19 proposals were chosen to be part of the final Shark Tank in the MPR Room in the HS building. We also called ourselves The Hut of Learning.
The Judges were not to be messed with, since we had the Head of School Mr. Sylte, Dr. Keller, and the Heads of Economics and Admissions. They sure asked some pretty hard questions, but luckily we had answers to most of them, but the problem is I answered most of them. I felt bad for my teammates (Kelvin and Dylan) because they were just standing there listening to me answer the Shark Tanks questions. I once handed the mic to Kelvin so he could answer but he was too nervous so he passed it back to me.
We were one of the lucky ones to pass! Although we didn't feel that much lucky because 5 other groups got chosen as well, and one group got yellow-light because they still had more things to test.
I was doing a little more work than my teammates, but that was mostly because I wanted to, but sometimes one of my teammate forgets to do work at home so I have to do it for him which can be a little annoying sometimes, but I'm fine with it.
The Data collection was actually a challenge to us, because we didn't know what to research. All we could think of was how Outdoor Learning benefits the average student, because the hut is associated with the Outdoors. We also surveyed people for their thoughts on an outdoor hut. We also could've interviewed people but we didn't because we were lazy and we didn't know who to interview and how we would contact him/her.
Cat Tien was a little unnecessary. I didn't see how we could relate it to our proposals for the last 4 weeks. I didn't learn too much about sustainability there, but I liked the experience and I also was able to get a Soft Toy Gibbon! Which is probably a once in a lifetime opportunity. I really should've brought more money and a camera, but I didn't know I had a spare one that I could use.
During the Hack-a-Thon, I thought we were going to expand our ideas to make THE proposals. I thought it was the beginning of a new solution. But when we got back to class, I was a little confused because we had the ideas that stood out in the Hack-a-Thon added to EVEN MORE ideas. Then we narrows them down to see which ones were sustainable and which ones were not.
For our proposals, they were a bit rushed, because we had to complete everything in one week. One part for each day, and if the group was on track at the beginning of the week, you would have at least the Executive Summary done, which stated the problem, solution and the Evaluation. (How you know it will be successful) We also had to state our budget, which for us, will be a bit more work because we would have to find each part, and we also needed to have the size of the hut because we are going to have concrete for the foundation. So we need the size of the hut so we could fit the hut on the concrete.
Last but not least, we have our Prezi's and scripts. The hard part was that we had to do everything in the span of a SINGLE DAY. You have to write a script that will persuade the shark tanks to say that your idea is good. Luckily, we only needed a draft. Me and Kelvin made a draft of a script which we did complete and then I went on to make the Prezi which had to correlate with our script. We had to write 1000 words in about 5 hours, for me at least. Most of the things I made right off the top of my head, but at the end the script was at a good standard for us to present.
Final thoughts, well, I really liked the experience from this unit that I've gotten because of all the work we had to do and how they do this in actual business industry and make new plans for the future. It is a really good experience to have in the future, and it was also worth all the hard work and stress I've had throughout this whole unit.
I'll catch you all on the next blog post! Bye!
I haven't done this yet since I was away when it was done, so I'm going to have to do it now since Learning Journeys is on Friday this week. I'll just get to the point.
So, I just published my information report on LeBron James, and we are graded by the design elements of "CARP". CARP is an acronym that stands for Contrast, Alignment, Repetition and Proximity, reminding ourselves about what CARP means helps with graphic designing.
I think I had great strength in Repetition and Contrast because I used to blank space well and the text is easy to read. (Contrast is also the easiest to get an M [Meeting] on!) I also used repetition well since the book had a very similar layout on each page with the same 3 main colors which also makes it very simple.
I think that I could work on my Proximity because my book seems a little clustered.
Alright guys, I'm gonna sign off for now, Bye!
So, I just came back from Cat Tien and like most events, it had its ups and its downs. Here are some activities that we did at Cat Tien and what I learned about nature and sustainability.
First we had the Group Challenges, we had to arrange ourselves by height shortest to tallest from 29 people. We did that at the best of 4 seconds, then we had to arrange ourselves by birth date without the year, we actually did it in the fastest time EVER which was 2 minutes, while other groups did it in about 8-9 minutes.
We also did an activity called the Micro-Ecosystems, which was where we got a loop of rope which would cover a square meter of space, then we would have to observe for 20 minutes what was happening inside the loop of rope which is the Micro-Ecosystem. My group of three was able to find crickets, grasshoppers, spiders, grass, (obviously) dead leaves, and more! We also filled out some discussion questions about our Ecosystem.
Then, we had the Night Sensory Hike, which is where you go down a road at night with NO flashlight. When I heard it at first thought, it sounded VERY scary, because we were not going to be using a flashlight, so it would be pretty dark. But when we actually did it, I was able to see the path but it was also hard identifying people because we barely had any light, we have two different layers or something, one that activates in light places and one that activates in dark places. Now, if you haven't walked in like total darkness before, (like me) everything will appear black, white and gray. It's hard to see any kind of color.
Now, we went to the Primate Center, where we were able to learn about Pygmy Loris' and about the illegal pet trades and how they are not the best choice for a pet. Now, the government of Vietnam have already established a law about endangered animals and that you can't hunt them, so that's a good thing, but there aren't many left. Now, we were able to look at all the different gibbons, E.A.S.T (The guys/girls that run the Center) helped rescue different gibbons, they told us some gibbons were stuck in cages at the back of public places for more than a decade! I felt pretty bad for them, and some of them can't be released into the wild because of skeleton defects. I also was able to buy a soft toy gibbon as well! It cost 350,000 VND. If you want to look at their website and more on what they do click here.
Now, we went on a scavenger hunt for different things in nature, like Producers, First-Level Consumers, Second and Third-Level Consumers, and Decomposers. We also needed to find signs of Mimicry, (An animal trying to be something else) Camouflage, Human Impact and more. What was cool was that we found a 300 year old tree that's REALLY big and we were hiking on a volcano that erupted to be predicted about 4 Million years ago, so it feels like we're walking on HISTORY.
We then had our Nature Explorations, we were able to choose one of the following things for Nature: Photography, Music, Poetry, Art and Yoga. I chose Music because I didn't bring a camera to the trip which I kind of regret because I didn't know I had a spare camera that I could use. Music was actually pretty fun! First we sang some songs and we went to learning a Vietnamese song, then we just played with instruments. It was a pretty nice and relaxing 90 minutes.
We then had our Bonfire, we had one that was Teacher-Led and one that is Student-Led, we were told some scary stories by Ms. Fox, which actually did haunt me because IT WAS A TRUE STORY, and there was a coffin that was moving by itself with nothing inside of it. The Student-Led one had groups of people with different activities in store for everyone. I did a game called First Reaction Last Reaction, which sort of like Simon Says, we also got to roast marshmallows!
Last but certainly not least, we went to the Moon Bear Center! We had 2 hours and we got to feed the bears, but not just your typical put on plate eat type of feed, we had to HIDE our foods. The reason we had to hide is so that they can exercise and stay fit and not become lazy and fat that they're useless. It's hard to lose fat when you have it. The moon bears were able to climb poles and trees while some just spin a barrel that dispenses food every spin.
At Cat Tien, I learned many things, I learned about their sustainability practices to sorting inorganic and organic waste, to how they protect VERY limited species like Gibbons, Moon Bears, and Pygmy Loris'. The government of Vietnam are doing whatever it takes to save these endangered animals by changing the law to make it ILLEGAL to hunt these endangered animals. They also are preventing Deforestation in Cat Tien. As for us people, all we can do is persuade others who just don't care about ecology. If we protect nature, that means the Earth will stay as a livable place.
That's probably all the activities we have done for Cat Tien, it was a great expierience, you should check it out if you get a chance, it's like a 4 hour ride.
If you're looking to go to Cat Tien, and you CAN go to Cat Tien, I suggest you do! But until next time, goodbye!
Pretty self-explanatory, here it is:
So, we got hit right into the 2nd semester like we were in it mid-way, and Mr.Edwards has assigned us to analyze our biblionasium logs for book genres, non-fiction vs. fiction books, and many more. So, my so-called "reading life" is pretty balanced because I read a good amount of Fiction and Non-Fiction books but I thought I should be reading different genres.
So I discovered that I was reading a mass amount of Realistic Fiction and Expository (Informational) Non-Fiction. So my goal was to read different genre's that weren't Realistic Fiction or Expository Non-Fiction.
Then we needed to make an "Action Plan" about how we could achieve these goals for 2 weeks, Here's mine so I could achieve my goal.
So first, I would look for a book that is NOT Realistic Fiction or Expository Non-Fiction that was interesting for me to read, and something that I would finish and not leave at the shelf mid-way into the book. Then second, I would read the book, then repeat the process.
So here is my Progress, it will be updated for the next 13-14 days.
January 11: So, the "Action Plan" was pretty easy to follow, since one book caught my eye, it was a Narrative Non-Fiction Book called The Cartoon History of the Modern World Part 1: From Columbus to the U.S Constitution, it's in the form of a comic, but the book is pretty thick, and I think that it could probably keep me hooked for a good amount of time.
January 12: Still reading the book, and I haven't lost a bit of interest so far, so I think it's going pretty well right now.
January 13-15: Same as January 12. Nothing hasn't really changed yet.
January 16-18: I'm still reading the same book, and I'm still hooked to it!
January 19: Well, everything is still pretty much the same, I think it's going pretty well!
January 20-23: I forgot to read on the weekends so the next time I will read 40 minutes which is double the amount of what how much I'm supposed to read.
January 24-25: I finished my first book! It was pretty good.
January 26: I found a book called Hilda and the Black Hound by Flying Eye Books, it seems to be pretty nice.
So now that it's 2 weeks from when this was originally posted, I think I did pretty well, since I really only read one Narrative Non-Fiction book because it was almost 300 pages thick, I managed to complete my goal with ease.
Anyways, that's all I have for now, Goodbye!
P.S I'm going to change the font to Comic Sans MS, because I like it.
As you may know, the 1st semester is ending now we have to reflect on our Unit, Mixtures and Solutions, which was basically considered science.
Now, it was a very fun unit, we got to do many different experiments and learned a lot of new vocabulary, like saturated, concentration, there a lot more I could list and clearly explain what they mean.
Now, my assignment for the week, it was a bit rushed because the Dry Ice came late so I had to do it today, and if you don't know, today is the day before the deadline of the experiments, so i panicked a lot to be honest.
All in all, we got everything done. There were some mishaps here and there but since we were able to do our experiment and such a great unit, it was a great expierience overall. By the way, here's my presentation about my experiment.
And that's it guys! Thanks for watching and goodbye!
This week was kind of an ordinary week, with more homework.
So, we have I believe 1 more week for inquiries and I'm VERY behind. I have to catch up very quickly or else my expository essay isn't going to be at it's full potential. So I really have to catch up on my inquiries if i want to get this done.
For math, we've been learning how to multiply and divide decimals easily. For multiplication all you have to do is ignore the decimals and solve it like a normal multiplication question, then when you get the answer you have to put the decimal back in your answer.
Then we had the concert, which for me was kind of a Try-Not-To-Embarrass-Yourself type of game. Which went pretty well. For Henry Martin, (one of our songs) most of the class didn't remember the lyrics to our verse, so Ms. Davenport had to come and help us. Luckily I was able to remember just for the concert. Overall, it went pretty well.
On Wednesday, I had SISAC for basketball. The A Team did well and we got 2nd place and lost to BIS in the finals. We could've done better if we had a little more teamwork and a little more passes. We almost lost to ISHMC in the semi-finals, but we won by 3-5 points.
That's really all that happened that's interesting this week. Bye!
So, this isn't going to be long but I'll just be telling you guys about how I'm doing with my inquiries.
So far, it's been doing great! I've found answers to my questions and now I have to paraphrase the notes I've taken for my final product. If you don't know what paraphrasing is, then I'll tell you.
Well, Paraphrasing is when you take a small piece of writing and you try to put it in your own words, but you don't just take out keywords and replace them with something else, you actually have to put it in how you usually write/speak, and you have to lay the paragraph or piece of writing in a different way.
I've been researching a lot about why LeBron James may be considered as the Greatest of All-Time, or for short, GOAT. After his finals performance against the 73-9 Golden State Warriors, many people have been debating about this topic. So, is James the true GOAT? I have no idea!
Well, that's all for now, I'll see you in the next post!
P.S If you follow the NBA, you've probably seen Nick Young's game-winner against the Thunder, right?
Okay now that's really it.
So, I really have no other ideas for a blog, so instead now we have to write a reflection on what we're doing in class.
Well, most of what we're doing is more inquiry-based, and we have 3 weeks (excluding this one) to I believe come with a mini-essay solving all the questions we came up with. You'll know mostly what I'm talking about if you look back on my other post below. Probably not much. (xD)
As we are close to ending this unit, Mr. Edwards assigned us a planner to help us with what we would be doing for the next 3 weeks, so he gave us a copy to download and we would edit it on Pages. I'll give you a screenshot of what mine looks like:
So far I have jumped ahead in research, I've found some pretty helpful sports news websites to help me with solving the questions I had for LeBron James, most of the articles were made after Cleveland won the championship and "the warriors blew a 3-1 lead." In fact, the Cleveland Indians (MLB team) blew a 3-1 lead against the Chicago Cubs, but yeah, there's that.
Now let's head on to a bit of math, there wasn't really much we were doing for math other than us finishing unit 2 which was Adding and Subtracting Decimals to unit 3 Which was Multiplying and Dividing Decimals. Something that seemed a little confusing to me at the start, especially for the Pre Assessment, I had NO clue of a method to multiplying and dividing decimals. However I think I understand how to solve it now.
Now let's jump to Science, so for Science (AKA Mixtures + Solutions) we are closing up the unit to open up for a next one, so we did a reflection in our notebooks about the definitions of the different vocabulary words that we had been using for the unit. Then once we had finished that, we would compare them to the definitions that we had in the FOSS Mixtures + Solutions book, after that we would have to find out the difference we found between the three chemicals: Salt, (Sodium Chloride) Citric Acid and Epsom Salt.
We also changed the schedule for the 2nd third of the school year, which I really like since I hate double blocks of music, really because there's nothing fun and it can get me really bored at some times.
That's really all that happened this week, so I'll see you all in the next post! GOOODDDD BAIIIIIII