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!