Documenting Activities


General questions followed by a range of specific questions you should aim to reflect about and document.

‘Service’ Focus Questions / things to note:

1) Where did you go to do service?

I was a part of Smile Bank and went to an orphanage in the beginning of the year.

2) Describe what you did at your service experience.

3) What were the different ways you helped out? Explain.

Because the children in the orphanage are affected by Agent Orange, most of them were not able to eat or do the basic living standards by themselves. Therefore I played with the children that could ‘handle’ themselves and fed the children during lunch.

4) Tell us more about  your interactions with the people you worked with.

I met a girl in the orphanage called Hue, and had a good experience with interacting with her such as playing games although we could not necessarily talk to each other.

5) Did you come to any new understandings because of your service experience? This can be about the people you worked with, or the situation or things you have been thinking about.

There was not something new that I experienced in particular, but it is always a good experience every single time I go for service activities because I always meet new people including the children themselves as well as the advisors and volunteers.

‘Creativity’ Focus Questions / things to note

  1. What medium (photo, film, painting, dance, theatre drawing, etc) are you working in?

I am a part of MUN and we are planning to attend two different MUN conferences – UNISMUN and SAIMUN, and I am planning to attend the SAIMUN meeting, thus is researching for various articles.

  1. What specific creation are you working on at the moment?

As mentioned above, I am most likely attending SAIMUN and I have not started in anything particular because I am currently not assigned a committee nor a delegate of a country.

  1. What is your inspiration OR How did you generate ideas for this creation?
  2. What skills are you developing? Explain how these skills improve with each reflection.

I am passionate with debating and it is the main reason that I applied for MUN, and I am excited to find various articles and improve my research, debate and speaking skills. In addition, more knowledge with the specific topic.

  1. What ideas do you wish your work to communicate?

Because the MUN topics are unpredictable as well as the country you get chosen for MUN, I think one of the funs of doing MUN is figuring and adjusting yourself to a topic or an opinion.

  1. Do you think this was successful?


Physical ‘Activity’ Based Questions / things to note

  1. What is your activity?

For semester 1, I was a part of the volleyball team.

  1. What encouraged you to choose it?

I have joined the volleyball team since 7th grade and I joined because I am passionate with the sport.

  1. What skills are you hoping to learn?

Throughout every volleyball season in high school, I hope to improve my skills in overhand, bumping as well as setting.

  1. What skills are you focusing on in particular that you would like to improve?

My goal is to be a strong setter by the end of sophomore year.

  1. Explain your participation.
  2. What do you notice about your progress?

By constantly building my muscles and stamina using the fitness room at school, I will improve my skills that are needed as the setter. N/A

  1. How have you collaborated with others in your activity?

The teamwork we had in our JV team was very tight and I have asked others to coach me.

  1. What things have you noticed have changed weekly / monthly?  This can include both physical and emotional changes?


  1. What are you learning about others in participating in this activity?

I learned that the more bond there are between teams, the teams tend to be stronger and therefore improve faster in various skills.

  1. What are you learning about yourself?

In specific to myself, I learnt my basic skills in volleyball and different ways to play a game in volleyball instead of rotating constantly every time a point is given to the opposing team.

  1. Is there anything that surprises you about your progress?


  1. Is there any more goals and targets you would like to concentrate on?

Already answered.

Semester 1 Reflection 2015-16

What did you manage to do well this quarter?

  1. What are a few concrete things you did to achieve these outcomes? Maybe you got all your homework finished and turned it in on time, success on a particular project or test or a particular way that you studied that contributed to your success.
  2. Write about the specific actions you took to be successful.

I frequently went to ask my teachers about subjects that I was not sure with, and usually ended with knowing more than I asked for. I was also able to be an active student at school even though there was the volleyball season because I tried my best not to multitask or go to social media when studying. Group projects that were held throughout semester 1, I resulted with a high grade because I always made sure our group started the project beforehand.

Also, I kept all my assignments inside and outside of school in track using my calendar, therefore did not come to school not knowing about a certain assignment at all times.

3.What areas do you want/need to improve?

  1. What are a few choices you made that resulted in these outcomes? Maybe you did not complete all your homework or you struggled on a particular project or test .
  2. Write about what you could do differently to be successful.

Towards the end of the semester, I had problems with trying to complete my homework, and usually ended up with finishing homework that thoroughly not done. I think this was because of my time management because I did not spend the weekends effectively and did my assignments Sunday night instead of evenly dividing the homework so that I can concentrate with the same amount. Therefore I think I should create a schedule so that it reminds me of what I need to do and motivates me to be more organised.

  1. Do you see any trends in your comments? If so, what are they.

My comments are related to time management – the more I am effective with my time management, the more tasks I get done efficiently and with the best effort

  1. Do you see any anomalies (stands out as different from trends) in your comments? If so, what stands out and why?

I do not see specific anomalies

  1. What activities am I involved in?
  1. Am I over involved?
  2. If so, what can I take away?
  3. If I am not involved in extracurricular activities what is one that I could join?

For semester 1, I was involved in smile bank, MUN, dragon tales, prom committee worked as a class officer, and was a part of the volleyball team. I did not only apply for one of the CASs, but instead was a part of communities in various categories like sports, service, and creativity. However, I agree that at times, they can be tiring, but I think that it is because of the amount of effort required for different activities.

  1. What is your goal for Q3? some examples are:

-Turn in all my homework on time.

-Meet with my English teacher 2 times each week for additional help.

-Raise my hand in class at least one time per day.

-Meet with a study group one time per week.

-Use my planner every day.

-Limit my outside activities to two after school activities each week

My goals for Q3 is to be more responsible with my time and to be more confident during class when it comes to speaking, presenting, evaluating etc. and sleep and wake up at similar time ranges so that it becomes a habit.

  1. Did anything happen in or outside of school that negatively or positively impacted my learning?

I do not think anything in particular affected my learnings that were outside of school.

  1. Are your grades an accurate reflection of your ability? Why or why not?

My grades do reflect on my ability and what I do because they reflect on how well I do my homework and how much I study for quizzes as well as tests.

Polyhedron Project

I challenged myself to choose the highest level, to build a rhombic triacontahedron and the majority of my time was spent on how exactly I could build a this shape. I was originally planning on following the website Mr.Crowell provided, but as I was searching through other websites and tutorials of their ideas and how they built their rhombic triacontahedron, I found a way of building it in an origami way.

This is what took the majority of time; if pull the center of this shape, then it becomes the picture on the right and if this process was not taken, the shapes couldn't have matched each other.
This is what took the majority of time; if pull the center of this shape, then it becomes the picture on the bottom and if this process was not taken, the shapes couldn’t have matched each other.


Finding out the actual calculations for the rhombic tricontahedron took me a very long time, but this problem was soon solved when I absolutely understood the shape and how it was formed. Although I was very productive on preparing the materials and getting the idea of what I wanted to construct, fitting the models together was what I found an obstacle because I had times where the same shape was overlapping each other (which shouldn’t be), I fitted two different shapes with the incorrect match of colour. After a lot of tries fitting the origami shapes together, I looked over the models again and figured out that I had done only one third of the shape in the correct order, because I did not attach the individual shapes from the bases, but tried connecting three different parts of the shape and to connect them together.

Two different views of the stellation of the rhombic tracontahedron.



Through this project, I learned to find out the volume and the surface area of complicated shapes, not only the rhombic triacontahedron but other shapes my friends have been doing. Other than that, I also learned that I should have done a pre-model before the final piece to completely understand the construction of the shape. As mentioned previously, if someone had to do this project, I would recommend them to firstly research about the shape itself and its characteristics, build a pre-model to ensure the successfulness of it and most importantly, prepare for the project at least 2 or 3 weeks beforehand.

Surface Area Calculation

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 6.05.24 AMThe surface area of my stellated rhombic triacontahedron is 1815 cm squared (18.5 metres). This is because as you can see through the picture, this rhombic triacontahedron is consumed of an origami that leads to nothing, but squares. There are 60 sides (squares) in total because one ring of 3 (first picture) contains 15 squares, and there are a total 3 of them, plus the remainders. Consequently, in order to find out the surface area, you would need to first know the area of the square which is 5.5 times 5.5 centimenters (30.25) times the quantity which is 60.

Therefore, the surface area of a stellated rhombic triacontahedron is 1815 centimeters squared.


CSI Blog Post

CSI is a small project we have been doing for both industrial revolution and protestant reformation where we explain the word using colour, symbol and image. I chose the word earnest money in relation to industrial revolution. Faint/dull green and dark/light blue are the colours I decided to use for this CSI; green representing money and blue showing sadness, cold and no hope. I chose the symbol money because eventually the whole point of these happenings were for people wanting money. The image above illustrates a person kneeling down blindfolded and chained asking for something, in this case money when the person standing up is just staring at the person kneeling down. I chose this image to show how it is to almost impossible earn your earnest money because they do not know what is happening (blindfold), they are in the owner’s hands while in the factory (chain) making the owners control them causing humiliation and shame (pointing fingers).

Newton Vehicle Project 3

We have finished our making of our newton vehicle just last class. During this project, I learned to be more prepared when constructing a vehicle from top to bottom because while constructing our tires, we glued the skewers and later figured out that the wheels would not be able to move if it is glued on to the cardboard. We soon discussed how we can change this, but I don’t think we were very efficient with coming up with plan b. In addition, I once again learnt how the mass takes an important role, more than the force because depending on the mass, the vehicle either moved or did not. I would have changed the type of tire (bottle caps) to others like CDs, tape or toilet roles because although all the bottle caps had the same size and shape, they were faintly different, making the car not go as straight enough. As I was making the vehicle, I understood how not only the vehicle, but vehicles in reality actually ‘move’ like airplanes, cars, motorbikes etc. One thing I would have made changes to is the cardboard as well as the tire. I think the cardboard would’ve moved faster if I used lighter materials. The majority of the people in our class built a similar type of vehicle. Consequently, if I had a chance to do a project related to this, I would try building a vehicle that flies 1.5m through air instead of the ground and experiment various materials that could be used as a force.

JJES Newton Vehicle Part 2  - Ideation Page 1- (Design)



Newton Vehicle Project 2

Revised sketch - New PageUsing the discovery and the interpretation brainstorm we have created using Lucidchart, we finished building the newton vehicle. Our objective was to make the vehicle move a minimum of 1.5 metres, but also to understand the concepts of all Newton’s three laws and apply them to our balloon drive, our vehicle. As mentioned in the previous blog post, Newton’s first, second and third law states that an object at rest will be at rest and an object moving will constantly move unless a force acts upon it, an object’s acceleration depends on it’s mass and net force on the object, and lastly when an object exerts force on another, the other exerts an equivalent amount to the object. We can relate the first law with the efficiency of the balloon. The balloon would be the force acting upon the vehicle which illustrates that the vehicle wouldn’t start moving until the balloon acts upon the vehicle. The second law would be relevant to the vehicle in general. In other words, the second law indicates to us that in order to be successful in this project, the mass of the equipments would need to be as light as possible. Consequently, we used bottle caps as wheels, skewers for and straws for controls and a balloon. Finally, the third law also involves with the vehicle in general, but how exactly it is able to move forward. The air the balloon is giving out; exerting, balances with the air exerting in the direction contrary to the air the balloon is giving.

Newton Vehicle Project 1

Different to chemistry and biology where we have probably learnt topics like chemical reaction or the human body as an example, physics is a new category I am encountering in school. Specifically, forces and motion. The first project given is to construct a vehicle that demonstrates all newton’s three laws of motion. In order to accomplish this task successfully, it was a requirement to master the basic concepts of forces and motion beforehand. JJES Vehicle Part 1  - DiscoveryJJES Vehicle Part 1  - InterpretationDuring this stage, we had a chance to learn completely new vocabularies as well as vocabularies that we were familiar with, yet not sure of; gravity, friction, inertia and more. Gravity is a force that attracts objects together. The law of universal gravitation states that the force of gravity acts between all objects in the universe that has mass. Naturally, gravity relates to mass. Another important point to know in gravity is that the distance and mass effects the gravitational force on an object. Friction is a force when two surfaces exerts force on each other. Depending the surface, the type of friction changes. The most common type of friction is sliding friction, where two solid surfaces slide each other and usually make objects slow down or stop. Other types can be static friction, rolling friction or fluid friction. Inertia is resistance to change in motion and is closely related to Newton’s first law of motion. Newton’s first law of motion states that an object at rest will remain and rest and an object moving will constantly move unless, a non-zero force like us kicking or a dog running is acted upon it. An object’s acceleration depends on its’ mass and the net-force acting to it is the second law of motion and finally, newton’s third law tells us that every objects exerts an equivalent opposite amount of force on each other, making it able to balance each other. An example  could be a cup on a table. The cup wouldn’t move unless someone drops it, pushes it or holds it. In addition, the cup is able to stay on the table because the cup and the table exerts the same amount of force on each other which makes the table not smash or the cup to not break. Newton Vehicle Sketch (JJES) - New Page Using lucidchart, we devised a discovery, an interpretation and a sketch in details of how exactly we were going to design the vehicle. Our objective was to make the vehicle move at least 1.5m with pure creation of force, in other words, with no outside force like gravity, us pushing or the motors acting upon it. We have brainstormed several vehicles and have chosen to produce a balloon vehicle. Above all three laws, I think the second law is the most relevant. This is because last year, we have created a vehicle with a similar goal. However, we were able to use the motors, electric circuits and more. Unexpectedly, it took us a considerable amount of time to make the motor move although we had all the ingredients. We later realised it was mainly beause of the mass of the wheels. I hope the vehicle turns out successfully!

Hour of Code

CodeHour of Code is similar to a program I am been currently learning in Robotics and Coding, Scratch. Consequently, it was easier for me to learn the instructions and construct the player move to the correct spot, turn around, and more. However, some parts were new and I had a great time adventuring with code and experiencing how simply well-known games like angry-bird and flappy bird can be built just by straight foward constructions.

Ellen – World’s Hardest Game

After few weeks of learning the different techniques and knowledge from a coding program called ‘Scratch’, our final assignment was to establish our own game. Mr.Bertoia provided us games other students have designed before like the maze game, shooting game, space invader game and more. As well as the examples from the previous students, we had approximately 5 to 10 minutes at the beginning of class to have a chance to test and observe the games from gamestarmechanic. After examining, I chose to imitate the world’s hardest game, a game where a player tries to reach the other side of the same coloured box despite the obstacles.

I chose level 1, to construct the game without any help from media. Apart from the actual game backdrop, I’ve used Adobe Illustrator to compose of a start and ending backdrop. Using Adobe Illustrator resulted as a high quality background compared to Scratch and I think this gave an effect to convince the audience to play the game. I had 3 stages and the game finished when the number of deaths were over 100. Controlling the player was my hardest restriction because the player had to be implied to all the backdrops in a distinct way. The first problem I had was to let the player disappear when it hits the obstacle and to appear again at the starting point again. However, I was able to fix this by adjusting the ghost effect. Other problems were resetting the background, making the player maintain inside a certain area. However, I was able to solve this by helps from Mr.Bertoia and some of my friends.

Something I would like to work on in the future is to have more stages and create scratches where we can earn points which will either help in reducing the number of deaths, or simply to stimulate the audience. Overall, this project was successful and I would like to work on other types of games if possible.

Bow Down

I bowed down. Half feet away, stood a figure tall and tremendous. My hands trembled and I completely submerged my face on to the ground. And there it was, its hand reaching for mine. “Stand up, I am not something you shall fear of.” I stayed bowing down.




“So you came here because the people in your country exiled you out of your planet for being such a substantial protestant leader?” I questioned. I thought Jesus had finally come and was excited to be the first witness like when womens saw Jesus resurrect and ascend to heaven. The creature looked similar to us humans, instead it was longer in overall than anyone else. He was gentle and polite.

“Apparently, yes. I would have to reprieve here until I gain my powers and once my ship gets automatically rebuilt.” He replied.

“What’s your name?” I asked. He started speaking in an eccentric language which I guessed was his name.

“I’m Eleonore. Eleonore Meminger, 14 years old, and I am living in Germany Munich, the third most biggest city in Germany, in case you didn’t know where you were at. Just call me Elfi and I’ll call  you Barbel from now on. It means a foreigner in German!” I enthusiastically shouted. We continued walking down the walkways of the Olympia Park with a soft breeze of wind and sunshine.

“So Elfi, you’ve mentioned something about Je…soos? What is that?” He seeked for an answer.

“Who, you mean. Akin the planet you came from, we also have religions. I am Catholic, well, sort of, and Catholics believe in someone called Jesus. As a Catholic, we try to impart the gospel to others who aren’t Catholics. The clergy, the body of the Catholic Church and the popes, a selected bishop and a head of the Catholic Church in which Pope Sixtus V is currently, works for the Catholic since it is an enormous religion in the whole of Europe. Also, just recently, Pope Sixtus excommunicated Henry VI.”

“What do you mean sort of? Don’t you believe in him?”

“Yes I believe in him, but there are some conflicts going on between the Catholics.” I sighed. Honestly, I didn’t want to talk about this.

“Same situation as us maybe? The religion I am fighting against think citizens with different languages are devils and they would kill them immediately.”

“That is sorry to hear. Fortunately, we don’t get killed, but yes, it is an absurd reason like you. We have something called indulgences and simony. Indulgence is a release of punishment for you yourself, but also the dead ones. Due to this, rich people would buy a considerable amount of indulgence and make any sin they want since they already have a pass for the sins already. Complementary to indulgences, simony is a selling of high official places in the Church; you could be a high official even though you had absolutely no knowledge about what Catholicism was. Fighting is a daily event now since my parents are a protestant and my grandparents are Catholics. My grandparents would sometimes buy indulgence when they had a huge fight, but I can understand how they are Catholics since in their generation, the religion Catholic, was a united religion. However, thankfully, it was all Martin Luther and other priests like Erasmus Desiderius and John Wycliffe’s hard work that lead us, protestant to the realisation of the disputes within the Church.”


“Yes. He is a monk and also a devoted priest who have served his whole life in making difference to the Catholic Church. As the popes and the clergy started to give more importance to worldliness objects like money, power and wealth instead of being a holy spiritual leader, he wrote the 95 theses, especially focusing on indulgences and posted them infront of the door of Castle Church of Wittenberg which caused a massive sensation. In addition, the bible started to get translated from Latin to German, English. Consequently, people like us could realise and object against the inaccurate interpretations of the popes. As well as bibles, Luther’s thoughts were also published making us able to read them, and the printing press shined to make it’s role in the start of 1500s. Everyone probably knows what a printing press is since it has already been more than a year it was invented. ”

“This problem was known to some even before 1517, but it was Martin Luther that brought this up to surface, notifying us the problem. The reformation, the rise of the protestors earned, and are earning more intelligence and power to overcome the Catholics and follow Lutheranism, a denomination created by Martin Luther.”

I felt him gently place his hand on to my shoulder. “What is your dream?”

I turned around, and he, was gone.

“To be, like Martin Luther and like all brave citizens who chose honesty and truth over money and wealth!” I exclaimed. Hoping him to hear me.

Bye. Barbel.




“Wake up, time to go to school!” Surprised by the unexpected noise, I soon realised myself lying on my bed with wet swollen eyes. This couldn’t have been true. As I slowly packed my bag as well as brought my brain cells back to life, I found something shining on the table. On the shining piece, it wrote, “Be well.”. I shook my head and looked at the table again, and there was nothing. But I am certain. This wasn’t a dream. I walked to Olympia Park with delightful steps, with a soft breeze of wind and sunshine, ready for another speech.