What will be easy? What will be challenging? What ideas do you have already? Why do we use the design process and not just take our first idea? What are you looking forward to about this task? What topic are you thinking of? Why?

This quarter in art, we are working on chair sculptures based on different topics that we came up with. I chose the subject of the urban city like NYC. I think plastering the outside of the chair would be the easiest part of this process. However, I think something that would be challenging for my design of my sculpture would be shaping the buildings so it's curved. For now, one of my designs is to shape the buildings so it looks like a tree. The bottom part of the chair will be where the tree stump will be, and the top half will be the branches which are the buildings. We use the design process and not just take our first idea because it could be developed, and our first designs are usually very basic where the topic is in the center of the chair. I think I'm looking forward to building the actual chair because I think this will be a really fun process. I'm going to make this design by wiring and using cardboard to shape the buildings. I will then use plaster to cover the outside and cut CDs up to glue onto the base of the chair.

 

Link to my pinterest board

For the past few classes, I've been plastering onto my buildings and shaping it with cardboard and wire on the inside. I found that soaking the plaster and wetting it later on really helped smooth out the process. I'm still in the process of plastering my buildings but once I get it done, I'm going to start plastering the buildings onto my chair.

I think my progress is pretty accurate to where I am on my chair because I'm almost done plastering the buildings and next class I'm going to finish it off. I think something I need to do to achieve an A is to start working at a faster pace to make sure I get my chair done in time.

Timeline for 10 classes:

  1. Finish plastering the two buildings left
  2. Add more plaster to the buildings to make it stronger and start plastering to the chair
  3. Plaster to the chair
  4. Plaster to the chair
  5. Create mirror using CDs and start sticking it
  6. Start coloring the chair
  7. Color the chair
  8. Decorate the chair


  1. Looking at what you have achieved over the last 10 weeks, describe how you feel about the chair now and what you have really achieved. (imagine being back at that starting point)

Looking at what I have achieved over the last 10 weeks, I feel like I could've worked a little more efficiently to complete my chair on time. I think so far my chair is looking like how I wanted to at first if I had finished it. I think if I came in for open studio time, I'd be able to finish my chair.

  1. Explain the elements that are applied (you may need to look at your poster again don’t forget movement is one too) to your chair so far. If you were to choose ONE to be the most important what would it be? Is there one much more dominant than the others?

Some of the elements that were applied to my chair were lines, color, and texture. I used lines in my sculpture in my buildings because the lines are pointing straight up. I used shades of blue, silver, and black in my chair as my shades. For texture, I used chicken wire in the back of the chair to create texture like the sky. I think if I were to choose one, it would be lines becaues that is one of the most reoccuring elements because throughout my chair, there are full of buildings representing lines.

Debate Statement: The telephone revolutionized the history of the world more significantly than the invention of the light bulb.

Pro team:

  • Tracy
  • Vivian
  • Lissa

Con team:

  • Elin
  • Thy
  • Kelly
  1. From the research, preparation and the debates themselves, what did you learn about the art of persuasion? Please explain.

From the research, preparation, and the debates, I learned that using strong and persuasive language can really help make your argument more credible. Being persuasive is a great way to make your argument stronger and make your claims seem like they are well researched and backed up with facts. Using language like “transformed”, “radically”, “significant”, etc will make your debate a very strong and powerful argument. In my debate, I also used persuasive language in my script and my rebuttals.

  1. How do you establish credibility as a debater? Explain fully.

First, a way you can establish credibility is to have facts and statistics. When you use statistics in your argument, it makes your debate seem like it was researched very deep and thoroughly. For example, in my debate, I pointed out that 6.8 out of 7 billion people use the telephone nowadays. This helped me gain credibility. Another way to establish credibility is being confident when you speak. When you speak confidently and fluently, it shows that you have a deep understanding of what you’re talking about. When you speak and confidently, it makes the audience believe your argument whether your facts are true or false.

  1. What surprised you the most about your debate and/or the debate experience?

Something that surprised me most about my debate experience was the rebuttals. I found that they were a lot harder than I expected because, during the rebuttals, you have to use the opponent’s claims against them. However, this allowed us to use our improvisational skills because we are trying to come back with a claim right off the bat. The rebuttals are usually unprepared because you don’t know what the opponent will say. During my debate, the first rebuttal I made was kind of rough, but once I got used to it, I understood it better and was more confident when speaking.

  1. What were you most proud of in your own debate?

I think something that I was most proud of was my debate speech because I found that I provided strong and reliable evidence. I also think that my presenting skills were good because I had a clear and assertive voice. I tried speaking confidently when saying my speech to try to gain credibility. I used statistics in my debate speech to make my claims seem more reliable.

  1. What would be your next steps? Or in other words, what would you have done differently?

I think my next step would be to research more about the opponents inventions. This will help us have a basic and clear understanding of the debate. This also allows us to think of rebuttals easier because we know what their invention’s strengths and weaknesses, and this helps us come up with more powerful claims and rebuttals. This also shows us that we know what we’re talking about.

Links:

Matrix

Self Assessment

Judge Assessment

Peer Assessment

Debate Planning Doc

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Observations:

    • We put in 20ml of water only 5ml evaporated
    • The grasshopper died and the body was wet and started decomposing
    • The air inside the container was still cool
    • There was a lot of water droplets in the container
    • Part of the plant started rotting
    • The soil was also damp
    • Part of the leaves of the plants was rotten

Conclusion:

Through our observations, I noticed that not a lot of the water evaporated from the water dish, but there was still a lot of water droplets in the container. As you can see in the photo, the container was covered in water droplets. I think this is due to the amount of water we put in the soil before closing it. I noticed that when the grasshopper died, it's body was really wet and started decomposing. It broke apart the minute we took it out which shows that it started decomposing for quite a while now. I think this is because after the grasshopper started decomposing, and the bugs and worms in the soil consumed part of the grasshopper. The ecodome this time was a lot more moist and wet, and this may be due to the extra plant we put in. Part of the plants was rotten which I think is due to the excess water. I think for next time, we will remove one of the plants. We will also put less water in the roots of the plants because we found that when we put too much water, the plant started to rot.

Research:

Excess water may cause the plant to rot because it makes it very difficult for the plant to get air to their roots. Plants may also rot due to fungus in the soil. When the root starts to rot, the fungus may attack the roots and cause them to die off or rot.

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Observations:

Quantitative:

  • We put 20ml of water and 5ml of water was left
  • The soil was still covering the bottom of the container completely
  • The grasshopper died on day 17

Qualitative:

  • I noticed that the air inside the container this time was cool and neutral
  • There were only a few water droplets in the container
  • A few small sprouts grew on the side of the soil

Conclusion:

Through our observations, I noticed that the ecodome's air this time was not as hot and humid as the last. There also weren't as many water droplets on the sides of the container. Only half of the water in the dish was evaporated this time. I think this is because we moved the ecodome to a place where there is less sun. This allows the air to be less humid making it easier for the grasshopper to breathe. I also noticed that there were a few small plants growing on the side of the big plant which shows that our ecodome is doing well and is healthy. In the previous ecodome, we left it out by the window sill and the grasshopper died two days after. In the second attempt where we placed it in a place with less sunlight, it survived for a week. I think next time, we will continue putting the ecodome in a place where there isn't much sunshine. We will also put more plants in the ecodome because the grasshopper seems to have consumed a lot of the leaves.

Research:

"Grasshoppers' favorite foods are plants in the grass family such as corn, wheat, barley and alfalfa. They aren't picky, however, and can eat many other types of plants. It's not uncommon to see grasshoppers chewing on the leaves of a tree, and more eating the grass beneath it." - whatdograsshopperseat.info

This year for www, our grade went to Dalat. This trip was around the end of November and lasted for four days. My favorite part about this trip was the ropes course because I had a lot of fun zip lining. I also really enjoyed cycling because the view from the mountain was absolutely mesmerizing. A few suggestions I have for next year's trip would be to extend the amount of time we spend in Dalat. Usually, week without walls lasts for five days, but for some reason, it was only four days this year. I also wished that we had more time to do the ropes course. I'm also hoping that the school would pick a different time for the trip next year because around December, the weather in Dalat is extremely cold. Most of the activities we did included getting wet like canyoning which made it a lot colder when doing the activity. However, overall, I really enjoyed this trip and had a lot of fun.

For this quarter, our assignment was to write a research paper about any topic we like. I chose to write about the Panspermia theory (life originating from outside of earth). I think my biggest success writing this paper is finding the facts and evidence for my topic. I thought that this part of the paper was really easy to work with. I also found that doing the in-text citation was pretty simple and straight forward. One of the biggest difficulties I had was writing the explanation for my facts, and writing the conclusion. The biggest challenge when writing the conclusion was thinking of the food for thought because we had to write our overall thoughts, and what we learned about the topic, but I found that it was hard not to state a fact. I also found that writing the explanation was hard because it was hard explaining something without restating a fact. I think something I would have done different is to add more detail to my introduction.

Link to my paper

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Observations:

Quantitative:

  • We put in 25ml of water and it all evaporated from the dish
  • The soil is still covering the bottom of the container
  • Both of the crickets died after two days

Qualitative:

    • I noticed that the air inside the container is really humid and wet
    • There were a lot of water droplets on the top of the container
    • Our plants grew a little taller

Conclusion:

Through our observations, I noticed that there were a lot of water droplets on the top of the container. This may be due to the evaporation of the water in the soil and in the dish. The water droplets collected on the inside of the container was also due to the evaporation and condensation of the water. I observed that the air inside the container was very humid and warm. I think this is due to the sunlight and heat shining through the box. I also noticed that the plant grew a little taller from when we last put it in. I think this is because there is enough water and sunshine for the plant to grow. I think next time, we wouldn't put as much water like last time, and we would place the container in a place where there is no direct sunlight because this doesn't cause the water to evaporate which makes the air humid for the crickets. The air inside our container was really hot so we thought if we moved it somewhere with less sunlight, it would prevent the ecodome from overheating.

Research:

Other people have also made their ecodomes with plants because it provides the crickets with oxygen. According to eschooltoday, the necessities for the survival of any type of organism is water, air, sunlight, food, and the habitat with the right temperature.

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What are the components of your ecodome? Why have you chosen each one?

  • A plant pot - to provide oxygen for the cricket
  • A water bowl underneath the plant pot - to give the plant water
  • A succulent - it can survive for a long time without water and it provides oxygen
  • 50ml of water - for cricket to drink
  • 10 leaves/food - supply of food for the cricket
  • A large container - a lot of space for the cricket to move around
  • A banana - because over time it will rot and the crickets like eating rotten food
  • A small dish - for food and water for the cricket

Changes made on design day:

  • this could include any change from your original design based on your experience while building; like adding or subtracting of materials, change in habitat design, etc
  • We decided not to put the succulent in because we think it doesn’t give off a lot of oxygen
  • We also decided to put in plants from the garden in the high school because we think it will give us more oxygen than the succulent
  • We also added some pebbles to the water dish

For our first quarter of the semester, we spent eight weeks on writing newspaper articles that we chose. My newspaper was about middle school's favorite social media. I thought something that went well was collecting the data for my newspaper because it was really easy interviewing people from different grades in the middle school. Something I thought that could've went better was the layout of the articles because it was pretty plain, and we could've made it look like real articles by adding links to other articles.

Something that I learned from this project was that looking at real newspapers like BBC or CNN was really helpful when writing because you can use it as an example to make it look really professional. When I was confused or didn't know how the layout should be, I just looked at the articles and tried figuring it out from there. It was also really useful when designing the newspaper because we could see how real newspapers are being published and make ours look similar. For our design, we used "The New York Times" as a template for ours.

I thought that quarter one went pretty well because I didn't have any major problems when writing the newspaper or when working with my group. Though we had a few disagreements, we solved the problem and kept going. Overall, I thought that working on this project was really fun because I got to try out new things that I haven't learn about before. I also thought that being able to choose to write about whatever we want was also really good because it was easier to come up with things to write about. I hope that in future projects, we will be able to work in groups for the assignments.screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-8-38-01-am

Two Minimalist Posters:

Research Process:

I think conducting research for this project was somewhat easy because there are several reliable sources for finding our Revolutionary Thinker. One of the main websites I used for researching was Britannica. The topic I found most challenging was finding out what events were happening at the same time of the Revolutionary Thinker because though there were some events, there weren’t any major events that really impacted Isaac Newton.

I learnt that I’m actually pretty good at summarizing and paraphrasing. I think I incorporated a mix of paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting from the text. I found that summarizing was the most challenging part for me because you’re trying to take a long piece of writing and shorten it but still have all the important details and information needed.

Narrative Hooks:

I learnt that narrative hooks are a great technique for getting the reader intrigued and want to read more about the topic because you’re leaving a cliffhanger leaving them to want to find out more. Before I thought that writing hooks for the narrative would be a very hard and confusing process but now that I have the hang of it, I think I’m able to write better hooks.

For my narrative hooks, I experimented with leaving a cliffhanger and power words. Cliffhangers is a great way to hook the audience because as I said before, they leave the reader hanging so they want to read more. Power words is also another technique to use in narratives because they enhance your writing to another level.

Vlogging as a Metacognitive Strategy:

I found that when I’m vlogging, I usually find a few mistakes that I may not have noticed earlier. Reading aloud really helps me revise and edit my work because when you read it aloud, you can hear what your narrative sounds like. I also found that it helps me see the quality of my writing because sometimes when I’m reading aloud, I realize that my writing is also very good.

Biggest Takeaway:

I think my biggest takeaway from our Revolutionary Thinker’s Project is transforming a piece of writing into a narrative can help us have a deeper understanding of the topic, which allows more interest for us. When I first took notes for this project, I wasn’t very intrigued by the new information we were learning but after I transformed it into a historical narrative, I was more interested in the topic. Writing the hook for the narrative played a major part in triggering my interest because it hooked me in the topic. Transforming it into a historical narrative also helped me understand the information better because I think putting it into my own words helped widen my understanding.

Link to ZINE