Charity Video Reflection

Every year 6th graders do a project called Dragon’s Apprentice when they create, market, and produce a product to everyone in our school. Our part of Dragon’s Apprentice was to create a video to persuade the 6th grade to vote and then donate to a charity of our choosing.

The charity we chose was a small one in central Vietnam called Heartbeat Vietnam. When watching their ad it was quite emotional to see a child stuck to a bed unable to play with his friends and live a childhood. This charity gave a normal life to children that don’t and cannot afford normal, by delivering heart surgeries for their genital heart disease. Being the only charity that performed surgeries for this defected organ in Vietnam, I would only believe that it was crowded with donors and very well funded yet I was shocked to see that not enough people care. It was to the point that they abandoned their own website. With still a large percentage of children in poverty requiring these heart surgeries, I thought it would be the right thing to do if I represented this charity and gave that heartbeat to the ones in need.

To make this video appealing to our 6th-grade audience, we used clips from Heartbeat Vietnam’s ads and added a few clips of our own so people can get a full understanding with ease. To have a picture in their mind of everyday life of a child born with a defective heart, people wouldn’t understand how it felt to be tied to a bed and walking around with it like used in the original ad so we decided to allow them to imagine how it felt to not play their favorite sports. We used Heartbeat Vietnam’s add next as it was high in pathos making the viewer want to know how they can help. After, to finish it off, we used a clip of an English reporter explaining this charity and how one surgery can greatly affect a child’s life as she shows many children finally being able to walk without a problem.

When doing this assignment I saw that I am quite fortunate to be born healthy and alive, however, it is really heartbreaking since I saw thousands of people unable to live and experience the great adventures life takes you on and I believe that no matter who you are, everyone deserves a shot at life. Even though we didn’t win at the end, I still thought we won in another way since Heartbeat Vietnam used our video by putting it on their main facebook page and it received hundreds of shares and many views.

 

Tutorial Video Reflection

Recently, the 6th graders are doing something called the dragons apprentice. Dragons apprentice is when 6th graders are split into different groups and create a product where they produce it and market it to other students. Basically, they were entrepreneurs for a few weeks. Luckily, we did the same activity and can give them tips on what to do and what not to do when doing this project. In our class we were split into multiple groups and were told to make videos about a chosen topic that we want to tip the 6th graders on. Our topic were things that they should do and not do when working as a team, for example, not to turn away others opinions and try to find a middle ground. At the end of all this I hoped the video really helped.

Water Filter Project

Having clean water is a luxury.  However, there are many places in third world countries that don’t have clean drinking water at the hands of their faucet, such as in Central Vietnam lowlands.  With seasonal monsoon rains, many residents there struggle to have access to good clean water source throughout the year.  Our mission was clear.  We were to work for an NGO that designs and makes water cleaning systems for small, rural communities.  

Our requirement and criteria as a team, was to :

  • Completely remove all contaminants including salt, copper, and sediments
  • Produce water with an acidity range between 6-8 pH
  • Generate at least 15 mL of water for testing
  • Can provide solar panel systems with limited electricity to villagers.
  • Use materials that are accessible in the rural village or with a sensible budget in mind

Our team brainstormed on several ways to filter water.  We discussed on using a bottle, boiling, charcoal, sand, and rock filter method, and pyramid.  We decided on carrying out the charcoal, sand, and rock filter method as our first attempt.  For our first prototype design, we turned the bottle upside down, with a thin white cloth screwed into the inside of the bottle cap. The cap was the crewed on air tight to the bottle.  Then, a hole was melted in the middle of the bottle cap. Then a half semi-circular ¼”  length straw attached into the melted hole outside of the cap.  Inside of the bottles we filled it with layers of rocks and sand.  The order of the layers looking from the top of the inverted bottle: large rocks, smaller rocks, sand, and charcoal.  

There were many challenges with this design.  The only thing that worked was that it removed all copper solid particles but the ppm was still high. The water was very smoggy, filtration was slow. Meant that there were tiny contaminants not visible to the eyes not filtered.  Arsenic compounds for sure were still in the water.  Water was still smoggy, visually not drinkable.  Overall our water filter did not meet the requirements of our design challenge.There were too many aspects that we needed to redesign in our prototype.  One being that the water quality was way more contaminated than what our designed filtration system could take.  If the water source we were filtering were fresh river water up in the high mountains, it might have  worked.  Our design was a fail so we started over from the beginning and back to our brainstorming stage again.

We completely changed our design by using the evaporation method.  First, we heated a pot, semi filled with water and once it reached boiling point, the water in the pot evaporated and formed water dew on the inside of the pot lid.  We then scraped off the water dew from the inside of the pot lid and transfer them into a small beaker.

Salt and turbidity were filtered out. However, Copper was 500 ppm which was about 500 mcg.  The average healthy adult could have an intake of 900 mcg/day.  This water was only 15 ml with 500 ppm, and an average healthy person was to drink 8 cups of water per day, so our filtration would give villagers Wilson’s disease, too much copper. Acidity was high, it was higher than acid rain. Overall our design worked poorly. We needed to add more layers of filtration to filter out copper, as well as, bring down the acid level to drinkable PH level.

In conclusion, our water filter did not meet the requirements of our design challenge.  Our major criteria were to produce safe drinkable water and none of us were willing to drink that water we filtered.  

After this project and typing up this report and gathering information, made me realize that having drinkable clean water was a luxury. And that we should be more responsible in polluting less of our world because no filter could filter out everything and recreate nature.

My Digital Poem+Reflection

Recently, I turned one of my conflict poems into a digital poem. This assignment did not just help me express the theme of the poem, but it also gave me an attempt to emphasize my poem through my sounds and visuals. I expressed the theme of my poem, by changing the tone of my voice during the parts where I am frustrated and when I am excited. To emphasize my poem through sound, I picked an area of my poem where I was most frustrated, and exaggerated it, to show the viewer, my desire to get on my computer. When I used visuals to emphasize my poem, such as transitions and images, I specifically chose some transitions and images, to show I felt in the poem. The biggest challenge I faced, was trying to find a good image, that had an attribution, and had deeper meaning for some areas, but I am most proud of that I have finished editing this poem without any problems at all. If I could do this again, I would maybe try adding some music, to it. The advice I am giving to the students that are doing this assignments in the future, is to find images that get the viewer, to feel the way you are feeling.

My Computer (Life Card Poem)

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There were many obstacles when creating this Lifecard,  Choosing a meaningful event in my life with a moral lesson was difficult for me.  For some reason, I could not seem to link them together.  Furthermore, trying to write my event in a form of a poem was challenging.  It was very easy to draw away from a poem feeling and end up with a paragraph essay.  Punctuation and line breaks were also difficult for me.  It was hard to decided when to end a line and when to add the right punctuation combined with rhythm and mood considerations. Lastly, the image I picked for my Lifecard, was a desert.  I wanted to emphasis that without my computer, I would be lost like a man stranded in a desert who thirst for water(connected to the world).

Reflection of: Learning How To Learn

Recently, I was paired up with someone to make a presentation on how to learn. It wasn’t the easiest, but at the end it turned out pretty well. There were three parts in order to reach the fished product. The three parts were the outline, the visuals, and the rehearsing. My presentation was on, how to learn.

Pretty much in my presentation, me and my partner covered the problems of learning, how to learn, and strategies to achieve learning. To explain everything that happened would take forever, so I’m gonna make it short. Procrastinating was the problem in learning, cramming things the night before is not a good idea, and ways to make yourself more productive. Something that I felt I could have done better is presenting to everyone. It was really difficult to speak to the audience, but at the end of the presentation I think I did pretty well.

In conclusion it went well, and the only thing I struggled on was trying to present to everyone.