On February 23, 2017, the 5th grade had a Hackathon. A Hackathon is an activity where people get in groups and come up with ideas to improve something, like making SSIS a better place.

I decided to join a topic of reducing plastic, because people always trash plastic and waste plastic, making the world horrible. We wanted to reduce plastic so we made a STAR poster explaining how to reduce plastic.

Situation-People are constantly buying drinks that are in plastic bottles too much, and after they drink it they throw it away.

Task-Try to reduce plastic bottle use.

Actions-Posters and signs have to be placed in halls and classrooms to remind people to bring their own water bottles and use less plastic.

Results-It may happen if people reminded other people to bring their own water bottles and use less plastic.

I think it would be sustainable if people would bring their own water bottles or leave one water bottle in their lockers.

Ecology- I think it might be good for the environment, because you're using your own water bottles, and that would reduce the amount of plastic.

Economics-Maybe people might save money.

Politics-Maybe the leaders of SSIS would agree to this plan, because it's very sustainable and might be good for our school.

Culture-It might fit into people's culture if they get used to this plan and if people keep using reusable bottles.

People might not like this plan, however, because they always use plastic and might not like to wash their water bottles over and over, but some people might like it because it's sustainable.

On February 14-16 we went to Cat Tien, Cat Tien is a national park where we went for our school trip.

The most interesting thing I did in Cat Tien was going to the moon bear center and hiding food like peanut butter and fruits. To hide the food, we all spread peanut butter in high places and places where the bears could go search for food. The reason why we did that was to make the bears search for food like they would do in the wild, plus it would make them exercise.The second interesting thing I did was the night safari. It was really fun because we saw a lot of animals like deer, a bunny, and a porcupine. We went there with a big high truck. It was very cold but it was really fun.

The most interesting thing I learned was how female gibbons and male gibbons sound like. The gibbon's song was very loud and it sounded like a fire alarm. We heard gibbons while we were on the morning hike/walk. What I liked about the morning walk/hike was the fresh air and the morning breeze was very great.

The most difficult thing was the hike. I didn't really like it because the pathway was very bumpy and narrow. It was kind of difficult, because we had to jump on logs, go under the trees and plants, and step on bumpy rocks. Even though I tried the hike, it was a little difficult because I haven't done a hike in a while.

If we go on another trip to Cat Tien it would be better if I could bring my dogs and my phone. If I could change anything, it would be to have better games instead of playing the same game and that there would be no insects in the cabins.