Human Rights Project

I’ll embed the presentation later, technical problems.


I feel that this Pechakucha presentation was good, that we had most if not all the information we needed, but we were missing some key parts. Wesley and I were missing our expert conversation, and we were missing some slides on our Pechakucha. The part I liked the most about this project though was that we had a lot of control over what we were doing in our presentation,  like the kind of presentation we were doing, and what our topic would be. The part I disliked the most about this project was that I didn’t really have a specific set of steps to follow to create my Pechakucha, most of the Pechakuchas I do have specific topics per slide, and we know exactly what to do because we are told to do this or that. What I enjoyed was that I got to create my timeline, I got to control when I had to get things done. What was satisfying about this piece of work in general was that I got to judge it as I worked. It was satisfying to see a piece of work that I had created without real guidance from an exterior source come to life. What this piece reveals about me as a learner is I enjoy working independently. Not that I didn’t collaborate with Wesley a lot, but I worked a lot by myself as well. My ideas of human rights have changed, I used to think they were just a set of rules for us to follow. Now, I look at human rights no longer as a set of rules, but as a core part of every person, something that we all share, and that we all should protect. This changed because of all of the violations of the rights that people have done to others. The work that Wesley and I made was similar to others because we were all presenting a violation of human rights, and we were all making a presentation to show for it. Our presentation was different because our presentation format was different, we had a Pechakucha, which was something I believe we did alone., If I was the teacher, I would probably yell at me and Wes, telling us to get an expert up there, because we didn’t have one. We did contact experts, but none of them actually replied. I would give this a C because of all of the missing components in the presentation.

How ba-I mean, good did the SLC’s go?

What went well?

I think that I presented my classes well, given the fact that some were incomplete or not even started at all.

What did you struggle with?

I think that I struggled with actually creating the blog pages in the first place, because it was difficult to keep track of all of those different blog pages.

What can be done to improve this?

I think that completing the presentations themselves and practicing a bit more would turn this OK presentation into a better one.

Newton Vehicle Mk ?? – LAN

During the design process, I learned that your vehicle will not look exactly as you planned. Nor will the vehicle actually work the way you wanted it to, nor will it look the way you want it to. I also learned that designing a vehicle that doesn’t rely on a motor or yourself moving it. If I did this project again, I would design a whole different vehicle. I wouldn’t make a flying vehicle because it is difficult to actually make a vehicle fly without the use of a motor. It’s difficult to make a flying vehicle in general. So if I ever did this project again, the vehicle would be ground based. I learned many things about Newton’s Laws. I learned that inertia is the law that means that you won’t move without some other force exerting force on you, and that if a force is applied on the object around you (like a car), you keep moving at the same velocity as the object, because you weren’t hit, the object was. I also learned that if you apply any force on an object, the object will use the same amount of force back, in the opposite direction. If I could do another project related to this one, I would extend it by adding another requirement, the vehicle would have to be able to run multiple times, and be able to hold together for a long period of time. Also, another challenge I would add is that everyone doing the project would have to make a flying vehicle, and a vehicle that is designed for water. Both have to meet the same requirements as the ground based vehicle.

The Balloon Mk IV – LAN

Our Balloon Mk IV incorporates Newton’s first law because it will not move untile the balloon lifts (theoretically), so the mass of the vehicle will drag it forward. Once the bag fills up with enough smoke from the candles, the balloon/bag will lift, and the mass will push it forward. Our vehicle incorporates Newton’s second law because the higher the balloon goes, the further forward it will tip because of it’s mass tipping forward, and the more acceleration it has. Our vehicle incorporates Newton’s third law because since the smoke is pushing against the bag, the bag is pushing back, thus lifting the balloon up.

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Rover Mk I: LAN

So far, I have learned that gravity is not just something that pulls planets and stars together, I learned that everything has a gravitational pull on everything. That there’s gravity between me and the Sun, and me and Mars, and between me and my laptop. I also learned that there are different kinds of friction, sliding friction, static friction, fluid friction, and rolling friction, and that each one is unique, some types of friction are easier to overcome than other types. Another concept that I learned is inertia. I learned that inertia is the force that keeps you moving forward when your car hits a brick wall, that you will keep going because you weren’t hit by the brick wall, the car was, so you keep going forward, while the car doesn’t. I also learned that the more mass an object has, the more inertia it has, so the greater an objects mass, the more force is required to move it. Newton’s First Law states that if a nonzero force is not put upon an object, the object will not move. And if an object stops abruptly, whatever object(s) are within it, will keep moving at the same speed/force that the first object was moving at before. Newton’s Second Law states that the acceleration of an object depends on how much mass an object has, and how much force is being applied to it. Newton’s Third Law states that if an object puts force on another object, both objects will apply the same amount of force against each other. I think the most important physics topic to keep in mind during the creation of our vehicles is the fact that we have to rely on Newton’s Laws to move our vehicles. We can’t use motors, or exert any force on our vehicles ourselves, we have to use some other method of force to apply to out vehicles to be able to move them, and also, if an object begins accelerating, and loses mass as it moves, and the amount of force being applied begins to increase, it will go further.

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The Creature That Came from Hell?

I was taking my usual early morning walk to school, and as I pass by a wheat field, this strange metal…..thing lands in it. I walk towards it, curious to see what lay within. A door opened and out came some strange form of life. As I approached, the life form suddenly doubled over, scrunched up his nose, and began to cough. I immediately rush over to help, but it stumbles away, while gasping for air. I back away, stunned by the creatures reactions. The creature suddenly pulls a mask over its face and breathes. It then walks towards me and asks for a place to stay. I nodded and lead it to my home, my curiosity getting the better of me. My parents were away and I had the house all to myself. I let the creature in and offered it a drink of water. It nodded and walked off to look around the house.

Suddenly, I turn around to find the creature standing in front of me, its antennae wobbling, and it asks why my parents and I were Protestant while my grandparents were Catholic. Now, I know that children always follow their parents’ religion, but since my parents had read that thing called the 95 Theses, they changed their religion to Protestantism. I tried to explain this to the green thing, but it asked who wrote the 95 Theses, and why? My answer to it was this: The Catholic Church had become corrupt, they had begun to sell indulgences to people who had sinned, for people who were about to commit sin, or for family members or loved ones who had sinned. They had also begun to sell church positions, and in doing so, the pope and the Church had become very rich.

So a man named Martin Luther wrote the 95 Theses, speaking out at the churches corruption; mainly about the indulgences. In one of them he said something like: Those indulgence preachers are in error who say that a man is pardoned from every sin and saved by indulgences. And I believe he also said: Since the pope’s income today is larger than that of the wealthiest of wealthy men, why does he not build this one church of St. Peter with his own money, rather than with the money of indigent believers? At least, something like that. During the time that I explained this to the creature, it was nodding and following along. The creature asked if he could meet Martin Luther, I said no, Martin Luther died in February 18, 1546. It nodded gravely, then asked how his ideas spread so quickly. So I then explained to the creature how the printing press suddenly came along, and that a third of all the books in Germany had been by this Martin Luther. So his ideas had spread far quicker than it would have without the printing press. When I finished, it thanked me for allowing it in, along with the story, and left without another word. So here I am, 1 year later, writing my story. I wonder if I’ll ever see that creature again.

The Running Boy (7 Minute Run Challenge Reflection)

Everytime I do the 7 Minute Run Challenge, it’s excruciating. I feel like collapsing, as I try to keep my same pace throughout the entire 7 minutes. Now, the 7 minute challenge is a running challenge where you try, mind you, TRY to keep your pace for the whole 7 minutes, and each run, you try to beat your previous record. Then you take all of your distances run, add them up, and get awards for each milestone. You get the bronze award after you reach 2 km, silver when you reach 5 km, gold when you reach 10 km, platinum when you reach 15, and another award….. I forgot the name, diamond? But it’s for when you reach 21 km. My goals for the 7 Minute Challenge were mainly just to be able to keep my pace throughout the entire 7 minutes, and to at least get to silver. I did meet my goals, because I always kept my pace throughout the 7 minutes, and got to silver by reaching 5 km. A challenge I faced was that I tired really quickly and by 1 kilometer, I’m breathless and can barely keep my pace. A success I had was that I reached my goals. I like the fact that this helps us get fit, and I like that because some people exercise either very little, or not at all.


Resting Heart Rate 80 bpm
Maximum Heart Rate 180 bpm
Heart Rate Reserve 100 bpm
60% Target Heart Rate 140 bpm
70% Target Heart Rate 150 bpm
80% Target Heart Rate 160 bpm
90% Target Heart Rate 170 bpm


Yearbook Quarter 1 Reflection

Over the course of this quarter, I have learned to follow the Rule of Thirds, using the camera grid to put the most interesting part of the picture in the right place, usually in the intersection points. I have also learned how to change the ISO so that the picture isn’t insanely bright or hopelessly dark. I learned that lower ISO should be used in brighter areas, usually outdoors, and that the higher ISO should be used for places with less light, usually indoors. In this quarter, I also learned how to use Photoshop. I learned how to do cutouts, and how to do it perfectly, and the different ways to do it, with the magnetic lasso tool, and the quick select tool. I myself, do better with the quick select tool. I also learned how to change how saturated the photos are in Photohop, along with feathering. Saturation changes how vivid the colors are, while feathering is for after doing the cutout, it blurs jagged edges, making the flow look more natural. In Photoshop, I also learned how to put some images as the background while pulling the others to the front, using Layers. Changing the positioning of a photo in layers dictates where the photo will show in the image. And in InDesign, I learned how to use the columns given to me with the template to place images and text. I also learned how to use the bleed line and how to use the Shift key to make sure to resize the image to scale so it doesn’t look fat and short or thin and long. My goal for Quarter 2 is to be able to know immediately where to place the picture in inDesign, and to be able to use the Rule of Thirds more often, as opposed to taking a picture that looks OK instead of great.

Yearbook Photography – Allen

One skill that I acquired was how to use ISO. ISO is used to change how sensitive the camera lens is to light. So the darker the setting, the higher ISO. Usually when indoors, you heighten your ISO, and when outdoors, you increase your ISO. But a skill that I have yet to perfect is how to change perspective. To change where I look at the photograph. Changing perspective is an important skill that I still need to perfect. Some photos may look good from a lower perspective, while you’re lying down. Others may look better from a higher perspective, so you try to set the camera higher. And most photos look good from a normal perspective, just standing up. Perspective can change how the photo looks, and can turn an OK photo into a great photo.

Another skill that I learned was how to use the Rule of Thirds. The Rule of Thirds is used when you have the grid lines on your camera. The intersection points are where the most interesting parts of the photo usually go. The last skill that I learned was how to set up and take group photos. In group photos, everyone has to be set up so that they don’t look scattered and ugly. So, to make sure that the photo looks orderly and neat, set everyone up so that it looks even, and make sure that there are no distractions that could pull the attention away from the group involved. Lighting is also important, make sure that the photo isn’t too dark or too bright, make sure that the entire group is illuminated enough to be seen, but not so much that they’re just completely turned white.

7 Good Technique to Learn (Le Thao Custom) by Thao and Allen

The crossover is an important simple ball handling technique. It’s useful to easily evade your opponent by abruptly switching directions and to lose them for a brief moment. The second technique is called “The around pass, Fake”. IT’s when you fake the around the back pass and instead pass it under your legs from the back. Another skill we used was the through the legs crossover, which is an upgrade to the normal crossover. It uses your legs to protect the ball. Then the behind the back crossover, which uses your entire body to protect the ball and keep it away from your opponent, while effectively losing him. Then we also used the figure 8, which practices your through the legs crossovers, which will be useful in a game. Then we also did a custom behind the back pass. Which is basically the behind the back dribble, but instead of dribbling it, you pass it towards your teammate(s). Then finally, we did our custom layup drill. One person (with the ball) dribbles towards the basket, then after he/she passes the free throw line, passes straight behind them, where their teammate waits for the ball. His/her teammate catches the ball, and goes for the shot. If he/she misses, the other person will rebound and shoot a layup.

One challenge was actually coming up with all the custom ball handling techniques. Which were mostly just the old techniques combined into several modified skill moves. It was challenging because Thao and I had to create techniques that could actually improve or teach you things about ball handling. Like how to hold the ball and control it. How to do crossovers, behind the back, and through the legs. And then to do it fluently. But one of our successes was not making as much mistakes because we kept making mistakes because we didn’t have much communication.