Your Breast Friend Has Arrived!

Hi friends! It’s here!!

The sports bra is finally here. You’ll finally get to know how a sports bra can be modified to reduce breast pain. It wasn’t easy to do and there will for sure be a few errors and malfunctions as it’s only the beta version, but a little creativity from a physics student can never hurt!

Abstract: Every woman deserves to exercise comfortably. I’m sure every lady with a pair of somewhat heavy breasts has always wanted to run with less discomfort from their bouncing breasts. There are certainly sturdy sports bras out there, but this project covers what really goes into a sturdy and comfortable sports bra, and every woman deserves to know. This beta version is definitely flawed, but this information about the physics and the bra’s cups, straps, gel grips/strips, and material should largely help women in selecting a good sports bra. The Breast Friends Forever Sports Edition Beta design was created in order to reduce the IMPULSE of the breasts, and after deriving formulas, my main two main missions are to: 1) Reduce the velocity at which the breasts move at, which can only be done by reducing the distance at which the breasts can move at, and 2) Maximize comfort by having good features and materials. The Breast Friends Forever Sports Edition Beta features: a) Excellent impulse-reducing cups, b) Sewn-in springs, c) Sturdy vertical orientation straps, and d) Silicone grips. Being only a beta version, this design hopes to largely reduce breast movement in order to prevent any discomfort, pain, and premature sagging of the breasts.

Reflection: 

My favorite thing about this project is that it forced me to actually improve my skills of communicating my thoughts. Thinking of certain features I could incorporate into my sports bra was definitely fun and easy, but I always found myself thinking: “How is this going to help?” or “What’s the physics behind it? How am I going to back it up?” or even “How on earth will this even work in real life?”. In a way, that’s the beauty of the project, but I came across many ideas that I had to chuck because I just couldn’t find the science behind it in time. For example, I wanted the adjustable bra straps to be gel-padded, but I knew that couldn’t happen due to the thickness and stickiness of the gel, and how inconvenient it would be to wash at times. Putting things in the bigger picture surely is a difficult skill to master.

Similar to my previous project, I wasn’t realistic about my project in terms of what I wanted to do and how long I had to complete it. I’ve become less of a procrastinator this semester, but I was so focused on creating a video for another class for the entire week of May 14-19, I eventually became extremely behind schedule, and I ended up wanting to do an infographic rather than a full-fledged video. I had MOST of my research done on time and only looked up a few other things after May 12 (initial deadline), but I ended up dilly-dallying for almost an entire week since I only figured out I wanted to do a infographic on Monday, May 14 and started my infographic on Wednesday night (May 16). Here’s my previous timeline VS. what I’m doing now:

Previous timeline

What I’m actually doing

I was sick and tired of creating videos, I thought about how boring (and difficult) it would be to make my 2D bra drawings appealing to the audience, and then I thought about challenging myself by writing concisely. One of my biggest flaws is my inability to write succinct sentences and paragraphs to convey a small portion of information, and I’m sure most of my teachers can agree with that. I wanted to learn how to promote this product without rambling on and on about random facts and all the math behind my design. I wanted to try being concise, and I think I’ve done a pretty great job of doing so – it was tough, but I made it! Drawing was also very hard to do, and I wanted to do a 3D drawing, but I kept it 2D anyway because I think it’s very important that I’m the creator of what my product looks like. I had to draw my visuals on paper and then crop it on Photoshop to make it a PNG:

The sports bra itself; front and back

Straps – an example of a feature

Despite the challenges, two key strengths I possessed that got me through this project were a) my passion and b) my curiosity. Given my immense interest in women’s health, I can not begin to describe how much I despise the fact that female adolescents and women like me can’t exercise comfortably unless we literally cup our breasts with our hands and remain like that the entire time. It’s unfair! With all the technology we have, shouldn’t this problem be uncommon? Additionally, as someone who’s worn sports bras for almost 5 years now, I was so eager to find out what a good sports bra consisted of, so I can be more aware and be careful of my sports bra selections in the future. It was quite a lot of work and pretty hard to find specific information on sports bras, but my passion and curiosity made the research and “investigations” much less strenuous.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed going on this journey with me, and I hope this infographic fascinates you. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope that this beta version works!

Research sources are here in the WORKS CITED.

LINK TO FINAL PRODUCT

Breast Friends Forever: Sports Edition BETA

Hello guys!

I’ve completed most of my research this week, and I’m almost ready to draw my actual sports bra design. Research has been simple to do because I’ve broken down my research into manageable chunks. I’ve divided my research into 4 sub-topics (mechanics – breast kinetics & impulse, materials in a good sports bra, why good sports bras are important to breast health, and what a good design constitutes).

On the other hand, since my former research question involved more health science and since I’ve become more interested in actually designing this bra, I’ve changed my question:

How can sports bras be modified to minimize breast pain?

Fixing the question made finding information easier, and it’s allowed me to come up with a few things I’d like to do in order to make my sports bra unique and almost pain-free. I’ve decided to name my product: Breast Friends Forever: Sports Edition BETA (since it’s only a trial run and I’m an amateur bra engineer).

The problem with exercising with a sports bra that isn’t supportive enough is that the movement can permanently stretch the Cooper’s ligaments, which are connective tissue in the breasts that maintain their structure. Movement leads to sagging, and sagging causes even more pain and can reduce a woman’s confidence.

Thus, the goal is to decrease movement by reducing the breasts’ impulse. Impulse is the product of force and the change in time (time intervals in which the object experiences the force), which is also the change in momentum. To make the impulse (J) smaller, we could either reduce the force applied or the time, but because it’s difficult to control the time, reducing the amount of force would be a better idea. And to do that, I’m planning to reduce the amount of space there is between the breasts and the bra itself because that can reduce the acceleration of the breasts (less space = less movement).

Making impulse smaller by reducing force

Minimizing distance between breast and bra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In order to reduce the amount of space between the cup and the breast to reduce overall breast movement, I’m planning to create cups that cover even the upper breast area in order to reduce the movement there. And in these cups, I will add double vertical seams to lift and support one’s bust by pushing the breast tissue forward.

Double Vertical Seams
Image from “Sports bras and breast kinetics” by W. Yu and J. Zhou at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

A cup that covers the upper breast

My design will be a combination between a compression and encapsulation bra. Well, it’s rather an encapsulation bra that LOOKS LIKE a compression bra because I’d like to provide more support for each breast but still have an outer layer that “wraps up” both breasts.

Compression VS. Encapsulation Bra
Image from “Sports bras and breast kinetics” by W. Yu and J. Zhou at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Encapsulation bra inside what looks like a compression bra

As for the materials, I’ve discovered that polyester, elastane, and polyamide fibers are the most lightweight, comfortable, moisture-free, and strong at the same time. Luckily, they’re quite successful and they’re found in most sports bras. I’d like to keep these materials because of the accessibility, comfort and strength.

In addition, my bra will have wide (and adjustable) shoulder straps. Wider straps have a larger area and reduces pressure on the shoulders. These straps are going to be straight back straps because their alignment with the direction of gravity reduces vertical breast movement.

Straight Back Straps
Image from “Sports bras and breast kinetics” by W. Yu and J. Zhou at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Wide straight-back straps

Lastly, there won’t be a bra hook in the back because if the hook were to malfunction, the bra would become unhooked, and the person exercising will end up having 0 support.

Now, all I have to do is draw my design, write my script, and then create my video. For the video, I am going to create my own visuals by drawing them and cutting them out like I did with my sea level rise in London video because I want it to be more personal and I want the media to be up to me. I am aiming for a 5-6 minute video because I want to explain everything in detail but keep my audience’s attention.

Finally, to wrap up this blog post, here’s how my timeline has evolved:

Until next time! 🙂

A Strong and Sturdy Start

After being introduced to this new topic, I honestly felt extremely overwhelmed. Engineering actually saves millions of lives every day. What could a sophomore enrolled in a general physics course think of that could actually improve life and potentially work? As a teenage girl, I’m very passionate about creations that generally improve women’s health or make being a female easier, since having a female body has quite a few inconveniences.

Before I thought of the idea I’m planning to stick with, I thought of menstrual products and how we can make them more environmentally friendly and accessible. When I was surfing the web to find more information on this topic, I discovered that approximately 12 billion pads and 7 billion tampons are thrown in landfills each year in the U.S. alone. That fact and the inferences I can make about its effects on people’s finances frightened me, and my teachers suggested that I look up what these products are made of so that I could invent a cheaper and more eco-friendly menstrual product. Unfortunately, despite my passion, I decided to abandon this idea because it had more to do with material science and chemistry rather than physics, and I saw that there were eco-friendly pad brands and cheap washable pads that many women could find access to.

Although it was extremely challenging and time-consuming to come up with a different idea that could fulfill my wish to potentially better a product that females use, I finally thought about the inconveniences of having breasts, especially when you’re trying to exercise. Well designed sports bras are extremely beneficial – they reduce breast pain, back pain, chances of long-term sagging, and discomfort. However, I’ve experienced discomfort and pain even with certain sports bras, and I’ve become interested in learning more about the physics involved in designing an excellent sports bra. I’d like my product to reduce the bouncing of breasts when a woman runs (because of the health effects it can have) and I’d also like it to be comfortable and affordable. This means I’ll have to do research on: a) the physics involved, b) materials that maximize comfort, c) affordable and accessible materials, and d) the health benefits.

All that was left for me to do was to come up with a research question that my “invention” (sports bra improvement) could answer. Again, this took a while, but for now, my question is: To what extent can a sturdier sports bra alleviate a woman’s pain during exercise? 

I really dislike the word “sturdier” and I hope I can change it into something less vague and more practical, and I’d like to find a way to make my question more specific because everybody’s breasts are different sizes, and most of the time, the degree of pain changes depending on size.

Mr. Bunting, my physics teacher, is currently requesting approval from the vice principal just to make sure this topic is school-appropriate. Otherwise, I’m quite happy with what I have so far. To keep it school-appropriate, I’m planning to create a video with my own visuals and actually draw what I’d like my product to look like.

Finally, here’s the timeline I’ll be following (for now) to achieve all my goals and complete this project successfully, without the need to cram:

I look forward to designing my product and sharing it with everybody. I hope this will turn out to be something people can think about, and maybe it can change the world one day. Slim chance…?

Until next time 🙂

Finalizing Our Paper Airplane!

Today, we started by trying to add flaps to Nguyen’s old design that we used last class. Then, we discovered that our flaps weren’t that effective. Instead of adjusting our flaps, we decided to add weight to the front of the plane, to give the airplane more stability, and it allowed the plane to glide.

When our airplane was pointy, the nose of the airplane would get crushed easily, and that led to the airplane being inconsistent. To fix this, we folded the nose so that the airplane less pointy in front, and this allowed the airplane to last a lot longer.

Using data from our previous experiment, we learned that adding Blu-Tac to just the front would just cause the plane to fall to the ground earlier, so we redistributed that weight and had a smaller ball of Blu-Tac in front and one in the middle.

Although this new plane flew a greater distance, we had to throw it at a proper height each time, and aim for the middle of the hallway to prevent it from hitting the walls/ceiling. If we had more time, we would’ve worked more on adjusting the folded nose of the airplane to make it fly a greater distance.

The white one is the one we’ll be using for the competition.

Day 1: Experiment 1 – Testing Our First Paper Plane!

Our group has decided to make the independent variable of our experiment the amount of Blu-Tac used (which is measured in grams, and in intervals of 1 gram each (from 0 to 5 grams). We’ve chosen the distance traveled as the dependent variable, which is in meters. Our 1 gram balls of Blu-Tac are added after each interval, and placed in the center of the plane, where the crease is. Nguyen made our paper airplane. Being thin and long, it avoids air resistance.

Our data has shown that more amounts of Blu-Tac causes the flight distance to decrease because it causes the plane to tip down earlier in the flight. When we threw the plane without any Blu-Tac, it averaged a distance of 10.42 meters, but when we added 1 gram of Blu-Tac, the total average flight distance was decreased by 0.13 meters.

Unfortunately, the data mentioned above was inconsistent. Everything could have been a lot more accurate because the paper plane often hit lockers, walls, and classroom bulletin boards, and Nguyen did not throw the plane at the same height and angle each time (and Kevin threw the plane once). It’s hard to identify a correlation – the amount of Blu-Tac does not seem to affect the distance at which the plane travels because of our experimental errors (e.g., and certain circumstances (the throwing space). Another thing we should’ve done was make 5 airplanes of the same design because we’ve noticed that the tip of the airplane gets damaged as it crashes on the ground throughout the experiment.

We plan to be more careful in terms of conducting the experiment next lesson. We’ll create multiple planes (of the exact same design), try our best to throw the plane at the same angle and height, and aim for the center of the hallway.

 

I Open At the Close

You guys finally get to “open” my video since I’ve reached the close, the end. I, where I finally get to answer the question I’ve been wanting to answer: To what extent does sea level rise affect everyday life in London?

Abstract: London will forever have its own place reserved in my heart. In my eyes, it’s one of the world’s most precious gems, and thinking about it just makes me happy – I smile when thinking about all the memories I’ve made in London. Because it’s so important to me, this project is about raising awareness on an environmental issue that will impact the entire world, not just London, in a few decades – sea level rise. Fortunately, sea level rise only affects London to a low extent in our lifetime. However, it’s still extremely vulnerable to flooding because of the Thames and the melting of the Greenland ice sheet. If worse comes to worse, sea levels could rise by 7 meters, but that’s only if we keep on destroying the environment by releasing greenhouse gases. The heart of this issue is the excessive amount of greenhouse gases present in the atmosphere. Trapped heat in the atmosphere melts glaciers, and when glaciers melt, sea levels rise. Then, as the globe heats up, oceans absorb that heat (making themselves less dense), and increase volumetrically. This is all very hypothetical since sea level rise is approaching us very slowly. But, the excessive amount of greenhouse gases has birthed rather more health issues that affect Londoners – inhalations of CO2 cause lung malfunction. On the bright side, the government’s efforts to protect London from such turmoil – the Thames Barrier and Mayor Khan’s policies are alleviating conflicts future generations will have to endure. It’s only too late to stop this, but not too late to reduce it.

Reflection: 

This video was a good opportunity for me to express my creativity and voice my ideas how I had envisioned them during my planning process. However, I’d like to admit that planning it was far more fun than actually filming and editing – my main challenge was realizing how farfetched my ideas were at a very late stage in my project. I had really amazing ideas, but most of them were unrealistic.

For example, I originally planned to draw all visuals on my own, but as I was drawing some on my own, I realized I wouldn’t have enough time to draw them well, so I had to start printing more visuals. I remember feeling extremely frustrated at myself for failing to meet my expectations, and it truly took a lot of effort to rise above that and keep on moving forward. I coped with it by thinking positively and being more open-minded to more realistic ideas that aren’t necessarily that creative, but do-able with the limited time and artistic abilities that I have. The good news is, as soon as I came to terms with my new ideas, I did my work a lot faster.

I originally wanted to draw a very nice big and reusable greenhouse gas cloud visual that I could reuse using purple, grey, and “toxic” coloured water colours, but I didn’t have time.

A quite nice idea that was a little unrealistic due to time but I am so proud of myself for making this because it worked well in the video.

Another challenge I faced with sticking to my timeline. I am always so poor at managing my time, but during this project, even without procrastinating, I found it hard to finish tasks on time. This was when I noticed how much of a perfectionist I am. It took me the longest to film and edit, because I’d beat myself up over a slightly slanted visual, mildly uneven sound, or a tiny coloring error. It was such a waste of time now that I think about it, and I’m glad I learned a lesson about how toxic being perfectionist is. At one point before finishing my edits, I just thought to myself- “you need to finish this, you’re the only one that’s gonna notice the cartoon character’s uneven shoes, you can’t go back and re-film now.” I’m so glad I finally adopted that mindset, even though it’s last-minute because I now can save so much time doing projects in the future.

Timeline now

Older timeline

On the other hand, my strengths were my conscientiousness and determination. Because I chose a topic I genuinely care about, I wanted to do it right and I wanted to make it so that I can watch it again in a few years and smile at it. This gave me the motivation to: a) Enjoy research, b) Strive for improvement before finalizing tasks, and c) Motivation to prevent procrastination. I enjoyed pretty much all the articles during my research, and I still remember pretty much everything even under stress, and I was very motivated to get things done. Now that I’ve acknowledged this strength, I know that finding something that interests me in future projects (even if it’s in a class I dislike) can go a long way and work wonders.

And as you can see below, my motivation got me to the end. I genuinely hope that you all enjoy watching the video and learn from it.

Final Product: 

An Honest Progress Report

Good news – I have overcome my fear of reading devastating news about the environment that I talked about in my previous blog post. This is a progress report that explains the things I’ve learned and acknowledges challenges, setbacks, and achievements!

1) What I’ve learned so far:

Below are the sub-questions I came up with to help answer my ultimate question (To what extent does sea level rise affect everyday life in London), and I’ve briefly explained what I’ve learned:

1) What sea level looks like right now in London: Sadly, London is vulnerable to flooding – whether that’s due to climate change (my focus), high tides, or rainfall. However, back to my focus, the main concern for Londoners is the Greenland ice sheet (it’s the bigger than California!), which is slowly, but most definitely melting. If this sheet were to entirely melt, global sea levels would rise by a horrifying 7 meters. Also, as England isn’t too far from Greenland, the highlighted section of the ice sheet (below) could affect London and increase overall sea levels by a few inches (which isn’t alarming right now, but if this is held constant over the next few years, things could fall apart).

Image from: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41986163

2) Causes of sea level rise: There are two main causes – melting ice sheets and glaciers, and thermal expansion (they’re very closely related). The root of this problem is our greenhouse gas emissions. We release heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide, methane, etc., into the atmosphere. The heat that gets trapped melts glaciers, and when glaciers melt, sea levels increase a lot. Then, as the globe heats up, oceans absorb that heat (making themselves less dense), and increases in volume.

3) Other climate change related factors that affect London: I’m still finishing up the research on this, but air pollution is London’s biggest problem right now. It hasn’t been as bad over very recent years, but Londoners breathe in toxic air, and this affects their health directly.

4)  What people are doing to alleviate this situation: Aside from the government’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions in factories, the Thames Barrier has been a huge life-saver since 1982. Closing gates to activate this barrier prevents high tides and high sea levels from flooding London.

Image from: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26133660

2) Challenges and how I’ve coped with them:

Researching information about sea level rise specific to life in London has been the most difficult part of this project. In my research table, I’ve copied quotes from my sources that would be relevant to this project, and in the “so what” column next to these extracts, I’ve tried explaining why it’s relevant to London and rephrasing it so that it’s original and useful to my script that I’ll create later on. It’s quite frustrating to keep it so specific because there’s barely any information about just London online, but I’ve tried thinking critically, connecting information from various sources, including the few sources about just London, to formulate a reasonable conclusion to each sub-question. This is the most time consuming bit of this project, but once I have it down (which will be 11:59pm tonight), scripting, designing, and filming should be less stressful and more fun.

Research table

Fortunately, I’ve formulated a reasonable response to my main question, and that is – London’s only affected by sea level rise to a very low extent, in this moment (today). However and unfortunately, because of this “low extent,” I’ve had to think of ways to explain why the sea level rise isn’t so concerning in 2017, and I’ve got to mention other factors that environmentally affect London. This means more research and lots of critical thinking – connecting analyses of different evidence pieces, which is currently hindering my time management process (next topic below).

3) How my timeline is evolving:

Below is a before and after of my timeline. I must admit, I am currently very behind schedule, but of course, there’s always a huge transition from should to actually will in large research projects like this.

As I was feeling sick over the weekend, I had to delay a lot of my research and complete that during study hall this week. I was genuinely very upset about falling sick because I was very determined to complete everything in the beginning. But it is what it is.

The good news is, I’m almost done with the research, and I will definitely finish by tonight, which is the deadline for research in my “after” timeline, meaning I can work on my script today and tomorrow, and have fun drawing and coloring all the visuals by the weekend!

BEFORE

AFTER

 

Research is the biggest challenge I have to get through in this project, so finishing it later tonight will be a huge milestone. I am also proud to announce that I’ve barely procrastinated doing this project because it intrigues me and fascinates me so much, because I actually care about London. It’s truly amazing how passion is the driving force to motivation and success!

I can’t wait to finish this and share my findings with all my classmates. I just need to keep on working hard.

Would I be able to “conjure a patronus” in a few decades?

After reading the news and hearing Mr. Bunting talk about sea level rise in the beginning of this unit, I was genuinely petrified. So many places, including my birthplace, Ho Chi Minh City, wonderful cities like Amsterdam, Miami, London, Brussels could be covered in seawater within decades! A part of me couldn’t stand hearing about this, but ignorance is certainly not bliss. I felt the most pain when I heard about London, even though I’m from Saigon. I really want to do something about all of this now that I’m aware of it.

London is like a second home to me. I’ve spent three long summers in that beautiful city, and many of my life’s happiest moments were created there- I could conjure my own patronus just by thinking about the picnic my cousins and I had in Regent’s Park and the Oxford Street shopping spree I had with my best friend, Jody, in the summer after. It’s one of those cities that’s really busy and chaotic sometimes, but it’s so calm and indescribably alluring in its own way. I love it so much, I’ll apply to Imperial College London to pursue Biochemistry. Honestly, what would I actually do if something happened to London?

I formulated a research question for this project almost immediately because I was so passionate about the topic. In my opinion, out of all the problems climate change is currently causing and will cause, sea level rise and the idea of buildings just being submerged by water is the most unpleasant problem to visualize in my very imaginative mind. Again, I really hate thinking about it, but I know I need to do something about it- investigate and raise awareness. I initially wanted to talk only about sea level rise, but there’s no doubt that other climate change issues are constantly adding fuel to the fire –  I want to mention them as well. So here’s my question: To what extent does sea level rise affect everyday life in London?

I’m going to research the following to answer my question:

  1. What sea level rise looks like in London right now
  2. Causes of sea level rise in general
  3. Effects of sea level rise on everyday life in London
  4. Possible solutions to prevent sea level rise and methods to (temporarily) protect people
  5. Other factors caused by climate change that affect life in London
  6. The good news – what scientists are already doing to take action

After gathering all this research, I am going to create a video explaining everything. My hope is to draw my visuals (and print some) and cut them out, and move them around to explain my ideas as I do my talking over it. I’m doing this because I want the video to be very visually appealing and very original. I’m aiming for a 3-5 minute video so I can stay precise and concise, and not bore my audience (or myself, when I’m editing). There’s no point in aimlessly rambling on- main ideas seal the deal.

This will be a lot to research, but I’m going to work very hard to NOT procrastinate and manage my time wisely. I will do little chunks each day to avoid exhaustion. That would give me time to improve the quality of the video and polish it. It’d help me spot mistakes.

Finally, here’s the timeline I will be following to achieve all my goals and complete this project successfully:

I look forward to finding out about what we can do to prevent sea level rise. I also hope to conquer my fears of facing the world’s devastating climate change issues, especially sea level rise. The more awareness I raise (for myself as well), the more concerned people will get. And of course… I’ll be able to continue mentally conjuring my patronus by thinking about London, hopefully in even fifty years.

 

10 Mejores Canciones Españolas

10) “Un Buen Perdedor” de Franco de Vita

Imagen de vialibreweb en Flickr

Franco de Vita es un cantautor venezolano que ha ganado premios Grammy Latinos y MTV Premios de Música.

Esta canción tiene un tono muy fuerte y enérgico, gracias al piano y la guitarra eléctrica. Esto ayuda a comunicar el significado de la canción – la letra sobre renunciar a su amante si no te trata bien:

“Hoy te vas tú, mañana me iré yo…”

“Hermosa canción, me trae recuerdos, heridas ya sanadas, mas es hermoso recordar la enseñanza que dejaron.” – Un fanático en YouTube, Adolfo Lozano

9) “Pero Me Acuerdo de Ti” de Christina Aguilera

Imagen de YayA Lee en Flickr

Christina Aguilera es una cantante americana-ecuatoriana. Ella es muy conocida todo el mundo, especialmente en Estados Unidos porque tiene una voz muy hermosa y fuerte.

Aunque “Pero Me Acuerdo de Ti” te hará triste porque es sobre el sensación de congoja después de recordar a un ex-amante, la melodía es muy relajante, la letra es muy honesta sobre el sensación dolorosa y puedes entender la canción.

“Pero me acuerdo de ti, y se borra mi sonrisa…”

“Qué hermoso ver que siente la canción dentro de su corazón y lo plasma con su hermosa voz. Christina Aguilera, eres genial.” – Un fanático en YouTube, Gerardo Castillas

8) “La Bamba” de Ritchie Valens

Imagen de Bradford Timeline en Flickr

Ritchie Valens, un cantante y guitarrista americano pero es de origen méxico. Él es muy importante en el movimiento de rock n roll.

“La Bamba” fue adaptado desde una canción tradicional mexicana y se volvió un éxito mundial en 1958. Está llena de energía, es muy alegre y optimista.

“Esta canción es la única en español que está en la lista de 500 mejores temas de la historia según Rolling Stones.” – Un fanático en YouTube, Pedro Martinez

7) “Querida” de Juan Gabriel

Imagen de Julio Enriquez en Flickr

Juan Gabriel es una cantante y compositor mexicano. Él es sumamente conocido porque ha vendido más 100 millones copias de su albumes.

“Querida” es muy conmovedor, es sobre el dolor de ser aparte de un amante:

“Querida, no me ha sanado bien la herida, te extraño y lloro todavía…”  

La canción más hermosa.” – Un fanático en YouTube, Tania Elizabeth

6) “Amiga” de Miguel Bose

Imagen de mundocarrete en Flickr

Miguel Bosé es un cantante, músico y actor española que nació en Panamá. En 1975, después su carrera de actor, se convertirse un cantante y un ídolo juvenil en España y Italia.

Esta hermosa canción de amor tiene una melodía muy tranquila y calmante pero la letra es muy desgarrada. Es sobre la memoria de un amante pasado:

El tiempo no fue tiempo entre nosotros, estando juntos nos sentimos infinitos y el universo era pequeño.”

“Hermosa canción.. Una de mis favoritas.” – Un fanático en YouTube, Yanny Soto

5) “Mujeres” de Ricardo Arjona

Imagen de La Tati en Flickr

Ricardo Arjona es un cantante y compositor guatemalteco. Él es muy conocido en Latinoamérica y realiza géneros diferentes – pop latino, rock, pop rock y música cubana.

Esta canción es su primero éxito mundial y fue lanzado en 1992. Es muy pegadiza y la letra es muy significativa, especialmente para las mujeres:

¿Por qué negar que es lo mejor que se puso en este lugar?

“Esta canción es un HIMNO para las mujeres….” – Un fanático en YouTube, Joshua Ordonez

4) “Bailando” de Enrique Iglesias

Imagen de Walmart en Flickr

Casi todo el mundo sabe que Enrique Iglesias – él es un cantante y compositor español y es considerado como el rey del Pop Latino. Ha vendido más 150 millones copias de sus álbumes en todo el mundo.

Esta canción es sobre un chico que se enamora con una chica. Es también muy pegajosa y optimista – será pegado en tu cabeza todo el día.

“Yo quiero estar contigo, vivir contigo, bailar contigo, tener contigo una noche loca…”

“Muy preciosa canción!” – Un fanático en YouTube, Diego

3) “El Amor de Mi Vida” de Ricky Martin

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Ricky Martin es un actor, cantante y autor puertorriqueño. Él es muy conocido en Latinoamérica después de lanzar sus dos primeros álbumes.

La melodía es muy pegadiza y el piano en el fondo es encantadora para escuchar. La letra es sobre la imprevisibilidad y fuerza del amor:

Que eres el amor de mi vida, me lo dice mi corazón que no te olvida…

“Dedicatoria para mi esposo…..te amo y serás siempre el amor de mi vida.” – Un fanático en YouTube, Viviana Lopez

Mocedades es un grupo musical español (es de origen Bilbao) que hacen música pop y folclórica. El grupo original fue formada por seis miembros – Amaya Uranga, Roberto Uranga, Izaskun Uranga, Carlos Zubiaga, Javier Garay y José Ipiña.

Han triunfado gracias al Festival de la Canción Eurovisión en 1973 que representaron España, donde cantaron esta canción. “Eres Tú” es una canción muy dulce que debe cantar a su pareja:

“Toda mi esperanza, eres tú, eres tú.”

Me gustan mucho, mucho Mocedades. Bien, bien hecho cancion. Saludos de USA!” – Un fanático en YouTube, 

1) “Solamente Tú” de Pablo Alborán

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Pablo Alborán es un cantante y compositor español. Él es nominado al premio Grammy Latinos. Generalmente hace música pop y su voz es muy pura y fuerte.

Esta canción es casi como un capítulo de un buen libro sobre la belleza y la perfección de la amante de alguien.

“Haces que mi cielo, vuelva a tener ese azul…”

“Cómo me gusta está canción!!!!! La escuchó y me da sentimiento.” – Un fanático en YouTube, María López

Human Rights Reflection

For this past quarter, we have been studying Human Rights in Social Studies class and also almost all our other classes like writing, art, and science. At first, our job was to only research these issues and take a look at the sustainable development goals that the UN has for the world, but we then got to select one topic as a group of 3 and partner with a NGO that helps solve that certain issue. Our group chose poor education due to poverty. We chose this because we felt like it was most important to us, and we wanted to fulfill the goals that Orphan Impact wanted to accomplish.

At the NGO conference before we started our project, the lovely Orphan Impact representatives said that they needed assistance in raising awareness for their organization, and in helping the children at the orphanages with motivation and self-esteem. We were instantly inspired, and we decided to contact them so we could pay a visit to one of their orphanages, and we designed a few activities to help the children learn and boost their self confidence and motivation in learning.

We accomplished this goal by having a fun mirror worksheet and a symbolic cupcake decorating activity. The mirror worksheet required the students to write down things that make them proud of who they are and what they like about themselves. And for the cupcake decorating activity, we brought in colorful frosting and sprinkles and asked the children to decorate their cupcakes to represent themselves.

Here are some reflection questions:

What were your initial expectations? Have these expectations changed? How? Why? We all expected this to be a lot more difficult since it was direct service and we had to do a lot of work, and we had very high expectations at first. Everything went so smooth, and we always thought that something would go wrong since it was just too easy, but then we realized that things were just easy because we worked hard and then our expectations changed from high to realistic.

How did time impact my work? For us, time management was really simple because to-do lists and all these notes helped us with our visit. All we needed to do was write down the requirements for our project and get started. We worked together very well, so that impacted us more than the time did. We had a reasonable amount of time to plan this, and we didn’t slack off at all – we got straight to our project and got a lot of work done every class.

What are the most difficult and most satisfying parts of the service you are performing? Why? I guess it was really challenging to explain why self-esteem is important to children because most of them haven’t been through anything that convinced them that self-esteem is extremely valuable. However, the most satisfying part was seeing the smiles when they were decorating their cupcakes. It made me really happy to see children who aren’t as fortunate as me enjoy something I got a chance to give to them. I guess it’s really fun spending time with children 🙂

Have your career options been expanded by your service experience? Honestly, I’ve always thought that learning is fun (I wanted to become a scientist so I could just learn, learn, and LEARN about the world) and I thought that teaching was lame, but I think my views have really changed since Sunday. Now I think that teaching is also learning; but learning from those that are younger than you since they have such different views on everything. I’d love to be a teacher who teaches young children because I find it so amazing. Seeing the smiles on their faces is so precious, it absolutely melted my heart.

Here are the links to our activities and lesson plan:

The Showcase Plan

The Mirror Worksheet Activity

Our Group Project Planning Form

Our Abstract

Sejin at showcase Group Photo - Showcase Brookelynn at showcase Our Tabledecorating cupcakes for self-esteem

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