During our quarter 1, we had a major project. We had to write an article on anything we want, but it had to be like a newspaper article. The challenging part of writing the article is not to overwrite or make it too much like an essay. It's really tempting to describe something or write in detail. In a newspaper article, your writing has to be short but informative and is straight to the point. But in the end, I met that expectation so I'm proud. My report was short and informative.

For the 2nd quarter, I heard that you're supposed to make report paper that involves research and citations. So I want to improve my comprehension skills and finding good sources. Because I lack the understanding of articles that involve big words or is related to politic, and sometimes my sources aren't accurate.

For the Renaissance Faire, I and my partner Liz chose to work on Botticelli. We focused more on analyzing his artworks with Botticelli's techniques and painting style. At first, we explained to our audience who Botticelli was and his paintings. Then we go deep into analyzing the techniques he've learned and how he had use it in his paintings.

Afterward, we give them one of Botticelli's most famous paintings and ask them about what they've learned and the techniques he've used in his painting. In the end, we have some props and costume for them to dress up and act like the characters in his painting. We had many fun photos.

               I, the great Leonardo Da Vinci was on a quest to search for someone to provide me the material I need to create my new invention. I’ve created a brilliant contraction that will fly through the sky like a bird. It’ll have wings like a bird that’ll be made of cloth, so it’s thing and light and could catch the wind. I call this a “plane”. Back to the story, as I wander through the streets of Venice, Florence, I heard a spectacular news that might help with my invention. A rich merchant’s daughter was having a wedding and her father wanted someone to paint a portrait of her. Once I heard the news, I rushed over to the merchant's house and strike a deal. That I the great Leonardo will paint your daughter in exchange that you’ll provide me with all the cloth for my project. And it was a deal.

            There were many different things happening in our role play in Venice. One thing I had learn was that the one who can’t form guilds or are not in one are usually the anti-social ones. Guilds have a major impact people’s living. Also, all the disagreements are handled in the court of law my the judge Machiavelli. The Renaissance fair was a big opportunity for people to make profit and strike deals. Overall this was a very fun experience and a better way of learning. I took in more info from the role playing game than reading docs. I really like this role playing game and hope to have more in the future.


Introduction: We’ve been learning a lot about Hundertwasser for the past semester and our project was based on his drawing styles. We were supposed to choose a given place and transform it into something Hundertwasser would do. Tam, Bean, Cindy and I decided to make the interior of a cafe gallery in Hundertwasser ways. Although there were some arguments and struggles on the way, we still manage to create a great product in the end. As much as we love our products because of how pretty it is, we are not graded base on that. Our grades are based on, effort, reflections, and evidence of our work.

Process: Our group has developed a lot of progress to make our cafe gallery. We started with a pretty clear idea of what we’re going to do but as time past, our idea shifted to adapt needs. We had disagreements, rearrangements and all of that stuff but we still made it through in the end. We sometimes have disagreements mostly about how we should position things or what to add, because of our different minds and ideas. But in the end, one of us always stopped and agree with the other to stop the war.  ( For more info about our process go to link , visuals)

Evaluation: This cafe gallery got its inspiration from Hundertwasser styles and paintings. Because of how much he loved nature, we made the cafe partly about nature. We used a variety of bright color schemes to create the happy excited feeling in the cafe. Most of the things in our cafe are not straight or perfectly made, and that became a good thing. Hundertwasser has always had a thing for curvy lines and has always hated straight. That’s why most of his buildings or painting are never perfectly made in a sense of reality.  I think we did a pretty good job on connecting it to Hundertwasser and had our own touch in it. I don’t think we should change anything if we’ve done it again, everything was just almost perfect.



    • Cindy: Overall, I think that our gallery came out really cool and it
    • Melody: This was a very different and unique project. We got to see the world through Hundertwasser’s eyes and learn/use his skills on our paintings and sculpture. One example is we learned the art of spirals trees.
    • Tam: These past weeks it was very different from the rest of the projects because we made tiny, fragile pieces to add to the entire building. Overall I believe that this approach for the team project was great. Although it was kind of hard since every team member have their own opinion and thoughts but overall it was a great experienced.
    • Bean: The Art project, came out really great and everyone added their own unique pieces to it. I added, the colorful carpet for one side of the room, to symbolize Hundertwasser's bright colors that he uses in his painting as well as the tree inside the bar, which combines an element of real trees to hunderwattsers love for nature. Overall this project helped me overcome obstacles that came with making such a tiny pieces of furniture as well as teamwork. But in the end, I think that my group did a great job on making the project


Link to Indiviual Reflection

Time-Laspe folder

May 3rd

  • We focus mainly on finishing the cafe this class instead of working  on our blog. Most of the time was for gluing separate parts into the box and coming up with ideas on how to cover all the blank spaces. Cindy and Tam helped with cutting plastics for the windows. They also repainted the bottom to make it prettier. We covered all the windows with sheets of plastic. Bean came up with the idea of making a feather carpet for part of the bottom and finished it. We’ll probably finish off gluing next class and adding everything in.  


April 25th

What did you do today?

  • Melody: today i finished painting the bottom of the box and making the fountain.
  • Cindy: Today, I finished paintings all the bar stools
  • Tam: Today I completed the bar table although there’s a little more that is needed to be paint on to make it look better but overall I’m almost done
  • Bean: Today I finished with the tree and finished repainting the tables


Were there any challenged or disagreements?

  • Bean: It was hard to bend the three, and the when i painted the swirl on the table it was a little hard to have the swirl look good
  • Cindy: It was really hard to get the paint dry completely
  • Tam: It was
  • Melody: it was hard to make the white paint shine because the brown of the box is stronger than the white


What do you have planned for next class?

  • Bean : I’m planning to start putting the detail into the floor
  • Cindy: I will glue the bar stools inside of the cardboard box
  • Melody: I will plaster the fountain, paint it, and add water on it.
  • Tam:

April 21th

What did you do today?

  • Melody  : I finished painting the walls and now i'm working on painting the floor of the building
  • Bean : I finished painting the tree
  • Tam: I finish sculpting the model for the bar table and I have painted half of it black
  • Cindy: I finished painting two of the stool, one more left to finish


Were there any challenged or disagreements?

  • Bean : The tree started falling off so i had some problems painting the tree
  • Melody : none
  • Tam: It was kind of hard to smooth everything out and painting getting in all of the edges and hole of the plaster was kind of hard
  • Cindy: nope

What do you have planned for next class?

  • Melody, I'm planning to finish everything and start working on hot gluing the objects into the floor and walls
  • Bean : I'm planning to start incorporating the tree to the building, by bending the branches and positioning the stem
  • Cindy: I will finish painting all three of the stools  and check it one more time before sticking it to the cardboard.


April 17th

What did you do today?

  • Today
  • Tam: Today I built and sculpted the chairs and paint them to make it look better and more professional I cut the wires and measuring the perfect amount to make every single one of my chairs to make sure that it’s even and perfect. The length, size and width are very important to make everything look good especially if you don’t want uneven chairs.
  • Bean : Today I continued on building the tree more specifically combining the tree branches that i made last class and working on the tree trunk
  • Cindy: Today, I finished all three of the bar stools and I’m moving on to the painting stages.

Were there any challenges or disagreements?


Tam: The challenges that I have were with the chairs I have to measure the height the thickness and everything the assembling part was the hardest since I have to go in really detail into where to put it so that it is the same with every chair and whenever I assemble the part it always get slipped out. And whenever a part dries then I have to build it again.


Cindy- I have difficult with the clay because it was too dry at first so we have to change to

another type of clay. Luckily, Ms Jardin found some extra clay that’s the same type that we use so we got that fixed. Also I had problem with making the bar stool, the clay was so easy to dry in a short amount of time, so I have to mold it out really fast so it won’t dry off.


Bean -  I had a difficult time and bending the branches to fit the building because it kept falling off. In the middle, Melody started working on the windows so since I couldn't continue bending i worked on the trunk. In the beginning it was really hard because the top of the trunk was really thick while the rest was so skinny.


What do have plan for next class?


Tam: I’ll continue to work on my chairs sculpting and designing it I only have 2 more to work on after that I’ll help Mel and Bean on their sculptures.


Bean : I will start finishing up the tree as well as helping Melody to decorate the building


Cindy: Next class, I will started painting the bar stools and finish up all of it.



What did you do today?

  • We made a prototype for the bar stool, we started working on the bar and the second tree as well as some more chairs. Melody finished making the tree, and started working on the bar. Tam worked on the chairs with Cindy and I started working on the second tree as well as finished making the prototype for the Bar Stool.

Were there any challenges or disagreements?

  • The challenges that we faced are that, the objects we made were very small which meant that it was very fragile so there were some parts of the chair that Tam made broke.

What do you plan to do next class?

  • For next class, we plan to finish the second tree, as long as finish making all the chairs. Melody will be working on the bar, I will be working on the second tree as well as Tam and Cindy will finish working on the chairs and work on the bar stools.


March 31st


What did you do today?

  • We started making mini chairs/tables using air dry clay and the tree at the bar using wires.
  • Tam: I was in charge of building and sculpting the chairs to make everything even and look good

Were there any challenges or disagreements?

  • It was really hard using the wires and trying to mold the tables and chairs because it was so suppose to be really small.
  • Tam: There was on the designing model as well as the size of the models.

What do you plan to do next class?

  • I think we would be continuing this still next class. And i think we’ll try to plaster the tree.
  • Tam: I will continue with sculpting the chairs and modelling it

In class, we watch the "Don't Panic" video about how to end poverty with Hans Rosling. He talked about how the world extreme poverty is decreasing the rate of average people increases. A thing that I found interesting was how the world extreme poverty decrease faster around 2000 than back in 1800. But because it decreases faster now, reaching 12% in 2015, my question is how much longer until it reaches 0%? I think this video had helped me a lot to know more about what's going on and happened in the world. The video also helps me to think about how I can help fix the problem, how I can be a solution, not a problem,  how I can make the world better.

             In my tutorial video, it contains 3 parts that each of us was responsible for presenting it. My part was about the importance of dividing up the work. In a group, each person will be assigned a job. It’s important for you to choose it wisely and really fulfill it. When you are assigned by your teammates a job that you don’t like or you think it’s above your limit, tell your teammates that. If you keep quiet about it, you’ll likely end up doing not much of a good job. Get the job that you know 100% that you can do it well. I once was partnered up for a project. Me and my partner both assigned our jobs and understand it very well. But then when it came together, my partner didn’t do so great on his part. In fact, i had to do an extra of his part. So you see, it’s important to know your ability to do things and choose the jobs wisely. I think i did a pretty good job delivering that message in my video. A thing i would change is i wish the assigned time was 1-3, so we don’t get bothered by managing how long our video needs to be. Because i was worried about it, my teammates time was already pretty long so if i do the same as them, i fear the video would be over budget. In the end, i think my message was pretty clear.

Link to video

Our project was to make the dirty water or the sample water clean. There are a lot of bad things in the dirty water which is salt, acid, turbidity, and copper. We were supposed to make a machine to filter out mostly all of the requirements. The machine suppose to work on its own and we don't really need to help it. We're expected to build a machine from scratch and it must be at a low budget price point. We had a long time to complete this project. We first must research what we needed to do to get rid of the bad stuff and then fill out our plan. After that, we had to show Mr. Swart and get his approval to start building. The building was the easy and fun part, rather than the boring, hard research. After we build and test the machine, we need to test the water to see if still have any of the bad stuff. We only have 2 attempts on building the machine and getting the final results.

So my group idea is to use a water bottle to create a design. We searched some DIY water cleaners and they mostly used the cut-out water bottle to add the material in. Our first design was to put a layer of cloth at the mouth of the bottle and use a rubber band to tie it together,  then a layer of sand and a layer of gravel at the top.

  • Sand
  • To filter fine impurities
  • Gravel
  • Removes bacteria and small particles
  • Half a water bottle
  • To put all the layers of filters in
  • Rubber band
  • Tie the cloth around the mouth of the bottle
  • Cloth
  • To filter any leftover sediment

We didn't get much of the requirements out of the water. But we got the turbidity level to extremely low.

Prior Results New Results


3 3


600 ppm 350 ppm
Turbidity Low amount of sediment Barely any sediment
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After the first attempt, we researched that charcoal get rid of copper in the water. That was good but we need to find a way to turn the ph to 7 and get rid of the salt. We did a lot of research but still can't find a way to get rid of the salt and turn the ph to 7. As we observe our machine. We found out that some of the salt got absorb by the cloth so we decided to add another layer so it can reduce the salt. We also added another layer of sand and gravel to get rid of more turbidity for we got most but not all out. Since we were running out of time, Mr. Swart approved our plan .

In the picture, you might see that we have a layer of activated charcoal. It was supposed to say charcoal, not activated charcoal. We tried to use that but Mr. Hung advised us not to for the activated charcoal is too small. it could go through our cloth and make our water dirty.


The results were better. We had way less copper now and the crystal salt is smaller. Also, the crystal salt was kind of greenish yellow in color and now it's white, it's original color.

Prior Results New Results


pH 3 pH 3


450-600 ppm 100-200 ppm
Turbidity Medium Extremely low
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The results above were our final results. We got all the turbidity out and almost all the copper out of the water so we got about half of the requirements succeed. ( The amount of water we pour on the tray so find the salt result may not be the same amount )

I think my group worked okay together. We weren't really on task though some of the time and I think that was 1 of the reason we didn't really find a way to get rid of the salt and ph. Also, I think my group has less communication so each of us just went their own path on researching. But overall I think our group worked well enough to create a machine or product that can filter out turbidity and almost copper.

This project was a cool yet hard project to accomplish. It was very cool, new to me at first and I really wanted to get started. But as the time pass, I found this project very difficult. Especially in the research and creating the design. For some time, when you research something, the result is not what you expected or wanted. The hard thing in creating the design was to find a way to link the solution to the requirements together, and making it so you don't have to do anything besides pouring the sample water in. You didn't need to touch it, and you needed your water to come out clean and has no bad things like copper, turbidity or anything like that still left in it.

When I think about myself, individually how have I help out, I think I did a pretty good job trying to find the answer, help to build the prototype and filling out the chart. After this project, I think I did okay. I know I didn't do my best job but my teammates weren't really helping out a lot. Especially a particular member. If we are asked today this project again, I promise to have communication with my teammates and work hard to find ways to get rid of salt and change the ph to 7. Different teams or same, I will try my best to find and help as much as I can. My group will also have to focus more on getting the salt and get a ph of 7 if we do this again.



Our water filter project was created to design a machine that can filter out copper, turbidity, salt, and acid. My group did okay with that. Our final results had no turbidity, still some copper left in the water and we got less salt than the first attempt. Our group worked okay together. We didn't have much communication and we weren't that focus. Even for that, we worked okay together to get the final results. Me, individually, as a group member, I think I did a good job trying to help out my group in both finding a way and building the prototype. I know I didn't try my best to help out my group to find a way so if we are doing this again, I promise to try harder to find a solution to get rid of salt and get a ph of 7.

Exploratory Writing had always been challenging for me so this poem was just another mountain i finished climbing. The video overall was pretty basic and simple. I stuck through the criteria mostly. Overall i think the video was okay i guess. I wouldn't think it would be my best work (unless it gets an A- or a B+) because i didn't do anything special or above the criteria. I think i could have done a better job at this if i knew more about tech and all of those things about making a good video.

For the criteria and all of that, i think my voice was pretty clear and some of the parts i emphasize was very useful. Some of my images are metaphor, some are literal just for the audience to know what i'm talking about. The music is calm and fits really well as a background music.

During the making of the video, i think the hardest thing i faced is trying to make the video reach the rubric's meeting. They were a lot of things ( more than usually rubric) that was graded on the project so it was kinda challenging for me.Even tho it was tough and pretty challenging, there is still a good side to the project. The thing i was proud of in the project is the music and the images. The music was really soothing and the images worked pretty well with the poem.

I think this project was pretty cool because it helped to really emphasize the poem and express the ideas through your voice, the images and the music. In conclusion, i think i did a good job on the project and i'm satisfied with the results.