Ecodome – 2nd Rebuild

Video Reflection:

2nd rebuild

2nd Rebuild:

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Observations
plants 3 (stems) For oxygen and for the crickets to eat Bloomed flowers from last ecodome, which means that water and soil helped and contributed to the growth.
rock 1 For the crickets to climb on Crickets started exploring with rocks and charcoal
charcoal 1 piece For the crickets to climb on Crickets started exploring with rocks and charcoal
water 75 ml To help the plants grow and for the plants to use for hydration Condensated and fogged up the container. Waterdrops are visible on plant leaves.
Black soil 5 cm So the plants can grow Looks moist
lettuce 3 small pieces Starter food for the crickets Crickets started to eat
crickets 2 Crickets were fighting a bit when first placed into ecodome

Ecodome – 1st Rebuild

Video Reflection:

view from inside
top view of failed ecodome

1st Rebuild:

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Black soil + 50ml water 4 cm To nourish plants and keep them alive.  Water made the container condensate and fog up. This was very helpful in the first ecodome so we used it again.
Charcoal One medium piece For the crickets to climb on The crickets liked to stand on the charcoal. Some articles suggested this for crickets
Rock One medium rock (a bit smaller than charcoal) For the crickets to sit on The crickets went on it sometimes but seemed to prefer the charcoal. Some articles suggested this for crickets
mulch Two tablespoons For food and/or growing plants.  The crickets don’t really like mulch. Once again, it wasn’t as useful so we will leave it out for the next rebuild.
plants Two stems For oxygen and food.  They stayed alive the whole time and now, after the crickets died, they are starting to wilt. The plants stayed alive so the water and soil might’ve contributed to that
container 20 cm For ecodome This container size was bigger and created a more spacious environment for the crickets and plants. I think this gave more space for the air to circulate around the ecodome.

Ecodome – 1st Prototype

side view of first ecodome

top view of first ecodome

Component Amount Reasoning Daily Observations
Black soil 3 cm For plants It got much wetter and very damp and seemed to keep plants alive until my ecodome was opened up
Mulch 1 cm(half of ecodome) For padding? Looks the same but probably didn’t help the ecodome much. Mulch might be taken out of the next ecodome.
water 50 ml hydration for plants and crickets Ecodome fogged up and isn’t very visible from outside
bark 3 small pieces sheltering Crickets were interested in bark and climbed up for a few minutes when placed inside the ecodome.
Carrots (chopped up) 6 grams food Mold built up on top of carrots and mulch. I think they ate the carrots because it looks like there is less of it
plants 2 branches food Looks wilted but still looks alive. Amount of plants is probably enough for the crickets
container 15 centimeters for ecodome Seemed quite small and cramped up for crickets, might change into bigger size. The pictures show how tight the components are together (above).

Journalism Reflection

For our first unit in ELA, we studied and completed a journalistic article based on a topic of our choice. After this, we formed groups and put our articles into a realistic newspaper format.

1.What was the hardest part of the Journalism unit? Why? The hardest part about this unit was probably when we had to go out and become real ‘journalists’ for this project. This was fairly different compared to other writing projects because we couldn’t just go online and collect information from a database; instead, we had to go out, interview people and get pretty hands-on with the entire experience. As Mr. Benck told us in the beginning of the unit, we have to forget everything we knew about writing to be able to write a real journalistic article. I found this the most challenging because I tend to do things the way I am used instead of trying something new.

2.What was your greatest achievement? Why? I think my greatest achievement for this unit was being able to design the newspaper that looked quite real and professional. Before starting this project, I expected our design to look more like a student-made newspaper and not that nice. I think partly why I did an nice job was because I looked at examples of other newspapers online to give a a clear image of what I wanted to have in my own design.

3.What will you work on Q2? I would like to improve on presenting skills. I realized this after doing a debate is SS class.

Newspaper Final: pg1, pg2 pg3

Article Draft

Hundertwasser Architecture Celebration

Structure title Infinity Park

Artists names Amber Nguyen, Ka Mia Ngo, Ian Shieh

Introduction In this project we had to remake buildings in a way Hundertwasser would, we knew that he liked bright colors, hated straight lines, and loved nature. We decided to remake the apartment that is in front of our school. We made the sculpture a park and a shop. We made the park very colorful as well as the shop. As a group we had a few major problems like fighting and not focusing.

Process Because this project was very extensive, there had to be certain steps the entire group had to take in order to succeed. We first looked at examples of Hundertwasser buildings. Doing this was very helpful because it gave us an idea of what we were to create. We then decided to create a 3D model and started playing with the different materials given. Our group wrote all our plans and reflections in a group document. We also time-lapsed what we did everyday to document the process. From then on, we started working on our base structure; this included cutting, plastering, and glueing. After this process, our group started working on the smaller details such as trees, wall designs, and windows. One major problem our group had throughout the project was not having a stable plan. To explain, we constantly have to improvise on our plan. Though I am happy that we sorted things out and got our model done. Another problem we faced was the division of tasks within the group. Sometimes, there would be just one person working and the other two wandering around. But because Ms. Jardin notified us, we improved more in this area and equally split jobs for the group.

Evaluation In this project, our strengths were color, design, the links to Hundertwasser, and our construction. The colors we used were soothing but different from the everyday colors used in buildings. Usually a building would be made of either vibrant or soothing colors however in our building we incorporated both of these types of colors, generating a very bright yet calm artwork that leads your eyes to important areas but does not leave the other areas hidden. Our design was very creative using a the back of a disk as a path to give it the infinite feeling, as looking the view through glass is infinite. The links to Hundertwasser were his spirals that were place on the side of the building to add one of the best parts of his work onto our building. The construction of this building is very sturdy as it has been plastered. To color the plaster, we would use a sponge to fill up the holes.

Summary (Amber) After finishing this project, I am very happy and proud of what I have done. Overall, I think we did well in terms of mimicking Hundertwasser’s style, and our use of colors. This project needed many skills from the entire to group. I think one skill that I improved the most on is communication and listening; because we had many problems involving communication, I learned how to control communication within the group. I think Hundertwasser will be pleased with our work. We respected the things he believed in, such as nature, and the element of happiness. As for the project itself, even though i didn’t like it as much as the hundertwasser painting project, I think it was very challenging and fun. Sculpting was a very new concept to me and it was interesting to start sculpting and plastering for the first time. Because I personally don’t like working in groups, it was different for me and i sort of learned how to control and work with the group.

Summary (Mia) This project was a very challenging project, testing our creativity and our imagination. We all knew that Hundertwasser loved both bright colors and nature and since the apartment was dull and didn’t have much plants or trees around or on it. We decided the change the building completely and make a park. We started the entire sculpture by cutting cardboard and plastering the cardboard to make it stronger. Plastering the cardboard had it’s good sides and it’s bad sides. For example, the plastering created texture which made the sculpture look more “imperfect” but the plastering also left holes which were really hard to cover. After the plastering dried we painted over the sculpture choosing bright colors, we also decided to sponge the “grass” instead of painting it so that the grass would look more patchy instead of smooth. Knowing that Hundertwasser painted lollipop trees in his paintings we painted a few of those on the side of our sculpture. We also made windows with aluminum foil around the edges making the windows pop out more. We made a few tables using air dry clay and 2 small door knobs that we found. In the last few classes we made the park itself adding the trees, the path, the colorful tissue, the pieces of disks and bushes.

If I were to talk about my personal thoughts at the beginning of this project the first thing that I would think of would be “messy.”  But during the end of this project I think that we worked together as a team and split up jobs to stay on task. Our group didn’t fight as much and we really tried hard to make our structure look as good as we could make it. Planning what we should’ve been doing the class before really helped us stay on task. And without fighting, we became a better team and worked together more easily.

Summary (Ian) As a team we worked efficiently at the end but we had a few problems during the beginning of our project. A few of our problems included no plans, fighting with one of my group member, getting off task. We solved these problems by setting a schedule for what we were supposed to do and who was supposed to do this. At the end of each class, we would gather as a group planning these things. With everything more planned out it helped us focus and finish our work.

Final product

Group Photo

Hundertwasser Individual Reflection (2)

Access group folder here (includes documents, images, and videos).

What did you personally achieve today? Describe? I myself finished re-painting a side of the building, glued the coffee shop to the main building, and helped paint the inside of the building. Because we had a little less time today, I think I need to catch up on the tasks next class.

How did the rest of the group do? Did everyone have jobs? Explain? Before, our group didn’t have a proper plan, so giving everyone jobs was very hard. Today our group realized that we needed to split up the work and really finish tasks that needed to be done. We improved today by understanding what needed to be done and what was already done.

What challenges did we face? As I mentioned, we need to work on all having a job and having a plan. Specifically, I think we should really have the small details completed to have the entire building done.

What are your last steps/plans to complete this task? All we need to work on is the chairs/tables and mini tress for the ‘courtyard’ of our building. I also think we should fix the base that we are using for the building (maybe paint or cut-off).

Hundertwasser Individual Reflection

(timelapse of work)

What did you do today? How? Today my group worked on figuring out a master plan for the Hundertwasser 3D model. We used our current objects that were plastered to make up a structure, with tin foil windows and a pop-up store model.

How do you think your group members went? Though we didn’t disagree much, the general atmosphere of today’s work wasn’t really positive. Most of the time I worked on solving problems within the group. However, I think we still got some work done.

What do you think of your progress so far? Why? Personally, I think that my group is behind on this project. First of all, we don’t have a plan; we’ve always been plastering random objects and thinking of ideas during the work time. Secondly, we get off-task very easily.

What is your group plan for the next 5 classes? I think in the next class we should polish our plan and maybe sketch out the plan. After that, I think our group should focus on being on-task and getting work done.

Don’t Panic Video Summary

‘Don’t Panic’ is a video made by Hans Rosling, a professor from Sweden. Basically, the video is about the professor explaining the UN’s goal of ending poverty by 2030. The video uses interesting graphs to show the data. One thing I noticed in the video was that the problems around the world always follow a cycle, and that is partly why poverty very hard to end. I think this video helped be understand more about issues that are happening and it helped me think about the situations that I do not have. After watching this video, I wonder if these situations can really be solved by 2030.

Here is a video I made about the Gapminder online tool, a tool that professor Hans Rosling used in this presentations.

Hundertwasser Inspired Painting


Hundertwasser was famous for his lollipop trees, this is my interpretation of his style.

This is a Hundertwasser quote included with a remixed version of my lollipop trees.

These are some of the elements that I noticed in Hundertwasser’s art (left).

This is my painting progress for my Hundertwasser inspired painting (above).

My final artwork (above)

This is the Youtube link to my Reflection Video.

Dragon’s Apprentice Charity Video

Here is my video.

After creating the tutorial video for Dragon’s Apprentice, we started on the charity video project. Basically, we each chose a local charity or organization, then formed groups based on our choices to make a video about the charity. When finished, we would vote on the top 5 videos; and they would be sent to the Dragon’s Apprentice sale so parents, teacher, and students can vote, too. Once chosen, the final charity that was voted on will get the donation from the sale. After looking at the charities, I chose Habitat for Humanity Vietnam, an organization that works on building houses for low-income families.

During this project, I worked with Tin, and Tony. This group was particularly hard to work with because both Tin and Tony were working with an organization that they didn’t have interest in. Knowing that, I tried to explain HFH as much as possible to them so they would understand more about the organization. Our outline for the video included components like the hook, introduction, organization explanation, and the ending. In the beginning of our video, we tried to appeal to the audience by mentioning the poverty situation in Vietnam. I think this was somehow effective because the people possibly watching my video all live in a good house and not on the streets. I also tried to incorporate details and statistics throughout my video to show that HFH was a successful and strong organization that was worth voting for. For example, I mentioned how many families they have helped, and even gave an example. I think that without an example, my video would feel like I’m just talking and talking, but with an example, I would be giving the audience a reason to listen. In the first version of the video, my voice wasn’t very expressive and persuasive. In the beginning, I think the problem was that I just read from the script and I didn’t fully understand my organization and their purpose. After getting feedback, Tin and I worked on memorizing the script and adding stresses to phrases to really persuade the audience to vote for HFH. Since my video would be unlisted and not public, I took most of my footage from the HFH website. I did this because I wanted real images of the organization in action and not just random images from Google. I guess the actual editing the video was fairly easy because I had all the footage and visuals that were needed.

This entire project needed a wide range of skills and tasks. We needed to research properly, speak expressively, and persuade the audience. Even though the main goal of the project was to create a video, I think it helped us improve with multiple skills. In a way, this was also similar to the actual Dragon’s Apprentice project, because we had to choose a product/charity, and we had to show the audience why it was worth voting for. The charity project was very interesting because we were also part of this year’s DA. I am really looking forward to next year, when we will actually get to take part in the DA groups.