My class just started a project called capstone. A capstone project is where, first you choose a topic and then do a bunch of research, interview someone, and do a site visit. Today I’m going to focus on choosing a topic. My teacher wanted us to keep an open mind about what to do so we don’t just pick something that we think will be easy but we pick something that interests us. To help us choose a good topic she gave us a packet with questions on it like, “what do you collect” and “if you could invent something what would it be?”. I think this packet was helpful because if you can’t think of a topic you can look back at some of your answers and it will help you come up with one.
After thinking about it for a while I think that I’m going to choose interior designing. I want to do interior designing because ever since I was about eight I’ve wanted to be an interior designer. I think that interior designing interests me so much because I like turning an ugly, cluttered space into a beautiful, organized one.
I met with my teacher a couple of times to discuss my topic. We talked about doing something more specific then just interior design. We found this website that had the seven elements of interior design, I wanted to learn more about that specific part of interior design.
This week everyone in my class made a 90 second Ignite story we could do whatever topic we wanted. I did it about my family. Since it has to be seven slides (including an introduction and conclusion) I did my two brothers, my mom, my dad, and my cat.
Today some people presented theirs in class, I volunteered. After my presentation I got some feedback. My computer teacher said that it was really good and that it was almost perfect timing but my transitions weren’t that good. I had a lot of fun making my Ignite and I think that my favorite part was making the slideshow and my least favorite part was memorizing my script.
My teacher was supposed to video tape all of our presentation but since I was the first one she forgot.
This is my slideshow:
For the past month or so my class has been doing a debate unit. My group picked a topic to debate over. Our topic was Should We Drink Bottled Or Tap Water we did a little research and then we split our group in two, one side would be debating for bottled and one side would be debating for tap water. I wanted to debate for bottled but four out of the five people wanted bottled. Originally bottled was Kate, Dani and me and tap was Barbara and Hana. Then we had to switch it around. For bottled it was Dani, Hana and me, for tap it was Barbara and Kate. We researched a lot about our topic and we got three reasons and three pieces of evidence for each reason. We did an informal debate and we got feedback on how to make it better for the formal debate. But we had another problem, Barbara was going on vacation and she would leave a week before break. So we only had four people and someone on Bottled had to switch to tap. I volunteered to switch but Hana did instead. Since this was the most important debate we wanted to make our debate stronger. So we gathered pictures, diagrams and quotes. We also prepared great rebuttals. We did a practice debate right before our formal debate. Then we had a problem, we realized that our rebuttals were out of order so we had to switch them. That caused a big argument, we thought that if they went first it would be fixed. It wasn’t. We thought for a while and figured the only solution was we had to switch rebuttals last minute. I was really nervous for the debate. When my teacher called us to come in I started freaking out. When we were going and it was time to rebuttal I had to say what Dani would’ve said. I was a little to nervous and I showed it. Overall I think this was a pretty good unit and I defiantly learned a lot.
Here is the video of the debate:
Today I made another Tynker project. I made a rock band. When you tap an instrument, it will animate itself and play some music for you, although some don’t have any movement at all. I had a lot of fun making this, but at first I made the whole thing not realizing I was not signed in. This was a big problem because the first project took a lot of time, and when I went to my account, it was gone. I was so annoyed, but I figured that it would be easier since I already knew what I was going to do and how to do it. I used a tutorial for all of the music but I made the movement by myself. I really feel like I’ve learned a lot by making these coding projects, because before I relied on the tutorials to do everything, but now I can do stuff on my own. The only thing I use the tutorials for is to give me ideas and sometimes I use them for help. I am so proud of all of the work I’ve done for these projects and I really learned a lot.
This is my Rock Band game:
I made another Scratch project, it’s a fashion game where you can change what the girl, Dani is wearing. Basically all you have to do is tap on whatever you want to take off (don’t take off the pants because she doesn’t have any others) and then tap on whatever you want to put on. It’s that simple! I used one of the tutorials to make this but at the end I personalized it a bit. I had so much fun making this and I hope you have a lot of fun playing it.
This is the Fashion Game:
Today in school I made a project on scratch. Scratch is a website where you can code to make movies, games, etc. Since I am just learning how to use Scratch, I use the tutorials to help me. I made a hide and seek game. It’s not very long but it was fun to make. I like how you can basically do anything on Scratch, you can choose your character, background and much more. Scratch teaches you how to code using many things and it’s fun. All you have to do is tap on the characters when thay appear. Unfortunately the score doesn’t work but everything else does. I had such a good time making my game on scratch and I will definetly be making another one soon.
This is my Hide And Seek Scratch video/game:
Today I made another coding game using the website Tynker. I like Tynker because it gives you a lot of different things to do. For example, you can make your own game or movie, you can use a tutorial, or you can do a different coding tutorial that gives you different levels. On Tynker I made a big monster with a moving mouth and googly eyes. One of the eyes follows the curser but the other eye goes on it’s own.
Here is my googly eyes game:
We succeeded! Finally our Rube Goldberg worked. We made everything higher so that when anything is rolling it’s still getting momentum. After we rebuilt it, it worked on the first try. I was so happy. We wanted to get two successes so we tried a couple more times. We failed about five times but we succeeded twice.
I had so much fun doing this unit. I think my favorite part was when we succeeded and my least favorite part was when the dominoes kept knocking over, that’s why we used Janga blocks in the end.
This is our final video:
Yesterday my group met again to work on our project. We got a lot of work done but then my dad came to pick me and my friend Karine up from Emma’s house and he gave us an idea. He said that we should start from super high up and get lower as we go. We were going to start high then go straight then go a little bit down hill. We liked his idea so we broke everything and we’re going to restart on Friday.
On Friday we are going to rebuild it, then we will test it out until it works, then we will start working on our I Movie. We will probably take time in school to work on our movie because we don’t have much more time to meet.
I am so stressed out because the whole thing including the video is due Wednesday. I hope it works.
Yesterday we met to build our full machine and it totally didn’t work out. The dominoes kept falling over and when we tried it out it didn’t get nearly as much momentum as it did last time. We realized that the toilet paper roll bent in the bag so it wasn’t rolling the right direction. Then if the toilet paper hit the tennis ball, it would hit it really lightly and the tennis ball would’t even hit the marble . The on the other side the cardboard wall wouldn’t stay up so we had to use a metal wall instead. Then the dominoes wouldn’t hit the wall hard enough so we had to have to dominoes hit a play dough container and that will hit the wall.
The only thing good that happened was we finished building the whole machine.
This is the video of us failing: