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.
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.
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.
Today we had our rocketry presentations. I was so nervous I had butterflies in my stomach. During our rocketry unit we built and launched three rockets with our groups. There were 4 people in each group. My group name was the Radical Rockets. during our unit we also had to make slideshow of the process. When we finished our whole slideshow we had to work on memorizing all of our lines. I’m really bad at memorizing so I had to read through my lines so much. Before the presentations I was so nervous and I was also nervous while presenting. When I looked at the parents I kept forgetting my lines but when I looked at my friends I remembered, I think I got nervous when I looked at the parents and that’s why I forgot my lines. I stuttered once but the rest was really good. When I was done I felt so relived and so happy that it was finished. I loved the rocketry unit but presenting in front of my parents just made me scared. I came so far, from not knowing how to build a rocket, to becoming an expert.