Passion Project Post #2: Identifying Resources

As you know, my Passion Project topic is Unity, a video game programming language. The way I went about identifying my book resource is I went on Amazon and I found the book with the best and most ratings, then I did the preview and saw that I could understand it, so I bought it. The way I went about identifying video resources was I went onto YouTube, and found the most popular one. Then I went to their channel, and saw that they made a lot of tutorials on Unity. So I just used those. The resource I think will be the most helpful is the YouTube channel because it has literally anything you could think of about Unity. The nonfiction reading skills I want to practice are, number one, reading a paragraph or page of the book, and then just writing down what is most important, and number two, note taking in my own words. These skills apply to interviews because the interviewer must take in the most important information related to their topic. The second one relates to interviewing because the interviewers have to write it down their own way to understand it later. Thanks for reading, and I will see you later!

Passion Project #1: How Did I Come Up With My Topic

For my Passion Project, I will study a video game programming language called Unity. The process of selecting this topic was easy. I’ve always been passionate about video game programming, but never really dove into it. I was originally going to do video game programming in general, but then I realized I would need to narrow down at one point, so I did a bit of research and discovered that Unity was the most powerful, yet beginner-friendly, coding language. My guiding research questions will be: Who created Unity, what was it created for, what is it mainly used for, what else can it be used for, which major corporations use it, how does it compare to other languages, were other languages based on it, how does it actually work, and will a sixth-grader be able to make something on it. I chose these because I am also interested in learning about the history of Unity. I also included questions about how it works. My letter is attached, and I will see you soon!

Letter: Daniel Pantchev – Passion Project 2020 – 4800888

Soldering/Tech Post #4

In tech, we are learning how to solder. Solder is basically like glue, but it is melted metal. It gets really hot, so I’ll have to be careful! We have a circle with a little ring on the top, and we are ordering wires to make a design. Mine says Bet. This is a picture of the circle we will put our design in:

See you guys soon, but with all the stuff happening with coronavirus, I’m not sure how soon!

Cardboard Box Construction/Tech Post #3

Yesterday we constructed the cardboard box that we will use for our automata. There were 5 sides, which were all labeled by burnt in letters. We also got our wheels back. Mine is a big-wheel. This is a pic of it:

I plan to make a quarterback throwing a ball, the ball being connected to the big wheel. When it spins, the stick will go right and left. That’s basically my whole idea. See you next post!


Automata/Tech Post #2

In Tech we are making Automatons. My idea is going to be a football player throwing a football, and the football will be controlled by a big-wheel. We have already sketched our idea, and we sent our vector images to Mr. Calvert so that he cuts them with the laser cutter. We used Vectornator to draw our wheels, which are called cams. I’m excited to build my automaton on Monday. I want to see how it turns out.

Breakout EDU Game/Tech Post #1

On Wednesday, 2/5/20, We played a cool game called Breakout EDU. I liked it because it required you to think logically and it was like Escape the Room, which I did on my birthday and enjoyed. It was also very informative, because all the clues were on multiple safety sheets. I learned and had fun at the same time, which is pretty cool. This is a pic of the box we had to open to win:

This is the box we had to open in Breakout EDU








As you can see, its pretty cool, and I really enjoyed this experience. It was both informative and fun.


Capstone #6

There were a lot of ways I prepare to present. But first, I had to finish my script and slides. My script was not that hard to finish. The only part that was hard was shortening it so it was only 5 minutes long. The slideshow was not that hard to complete. I included a lot of special effects. I really like it and I think its cool, but I’ll let you decide for yourself. This is it:

After those were both done, I had to practice. One of the things I practiced was switching the slide when I had to. That was my weakness. I don’t know why, but I just never did it at the right time. Also, I filmed myself doing it and presenting and I realized that I talked to fast. Also, I need to avoid distractions. This will be really helpful when I present to the other grades and classes, because there’s bound to be somebody messing around in the audience. The resources I used for this project are:


How Did YouTube Start?

What Is YouTube?

YouTube Rewind Compilation

The History Of YouTube

How BIG Is Google?


YouTube: The Company And Its Founders


How YouTube Changed The World

What Is YouTube?

The Differences Between YouTube And Twitch

Key Turning Points In The History Of YouTube

If you are wondering about anything related to YouTube, these resources are probably the best places to look for information. Thanks for reading!

Capstone #5

My main inquiry was really easy to answer. It was “How has YouTube impacted the world”. It was really easy to answer because YouTube has impacted the world in so many ways. I did a lot of research on how YouTube impacted the world. Some ways it has are that 80% of its viewers are out of America, so not only America was impacted but the world was too. Another way is that 7 billion hours of video are watched every month. That’s an insane amount of video! The research I did to answer this question helped me with my script because I could include some cool facts I learned from that research. My interview also helped me answer my main inquiry question because some of the things I learned from that were reasons YouTube impacted the world. My script and slideshow are done. If you have time and want to, please read it and comment any things I might want to change. This is the script:


Slide Time Script Image
1 00:00 – 00:25 Hello, Hello! My name is Danny! I have a question for you ladies and gentlemen. Do you know about YouTube? You probably do, since it is 28 percent of all Google searches. I mean, who doesn’t love watching a good Saturday Night Live video, or a great Ninja video? Ninja is a famous gamer who plays Fortnite, if you didn’t know. The point is, YouTube is an amazing website where you can find everything about everything. I hope you learn a lot about the incredible website during this presentation. YouTube Logo
2 00:25 – 1:25 First off, I’ll tell you about YouTube’s founders. Their names are Chad Hurley, Jawed Karim, and Steve Chen. They are 3 former PayPal employees. Fun fact about Steve Chen: He was born in Taiwan, and his father owned a successful business there. It was so successful that Steve Chen’s father decided to move it to America. Steve was 8 years old at that the time. He didn’t speak English, so it was pretty hard for him to move to his new school. As an added challenge, he was not put in any special program to learn English, so he just had to learn the language from being exposed to it. When Steve was 13 years old, he moved to the Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) in Illinois. IMSA was a good school for Steve, since he had a gift with technology. He later applied for The University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign. It was the only college Steve applied to, and he got accepted. After college, he started working at PayPal, where he met Jawed and Chad. Picture of Steve Chen
3 1:25 – 2:10 And now for the amazing, incredible Chad Hurley! He was born in Pennsylvania, so unlike Steve Chen, Hurley is an American native. As a child, he had a lot of talent in the computer area. He also had a lot of talent in the art area. With those talents and interests, he was drawn to Web Design and Computer Animation. During his studies, he attended Twin Valley High School. In his free time, Chad tinkered with robotics. When he got to college, he wanted to work in the tech area. But Computer Science was too technical for Chad. He wanted to do creative things. After college, Chad started working at PayPal, where he met Steve and Jawed. Another cool fact about him is in 2006, he was 28th in Business 2.0’s “50 People Who Matter Now” Picture of Chad Hurley
4 2:10 – 2:45 And now Jawed Karim. In May 1979, Jawed Karim was born in Merseburg, East Germany. He then moved to America. Like his parents, Jawed was interested in science and technology. When Jawed was 10 years old, his parents bought him a Commodore computer. Jawed spent a lot of time toying with the computer and soon learned how to write code. Jawed attended St. Paul Central High School.  When Jawed graduated from high school, he wanted to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign. He planned to major in computer science. But the school did not accept him. So he wrote a letter in return explaining why he should be in the school. The letter made a difference and he was accepted. In 2000, Jawed left the college and started working at PayPal. There, he met Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. Picture of Jawed Karim
5 2:45 – 3:10 YouTube’s origins are kind of hilarious. I mean, they started out as a dating site called Tune In, Hook Up. The way that worked is people would put videos of themselves on the site, and if other people liked those videos they could comment them their number. But nobody used Tune In, Hook Up the right way. People started posting videos of themselves doing challenges, and basically everything else you can see on YouTube today. So Tune In, Hook Up built on their strengths and made it a place where people could post themselves doing random things, like the YouTube we know and love today. Person on computer
6 3:10 – 3:50 But there is still an important question. What is the best video viewing platform? You probably know about Twitch. It is YouTube’s main competitor, and most gamers on YouTube are on Twitch also. Let’s compare them to see which is better, mainly gaming videos, because that’s all that Twitch does. The first category is the presentation of the videos. YouTube lets you choose a thumbnail for your videos, which is good because thumbnails partly tell the story of the video, but Twitch doesn’t have that feature and you can’t choose a thumbnail. So its YouTube 1, Twitch 0. The next category is content. On Twitch, you can only find gaming videos. But on YouTube, you can find all sorts of categories of videos. So its YouTube 2, Twitch 0. So YouTube is the better video viewing platform. YouTube Logo vs. Twitch Logo
7 3:50 – 4:00 YouTube is a website that has changed so many lives, and is constantly changing more.  I don’t know about you, but I love watching YouTube and seeing how it gets better and better. YouTube Site
8 4:00 – 4:45 Does anybody have a question? Question Mark
9 4:45 – 5:00 Check out my blog for more information. Link to blog and QR code



Capstone #4

Planning Phase:

For my Capstone project, I am researching YouTube. During the Capstone project, we have to conduct a Site Visit. For my Site Visit, I want to go to the YouTube Space. The YouTube Space is a productions facility where YouTubers with over 10K subscribers can go to record their videos. I want to visit there because I think I can learn a lot about what YouTubers do and how they record their videos and what they use. I am still waiting to hear back from them. I think they will email me back today though. But if they don’t my back up plan is to create a YouTube channel and film the process. I have already made the account I will make the YouTube channel on and today I ill film it. I will talk about the actual Site Visit in the next paragraph.

Actual Phase:

The YouTube Space team didn’t email me back, so I decided to take a video of me making a YouTube channel. I had a lot of technical issues. One was that the camera was upside down but everything else was amazing, so in editing I flipped the camera over. Another issue was that I messed up on some words or forgot something. I finally got it right the last time. This is it:

Learning Phase:

This really helped me because now I know how to make a YouTube channel. I think I did a pretty good job explaining how its done. I filmed it at my house, but there were a lot of problems. I eventually fixed them all, but it was annoying. I learned some valuable filming skills. Overall, I learned a lot and I really enjoyed it.

Mixing Colored Sugar and Liquids

Today in Science, we mixed colored sugar and liquids. The liquids we mixed with colored sugar were oil, vinegar, and water.

The way we made the colored sugar is we took 4 teaspoons of regular sugar, and then we squirted some purple food coloring onto it. After that, we mixed it until all of the sugar was purple.

The first liquid we mixed with colored sugar was oil. Our hypothesis for this was: If we put the colored sugar into the oil, then both materials will stay separated and the color will stay in the sugar. Our hypothesis was correct: They both stayed separated, and the color didn’t spread.

The second liquid we mixed with the colored sugar was water. Our hypothesis was: If we put the colored sugar into the water, then the color will spread and the sugar will dissolve. Our hypothesis was confirmed. The color spread and the sugar dissolved.

The last liquid we mixed with the colored water was vinegar. Our hypothesis was: If we put the colored sugar into the vinegar, then the sugar will dissolve and the color will spread. We were only half correct: the color spread, but the sugar did not dissolve.

Overall, I had a lot of fun doing this project and learned a lot. Thanks for reading!