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Tech #9 – Learning about the Thailand crisis

So, recently, we learned about a really bad thing happened, that a few years ago there was a few boys that wandered into a cave for fun, and they ended up getting stuck in it, and the cave flooded. People found out and cavers tried to find them. Finally, they did it, but one of the divers died in the process. All of the boys came out alive. We watched a video about this and it was really sad but interesting. When the video ended, Mr. Calvert talked about how we are going to be making waterproof flashlights! We are going to be using PBC pipes and wires and elbows and things like that. We are going to be making very detailed to size sketches of exactly what we are going to be doing. It sounds fun! I’m excited to get started!

Tech #5 – Video about metals!

So today we watched a video about metals, and it talked about how rare gold is, that if we combined all the gold we have, it would only fill about 1/3 of the Washington Monument. To make gold, or any element, you need to heat up neutrons, protons, and electrons, at a temperature of billions of degrees. When that happens, the particles join together. This process is called fusion. A scientist made an experiment that the copper will defeat the superbug if on it. It worked. The copper destroyed the superbug’s DNA. They realized that they could put it on door handles, stair handles, elevator buttons, and more, objects that are touched so often, objects that get people sick, because there are so many germs on it. But if they made those things out of copper, the disease and sickness would not stay on those objects, they would die on those objects, and they wouldn’t make other people sick. This whole discovery could save millions of lives.

I think I learned a lot from this video. It was interesting too.

Tech #4 – Shaping the Wire!

So, as you know, we are making solder jewelry – pendants in particular. I decided to do my heart design – it only takes two wires to make the heart. But the first thing we had to do is make the actual circle. I was surprised that we had to do this, because I thought the circles were going to be already made for us. But, we learned how to do it. We wrapped our wire around a mandril and then made it really tight by wrapping one wire around the other, using one as a post. To help this process, we used the bottlenose pliers to tighten the wrap. Then, we used the flushed pliers to cut it right there. We then made the circle where we will put the sting of the necklace I’m making. We did this with the barrel pliers. Then, again, we wrapped it around and cut it with the flushed pliers. That’s all I’ve done so far. I’ll put a few pictures up when I’m done. But here is a picture of the circle pendant part.



Passion project – presentation!

I feel like I am ready for this presentation, but I think it might be too long. I’m using Keynote, and I have 6 slides – one for a title slide, one for a slide about why I was interested in this topic, one for my first attempt, one for my second attempt, one for my final attempt, and then one that wraps the presentation up. I have three or four pictures on each slide, and I hope that my presentation will be super good! (And a minute or under!)


So this is (I think) the end of me writing about my passion project one! I hope that I improved (I think I did) on making rosettes, and I even learned how to make tie-die rosettes! I think this project was also really super fun. Maybe I’ll do another passion project soon!

Passion projects: attempt #2!




I think I did better this time than last time, but I still think I have room to make it better.




I think I did better this time, but I think there is still room to grow for me.

Technology #3 – Our first project!

So, today, we started our first project – we are going to make pendants, and we can put it on a necklace or bracelet. I am really excited about this because I really want to make a R, and then give it to my mom, because her name is Rachel. I think she will really like it. We are doing this by using, at max, 5 wires, to make a design, in a circle. Then, we are going to solder it and hopefully, it will look really cool! Right now, we are brainstorming what we want to do, and I definitely want to do an R. I think that is what I will give her for a holiday present. I will also, on my own time, make something for my dad, maybe a tennis ball. Here is a picture of my brainstorming sheet.

Passion project – Figuring out my prototype!

So, this week, we needed to think about what we are going to do for our prototype. I had a little bit of an idea of what I wanted to do before, but now I need to figure out the details. I can do this by answering a few questions.

1. What will I learn and make?

Okay, so for this passion project, I will learn how to make rosettes (hopefully) really well. I am going to do this by making cupcakes, and making rosettes on them.

2. Why do you want to learn and make this?

So, if you guys don’t know, I LOVE baking, especially decorating baked goods, and the techniques of decorating it. I want to learn this so that I can learn how to make better rosettes, for my future baked products. I think it will be a really fun project for me.

3. How will you learn and make this?

Well, I think the first step is to bake the cupcakes, then, do my first attempt without any research. I’ll take a picture, and then research a little bit. Then, the next week, I will do my second attempt, and reflect on if I did it better then the first time. Then, the next week, I’ll do a bunch more research, and to my final prototype/last attempt/final product.

4. What will success look like for you?

Success, for me, will look like at the beginning, it will be messy, and pretty horrible, then progressing, for my second attempt, and for my last attempt, I HOPE that it will be pretty/really good.


So, I’ll update you what comes next, which will be after my first attempt! I’ll post a picture, and I hope it won’t be too embarrassing!

Rube Goldberg – Having Troubles!

I haven’t posted in a while, but that’s because nothing has been going on. We had vacation, and then again we were reminded of the deadline for everything else – only a week away. And I’m going away for the weekend, which means only working after school.

We’re very nervous. And with all the videos, testing, and blog posting also needing to be done, we’re running close. Every moment needs to be used, and the dominos are just not cooperating.

Unfortunately, we are running low on time. We’ll update you when the time comes! Wish us the best!

Week 2 Plant Reflection

Week 2

The first day of week 2 was May 8th. Then, cell 1 was 2 cm. Cell 2 was 2 cm. Also, cell 3 was 2 ½ cell 4 was 3 cm. All the plants grew taller. The (M) was starting to get moldy. The next day was May 9th and cell 1 was 2 cm. Cell 2 was 2 cm. Cell 3 was 3 cm. Cell 4 was 3 and 1/4. The (M) was nothing. And, it was so smelly! On May 10th, everything was about 3 or 4 cm. They are green and the stem of cell 2 are purple. The (M) smelled like rotten bagel! Then, of course, May 11th, cell 1 was 5 cm. Cell 2 was 3 cm. Cell 3 was 4 cm, and cell 4 was 4 cm. The (M) was nothing and it smelled like rotten cheese. Then, May 12th. Cell 1 was 6 cm. Cell 2 was 5 cm. Cell 3 was 6 cm and the 4th cell was the same as the 3rd cell.

My plants!


Mrs. DeGrazia’s plant!

State Math Test Reflection

The math state test was a little challenging but I managed to get through it. It was not as bad as the ELA state test and it was a little fun but mostly annoying and stressful to do. I felt like I did well. There was a lot of fractions, area, multiplication, and expressions on the test. I got extra recess and time to take a nap. I got to draw on paper but the whole time, I had to be extra, extra quiet. After the whole class was done, we could go on our Chromebooks quietly even though the whole school wasn’t done. Something about the room when everyone was taking the test being quiet made me a little weird. I did not like that feeling. That’s why the math state test was not my favorite.