Capstone#3: Site Visit

Yesterday I had my site visit. I went to Garden City’s Cradle of Aviation museum in Long Island. The museum was not packed, so that made it easier to get somewhere. The first thing we went to was the airplane hangar, which had 3 fighter jets with missiles and the cockpit of a Boeing 707 from El Al airlines, which was the first ever flown. The next thing we went to was the Pan American Airlines exhibit, which was about their Boeing 314, which was a sea plane and carried 78 passengers and crew maximum. I watched 2 videos on how the 314’s were luxury, and how they were made for better passenger service to Asia. Then me and my grandma spotted a model of a Pan Am Boeing 747, which was very cool. Then we went to the galleries to see the modern planes today exhibit. I watched a video there on planes that crashed and how the US fixed them for World War 1&2. I also saw a model of a World War bomber. The most exciting thing I saw was the size comparison of all the planes ever made(in model form) and also saw an Airbus A-380 engine, from the largest passenger airliner in the world. Last, we listened to a talk by Charles Lindbergh’s daughter. Charles Lindbergh was a historic flier when he made the first flight across the ocean from Long Island to France. I also bought a book on Boeing, the number one plane maker of the world.


Our immigration unit is over, and my group is releasing our video on Scarsdale Schools blogs. We had one major issue when we were filming: fighting. We had heated arguments all the time. But after Ms. Boyer suggested that we should not do voice overs, we said yes, and things became a lot easier after that. SO, PRESENTING, IMMIGRATION: SETTLING IN AMERICA!

Capstone: Sub Questions

For Capstone, I am doing the question”How have aviation disasters affected plane manufacturers and their safety?” My sub questions are:

How have planes improved after a major disaster?

What problems were faced by airlines?

What problems affected people and their opinions of air travel?

What airplane materials have changed?

How have communications through radio improved on planes?




Immigration: Rapping Up

Today my group is supposed to be doing everything to rap up our immigration project. When we got the Mac, it only had 13% left. So we decided to keep going. But in five minutes, Taj came to help us and couldn’t get the images on the green screen. Then a notice came up and said that the computer was at 4%. Oh Well! This was proably because the Mac wasn’t plugged in properly. Next time we will surely get our work done!

So obviousely we had some problems with the computer. But that didn’t stop us! We kept going and the next day, we watched a tutorial video on how to put in the green screen and fixed it. We played around with the commands. It looked great!


For my capstone project I am doing the question, ” How have aviation disasters affected Airplanes? ” Some disasters are the disaster of American Airlines flight 587 on November 11, 2001. A big Boeing 747 had just taken off before 587, and made the air choppy. 587’s tail fin ripped off and it plunged into Rockaway beach. Airplanes have changed in many ways , from the horrible DC-10s to the old airplanes that crashed.


Above: Swissair flight 111.



Stop Motion Animation Immigration: Part 3

Today we are holding off filming because Lana’s group is filming. But previousely, we filmed scene 6, which was a train dropping people off at the staion. The train spammed to about ten frames, the stopped. Another part was where the immigrants just pop out of the train. PA!

The funniest scene on record was “The Fat Lady” when Jasper put too much tape on a lady who was traveling on the train. When she exited, a man went out and then she came back in and “Opened Up”. The tape unstuck from the cardboard and through each frame,  she got higher and higher until she “Closed”.

Director Krennic Of The Empire

Director Krennic, officer of the death star, looked up at the black stormtrooper amour crew men. The shuttle was about to approach Scarif. As the ship landed on the Emperial landing pad, he got up. He was greeted with many stormtroopers. As he waiked in, a general commander asked of his presence. “I want this whole island sealed off. Now!” Just then thousands of rebellion fighters soared through the open shield gate.

Immigration: Day 2: Stop Motion Animation

Today we have some more animation time at the computer lab. We have not yet gotten to the computer lab because we are not going until after lunch. Yay! The next scene is the end of scene 4, and the start or end of the 5th scene. I will stay posted.

Stop Motion Animation-Immigration

Today my immigration group started filming again. Immigration is our current social studies unit. In immigration, we have to make a stop motion film, where you take pictures and form them into a video. The peak of immigration was from the late 1800’s to the mid 1900’s. So far we have 20 seconds. The first scene was when a boat is coming from the ocean with some immigrants and goes by the statue of liberty. We have a green screen, so we gathered images for it in the editing session. The next scene was when immigrants were popping up all around the city. The last scene we did was when the immigrants were coming around New York- an airial view.