Captstone #7 – Capstone Share

For Capstone we had to share with the students and the parents. Every 5th grader shared for the students on June 19th, and shared with the parents on June 20th. It was a very fun and great experience for me because we each got to listen to each other’s capstone presentations. I was doing a digital presentation, and I was assigned in the 5th grade wing.

After the moving up ceremony, people started to move towards the auditorium entrance to look at the digital presentations there. Then after that, they started heading for the 5th Grade wing to look at all the presentations outside, and inside of the classrooms. Lots of people came to watch my presentation about the Hyperloop, and I sometimes had to explain a little bit more. After about 20-30 min of explaining and waiting at my table, I finally moved on to the auditorium to watch other people do their TED talks and Ignites, if there were any. It was really interesting because I got to learn about different topics that other kids researched on.

Then came the refreshments at the gym. There was a big Rice Krispies in a “H” shape, which I assumed was homemade. I ate some of it, and it was finished off pretty quickly. I left for lunch shortly afterwards, and I thought that the Capstone Share was extremely fun and interesting day for me.

Caspstone #6 – Working on my Final Project

For capstone, after we finished all of our research, we had to work on our final projects. I chose a slideshow recorded with QuickTime Player, and everyone got to chose what format they wanted their capstone about.  It was really fun because we got to control most of what we were going to do our capstone by ourselves. I chose to do a movie, because I would be able to fit as much information as I can, while not being pressured about the time limits. We each had to research a LOT about our topic, and it was sometimes annoying when you couldn’t find any information on the web. It is also frustrating sometimes to write these blog posts because sometimes I’m at a loss of mind and I can’t think of anything to write about.

Since I’m doing my capstone in a movie, I made a presentation and recorded it with QuickTime first. Then I went to WeVideo and tweaked it a little, so it sounded a little better. Mainly if you are doing a movie slideshow you use Screencastify, but I thought that Screencastify was really bad quality, so I used QuickTime player instead.

Later on when we were ready, we presented to each other. It was really cool because we got to comment and help each other do better. Sometimes it was challenging, and sometimes it was fun. It was challenging because sometimes when I did my research, I couldn’t fine the information I was seeking for. It was also fun when I was making my presentation, and when I was looking for pictures. I really enjoyed making my capstone presentation.

Here is my final project:

Capstone Resources

For Capstone, I had to research a lot about my topic, the Hyperloop. Where did I get all the information? On  sites, obviously! In this post I will show you some of my sources that I got my information from:


Capstone #5 – Answering my Main Inquiry Question

For Capstone, I had to write an essay about my Main Inquiry Question, and about how my Sub Questions support it. My essay is about the Hyperloop and how it will change the world’s transportation, because the Hyperloop will travel almost the speed of sound.  It was really challenging because we had to write a lot, and explain in detail about our sub-questions. I thought the most hard part about answering my main inquiry question was fitting and organizing all the information that I researched into a document. This is my essay including my main inquiry question, and I hope you enjoy it:


How will the Hyperloop change the world of transportation and affect people’s lives?

The Hyperloop is transportation, and transportation saves time.

The Hyperloop is a pod-like vehicle that travels up to 700 mph, almost as fast as the speed of sound. According to my research, the Hyperloop will change the world of transportation and improve people’s lives because the Hyperloop will allow them to travel faster and for less money.

Background Information About the Hyperloop

Elon Musk is a famous engineer that invented the Hyperloop, and trusts that it will become a reality. There are three main companies working to make the Hyperloop become a reality; Hyperloop One (Hyperloop Technologies), Hyperloop transportation Technologies (HTT), and TransPod. Since the Hyperloop is based in California right now, the companies are working to build a route from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Building this route will cost about $6 billion to $7.5 billion, way cheaper than expected. This way of transportation will help thousands and millions of people in the world, when the Hyperloop becomes continental.

How is it Being Built?

How are the companies going to create the Hyperloop and its tubes? The companies are going to use a new material called c2i, that is 5x lighter than aluminum, and 10x stronger than steel. This new material was made in Slovakia recently, and is extremely strong and also extremely efficient to use. Lots of teams from different places are working hard together to construct the tubes for the test run. “The Hyperloop will hopefully be ready by 2020”, says Philippe Kirschen, the Optimization Engineer at Hyperloop One, who I interviewed.

Traveling Fast

“The Hyperloop will travel up to speeds of 700 mph”, says famous engineer, Elon Musk. It will be eco-friendly and might travel underwater, even. The vehicle will be propelled through a reduced-pressure tube, which will hopefully make the Hyperloop levitate. The tubes will create no friction, so it will glide gently with no turbulence throughout the tubes at unbelievable speeds, almost at the speed of sound, which is 767.269 mph. That is extremely fast compared to cars and other vehicles.

Saving Money And Time When Travelling

The Hyperloop will affect lot of people’s lives by helping them get to places by almost the speed of sound. It will also affect people’s lives by shipping heavy cargo, instead of by boat, airplanes, trains, and other transportation vehicles, because the Hyperloop will be way more efficient and faster. It will be extremely useful if you are late, say, to an important meeting, and all you need to do is hop onto a Hyperloop, and arrive at your destination in minutes. This will be very effective towards people’s lives because a ticket for a trip on the Hyperloop will only cost around $20, so lots of people can afford to travel on it.

Are There any Disadvantages of the Hyperloop?

Sealed tubes can be hard to get out of. If a pod does fail and gets stuck for some reason, it may be hard to escape. This is an issue that a lot of people have been thinking about, and I think the companies building the Hyperloop should make an emergency exit in the tubes and in the Hyperloop.

Con: Sealed tubes can be hard to get out of. If a pod does fail and gets stuck for some reason, it may be hard to escape. This is an issue that a lot of people have been thinking about, and I think the companies building the Hyperloop should make an emergency exit in the tubes and in the Hyperloop.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, the Hyperloop will change the world of transportation in various reasons. It will save lots of time because of the speed, be extremely cheap, and saves a lot of time. I think that the Hyperloop will actually become a reality and become a worldwide transportation vehicle, based on the research I did. It will affect the world and people’s lives with a big impact.


SMS Tour Reflection

On Friday, June  2nd, we went on a field trip to the Middle School. I’m in Fountain House, and our house counselor’s name is Mr. Divino, and he is extremely nice. Everyone in Fountain were evenly split up into different groups for the different teachers. My teacher’s name was Mrs. Gilliland, and she was also very nice. She talked about the different elements about middle school and provided a lot of information to help us throughout middle school in the beginning years. She also gave us lolly pops! I learned so much about middle school from Mrs. Gilliland, and I’m really excited for Middle School, and to make new friends!

Going to Pollo a la Brasa Misti Restaurant

On May 31st, the whole entire 5th grade went on a field trip to a restaurant in Portchester. We left at around 10:15 and arrived at around 10:35. When we got there, we were assigned different tables. I was assigned my regular table at school, with Ryan and Rick, so I was satisfied with the assignments. We each received a sheet of paper and we had to ask each other 4 questions, like what was their name, and what their favorite food was. My favorite food we had was Lomo Saltado because it was lamb and other things and rice with French fries, which were delicious! The next serving was Chicha Morada. Chicha Morada is a type of juice made out of pineapple, cinnamon, blue corn, etc.  I thought that the drink was good, but the other people in my table thought that the cinnamon aftertaste was too strong. I had to agree that the cinnamon was strong, but the drink itself is extremely refreshing. After the Chicha Morada, we had Pollo Saltado, which is chicken and lots of other things with rice. Pollo Saltado is basically Lomo Saltado, but with chicken instead of lamb. Pescado was after this. This fish was really good because of the sauce on top of  it and because it was friend with no bones. After the last dish, we had to wait for the others to finish, then we rode the bus back to school. It was a extremely fun experience and I really enjoyed the trip.