For Capstone we have to make presentations, and present them, Instead of trifold like they did in the past. I am doing a Ted Talk instead of an Ignite. I presented my Capstone in the library when we did it in front of the parents. The students presenting either get assigned to present in the library, Computer lab, auditorium or classroom. The teachers do this so it is a quicker process, instead of the whole grade doing it in one room, because that would take a long time. We only present in the area we were assigned when we do it in front of the parents, but when we do it in front of classes and other teachers we just do it in the classroom.
As you guys may already know, I did baking as my Capstone topic. Before I went up to present in front of the parents I was nervous, but when I got up I got the hang of it, so it wasn’t that hard for me. I memorized pretty well. I didn’t care if it was word for word or not, I just went with the flow. If I forgot what to say on the slide I would talk about the pictures and that would help me remember, or I would just say some facts that I know that match the slide. Overall I really enjoyed this unit.
For our Capstone we have to make a presentation. You start of by writing your script and then you can choose to do an ignite or ted talk. Basically you answer your main inquiry question, in a slide show, for the Ignite each slide is 15 seconds and the total time is 3 minutes, so there are 12 slides. For a TED Talk you can have as many slides as you need and there is no time for each slide, you go at your pace and you can have as much information as you need to say. Usually you would do a ted talk if you have more information that you would like to say. You have to memorize your ignite and TED Talk.
First I decided to do an ignite but I only had 7 slides and so I told my teacher and she said I should do a ted talk so I did, after that I added more slides with more information, so far I have 10 slides. Memorization was pretty easy for me, I would say its easiest to do out of your whole presentation. I have a method, my method is to look at the script for the slide i’m having trouble memorizing, then I try it without the script, that helps me a lot.
Today I will be talking about our Ellis Island field trip. The whole 5th grade went to Ellis Island on a bus and then a ferry. My class got split up for the bus. In my group that I got split up into I had Avery, Emma, Kate, Dani and as our chaperone we had mrs. Edwards.
The first thing we did when we got there was eat a snack then we looked around at the place you enter by. We looked around at baggage and more, some things I think where cool, is the globe, and the flag that you can look up a person and they appear in the flag creating an American flag. After that we went up some stairs and we entered the Great hall, the person who lead us upstairs asked us to do some push ups and touch your toes and he asked us to raise out right leg but I thought he said left so I put up my left leg, so then he gave me some blocks I had to arrange and they have to fit perfectly into each other, I was timed to do it like a real immigrant would have to do to, I got some help, I got to pick someone to help me and I picked Emma. After that we watched a short movie that was about 45 minutes, it showed the process of people immigrating and told a story behind them. After the movie we had lunch and then we took some pictures, then we looked around more, some things I thought were cool were the cloths of immigrants and the beds they would sleep in if they stayed at Ellis Island. Then we went back on the ferry and stopped at the statue of liberty but we didn’t get of and then we went back to where the bus was and drove back. Overall I liked the trip and would definitely go again.
My interview went pretty good. The person I interviewed (Peter Zachartos) answered my questions so it went pretty well.
The only problems were it was an hour drive and when I interviewed him since it was a small place customers were coming in so I had to stop filming and writing notes for about 15 minutes. Then I asked more questions but then other people came in and we had to get home because we had people coming. So I didn’t get to ask all my questions. Another problem is that some of my questions he answered the wrong way, like he would completely change the subject and I wouldn’t get a full answer to the question. (not of all of them)
The good thing were that he was an expert in 3D printing and desserts, fox 5 came in to tell him he was the first to start making 3D chocolates, he was also in some magazines, that was a good thing for me to. The other good things are that I got to take a lot of pictures so I did my site visit at the same time. Another good thing is that he answered all my questions that I asked and gave an explanation.
Overall I think it was useful and I got some information, some of the information also helped me answer my sub questions. I also got a lot of pictures for my site visit. I think it was worth coming to SugarCube.
I also finally got a response from Dinara Kasko and she answered all my interview questions really well. I was really happy because she started baking using 3D printers and she a well known pastry chef.
Today I will talk about my site visit. I did my site visit at SugarCube. Its an hour away, its in long island city/queens. I took a lot of pictures! It was really cool looking at all the desserts like the chocolate, gelato and the cakes and more desserts. I also liked looking at the molds to make the chocolate and desserts.
The only thing that was kind of annoying is that the place was really small so there wasn’t a lot of things to take pictures of. But then the owner showed us sketches and pictures he made that got him into 3D printing and stuff like that, for example he also took out molds and a lot more, and then we took pictures of those. He took out molds to show us so we got to take pictures of that. We also took pictures of the desserts. We took more than one picture of the same things so we have more options. It’s also better to have more than needed, then too little.
Overall my site visit went well and I enjoyed doing it, even though the place was a little far, I think it was worth it. The owner was the first to 3D print chocolates and desserts, and is one of the only places that you can find that 3D prints desserts and chocolates, and they are hard to find so I did it there. Fox 5 came to the pastry shop and told him he was the first to do it, so it was a good place to do it.
Today we went to the restaurant pollo a la brasa in school with the whole fifth grade. Pollo a la brasa is a peruvian restaurant. Our spanish teacher Senor Johnson planned the trip. It was a spanish trip.
Some of the dishes we had were Pollo Saltado (chicken with french fries). We also has Lomo Saltado ( meat with rice), Tallarin saltado de Carne (meat and noodles), Pescado al ajo (Fish), Ensalada de Verduras (salad), We also had bread. A drink we had is called Chicha Morada. ( is made out of cinnamon, purple corn and lemons).
My favorite out of the dishes was the Lomo Saltado because I liked the meat and the rice that came with it. The only thing we got served I didn’t like was the bread and fish and I didn’t like the fish because I don’t like any fish. I liked this trip because I got to learn about the culture and try new foods and new things with my friends I haven’t tried before. I think this is one of my favorite trips so far. I think this was a fun unit. Overall I really liked this restaurant and would definitely go back with my family, or any time.
Choosing a main inquiry question was hard for me. I decided to do Broadway shows but then changed it right before out topic was due. I talked with my teacher and we decided I would do 3D baking. It was something I was interested in and didn’t know much about. It was time to start thinking of questions. I thought of a ton of question and revised one I would want to be my main inquiry question. Then I thought, the other questions I came up with could be my sub questions, because they has something to do with my main inquiry question, and could help me research to find out the answer to my question. I got very stressed because a lot of other people had already thought of a main inquiry question. Then I tried not to stress because I knew it wouldn’t help. I started to think about my question and not what anybody else and what they were up to.
I am from the big green ,Frog that floats on water. From my pink blanket My grandma made To The unicorn piggy bank. I am from “Eat your carrots they help your vision.And from “It’s getting late, go to bed.”I am from a tree, at my old house I would hide behind Whose branches had a lot of leaves. I am from my green/grey couch And my old house. From Joe and Elinor. From dramatic times And optimistic times. From family Tennis and soccer tournaments. I am from opening presents on Hanukkah.From cranberry sauce and challah. From dad surviving 9/11.From when my aunt Burned down the house when she was little. And from my sister cutting my hair when I was 3. I am from the moments that make me Happy and Make me laugh.
During the process of writing this poem I faced some challenges in the beginning. First when we got the organizer that helps us writing it I thought I would fill it out in two seconds, but then when I started it I realized it was hard and I couldn’t think of stuff to write down. After I finally did fill it out I forgot to put it in a google doc so I really quickly typed it up. Then I realized we had to put it in paragraphs I stressed because I didn’t know where I should make each paragraph. Then I got help from a friend and then we printed them out and started illustrating that wasn’t so hard. Neither was the rest. I just made my video and then I was done.
I liked writing the where I’m from poem because I could just write anything about me in a poem. After all it wasn’t so hard.
Today I started thinking about some topics to do for Capstone. Here’s a few,
This is what I narrowed it down to,
I think I am going to do baking because I think I could come up with good questions and the research won’t be boring. My second option is DIYS. I think DIYS could have the most interesting research but it would be hard to come up with questions. Broadway shows can be interesting to research because of the affects they use and the equipment. I was going to do shark tank but it wouldn’t be so interesting to research, and it would be hard to visit and get an interview. I started thinking of a specific type of baking and after thinking about it I think I am going to do 3D baking, 3D baking is baking edible desserts out of a 3D printer.