Category: 5th grade

Blog post #7 Presenting

Hello everyone,

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.

Here is a video of me presenting:


Blog Post #6 Making My Presentation

Hello everyone,

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.

Here is a link to my presentation you can see:

Just copy and paste the link to the web.


Blog Post #4 Interview

Hello everyone,

Today I will be talking about my interview.

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.



Blog Post #3 Site Visit

Hello everyone,

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.

Blog Post #2 Making My Main Inquiry Question

Hello everyone,

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.

Blog Post #1Topic

Hi everyone,

Today I started thinking about some topics to do for Capstone. Here’s a few,

  • Baking
  • DIYS
  • Shark tank
  • Broadway shows
  • Concerts.

This is what I narrowed it down to,

  • Baking
  • DIYS
  • Broadway Shows

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.


Rube Goldberg first post

Hi everyone, we just started working on rube Goldberg. At first me and my partners, Emma and Avery were very confused on what to do. We had no idea how to start. Finally we decided we would create the google drawings to get started on something, after that we started looking around the house  for ideas and we found a robot we wanted to use. We charged the robot and meanwhile started thinking of ideas, we were thinking big. Emma’s sister gave us a couple examples of what to to. We remembered in class when we saw the video it said to create something really hard to do something very simple. this is what we thought about

-Flushing a toilet.

-Turning on a light switch.

-Make the robot press a button.

-Typing a key on a computer.

-Pressing a “that was easy” button.

We finally decided to press a key on a computer because turning on a light switch would be to high. Flushing a toilet would be to hard. Making the robot press a button would take a long to figure out how to do it.  The “that was easy” button would be hard to press since it is a round surface. Finally pressing a key was the easiest.

Rube Goldberg post 3

Hi, For our Rube Goldberg we were going to change our Rube Goldberg and make it press a that was easy button. We decided not to because we already started our plan and wrote some of our blog post.

We started making some of the stuff we needed for rube goldberg like, the tube, the paths, the lego block. We got a marble and a few balls.

We changed our plan a bit, there are two paths releasing 2 balls coming through different paths they are both hitting different stuff but both hitting a key that way we have a better chance of it working, Making to paths will be harder because we need to make sure both paths works in the end but it gives a better chance of it working because if one path doesn’t work because the ball going through the path won’t work then the other path might work.

that is a picture of us testing out some of our rube goldberg

We experimented and tried different things out. We failed a few times but realized we needed to use a tennis ball instead of a baseball.

Rube Goldberg – Post 2

Hello everyone,

We decided on what task we want to do and now we have to plan out the steps. We were going to switch our project to a “That was easy” button. The reason we didn’t do that was because we already started to plan everything out.

Now that we finished our plan we have to think about how many steps we will do and what the steps will be.

After we thought of what we were going to do for the steps my group and I made a sketch so we would have all of our steps figured out. We are making 2 paths. We redid our sketch 3 times because we decided to do a different plan but same task.

I’m looking forward to getting to build the Rube Goldberg machine!

This is a picture of our sketch.