Working towards my final product was kind of tough. Since I had no idea what the United Nations is I had troubles knowing if I i had real information. When I was done with my project I was reliefed. But, there are more important things then just finishing the project. You have to practice your script. I was practicing over the weekend as mush as I could. Then the day finally came.
My Main research question is “Do we need the UN today?” My belief always was that we needed the UN today. In my project I added my sub questions that lead toward answering my main research question. Helping people around the world and so far successfully ending world war. That’s why I believe we need the UN today.
For capstone it’s also required to have an interview. While I was in New York city for my site visit I went to the UNICEF building and got to go into someones office who works there. (there is a 13th floor!) Her name is Kyung Sun Kim. When I went to her office I interviewed her and she answered most of my questions. It was fun to interview someone and to go into an office at UNICEF.
As I said you need to have a site visit where you need to go somewhere related to your topic. For example if you live in New York and your topic is disney than maybe you can go to museum about disney. But, since my topic is the UN it will be easy for me to have a site visit because headquarters is in New York city. For the UN it’s very hard to get in because there is a line where you need to wait on a line that takes forever to get in just get to get a wristband to let you in the actually building. Once you’re in the actual building there is a desk where you can get a tour guide and you get to see the general council, the secretary council, and the economic and social council. It was an awesome experience. (Also because I got to skip school)
At school our intern, Ryan, is reading us a book called “The Thief of Always”. In the “Thief of always” all the main characters have fatal flaws in the book. One example is peer pressure. So, our intern asked us to right this post about what we think are flaws are. I think that one of my fatal flaws are procrastination. I always want to do something later. Usually I practice piano and I never put my pieces back on the shelf. So, later my mom yells at me and lectures me to always put my pieces back and then the next day I leave it on the piano again and then I get grounded. I think that being more responsible and being organized will help me.
(If you see my other post you will see the other troubles I found while trying to find a topic) I was at school and I thought about what my main research question would be. I was browsing there website and I thought that maybe I could make my main research question that if we need the United Nations today. At our school you need to make interview questions and sub questions. You need to interview someone with 20 questions. Also, you have to schedule a site visit where you need to visit somewhere that relates to your topic. The point of the capstone is to learn something new and to research your mind out so you can reach your main question (your goal).
For our capstone you need to make 5 sub questions minimum. These sub questions are smaller questions that lead to answering your main questions. For example why doesn’t the UN get involved in war? As I said answering sub questions is easier to answer your main question?
For our class you need to make 20 interview questions and obviously interview someone. It might take a lot of time to find an interview if you don’t know anyone. Also, you need to find a site visit where you need to go somewhere that relates to your topic. So, if your topic is disney then you can go to a museum about disney. I’m doing the UN so you I can go to the headquarters.
My capstone project wasn’t the best for me. On the first day I saw a couple of my classmates already knowing what there topic is going to be but I was just sitting in my seat with my head down not knowing what to do or what topic to choose. At that time I had a major brain fart.
That day I came home and begged my mom to help me with my capstone project and for her to think of a topic for me. Then she said “how about the UN?” Ok, is it just me or did she say “UPS”. Then I heard my mom say “Hello, are you alive” and then I jerked up. Then she said again “Are you going to study on the UN” and I said “what’s that” And my mom said “look it up”.
The next day at school my curiosity about the UN made me look it up on the internet. I was browsing along there website and I was really interested in the fact about if we need the UN today or how the is it more successful then the League of Nations.
One challenge I had on the way is definitely the idea of trying to find a topic for my capstone. One success that I had is being able to find great resources on databases
This is something I did over the Spring break. This is something that happened over break that helps me get better as a learner.
At school I am in a book club group and I am reading the book “The Son of Neptune” by Rick Riordan. This is some of the Social issues that I have found so far in my book.
3/23/16 So far me and Matthew have been working on this project for about 5 days. In those 5 days we work for around and hour and a half about every time. March 16th was our first day meeting. On that day we gathered all of our materials up and started basing out the project. We are working in Matthews basement. The goal for our rube goldberg project is to get the golf ball into the hole.
The materials we have used so far in the process are a mini toy golf put, tape, cardboard tubes/cardboard, dominoes, jenga blocks/little jenga blocks, a fan car, board games, marbles, toy ramp, nock hockey board, a deck of cards(We might not use them), toy sticks, and a golf ball.
4/3/16 Today we finished our whole rube goldberg. We have worked on it for around 20 hours total. Also we got it on our 24th try. We changed our Rube Goldberg many times. Probably around 6 times.