Before we built our flashlights, we had to build a diagram that was as accurate as possible so we would know where to put the wires. When Mr. Calvert showed us how we were going to make the diagram I was so confused and worried that I was going to mess up. When we started our diagrams, I got distracted so I was a little bit behind. Luckily I was able to catch up to everyone else soon. I just finished making the base for the diagram and I am going to draw where the wires are going to go tomorrow.
When Mr. Calvert introduced this project, he first talked about when this soccer team got stuck in a cave for weeks. You have probably already heard of it. Anyways, it was a really really hard process of getting the kids out and one of the divers even passed away from trying to get the team out. Mr. Calvert then told us we had to make a flashlight that was waterproof. I was kind of confused of how I was gonna do that but when he explained it a little better, I was started to get how I was going to do it.
In tech we just finished doing the switch game. At first, I thought that it was going to be too much work and I would get bored of it quickly but when I started building my first switch I realized that it was a lot of fun and I was excited to start building the other ones. My first switch was almost like a bungee cord button. I used a rubber band to make it jump back up. My second switch was made out of a popsticle stick, and my last one was simply just made out of cardboard.
In tech we made solder people. At first I thought that I wouldn’t be able to do it or it would turn out horrible but it just turned out a little bad. First we planned out what we wanted our person to be doing. I decided to just have a regular person doing nothing. I wanted to do a plain jane design because I thought it would be easier. Then we took a thick piece of brass wire and formed it on a penil. After that we soldered the arms of the person on. When I soldered the arms on a little piece of solder was sticking out of the “armpit”. I now call it armpit hair.
Recently in tech we’ve been learning about atoms. I personally don’t find it that fun but Mr Calvert said that we need to know about atoms before we can start building. I am starting to get it and at least he makes more interesting and funny than it normally would be. I think it’s cool that everything is made out of atoms but we can’t see them. I thought it was really cool when we were talking about how if we turned a grapefruit into the size of the Earth, then the atoms would only be the size of a blueberry and no matter where we were, we would just see blueberries. I liked how we put it into perspective.
So far, tech had been very fun. I like how its a creative space where we can just think out of the box. It is a good way to end the day because instead of stressing about the test we have tomorrow or how much homework we have that night we can have fun and create new things. Recently, Mrs. More visited and talked about an alternative to elephant ivory. I really liked the idea she had because elephants are my fav animal and I’m sad to see them endangered.
Finally, we have finished capstone. It was a long journey, but it taught me so so much. The first time I ever presented was in front of my class. I was terrified and my legs were shaking while presenting. I didn’t know all of my script at the time so I had to keep looking down at it. The second time I presented was 10 times better. I did it in front of A 3rd grade class and it went very well. I pretty much new my script and I wasn’t nearly as nervous as before. This time was my last dress rehearsal. Finally, the night came to present to the parents. I surprisingly wasn’t nervous at all. I think this was because I had enough experience with presenting and I had at least practiced my script 100 times. After finishing this project, I learned so much. Capstone taught me to manage my time. I also learned that speaking loud and clearly is VERY important because if you don’t, no one can you and therefore your not teaching anyone anything. This capstone could be life changing for me because now I might try to be a nutritionist when I’m older.
These past weeks, my class has been learning about graphic novels. From gutters to illustrations to complicated writing, we have created our own. I have faced many challenges and went through a long journey. For example one of my biggest challenges was finding a good story-line and making the story sound good in the graphic novel form-mat. I kept changing my story because I felt it was either to hard to express or it just wasn’t a good story.
Reading Graphic Novels changed my view on them because I realized that the story expresses a lot more than people would think because the story seems so short when reading. It has the same amount of action, feelings, and emotions than a novel. I realized also that graphic novels are pretty tricky to read because you have to consider the gutters, thinking bubbles, speech bubbles, captions and more.
Writing Graphic Novels is A LOT harder than it looks. Same as the reading, while writing I need to consider, gutter, thinking bubbles, captions and speech bubbles. I thought that it was going to be super easy but the drawings take FOREVER and in my experience, it’s hard to think up how your story is going to go.
Here is my slideshow and if you can’t see it click this link – http://blogs.scarsdaleschools.org/cboyer/graphic-novels/
Recently, I finished my interviews for Capstone. I had one on Saturday and one on Wednesday. The first interview I had was with a nutritionist. She was actually my aunt. The 2nd was with the lead editor of the Food Revolution Network. Her name is Lindsay Oberst. The reason I interviewed two people was because I wanted to hear what different people said. They mostly said similar things. They talked about food addiction and how we don’t even know what we are eating for the most part. I learned that so many bad chemicals that we don’t even know are in the food affect our health tremendously. I am now very inspired and might want to be a nutritionist when I am older.
Today, my grade went to a Spanish restaurant. We have been learning and preparing for this field trip. For instance, we learned all the names of the dishes and what to say to the waiters.
When we first got to the restaurant we got seated. Surprisingly the dishes came right away! When the waiter brought us the food I told her, Muchas gracias. The first dish they served was, lomo saltado. It is a dish with patas fritas ( french fries) aros ( rice ) and steak. The next dish they served was pollo saltado which consisted of, patas fritas, pollo ( chicken ) and aros. They brought out two more plates one full of aros and the other had Pescado ( fish ) and aros. My favorite dish was the lomo saltado.