In tech, we are going to make wooden boxes soon. To get ready for cutting the wood and measuring right, we made cardboard box’s. The first thing we did was make a paragraph of what we wanted our box to look like, and why. I said I wanted my box to look like the one that is an example. I want my box to look like that because it very clean and simple. I think I’m going to put all the cards I get from my birthday and holidays in it. The next step was to draw out the box and label the parts. I needed six different parts to make the box. Then, we did the measurements. I made by box 7.5 x 5 x 4. After making the draft of our box, we got a piece of cardboard. The size of the piece of cardboard was dependent on how big our box was. Next, after getting our piece of cardboard, we started to draw out the different parts of our box on it. My top and bottom were 7.5 x 5, my front and back were 7.5 x 4, and the sides were 5 x 4. Once we were done with drawing out our parts on the cardboard, we were aloud to start cutting the pieces out. We used a certain tool called a scroll saw. When I was finished with cutting out my six pieces, I could start assembling them. Finally, I used tape to assemble my pieces. After that, I was finished!
In tech, we have been learning about safety in the classroom. Some of the safety rules from last year that apply to this year are no running, stay focused in what you’re doing, don’t play with the equipment, wear appropriate safety gear, and make sure, before using a dangerous machine, to ask the teacher. Some safety rules that will be easy to remember is to ask the teacher before using a dangerous machine, and to wear appropriate safety gear. Something that will be a challenge for me to remember is to stay focused when I’m working on something because I talk with my friends a lot.
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.
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/
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.
Finally, my group and I finished filming our Stop Motion Film. We started audio today and its not going so well. Basically, our clips are way to short and our audio is to long. Even if we speed up our talking it is still to long. If we were allowed to we would talk as fast as we can but if we do it to fast it will sound very unnatural and bad. Our plan is to duplicate some parts of each scene so that the scene will become longer. If that doesn’t work we might have to shorten the script a little. I’m nervous about the audio for the last couple scenes because we kind of rushed through filming the last two scenes and they don’t look the best either. I’m afraid that we won’t be able to duplicate parts of the scene enough without it looking unnatural. I’m also worried that we won’t get our project done on time. I scared we might run into the same problem we had with Rube Goldberg. Being the last people to finish and being late on yet again, another project. So that’s basically whats been going on with our stop motion movie.