Today my whole grade went on a field trip to a peruvian restaurant, called Pollo a La Brasa Misti Restaurant. The food there was great. We got to try the Pollo Saltado, Lomo Saltado, Tallarin Saltado de Carne, Pescado al Ajo and Ensalada de Morada. My favorite one was the Tallarin Saltado de Carne, which was steak and noodles. They also served us a drink called Chicha morada, which I really liked. I also had a great experience. I sat with Sam, Kevin, Aiden, My mom and Kevin’s mom. We all talked about the food and had a great time.
The second step of capstone is choosing a main inquiry question and 5 sub questions. These are what my final presentation will be about so this is a very big step.
First, I had to come up with my main inquiry question. I got a sheet to help me come up with questions from every subject. I found out much more about what I could research than I knew. I liked a lot of these questions but ended up liking two the best, what is stop motion, and What is the difference between animation movies and stop motion movies. Mrs. Edwards then looked at my inquiry question and changed it to What are the essential elements of making a successful stop motion short film? I liked this question a lot, after doing a little more research I ended up sticking with that.
Next, I had to come up with sub questions. At first, I was clueless. I couldn’t think of any questions related to my inquiry question. After a little thinking I was able to come up with one. What people are needed to make a stop motion film? I thought about what I would do if I were to make a stop motion film. I knew that you would need a camera guy, people to make the puppets, etc. Another one that I thought of quickly was what things that you would need? I thought this would be interesting because there are many things that you need and a lot to explain about why you would need those things. I also watched a video about the different types of stop motion, and that gave me the idea of doing what types of stop motion are there? I have always wondered, about how they put animation in Wallace and Gromit when all they do is take pictures. That led me to my fourth question, how is a stop motion film animated. As my last two questions I wanted to do them on me making a stop motion film. One is bringing a stop motion film to life which is mostly jest going to talk about my process, and my last one will be my final stop motion short film. I decided to do six because I might want to take one out and if I do I will still have one extra.
That was my process in choosing my main inquiry question and my sub questions.
For our poetry festival at Heathcote School, our teacher assigned a poem that we had to write. It is called the where I’m from poem. It is all about your life and what you have. We got a packet for us to look at and read where I’m from poems and do an outline of your poem. I read a lot of these poems and they inspired me on what I should write about in my poem. I followed the outline and added a few extra things. Finally I had my whole poem typed up on the computer. After a meeting with my teacher and some more edits, my poem was ready to be printed. After I printed it I drew a little design and some of the things that I mentioned as my illustration.
Once I had my poem it was time to practice for when I was going to recite it in front of the green screen. When I first started practicing my script I stumbled a lot. Every time I practiced I got better. Soon I had my script down pretty well and was ready to do my green screen video. First, I had to pick a picture for my green screen. I picked a design but when I went back to looking for a better picture I decided that the picture of a spotlight was better. I then went to the green screen and took my video. It took two tries for me to get it perfect because the first one I stumbled a little, but the second one was good.
Here is the video:
In school we are doing a project called capstone. The first step of capstone is choosing a topic. For me choosing a topic was pretty easy because I knew that my biggest interest was baseball. My first idea was to do it on that. But then I remembered what I did last year for my passion project, I did short films. I wanted to learn more about how those are made so, instead of doing that I decided to do movies. The reason why I decided to do this is because I was interested in shorts but I wanted to do something more interesting and different.
Half way through my research I had a chat with Mrs. Edwards and we thought that I should do something a little more interesting and specific. I decided that stop motion would be interesting. After doing a little more research I came to the conclusion of doing stop motion films. Now I am on to the next step, choosing an inquiry question.
For my last coding project. I did another Scratch project. I wanted to do a catch game because it looked fun. I started with the tutorial. Then I added more baseballs. Now I had an original catch game. I then added a score and countdown. Once I was done I thought to myself how I can make it better. After playing some of my classmates games I thought that a two person catch game would be fun. But after a few games with some other people I noticed that one bowl one every time. I had to change that. I added different looking balls that have different values. I thought this would be a more free for all game. Once that was done I tried my game out, made the last few fixes and then published it.
Here it is:
For my third project I decided to do a tynker project. I am not so good at tynker so I decided to keep it simple. I looked through the games and I liked the music game the best. The original game was already made for you so I just added some new characters. This game was really easy to make but, the annoying part was I kept forgetting to save it so I did it so many times. In the end I finally got it done and saved it.
Here it is:
For my first project, I decided to do a simple Pong Game. I did this because earlier in the year I tried one and it totally failed. I wanted to make a successful Pong Game. First, I looked at my old Game and tried to figure out what was wrong. It was a whole big mess so I was going to try to make it neater this time. I did the tutorial first., and the game worked! Next, I just fixed the glitches. This was the hard part because I noticed them when I was trying out my game, but then I had to figure out how to fix them. I finally finished and my game was cleaner than any other Pong Game.
Here is the final Result:
One of my biggest struggles was finding out what was wrong with my other Pong Game. I looked over every script and couldn’t figure out why, so I just gave up and started a new one. Another one of my biggest struggles was making the ball bounce in a different direction every time. At first, it just went back and fourth and some other angles that I tried didn’t work but, finally I got it to work.
I had an interesting experience during my debate. During the research our group did really well. We got a lot of information and statistics. When it came to the deciding who is on either side we had some arguing. I was for zoos but Alex, Karine, and Noah were against. Finally, Alex came to my side. But, then Karine and Noah didn’t want to be together but we ended up getting them to agree. For practicing for our first debate we did fine but on the last day Noah had been out a lot so he wasn’t ready and Alex was out sick, so Karine and I did a one on one debate. That one didn’t go so well. But then we started preparing for our next debate.
First, we started out by getting a little more research. Then we wanted to practice but Noah was out so Alex and I just looked over our debate reasons and examples. One Noah came back I was out so we couldn’t practice again. This kept happening until break now most teams have gone and we haven’t even got one full practice in. The next few days after break Alex was out and then I was again after him. Mrs. Edwards really wanted us to go soon and so did everyone else. Finally, the next week we were all here. We only got two days to practice as a full group, and even though we weren’t so prepared we still went and got it over with. Here is our final debate and feedback:
What is an ignite?
An ignite is a presentation that someone gives where each slide is 15 seconds and so the slides change every 15 seconds while the presenter is talking about the slides. An ignite is usually to teach some people about something. An ignite is usually one minuet and 30 seconds or five minuets.
The assignment our teacher gave us was to do a one minuet and thirty second presentation about something that has to do with us. I immediately though that I wanted to do something about sports, because that is my biggest passion. At first, I was going to do my top five favorite sports. But, then I decided to do something more specific. I ended up doing my top five favorite sports events.
First, I decided all of my favorite events. Then, I did a little more research on these events. I didn’t want to research to much because I didn’t want to have to remember so many facts. Next, I started to write my script. This in my opinion was the hardest part because on some slides I didn’t have enough to write about and other ones I wanted to write so much more than I did. When I finally got the timing right it was time to move on the the practicing stage. It was a lot harder to memorize my script than I thought it would be. I had to practice it many times until I mastered it. But, finally I was ready to present.
I was really nervous when I was going up. I just fought through it and did it the way I was supposed to do it.
Here is the final product:
For my second project I decided to do another Scratch project. I thought that Scratch was easier to use and I liked the options it gave you better too. I decided to do a Hide and Seek game. The tutorial only gave me one character that acts like Wally does. After the tutorial I thought to myself how I can make it better. First I decided to add obstacles to my game, but it was still way to easy. I have played arcade games where you had to hit the thing that lights up or something like that, so I decided to make it like that. First, I added more bears that didn’t look like Wally. Now my game was a bit harder. Next I wanted to figure out a way for you to win or lose. I made it so when the bears are clicked a you lose sign comes up. And when the score is six then a you win sign pops up. That was my biggest improvement so far. I then thought to myself that it wouldn’t be hard to just not click the bears and wait for Wally to show up in the middle of the screen, so I added a countdown. Now it is pretty hard to win this game. Finally, I added my finishing touches to fix the lags, check it out down below.
Throughout the process I had a few struggles. One of them was Making the score go up one the second Wally was clicked. I had a few people try my game before I published it. One person’s score was five with one second to go. He clicked Wally but the score didn’t calculate because I had play sound pop and say you found me, before the code said to change score by one. This glitch caused some problems. Luckily I was able to figure this out and fix it. Another struggle was I had the building and the tree go away when the you lose or you win sign pops up. But, what happened was they left the screen and never came back even when the next round started. It took me a while to figure out that I needed to make them appear every time a new round starts. these were two of the struggles I went through during the process.