These past 6 weeks we have been doing our capstone project. Capstone has taught me a lot and I learned a lot of things from capstone for the future. One thing I have learned from capstone is managing my time. Before capstone we had another project and I did not manage my time I waited a little to start the slide show. Also capstone has taught me what proper search terms are in the beginning of capstone I was searching questions. By the end of capstone I was searching proper search terms. Capstone was a great experience for me and if I didn’t have this experience I would not be able to handle being in middle school. These past 6 weeks has taught me a lot of things I can use for the future for projects and speaking in front of an audience.
Yesterday we presented our Capstones! It felt so good to finally present them! I presented in my classroom. Right before I was really nervous my heart was beating fast my hands were shaking. Right before I said the first word I looked at my friend nervous. Right when I felt like I was going to laugh I started speaking. While I was talking I did not feel nervous anymore. When I started speaking it felt like I didn’t have anything to worry about. I felt like I went I little to fast, but not so fast. Once I started I felt like it was already over. Once I finished it felt good to be over. Once I sat down I thought I went to fast and I messed up so I asked my friend who said I did just fine. Then I stopped doubting myself and thought I did a good job. I was really proud of myself!
Here is my capstone presentation!
In class we have been working on graphic novels. Everybody made their own graphic novel. I made a graphic novel called “All by Myself” about a girl and she takes care of her siblings because her parents don’t take care of her siblings or her. Writing graphic novels has taught me a new way of writing. I thought that writing a graphic would be easier then writing a normal story, but actually it’s not I think its a little harder because you have to draw a picture that matches the scene and it has to be detailed so that’s why I think graphic novels are a little harder. Making my graphic novel was fun and it taught me a new way of writing. Graphic novels were really fun to make and writing graphic novels has taught me a lot. If you are not able to see my slide show go to this link and look for the title “All by Myself” http://blogs.scarsdaleschools.org/cboyer/graphic-novels/
For Spanish we had a field trip we went to a restaurant. We could only get food that everybody can share on a big plate and then put some on your own plate. I only ate the pollo saltado which is chicken with french fries. The food at the restaurant was really good. It was a really fun trip.
This is the pollo saltado
We had to talk to the waiters in Spanish and try to talk to the people at are table in Spanish. I tried a drink that I did not like that is called chicha morada.
This is a picture of chicha morada that I tried.
As it says in my other post I am researching on my Capstone project on Apple Inc. I needed to have a site visit at an Apple store or a place related to Apple and an interview with someone who works there. It was easy to get a site visit and an interview.
This weekend I had my site visit at the Apple Store in Greenwich. When I went I observed on what was happening at the store at the store at that time. Also I observed what all the products and services they offer and I took pictures. People were sitting at tables with phones. The people working there helped the crowd and showed them iPhones and iPads. I took pictures as notes including pictures of computers, beats, speakers, iPhones and a tooth brush.
On Monday I had my interview with my uncle, Tracey who works for Apple and lives in Florida. My interview was over FaceTime. We talked for around 30 minutes I asked all different questions about Apple Inc. I ask him questions that are related to my main question “how did Apple’s products improve people’s everyday life from when they did not have Apple to now?” and then other questions about Apple. It was very exciting to have my interview and site visit I learned new things about Apple and their products that helps me understand more about Apple.
This is my passion project! I researched on dogs because dogs are my favorite animals.
For my capstone after I chose my topic I had to make my main question and sub questions. My main question is “How did Apple inc improve people’s everyday life to now?” I thought that would be a interesting question and a fun question to. This question is not about the technology, but it is not really all about the company it is about people and the company and the technology. My sub questions are is the design for Apple inc phones better than other phones? Why was Apple inc created? What does apple build of off when they are building something? How often does the technology change? How many times does a ipad iphone or computer take before it is right? I think these sub questions are good sub questions because they can help me with my research and I think they will help me for my main question. How I think my sub questions will help me with my main question is my sub question will help me find more information for my main question.
In class we started a new project called Capstone. Capstone is a project where we choose a topic a do research on it. We pick a main question then we do our research based off of that. We do this for about two months, we do this mostly in school.
When we first thought about capstone I had a few different topics. First I wanted to do McDonald’s and is the food actually really bad for you. I also thought it would be a topic that would be fun to research about for two months. Then I decided that McDonald’s was not a good topic for capstone so I changed my topic. I decided to change my topic to Netflix because that would also be a fun topic and it is something I use almost everyday and I think that is very interesting. Then again I decided that this would not be a good topic for me, one because it would be really hard to find an interview, two because after a while it could get a little boring towards the end. Then finally my mom helped me come up with this idea I chose Apple Inc. I thought this would be a good topic because I have four apple devices and I use my phone (which is Apple) everyday. Also this project can be really fun. So I chose Apple Inc. and made my question which is “How did Apple’s products improve peoples everyday life from when they did not have Apple (mostly iPhones) to now?” I really liked this question and I think I can make a good capstone off of this question.
In class we are still working on immigration stop motion. We finished the stop motion part and we are on the recording are voices part. So far we have recorded two scenes and we need to record three more scenes. It feels so good to have finished the stop motion part. It was kind of hard at some points. We were the last group to finish the filming part. We have five scenes because we showed all different families from all different places discussing why they are going to America. The recording part is hard because sometimes we mess up or we go to slow or fast. Like for one scene I am a boy so I talk in a mans voice, but I sometimes go to slow with it. It is cool though watching it with the talking. The whole thing getting put together it is very exciting.
In class we were working on creating water filters. Our are top four features were safe for all ages, reusable, efficient and good quality. The were five bottle with different colors the fifth one is really dirty dark brown the first is perfectly clean clear water. Everyone wanted to get a one. The materials we thought about were layered filter filter paper, soybeans and polly glue. The main object in all is a plastic bottle. Our first design was a clean dry non-toxic baby wipe at the top to catch any particles. Under the baby wipe was around 6 layered filter paper to change the color. Under the filter paper is a mosquito screen folded 5 times to get any other particles. The color we were aiming for was a two. The two had some dirt and very little particles. After it went through there was no particles and was in the middle of a two and a three because of the color. We had a problem with the baby wipe because it overflowed. The baby wipe was still helpful because it took away all the particles.
After are first filter we changed it a little so the color would be lighter. We were still aiming for a two. The design now is the mosquito screen on the top to get all the particles. Under the mosquito screen is a baby wipe to catch any extra particle. Under the baby wipe is a paper filter to change the color. Under the paper filter is sand and gravel to change the color and catch anymore particles. We had trouble setting up the sand and gravel because sand kept coming out because there was not enough gravel so we had to fix that. After we put it through we decided to put it through again and it turned out to be a three. No particles, but the color was a three. It was dark, but not too dark. It was like a light brown, but a little bit darker.
Since we still needed to get the color of the water to just a two we still needed to work on another filter. At the top there was the mosquito screen for particles. After that was a baby wipe. Under that was a paper filter to change the color that had cotton balls over that was gravel (to change the color and take away any extra particles.) The color for that one was like a two and a half. There was no particles in it. The problem with are filters is that it does not take away all the filters. That would mostly be because the color is tea so it can’t fully take away the color, but it should at least be a little less than a two or a two.
This is a picture of each number water.