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.
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.
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.
We changed the goal to alka seltzer in water from stamp on paper. After a few times we made it work. It was so exciting. It felt so good I was so relieved. I can’t believe it worked. After 3 goals and 73 takes it worked. It took a long time, but it was wroth it. We were screaming so loud when it completed the course. We were all so happy. It felt like a weight was lifted off our chest. I would show the video, but I don’t have it right now. It took us a while, but we kept trying changed our goals until we got it right. We got really frustrated along the way, but at the end I felt so good. Lexi and Mia did to.
In school we are still working on immigration and we are still filming the stop motion video. My group and I Lexi and Mia decided that we were going to redo the first scene and have yesterday as a learning experience. Which we have not gotten a lot done yet, but are set looks more neat than yesterday. We have just two people not done, but we did not even get to the scene with them in it yet. We are going to make it at our houses so it will be ready for tomorrow. I will do one and Mia will do the other. It is really cool when you put all the picture together. It is hard while doing it, but at the end it is worth it. It take a while to do. Today we recorded how long it will take us to say the script. So we know how long to make it. if we don’t do that then something can go wrong and we don’t want that. It will not be the best because we have only done this once before, but it will not be terrible because we have had experience. We will do what we did today because even though we did not do a lot we can tell it will be better then the other one we did before. I am excited to see it when it is done!