Capstone #4: Site Visit

For my site visit Dr. Greenberg let me put on clothes that surgeons wear, even the hat, and “sneaked” me into a large room full of robots. He and his colleague showed me the Da Vinci surgical robot and the place where robotic surgeons sit to give surgery. I sat where the surgeons sit and took a game/test. It’s where you use tools to pick up colored rings and you put the rings on colored cone shaped things. You had to match the color without bumping into anything. I must admit, I was pretty bad at it, but it’s my first time. Also, it was all VR (Virtual Reality). Overall it was really cool and I learned a lot about the robot.

Below is a picture of me playing the game.


Capstone #3: Interview

For capstone, each person had to have an interview. First, I look around on the web and tried really hard to find someone.  I searched up robotic surgery hospitals and clicked on one, and it took me to a Mount Sinai page. I looked around and found this guy call Ahutash Tewari. I tried to contact him but he was way to busy. And plus, his office already closed. So then I searched him up but it said that he wasn’t available until like June 2nd or something. That’s way after the site visit is due, so I kinda gave up on him. After two days my mom came home saying she printed out a list naming people who are robotic surgeons at the White Plains hospital. She said that I don’t need to go to New York City, I could just go to White Plains. So then I just looked through the list and found this doctor named Aaron Hagge Greenberg and so I contacted him. I called his office number and his receptionist picked up the phone. I talked with her and told her that my project is due on the 22nd and she was nice so she said that he is free on the 15th so I said Okay. After 30 minutes somebody called, my mom picked up the phone and talked with her. After she was done, she told me that Dr. Greenberg would like to show me the robotics and I was so happy. I was so glad that I actually found a interview and site visit.

At the interview, I was in his office and I had my notebook to take notes on what he said. He was great at answering my questions and I learned a lot. Overall I think that the interview was a great experience and that it was really interesting.

Below is a picture of me and Dr. Greenberg.


Capstone #2: Choosing a main inquiry question and choosing sub questions

For the second part of my capstone project, I have to choose a main inquiry question and five sub questions. My main inquiry question is how are robots revolutionizing the field of medicine? I chose that because I want to research about things like how robots change the world of medicine. I’m interested in things like that because I want to know about how robots give surgery.

Sub question #1: What is robotic surgery?

Sub question #2: Is robotic surgery safe?

Sub question #3: What are the pros and cons of robotic surgery?

Sub question #4: How does robotic surgery compare to traditional methods?

Sub question #5: What are some popular surgical robots?

Poetry Reading

This is a video of me reading my “Where I’m From” poem. The 5th grade chose this theme. I really like this poem because it reminds me of the toys I had when I was little. I chose the background because it looked cool.


Enjoy my poem reading!




Capstone #1: Choosing a topic

In my class we have a project called Capstone. Capstone is where you choose a topic that you’re interested in and you want to learn more about it. It can be something that you know a lot about, or something that you only know a little about. That’s why you have to do research on it. You also have to interview someone that’s an expert at it and visit a site like a place where the person’s at. You can also use Skype or Google Hangouts to communicate with people far away.

I chose The Brazil national football team because I’m an expert at soccer and I want to learn more about the Brazil soccer team because I think that there’s a lot of information on it. I think that because the team has won many World Cups. Later on, my teacher Mrs. Edwards told me that the topic I chose was too easy to just search it up and find out so we talked and finally decided to go with Robots in medicine because I like robots. I will be focusing on two things. Artificial body parts and microrobots giving surgery.

Immigration WeVideo

My class has an Immigration We Video project. It’s where you pretend you’re an immigrant from a country in Europe and you immigrate to Ellis Island. I think that it was really fun because we had to get pictures, record our voice to go with the pictures etc. I was a Russian immigrant named Vladimir Orlov and I used my classmates to be my brother, dad, mom, and friends both in Russia and America after I “immigrated”. In the beginning we had to pick a country in Europe and I picked Russia because it is a large country with a lot of information on it so researching is easy. We made up a character. Then we created a storyboard. That was hard because we needed to make the pictures line up with the words. Then we took pictures with immigrant clothes.

The whole immigration We Video was really cool and I learned a lot!

Poetry Unit

My class had a poetry unit. We had to write poems of any kind and about anything, basically whatever type of poem you want for homework every week. I wrote many different kinds of poems. For example, a haiku about a tsunami. A haiku is a short poem. Only three lines. The first has five syllables, the second has seven, and the third also has five syllables. I also did some free writes. It’s where you can just make up some kind of poem. Poems don’t have to rhyme.

Each person in my class had to write their own “Where I’m From” poem. It’s where you use objects and places etc. that are in your life to write a poem. For example, I am from baby toys. After we wrote it, we had to type it, then make a lot of revisions, and in the end illustrate it.

Our poetry unit was pretty fun!

Sphero lesson #2 and #3

On Thursday, March 16, my group,( Joning, Mason, and I), taught Sphero lessons 2 and 3. We are only suppose to teach Sphero lesson 3 but we didn’t get to teach Sphero lesson 2 on Tuesday so we taught both lessons in one day. The first group was just like usual for both lessons. There was still the girl who kind of wanted to hog the Ipad while the others kind of let her do her thing. I think my group taught pretty well and the 1st group learned a lot. They also got to play Sphero games for the first time because last time my group forgot to tell them about it. The second group was pretty much like the 1st group and they also learned well. I think that there is still somebody who thinks that they are teaching us but the lessons went pretty well. Overall, I think that both groups did a much better job in their second and third lessons than their first lesson.



Sphero lesson #1

Yesterday my group, (Mason, Joning and I), taught our 1st Sphero lesson. Yeah! We had to teach two different class. The first class contained of Charlotte, Beatrice, and Sandy. The second group contained of Nate, Jonah, and Lola. We first taught the basic commands in both groups like roll, set speed, spin, delay, and stop. In the first class, there was somebody who was trying to hog the Ipad and code the Sphero herself but we told her to let the others try so she listened. I don’t think we did well for the 1st group because after we finished teaching how to make a circle with the Sphero, we didn’t know what to do. But after that, the teacher told us to give challenges for the learners so in the 2nd group, after we finished teaching how to make a circle, we gave them challenges like can you make a half circle, stop, and make the other half. Another thing was that my group felt that one of the learners were trying to teach us. We also played games with them with the Sphero. My group didn’t code the advanced games but we still played them and had fun. For example, Color Grab. The Sphero would say a color and the colors would start changing and you would have to shake the Sphero when the color turns to the color that the Sphero said.

Ballroom Dancing Reflection

For our final Ballroom dancing performance, I think that it went pretty good because we all danced well and the readers and demonstrators read and demonstrated well so it was okay. I was a reader so I was kind of nervous. Before the performance, Mr. Simon, the dance teacher, told me to not say three after I said on a scale of one to ten, I would rate the first ballroom dancing lesson a… so he could cut me off and make the parents laugh. I wasn’t nervous to dance but nervous to dance on front of my parents because they would take pictures and videos of me. Overall, I would say that it went great except for the part where my parents took pictures and videos of me.