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.
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.
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.
For our final phase, we had to record the machine on iMovie or any other app that allows you to edit your recording. We recorded many fails, and finally our success. We put music in it, added sounds, words,etc. My group and I watched the clip a few times and thought that it was okay. I don’t think the video is “great” or “bad” but i think it is decent. I think that we could add more “things” in it like how long it took, or what materials we used. I hope that we did well compared to the other groups. Overall, I had a great experience because I have never done anything like this before. But other than that, the experience was so much fun and I wish that I could do something like this again!
For this part of the Rube Goldberg Project, my group and I had to make sure that the machine would work and so we added a few minor adjustments. First, we took out some dominoes in the beginning because we didn’t have a lot of materials to use and we couldn’t meet often. We also put some wood blocks under the car ramp to stabilize it, because after a few tries, starting from the middle of the machine, we realized that the ramp would often collapse when the car was on it. And lastly, we had to change from the marble to the big toy ball because it was heavier and could hit the box harder, which would lead to the car going down the ramp, letting the ball go into the hoop.
A couple days ago, my partners and I basically finished our Rube Goldberg Project. We finally finished our building and got a lot of work done. We built the final last steps of the machine and then we were finished. We didn’t copy off everything on our sketch, but did most of it. We added some different steps that weren’t on the sketch and we didn’t use some if the steps that were on the sketch. I think that that was the day that we got the most work done. We built for an hour and finished the building part of the project.
Mason, Joning, and I just finished our Rube Goldberg Machine sketch on Google Drawings. We weren’t next to each other so we had to comment and type what we wanted to say. It was pretty fun and took some good thinking. I think that our Rube Goldberg Sketch is neat, and pretty good. We had to come up with six more steps so it was a bit challenging. Our Rube Goldberg Machine might be a bit short. I’m so looking forward to building the actual machine with Chain Reactions. I can’t wait to build the rest of our machine. This project is so cool!
A couple of days ago, Joning and I went to Mason’s house for the 2nd time to work on our Rube Goldberg Sketch. We got a lot of work done and I think that we made a lot of progress. We already started building a bit but we only put the dominoes on the floor. We think that the next time we meet, we’ll start building a bit more with the marble going down the ramp. I think that our group might be a bit behind some people but ahead of others because we kind of messed up on our sketch but we are going to fix it and that we already built a bit of our Rube Goldberg Machine. I hope the next time we meet, we’ll get even more work done!
I think that Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Dream” speech has been realized and not.
I think that it has been realized because now there’s no segregation. When Martin was alive, there would be signs saying “Whites Only”. Also, black people and white people went to different schools, used different bathrooms, water fountains etc. On the bus, black people could only sit in the back and the white people get to sit in the front. But now, black people have way more rights than they had a long time ago. So I think that Martin’s speech has definitely been realized in this point of view but also it hasn’t been realized in another.
I also kind of think that Martin’s speech was not really realized because there are still some people who don’t want/like black people being treated fairly. Maybe for example, some companies take in white people for jobs but not black people just because of their skin color. I do not think that is right.
So this is how I would answer to Martin’s speech being realized or not.