Yesterday we were getting ready for our project on Monday. Our teacher showed us the sauntering iron and some examples of what we are going to be creating ourselves. We also went over some rules about how to handle the materials. Our teacher let us pass around some materials to look at them and feel them. During this unit of electricity, we will be creating our own electric circuit using tinfoil, popsicle sticks, cardboard and some other materials. We will be making 3 types of ways to make and electric circuit.
Today we were doing more on electricity. We finally got to do hands on little projects on making a circuit. We worked with a simulator trying to light up a lightbulb and it worked!! Mr Calvert, had us go around a table and he showed us how to light the lightbulb. He let us try it and this is how it turned out after a few try’s and working with my partner, Xiyan:
Today in technology class we were learning about our galaxy and atoms. Atoms make up our world and everything else. When we look up in the sky, the stars we see are only the stars in our galaxy, The Milky-way. We learned that a ray of light will travel 6 billion miles in one year. Our galaxy is 120,000 light years across. It is already 1000 light years thick. We have 400,000,000,000 stars in our galaxy. There are close to 100,000,000,000 galaxies. When you look very closely in the sky, you’ll see little discs, which look like stars, that are actually galaxies.
Atoms are the most smallest piece of matter. It is not invisible, but in order to see one, you have to look with a microscope. We only know 118 different atoms, which is in the periodic table.
We are learning about electricity and how power and energy works. Thales of Miletus discovered that rubbing amber would attract lightweight objects like feathers. The word for amber in Greek is “elektron”. Democritus believed that the nature of things was made of small, invisible particles of varying sizes called “Atomos”. That word then got changed into the word “Atoms”. We also listened to the Periodic Table song. We got to see all of the 118 elements that make up our planet and us. Our teacher taught us that Queen Elizabeth’s doctor discovered that the Earth’s core was molting. William Gilbert said “The electric effluvia differ from much air, and as air is the earth’s effluvium, so electric bodies have their own distinctive effluvia.” So from there on he was said to have made the word effluvia.
Today is the 4th day of technology class in school. I really am enjoying it, even though we didn’t start the projects yet. Yesterday my teacher set up a little scavenger hunt which involves working together. It was a bit challenging but with some hints and teammates, we found the answers to the puzzles.
We also started learning the safety rules while working with the tools in class. In class, the main important thing is to wear safety goggles. That is because when we are using the soldering iron, and some other tools, we have to be careful with the way we handle them. We could possibly hit our eye and damage it.
So far I am really looking forward to starting some of the projects because we will be working with tools and materials that I haven’t worked with ever.
In school we finished passion project. I did my project with my friend Audrey and we researched about fashion designing and two famous fashion designers. With our slide show we also created an inspiration board with some of our sketches and our fabric. First we decided that we were going to sew a dress but then we thought that that was a little hard, so we decided to make an inspiration board. The fabric that we were going to use to sew our dress was a light pink color, smooth and it was very durable.
This is our slide show for our Passion Project:
I hope you enjoyed watching and I hope you learned a lot!
At school we finally finished our stop motion project! My group and I have been working sooo hard on our project and my group and I finished today! I am so excited that we finished first because we got to see what it looks like after we did a lot of work. I think that we finished first because our immigration movie wasn’t that long and our letter wasn’t that long. After we finished filming we had to import it to imovie.
The way that we recorded our voices onto imovie is we had this round recorder that stands up and we press play on that and on imovie. Audrey and I switched off saying the letter and it worked out really well.
In our imovie we printed out a paper guy and colored him in. Then we glued him to cardboard and we glued cardboard on the bottom to make him stand up. His name was Jonathan. We also printed out a paper “mother” and colored her in and did the same to her with the cardboard. She was Jonathan’s mother. They were on steerage. We made a bench made out of popsicle sticks for them to sit on. Then we had a green screen and painted the pizza box green until we got a steerage background. We made little pictures that we bring into the the immigration set while they talk about things like steerage, the dining rooms etc.
Overall we did great and had so much fun!
Here is the imovie my group and I made:
Here are some pictures during the project:
Today we worked on some more immigration work. One of the problems that we had last time was we didn’t know who was going to say the letter. Our solution was Audrey and I are going to both say parts of the letter and we thought that would work after we thought more about it.
My group and I thought about this project more and we realized that it would be better if we made Jonathan and his mom standing up so that they can move around and not just sit the whole time. So we put a really small piece of popsicle stick on the bottom of the two characters so they would stand up. They didn’t fall over and it worked pretty well.
That was our learning experience today.
In class we started filming our immigration project although we came across some challenges along the way. In my group we made a letter that our character, Jonathan, “reads” and we are still deciding who will read the letter. Also we first set up our background/set against kids lockers and some of the kids were coming out and getting things from their locker. That meant that we couldn’t set up our project there so we had to find a new place to film. We found a quiet place against the brick wall which was perfect.
Next time we work on our project we will try to finish our project. Finding backgrounds are hard so we might spend a few minutes next time working on that. My group and I also might add some more narration and words for other people in my group to say.
The way we film is we have a little camera that is connected to a computer and we can angle the camera which ever way we want and we can see the way we are putting the camera on the computer. Every time we film we press the button on the computer and take a picture and keep taking pictures when we move things around the set.
Thats all we did today and I know we will get more things done the next time we work on this project. I can’t wait to see the final project all done!