The second part of the Capstone process is to think of a man inquiry question. The main inquiry question is what is driving our research. After we think of our main question we think of sub questions. What I am planning for my main question is,” What are some of the dangers of the having social media as a kid and how can you protect yourself?” I chose this question because I’ll be getting a phone soon and I wanted to know how to use social media safely. Also, a lot of kids have social media and don’t know all the stuff to do on it. Next I had to think of my sub questions. They are supposed to help you answer your main question. These are my questions. What are some signs that something is wrong on your account? How can parents help their kids on social media? What can kids do to make their accounts more private? What are some things kids should keep in mind when on social media? What are some rules or restriction parents can set?
In our class we were assigned to write Where I am From poems for poetry month. We were going to print it out and hang it on the wall. We were also going to record it on video. A Where I am From poem is a poem that talks about the things that are special in your life. Our fifth grade has been writing this kind of poem for many years. I did not have much of an idea about what I wanted to include in my poem, but there was a template that helped us. Then we copied the poem and added it to a Google Doc. We edited it and printed it out. We hung it on the hallways for everyone to see.
In fifth grade in Scarsdale there is a big project called Capstone. It is supposed to tie together our elementary school career. We need to pick a topic to research and create a presentation about it. This week our job was to think about a subject. A lot of kids already knew what they wanted to do. I had not thought about it at all, but our grade had a survey to help us get ideas. By the time we did the survey I already had an idea of what I wanted my topic to be. My first idea had something to do with artificial intelligence. Then I realized that I would have more fun researching something I had more of a connection with. I thought that I would like to do something that has something to do with sports. I was talking to my dad. He suggested something about sports franchise owners. I liked that idea and think that it would be a cool topic. When we were starting to think about our inquiry question I thought of an idea that didn’t have to do with sports and it still interests me. It was kids safety on social media. After a lot of thinking I changed my topic to that.
My last coding project is on Tynker. I don’t have as much experience with creating games on Tynker. I decided to make a platformer game. I still need more practice making games on Tynker, but I am glad I learned something new. The object of the game is to get the coins and defeat the enemy. Good Luck!
For my third project on Scratch, I made a classic Pong game. Pong is one of the first video games ever made. It was made in 1972 by Atari. I decided to make this game because I enjoy playing it. The object of the game is to hit the ball with your paddle. Press space to start the game. To control the paddle move your mouse. Try to touch the ball a lot of times. The more you touch it the higher your score is. Good luck!
The second coding project I made was on Scratch. It is a game where you need to dodge the balls flying at you. You control yourself with the mouse. If a ball touches you, you lose! Try to stay alive as long as you can. One ball moves side to side. Another one follows you. The last one moves randomly. The score goes up every second you stay alive. I got the idea based on another Scratch game. Good Luck!
We were assigned to make four coding projects on either Scratch or Tynker. I made this game on Scratch. I like Scratch because it easy to access the coding blocks. This is a battleship multiplayer game! First, find a friend to play with. The way to play is one player uses the arrow keys to move up and down. The player presses space to shoot. The other player clicks Q and A to move to vertically and W to shoot. A player wins when he reaches 30 points. Good Luck!
In class, we were assigned to make Ignite presentations. An Ignite presentation is when the slides move automatically after 15 seconds. This lets you focus on the audience and not need to worry about the transitions of the slides. I did mine on why Scarsdale is a good place for families. We had a week to create and practice our Ignites. After a week, it was time to present in front of the class. I was really nervous because I didn’t wan’t to talk faster than slides were moving. This happened a few times when I was practicing. After a couple of people went, Mrs. Edwards picked me to present. I was terrified. I had no intention of going this early. When my presentation got put onto the screen, I didn’t have much time to get ready before it started. After the first slide, I realized that I was doing okay. I was sticking to the pace of my slides. After that I felt way less nervous. When I finished I was relieved. I was really happy I got it over with.
Last Wednesday, my group had our debate. Our topic was, should we be exploring underwater or in space. Nobody wanted to be on the underwater side so I volunteered with Kevin. We did a lot of research and came up with reasons and examples to support our claim. We also came up with counter to the other side’s reason and examples. I was very confident that we would do well. Finally, we were ready the for the final showdown, Kevin and Sam vs. Ally and Caitlyn! The debate was being videotaped. In the end everyone, including the other team, thought we won. We did a very good job. We were very clear and had better evidence. Ally and Caitlyn were a little bit too quiet.