Making our Flashlights!

In July a soccer team from Thailand got stuck in a cave after their game. They were exploring in the cave, when a monsoon struck outside. Inside the cave it was pitch black. Our task was to design a flashlight that was waterproof. We had to use the materials that are local to the people in Thailand. All we could use were PVC pipes, wires, a switch, a battery, and an LED light. First we needed to map out our design on a diagram. It had to be drawn to scale. Once we got the diagram approved, we could saw our PVC pipes to fit our design. The sawing was hard because the saw kept getting stuck in the pipe. As we each finished, we could make holes in the pipe. The holes were for the switch and light. That was pretty easy because the drill press did all the work. Finally we soldered the wires to the battery, the switch, and the light. That was the final step.


In class we are learning about atoms. An atoms is broken up into protons, neutrons and electrons. Atoms have a nucleus made of the neutrons and protons. The nucleus is really hard to brake. Around the nucleus are the electrons, they orbit around the nucleus. An atom is tiny the amount of atoms in a grapefruit is equal to the amount of blueberries that fill the world. Then if you make one blueberry the size of a NFL football stadium only then will you see the nucleus. Atoms are everywhere so it is important to understand them. Press this link to see a diagram on atoms.

Ellis Island!

Today my grade went to Ellis island! We had to get to school at 7:00am. The bus ride was about 1 and a half hours. When we arrived our grade went through security. Then rode a ferry to the island. After we ate snack we explored the lobby and had a tour guide talk to us about the experience at Ellis Island. After we looked at some exhibits, we watched a movie. It was pretty interesting. Later in the afternoon before we were going to leave we went to look for family members that might have pasted through. Finally we took the ferry past he Statue of Liberty and went to the buses.

Peruvian Restaurant!

Today our class went to a Peruvian restaurant for a Spanish field trip. The name of the restaurant is Pollo a La Brasa Misti Restaurant. The food was very good we had Pollo Saltado, Lomo Saltado, Tallarin Saltado de Carne, Pescado and Chicha Morada. My favorite food was the Tallarin Saltado de Carne because the steak and noodle were very good. I liked everything except for the Chicha Morada because it had too much lime and cinnamon. Other people liked the drink. Overall I thought it was awesome!

Where I am From Poems!

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.

Coding #4

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!

Coding #3

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!

Coding #2

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!

Coding #1

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!

Ignite Presentation!

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.