Capstone #4 Site Visit

The next step in the process of the Capstone project is finding a site visit. For the site visit we basically go somewhere that specializes in our topic and ask for a tour and then maybe ask some questions about your topic. A lot of people found theirs quickly. Me, well I had a couple of good ideas for it, like the medical department, or a ski hospital. Sadly those are in Colorado. There were a few good options in Vermont. But that was still a five a hour drive. I couldn’t think of anything else so I decided to go to a ski academy in Vermont.

A week went by and I couldn’t find a good time to do it. Bu then I found a good time to do it. Memorial Day. As we approached Memorial Day I realized that I had a soccer tournament, a baseball tournament, and my whole family was coming over. Then I watched Memorial Day pass like a fly. Now I was starting to get desperate because the site visit was due in two days. Then I did what needed to be done. I told my dad that the academy wouldn’t work, I told him to take me to a ski shop 20 minutes away. He agreed to do that so off we were to a ski shop, the day before the site visit was due.

When we walked through the door at Hickory and Tweed the manager was waiting for us. My dad had called him on the phone early to tell him about my project and ask if he could show us some things around the shop. Before we got started I told him a little more about my project. Then, to get started I asked him to show me some skis from a long time ago and some skis from now. The difference was huge. We went on like this for a while me asking him to show me something from now and a long time ago. He had some things for safety, like the binding and the helmet. No medical things though.

I think the site visit was very helpful. It helped me so much with my research, especially technology. There was so many thing to compare from back then to now. Hickory and Tweed also had some good improved safety showings. Not as much as technology but the information was very useful. Though for medical purposes I didn’t get anything out of it. Like I said in my last post, I can’t wait to start my final project.


Capstone #3 Interview

If you have read my earlier posts you will know that my class is doing our Capstone projects right now. To continue from the last post I have decided that my main inquiry question will be, “Which medical, safety, and technological advances have most improved alpine ski racing?” My five sub questions are,

“How have safety standards improved?,

How has the fitness of the skiers improved overtime?,

How has technology improved to benefit the skiers?,

What event have led to improvements that affected alpine ski racing?, and

What medical, safety, and technological issues are we planning to fix now?”

The next step after choosing our main inquiry question and sub questions is finding an interview. To help with our research we have to interview an expert on our topic. At first when I was looking for someone to interview I couldn’t find anyone. I looked through tons of articles but I couldn’t find anyone. I’m lucky I have a dad, though because when I asked him to help me try to find someone he found someone right away. He found a former US ski team coach who he knew personally. His name was Ron Kipp.

Now we had to email him to ask him if we could interview him. Amazingly he said yes! Then we scheduled a time for the interview. But you can’t do an interview without any questions so I got to work making my questions. Once I had finished all ten of them I went to Mrs. Edwards so she could tweak them a bit. That she did, I thought my questions were really good. Then the day before the interview I asked my dad to check over the questions. He kept them the same, mostly. The only major change he made was that he took out one of the questions because it was too similar to another one of them. Here are my final nine questions:

1 – What were your responsibilities as a coach of the US ski team and head of the alpine sports education for the USSA? What are your responsibilities now at Squaw Valley?

2 – How has the performance of skiers improved this century, and to what do attribute the improvement?

3 – How has technology contributed to the improved performance of skiers?

4 – How has improved medical knowledge and care affected the performance of skiers?

5 – How have improvements in physical fitness and training affected skiers?

6 – What is the ideal physical training regimen, both on and off the slopes, for an alpine ski racer?

7 – What events have led to improvements in the sport (death / crash causing change in safety regulations, of introduction of parallel slalom increasing viewers, etc.)

8 – What current medical, safety, or technological issues do you feel need to be addressed to further improve the sport?

9 – What do you consider to be the most important advancement in the sport of alpine ski racing?

As I was preparing to make the face time call, I realized how nervous I was. I hadn’t realized how nervous I was until that moment. Once he accepted the face time I just started staring at him for a few seconds. I had no clue how to start. Luckily he saved me by starting the conversation. After a little small talk I got right into it.

After the interview was over I looked down at all the notes I had written. I got  mostly what I expected but his answers to questions 6 and 7 really took me by surprise. For question 6 his answer was that the skiers mostly do excersizes that look like skiing every day. I was expecting for him to list all that the skiers do every day. But instead he only gave type of excersize they do. For question 7 his answer was going to the 35 meter ski. I was surprise because I thought he was going to go into all this stuff about the olympics and Ulrike Maier’s death. I was expecting him to say events that have affected the sport not the actual skiing.

Overall I think the interview was extremely helpful and it will make my project much better. I can’t wait to get started with the final project! Bye!


Ellis Island

A few months ago my fifth grade class finished our immigration projects. For this we all had to write a story of an immigrant traveling through Ellis Island to America from somewhere in Europe around the year 1900. Anyway, we learned a lot about Ellis Island during this project, so yesterday we went to Ellis Island as a fifth grade field trip.

Once we got off the bus in New York City we took a ferry to Ellis Island. On the way to Ellis Island in the ferry we passed the Statue of Liberty. It really was an amazing site. Once we got off the ferry at Ellis Island we went strait for the museum. First we got a tour of the whole place. We got to do some of the tests the immigrants did, like the legal inspection. After the tour we had free time to wander around around the first floor. We visited the sites and read about the immigration.

The next thing we did was watching the movie. The movie was very similar to our immigration projects. It was about the whole process of getting through Ellis Island. After the movie we were free to eat lunch. We had packed lunch for ourselves before we left so we were good to go. After lunch we went to the place where everybody who went through Ellis Island names were carved on the wall. We got to look for any of our anscestors names. I found one of mine!

Overall I though this trip wasn’t that bad. My favorite part was definatly looking for our anscestors name. I had a lot of fun doing that. I recommend you going to Ellis Island. Have fun!


Pollo a La Brasa Misti Restaurant

Today my grade went on a spanish field trip with our spanish teacher Senor Johnson. We went to Pollo a La Brasa, a restaurant in Portchester NY. We had five people to a table and each table was served four dishes. The first one that was served was the lomo saltado. The lomo saltado was meat and rice. I liked that one a lot. The next one that was served was the pollo saltado. That is chicken. I also liked this one but not as much as the lomo saltado. The next dish was the tallarin saltado de carne. This one was meat with noodles. I love anything with meat in it. The last one was the pescado al ajo. This is the fish. I didn’t like this one very much. But also, with the water was served another drink, the chicha morada. This drink was a little too bitter for me. Overall I think my favorite dish was the lomo saltado. I had really fun at the restaurant and I hope I can go back soon!


Capstone #2 Choosing My Main Inquiry And Sub Questions

For our capstone project the second step after choosing the topic is finding the main inquiry question. The main inquiry question will drive us through all our research. Once I decided to do my topic on skiing I started doing research for my main inquiry question. The first one I came up with was how the technology has improved because technology these days is way more advanced. Then when I met with my teacher she suggested that I do, “How does the right equipment help your performance?” I liked that one too. After a few days of research I started leaning toward the technology one because the equipment one goes under technology. I was about to make my final decision when I realized that I can make something even broader than technology. Something that technology goes under. My inquiry question would be, “What key elements have positively affected the sport of ski racing.”

Once we found our main inquiry question we had to find at least 5 sub topics. Because of my experience with ski racing 3 ideas came up to me right away. They were, safety, technology, and health and fitness. Then later on I came up with how events have changed the population of fans. But I was having a little trouble coming up with a fifth one. So I asked for a conference with my teacher and she gave me plenty of ideas. But then we both realized that I was mostly focused on health and fitness. She suggested that I change my inquiry question to something related to health and fitness. I liked that idea because the main reason why the skiers are better than they were back then is because the health and fitness is better. So I changed my inquiry question to, “How have safety, medical, and technological advances improved alpine ski racing?” I’m still researching to find 5 sub questions for that inquiry question but I’ve found 3 already. They are, “What effect does the improved fitness have on the skiers,?” “What effect does the improved safety have on the skiers,?” and “How has technology improved to benefit the skiers?” I hope I can come up with two other great ones. Until next time, bye.