Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Hannibal Reflection

       When we went to Hannibal we first went to the houses from him his childhood including Tom Blankenship's house, which was small considering that they had ten people living in there, and the museum. Then we went up 244 stairs to the lighthouse, ate lunch, went on the riverboat, and got to go inside the caves.
       Our Mark Twain unit helped us understand beforehand so we could have a little insight instead of going in with no knowledge. For example reading the The Adventures of Tom Sawyer chapter 31 and watching the movie so when we went to the caves we knew where things happened and what happened there.
       What I learned from the riverboat captain was that Samuel Clemens got his pen name Mark Twain because it is riverboat slang which means 12 feet of water. Also that riverboats were used to carry people, stuff, and sometimes they were for entertainment for example there could a riverboat where people gamble.
       What I learned from the the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum was that from then to now there have been minor and major differences between our house design and architecture. I also happened to learn that Mark Twain had sort of a sad but enjoyable life. Such as his dad dying when he was 11 and all his misfortune with his family later in life.
       Things that I had learned from Nathan our cave guide were all the different places in the cave such as where Injun Joe had been spotted and the 10-15 foot drop, where the alligator to rub for good luck, Injun Joe's Canoe, and a lot of other landmarks. I also learned that Nathan either liked rock puns or was paid to say them.
       My favorite place was the cave because I thought it was really fun and also cool when the turned all of the lights off for about a minute.
       The most fun part of the trip was when we were in the cave, for the same reasons as the last one.
       To improve I would have probably made the trip where we leave at 7 a.m. so that way maybe we could get back at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

History Day Reflection

       Our project was on The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Its goals are to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons to other countries, to aim for more peaceful uses of nuclear technology, and to eventually disarm all nuclear weapons. We did a documentary which we made with the software iMovie. We had to write a script, record audio files, get media for iMovie, put it all together, and keep it under 10 minutes.
       I agree with all but one thing that the judges said. That the teacher isn't supposed to help, I was confused by this because they were just looking at there papers and I wasn't sure if I was supposed to start yet.
       The most interesting thing that I learned about our topic for history day was how everybody decided to come together for the greater good. You can tell that everybody came together because it is the most signed arms treaty with 190 parties signed.
       The hardest part of this project was definitely editing all the media and audio clips in iMovie because it was really close to the end and it was long grueling work trying to get everything to fit together.
       How I improved as a student from this project was from getting a better work ethic and improved my time management skills working after school when we were doing our research and writing our script.
       We could've improved our project by having relevant pictures corresponding to the audio. We could've spoken at an even, steady pace and at the same volume just about every audio clip.
       The thing I was most proud about our project was that we successfully wrote a script, recorded audio, edited an iMovie, and presented it to judges. I was proud that we made a documentary and got to show it to judges (even though they said that the teacher isn't supposed to help).

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

One Word

       The reason I chose this word is because I feel everybody has a creative/original side to what they do and what they think as well. I also like this word because sometimes I feel that some people aren't very original but all they need to do is find a way to get there.
       Also for most things I'd prefer to be original other than just copy other people or even other ideas. That's why I chose original to be my one word.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Iowa State OPPTAG Experience Reflection

          My first class in Track I was an engineering class called "Protect The Pringle", in which we would team up with a partner and we had to protect a pringle twice with five pieces of paper and tape the first time and 3 pieces of paper and tape the second time. We had to try and make it be able to survive a book being dropped on it and put into a box of Legos and being shook. We learned how to use our resources well and that sometimes you have to plan instead of jumping right in and building.
          My second class of Track I was a food science class called "There's Science In My Food" where we learned about how our food is made and the backstory about our food too. We also got to  make cheese curds with different things such as milk and vinegar, and after that we got to be taste testers and rate three different things tofu, cream cheese, and provolone cheese, with three different criteria firmness, taste, and overall acceptability. My least favorite was the tofu because it was all by itself without any flavorings. We had also learned while making the cheese that you should be precise and that there isn't very much room for error.
          The most educational part of that day was when we went all around campus and learned about its history and all the different things you can do there. The most fun part of that day was definitely  the VRAC showcase with all the awesome VR applications and things that you can do with it.
           Some advice for a better experience would be to choose two classes that were in a different track so we could mix and match different classes that we wanted. What I got out this experience was mainly the cool and interesting things about the campus and somethings you can do in the classes like how you can take some classes in Hawaii and things of that sort. I also felt that this was a very educational, fun experience.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Independent Project Reflection 2017

My topic was about The Middle Ages and I chose it because I like history. Some of the coolest things I learned about this time period from 400-1500 was about religion, conflict, and weaponry, such as what they used for different situations. Some things I still want to learn about are the everyday things people did in that time period. I also had used Google Slides to present my project to the class. What made me proud about my project was that I didn't mess up the presentation. If I were to improve my project I would put in less text.

Friday, October 20, 2017

DWA Publishing 1st Quarter

DWA 10/11/17             "The pen is mightier than the sword" -E.G. Bulwer-Lytton. I thought that by this he meant that writing and speaking has more effect than brute force or violence. I mostly agree with this statement because writing or speech can totally change their mind or even get them on your side! But if you use brute force or violence you won't make an ally or they might just become mad towards you.DWA 10/19/17             Since today is a free write day I am going to write about stupid things that people do in horror movie. First up is if someone is chasing you they never run or call the police first. If the do run and they're inside they run to either the top floor, basement, or outside. If they run to the top floor or the basement they are most likely trapped. Also if they lose the person chasing them they stop running and and pretty much wait instead of running for their lives. One last thing they do is if they here maniacal laughter or something like that coming from a sewer or basement they always try to investigate instead of avoiding it altogether.