English Final

This is my final English project. The point of this project is to summarize our previous assignments and say what skills we developed throughout these assignments. This project takes the place of a final exam.


Showcase Project


I built this in electronics and robotics, and this is a circuit that shocks you when you touch the metal strip (top right) to the metal wire loop (bottom, thick wire). This completes the circuit, letting the electricity flow. There is a knob that you can turn to regulate how big the shock is going to be. There is also a switch, and if you flip it, then instead of shocking you when the circuit is completed, a light turns on.

there is also a hook at the end of the strip, so you can play a game where you need to take it through the hoop without touching it. The reason why I am really proud of this project is because I have always been interested in circuits and stuff using them. This is my first “big” project that isn’t just a simple one way circuit, which makes me really happy that I am advancing in something that i love doing.

English Video Project Reflection

A) What is the underlying message in the video?

The underlying message of the video is that there are good and bad people in the world, and sometimes you have to make the best of life no matter what happens.

B) What emotion/action/outcome was this message meant to cause?

The video was meant to be amusing, but there is a darker underlying message that the viewers should think about

C) Where is the opinion or bias in this message, if any?

I don’t think there is any bias in the message, it’s a pretty simple message that bullying is bad. It doesn’t show any deep emotions, so there’s not much room for opinion/bias.

D) What about the medium (in this case video) is effective for its purpose?

A video used to show the message is a relatively good medium. It shows sound and visuals to communicate the message clearly with the audience.

E) What about the medium (in this case video) is ineffective for it’s purpose?

I feel like video is the best medium to transmit the message. It has obvious limitations like you not actually being there and the fact that it’s 2D, but you really can’t get better than a video.

F) Is there any other medium (technology platform) that would be effective for this project?

A short film made from lots of photos would also be effective for conveying the message, but a video is infinitely easier to create and it’s just as good.


Day #4 (final day)

The picture above is the electric house, completed. There is a circuit for each room, and each circuit is different. In previous posts, i have explained each circuit, so i won’t  go into detail here.

This is a schematic diagram that we need to make as part of the assignment. It aligns with the picture above, so you can see that we have a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and a living room. the loops with the circles around are the light bulbs, and the 2 lines, one of which is longer, is the symbol for a battery.

This is the calculations that we did for the circuits, and the main formula to know is that Resistance=voltage/current. We had voltmeters and ammeters that we used to measure the voltage and the current, and using the formula we found the resistance. In parallel circuits though, when the current branches out into different wires, it will decrease, and you have to modify your calculations as necessary (1 amp splits into 2 branches, 0.5 amps a branch).

I feel like our group is prepared for the presentation tomorrow, and we should be able to get a good mark.

Science day #3

As shown in the images above, today we worked mainly on the circuits, having set up all the materials yesterday. The image on the left is a parallel circuit (which means that there is more than one pathway for current to flow) with 3 light bulbs. The image on the right is 2 circuits, one of which is the one on the left, and the other one is a series circuit with 1 light bulb (simple one pathway circuit). We have 2 more circuits that we haven’t connected fully yet, so they don’t work, but in theory they should. We will finish assembling them after the long weekend.

Science project day #2

Today we where mostly setting up the materials to build the circuits. We stripped the plastic covering off of the wires so we could connect it to the light bulbs. We created the simplest circuit out of the 4 that we are planning to make. Now that we set everything up though, tomorrow we should be able to make everything. The plan is that after tomorrow we will have a house with all of the circuits completed. After that we just have to add the finishing touches.

Science post #1

Today we figured out what circuits we are going to use for the 4 rooms. We used a mix of parallel and series circuits, affecting the brightness of the bulbs for each room. For tomorrow, we are planning to bring supplies and to start working on the rooms. We will need to create the circuits pictured in class, and hopefully it works. For the living room, it’s the 3 bright lights in parallel. For the bedroom, it’s the one with one bright light in series. For the kitchen, it’s the parallel circuit with one bright bulb and 2 dull one’s. For the bathroom, it’s the series circuit with 3 dim lights chained together.