It’s 50% off!!

Everyone love it when they walk to their favorite stores to buy items and see that it is 50% off. That’s why percentage is important to us. Percentage is important in many other different way.  It is a great way to represent a fraction and to show different data or comparing them. Percentage is also often used in business to see how much their finance has increase or decrease. There are even more ways to use percentage and these are just some. 

Here’s an idea of how to solve a percent of something:

This is only one way of solving that

You are who you are

In Literacy each round we will have different themes to study about and this year theme is identity. Who are you? Where are you from? What makes you “you”? That’s a hard question, understanding yourself is not easy. We also wrote a poem about where we’re from by Levi Romero:

I am from clustered brooms and mop dangling off the floor,

from the sapphire clock and the rounded plate.

I am from the tall building.

(white, translucent that smells like soap )

I am from the spiky aloe vera

The slender logan tree

whose long gone limbs I remember as if they were my own.

 

I’m from gatherings and crowding around the TV,

from Donghe and Tommy

I’m from cooking and daily dusting

and from playing cards on chinese new year.

I’m from sleep early and do your homework

and little monkeys jumping off the bed.

I’m from sleeping under the billion shining stars

I’m from the warm and cozy womb of my loving mother and house by the river

slippery fishes and white porridge

 

From my mom being carried around by her brother,

when there were bomb and guns all around,

two loving parent getting married

On the wall was quotes, old pictures and art

a peek of faces in my heart that is no longer here,

I am from those wild and irregular strike of art.

By Soucheng Date 17/01/19

Identity is very important to each and everyone of us. We are shaped and influenced by many people that have entered or already left our life. Each one of them have gave us something: memories, lessons or blessing.

“You can’t fit in, if you were born to stand out”

This is a quote from the book wonder. Which is what me and my team read for this round. It is about a boy that is deformed and how he fight for himself. The book is very empowering and inspiring because it want to tell you to always be yourself and know your identity. Stand up for yourself.

 

Periodic Table

In STEM, we learned about the periodic table. Dmitri Mendeleev created the periodic table in 1869s. Why did he create it? Mendeleev was a chemist teacher. He was writing a chemistry textbook and he needs a way to organize the elements and it would be easier for the student to learn. Here are some facts about the periodic table:

  • Mendeleev used atomic mass instead of the atomic number because protons had not yet been discovered when he made his table
  • The symbol consists of one or two letters that come from the chemical name
  • The first letter is always written in UpperCase.
  • The second letter is always written in LowerCase.
  • The classes of elements are metals, metalloids, and nonmetals
  • Blue stands for metals, orange for metalloids, and green for nonmetals
  • Rows of the modern table are called period.
  • From left to right across a period, each element has one more proton than the element before it
  • The modern periodic table has 7 periods and 18 groups.

Should school stop the practice of giving out grade?

     In literacy this round, we learned about how to debate and argue for or against a topic. We also did an activity which is called Philosophical Chair. Philosophical chair is an event that we debate for or against a topic. The topic is “School should stop the practice of giving letter grades to students. Instead they should only written feedback”. I think that school should not abandoned the letter grades though I think that it is not the best way to grade student but for now this is the only way that we can ensure how well the students is doing. According to quartz, it turns out that the things grades may measure are things employers value—being on time, getting things done, managing time well. In this sense, grades are doing what they are meant to do, measuring many aspects of student success. Grade is something specific where student can achieve their goals and tell them how they are doing. It’ll motivate them to try their best and improve. Letter grade gives students motivation and goal. Students can use grades to gauge where they are on the continuum between Excellence and Failure. According to the quad College administrators, politicians, and job-makers all hold grades as sacred. 

Well, what do you think? Should we replaced grade?

Precious Plastic

     Plastic is essential and convenient almost everyone on this planet use plastic. People love to use it that now it becomes a habit. Eventhough plastic seems like a material that is very useful and convenient to us, it is extremely harmful to the environment. In this exploration, we found an open source website which is called Precious Plastic and we learned about 4 different types of machines which is the shredder, it shreds plastic into small pieces so that we can use it to recycle later. The second machine is the extrusion, it melts plastic and extrude it into lines, products can be made from this machine are 3D line, knife handle. The third machine is the injection, it melts plastic and inject into a mold, products that can be made from this machine are containers, bowls, plate. The forth machine is the compression machine, it acts similar to an oven melting the plastic that were put in it and later on compressed into mold. We were planning to make the shredder machine. We went on a trip to Siem Riep, to Naga Earth. Naga Earth is an organization that turned used oil into clean biodiesel and handwashing soap.

At Naga Earth

 They also make recycle paper from scrap paper and cardboard. Then we went to the Rehash trash where they turned used plastic bag into beautiful plarn products such as jewelry, bottle holder,

 

mat. Unfortunately we can’t make the shredder machine because if we have the shredder machine it needs to be under supervision all the time because it is dangerous and we also don’t have enough time.  There are 7 different types of plastic. But not all plastic, you can recycle. For instance,  the plastic type number 6 polystyrene is considered unable to recycle. It’s not impossible to recycle we need technical products to  recycle the type because it gives out harmful chemical when you burn the plastic.

 

In the process of making recycled paper

 

 

Algebra

One thing that we learned from math this round is doing algebra coding. It is pretty complicated, we have to learn about the different vocabulary words that we use if we want to code. In the code, they also focus on how can we use code to make a calculator.

Calculating Algebra

Use the back of your brain

     We did a workshop with an organization from Siem Riep which is called Writing Through. We did a lot of creative stuff such as brainstorming about different ideas and we also learned how to write a poem. 

This is my poem:

The Past


The Past can be painful

It can also be dull,

The past is your scar

It is who you are.

Your past can be happy,

It can also be sad,

It’s almost like a two-faced mask.

Appreciate your past, it can be your future,

Appreciate your present,

In fact, it can be your teacher

Don’t judge anyone

Without knowing their past,

Because the chance you get to see them,

Can be your last.

Angels can be devils, you see

But before hating them

Ask why they be.

Learn from your past, 

be better, not bitter

if the rose wither,

tell them that I’m forever.

Your past is your present

Your present is your future

Do what you want and

Don’t regret it later.

 

In-design/Photoshop/Light room

     In multimedia class, we learned about different editing software based on Adobe. Cindy taught us how to use photoshop, illustrator, Lightroom and also InDesign. Our friends help us to learn about the things we don’t know. I am very excited to learn how to use photoshop because I have never used it before and saw my friend doing it. I thought that photoshop was very interesting because you can turn a photo into different things. You can add and edit the quality of it too. Indesign was the software that we mostly use during this year since the Geography book team needed to make a book. They used the software InDesign to do it. Though right now I am not really good photoshop but am planning to learn more from youtube and also my friends because anybody can be your teacher. No matter who they are there will always be a lesson that they can teach you.