For my matter final project I made an email train. An email train is when you send an email to a couple of people and those people send it to a couple of people and it goes on and on. Also I sent it to my MP to try and make a law in Canada that would be if you kill an alive tree you would have to plant 2 trees instead to make up for the trees you cut down. I felt that was a great way to get news out. Something that I didn’t notice before is how much trees humans have been cutting down lately. That really surprised me. So that is the reason that I chose an idea that can get around quickly, so I could end the problem. I am proud that I was able to finish writing my email because writing is one of my weak points. I enjoyed trying to invent a fair law. One thing I did wrong is that I told people to share it but I should have encouraged it more in class. Mostly I hope that my MP will respond.
Research shows that we are producing 50 billion tonnes of CO 2 per year so if we are to save the world then we really have to help. In our project we made a park using solar electricity and hydro electricity. We set out on our quest to find ECO friendly energy sources. Throughout the quest we found out that hydro power was first used to grind grain into flour and that John Herschel invented the solar oven. Solar panels can use three types of sunlight: ultraviolet, infra red, and the spectrum that we humans are used to seeing. UV light powers solar panels, In the equator the sun provides 1000 watts per square meter, and that solar energy comes from the sun. Did you know that Albert Einstein came up with solar panels? Even the international space station uses solar panels. These are just a few examples of the amazing research we did on our quest for eco friendly energy.
The pandemic has affected us in many ways. We learned how to distance ourselves, we learned how to restrain ourselves and we learned that the world is not full of rainbows. With good comes bad, we can’t see family and friends and it has affected many people’s mental health. What has also been hardest for families with little children is that they have to stay at home for long periods of time, and that they can’t see all their friends they get to regularly see in school. I worry that some families can’t afford someone to take care of their kids while they are working. But even though this is hard when this is over we will appreciate our friends more. We wanted to do something to help immediately though, so that’s why we decided to make this park. It has all sorts of electrical generators and we added all these cool features in our park so that parents can take some breaks and so kids can see their friends (from far) and they can start having more fun. The greatest thing is that it will use ECO friendly electricity using solar panels and water wheels. Over the winter all the energy will be stored in batteries to heat and light up the area. So people don’t freeze.
We came up with some crazy ideas. We didn’t do all of them but we would like to share them with you:
The roofs of the playground can have solar panels with glass under so you can see the panels. We can make a human sized hamster wheel and it can generate electricity. There can be heating shelters that can help people if they are freezing. There can be slides that have a summertime switch and a colder switch, the cold switch is just a regular slide and the summer switch is a water slide. Don’t worry the water goes into a chamber and it gets reused and filtered. We will have a river around the park with a water wheel that powers a hydro generator which creates electricity.There can be special monkey bars that sprout water during the summer. We can add a jungle gym shaped like a submarine and it can have solar panels on top.There will be a crazy water slide that the floor drops beneath your feet and you go through a dinosaur’s body and there will be many mini scary dinosaurs in it. The slide is also see through. The person who introduces you to the park and gives you a tour is a robot. The slide has solar panels on it. There is a pool with solar heating.
Aren’t those some crazy ideas, I sure think so. That’s why our park turned out so good.
For our power sources we used hydro power and solar power. We really liked solar energy because it is pretty permanent and solar panels can stay on your house for a long time, and they produce eco friendly energy(if there’s light).We did hydroelectricity because you can get energy from the river any day any weather. Even if there is a rain storm because the river will flow faster and it will make more energy. So with these two together we can get energy 24 hours in a day and 7 days of a week. So that’s why we chose two.
We made a video of our park that we would like to share with you.
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This week for science class we got to do an experiment. Dana who works at Scientists in the school came to our class to show us a cool experiment on Matter. We got many ingredients such as Vitamin C, Flour, Baking Soda, Water and Cabbage Powder. The main goal is that we need to figure out what the mystery ingredient is. It can either be Flour, Epsom Salt or Baking Soda or a mix. We learn that a physical change is when the look or outside of something is changed. A chemical change is when it becomes a whole new thing. First we figured out that if you mix Baking Soda with Vitamin C and add Purple Cabbage Water as the liquid it starts to fizz up. Second if you mix Epsom Salt with Vitamin C and add Purple cabbage water it turns red. The way we figured out the mystery ingredient that we added vitamin C and cabbage water and it fizzed up and it was powdery so it was baking soda and flour. My favourite part was when we added Cabbage Water to the Baking Soda and the Vitamin C it fizzed. At the end when I mixed all the things together it started to fizz. Overall Scientists In The School was was super fun and we were still learning things. Isn’t that amazing.
One of my favourite quotes is by Albert Einstein who said: ”STRIVE NOT TO BE A SUCCESS, BUT RATHER TO BE OF VALUE”. Isn’t that inspirational!! I think that quote means try your best not to be special but to be important in peoples lives and impact them with greatness. I find that quote is like Michelle Obama’s quote that says: “SUCCESS ISN’T ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY YOU MAKE ITS ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE YOU MAKE IN PEOPLES LIVES”. Arn’t they simular. I find that everybody should run by those quotes because everybody is important. Stop thinking money and fame and success will get you anywhere its if you know in your heart that you’re special.
Another one of my favourite quotes is by the Dalai Lama. ”BE KIND WHENEVER POSSIBLE. IT IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE”. I love this quote because it tells you be kind, not to show off or to seem nice but do it to encourage and inspire. I think he also means theres no limit to being nice. It’s a bit like one of our schools north stars that says: “THERE IS A FLOOR HERE BUT NO CEILING”. This quote makes me want to get up and start doing good deeds this second. If you start do a good deed don’t tell me because it does not matter it only matters to the person you did the deed too.
One month ago everyone in my class wrote a paragraph about Masks. I thought mine was OK because the spelling was good. The introductory sentence wasn’t perfect. The concluding sentence was fine. Overall it was good but it does not hook the reader at the start.
I just made another paragraph on Minecraft Education Edition. My teacher thought we should compare paragraphs. I got some feedback and this is my new paragraph on Minecraft Education Edition:
Minecraft Should Be an After-School Activity
What!!!! You think Minecraft should replace traditional teaching!?!?! That’s not my opinion. I think it would be a great after school activity. Firstly, you can do it as homework. I think it would be a great idea because it would make kids enjoy and want to do their homework. Kids would think of it as they think of free time instead of school work and the bonus is that it’s educational! Secondly, it would be good to calm yourself down if you’re stressed because there’s a lot of calming music. Most people get stressed at school so when they get home they can hear the calming music and they can play a calming game. Thirdly, the teacher can create class challenges like build your house or recreate the class. You don’t even need to use the educational edition because regular Minecraft is good too. Finally, the reason I don’t want it to replace traditional teaching is because if you play too much you can get addicted. I don’t think kids should be playing video games 24/7, but Minecraft is educational so it’s the best if you play the perfect amount. Traditional teaching is very important because that’s how you learn, but Minecraft is good to calm kids down after school. So Minecraft should be an after school activity.
I think I improved drastically because my introductory sentence hooks the readers. The concluding sentence was great. I used more transition words and they were spot on. One thing I still need to improve on is sentence structure. I think it makes the reader want to have Minecraft as an after school activity.
Today I will be explaining to you what we are currently learning in Science class !!! So, we are learning about the muscular system and the Skeletal system. Write now we are learning about muscles in your arms such as triceps and biceps. Your bicep is the muscle you see on top of your bone when you flex. Your tricep is the muscle under your arm bone. First I need to explain what contracting and relaxing means. You probably know what relaxing is but contracting means to tighten your muscle. We learned that when you make your arm straight your bicep is relaxing but your tricep is contracting. But when you flex your arm your bicep is contracting and your tricep is relaxing.
This is a model arm I made in class.
The yellow balloon is your tricep and the green is your bicep.The tricep connects to your ulna and your bicep connects to your radius.
Did you learn anything? If you did, tell me about it in the comments and I will try to reply.
I will explain to you some of the pro’s and con’s about wearing masks. First, I will explain about how uncomfortable masks can be. They make your nose itch and they steam up your glasses. They get dirty and moist too. There are some pros about masks though. They make the spread of COVID lower because they block your germs from getting on people. Finally, masks let you see friends from a bit closer. The most important thing is that masks let kids go to school. I trust you to think of all the pros when you wear masks. I hope you stay safe too.