Friday, November 17, 2017

Iowa State OPPTAG Experience Reflection

Our GOAL class right after our classes. 

My first class was DNA smoothie. There we learned about biotechnology, and how humans share 70% of their DNA with a banana. We also learned how to extract DNA from bananas by blending it up. Then we mixed soap, distilled water, and salt, to make a concoction that we mixed together with the blended up banana. Then we put that mixture into a filter, and then used the clear stuff that came out to put into a test tube with a type of alcohol that is found in germ-x. The banana DNA then crystallized in the test tube and then we used a toothpick to get it out. My second class was called Stand by your Quote. There we chose a quote that we most thought described leadership, and then we had to write out why we connected to it and then words that we thought described leaders. The most educational part of my day was basically all of it. I learned a lot with everything that we did. If I had to say a certain part, I would probably go with my first class. Something that I learned about Iowa State University, was that in their library they have three million books. That's enough books laid across to equal 20 miles! The most fun part of my day would probably be lunch. Just because we got to experience how crazy it is in a college lunch room. Also, because all of us just got to talk about what we had done today, and other things like that. If I could give one piece of advice to improve it, I would say that they should have it in the spring, or at least sometime warmer then the middle of November. My biggest takeaway from this experience, was how it felt to walk around a college campus, and go to classes. It was really cool, and fun as well. I also got more ideas of what kind of job field I might want to go into someday.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Independent Project Reflection



My Topic was Emma Watson. I chose her because I look up to her as a role model. I also wanted to know what she was known for other than for her role as Hermione Granger in the movie franchise, Harry Potter. A few of the most fascinating things that I learned would probably be that she is a huge feminist. She was appointed a UN Goodwill Ambassador in 2014. As well as hosted the launch of the HeForShe campaign, which is for the advancement of women. I think that I would still like to find out things like how she felt when she got certain roles, or future roles that she might be cast as. I chose to present my research with Google Slides, as well as using notecards. The thing that makes me proud about my project is that I didn't put any text on my slides. I did that because whenever I do a project where we have to present it, I always no matter what, put too much text on the slides. The thing that I would want to improve would probably be creating a balance between pictures and text, instead of either having no text or no pictures. That way I can remember everything and have enough pictures to back up what I'm talking about.

Friday, October 20, 2017

DWA Publishing 1st Quarter

10/11/17 "A pen is mightier than the sword" -Edward Bulwer-Lytton I think that this quote means that not every solution to a problem involves violence. I agree with it because most of the conflicts in history were resolved using a pen to write treaties and things like that. A lot of things could have been avoided as well, if we had tried to talk it out first and tried for peace. Some things I guess do have to involve fighting, but you should still try to avoid it. Pens are definitely mightier then the sword.

10/18/17 "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." -Leo Tolstoy 1828-1910 To me, this quote signifies the fact that people are always talking about how they want to change the world. Although that's a good thing to do, people are hypocrites if they say that and do the thing that they are telling people not to do. I mean you have to change yourself to be a better person. You have to be a better person to have a better world. That's just how it is, and forever will be.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Words of Wisdom



My overall take away from this project, was that everyone lives by different things. Some people's advice was about their faith, whereas other people talked about how important education was. I think that in their own way, everyone's words of wisdom was important to know, and that the fact that people strive to live by these things is amazing.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Nauvoo Field Trip Reflection

For our 2017 Goal field trip we went to Nauvoo, Illinois. It has a really amazing re-creation of what life was like back in the 1840's when the Mormons lived there. I enjoyed our trip a lot and I learned a bunch of new things too.
My favorite part of the trip was the blacksmith's shop. There we learned that since the Mormons had to travel all the way to the rocky mountains, the blacksmiths had to make all of the wheels and everything for the wagons. The most interesting part that I learned in there was that the blacksmiths made all of the wagon's wheels identical so that all of the spare wheels would fit any of the wagons. I also learned about a story where a boy and a girl fell in love. When the boy asked the girl to marry him she told him that her father would only let her marry someone who gave her a diamond ring. Since they where in the middle of the prairie, you couldn't really get a diamond around there. The boy then went to his father because he didn't know what to do. His father told him to go the the blacksmiths and see if they had any ideas. When he went there, the blacksmiths gave him a horseshoe nail that was bent to look like a ring. He gave that to the girl and when she showed it to her father, her father said that any boy that was smart enough to do that would be good enough for his daughter.
Something new that I learned about the pioneers was that they made their own bricks. The pioneers made the bricks out of clay, sand, and a little bit of water. Then they put the "pug" (the mixture) into a mold. After that they took it out and day by day they turned the bricks over in the sunlight to get all of the moisture out of them. Finally they built these huge clamps using the bricks and built a fire underneath, still trying to get all of the moisture out. The "baking" would go on for weeks, drying every single drop of water out. The whole process was just about making the bricks the strongest that they could be.
Something that I learned about why the Mormons moved west in the 1840's was that they left because they were being persecuted. They ultimately didn't want to have a civil war because the people around them thought that they were too different in the way that they worshiped and in what they believed in. Everything was getting too violent so they had to leave.
If I had to choose one thing that I saw or heard to learn more about I would want to learn about what the jobs of just regular kids growing up were. I would want to learn about this because I think it would be cool to see how much our everything has changed. Also because I want to know how different we do things and what we have now that the Mormons didn't have. I know that candle making was one of the girl's jobs but what other jobs did they do?
There you have it, everything that I learned in Nauvoo. Again, it was a really amazing place to take a field trip to, and it was super historical place. I had a lot of fun there!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Moral Dilemma Literature Circles

A moral dilemma is when a person is trying to decide if they should do the write thing or if they should do the wrong thing to protect someone. In my group's first book, Under the Same Sky by Cynthia DeFelice, the moral dilemma was that Joe, the main character, couldn't decide if he should turn in the migrant workers, who have illegal papers, in to the border patrol or not. He had befriended the migrant workers who had the illegal papers so that especially made it hard. The characters that were involved were Joe, Manuel,  Luisa, Frank, and Rafael. The dilemma was solved by Joe deciding to do the right thing and follow his heart. He helped the migrant workers get to another farm where they could be safe. If I was put in the same situation, I would have done the same thing. I would have done that because I would want to protect my friends and trust them as well. I agree with the moral dilemma though, it would have been a very hard choice to make. The next book that we read was Nothing But The Truth by Avi. The moral dilemma was that Philip, the main character, can't decide if he should make a big deal out of the fact that he got suspended for singing the national anthem during morning announcements or to let it slide because he did break a rule saying that he needed to stand still and quiet during the playing of the national anthem. The characters that are involved are Philip, Miss. Narwin, and Dr. Palleni. Since my group did not finish the book I don't know how Philip solved his moral dilemma, my prediction is that Philip will give up on all of the news reporters and go back to school with an open mind and to maybe actually try harder to do better in English since he got assigned a new homeroom teacher. If I was in Philip's place I would have not let my father talk to the news reporter in the first place. If somehow what happened to Philip happened to me I would have done the thing that I predicted, even though my prediction might not be correct. I would have done this because I would not want attention.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Invent Iowa

     My invention is called the Bio-Bottle. It is a water bottle that uses natural materials to filter out dirty water. Each material filters out something different so that you can take pond or river water and turn it into clean and safe drinking water.
     The problem that I was trying to solve was about water quality. I wanted to change the fact that every one person of nine in the world doesn't have access to safe drinking water. I also wanted to find out a way to take materials from nature and turn it into a filtering system that doesn't use nonrenewable resources.
     My invention solves that problem because it uses natural materials such as sand, gravel, and carbon/activated charcoal. Sand and gravel filters out contaminants such as bacteria. The carbon/activated charcoal takes away chlorine, odor, taste, and many other things.
     I was most proud of my project because it turned out just the way I wanted it to. I think that I had good ideas and good research to back the ideas up. I also liked the way that my model turned out, even though it was tricky.
     One of the challenges that I faced was actually trying to figure out what to invent. I couldn't come up with an idea. I faced this challenge by looking up problems in the world. Water quality was right up there with a lot of other third world problems.  Then I did research, and then more research, and then even more research!
     Something that I would improve would to have my model work better. My model did work, most of the time, but it could have been better. I needed to clean everything out and make sure that none of the materials are dirty. Another way that I would need to change my model would be to make sure that the water goes through the filtering system faster.

Iowa State OPPTAG Experience Reflection

Our GOAL class right after our classes.  My first class was DNA smoothie. There we learned about biotechnology, and how humans share 7...