March 23

Innovation Day

Introduction

Have you ever wondered how solar energy gets turned into electricity? That’s what you are going to learn in this blog post. Because I and my partner chose to do solar energy. We learned so much about solar energy. Solar panels are really cool. They are made up of tiny solar cells which are usually made of silicone. They are very similar to humans who are made of human cells. Solar panels are used in lots of places like rooftops, power plants, and more! Solar panels are collect solar energy and turn it into useable electricity. Solar energy is the most efficient energy on the planet. The machines used to turn solar energy into electricity do not impact the environment that much, and they don’t pollute the planet which makes them very environmentally friendly. Each solar particle is called a photon. A second way to use solar energy is to take the heat from solar radiation and use it in a bunch of different.

 

Empathize

People are going outside a lot more because of Covid 19. So in our science unit, we are trying to take renewable energy to parks so we can have fun and not hurt the environment. There are a lot of problems in the world but this is a very big one, especially with Covid 19 which is why we are trying to fix it. Covid is bad because you can’t see family or friends and you also can’t go to some stores and restaurants. It is hard for families because they can’t see other members of their family. People who are less fortunate than us have a hard time because they can’t afford the things to keep them safe. But there are some positives about Covid. Firstly, when people get sick they can still go to school on their computer. Also because of Covid a lot of people are staying home, so places aren’t as busy so we can get around a lot faster and we can have more free time. I remember when I was about to go to Florida and I couldn’t because of Covid 19 and I was really sad because I was really excited to go.

 

Ideate

We chose to use solar panels they are really easy to use on the tops of things or beside things. They also can be used all the time because they get energy from the sun but during the day they are also storing energy to use when there is no sun or in the winter. Solar panels are also a lot cheaper than wind turbines. Solar panels cost about $20,000 but wind turbines cost between 1. million dollars and 2 million dollars. They are also very fast and efficient. Solar panels are also very cool so, at parks, kids can be curious and when they are bigger they can look into them more and be inspired.

 

Our Project

 The model of our playground is in Minecraft. There is a playhouse with lights inside powered by solar panels. We have an elevator that goes up to a cool roller coaster. There is a magical zoo with upside-down animals and rainbow sheep. It doesn’t use any energy so we couldn’t use solar energy. Ther is a solar-powered ride that gets spun around by a machine, that is powered by solar panels. There is an area where you put on special boots and wings and you can jump really high and you get a boost from fans that are powered by solar energy, and you can fly down. There is also a diving board that you can jump off of and fall into a bouncy castle. There is also an entrance to the bouncy castle. The bouncy castle is blown up by solar panels. Our last ride is another roller coaster. When you ride it fireworks go off and they are very pretty.

 

Bibliography

The Canadian Encyclopedia. Solar Energy, Adam Jones, 18 October 2019, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/solar-energy. Accessed 22 March 2021.

energysage. What is solar energy?, Jacob Mash, 19 January 2019, https://news.energysage.com/what-is-solar-energy/. Accessed 22 March 2021.

March 4

Holes Book Review

In school we have book club this month I had the book Holes.

 

I would recommend this book to people who are in grade 5 and up. It is very intense at some parts which I like a lot. It is also not too long and the vocabulary is not that hard. Different parts give you different feelings about the book. My favourite parts are when Mr. Sir got scratched because he was mean he deserved it. Also, every part with Kate Barlow is good because there is some mystery and she had a very interesting life. If you read the book you can see what I am talking about and even more. Have Fun Reading!

 

January 27

Dogs

If anybody knows me they know that I love dogs. I mean who doesn’t? They are so cute, they are so energetic and there are so many different kinds and it doesn’t matter which kind you get they are all so much fun!

 

Puppies

Dog, they are so cute. If you are sad you can cuddle with a puppy. I have to mention they can turn themselves, or your house into a mess in seconds, but it’s not that they want to, they are just having fun! Personally, my dog also barks a lot, but maybe that’s just him. Besides those little things, there is really no reason to not get a puppy. A dog is considered a puppy until they are one year old, but I consider them puppies forever because they are super cute.

 

Breeds

If there is one thing I know about breeds is that there are a lot, I mean a lot! Don’t believe me? What if I told you that there are 195 different breeds. Maybe you are saying that’s not that many. Well, you can take any two different dog breeds and mix them together you get a whole new dog. With combinations of different breeds, there are thousands or even tens of thousands of breeds. Point Proven. Every breed is different and does different things like they are very energetic or they are big or small. But one thing is for sure they are all cute! 

 

Hypoallergenic

Maybe you are saying what on earth is hypoallergenic! I can barely pronounce that. What hypoallergenic means is that firstly they don’t shed very much. Secondly, since they don’t shed none of the allergy-causing dander does not get on the floor which means no allergies. Hypoallergenic dogs’ hair grows as much as humans but non-hypoallergenic dogs don’t. So the only downside of getting one of these dogs is that they have to get a lot more haircuts.

 

Energy/Walks/Fetch

This is a bit of a scramble category but they all have to do with energy.

Firstly you need to take dogs on walks. Regularly. Some people take their dog on 1 long walk or some other people take their dogs on a few different short ones. It can be annoying but it’s the only way for them to go to the washroom, but dogs do other things on walks they run around a lot and burn energy while having fun. Secondly, dogs fetch, why? It’s kind of like a walk they burn loads of energy running to get the ball over and over again, but that’s not all, fetching is a dog instinct to retrieve.

 

Toys

These next two categories are going to be shorter than the rest.

Dogs love toys, especially ones that squeak. I think it is because if they hear the squeak they know it’s their toy and wants to go play with it.

 

Licks

A lot of people think that dogs lick to give kisses, which is correct. Dogs lick you when they are thanking you for something you did, maybe you petted them, or gave them a new toy.

 

Now I have told you a bunch about dogs. Maybe you even want to get one. It is a little expensive but, I definitely think it is worth it. They are cute, happy, have lots of energy, give licks, and so much more!

 

January 21

Scientists In School

Last week in school, we did something really fun. Today was scientists in school! Every year our school does this thing called Scientists In School. You can probably guess the concept, scientists come to school. Usually, some parents come to school and volunteer, and because of the pandemic no one is in school so we all got on a Google Meet, and so did the scientist. This time It was called As A Matter Of Fact because we were learning about the 3 states of matter solids, liquids, and gases. Her name is Dana by the way. The goal that we needed to do at the end was to figure out what the mystery powder was. The first thing we did was that we had to see if our materials would dissolve in water. Firstly, when we put flour in water the water was cloudy which meant it didn’t dissolve. When we put the Epsom salt in the water it didn’t really dissolve because it was chunky. The baking soda did though! We did a few small experiments along the way but I am not going to mention those because they are not very interesting. We made cabbage water by mixing cabbage powder and water. We took a bit of Epsom salt and a bit of Vitamin C and some cabbage water and at first, it turned pink, and after a bit of waiting it turned red which I thought was really cool, but do you want to know what’s even cooler? We did the exact same thing except instead of Epsom salt we used baking powder, and it turned blue and started bubbling! It was so cool! Lastly, we still had to figure out what the mystery powder was. It looked like flour so we put some in water and it didn’t dissolve so we thought it was flour, but some people thought that it was baking soda so we put the powder in cabbage water and it turned blue and bubbled, so we came to the conclusion that the mystery powder was flour and baking soda. It was super fun. At the end, I mixed all the rest of the ingredients together but all it did was bubble, but some people said it exploded!

January 14

My Art Drawing

While we are online there is no guided art. So what my class is doing is we go on to a page where there are a few different art activities that we can do that have to do with winter. Last week and this week I have made a few of the art activities. Firstly, I made something that is supposed to look like a snowflake with a website. It is very calming and satisfying. Secondly, I made a snowman using google drive by using a tutorial. It turned out better than I thought.

Lastly, I made one of my best drawings ever. Although it was with another tutorial it is still very pleasing to the eye.  It is a drawing of a moon in a winter scene with a lot of snow and trees. I used different colours to make the snow look

more realistic.

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January 6

Two Of The Same

Today at school we are doing an activity called two of the same. In November I posted a paragraph on Masks and in December I wrote about Minecraft Education Edition. In this post, I will be saying what I think I improved on. Just by looking at them both, you can see that one is a lot better. In my first paragraph, I didn’t use that many transition words and I should have gone into more detail. Neither the conclusion nor the introduction sentence was all that great.

 

In my second paragraph, my introduction was very clear and it even had a hook sentence! I also used tools like spell check and hyperlinks. In this paragraph, I also went into so much more detail! I still need to work on using more transition words and putting the right ones in the right sentence. Though the conclusion sentence was better I still need to improve in that area. Well, there we have it, my reflection on my two paragraphs.

December 17

Minecraft Education Edition

   Is it just me or with COVID 19 are these the weirdest times ever? Right now a lot of students are stuck learning at home which can be sort of annoying. (Trust me it’s terrible)!  So, one of the first things that come to my mind when I think of fun is video games. Have you ever wanted to take your imagination into real life? Well with Minecraft you can! My favourite video game is Minecraft. You may be saying you can’t play Minecraft in school, or can you? Well believe it or not you can! Minecraft Education Edition is educational and is already being used in some schools, for a few different reasons.

 

    Firstly I know some students don’t really like learning because it is kind of boring but with Minecraft Education Edition you can turn learning into hours of fun! Well, how is Minecraft fun? You can build anything you want in Creative Mode and you can play Survival and try and beat the game. It doesn’t matter which one you play because you’ll have fun either way! You can also have fun playing on public servers like Hive, CubeCraft, Lifeboat, and more.

 

   Some reasons it is good for learning is there are a lot of different pre-made maps for learning, For example: Explore The ISS, Explore The Human Eye, Coding, and more. There are also more blocks for learning examples. I have never played Minecraft Education Edition but I have played Regular Minecraft and to be honest, it’s so much fun! Both versions of Minecraft are made by Mojang, so Education Edition must be just as fun as Regular Minecraft.

 

   I know school can be stressful, maybe you are about to take a test or you are just nervous. Minecraft has very calming music. I definitely think that Minecraft should be used more in schools but I don’t think that it should or that it will take over traditional teaching. Especially after Covid, I think teaching will go back to normal.

 

   These have been a few of my reasons why I think Minecraft Education Edition should be in schools. Here is a recap, You can learn from home, you can use it in schools, you can have fun while learning, lots of maps, more blocks, and calming music. Now that I have learned more about Minecraft Education Edition I might just play it for fun and maybe some people reading might want to as well because it is a great way to pass the time. 

December 8

My Covid 19 Journal Entry

These are some strange times. When Covid hit I thought we would only have to stay home for a few weeks maximum a month, but here we are 8 months later. My life has changed drastically now that we have to deal with Covid. First of all, school is a lot harder. I have to last almost the whole day with a mask including Recess! Also, my personal life has become harder but a bit better if that is how you want to describe it because I get outside a lot more because I have nothing to do inside. I build snowmen and take my dog for more walks. Speaking of taking my dog for walks let me tell you about that. Now that there is snow my dog has a billion more things to sniff and it is so annoying. It is also a bit more dangerous because if someone else is walking towards me I have to move onto the road. I think Covid is good in some ways. For example, I think that because of Covid people have slowed down and they are not in such a rush. It is also good luck this is the best November ever! 

November 17

Genius Hour

For my genius hour, I am making a few things to make dogs’ lives better.

So far I have made a document that has a bit of information on why dogs fetch and why the products I am making are good for dogs. ( When you are reading that post may not be finished) I have also made a blueprint of my products. My first product is The Auto-Fetcher, there is a cardboard tube that carries balls into a ball launcher and the dog can chase it. 

My second and third products are a 2 In 1 leash and a 3 In 1 leash, they are leashes where you hold it in one place and you can walk 3 or 2 dogs. My next step is to build the products and for the leashes instead of using nylon, like normal dog leashes I am going to make a model out of string.

November 3

It’s Snowing Already!

I go to sleep, not really thinking anything of the next day, it’s just going to be a normal school day. I wake up and there is snow on the ground! We’re still a month and a half away from winter and it’s snowing. Unlike some people I hate snow! I have to put on snow pants and a very warm jacket, it’s very cold and slippery, and it sometimes makes me late for school. I also can’t play my favorite games, it’s very hard to play soccer because you are slipping all over the place, and you can’t play basketball because the ball doesn’t bounce and it is hard to shoot a basketball with gloves or mittens on, but if you take off your gloves or mittens your hands will be as cold as ice. I think you get my point. I hate snow and I hope this year is a quick winter.