November 11

Passion Project #2

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Me doing long jump

This term for my passion project I decided I am going to make a film on Little athletics.

I have not really done much because I have a lot of footage already from races and from other years. I am going to take some footage of me at training because that is were I throw, run and jump a lot of my PBs. I am also going to add some footage in of me at regional and state relay because that is one of the most enjoyable things about  Little athletics. In the  future I will get a lot of footage from little athletics on Saturdays because it is really easy to get footage from there. I will make sure I do not underestimate the time I have to get all the footage and editing done.

I have not really done any research for my film because it does not need it really. What I will research is some editing skills that I can put in my film, because my film will be very boring if it is just me doing things. I would not mind putting in some cool transitions between shots, Or putting in some images of Olympic athletes I look up to.

Some of the challenges I think I will face is I think the footage will be at different qualities depending if it is, raining, sunny, windy E.C.T. I hope in some of the pieces of footage I get some PBs because it would be very cool to have a memory of my PBs.

My next step is to get a lot of footage done so that I can edit and research some editing skills.


November 9

Billiard Ball Bounce

Billiard Ball Bounce


In project maths we started a new project called Billiard Ball Bounce. From our first lesson we got given our challenge.

The challenge was, if we got tolled a billiard table could we tell Miss Williamson the number of bounces with out drawing a table.

To play the project billiard ball bounce you have a table with a width of what ever you want and a length of what ever you want. You then start at the bottom left corner and draw a horizontal line. you keep drawing horizontal lines at a 45 degree angle until you get your horizontal line in one of the 4 corners.

In our first lesson we had a demonstration on one of our tables. We got shown how to play the game and got told our problem. After we learnt how to play the game we got given a sheet with billiard tables on them. We then got to complete the mini tables and demonstrate what we learnt. After we finished that we got our own sheet and made our own tables, to see if we could find a answer to our challenge.

In our second lesson we continued with what we did in the first lesson but we got a recording sheet which we filled out. On the sheet we put down, what the width and length where the number of bounces and what corner the ball landed in, we also got to put down the patter but I did not know that so I did not put it down.


In our third lesson we got to continue with what ever we where up to. I went onto the program and wrote down all the patterns I could find and all the things I noticed. That is also what I did in our forth lesson, but we had a clue on the board for what the pattern was to help us find it. I did not really find the answer to the challenge but I got close.

[(x+y)/common factor]-2

That was our clue and to try and figure out what the number of bounces was I used this.

[ (x+y)]-2

Which is pretty much the same but without the common factor.

When I was trying to find the pattern I was trying different things like using odd numbers and then using even. I tried different things to find the one answer to the challenge which I never really found. The main strategy I used was guess and check. I would guess a pattern or something I thought might work and then I would check it multiple times before deciding if it works or not.

To help me try to find the pattern I used algebra in the end I think because the equation has got letters in it so I am pretty shore it is algebra. Even though the pattern was found by some one else I still ended up finding it and using it. In this problem I learnt that you need to test one strategy and try and find others from the strategy you tested if it does not work or even if it does. I also learnt that it is very hard to find different patterns knowing that there is only one that works. I found it very challenging to find the pattern because in the end I did not even really find one that works. The coolest thing I found was if you have a tens number, 20, 30, 40, 50 E.C.T and then you have a number 55, 44, 33, 22, if you add it to the ten that matches 55 50, 44 40 E.C.T then the number of bounces will be always 19.

I do not know what we are going to do next but I am looking forward to it.


October 23

Conservation Film

This term we are doing a new project called “SOS Animal Film”. We get to lend our voice to our animal to help raise awareness. I chose the Asian Elephant. Out of the 10 animals we could of chosen they all had something in common. They are all endangered or critically endangered.

When we go to the zoo I am hoping to get a panning shot of the elephant, a shots of the elephants moving around naturally. Last of all I would like to get a shot of a elephant called Mali.

I chose the Asian Elephant because I find them really interesting, from how they find water in the dry seasons to, knowing that there are around 40,000 Asian elephants left in the wild.


SOS Endangered Animals Film

This is Mali.

Mali was the first Elephant calf ever to be born at Melbourne Zoo. She was born on 16 January 2010. Now at the age of 7 she is living at the Melbourne zoo.


Not all Asian Elephants are living a safe happy life like Mali.

At the start of the 20th century, there were about 100,000 Asian elephants left in the wild. Today, there are an estimated 40,000 wild Asian elephants left. That is 60,000 Asian Elephants gone In 17 years.

Asian Elephants are critically endangered due to habitat loss. We are cutting down their habitat to make room for new buildings and for wood. About 20% of the world’s human population lives in or near the present range of the Asian elephant. We are also killing this critically endangered species for their tusks. Only male Asian Elephants carry tusks and therefore poaching is aimed exclusively at males.

Nearly 30 percent of the remaining Asian elephants are kept in captivity.

When the Asian Elephants are babies they are taken from the wild and kept in captivity forced to take tourists on rides and perform tricks. When they are not performing or taking people on rides they are locked and chained up.

Do you want to help save the Asian Elephants?

There are many different websites you can look at, this is one of them.


Is a Website online where you have the opportunity to donate money. Your money will help them to, Press tourism operators worldwide to remove elephant attractions for example, a place that is offering rides or where elephants perform tricks, and replace them with visits to genuine sanctuaries and wildlife reserves.


Your donation could help the Asian Elephants from being mistreated in captivity.

Tell people about the Asian Elephant, tell them to tell others, if you do this it will help raise awareness for this critically endangered species.

The part that is highlighted in blue is my P.T.C.


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October 20

Passion Project #1

This term is our last term to create our last Passion Project. I still do not no what to do. I am still debating whether I should do Weight lifting or whether I should do Athletics. I would do Weight lifting because I am really passionate about it, except it will take so long to film because I will probably have to get permission, to film at the place I am planning on filming at. With Athletics it would be a lot easer because I already have some shots of me running, jumping and throwing. I also have Athletics every weekend so I can get some shots there.

I will use a lot of different types of cameras to get my shots, but I think it will be mostly on a mobile phone, from there I will transfer the shots onto my laptop and edit it from there. My project is aimed at anyone who wants to try athletics ( because I will probably do Athletics) and take up a really fun weekend activity. I am really looking forward to getting to do something I love and share it with other people, I think it will be really fun creating my last passion project while doing something that I really, really enjoy, I hope people get inspired to try athletics. I cannot wait.

October 19

Building Views

Building Views


Last week we started a problem in project maths called Building Views.

Building views is a problem where you have a 4×4 grid. On our first sheet we were given something we had to make. On a little 4×4 grid there were numbers, from there we then built the building based on what the numbers were on the little grid.


On our first sheet we had a bunch of different little grids with numbers on them. Then one by one we would complete the little grids. When we had made one of the grid we would bend down and cover one of our eyes. The reason why we would do this is because the views look different from a birds eye view, a front view and a side view. From a birds eye view you can see all of the blocks, but from a front view you wont always see all of the blocks, and that is the same for the side view. After we looked at the at the front view we would draw what we saw and goes the same for the side view.


In our second lesson it was the complete opposite to what we did on the first sheet. We were given a sheet and on that sheet there were front views and side views. We then had to build what we saw, but we would build it trying to use the smallest amount of blocks possible and then we would try to make it using the most amount of blocks possible. We then got to fill out a little 4×4 grid with the numbers of the blocks.

When I was doing the first and second sheet I used guess and check as my main strategy. From there I would test all possible ways to make a building, and if there was one block that did not work, I would move it around until it worked somewhere, or when I was 110% sure it did not work anywhere. If I was really struggling on one of the buildings I would ask someone what there least amount of blocks was for one of the buildings, and that gave me a target to reach so I kept on going.

During this project I found the second sheet the most hard because you had to figure out the least amount of blocks to use and the most just from a picture of the front and side view. In this project I learnt how to look at different views and draw them. I also learnt to problem solve because some of the views were hard to draw and figure out how to build.


September 21

Country Investigation

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In RVE we have been looking at cultures in different country’s. We got to write a assessment piece on our chosen country. Now we get to compare our chosen country to Australia. I chose The United Kingdom as my country.

United Kingdom

In the UK Men typically wear a suit and tie, and Women wear a jacket and skirt some Women wear pants. Young people ted to wear jeans and a T-Shirt.


In Australia from my point of view people are wearing more comfortable things to work such as jeans and jumpers or T-Shirts and loose fitting pants. This is very different to the UK because they tend to wear traditional working clothes.

United Kingdom

In the UK the usual working day starts at 9:00am and finishes at 5:00pm, witch is 8 hours a day for a week witch is 40 hours a week. In 1998 a new law was passed saying that workers in the UK do not have to work more than 48 hours a week, but 22% of British workers work more than a 48 hour week.


In Australia the standard working hours are 38 hours a week, however some people are required to be working 40 hours a week in Australia. There is a huge difference between the standard working hours in the UK and Australia by at least 10+ hours by the people in the 22% of the UK workers who work 48+ hours a week.

Although we have a few differences we have some similarities.

United Kingdom and Australia

The English breakfast is still a very popular meal in the United kingdom dating back to the early 1300’s.

The traditional English breakfast consists of Eggs, Bacon, Sausages, Fried bread, Backed beans and mushrooms.

A “Heavy” Australian breakfast consists of mainly the same things, Eggs, Bacon, sausages and Fried tomato.

It is clear that us Australians and the British do like a big “Heavy” breakfast once in a while.

If I…

If I lived in the UK I would find everything very interesting, because there country is very different to ours in some ways but in others we are very simular. If I went to the UK I would visit London when it is snowing, because I have always wanted to be walking around London while it is snowing. I would also try the famous English breakfast.

If I lived in the UK I would find it very challenging to a-gust to heaps of people walking around, trying to get from place to place, in a very quick pace because in Australia not everyone is in a rush. I also feel like the UK is very busy and people are always working. Other than that I would love to visit the UK.

I have really liked this Project we have been doing in RVE. It has been really fun, and I have liked investigating other cultures and religions. I have found out many different things about other country’s that I did not know before, and I have come to respect different cultures even more.


September 17

Passion Project #3


Today I have finished editing my passion project. It did not take long because I did not really use any fancy editing tricks because I thought they would not match my film, and I was right because I tried them out and they did not. The only trick I did use was slow motion, I just changed the speed and duration from 100 to 65 to make it go slower.

Once again to edit my Passion Project I used Adobe Premier Pro. I used it because I know it has a lot of cool tricks you can use and it is also better quality then some other editing software apps.

In my film I stuck to the things I knew most of the time because I did not want to rune my film there for causing me to re do my film. It did also not always match the film I was doing.

I learnt how to mute out the background noise from my family because they were talking in some of the shots and I cannot blame them. To do this I spent heaps of time watching YouTube videos witch did not cover my needs, so I asked my dad he found out how to do it in 2 minutes with out even using a video.

September 8

Passion Project #2


Today I became 1 step closer to finishing my Passion Project. I finally got to film the whole process to making the brownies. I decided it would be so much easier to just make the brownies in the Thermomix then to make them hand made is well. I have only ever made brownies in the Thermomix so it was a lot easier and less time consuming. My next step will be to start editing, I will include different things in my film when editing then I did with my hockey passion project. I will also learn how to mute out the background sound because there will be some from people talking, I will also slow down so parts to make them more dramatic.

I cannot wait till my passion project is finished I think it will turn out really well.

August 20

Split Point Lighthouse


This term in inquiry we have a new topic and it is our town through time. In Inquiry we have been researching topics that were selected by the teachers. We then got to put down our favourite places that we wanted to film our documentary. My top preference was the Split Point Lighthouse and fortunately I was put in the Split Point Lighthouse group.

The split point light house begun to be constructed in the late 1890 and in September 1891 it was illuminated. It is 66 meters above sea level and 34 meters in height. The first episode of Round The Twist was released in 1989 4 April and the last episode was released 2001 2 May.


In my documentary film I want to focus on the Inverlochy and the crash. I also want to focus on the drive down to The Split Point Lighthouse. In 1902 the Inverlochy crashed. The Inverlochy sighted Cape Otway and set course for Port Phillip Heads. However the Inverlochy was forced to take move along the Otway coast because of the easterly headwinds. Unfortunately the Inverlochy hit the Anglesea Reef and it sunk. In the film I want to also explore more the about the Inverlochy by speaking to people and finding more things about it.

I really want to tell this story because I think it is very interesting and worth telling. I also think with some more information about the Inverlochy it will make the film so much better. I think when people watch the film they will learn something new, but for example if I did Round The Twist people may not learn as much as they could off with the story of the inverlochy.

When I say I want to learn more about the Inverlochy by talking to people I think a great way to do that is by having a interview with an expert. I will hopefully have the chance to have a tour around the Split Point Lighthouse and I will learn some more things then is well. When it comes to editing I might put some pictures on the screen to enhance what I (My group) might be saying. For some reason I like the idea of walking around while I am sharing information so I think I may so that some time in the film.


August 15

Gauss Beats The Teacher

Today I started and my class mates finished a projected in project maths called Gauss Beats the Teacher. The really cool thing about the problem Gauss beats the teacher is that Gauss actually existed and he actually completed this  problem. He was born in 1777 and passed away in 1855.

The Problem

The problem is that when Gauss was in school he finished a task so the teacher gave him one that he thought would keep him quiet till lunch time but before the teacher could get back to there desk he had figured out the problem.

The is that you have to add up all the numbers from 1 to 100.

The way I figured out this problem was in my book I would have the numbers 1 to 10 going landscape and portrait. With the numbers 1 to 10 going down/portrait I would add them by going 10 + 9 = 19 and then with the numbers going across/landscape I would cross them off so I know not to use them again. After I got my answer for the group of numbers I was working on I would add it to the previous group.

55 + 155 =210

210 + 255 = 465

I kept doing that till I got to the group 21 to 30 and I started to see a pattern.

1 to 10 = 55

11 to 20 = 155

21 to 30 = 255

I do not know why it is 5050 not 5055 because I was not there on the day my class did this problem so I had to quickly find a way to work it out.

I didn’t really use that many strategies, but I did find a pattern and I did draw all the numbers out then cross them off witch is sort of a strategy (Draw a diagram) I also used addition so I guess I did use a bit of  strategies.

Although I did not have that much time to do this problem I really enjoyed it. It is very fun and I liked the fact that gauss was a mathematician and he completed this problem that everyone in my class completed. I hope we get to do more problems like this because they are really fun and they do not take for ever to complete.


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