Passion Project #3

During this project, I did achieve what I set out for at the start of the term. I made a 2 minute video on what I made which was the ripsurf, a mix between a surfboard and a skateboard. how to use it and some footage of me using it. Parts of the board were preety hard to saw but I think I generally faced success. After importing some of the footage to my computer, I made a video of how I made it and what I used to make it. Some of the challenges I faced were not being able to saw to identical wedges to sit the wheels on. There wasn’t much I could do about this so I just had to keep trying until I got it right.

To be honest, I’m not sure if there is that much more to learn from this project. I could sort of figure/work out how the board works and why the wheels need to be on a 45o angle. This would probably be my next step after where I’m up to now. Here is a photo of the board after I painted it. There is a bit of newspaper stuck to it but I’ve painted over it now. 

Win at the Fair

First, with ‘Win At The Fair,’ we started by playing the original game board. (see above) After gathering the data, we realised that this game board isn’t profitable for the fair manager. We played 117 games of this board and the yet we had to give out $213.40. This meant that overall, once 117 games were played, the manager lost $96.40. That meant that if we wanted to gain money instead of lose it, we would need to change the board one way or another.

We were told to change the original game board so that the manager of the game/fair would make money. After 1000 games we hoped to make $300 profit. This meant that we had to create a new board so that we gain money, but also made it look enticing.

We created a creative board with whatever movements, prizes and tiles we wanted. In partner’s,  Sam and I created a creative board. (see below)  Our creative board involved black holes which end the game, Teleporters which teleport you to the other one. It also has different prize values and different moving directions. We were very successful with our board. We played 30 games, gave away $14.70. This means that we as the game creators made $15.30. This is a pretty decent price.

After that, we had to make another game board this time with rules and guidelines. Our game board was very successful. On average we made 35c which out of 100 games made u     us  $350 if we played 1000 games.

We made our board profitable because only 3 outcomes lost the participator money whereas 4 outcomes win the buyer money. What they don’t know is that those 4 possibilities are the 4 least likely to be landed on. This makes it more likely to lose money. This also made it very enticing . This was the end product



Digital Etiquette

Today we watched a video about digital citizenship and it showed us how to be a good online citizenship.

Netiquette– Netiquette means almost the exact same thing as etiquette. The only difference between the two of them is that etiquette is just generally being a good person and following rules but netiquette is exactly that, just online.

Flamers/Flame Wars- A flamer or flame war is when two or more people have or are in the middle of an argument online and throw heated or rude words back and forth among each other.

Trolls- A troll is a weird ugly creature. Just kidding… A troll is actually a person who tries to start a flame war online by starting an argument.

anonymous- Anonymous means a person who doesn’t want or doesn’t have their name revealed to the public. They might make a statement or post something and it would say         By anonymous.

Communicating Clearly

  1. 1)   Don’t use capitals as it may seem like you’re yelling.

2) Make your post clear and easy to understand.

3) Don’t abbreviate words or sentences because it can be hard to understand.

Permission- Giving permission to someone is like giving them your consent. It’s saying that you are ok for them to do something involving you.

When Tim sais ‘Once  your message is out, it’s out’ I think that this means that once you post something, there’s no getting it back so T  H  I  N  K  Before you post.



Digital Citizenship

  Today we learnt all about how to act online. We learnt to be kind courteous and respectful. This acronym THINK has a word or two for each letter that describes what to think before posting something online. T=True. This means, before posting something online, think to yourself ‘is it true?’ If it’s not, don’t post it. H=Helpful. When posting something, make sure the thing is helpful, don’t post it if it’s not. I=Inspiring. This means to try to make any of your posts inspire others in any way possible. N=Necessary. Any post you do should have a reason and should be necessary. K=Kind. Anything you say, online or not, should be kind and others shouldn’t feel hurt because of it.

                                  Other words in place of KIND

T= True, Thoughtful

H= Helpful, Honest,

I= Incredible, Inspiring, Interesting

N=Necessary, Needed, Nice,

K= Kind

Passion Project #Update

With my passion project I’m creating a ripsurf and a video about how I made it and how to use it, and potentially some tricks. So far, I’ve made most of the board, with that, I still need to paint it, as well as add a foam tailpad.. What my next step for this is, will be painting it, and then starting the short film on how I made it and how to ride it/do a trick or two. Surprisingly, the hardest part of making the board wasn’t getting the right shape or the wheels in the right position, it was actually sawing the wedge where the wheels sit on. I suppose, what I’ve learnt is that some of the smaller things can make a big difference. When I first made the board, the wedges weren’t 100% on the right angle and that changed the whole functionality of the board.

Here is a quick video on the board so far.

Birke Baehr’s TED Talk

Today we watched 11 year old Birke Baehr give a TED Talk about the food system. I think that what Birke was trying to tell his audience was that we need to support farmers and not buy all of the chemicals that people put into all different meats and crops.

He really put these messages out to the audience by using facts today that we think are outrageous, but true. He used so many strong lines and sentences to prove his point and tell the audience how often, companies try to get people, especially kids, to buy bad products colourful advertising whit logos, mascots and cartoons.

Birke didn’t have a script up on the stage with him, so his eye contact, and voice tone was great. He used a microphone so that all of his audiences could hear him clearly. The screen he had in the background helped him make a point and added humour to his talk.

Birke didn’t walk around the stage heaps, but he did it enough to make it seem real. He used a lot of hand gestures as he spoke, potentially too many. He added in humour to his speech which hooked in the audience, making them listen and want more.

Passion Project

For my passion project this term, I’ll be intending to create a Ripsurf and a short video on how to use one (I a time lapse) and  just some general footage on how to make it and what the end product will look like.

A Ripsurf is pretty much a small surfboard on two rotating wheels. It allows you to practise surfing with little sharp cuts, swerves and turns. It can also be thought of as a mix between a skateboard and a surfboard. It allows you to surf on land.

I plan to measure all the sides to scale and place two                                                                        rotating wheels in the centre of the board. To create this, I will need to use lots of tools from the shed including wood, a saw, a file, sand paper, wheels, Foam, paint, screws, a drill, a screw driver, and liquid nails glue. I’ll be referring back to photos I took of a mates ripsurf so I can get the measurements and the scale right.

This project will be for anyone who is a fan of surfing or skating, or those who would think it would be cool to make your own (D.I.Y) ripsurf.

The thing I’m most looking forward to is to see how well my idea worked, what could be improved and what works. I’m looking forward to creating the ripsurf and having a go on it.

This is a slo-mo vid of me on my mates board. (Helps understand what a Ripsurf is)


Richard Turere’s TED talk

Today, we listened to Richard Turere, a boy from Kenya, give a TED talk about his childhood. I personally think, that there were two main messages that Richard was trying to show his audience. I think that probably the most important one was, ‘Hard work, results in reward/ If you work hard for something, you will be rewarded’ I think he explained this using an example of when he was younger and all of the lions were eating and killing the livestock and ruining the crops. Richard, after lots of work figured out that lions are scared of a moving light. He used bits of an old radio, wires, an old flashlight/torch and a solar panel to create a circuit of a light moving from spot to spot to scare away the lions. From then on, the lions never killed the livestock again, and his family didn’t have to kill the lions.

He used amazing ways to get these messages across to the audience. He really proved his point, and made it way more powerful by using meaningful images and diagrams up on the screen behind him accompanied by strong, powerful words.

The screen behind him really helped him get the word across as well as prove his point in a more powerful way. He used a microphone so all of his audiences live and through the media could clearly hear him.

Richard Turere used some great techniques to hook in his audience and make them understand more. He told a joke or two to get the audience engaged and he didn’t use a script so he obviously rehearsed and practised many times. He didn’t just stand in the same spot the whole time, he walked around the stage giving great eye contact.


Thomas Suarez TED Talk

Thomas Suarez, a very smart, well informed and technologically advanced boy did a TED talk to hundreds of people ‘live’ and through the media about Technology and creating apps. He talked a lot about his experience creating applications and what he had to go through to put his apps somewhere where the world can see them. He made it clear that creating apps isn’t as easy as people thing. For example if you want to play an instrument, pay for music lessons, or if you want to play footy, sign up for a season. Though, with creating an app, you have to go through the whole process of finding a site to do it on get permission to pay the fee allowing you to put your own apps ant the App Store. He explained the process he had to go through in his TED talk to the audience announcing how to do what he did, adding in some humour along the way to really hook in the audience and engage them. When going through his TED talk, Thomas used an Ipad to help him remember what to talk about. He probably didn’t have a word for word script, probably just some key notes and points. He also used the big screen up behind him to get the attention of the audience and to help them understand his thinking. A microphone was used to get his words out loud and clearly so everyone could hear him. One more thing he did was walked around the stage instead of standing still on the spot.

Green screen and Lighting Clinic

This week was our last week of Film school and we only had one final clinic which was about using Green screens and using the right lighting. We did this all together and what we had to do was Copy the footage from the K drive and create a small film of the guy at the Senior school.Green screen blog (003)-2d7dx2a.

The above site is my footage. At the top is my blog.