Fay’s Nines Reflection

This past few weeks we have been doing the Fay’s Nines problem. Here are some unique solutions:

As you can see, there are 3 columns of numbers. The units column equals 19, the tens column equals 18 and the hundreds column equals 8. But for this to work, you have to carry (starting from the units column), then it all adds up to 999.

When I started playing with this problem I was interested to see how many unique solutions their were. I tried to find different strategies to work out different solutions, but I was having trouble finding unique solutions fast.

At the end of the first session (during the class discussion) Sienna and I realised that the units column had to add up to 19, the tens column had to add up to 18 and the hundreds column had to add up to 8. Here is our working out for the first session.

To break this problem into manageable parts, I got one unique solution and then turned it into another one by moving the numbers around. But with that strategy, I only got 2 solutions with similar numbers.

I kept doing trail and error for two sessions. Then I realised that if I got one solution, I could get a lot more. I didn’t realise it at the time, but I could get 36 more solutions. So, to start off with I kept the same numbers in the units column, and shuffled the numbers around those ones. I found 20 solutions, but I had a feeling there was more. After Mr Henderson had told us that there were 36 solutions for each 3 numbers that were in the units column, I had a light-bulb moment. Because there are 36 solutions for each combinations for each 3 numbers in the units column, and there are 5 units combinations (that equal 19), you multiply 36 by 5 and that equals 180, which is the correct answer.

This problem was challenging because I didn’t understand the carrying. After Mr Hopper helped my understand, I kept trying to find the answer. But little did I know that I had to find the answer to a smaller problem. To find the number of solutions for each 3 numbers in the units columns. This problem was very challenging and fun, and I hope to do something similar in the future.


For my last passion project  of the year, we have to dedicate or target our passion project at a member of our family or extended family. I am going to create a short film about my sister, for my sister. In the film, there will be like a voice over behind the video. It will be like a letter to her.

I think that I will either use my phone or my camera to film with, exploring different angles and lighting. And to edit this film I will most likely use Adobe Premiere. If  Adobe Premiere is not working or I can’t figure something out I will use Movie Maker.

My project is targeted at my sister, Quinn. She is a big part of my life, and she has always wanted to be in my films. So, now she is the main focus in my film.

I am looking forward to seeing Quinn’s reaction when the whole movie is done, editing the all of the shots together, exploring the angles and lighting, looking at different locations to shoot at, writing the script and recording the voice over.

My film is inspired by this film:

I am so exited to see where my passion project will take my this term 🙂



For the past term I have been working on my Passion Project. And as I have been saying, I created a short film/montage of Noosa (where I went on my holiday).

I am pretty proud of the shots that I got, and achieved what I had originally set out to do. The finished product has come out mostly the way that I planned.

The whole experience was a success like the editing, the shooting, the planning, the lighting, the equipment supply, ect. The only challenge that I faced during the process was that THERE WAS NO SURF. No surf means no waves, no waves means no surfboards, no surfboards means no good surfing shots, but I’m not complaining. The weather was perfect all the time, it was amazing.

If I were to continue this project, I would probably learn more about different editing programs to use, or just editing in general. I could also learn more about the different angles for shots, when to use slow-mo, things like that.

Here are a few photos from Noosa:


Costa Rica Country Investagation

For the past few RVE sessions we have been focusing on one country of our choice. I chose Costa Rica, as shown above. We were challenged to complete a double-page spread about the countries social behaviours, religion, flag meaning and customs.

Costa Rica has some differences from Australia…

  • Just before New Year’s eve they have a “Festival Of Lights” held in San Jose; featuring parades with tropical floats, fireworks, clowns, cartoon characters and goblins all in one great big street carnival! In Australia we don’t have many annual festivals.
  • They speak a different language, Spanish
  • In Costa Rica their most common religion in Roman Catholic (76.8%), and in Australia our most common religion is Catholic (25.8%) Here is the Costa Rican religion chart:

There are also some similarities between the two countries…

  • Both countries don’t have a staple food, we eat anything really
  • In both of our flags we have red, white and blue
  • Both countries wear casual clothes
  • Both countries celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve

If I lived in Costa Rica I would really look forward to Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Christmas because there would be lanterns lighting up everything, it would be so pretty. And New Year’s Eve because I would love to be a part of the Festival of Lights!

Building Views Reflection

For the building views problem, we were given a tub of blocks to build a building out of. But as you may have guessed, this wasn’t any old building that we had to make. On the activity sheet there was a 4 x 4 grid:

Those squares were where we put the blocks. Below that, there were several problems. To solve those problems, you had to build a tower. Here is what one of the problems looked like.

Let me explain. As you can see, there is a 4 x 4 grid, the same as the building sheet. Basically, say if there is a “3” on the bottom left corner of the grid, you would put 3 blocks in the same place on your real grid. And if there was a “2” on the top right corner of the grid, you would put 2 blocks in the same place on your real grid. The aim of the problem was to draw the front and side view for that grid, by looking at the building you built. Like this:

The next step to this activity was to do the same thing, but to try and find the maximum and minimum amount of blocks that we could use to build the same building, without changing the views. My strategy for finding the maximum amount was to fill the whole bottom of the grid with blocks (but obviously not the slots that have 0 in them), and then see if we could add any extra blocks anywhere. For finding the minimum amount, I basically did the opposite of finding the maximum. Tried to take as many blocks away as I could, without changing the views from the front and side. After we competed either the maximum or the minimum we checked with our peers to see if they had the same answer as us, or if we could improve.


The most challenging part was doing building 5. That is because of the rules. It was the same as before (Where you had to build grid and then draw the side and front view) except you weren’t allowed to build it. So, you had to imagine what the building would look like.

What I have learnt during this unit is…

-That you should make sure to go back and check your thinking to make sure it all makes sense and is correct

-Colours can make a difference when your looking from different views or patterns

I really enjoyed this unit, and hope to continue something similar in the future.

My Self-Sufficient Space Station

For Mr G’s clinic in Inquiry, we got to choose where we thought would be suitable for humans to live in the future. I chose a self-sufficient space station orbiting earth. We got a sheet with information about each topic. Then were told to make a video log about why we chose that habitat, but Blythe being Blythe, she did something different. I did a news report. Here it is:


As I said in my last Passion Project blog, I am doing an artsy, montage video that explains my trip to Noosa (in Queensland) and what I did.

I have explored different editing apps such as imovie, pocketvideo and I’ve also experimented with the “time laps” and “slow mo” feature that is provided on the camera app.

I have not experienced any difficulties in my project yet, but I am prepared and ready for any problems that may occur during the process.

The next step for my is to work out what I am going to use to film. I am 99% sure that I will be getting a water proof phone case, for the shots underwater (and will just use my pgone for all other shots), or the other 1% chance is that i will hire a waterproof camera.



The Lost Princess

For this session of RRR we watched a short film called Lost Princess and it was about privacy online, and how to avoid getting in bad situations. There were 3 characters, and each were caught in a dangerous scenario. These stories are true, and has happened to people although different children acted them out.

Out of the 3 characters I chose Kieran, an 11 boy who is addicted to gaming online. Everyday after school he would go home and game, even way after him parents went to bed. This continued until he was 15 years old! He even dropped out of school because he wanted to game. Eventually, he realised what he was doing with his life,and how he could improve. He joined a clinic to help people like him, and started doing the things that video gaming made him forget.

Here is Kieran:

It negatively affected his life in a way that he would no longer hang out with friends, almost never went outside for fresh air and hardly talked or socialised with anyone!

They way that this problem came to an end was that Kieran realised how much time he spent on him games, and what his life had become. Dropping out of school, losing friends, now he must fix this.

To prevent this from happening, I would listen to parents when they say to get off your games and spend some time doing the things you love. Overall, I believe it makes you a lot happier, and gives you more free time.

The message that I took away from this film was that the internet can be an awesome place to play games, contact friends, ect. But the online world can be a dangerous place if you share your private information, let people know your phone number, email or passwords. If anything suspicious is happening, someone asking for you private information or to meet up when you don’t know them personally, tell a trusted adult.

I really enjoyed this film and would recommend to everyone.


For my term 3 passion project I am planning to create a film. I about 3 and a half weeks, I am going on a trip to Noosa (in Queensland) and I am making a film about my experience, and how amazing it is. The film will be like an artsy, montage with music in the background.

To edit my film I am going to use the app “imovie”, and I am going to explore the different filters, speeds and clips. I am going to explore different styles of music that may or may not match with the film.

My film is aimed for people aged around 8-18, or for people that like travel diary entries. But overall anyone at any age could watch my film, and maybe hopefully enjoy it 🙂

I am most looking forward to the filming part of the process. Mostly because I know that I will love going to the places (like the beach, going on walks ect.) Overall I am very excited for the whole process and am looking forward to see how it turns out.

Here is the video that inspired this idea: