This blog post is going to be a reflection on making my skim board!

I originally set out to build a small surfboard, but then thought realistically about the decision. My dad suggested that I make a skim board. After he had explained what a skim board was, I agreed. I don’t think I could say that I completely achieved my goal, but I am definitely very pleased with the finished product.

Towards the end when I had to film me trying to ride the board, it was 11 degrees and it felt like we were in the middle of a tornado. It was very, very cold and sand was blowing on the back of our legs. The water was freezing.

When it actually started to get quite dangerous, we had to go and use the footage that we had, witch wasn’t much. I probably needed more footage, but it was very unlikely because of how cold, windy and dangerous it was. In the end, I stuck with what I had.

If I was to continue with this project, I would probably go and ride my skim board again and learn more about how to ride it and work it. Another thing I would learn if I continued was how to clean off the wax and things like that.

In my video, my dad rides my board! Will he be a pro,

Or will he be a flop?

Watch the video to find out!


Win At The Fair

The past few weeks in Project maths our class has been working on a problem called “Win At The Fair”.

On the first session of out new problem, we were introduced to a game board. Here is what it looked like.

(How you play: You put your counter on the “Start” tile, and roll two dice. Say if I rolled a 4 and a 2, my number would be 6. If you look at the tile at the very bottom of the picture, with the arrows pointing out of it, you will see numbers on the end of the arrows. They determine witch way I move my counter. If I roll 1,2,3,4 or 5, I move my counter left. If I roll 6, 7 or 8, I move my counter forward. If I roll 9, 10, 11, or 12, I move my counter right. You keep rolling until you land on a prize.)

My class played 117 games all together, and here is the data that we collected of how many people landed on what prize.

As you can see on the right side of the picture, we put $117 dollars in (because we played 117 games, each worth $1), and with the game board that we had, we put $213.40 out. We had a total loss of $96 dollars. Everyone decided that the money that went out, and that we lost, wasn’t good enough.

The next session we were told to create a game board of our own, and we could choose our own prizes and dice directions. Since this board was called the “Creative Board” we could include things like “Black holes” to make it harder for the player to get to the”Jackpot”.

As you can see, we have put two black holes in effective spots. We put the first black hole on the right of the “start” tile, because we figured that 1, if you rolled a number that turned you right then you would be eliminated, and 2, it is basically impossible to get to the $5 because there is no option to roll downwards. Think about it.

After that, we were told to make a board that would be enticing yet profitable. This board was called our “Official board”, and it couldn’t have any black holes or obstacles. Here is our “Official Board” data.

But our board didn’t always look like this, here is the process of what we went through to get this board.

Try 1 = $1,177.90 out and $1.18 average payout

Try 3 = $905.30 out and $0.91 average payout

(changed the $15 jackpot to $9)

Try 5 = $32.30 out and $0.53 average payout

(changed 10 to 50, $9 to $10)

Try 7 (final)= $422.50 out and $0.42 average payout

(Changed 50 to $10)

Our board was profitable because there was only 1 “jackpot” and the rest of the prize tiles were mostly cents and $1.

Our board was enticing because the first thing the player saw was the $10 jackpot, and they knew it was possible to get. Also, getting a $1 isn’t so bad.

Here is another snip of our finished board.

THINK Online


This week in Triple R we learnt about Digital Citizenship. We came up with something called a THINK acronym. An acronym is kind of like a poem. Here is an example:



Never forget

But instead we used the word THINK, because you have to think before you post online.

Here is a short video on the acronym for think that my partner and I came up with.

I believe that every interaction online must be:

True, because lying is wrong and any rumour or secret that isn’t true may hurt someone.

Helpful, because there is no point of posting something that has no meaning. Someone could be looking for help on something, and you could be the person that helps them.

Inspiring, because inspiring people helps them create that confidence to do what they what.

Necessary, because there is no use in posting something that is not needed, you will get nothing from it.

Kind, because think about this. Would you like to be the reason that someone is hurt or sad? I know I wouldn’t.

My own acronym for online behaviour!






As my passion project T2, I decided that I was building a small wooden surfboard. As I was discussing this with my dad, he suggested a slightly more achievable idea. A skim board!

A skim board is like a surfboard, accept you skim on the water in the shallow.

So far, I have collected the wood, cut out the shape and started sanding. Along with the skim board, I also have a short video on what I am doing, and the process of making it. Of course, to add some comedy I have decided that I will be trying the skim board after we have finished making it (P.S I have never skim boarded before…).

Some new things that I have learnt:

-How to use an jigsaw (electric saw) (with parental help and supervision)

-How to check what size wood to use (see if the wood is flimsy or strong, you need something in between)

-How to trace a skim board

-How to investigate what shape to use.

So far the process have been completely successful and enjoyable. I am excited to see what problems or challenges await.

The next step of my skim board process is to finish sanding. Sanding is one of the most important parts, but also takes the longest. After that we have to bend it, stain it, add my decals, and add a clear waterproof sealer.

I am so happy with my idea and what I have accomplished so far, and can’t wait for what comes next!

Here is a small cliffhanger of my Passion Project video!



Birke Baehr’s TED Talk

I think one of the main messages in this TED Talk was to know where your food comes from, and know what is in it. As he said, “Would you rather pay the farmer, or the hospital?”. Another message in this TED Talk was that no matter how old you are, you can change the world. He also stated, “We can change the world, one kid at a time”.

One of the biggest ways he got the messages across to the audience was by showing pictures to prove his theory and thinking. The tone of his voice said that this is a serious issue that needs to be though about.

Like most TED Talks, a microphone helped project his voice so that the audience could understand him and his message. This time, he didn’t have a script. That shows that this is something that he is passionate about, and that needs to be fixed.

He stayed around the middle of the stage, which helped the audience focus on him most of the time (sometimes the crowd was looking at the pictures). His hand gestures helped, but sometimes got a little much.

I loved this TED Talk, it was really inspiring.

Richard Turere’s TED Talk

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One of the main messages in Richard Turere’s TED Talk was that violence is not the answer in situations like this. I also feel like another message was that even is you are young, and don’t have much, you can do anything. This TED talk was probably one of the most powerful that I have watched, it really impacted me.

Some of the ways he got his message to the audience were by putting very impacting images in the background of his talk. The tone of his voice said that it was serious issue, and that it needed to be sorted out or looked at.

The microphone definitely helped project his voice so that people could hear him, therefore they could understand the message and what was going on.

Some of the good presentation techniques were remembering his script, witch tells me that this TED talk was really personal and special to him. His staging was great, he moved around the stage, but didn’t go off to the side. That made sure he was the main focus.

This TED talk was definitely one of my favourite, and was very powerful.


My Passion Project this term is going to be associated with surfing. I am going to create a small wooden surfboard. I plan to include a time-laps video of the process.

I am going to investigate some software to plan the shape, style, size and design of the board. In terms of actually creating the board, we (my dad and I) are going to be using tools to shape it.

The tools we will be using will include a saw, sandpaper, a plane and file.

This project would be targeted at anyone who loves to surf or loves the beach. Surfing is for people (or animals #dogsurfing) of all ages, whether you’re 2 or 72.

The thing I am most excited about is…

“Drum roll please!”

*this is the drum role* dundundundundundundundundundundun!

Designing the board! I am excited for that because the sound of exploring apps and using technology for a project, at school is amazing!

My surfboard will look somewhat like this, except smaller.

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Thomas Suarez’s TED Talk

Today we watched an amazing TED Talk about a twelve year old boy named Thomas Suarez who has made apps.

Here are some things that I picked up.

One of the main messages of this TED Talk were that no matter how old you are, you can always find someone that can help out with your passion. In this case, he made an app club for kids at school that wanted to make apps.

To help get the message across to the audience he got the to be more engaged. He did this by making them laugh and enjoy themselves. By doing this it also makes the audience more engaged of what he was talking about.

I feel like the audience encouraged him throughout the whole talk. By laughing they made him feel more comfortable with speaking. He also used an I-pad to remind him of some things that he had to talk about. I don’t think he was reading a word for word script on there, because he wasn’t looking at the I-pad very much. It was probably just a few dot points, more like cue cards. A microphone also helped project his voice, as well as having key images behind him to get that message across.

I liked the way that he still moved around the stage without going off to the side, so that he was the main focus. He had great eye contact with the audience, and it didn’t look like he was reading a script most of the time.