I think I achieved as highly as I hoped. I created a wall hanging that I can put in my bedroom. I began with a design, then a practise and then the real deal. I took footage of the process and turned it into a film.
A challenge for me was creating the film in Adobe Premiere. Fortunately my laptop has no issues but I wasn’t familiar with the program. For some functions I had to go to YouTube and find a tutorial. E.g. I didn’t know how to add text so I found an easy-to-follow tutorial. I think the end result of the Macrame Wall hanging was a success because I enjoyed the process and everything fell in place, the material came on time which was a worry if it didn’t. Another challenge was sometimes when people asked what I am doing for my Passion Project they tell me I pronounce Macrame wrong… but that’s okay!
To extend my learning I could have learnt a few more knots. If I wanted, with the knowledge I took out of this project I would be able to create a handbag or multiple other Macrame projects.
Here are a few pictures of the end product:
For our RVE project we chose and researched a country and had to design a double page spread explaining different aspects of our country by explaining Customs, Social Behaviours, Religion and to draw the flag and explain why it is the way it is.
Australia has multiple differences to Croatia such as:
- Croatian women generally wear a skirt/dress while Aussie’s are more likely to wear casual clothes instead of being perfectly neat and tidy.
- Croatians main sport is Soccer which they almost won the cup for this year. They also play basketball, volleyball, tennis, swimming and hiking whereas Australians usually enjoy AFL or Cricket.
- Croatia’s religion is mostly Roman Catholic whereas Australians are mostly Christian
Although they have there differences they also have multiple similarities:
- Both countries celebrate Christmas
- Both countries have Blue, white and red in their flag
- Both countries eat a light breakfast, lunch, dinner and possibly dessert
- Both countries have both the Mother and Father sharing the decision making role
- Both countries have the Father/Grandfather leading with a dominant part of the family
If I lived in the culture of Croatia I would be intrigued and interested by the beautiful scenery and nature as I hear there are pretty waterfalls and hikes. Because my Mum is Croatian I would enjoy hearing her speak and communicate with Croatians but would struggle to understand. I think the most difficult part of living in Croatia would be understanding there language.
In this project we had to look at a 2D object and create a 3D shape based on the 2D views we see and vice versa. To begin with we saw a grid with how many blocks in each place, basically showing a 3D shape. Then we had to draw a side view and a front view based on the perspective we see.
Then we had to do the opposite of that, we were shown a front view and a side view and we had to create that as a 3D shape. We would create that shape with the perspectives still being applicable with 15 blocks, then make it with the least amount and the greatest amount, the minimum and maximum.
We also had to find the variations, how many ways can you make the minimum. I found this a bit challenging and it was quite time-consuming. I found it hard to prove how many there were because there may be a cube to move that I didn’t realise you can move.
I found Maths 300 challenging when I use a 5×5 grid because without using X-ray view there is no possible way to find a center piece. I learnt about 2D 3D spacial views (I forget what it was actually called… sorry) where you see either a 2D perspective and have to combine that knowledge into a 3D perspective or Vise Versa.
Here is a film explaining the different grids I used in Maths300:
Here were a few steps along the way:
For my Macrame wall hanging I have so far created a detailed design and done a practise wall hanging. The actual macrame string hasn’t arrived yet so I haven’t been able to begin the good copy. In my design I combined images I liked and turned it into a design that I can use. In my practise wall hanging I used wall and instead of a stick I used a knitting needle. I learnt a knot and I consistently repeated that to form a pattern. I shaped the rows in to a triangle as well. Then I did the same knot but previously for each knot you combined 2 knots, one with the far left string on top and the other with the far right string on top. I used that knot but I tried to use the left string always on top to create the corkscrew, spinning effect. etc. Now I know some knotting techniques I am ready to move onto the good copy with Macrame.
Before beginning this project I had no idea what macrame was although now I will be able to create an entire wall hanging. I learnt multiple knotting techniques through the process so now I have the ability to create anything with a few macrame techniques such as a wall hanging, handbag, etc.
I have challenged myself by creating something I have not been aware of before. I was unfamiliar and had no expectations. Specifically I found the corkscrew knotting pattern difficult because you have to be extremely consistent with your shapes and sizes. I am no perfectionist, but when something is wrong or out of place then my OCD just… Arghhhhh! So everything needs to be matching exactly!! 😥😥😳😳😬😬
My next step is once the macrame arrives begin the good copy. I already found the perfect while on a bike ride and have everything prepared for when it comes.
Here is a short clip to show a couple of the things I have done so far:
In today’s RRR session we were introduced to a short film ‘providing knowledge and advice about securing private information, keeping passwords well hidden and realising and controlling addictions. We were shown an example in the film of someone who became obsessed and addicted to video gaming. This is Kieran:
Ever since Kieran was 11 he had an addiction to video games. He spent all his time, 13 hours a day wasted on video gaming! He didn’t have any time to complete school work or even stay healthy. Kieran became extremely unhealthy and not capable to do everyday, regular things. He continued to play video games past even the time his parents were asleep. Kieran tried to cut down on the time he spent on video games but continued to waste time obsessing over video games.
Once Keiran dropped out of school he realised what an issue his addiction was. Although it took him until he was 15 to realise that! I think this was resolved once he began at the school helping people with addictions. He then began to understand that he should live a happy, active and healthy life.
I think Keiran could have avoided this entire dilemma he should have just listened to his parents in the first place. Begin to cut down on the time he wasted on it and at least get some sleep. I think if he did his schoolwork and got his recommended hours of sleep then in his spare time he could play but he should make sure he is staying healthy first.
I think the biggest message in this scenario is to realise what you are doing and keep your priorities underway. If you begin to get addicted to something you should stop before it becomes an issue. Although it could be fun he was entering a dangerous zone and it was good he got out of that dark storm as soon as he did (earlier would have been better though…).
Overall I thought this was a very strong film that teaches you a lesson and can possibly make you realise your actions or a friends. This a powerful film that could be targeted to any audience to describe to them just how terrifying the internet and online world can be!
In Mr G’s clinic we learnt about terraforming which is basically a space habitat. I chose that if I had to choose a space station to live at that I would want to live at a free-floating space station. This video explains why:
For my Passion Project this term I plan to create a macrame wall hanging. I chose this because I have recently moved houses and I wanted something for my room. My Mum recently created a macrame pot hanger so I will be learning some of the knotting techniques from both her and YouTube. I have never created anything like this before and I wanted a challenging passion project. Although I do enjoy arts and crafts.
This project won’t need much technology to create it but I will need to use online resources to find out someways to create it. I will present this as a film so I will hopefully use adobe premiere to create and edit that film. The film will show the process of planning\designing, creating, and the end product. I will need to learn how to time-lapse and further edit on adobe premiere.
My project could be targeted at anyone, particularly creative people or somebody who wants to create something like this. There isn’t a specific age group because I think this project any age could do (okay, maybe the can’t be a baby, or a toddler but you get the point).
I am most looking forward to…. designing it! I know that my design will be nothing like the end product be I am intrigued to see the similarities and differences.
This is somewhat how the end product will turn out:
This is a small part of the macrame pot holder. These are a couple of the many knotting techniques that will be part of the wall hanging:
In today’s session we were analysing Digital Citizenship Cartoons. We were shown some cartoons and asked at first what might seem funny. There may have been funny artistic characteristics and a funny concept but after we took some more time to analyse the images we realised how serious and wrong the cartoon was. We could then choose our own cartoon and you will see which cartoon that is in this video (which also explains why it may seem funny but truly isn’t):
(It won’t show up in the place I saved it, I tried again but it still won’t work)
I think I achieved what I originally set out to do with slightly extra. I went around my neighbourhood and took photos as a part of the 10 minute photo challenge. I edited that and created a film from that experience. Then I decided to turn the photos into a journal as well as a film!
A challenge for me was creating the journal as I had to transfer the photos on a USB, printing them and then turning it into a book thing. I struggled piecing all the parts of the book together because it was to large to staple and we lost our hole puncher. In the end I sticky taped each page individually so it isn’t that strong. Although after I just spent some time on the journal it came together nicely. A success was the film because I filmed it in one take without any dilemma’s early on so I had plenty of time to edit the film and photos.
I used a new editing software (adobe lightroom) to edit my photos so that was something I learnt through the journey. I also learnt about the camera I would be using and different settings such as: Shutter-speed, apateur, bokeh, ISO, focus points, etc. If I were to extend my learning maybe I could have using Adobe premiere or another film editing software to try something new instead of using Movie-Maker which I have used since grade 3.
Here is the beginning of the film(sorry, the sound quality is really bad):
We were shown a game board and asked how you could play that board. Our class realised that you roll the dice and go in the direction according to the dice sum direction. You would continue to move the counter around the board until you land on a prize. Here is the board:
Everybody in the class played the game and as soon as we landed on a prize we wrote it on the board to create a tally. Altogether we played 117 games and collected a lot of data. We made $117 (because each game costs $1 to play) and we lost $213.40 meaning we gave away $96.40. This was our class data:
If we played 1000 we would hope to make a profit of $300. So we brainstormed a few ways to to make a larger profit. Some ideas were:
-Snakes and Ladders like teleportation
-Black holes and obstacles
-Change dice directions
-Consider likelihood of landing of dice
-Make cheaper prizes
-Move prizes around
Etc. We then chose the ideas we liked and turned them into our own create version of Win at the fair. I collaborated with Abi and together we created this board:
We used a black-hole, snakes and ladders, different prizes and different dice directions. Abi and I tried to make it enticing and profitable. Our class was then disappointed when we found out that the only things we could change was the prize values and dice directions because the are the only changing functions Maths300 has.
After changing our design with the limitations I transferred my design onto Maths300 and could then collect data of 1000 games in 5 seconds! Here is my first attempt of an official board (data):
We realised that we were only giving away $0.37 instead of close to $0.70. So we decided to increase our jackpot to $20 ad have a $5 on the board as well to make the game enticing. Our greatest goal was to not only make our game be profitable but also enticing. We switched some prize values around because of how many times each place was landed on. We then created this game board which resulted with this data (I did the data collecting at least twice to see how consistent it was):
Our data proves that we made a profit of approximately $430 out of 1000 games. We created our game enticing as well meaning we could have around 1000 games played. We also made our jackpot of $20 and a $5 to create our board to be even more enticing. This was a challenge that wasn’t too hard nor too easy. I was proud of the outcome and would be happy enough to use this board at a school fair!