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3rd Passion Project

For my third and final passion project, I have decided to not do something as hands-on as stumps I am not doing anything around cricket for this passion project. I have decided to do a comic with my brother as Mrs. Williamson and Mr. Henderson have allowed it. I will do a series of small comics about food called ‘the life of the foods’ featuring a few characters with funny things that happen to them.

I got this inspiration from when I made a comic 4 years ago. I will use my good pens, some paper from our front room and ideas from me and my brother. I am hoping to learn different drawing techniques for houses food and every other random thing that shall go into my comic. I will make a film targeted at an 11 to a 12-year audience that goes for about 4 minutes.

Australia to Russia comparing our traditions

In RVE we have been learning about the cultures of the world. Cultures of the world is a unit we have been doing where we pick a country we are not too familiar with and research the food, traditions, religion, and information about the flag.

There are a lot of differences between Australia and Russia like it snows a lot in Russia and not much in Australia. Australia is hot in the middle and it isn’t hot in Russia. The sports, like in Russia they play bandy and we play AFL.

Yet there are lots of similarities like both countries main religions are Christians. Both countries love food. Australia and Russia both fought for the Allies in world war II.

If I lived in Russia I would find the reindeer and other animals very interesting because they are very diverse to the animals here in Australia, like here we have kangaroos which live in the hot and bushy climate and in Russia they have reindeers which live in the cold and snowy climate.


2nd Passion project

This term I am starting a new Passion Project. Last term I didn’t complete the flashing bit for the stumps, but this term I will be making a new stump with a flashing bit in it. Like in the picture (but in the brand new stump).

This term I am going to use new tools and new equipment to help me make a flashing stump. If that doesn’t take a full term then I have another project which is to do up a set of bouncing back stumps that my dad bought from the tip shop on Douro Street and I am planning to make it look like the picture on the right.

I am going to make a video of the first part but maybe not the second part. My video is targeted at an 11 to 12-year-old audience. I am trying to learn about how the springs never break on the second part and also how the flashing light works from the zinger stump. I am looking forward to finally putting that flashing bit into the stump and testing the flashing bit to see it finally light upon a wooden stump.


7 weeks into the project most of the work is done. Mrs. Williamson said we did not have to do a progress blog so we didn’t.

We finished the stumps after about 5 tries of cutting the wood to the right length and we lined the rest of the scrappy bits with silicon. Then basically everything else was the same as the first stumps with the sanding, the grating of the grooves for the bails, the metal and the paint on the metal.

The second part of my passion project was to make spring back stumps with a camera in them. This part mostly succeeded. The only problem that was the camera only did stills and not videos or slo-mos for the DRS thing we were going to do.

Then we tried it out with a real cricket ball. It worked, it was really good, but I am not sure if the spring back stumps would work with a tennis ball because there are heavy-duty springs.

Overall this project was really motivating and fun, for me and my dad. This project has been my favourite passion project so far, because of all the new things tools and things I learnt. Thank you for reading my second passion project blog:).

Passion project

For my passion project this term I am making some wooden flashing cricket stumps and some wooden bails to go with them. I am going to use my camcorder to film it. For the first 2 stumps I shall make them wooden and the bails too and I might add a little camera to the middle stump. But for the leg stump I am going to take the electric flashing part out of a Plastic Zinger leg stump (Picture underneath in blue line).

I am looking forward to building the wood part of the stump, the bails, adding the lights in and the camera. This project is aimed at a year 6 audience with the way I will show my video of the process and stuff. Here is a teaser of what I am trying to aim the stumps like (except maybe no stickers or different stickers on the stumps).

Since my teaser, my first bit of progress is the cutting of the stumps and the measuring into thirds for 3 stumps.

The next bit after measuring the stumps was to cut them. Here is a picture of me doing that.

The next bit was to sand the top and the bottom to make the pointy bit at the end and to put some metal on to the top so it wouldn’t brake when a real ball hits it.

The sanding machine was much more powerful then sand paper so that is why we used it.

Here is a few pictures of a nearly finished stump.

Then my dad found a huge sander to use and it sanded much, much faster then the other sanding machine.

We sanded the end of the long wood pole to a point on each stump, so there would be a part to stick into the ground.

Sometimes we had to use the littler sanding machine at the end of one so we wouldn’t cut in too far. As my dad said “It can be too little but not too much cut in”.

The we did the other end to make it look like the base stump. Underneath is a picture of the base stump (but we we will add metal at the bottom of the stump):

Then we axle-grinded the metal to fit on the top bit of our stump (like our base stump).

Once we axle-grinded the metal to put on the top of my stumps, we had to get the melted metal bits on the end of the metal circle off. This was probably the most long and boring part of my passion project. I also had to measure the top of the metal tubes with this measuring thing which would tell you how wide it is.

Then we had to fit the little metal tubes on the top bit of the stump so they would kind of match the original stump.

Next we were at Ocean grove in our Grandfathers shed. We couldn’t make the bails at our shed so that is why it was good to be out there.

We first cut a piece of wood that we got from Bunnings and put it onto this machine that would roll it around.

Here is a picture of me using one of the tools to carve the bails.

Here is a picture of the progress on the bails.

Here is a picture of me measuring the barrel of the stump. Here I am measuring the middle of the barrel or the line of the barrel.

About half an hour later this is what we had kind of made.

This is our fully completed product after about 2 hours of carving the wood.

Here is me holding the bails.

One week later we were back on the last day before this passion project is due. My dad and me first off for the day took the metal point off the end of the base stump.

After we had taken the metal of the base stump. We had to sand the base bit of the bails or the holder back to the normal side of the bits that are placed on the stump.

Next I had to measure the metal bit at the end of the stump. When I finished I had the metal things on the stumps, on the top and bottom.

The next part was to cut the bails in half with a saw so there would be 2 bails, not 1.

Next we had to paint the stumps and bails in garden oil. It stunk and gave the stumps a more natural colour.

We couldn’t get the flashing bit in because we nearly ran out of time and then my dad had to go and help my brother. After that we added some paint on the bottom of the points that go into the ground and here is the final product of my stump set.

Thank you for reading my blog on my passion project on a cricket stump set :).

Thomas Suarez TED Talk

We listened to Thomas Suarez TED talk in class. Here are some thing that I found inspiring.

The main message was about making stuff for the app store and that app making is fun, he was really clear when he was talking about this.

He got these messages across to the audience by adding in humour and also being serious at times which was really clear to me. I think he was a good presenter.

He used his IPad to help him in case he forgot his script but he didn’t need to use it that much because it seemed he knew what he was talking about.

He used his hand gestures well and also had some cool things on the screen behind him like the pictures of some of the apps he made.

Overall I think his TED talk was very inspiring , entertaining and well presented. Here is a picture of him.

THINK Online

Before you comment online: THINK

T= Is it true.

Is it a rumour or a lie, if it don’t post say something true and positive.

H= Is it Helpful.

Will it help this person or will it hurt them, it could help them to feel better or become a better person.

I= Is it Inspiring.

Will it inspire this person to become a better person or will it cause them to tease you if you are negative.

N= Is it Necessary.

Is it necessary to do this, is it wasting my time. If it is don’t bother to comment in a bad way because it could cause teasing or bullying to you or them in the future.

K= Is it Kind.

Will it be kind to the person or will it be mean. Write something positive to everybody you comment to.

Think poster picture.

Green screen clinic

In our final clinic Mr. Henderson taught all 3 classes what and how to use Green screen. Green screen screens don’t have to be green. They are only called that because Green is the most popular colour because usually people don’t have that radioactive green clothing. We had a task to get a video of Shia Lebouef and some drone footage and green screen it on Adobe Premier Pro, here is the video of the successful editing. It is in an annoying link sorry so click on the link and press open :(.

Green Screen Clinic-wq8cws

Here are some more interesting facts about Green screen:

  1. Green screen doesn’t have to be Green, it’s just because usually people don’t wear that Radioactive Green colour on clothes.
  2. Green screen is technically called ‘Chroma-key’ or ‘Ultra Key’ as Adobe Premiere Pro.
  3. Weather reporters, Kid shows and all different other genres of Tv use Green screen.

Thanks for reading.

Wireless Microphone

In our 9th clinic Mr. Henderson told us about Wireless Microphones. The Wireless microphones are located in the cupboard underneath the TV in the cafe. Here is a video about what I mainly learnt.

I also learnt about the belt packs that go on you and what they do. Underneath is a little video about a hand held wireless mic.

Thank you for reading.

Royalty free music

In Mr. Galluccio’s 3rd clinic we learnt about copyright and what free music is.

If someone puts copyright on something and you use it you can in a lot of trouble with fines and sometimes prosecution. Try to keep clear of copyright stuff.

We also learnt about themes for music to plays, like for example; for Instructional films make the music a Poppy and upbeat tune, for Mystery films the music should be Moody and tense.

Mr. G gave us a final task to find good sound tracks on Ben sound to the following Movies;


The Greatest Showman,


Star Wars,


Listen to Titanic and Star wars.

Thanks for viewing.