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Passion Project Term 4

So this term, I wanted to do something new. But I couldn’t think of what to do. But then I started to look at what I did last year. I remembered that the whole year made a “Marble Run” last year. And before you ask, no I wasn’t going to create a  “Marble Run” for my 10 week project. I was thinking more on the homemade side of things. And then I thought, ” why don’t I create something that as well as being home made, would me interactable with the audience. So then I thought games, but obviously I’m not skilled enough to make a video-game, so I thought portable and home made. Then it hit me, “A Pinball Machine” I literally say out loud, “Lets make a Pinball Machine”. Right now me and my dad are collaborating to make a Pinball Machine out of Ply Wood which is going to be portable for the class to play.

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Titan Space Habitat


Here is why I would choose to go to Titan if we had to move over to anew planet

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Passion Project #Update Term 3

My Passion Project is going well, I have come up with a script and am ready to rehearse it. Although I keep forgetting to do it. I am planning to start filming soon, maybe on Monday 27/08/2018. I am still thinking about teaching fingering and stuff like that as long as it is a continuation of my original project.

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The Lost Princess-Digital Citizenship

Today we watched a movie about Online safety. Were we get a story about different perspectives of the bad side effects of the internet. There were several people who had had bad experiences online; Keiran, a gamer who spent way to much time online and completely rejected personal hygiene. Lucy, who had her phone stolen by bullies and they edited her profile in a way that immensely damaged her reputation. Charlotte, a person who was contacted by a person she didn’t know who claimed to be a friend of a friend, who eventually got a hold of personal information. And finally, LostPrincess, who became friends with someone online who claimed to be someone else, but ended up being a grown man.

We had to chose one of those characters to do a blog post on. I chose LostPrincess because I felt she was the main part of the video. She found a game online called WonderWebWorld and decided to join. There she found a lot people she could become friends with. But there was this one guy called WhiteKnight who was always on when she was on. She soon came to trust this WhiteKnight and felt that he trusted her too. But one night he planned that they should meet together at a Poisoned Apple concert. Now she knew what he looked like because a few weeks prior to this he had sent her a photo of himself only, it wasn’t him. He had taken a picture of someone else from the internet and pretended it was him. He eventually found her but was luckily taken away by a guard who said that this show was for kids.

She was clearly negatively affected by this incident but has learned about the dangers of the internet and not to show personal details to anyone except for your family. Afterwards she calls her mum to pick her up and she learns to never show passwords again. She could have been a little smarter and friend requested people she knew in real life. Overall what I have taken away is that you should never show anyone personal details like your password and your name [for online cases] and other stuff like that. I have seen what can happen if you don’t follow these rules and I am glad that I do.

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Passion Project Term 3 #description

During term 2, I created a short tutorial about the basics of guitar. Since I didn’t cover everything in that tutorial. I am thinking about trying to do a part 2 to the term 2 project this term. I will cover some of the things I didn’t cover in the previous tutorial like fingering, dynamics and the length of notes and such

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DC Cartoons

We looked at the 3rd digital citizenship session today. We looked at some cartoons about phones taking over our lives. Something that was funny about them was that they were so true. The message was that we take to much time on our phones and that we waste the actual purpose of why you went there in the first place. It is an important message because this could potentially be the future of our species; sitting around spending all of our time on the phone. I still find it a little bit funny, but realising that this is pretty true, It downgrades the overall quality of the joke

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Passion Project-#Reflection

My finished project ended up pretty much the way I wanted it. A movie about the basics of the guitar. It wasn’t really hard, all I really had to do was film everything and put all together. Though, I did find it hard to record everything. My goal was to teach people the basics of the guitar and I will keep doing that for the next few terms.


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Win at the fair – Maths

These past couple of weeks we have been doing a new project in project maths; Win at the Fair. It started off with the class receiving a piece of paper, with a board game printed out on it. Our goal was to roll the dice and see what we could get and how much money we could profit. You may be confused by what I am getting at. But don’t worry, I will explain.

The game works like this; you have 2 die, rolling a number will either move your counter forward, left or right. For example, in this board game; 2,3,4,5 go left, 6,7,8 go forward, and finally, 9,10,11 and 12 go right. Eventually,after you’ve rolled enough turns, you counter will meet a price. In the original board game, the prices are, from max to least in the value, are;5.00,4.00, 3.00, 2.00, 1.00,0.50 and then 0.20. It is at this time that I should probably tell you that the price of attendance is 1.00, thus, your profit.

Next up, was making our own board game,(or just personalising the board game itself) the only things we could do was change the prices and the numbers that determined your direction. We called this phase of the project; the creativity phase,( as we were allowed to change most things and we were just playing for fun and experimenting what we could do withe the game board).

The final part of the project was; Creating our own game board that in 1000 trials, would profit the school at least 300$. I tried several things but in trialling my game board several times I had made a few mistakes in the attending price and stuff like that. But in the end, my final game board was this:

We had to trial it 4 times. We needed it to be convincing and enticing as well as it to profit us enough money for the school. The diagrams show my prices, how many people landed on my prices in my 1000 trials of each snip. The average payout was the average amount of money people got back. My game board was enticing because it looked like an average game where you could profit your own money and there would not be many tricks.

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Digital Netiquette

Today we watched a video. It was titled; Digital Netiquette with Tim and Toby. They taught us about Netiquette, it is an acceptable way of using the internet, Flaming/Flame wars is when people have a heated argument on the internet. Trolls are people on the internet that try to get into your head and make you angry. Anonymous people are people who remain unknown for various reasons. Communicating clearly is a necessity in talking to people over the Internet, it is very necessary way of talking because if you say in all caps a message of sorts. People will think that you might be yelling at them or something like that.

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Passion Project-Update

My passion project has not been started. But I will start making the script tomorrow and it will still be about teaching the basics of guitar. I will include what the main notes are, what all of the stings are and how to play them with the right fingers. I will also teach how to tune it, and some finger exercises are.

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