Turkish Culture

This term we were set the task of choosing a country to research, I chose Turkey because I thought that Turkey would be an interesting place to visit.

There are a few differences between Australia and Turkey some main ones are that, 99.8% of the population of Turkey is Muslim meaning that only 0.2% of the population is of a other religion in Australia however our religion is very mixed with a lot of different groups.

There are also a few similarities as well like, their citizens speak a variety of different languages like, Turkish, Kurdish, Armenian, Arabic and Greek, Australian citizens speak lots of different languages like German, Dutch, French, Japanese, Chinese and many others. part of the reason is that we have a lot of people from different countries living in Australia.

If I lived in Turkey I would find it difficult to fit in because of the difference in religion and clothing styles, what I would find interesting is the food and the history.


(this is my work: above)

I think I have learnt a lot about Turkey and this will help me better understand their culture and religion.

Passion Project P4

When the lure arrived I immediately got to work.

First I measured where the lure box will go.

Then I made some play dough into a rectangle and then pressed the lure halfway into it.

Then I put a box around it and then sealed the edges with hot glue.

Then I poured the silicone into the box until it covered the lure by 2cm

Then I flipped the box over and took out the play dough and put in more silicone

Once it had set I took the mould out of the box and removed the lure.

Then I made a rig to weight it and added the eyelets.

Then I put the mould together and poured the resin in.

Once it had set I removed the lure.

Then I trimmed it up and sanded it.

Once I had sanded it I trimmed a jig skin a put it on the lure

Then I dipped it in water to shrink the skin.

Then it was done.

Passion Project P3

I have now bought the materials and currently waiting on one final delivery.

the materials I currently have are.

  1. Micro balloons (to make the lure lighter)
  2. Silicon mould rubber
  3. Plasticine
  4.  Marbles
  5. Corflute
  6. Stainless steel wire
  7. Split rings
  8. Hooks

The thing I am waiting on is the lure.

My plan is to start making lures as soon as the final delivery arrives.

Why Queenscliff?

My focus is going to be on the Queenscliff township and my topic is ‘Queenscliff the first 30 yrs’, Queenscliff has a rich history, with its historic buildings such as the fort, railway, guest houses and port (it also has LOTS of great fish & chip shops).

Queenscliff was established in 1853 as a fishing village, but it then started to become a thriving port with a railway, pier, life boat service and multiple lighthouses.

Queenscliff Fort is important to Geelong because it protected the bay from enemy ships at a time of great importance (the gold rush and later in WW1 and WW2). Though as no shots were fired from it in wartime you could say its presence was a good defensive deterrence.

All of this helped Queenscliff become a  thriving township and whilst it is a little bit sleepy today – it is an important part of local history.





The Question we were asked this week was How has the discovery of micro-organisms and the invention of the Microscope changed our lives?

I think it has changed our lives in a huge way by allowing us to see what causes illness and disease and allows us to treat them.  It also allows us to see what makes up the atmosphere and  see what gasses are made of.

Micro-organisms are what keeps us alive, by protecting our vital organs from disease and fighting it when we have a disease, they also help our gut and immune system. Micro-organisms are also the things that break down compost. So they are essential to both our personal (physical)and our external (environmental) garbage systems – our bodies and our world.

So think about it, what would have happened without the microscope?

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Passion Project P2

So far this term I have worked out what I am using and how I am going to make my fishing lures.

The materials that I will need is plasticine, silicon, resin, metal wire and a fishing lure to base it off.

These are the steps I will take to make a 2 piece mould.

  1. on a corflute base, make a rectangular plasticine base approx. 2.5 cm thick
  2. take the existing lure and run a centreline down the entire length of the lure
  3. press one side of the lure to the depth of the centreline  into the plasticine mold
  4. add marbles around it in the plasticine (this will be used to line up the two halves when making the actual lure)
  5. make a rectangular conflute box wall around the plasticine to enable pouring of the silicon over part one of the mold, seal the edges with hot glue gun
  6.  prepare and pour enough silicon to cover the lure to a depth of 2cm
  7. allow to dry for 24hrs, then flip the box and very gently take out the plasticine and marbles without removing the lure (its very important to avoid breaking the part one silicone seal with the lure)
  8. to create part 2 of the mold, spray the part one silicone mold to stop the part 2 mold from sticking to part one
  9. pour the silicone over part 1 of the mold and allow to dry over 24hrs, then gently pull apart the corflute box and separate both halves of the mold.

And to make the lure I will.

  1. Place a metal wire though the centre of the mold with eyelets at each end ( it will look like this: picture below),
  2. fill the mould with resin and let it set for 10 minutes
  3. gently pull both parts of the mold apart and take the new plastic fishing lure
  4. test how it floats in the water, add weights to the body and tail if required.
  5. cover with ‘Jigskins’ (heat shrink lure wrap instead of painting)
  6. add rings and in-line single hooks

That is all for this post and I am getting very exited about making my own fishing lure.



Gauss Beats The Teacher

Today we investigated gauss beats the teacher.

The problem was that Carl Fredrick Gauss had finished his work and his teacher asked him to work out what all the numbers from 1-100 equalled by the time his teacher got back to his desk gauss had the answer. How did he do it?

There are multiple ways of doing this, my first answer was that he paired the numbers together like 1 + 99 and 49 + 51 there are 49 of these because 100 and 50 don’t have pairs, each pair equals 100 so 49*100 = 4900 and then you add the 100 and the 50. After I had completed this I tried it out with 1000, 1000000 and 1000000000. You can also solve it by making pairs of 101 like 100+1 and then *50.

This is my working out.



I liked this problem because it was challenging but fun






Passion Project P1

For this term’s passion project I am going to make a few fishing lures. The reason I chose this topic is because I like fishing and I wanted to know how the fishing lures were made. Fishing lures can also be expensive and when you can easily lose them to a fish it might be a good idea.

The first thing I am going to do is research how to make a fishing lure and what the best method to doing this is. I will need to find out the steps, equipment and costs.

I am hoping to be able to copy this one: image below


I am excited about doing this because it is a new experience and I will probably get to test them out the next time I go fishing.

Using mental maths to find missing parts

Today we focused on mental maths.

We had to answer a variety of different questions like, Greta and Nikki have a total of 320 CDs between them, if Greta has 111 how many does Nikki have. (my answer was 209)

I found all of these questions rather easy and completed them rather quickly.

This lesson I learned that you don’t always have to use a piece of paper to work questions out.

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