My Last Design Lesson

I have really enjoyed and learnt a lot more from doing my light up donut pillow. I chose to do this project because I used to sew but I never learnt how to sew on a machine, I came up with this idea when I was doing my term 3 project. I like the projects the people who did sewing did and I wanted to try doing something like that. But I was wondering what could I do? Then I thought of doing a donut pillow and now I am happy I chose that. When I was doing the project, I learnt how to use a sewing machine and how to make a invisible light up LED circuit. I have learnt you have to do a lot of measuring so you don’t mess up the size of it. I have also learnt how sew a donut pillow together without any seeing any stitching. I can used this project for many different things like decorating my room or giving it to someone special. I can used what I learnt this term and use that in other projects. I can use what I learnt about sewing in a project. I can use what I learnt about LED circuits in project. If I get to do something like this again, I might make a light up ice cream, light up pizza, a light up flower and heaps more. So just doing this project as taught me so much and I can use the skill I have learnt and used them in more projects.

Marathon of Her Own

This term, I am reading Marathon of Her own. We had a choice to chose between 3 books Our Don Bradman, Banner Bold or Marathon of Her Own. I chose marathon of her own because I really like the time the story was set in 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Me and my friend Michaela are writing a diary about a girl who goes to the Melbourne Olympics but goes though some challenges along the way. I thought this book would really help me write in better ways since it is set in the Melbourne Olympics.

Here is the blurb:

Times are tough in Crete, and Sophia’s father has decided to make a fresh start in Melbourne.

Sophia struggles to learn English and get used to the strange new customs, but no matter how hard she tires, nobody at school wants to make friends with a foreigner.

Then her talent for running starts to make a difference. With the Olympics fever gripping Melbourne, Sophia’s courage and determination is rewarded in unexpected ways.

And the 1956 Olympics Games surprises everyone.


This blurb really caught me and I got some Ideas on how I can make my blurb interesting

We were asked some question that we have to answer and put them in a video. hope you enjoy

Term 4 Project: Light up Donut Pillow



Today I started my plans for my term 4 project: A Light Up Donut Pillow and I am doing this project alone. I chose to do a light up donut pillow because I had this idea when I did my term 3 project, I thought of this idea because I really enjoyed when we did the light up masks and I wanted to do it with something else. When I thought I could do it this term, I started to do designs in my book to find out what I needed and how can I use it. I had to find out a lot of information on what I need to do and how I can make my project work and then I was given a sheet to write down what I know, how much  do I understand, what question I can ask and  etc. I discover a lot about what I need to make this project work during design. I had to do a lot of plans to show how I am going to do my project and show I have a clear path for my project that I understand. I found out that I needed templates for my project so I don’t mess up the designs and have to restart.

Things I need ⬇

  • Pink fabric
  • Brown fabric
  • Cardboard (templates)
  •  My pencil case
  • Brown thread
  • Pink thread
  • Stuffing
  • LEDs
  • Wire thread
  • And a plan


What do I know about this topic?

I know how to sew with a machine and by hand. I know how to use LED lights in circuits. I know how to sew LED lights on fabric with wire thread.

What information do I have?

I know that I want to use the small LED lights that I used for my mask project in term 1 and I know you need to have wire thread, a lily pad and a battery pack.

How much do I understand? 

I understand how to use the LED lights on fabric. I understand how to sew things by machine or hand. I understand the positive and the negatives on the  LED lights, Battery Pack and the lily pad. I understand I need a plan so I have a clear plan of what I am doing and how am I going to do it.

What questions can I ask?

I wonder how this project will turn out in the end?

I wonder if there are any problems along the way?

I wonder if my project works or doesn’t work?

I wonder what problem will happen and if I can fix it?

I wonder if I can do more then one?

I wonder if I’ll learn more from this project then I thought?

I wonder if I have a clear plan?


My Design Book Plan



Today I started to do my templates for my project and I realised I didn’t need cardboard I just needed thick paper. When I did my templates I found it  really hard because it was hard to find something to trace around that was circler and big it took me at lease 20 attempts to do my icing template and in the middle of my lesson I had a music lesson so I didn’t have time to start my base template. I had to look back at my book so I could see my plans and I had to measure the icing template so it would be big enough it fit on the fabric or it is to small to sew.


Today I started my base template and finished it. Soon I start tracing the templates and I found out that you had to pin the templates on to the fabric so it wouldn’t move around and would ruin your shape it took me a full period to complete tracing all the templates onto the  fabric. I started with the icing and then did the base ones. In period 5  I started cutting it out and half way though the lesson I finished it. The other half I had to learnt how to stop the edges of the fabric from fraying so I practiced for the next lesson.

Here are some photos from the lesson



Finished the Cutting


Icing Template

Base Template


Today I started sewing the outside of my base fabric so the fabric wouldn’t fray. I found this harder then I thought and I thought it would be hard. I was so nerves to do it and I felt like I was going to do it in the end. Frist I practice again so I wouldn’t mess up and went it was time to do my real one, I still didn’t feel confidant but when I start to sew I was focusing really hard so I would mess up. When I finished the outside of both of the bases I was so proud of myself and I was so happy of what I achieved. When I was told to sew the inside of the bases I was so annoyed and didn’t want to do it. When I did my first one I started to sew and kept stopping until I finished. When I did my next one I felt a little bit more confidant  and I think I did a really good job on the second one. When I finish I was so happy and relived that I finished it. At the end of the lesson Mrs Watson taught me how to sew my icing on to my base and I had a go I found it really hard but I think I will get better.

Here is a picture of how I am going to sew my icing

Here is the base that I sew around the outside to stop the fabric from fraying

Sorry it is hard to see


Today I practiced connecting to fabrics together and I found it really hard to do and really hard to control. When I start to do my project to day I thought connecting two fabrics together as going to be ok but I found it really hard. I did this because I am learning how I can connect my base fabric and my icing fabric together. When I started to do it I had to replace my thread and it took a bit of time to figure out. When I started my practice it was hard to control the fabric until I got the hang of it. I had to learn how to turn sharp again but I found it better then last week. I was going to start my real one until I had problems pinning the icing onto the base I have got I pinned now but I run out of time so I am going to do it next lesson.

Here is my practice I stuffed it so I could practice stuffing


Today I started connecting my icing and base together and when I was about to start I noticed I didn’t have enough pink thread to complete connecting the icing and the base together and I had no idea where to get more then Mrs Watson told me I could go to the text tile room and get some more pink thread. I went to the room and found some pink thread, I could find the exact colour but found somethings close enough. I found out I had to make a new bon-bon and I learnt how to make a new one from last lesson. When I was sewing the icing on to the base. I had noticed that when I was sewing that I didn’t hold the string back and I had to redo connecting the thread to the machine and I had to take out the bon-bon because I had tread stuck and that took me half the lesson. Once I fix that I started to sew the icing to the base and had a few problems but they where easy to fix but in the end I only did half but next lesson I will try to finish it and start something else  that will improve my project.



Today I finished connecting my icing to my base and that took half of the lesson to do because I had a lot of trouble with the machine and once I fixed it I kept stopping the machine and when I started it again it wouldn’t work so I had to re-do the thread. Once I finished that I started the machine again. After while my got sore from slowly moving the fabric while the machine is moving. Near the end of the lesson I finished connecting the icing and the base together, I was so proud and relived that I finished that and I can start connecting the LED lights onto the icing and make light up sprinkles. Near the end Mrs Watson gave me 7 LEDs and 1 battery, my goal was to find out: how much LED lights one battery can power. I first start by getting alligator clips to make a circuit which I learnt how to do in term 1. Frist I connect all the positives together using alligator clips and connected it to the positive side of the battery, Then did the same thing on the negatives. When I turned it on some of the LEDs didn’t work and I was a bit annoyed because the factory made the positive and the negative sides switch around so I switch all the ones that didn’t and then they worked so now when I do connect my LEDs I need to make sure they have the negative and positive switch around.

Here is a picture of my circuit


Today I started to sew my LED light on to my donut but I could not continue because Mrs Watson wanted to show me how to sew a particle way but since we have swimming at different times, so she can’t show today but she will show me a Friday. For the rest of the lesson I help Michaela with her project and it is looking good so far can wait to see the end product.


Today I started to sew my LED lights on to my donut and found it really hard. Mrs Watson showed me the way she wants me to sew and I found it so cool. I had only one LED connected from last lesson and at the end I had a sort of finished circuit. So at the start of the lesson Mrs Watson taught me how to sew my LED on to the Donut without seeing the conductive thread on the fabric. I only sew it on one of the base fabric but I sew though the icing fabric when I connect my LED to the donut. I first did the positives, then the negatives. When I did my negatives I didn’t think I had enough thread. But tried In the end I didn’t have enough thread to finish my circuit. I am wondering if I redo my circuit or if there is a way to fix it. Next lesson I will try to find a way to fix it, if there is not I will redo my circuit.

Here a picture of my circuit

Here is my problem

LED light:  Red wire is Positive which on the outside,  Black wire is the Negative which on the inside

The hidden conductive thread


Today I finally finished my circuit without redoing it. At the start of the lesson I showed Mrs Watson my problem and she fixed by connecting conductive thread to conductive thread together really tightly and sewed both of them on an LED and I work. So now I don’t have to redo a circuit. When I was about to finish my circuit, Mrs Watson suggested something to me that we program the LED’s with a little lily pad and I yes but I want to see what the programs they have and see which one I could do for my donut. In the end I chose heartbeat. it’s when the LED’s lights follow a heartbeat rhythm. I sew the little lily pad on to the base fabric with cotton thread and once I did that, I connected the negative to the – on the little lily pad  and the positive to 3, which programs the LED’s to do a heartbeat. That took me half of the lesson to do because I had some trouble connecting it but in the end, I found the problems and made it work with the battery pack. Next lesson I will connect the battery to the little lily pad and make the circuit work hopefully and maybe start to connect the other base to the donut.

Here is a picture of the little lily pad that programs the LED to follow a heartbeat

Here a video it working with the battery pack



Today I connected the battery pack to the lily pad and it’s working. In the first period I was finishing the connections and in period 2 I started connecting the battery pack. When I was connecting the single battery to the lily pad. It didn’t work well and I was wondering if it had to do somethings with the connection. Mrs Watson and I had not idea what was wrong, then Mrs Watson suggested, that I should redo my negative and I thought I should too, Then Mrs Watson said maybe we should try a battery pack that has two battery in it because every time I tested the LED’s I used a powerful battery pack and maybe the single battery doesn’t have enough power to power the entire circuit. So then Mrs Watson connected the battery pack to the lily pad and turn it on and it worked. So now we realised all it need was more power. At the end Mrs Watson told me that I was connecting the other base to the base with the circuit on it. She showed me how we are going to do it and then started to wonder how is this going to work, so over the weekend Mrs Watson is going to try figuring out how do I connect my base to the other base.



Today I connected the bases together. At the start of the lesson I didn’t know how to connect the bases together but Mrs Watson found out over the weekend and look up ways how to connect them. We found away but it was confusing and it took us about 10 minutes to figure out. It a weird way that I can’t explain but it sort of like you sew the inside and leave a 1cm gap and then you cut lines in the one centre metre gap, then turn it inside out. Once you have done that you start to roll one side to mid way then on the other you want to make sure the base and the other are in line. Then draw a line on both bases. Flip it over and reconnect the lines on both bases then start to pin around the edges but leave a 1cm gap, then sew near the pin but remove them once you get close make sure you are doing it on: Stich: A and Length: 2 once you have done that turn it inside out. To do the other side just do the same thing. Next week I am adding a Velcro so I can access the battery pack.




I FINISHED MY DONUT PILLOW!!!!!!! Today I added a zipper instead Velcro so it would be easy to access. Me and Mrs Watson were looking for the Velcro so we could connect it our donut so we could access the battery pack. When we were looking,Mrs Watson found zippers and thought we should use them instead of Velcro. I thought “yes” because it would be easier to access the battery pack and easier to open. So we used one of them instead. Mrs Watson did the zipper because they are hard to do and she has only made one this year when she was doing that I helped around the place and helped Mrs Watson a bit. Once the zipper was connected, I was sooooooo happy because now all need to do is stuff it and then I was done. Before I stuffed it. I got Edwina because I promise she could stuff it with me. When we were stuffing it, we found out that the stuffing was annoying the circuit a bit. In the end we fixed it and we also we found out we had used a lot of stuffing to make the pillow comfortable. I am so happy of what I had done this term and I can’t wait to show it of at the expo on Friday.


Finished Donut







Term 3 Project


Today I had my first lesson starting my term 3 project, I am working with Michaela and Romy and we are making a ski resort called MRC mountain because it’s the first letters of our name M for Michaela, R for Romy, C for Charlotte. Today we discuss what we needed to do and last week we had to think about what we needed and where we get it from. Here is the list of things we needed ⬇

A List Of Things We Needed:

  • Icy pop sticks to build little huts
  • LED lights to light up our huts
  • Lego people
  • Lego we-do 2.0 motors to move the chairlifts
  • Instant snow to be the snow on the mountain
  • Paper Mache to cover the chicken wire and give us a mountain shape
  • Chicken wire to form a mountain shape to put the Paper Mache
  • model trees to be the trees on the mountain
  • 3-D printing chairs to put on the chairlifts
  • String to tow the chairs around

Today I started draft drawing of the ski lift which will be on the mountain Michaela did one too and so did Romy. Me and Romy did a draft drawing of the huts that we are making out of icy pop sticks and the chairlifts designs made of Lego. Once we finished me Michaela and Romy and I went up to the Enviro to get some chicken wire to mould the mountain shape. At the bottom of the mountain we are putting model trees. On the mountain there are three chairlifts, the chairlift chairs are going to be 3-D printed. On the mountain we are making two Magic carpets using Lego we-do 2.0 programming. Down the side of the mountain is going to be a café made out of icy pop sticks and a couple of huts. On the top of the mountain is going be a lodge with LED light to light it up.

Here is picture of my drawing layout of the mountain ⬇

GREEN : Trees

GREY : Magic carpets

LIGHT BLUE : Ski lift


PINK : Huts

PURPLE : Ski lift

RED : Café

BLACK : Outline of the mountain

This is a photo of my chair and hut design today:


Missed 2 Lessons


Today me, Romy and Michaela started moulding the mountain. We used chicken wire to shape our mountain it was harder then we expected it was going to be, I tried by myself it was a terrible idea, In the end Michaela and Romy help me and we had some crazy ideas to shape the chicken wire in a mountain, in the end Michaela came up with an idea by standing in the middle and me and Romy moulded it around her leg and then we had a mountain shape. Once we finished moulding the mountain shape we tried to hot glue the chicken wire to the big board but the chicken wire was to strong so it did not work so we used the staple gun and Michaela did (me and Romy were really freaking out) we stapled the chicken wire down.

Here is a photo of us moulding the mountain


Today  I started making the lodges out of icy pops stick and Romy and Michaela started the Paper Mache it was very messy it took quite a long time. They only got time do half of the mountain it took along time. The hut took along time to do in the end, but now it finished and I hope I can put it on the mountain.

Here is a photo of what Michaela and Romy did so far.⬇






What has work so far

I think the mountain shape is going good I thought that the moulding would be easier and Michaela  and Romy have done a really good job. I like the ski lodges I made out of icy pop sticks that turned out better thought.

What has challenged you so?

Moulding the mountain was a lot harder than expected and trying to connect it to the board was even harder. Making the lodges took a lot longer then I wanted and a lot harder too. The mountain is taking a lot longer then I wanted.

Have you made any changes to your original plan?

We were going to have a lot of chairlifts on the mountain but we don’t have enough time so we are only having two lifts. We are also getting rid of most of the trees  because we couldn’t find enough Lego trees. We were going to make the chairlift huts out of Lego but now we are making them out of icy pop sticks and we can’t make magic carpets anymore because we don’t have enough motors.



Today I got back kjl didn’t work on the mountain we just finished the create part of the sheet in our design book. That only took about one lesson and the rest of the lesson we just made the lodges out of the icy pop sticks . We did realise something the lodges that we have been making, we completed three but there are too big so they take up most of the mountain so decided to use the small icy pop sticks so then we can make village at the bottom of the mountain.

Today 31/08/2018

Today I got back and so much has change the Paper Mache was finished and there was paint on the mountain. I had to catch up on a lot and I think Michaela and Romy are going to finish the mountain next Friday. I got started on a chairlift design and more hut designs took half of the lesson and the other half was helping paint the mountain, here’s a picture of the mountain so far.⬇




FIRDAY 7/9/18



Today I was told that we are having an expo next week Friday and we had to prepare for the expedition. I left for a music lesson and I came back and found so much done. Romy had done a lot to the poster we are making and I think we can finish it by today. Michaela is at athletes today but we are just doing the posters. We finished the poster and here are some pictures of them.



We have only a few lesson left and Today I started the prototype chairlifts and the real chairlift  Romy and Michaela went to the Enviro and got some twigs of the trees because we thought that would be a better idea than spending a lot of money on fake Lego trees. To stick on the mountain we got some blue tack and put it at the bottom of the tree and stuck it to the mountain it looked really good and a lot like the trees on a snow mountain. Romy made a river using blue foil and I help her  put it in a bunch of trees around it and it looks really good.  We have a bit of a problem  putting the chairlift on the mountain it wasn’t high enough so I look through the bag to see if we could find anything and I found a big lodge we cut the bottom off and put on the mountain and it was the right size for the Lego we do 2.0 motor go on.  When we had finished putting all of the things on the mountain at the top it was a bit plane so I and Michaela decided to use my first lodge and me and Michaela thought that we just add some LED lights in the huts. I am not so sure when we are going to do that, I hope we get the chairlift working Tuesday.


Today I worked on the chairlift end the end it didn’t work. Michaela help me and I really need her help today. We had a lot of idea but it till didn’t work, we got a lot of ideas from everyone but they still didn’t work every time it fail we thought this:

F rist

A ttempt

I n

L earning

and kept pushing on and trying to get it working but I didn’t get it to work, I am going to keep working on it at lunch time and this was our last lesson so I am going to keeping trying and the expo is on Friday I hope we have it done by then, if not we can show them what we have done so far and we have to show them our learning.



Today was the Design Expo and there was some amazing projects, people did during the term and they look like they had a lot of effort in to them. There where some amazing documentation that people where showing in expo. They told us what they learnt while doing their projects, what went well, went didn’t go well, how we fix our projects and what challenges they had. Half way during the Expo Mr Colbert told us to take 3 photo of other projects and tell why we chose them. I chose Maddie K & Rose’s theme park, Maddie B & Hannah B netball ring scoreboard and Will & Ben’s hover soccer.

Maddie K & Rose’s theme park

 I chose this project because I like the way they used the Lego and the programing for the fairest wheel. I like how they used Lego to build different buildings and different things for the park. I can see they did a really good job and put a lot of effort into it and I hope they do something as good as they did this term.

Maddie B & Hannah B’s Netball Ring Scoreboard

I chose this project because I can see they used a lot time into a project and did really well. I really like how they used different things in their project like Lego, Little Bits, 3-D printing and a down ball. I can see they did so well and I really enjoyed there project and couldn’t stop. I really like how they used Little Bits for the scoreboard. I also like how they used Lego for the catapult so the down ball and go though ring and hit the button so the little bit can count a score.

Will & Ben’s Hover board game

I chose this project because they used something we learnt during the year and they used a hover ball thing and changed it and used 3-D printing in it. They used Hummingbird to sense when the hover things goes though the goal and turns the light green and they also used wood to build the goal and painted it. They used the hover thing and took off the top and change it with 3-D printing.

What I Learnt during this project

I learnt how to calibrate and listen to other people better. I also learnt how to use new things and getting to use them on our project. I think I have learnt more from this project and I want to learn even more in my next project. Here is a video of what we learnt during this term.








The Bombing of Darwin Book Review

A diary of a boy named Tom Taylor who experienced The Bombing of Darwin in 1942 during WW2. Tom is 14 years old and move from Adelaide to Darwin with his Mum because his Dad work in the military. Tom finds the hard life in Darwin from digging trench in case of bombing or air raids, having only a certain amount of food, false air raids and most importantly the  Bombing of Darwin. Tom’s Mum finds a job that the post office which is one of the main targets in the bombing of Darwin and his Dad works on the wharf where they load and unload the weapons and is also one of the main targets in the bombing. Will Tom’s family survive the bombing of Darwin or not and will Tom enjoy it in Darwin and learn a lot of history. Read my The Bombing of Darwin to find out.


I rate this book:

I learnt a lot about the history of Darwin and how scared people were during WW2. I learnt about how the bombing of Darwin affected life all around Australia from people dig slip trenches, lights out after a curtain time, only allowed a pacific amount of clothes, food and more.  The Bombing of Darwin was the first attack on Australian soil and many people would have not known what to do. I really enjoyed reading this book and I have learnt a lot more history, I never really knew about the bombing of Darwin and now I know a lot about it. I can’t wait to read my next Australian story.


List if you think there is a moral, theme to this story

  1. Bombing of Darwin
  2. WW2

Compare the experiences of Tom with a character from another book​






What groups do you belong to?

  • Sport
  • Social media group
  • Girls group
  • Netball group

Why do we become members of a group?

We become members of a group to know we will have a friend by our side and to also make new friends. A group can show you how much you have in common with someone and how much you don’t. I  have found a group is a good things, there always a surprise and a great friend to talk too.

What stories do we remember and retell of the groups we belong to?

I remember the time we won our netball grand final and we all did it as a group and I enjoy hearing how they thought about it and that made me really happy.

I really like being in these groups. I always know I can talk without be teased and embarrassed and I love to hear what everyone has to say and it always a surprise and sometimes funny


In design I have learnt to program a sphero around a course by myself. A sphero is a round ball with circuits inside. To program a sphero you can only use an I device like an iPhone and an iPad, the app you use is called Sphero Edu. When you go on the app you need a charge sphero so you can connect to it when your on the app. You can start a new program each time you want to, when go on the program you have a page down the bottom there are program blocks witch is how you program the sphero.

The app

Course 1

This course we had to program it to go forward and then turn and then go backwards. Frist I did was aim it so it goes in the right direction. I start the program by programing  it to go forward in a certain amount of time so it would go out side the line and soon I made it turn 90 degrees and move forwards for a 1 second then I made it go backwards because if I turn 90 degrees it well keep going the same direction because it is at 90 degrees it doesn’t turn 90 degrees It goes where 90 degrees is, so I have to go backward.

Course 2 

This course was the hardest for me because you go forward and then a quick turn, forward again and another turn. Frist I went forward for a few seconds then straight away a quick 175 degrees turn for a quick amount of time then forward again for a longer amount of seconds, soon a 90 degrees turn for short amount of seconds.

Course 3

This course I went forward for 1.5 seconds then a 90 degrees for 1 seconds went backwards for 1.7 seconds and turned 90 degrees for 1.5 seconds. This course was one of the hardest because it was one of the longest course I did and the amount of seconds was really hard because I had to be pacific with the amount seconds so I wouldn’t go out side the lines. Frist  time I did it keep going out side of the line so it took about 5 attempts to find the right amount of seconds.

Course 4

This course I created I thought it will be hard because you came out of a corner and program your sphero to fit into a small gap in another corner. The hardest thing about this course is the degrees turn. I found out it was a 47 degrees turn I tired 45 degrees but it was to short and it didn’t fit between the gap. First I went forward for 1 second and then did a 47 degrees turn for 1.8 seconds.




Lego Simple Machines

For my last rotation I did a chairlift lego wedo 2.0 simple machine.

Me and my partner Grace built a chairlift by using our imagination and knowledge to build this chairlift we used Lego we do 2.0 we built 2 platform with each one having one motor and then we added string so we could carry our chair around. First time we did it we used one motor we used the inside of a big wheel and connected it to our simple machines the motor, then we looped a piece of string around the 2 wheels then we programed it to move the wheel and then the string lapped around many times. Soon we added a chair that didn’t work because of the weight, so it dropped when it went around the wheels so we made it lighter but then we thought we could make it higher. We tried making it higher then we realized it will work with  2 motors so we added 2 motors but one was a Lego wedo motor and we had two computers I use my computer to program that one and Grace programed the Lego wedo 2.0 motor, we tested it and it worked but when we put the chair on it didn’t work we needed to take off some weight so we took off the body and had just the head. It couldn’t get pass the big wheel so we use the small wheels and he got past perfect and kept lapping over and over until one of the motors stopped. 


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