DC Cartoons

In DC we looked at funny cartoons about technology and the truth behind them.

Some people might find it funny because the girl is looking around with really good posture at a bird tweeting while her boyfriend is slouched and hundreds of tweets coming from his phone.

I feel like the message is when you go somewhere make the most of something. Don’t look at your phone when you have something better to look at. There is so much going on around you but you choose to look at a phone and spoil the opportunity.

This message is important because the real world is everywhere but you are always in an unhealthy make up world. And If you don’t stop you will be stuck and will be addicted.

I still find it funny but the actual situation underneath it is not very funny. It is portrayed in an exaggerated way which makes it funnier.



Did you achieve what you originally set out to do?

My passion project was to create a model heart out of PVC pipe. It ended about half a meter longer than I thought it would be. I did what I set out to do and more. Before I was going to leave it white and not label it but because I had the time I painted it according to the oxygenated and deoxygenated blood. I did some research also and labelled the heart correctly from the Vena Cavas to the Aorta. Something else that I changed was the way I built it. I did not do it exactly to plan. I joined the aterys and veins going to the lungs because it kind of felt like two parts so I joined it together.

What successes or challenges did you experience toward the end of your project? 

Near the end the paint that I used was not working well so I went to Bunnings to get some different paint. The paint that we got from Bunnings worked very well and the painting went better than I thought it would.

How did you overcome the challenges?

As I said before I had to get some different paint. When I was creating it I ran out of pipe so I had to get some new pipe. Near the end I had to fix the pipes back on because the hot glue I used came off a bit.

How can you extend your learning if you were to continue with this project?

If I could do something more I would put the valves in so it would work like a real heart. I would also use a different kind off material to create the ventricles because then it would look more like a real heart.


Win At The Fair

The Loosing Game Board

In the loosing game board our class lost $187.40 from 149 games. The other classes also lost a lot of money from this game board. There is an image of the game board underneath. We lost a lot of money because there was a lot more hexagons with money gained than money lost. The arrows in the game board also were mostly pointing to the side. All the higher numbers were at the top of the game board so this was not ideal. When we were playing the game I was happy to be getting the higher numbers but then we were told that we were the people who own the game board and we lost a lot of money.

Our Task

Our task was to fix the game board so that we would make a profit of $300 out of 1000 trials. This means every game board we should pay out an average of $0.70. The game board also needs to be enticing. That means that you have to make a game board that someone would want to play. That means you can’t have a game board that has all $0 over the board.

Creative and Official Board

The first game board that we created was the creative game board. The creative game board we did on paper and we could do a lot of stuff with it. For example we could have squares that move the counter to other squares and numbers in the middle of the board instead of the outside of the board. My creative board is below. My board had numbers on the middle and most of the arrows going up. This created a maze that the person had to navigate by chance. I also had a $500 in an impossible spot so it would be more enticing. There was a hole that made you go back to the start in a spot that would have a high probability of hitting a $30 jackpot.

The second board we created which was the official board we used the Maths 300 software to create. We could not be as creative because we could not put numbers in the middle they had to be on the outside of the board, we could not expand the board and we could not have special tiles. But the really good thing about the software is that we could run trials. We could run 1000 simulations in 10 seconds. The software also showed the average money put out and the money won/lost. I created quite a few successful game boards but the last one I made was enticing and made about $300 every time. One strategy that I used was having a big jackpot that is really rare to reach which makes it enticing. Another strategy was to have more winners than losers to make it even more enticing. To balance this out I had the numbers most likely to be rolled and put them going forward to move the counter up. I put the spots most likely to be hit with less money and vica versa. I tried putting more numbers once but it did not work because it was less enticing. My last board was my most successful as you can see below.


Digital Ettiquette

Netiquette – It is a code of conduct and politeness that you use online. It is actually a real word I looked in the dictionary. The dictionary definition of this is the correct or acceptable way of using the Internet. It is like the etiquette that you use at home but online.

Flame Wars/Flaming – It is like a tounge war but online. It is when an argument has got out of hand and people are spamming insults at each other.

Trolls – People who go around and insult and annoy people on line. The act of someone annoying you, pranking you online and deliberately starting a flame war are all examples of trolling.

Anonymous – Someone with a hidden identity. Someone who is hidden online behind their username. Nobody knows who you are online but that does not mean you have the right to ditch netiquette.

Communicating clearly – When formally talking to someone don’t use emojis/abbreviations e.g. LOL Gr8 u r pls. Don’t use all caps. e.g. HELLO Don’t use sarcasm either e.g. I really hate that post. Because they can’t tell by the tone of your voice.

Permission – When posting something about someone ask for their permission first e.g. a photo with them.

Tim means that like when you are talking to someone you can’t take back your words and online you can’t take back your text. A good way to avoid these problems is rereading your texts.



THINK Online

The think acronym is an acronym that tells you what to think before you post.

True – You have to think before you post is it true. This means don’t post untrue stuff about you online like saying you’re some =one else or lying about your age.

Helpful – Will it help someone. Don’t post things that don’t help people.

Inspiring – Does the post make the other person feel good. Don’t do a post that makes them feel like they are uninspired.

Necessary – Is it Necessary, do you need to do it or are you doing it for no reason. This does not include saying hello and talking to someone because you would do that in real life too.

Kind – Don’t post unkind comments because it makes the other person feel bad and it is unkind. If you do this over and over again it is cyberbullying.





For my passion project I am making a fake heart. I am going to make it out of PVC pipe and glue. It is not too hard because the heart is fairly simple. Down below I have put in a picture of a drawing I made showing how I can make a heart out of PVC pipe. I have labelled all the parts in a real heart on my PVC pipe version.

Birke Baehr’s TED Talk

Birke Baehr’s TED Talk

Birk Baehr did his talk on our food system. He explained how he want to be an organic farmer and about the disgusting way scientists unnaturally modify our food. One of the parts that he did that I understood well is when he said advertising is colourful and how children are attracted to colour. He taught his cousin how she shouldn’t eat sparkly cereal which was also interesting.

His audience were really vocal and clapped and laughed a lot. He threw in a few jokes at the start like the tomato fish to warm up the audience. He challenged the audience to find out where your food comes from as well. He said would you rather pay the farmer or the hospital which I liked because he put forth an argument against the cheap imported food.

The only technical support he used was a slideshow behind him and a tiny microphone that was stuck onto his collar. He put facts on his slideshow but not a lot. Someone else was controlling the slideshow because he did not have a remote with him. His mouth was a little out of sync with his voice because of the microphone.

He spoke really loud and clearly so I could hear everything he said. He acted confident on stage and it looked like he practised a lot because he did not have a script with him of any kind. He acted relaxed on stage even though he was probably thinking really hard while he was talking.

Richard Turere TED Talk

Richard Turere TED Talk

Richard Turere did his TED talk on lions and his invention to stop them eating the livestock. He created an invention that scared away lions without killing them. He showed that anyone could do anything and violence can be stopped. He stopped the killing of lions with flashing lights he made himself. He also helped everybody around who wanted them for free, so he helped a lot of people and lions out to stop the killings.

He got these messages across by using graphic images to show people how bad it was and it made his message stronger. He started with a strong image to get people into what he is talking about quickly. He added a few jokes in to break it apart and keep the audience interested.

The main technical support he used was his projector. He used it to show pictures behind him. He did not have any script unlike Thomas Suarez. He used the pictures well and he chose his pictures wisely. He used 1 video which was the video of his invention in the dark. He also used a microphone.

He spoke clearly and I could understand everything he said even with his accent. He did not have a script with him. He memorised everything that the said and that way he maintained good eye contact with the audience. He acted confident on stage by using hand gestures and not slouching. He prompted the audience by smiling when he told a joke encouraging his audience to laugh.

Thomas Suarez TED Talk

His main message was how to get into game development and where to start as a game developer. The way he got these messages across was by starting with a story and how he does what he does. He got his message out clearly also by adding a few jokes here and there. Using a remote he used the screen behind him to change slides but he used it very sparingly. An ipad was with him but he hardly looked at it, he probably had dot points on ipad because it is easier to quickly reminding him of what he needed to say. The talking was clear and expressive while he was acting confident on stage.