Friday, November 17, 2017

Iowa State OPPTAG Experience Reflection

In DNA smoothie (Biotechnology), We learned about DNA and extracted DNA from a banana with a partner. We also got to try a smoothie that our teacher made for us. We learned that all living things have DNA and all about why it's important.
In Stand by your quote (Leadership), we got to explore some famous quotes about leadership. There were leadership quotes taped around the room. We went and stood by the one that pertained to us the most. Then, in our group, we talked about the characteristics of a leader and wrote them on the chalkboard. Then we discussed leadership all together as a class.
The most educational part of my day was learning all about DNA and getting to see it in real life. it was so cool to see real DNA of a banana right in front of us.
Something  I learned about the Iowa State campus was how many different majors you can choose from. There are hundreds of majors that you could do there, and you can change your mind if you want to do something else.
The most fun part of the day was when we went to the VRAC (Virtual Reality Application Center). We got to see 3D animations like galaxies and airplanes. They also taught us how they can make a virtual reality simulation.
I would improve the experience by letting us see more of the library on the campus tour.
My biggest takeaway from this trip was walking around on a real college campus and learning what college will be like.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Coral Reefs Independent Project

I chose coral reefs as my topic because i've always been fascinated with things that are underwater. I also really wanted to know how they are an animal and not a plant. I learned that 70% of the world's coral reefs will be destroyed by 2050. It's really sad that people aren't trying to help keep them alive. They help our ecosystem a lot by protecting the things on the shore from eroding. I really want to find out more about where they exist. I chose to present my project with google slides because I've used it a lot in the past and it makes a lot of sense to me. I really liked my project because I feel like I found really good pictures online. Something I would've improved was that I would've had more information on my notecards. Overall, I really liked researching this topic.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

DWA Publishing 1st Quarter

10/18/17 "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself" -Leo Tolstoy. I think this quote means that there are lot of people in the world who just complain about everything, but they don't realize that they could be causing the problem. For example, if someone complains about pollution, they don't even realize where their garbage goes! They could be causing this and they only think that it is someone else's fault.
 10/30/17 "An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity" -Winston Churchill. I believe that i am more of an optimist than a pessimist because I try to always stay on the bright side and find something good in every situation. But I think I can be a pessimist if I am in a really bad mood. Then I just see the whole world as cruel.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Words of Wisdom Reflection

I had a lot of fun doing this project! I have learned so much advice about life and how great it is! The quote that was the most interesting to me was, "It's nice to be popular, but it's more popular to be nice". This taught me that life isn't all about fame and fortune, it's about kindness.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Field Trip Reflection

   1. My favorite part of the trip was learning what toys pioneer children played with and getting to test them out. There were stilts, ball and cup, tug-of-war, etc. I liked trying to walk on stilts. It was amusing!
   2. I learned how the pioneers made clothes and reused the fabric from their clothes to make rugs. The pioneers liked to use wool to make yarn. They used a spinning wheel to spin the wool into yarn. When their clothes were too small for them or not needed anymore, they would cut the clothes into strips and then sew them end to end. They used a machine called a weaver to make rugs with those strips of cloth.
   3. The Mormons moved West because their leader was killed, and they were forced out of their homes due to difference in religion. They needed to leave because conflict had started.
   4. If I could choose a part of Nauvoo to research more, it would probably be the blacksmith. I found it interesting how they can bend metal and shape it however they want by letting it sit in the fire for a little bit. It was great to watch!
   I really enjoyed the trip to Nauvoo and hope to go back to see more extraordinary sights!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Moral Dilemma Lit. Circles

A moral dilemma is a problem where you have to choose between doing one thing and another, mostly right or wrong.
The moral dilemma in my book, Under the Same Sky, by Cynthia DeFelice, was that the main character, Joe, could turn in three illegal migrant workers at his dad's farm, or does he want to keep it a secret to keep his friends? Joe solved it by deciding to keep his friends a secret and doing the right thing.
My other book, Nothing But the Truth by Avi, is about a boy named Philip who sang during the national anthem at school. He got suspended for two days. He claimed that it was out of patriotism, though. His moral dilemma was, is this breaking the rules? Or did he do the right thing? I did not finish this book, so I don't know how he solved it.
I had a lot of fun doing lit. circles in GOAL this year. I got to read books I've never heard of before!