Science Fair Reflection – making casein

Recently in our science class, we have just finished our last project for this grade. In this project, we have been working in groups of two or individuals to creating a project for a science fair involving two classes. I worked with Aisling to create a substance called casein created by milk and vinegar.

How did you find deciding on the question?

“What combination of different milk with plain vinegar creates casein with the greatest mass?”

was our theme question for our project. We have changed out question a few times to fit our experiment and it may have took time than the others, but I think we had enough sources in our school(internet/library) so I individually found it a pretty easy step and felt like it went smoothly.

Was the procedure and documentation helpful? How? How not? 

During our project, we used a procedure document on google drive that our teacher gave. For me it was a really helpful document and made our final product much easier to complete. What especially helped me was how it had different steps separated in weeks. By doing this, it gave us enough time instead of rushing on our last day before our science fair and was really good for my group. In fact, I couldn’t find any parts that didn’t help me and even think this document should be used more.

How did you work independently/individually?

I think I did pretty well on working independently because when we didn’t have enough time to do our experiment for data in school, I collected the equipment we needed at home and recorded all the data in my personal time. This kept us able to follow our weekly steps and was a wise choice.  I think this made me work successfully and independently although working with a partner.

What would you do differently?

I think we could collect more data by using different vinegar to make it more interesting for the audience in the science fair since more different information might make our presentation attractive for our listeners.

What did you learn about conducting scientific investigations?

I learnt that taking time and completing the steps we need one by one, was a really important thing to make our project succeed. I would like to remember this for my other projects next year.

Overall, I think this science fair was a very interesting and enjoyable project for me, because I like working and creating stuff with my own ideas which made me work enthusiastically.

Drama – DIY reflection

In drama class we grouped up into 2 or 3 and made our original Do it yourself(DIY) videos with the topic we chose. I worked in a 3 with Emily and Ryouko and made a DIY of making a origami crane(video above).
This video may look simple to make but actually we did much more than we expected. For example, because our target audience were children around 5-8, we tried to use simple english to make it understandable enough for them.
But because for our target audience ‘children’, I think we could have talked more loudly and cheerfully so they actually pay attention to us. This is my prediction but I think if Children around our target age watched this, they wouldn’t listen because of our  low volume, tone and stiff body actions. Also, this is for me individually but I wanted to say my script in a good timing so it actually fits the other 2 folding.
If I had to choose my best skill, I think it would have been waiting patiently not panicking when accidents happens.

Amongst all the DIY in my class, I liked and enjoyed Grace and Sophie’s DIY about making a book safe. This is because the topic was rare and interesting for me and how they talked sounded enthusiastic and made me feel they really knew what they wanted to do.

Spring concert – Koto reflection

↑I uploaded 2 small parts from our piece so take a look if you want to listen to it 🙂

Last week on June 30, our whole Japanese music class performed a koto piece called chu-chu(宙々) by Sawai Hikaru. I was part of koto 1.

1. Preparation at class and home

We have been practicing this for quite a long time in both class and home. I think all of us have really improved during our time spent on practicing and it went well. I individually think I did quite well on practicing chu-chu in class, but need to work on creating time practising on my own at home. I’m a disorganised person compared to the others, and keep on leaving my things until the day before I need to. This was pretty much what I did for my practice time, and I would often not practice and instead to something else. By doing this, it caused me to spend time on practice the week before the concert which was a pretty hard job for me. Maybe next time I have a concert/performance I should practice for a small time every week so that I don’t have to rush right before I perform.

2. Practicing as an ensemble

As I said, I think practicing as an ensemble went pretty well especially for koto 1. I think we had fairly good people and everything seemed like it worked. I also learnt that having a leader that plays really well helps our group create a harmony. I can’t think of any improvements/changes but maybe I think we could improve on picking our members for both group. I think koto 2 might have had more people having a hard time playing there part. Maybe we could try out by starting by testing which one suits our average skills and split up into different groups so that it’s easier to play as one.

3. Our performance 

Overall, I think our performance wasn’t that bad compared to what I had expected. If this was rated by 10, I think I would give a 7. Although it stated off energetic and live like towards the end of the piece, I felt like some parts weren’t really going together as well as the start off maybe caused by the lack of practice.  Also one of the things I really got confused was when I heard people playing different parts especially from part 2. I asked one of my friend watching us for opinion, and she also thought the start off sounded really enthusiastic but felt like the end was a bit off tune. But Besides that, I think we did a better job in the concert than any of our practicing done and sounded like everyone was trying hard.

Maybe for our future performances, we could practice more as a group earlier so that we can actually noticed who needs help to make our selves even better for the listeners. Also another advice I got from the same friend was to make everybody wear something similar like the eighth graders and also, to make everyone able to be seen better. For her position, she couldn’t see everyone clearly and wanted a better view. She suggested that it might be better to have people sitting and people on knees so that the audience can see every member in our group and also create a nice flow our the audience’s eyes.