Grade 9 expedition – Wilderness experience

On October 16th I went for a 3-day hiking trip in Niigata as a school expedition trip. Over there, I’ve developed many new skills that helped me understand what is required in order to be in the wilderness. Also, I’ve learned many new things about myself and what I can do to overcome the challenges while being in the wilderness.

1. What did I learn about myself?
Throughout the hiking trip, I’ve learned that I could really push myself to do things that I didn’t see myself doing. For example, while hiking, there were some quite challenging trails that I have to go through, but overtime, I realized that it was okay to fall and that the challenging trails make me feel more accomplished.This makes me think that I can now always challenge myself and should always try to challenge myself to be a risk taker.

2. Describe the challenges you faced and the ways you challenged yourself.
Like mentioned earlier, one of the challenges I face was some of the challenging trails while hiking. Before starting the hike I didn’t feel very confident to hike due to the steepness of the mountain and I was scared that I would fall when stepping on the big branches laying on the ground. However, I challenged myself to still try to pass through the trail and it all end being a really fun experience since this was something I have never done before. Also with some support from my friends, while hiking, it makes the challenges I faced more fun to go through. Another challenge I faced was using the rope to hold onto when hiking. Initially, I was scared of the idea of using the rope because I thought that it would be hard to adapt to the use of the rope. However when seeing other people did it I realized that I should also be able to do it and face the challenge of using the rope. So once I did it, I realized that the rope was there to help me more than to make it hard for me.

3. How did you develop self-reliance?
I developed self-reliance by not relying on other people to build the tents for me during camp but instead, I worked together with the people in my tent to build it. From that, I’ve just gained a new skill and learned that building a tent is actually an essential skill to have when being in the wilderness. Also, I’ve developed self-reliance by organizing myself on what items I should bring together with me during the 3-day hike. This was very important because I have to pack enough clothes in order to keep myself warm throughout the camp and hike since the weather during the time I was camping and hiking was really cold. Also while hiking I would carry my own hiking backpack which is filled with a lot of the essential items that is required during the hike and camp. For instance some of the items I carried in my hiking backpack were tents for the people in my group and carrying food. So by taking the responsibility of carrying some parts of the tent and my own food, I did not have to rely on other people to do everything for me and make it a burden for them.

4. What would you do differently next time?
Something that I would do differently next time would probably be to be a better risk taker because although I’ve learned that I could push myself to a certain limit when hiking, I am not always the best risk taker since I don’t always start off the trails with a lot of confidence. However, I feel like if I could’ve been a better risk taker, I think that I could’ve enjoyed a lot more of the things I did while I was on the trip and not have to worry about how I am not confident to do that certain challenge.

5. Describe your role in the community of the expedition and your connection with the YIS community.
I think that during the expedition my role was to be a good supporter because I noticed that during times when there were people struggling, I would support them by cheering them up or hike together with them. I thought that this was a very important role to have because I know that there are a lot of people who feel like me; not confident to start off the hike. And by having this role, I believe that we could support each other and made the trip a very memorable one. This has a connection with the YIS community because when in YIS, everyone believes in being helpful and supportive of each other which helps create a fun community.

Reflection video:

Nature vs. Nurture

In class, we’ve been studying the topic of nature vs. nurture. I now know and understand that nature means it is something that is in your genes and nurture is something that you are taught. For example people’s hair type is the way that it is because they mostly likely have it in their genes and that means it is nature. An example of nurture could be that someone is really good at sports because they have been trained really well and have adapted into their routine.

However, this is not always the case. Some people might have been really good at sports because they just have a really good genes that gives them the ability to do and perform well in sport. On top of that they could also be trained well by their coaches, making them perform even better in sports. So overall in this situation it could be a combination of both nature and nurture.

People have been debating about nature vs. nurture and have been studying on why people behave the way they do. For instance, Cambridge study has shown that people tend to give kids toys based of off their gender. They’ve conducted an experiment by dressing kids using clothes that is meant for the opposite gender. Then, they decided to hand in the kids to a stranger and told them that they want to see how the kids behave around strangers. What the strangers don’t know is that people are looking at what kind of toys will they give to the kids. Will it be toys based of the gender they think the kids are or will they just entertain the kids with any kind of toys and not follow the gender stereotype? The answer to that is, people give the kids toys based of off their gender. My opinion on this is that society have been fixed with the mindset that girls should be given toys that is soft, cuddly and cute where as for boys, they are given toys like cars and trucks. I feel like most people nowadays are raised in the environment where girls should stick to girly things and boys should stick to things that are meant for boys. However this doesn’t happen in all scenarios. We could now see that people is starting to break the gender stereotype. Most girls no longer stay at home all the time and most boys no longer go out and hunt. They’ve been nurtured to explore more things and not just stick to the stereotype.

Overall, I feel like we are in the period where people’s behavior is dictated by both genes and environment because we can now see that some people have the certain ability to do something because of their genes but is also supported with the environment they are in. People also like and dislike things because it is their nature but now that they are out a lot more and have the courage to explore new things, their likes and dislikes could also be influenced by the environment that they are in.

ATL video – Organization skills

On the first day of school, we were asked to make a video informing the 6 grade students about the ATL skills. We decided to make a video on the Organization skills. While doing the video, as group we all used a lot of communication and collaboration skills. By using those skills, we are able to create this video and get it done in time.

Here is the video that we’ve created :

Poisons on Mars

One of the issue of living on Mars is there are poisons all around Mars. One type of poisons in Mars is the poison from the dust of the Mars surface. The dust are not suitable for humans and it is called the dry iron oxide dust. This type of dust can be found on the rust of an old car. If humans breath in the dust, it may cause suffocation. The other type of poison on Mars is the carbon dioxide. In Mars, they don’t have oxygen like how we have it here on Earth. Humans can’t survive on Mars because of the carbon dioxide produced. The air here on Earth is oxygen which is the one us humans breath in.

One way for a human to live on Mars is to wear space suit. The space suit may produce some oxygen for humans and that can keep them stay alive. Space suit may be a good option for humans if they want to live on Mars. Another solution for humans to live on Mars is to maybe have a lot of plants planted on Mars. Since the air on Mars is carbon dioxide, plants could survive up there. Plants needs carbon dioxide to stay alive and by using carbon dioxide plants can go through the process of photosynthesize. Photosynthesize is the process where plants make their own food. It is when plants uses solar to make glucose. It is also when plants uses carbon dioxide and water to make oxygen for us human to breath. On Earth, plants receive carbon dioxide from the air that humans breath out. That way we can live on Mars and maybe have a second possible place for human to live in.

Between those two solution, I think the one that could be the best for us is to plant a lot of plants that could maybe survive the extreme Mars weather or maybe plants that could survive any of the Mars situations. The reason why I think that this is the best solution is because I think this way, we could make Mars more like earth with more plants. I think that this could help with the environmental issue because now on earth, there are problems where people are cutting down too much trees to make new and improved architecture. Maybe if we plant more plants on Mars people would think twice that we need to take care of the lovely Earth nature. That way humans will stop cutting down trees and save our lovely Earth ecosystem.

In conclusion, I think that in order for us human to live up on Mars is to plant a lot of plants that could survive the extreme Mars weather.

Kids Astronomy.com. “ASTRONOMY FOR KIDS.” Astronomy For Kids. Kidsastronomy.com, 1998-2016. Web. 14 June 2016. <http://www.kidsastronomy.com/Men-on-Mars-article.php>.

I & S debate trial

In I&S I learned and researched about the child labor in The UK. The task for this unit was to debate about should we support/not support child labor. I was in the support group and I did the finishing argument of my group’s debate.

Video :

Our group all dressed up nicely in suits and tie :
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Brain frame of the now and then child labor :

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What do you want people to know about child labor ?

Child Labor happened back in the late 1700’s and at that time children at the age of 7+ starts working. They worked in a lot of places such as textile factories, farms and a lot more places. All this work was dangerous for them because some children need to carry heavy objects. Some children needs to crawl under working machines. All this work is very dangerous for them. They need to work for a really long time. It could start from 5am and could last until 12pm. From all the hard work they did, they weren’t paid as much as they should have received. Sometimes, they didn’t even get paid which is very sad for them because they work really hard. This is also a very risky job of them and some children were crashed till death caused by the machines. That was in Britain but nowadays child labor is still continuing in a lot of developing countries and this is very dangerous and caused a lot of health disease.

Playing The Blues – Music

In music I learned about the blues. For this unit, one of the task was to play the Bass Line Challenge

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Medium :

Higher :

The notes that I first started on my left hand was C, then F and continue with G. On the right hand, I played the triads which is CEG, CFA and lastly DGB. For all chords the hard part was transitions. It was a little bit hard to change my right hand at the right time but with some practice I managed to play this chord. To improve the way of me playing this chord, I think I need a little bit more practice so that I can play this chord smoothly without stopping.

How did the Industrial Revolution changed the world?

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The industrial revolution change the world in a lot of ways. One of the ways that the industrial revolution change the world is by people inventing a very good and useful machines. They start inventing things slowly and people by people start to try and improve the things. For example, back then, they use to have no machine, and one people start to invent machines and people improve them to make everything easier and better to use in life. Until now, people are still trying to improve machines and make a lot of machines better than what they have before.

What Caused the Industrial Revolution?

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The cause of industrial revolution is, people took a very long time to create or do something. Agricultural production is the most important because from that, people could be fed and eat and stay healthy. People could eat fresh vegetables from the crops. Then, more people could work at the new city that was run by Arkwright because they all have enough energy to work and could survive longer. If they could work longer, more invention could be created and their life could get easier.

Rod Puppet Show Reflection

In Drama I learned about puppetry and I did a puppet show in a group. We need to plan out the script and the scene. We also need to make our own puppet using some materials. Our group chose a legend story that was originally from Japan. It is called the legend of monkey and the crab. In the puppet show we need show the moral of the story and use a different tone of voices.

Here is how my puppet looks like. I put on three chopstick at the back of the puppet, to make it long so that it easier for me to hold while I was talking. (I took off the chopstick after the presentation because it was a little bit long.)
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I interest the audience by changing the intonation of my voice since I am the narrator. While I am talking, I moved my character in a up and down to show an effect that the narrator is up on the cloud.

My best skill was using the intonation of my voice because from that, I could attract the audience attention because I don’t want them to get bored. I think i can improve on my pronunciation of the words because in some parts I got stucked and don’t know how to continue the words again.

I should improve on the movements of the character because while I was talking, I realise that the character starts to get unstable. I think I could improve on that by focusing a on what I am doing. I also could probably improve that by putting a marking point on where the character should always be.

Another group which was captivating was the Hubby Chubby Gus because their all of their puppets looks really cool and their story also is really good. They also show how the character would sound like and that makes it really good. They also have a lot of good and interesting props for their character.