April 22

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Coconut Sugar Superfood Assignment

Have you ever been to a convenience store or a supermarket before, and noticed a food with the label superfood on it, thinking that it is much better than any other regular foods that you would normally buy, but truly not knowing what the term superfood means? Well while you may have noticed the food with a superfood label on it, did you notice the price tag itself, as often they provide high levels of certain nutrients, therefore technically being better for your health, and can be used as great marketing vocabulary to boost sales.

Coconut sugar

Coconut sugar is a natural sugar made from sap from the coconut palm, unlike regular table sugar which requires a longer process, coconut sugar requires two simple steps to harvest and be edible. These steps are:

A cut is made on the flower of the coconut palm and the liquid sap is collected into containers.

The sap is placed under heat until most of the water has evaporated.

This means that it is less processed providing your body with 73.9 grams of carbohydrates, 26.10 grams less of carbohydrates than regular table sugar for every 100 grams which you consume. This can be considered as both positive and/or negative as when you consume carbohydrates, they provide your body with starches and sugars which act as energy sources to your body and keep you moving every day, although if you over consume these carbohydrates, it turns to fat which your body only needs in small portions. This means that when you consume fats from other places in your daily eating routine, it may cause you to over-consume fats if you consume too much coconut sugar  as well as other foods such as fatty fish causing exercise to be more difficult because the fat is worked off after the carbohydrates when exercising meaning that it takes a lot more exercise to burn off a substantial amount of fat than it does when trying to burn off carbohydrates.

Also, many products of coconut sugar have traces of both calcium and potassium which are vitamins which do certain jobs in small amounts, and in order for them to assist in the function of your body, you would need to consume an awful lot of coconut sugar. Calcium is extremely useful in your body, as it helps build bones and teeth. Almost all the calcium which you consume is stored in your bones and teeth for later use, as that is the place where it will be used as mentioned before. Also, coconut sugar provides potassium which is crucial for the function of a heart and plays a key role in skeletal and muscle contraction, making it important for digestive function and movement in your daily routine. 

What other foods have these nutrients? (How much?)

Another food with similar type nutrients to coconut sugar is baked potatoes, as they provide your body with 18 mg of calcium, and 550 mg of potassium per 100 grams, and yet although they do provide substantial amounts of the vitamins and minerals above, baked potatoes only provide your body with 21.44 grams of carbohydrates per 100 grams as opposed to the coconut sugar which provides 100 grams per 100 grams. Although potatoes do provide your body with other useful nutrients such as fibres and proteins which coconut sugar doesn’t, and although potatoes do provide a range of more nutrients, they come in very small portions and would be needed in large amounts for it to make a substantial difference to your body.

One more food with similar nutrients to coconut sugar is white beans, as they provide your body with 62.25 grams of carbohydrates per 100 grams, as well as 173mg of calcium, and 1542mg of potassium per 100grams. Although as you may have noticed, the white beans provide much larger amounts of the vitamins/minerals than coconut sugar, as coconut sugar only has traces of these vitamins/minerals, as opposed to white beans which are a nutrient rich food, and have substantial amounts of these vitamins and minerals which can easily be used and can contribute to the function of your body. Also, white beans provide your body with 24.9 grams of fibre, 1.18 grams of fat,  21.11 grams of protein, per 100 grams, as well as other vitamins and minerals which both your digestive system and body can benefit from in certain ways for example: the protein helps build and rebuild muscle.

Issues with the term superfood

The term superfood, in this case, is inaccurate, as coconut sugar is in no way super, as it is made up partially of fructose which can cause a build up of fat in the liver, which is, in fact, a dangerous disease which can harm both your heart and liver permanently if too much fructose is absorbed. The meaning behind superfood is a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being, and although coconut sugar does provide 100 grams of carbohydrates and sugar per 100 grams, it provides your body with very little other nutrients, and can actually harm you seriously because carbohydrates turn to fat if  you consume too much, and the fructose in the coconut sugar builds up fat in your liver causing a disease called fatty liver which is extremely dangerous, and can cause pain in the heart and liver.

 

Also, there is an issue with money, and the term superfood with coconut sugar because coconut sugar is not much better for you than regular table sugar, as it still has fructose which is what makes it makes regular sugar bad for you as it damages both the liver and heart, and can affect the process of digestion increasingly. The issue with the term superfood, and money, is that supermarkets are selling coconut sugar for a higher price than regular table sugar because it has the label “superfood” on it, which makes people think that it is better for them than regular table sugar, making them more likely to pay the extra money that supermarkets are charging for a product such as coconut sugar. This also tricks people who do not know what the word superfood actually means, as when they hear the name, it reminds them of superheroes, and superheroes are good, therefore they think that superfoods are always better for you, and will benefit the function of both your digestive system and body. This means that it could cause financial issues with less fortunate people, as they think that in order to receive the correct nutrients for their body to work strong and healthy, they need to buy these superfoods like coconut sugar when really they are almost a scam as they only provide a few more grams of carbohydrates which are not necessarily needed, as it runs the risk of overconsumption of carbohydrates which is actually bad for you. Therefore the less fortunate families could have saved the money for other non-superfoods, and receive more nutrients from regular foods which they can buy more of with the extra money saved from not buying superfoods.

Analysing eating ‘superfoods’ compared to regular foods

All in all, in my opinion, superfoods are in no way super when analysing coconut sugar because it is effectively table sugar, just more natural, therefore giving people the mindset that it will provide more nutrients, which is partly true, as it does provide more of certain nutrients, but not a range of nutrients in the case of coconut sugar. Also, the problem with superfoods is that sometimes the term can be misleading, causing economic and health issues for consumers who maybe don’t have the funds to purchase as much food as they need all the time in order to receive the correct nutrient amounts. Also often regular foods will provide a variety of nutrients as opposed to a high level in just one nutrient like superfoods, which means that regular foods are more worthwhile, as they require you to eat a lower quantity of the food in order to receive all the nutrients your body needs to function both healthily and correctly. Finally, I would suggest sticking to eating regular foods, but spreading out the amount of nutrients you consume so that you receive the correct amounts, as opposed to eating several more expensive superfoods, as they can cause overconsumption, and issues with digestion and the function of your body because it is much more difficult to track the amount of nutrients you are consuming, when eating several separate superfoods, all providing your body with a different amount of a certain nutrient each.

Finally, normal foods are better than superfoods because the term superfood just means that a food has a high level of one nutrient at the minimum, which means that when you are consuming these foods, you could believe that you are receiving the correct amounts of each and every nutrient, when really you may only be consuming one nutrient, especially in the case of coconut sugar, as you are really only consuming a considerable amount of one nutrient, carbohydrates, whereas white beans provide your body with a high level of multiple nutrients, as well as noticeable amounts of vitamins/minerals as opposed to only traces, making them better for a healthy and balanced diet. All in all, I would say normal foods are better because they provide a larger range of nutrients, as opposed to a single one, this makes regular foods better for a balanced diet, as there is less of a possibility of overconsuming a single nutrient, instead, you consume correct amounts of each individual nutrient, therefore them being better for you.

Citations: 

“Full Report (All Nutrients): 45002583, MADHAVA, ORGANIC COCONUT SUGAR, UPC: 078314206647.” USDA Branded Food Products Database. United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service, Jan. 2017. Web. 20 Apr. 2017. <https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/9981?manu=&fgcd=&ds=>.

“Basic Report: 11356, Potatoes, Russet, Flesh and Skin, Baked.” National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 28. United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service, May 2016. Web. 20 Apr. 2017. <https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/3084?manu=&fgcd=&ds=>.Bsc, Kris Gunnars. “Coconut Sugar – Healthy Sugar Alternative or a Big, Fat Lie?”

Bsc, Kris Gunnars. “Coconut Sugar – Healthy Sugar Alternative or a Big, Fat Lie?” Authority Nutrition. Authority Nutrition, 18 Aug. 2016. Web. 20 Apr. 2017. <https://authoritynutrition.com/coconut-sugar/>.

“5 Not-So-Sweet Facts About Coconut Sugar.” Yahoo Beauty! Yahoo Health!, 17 Aug. 2015. Web. 20 Apr. 2017. <https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/5-not-so-sweet-facts-about-coconut-sugar-126700104968.html>.

“Basic Report: 16045, Beans, Small White, Mature Seeds, Raw.” United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 28, May 2016. Web. 22 Apr. 2017. <https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/4784?manu=&fgcd=&ds=>.
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April 7

Child Labour Industrial Revolution

Robert Dickens (A boy child worker)

Robert Dickens, A 10-year-old boy who works currently in a textile factory receiving 3 shillings a week. He was originally recruited at the age of 6 as a chimney boy, although he had no say in going into work, his foster parent signed him off to a chimney sweep organisation owner without consulting Robert. He worked in the chimney sweep industry for 2 years before being fired because he was late too often, and although he found that unfair because of the working hours, he was relieved to get out of that business as he received a lung infection from cleaning the chimneys. Almost instantly after being fired though, he received a job in the textile industry as a boy worker who cleaned the machines while they were running, while also manning some of the machines himself. In this job he received 6 shillings a week, although the treatment was much worse, first of all, he was late out of bed, so the factory owner (Sam Washington) pulled him out of bed and pulled him to the factory naked with his clothes in his hands to be put on there. Not to mention that he also lost a thumb while trying to clean out the machine from below in his first week.

 

February 15

What Caused the Industrial Revolution?

Coal extraction was the foundation of the Industrial Revolution due to its use in producing power to run machines and smelt ores. The Industrial revolution was one of the most crucial events in human history mainly because of how it shaped the world which we live in. It provided products which are almost essentials in everyone’s life in the modern day and age. Although without coal extraction none of this would be possible, due to its use in many of the main factors of the industrial revolution. Take the railways, a key invention during the industrial revolution which increased the speed which people could travel at, and although in the modern day coal is not used in railways, many of the first trains were either powered by coal or steam, and in order to create steam, people used coal to heat up water until it evaporated and transformed into steam. Without the power that coal was used to produce, none of the machines that are used to create electronics, clothes, and much more would exist because everything would still have to be created by manual labour, as opposed to having an automatic machine which could make the same product 10 times faster. Overall, though coal extraction was crucial in the Industrial Revolution due to how it powered semi-automatic and automatic machines, as well as how it provided energy for lighting and other devices used in everyone’s daily life.

 

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Sources:

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November 21

What elements go into our smartphones?

Introduction

Technology is used in everyday of our lives, whether it is a laptop, tablet, or even a phone, technology has become almost an essential of everyones lives. It allows you to navigate through a new area with the in built map, it allows you to connect with friends, and family abroad with the simple tap of a button. These are just 2 of the many benefits of having electronics in your life, but with these positives also come negatives but many people don’t realise them as they are to caught up in having to get the latest model of an electronic. Many of these issues do not impact the consumer, but they impact the origin of the production line as people are being forced to work in these mines with appalling working conditions. These working conditions may mean being forced to work in the mines 24/7 without any breaks, not being payed a fair amount, and also when another rebel group, or the military comes to take over the mines, the miners are forced to fight.  For my project, I decided to research what goes into our Iphones, because they are transportable, and they have many useful features which can keep you safe.

Who develops the Iphone?

 The Iphone is a piece of technology that some people would consider an essential in modern day life. It allows people to navigate through new places, communicate with other people easily, entertain themselves, and much, much more. The newest Iphone’s price starts at 769$, but this does not include the chargers you might have to but with it.  The Iphone is developed by a company named Apple, which is one of the world’s leading companies in electronics. Apple have released around 10 different models of the Iphone, and whenever a new one comes out, consumers feel the need to go and buy it even though they might already have a phone which is perfectly fine. This is a serious issue because although Apple don’t use conflict minerals connected to rebel groups, it is still a waste of the elements that are inside the phone as they are rare, valuable, and they can take a lot of manual labour to collect.

So what exactly goes into our phones?

Our Iphones are made up of many different elements, but some of the main ones that I researched were: tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold. All of these elements and more make up what allows your phone to function correctly and safely. Along with the elements that make up your phone, there are also compounds which help your phone function as it should. Two of these compounds that I decided to look into are Indium Tin Oxide, and aluminosilicate glass. These two compounds help make up the screen, and are crucial for a phone as the screen is what allows people to actually use the phone.

 

What  are these compunds made up of, and what are the compounds used for?

Indium Tin Oxide

  • Indium tin oxide is a mix of indium oxide, and tin oxide, and it is used in the transparent screen at the front of the iPhone. The reason why it is used is because it conducts the electricity from the rest of the phone, allowing the screen to function as a touch screen. This is important because without the touch screen on your phone, you would not be able to use any of the gadgets downloaded on the phone.

Aluminosilicate glass

  • The glass which is used on the majority of smartphones, is aluminosilicate glass which is made up of off aluminium oxide, and silica. The glass also contains potassium ions which help strengthen the glass. This is what makes up the screen, and is what allows people to see what they are doing on the phone.

 Where are these elements mined? Why, and how are they used?

Tantalum (Ta)

  • Atomic number: 73

  • Melting point: 3,020 °C

       Where is Tantalum found?

  • The Congo possesses 80% of all the tantalum in the world, but they only mine a small fraction of it due to rebel groups who take over the mines. Even though Congo possesses most of the world’s coltan (tantalum ore), they are the world’s third largest producer/exporter of tantalum after Mozambique and Brazil. 

       What does Tantalum do inside your phone, and why is it used?

  • Tantalum stores electricity in your phone, without it your phone would die, and go silent. Tantalum is used because when it is refined it becomes a heat resistant powder that can hold a high electric charge. It’s a vital component in a large amount of small electronic devices, especially in mobile phones, laptops, and other electronic devices. 

 

Tin (Sn)

  • Atomic number: 50

  • Melting point: 231.9 °C

       Where is Tin found?

  • Tin is mainly produced in China, Indonesia, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil, but it is often shipped to wealthier companies where the element is either not available, or it is extremely rare. The reason why it is shipped is because Tin is extremely cheap where it is collected as it is quite common, but when it is transported, it gains value as it becomes rarer. 

       What does Tin do inside your phone, and why is it used?

  • Tin is used as a solder for circuit boards because it is cheap, and affordable, and it also has a low melting point in comparison to other metals. The reason why the low melting point is useful is because you can melt it easily, and whilst it is melted, you can combine two wires by putting them in the tin, so when it hardens, it continues on the circuit. 

 

Tungsten (W)

  • Atomic number: 74

  • Melting point: 3,422 °C

       Where is Tungsten found?

  • Tungsten is mined in China, Russia, Portugal, Austria and Bolivia. China is reported to have about 75% of the world’s tungsten supply, and is the world’s greatest producer of tungsten, with Russia, Canada, Austria, and Bolivia also in the category of top 5 tungsten producers.

       What does Tungsten do inside your phone, and why is it used?

  • Tungsten makes sure that your phone vibrates, and is useful for text messages and phone calls.  It can also be used to connect the interconnecting copper layers, with the transistors. Tungsten is used because it is heavy, and it can be compacted into small area’s, and still have a great weight. This is useful because a phone needs to be compact so it can fit in people’s pockets, and this allows the phone to vibrate, while also leaving room for wiring.

Gold(Au)

  • Atomic number: 79

  • Melting point: 1,064 °C

       Where is Gold found?

  • Gold is produced mostly in China, United States, Russia, Australia, and South Africa. The reason why these countries are the main producers is because a lot of them are large countries which are some of the richest countries in the world meaning that the producers can sell the element for a lot more in these countries as the consumers have more than enough money to buy the gold. This is shown through the difference in the top ten gold mines, and the top 5 producers because the top 10 gold mines are in the following countries: Indonesia, Papa New Guinea, South Africa, Uzbekistan, Russia, Mongolia, Dominican Republic, Australia, and Ghana.

       What does Gold do inside your phone, and why is it used?

  • Gold is used in circuit boards and wiring because it has a low electrical resistance (it conducts electricity well) , and it doesn’t corrode like other metals. The reason why these chemical properties are important is because the wiring in your phone is often exposed to oxygen, and it needs to be able to continue on the circuit without corroding. Gold is also the most valuable metal in your phone. 

What are the issues with using conflict minerals?

The following issues affect the majority of countries who have mines which contain the conflict minerals mentioned above. These countries tend to have no real sense of government or leader who has great power over the population. This allows for almost anything illegal to be ignored, as people aare not punished as much as they should be when they commit crimes.

Ethical issue

Children are being forced by rebel groups to work in mines to gather the elements which are in our electronics. Also when the rebel group is under attack, the children are given guns, and are forced to go fight. This is wrong on so many levels because one iPhone could mean one child’s life, and when you are a child, you shouldn’t have to worry about being forced to go and fight with a gun. 

Government Issue

Rebel groups are taking over these mines which contain extremely valuable ores which when are smelted, and refined, are used in our technology. This is a big issue for governments in these poor countries, as they have no real source of income, and also they have no control over what is going on in the mines.

Safety Issue

The mines which contain the resources used in our phones tend to be ran by rebel groups who use the minerals from the mine as an income/source for weapons, and explosives. This can be really dangerous for the workers in the mines as there may be remaining explosives left in the mines, and also when the current rebel group is defeated by another, the workers may be harmed, tortured or even killed by the new rebel group as a sign of power and dominance.

Economic issue

The democratic republic of Congo is one of the mineral richest countries on the planet, yet Congo is still one of the poorest countries in the world. This is due to the rebel groups who use these resources to fund their military campaigns (they buy weapons and explosives instead of essentials for miners).

What can we, as consumers do to help?

As consumers, we hold the answer to solving these issues with people fighting over these conflict minerals, and people being forced to work under extreme conditions. We can stop this if we work together as a community, and stop buying electronics from companies that get their minerals from mines which are ran by rebel groups. This will help stop the fighting because companies will start to lose huge amounts of money, making them realise that they are doing something wrong. Once they realise what they are doing wrong, they will start to look at competing companies, and why they are doing so well, and then that is when they will realise that it’s not the product consumers don’t like, it’s the way that the minerals are collected.

Another solution is to spread the word with posters, and social media because people will notice what really is going on “behind the scenes”, and they will act against it, almost forcing these huge electronic companies to change their ways otherwise people won’t buy their products causing them to start to make a loss, and when a company is making a loss, they will either decide to shut down, or they will decide to make a change.

Connecting back to the first solution, we could also buy alternative electronics from companies which use conflict free minerals to create their electronics because although they may be smaller companies with worser quality electronics, but the way they will improve is by using money, because when a company has more money, they can improve their products, but the money has to come from the consumer because of no one is buying the product, the developer see’s no use in improving their product as it is not popular, and it will just put them further in debt.

All in all, these solutions all relate to the same issue that we need to solve as consumers because if a company is making large amounts of profit, a lot of the time, the owner won’t want to change anything because it may have a negative effect on the amount of people buying the product, but if the consumers are making that push for a change, the company will change so that they can continue to make large amounts of profit.

 

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November 5

Reflecting on the Empires unit!

Backward looking (How much did you know about the subject before we started?)

Looking back on this unit, I have realised how far I have come. At the start of this unit, I had almost no clue what an empire was, and the only ones that I had heard of were the British Empire, The Roman Empire, and the one in star wars. Originally all I knew was that an empire is a country who decides to take over a large amount of land outside of their own borders, and that they had to fight to gain control of other countries. Now I know that an empire is much more than that, and what effects an empire might have on a country when it is taken over. I have also learnt a lot about how selfish and cruel empires can be just to gain money, land and power.  Comparing what I thought an empire was before and after this unit has made me realise how much I have changed my opinion on empires as a whole because after seeing all the positive and negatives of empires, I have noticed that empires have shaped the world to what it is today. I think this because without empires, no cultures would have mixed, and no one would really have the chance to experience new things in different countries. I have found this unit extremely fun, and interesting, but I think that I could improve on making sure that I am not leaving jobs till the last second because for the final project, I left the bibliography for the last day, and I ended up rushing it.

Research sheet 

Inward looking (Find another piece of work that you did at the beginning of the year to compare and contrast with this what changes can you see?)

I feel proud of my work this unit because I have really given it my all, and I personally think that it looks great. I have improved a lot more as a learner because I have learnt that you don’t need to include a lot of writing on a slideshow for it to be a great presentation, in fact it’s actually better to have good quality images, and 1 or 2 words, than a whole slide of writing, and 2 small pictures because the audience has to listen to you to find out the information instead of just reading it off of the slides. I also think that my research skills have come a long way because I have learnt how to quote information from different sources, as well as how to know if a website has reliable information that you can use for a project. I still think that I could improve on time management a bit because although I get the work done, it can take me a while both at home and school because I feel as though I should write in a lot of detail, and sometimes there are other jobs that need to be done. Even though a lot of the changes are not that visible in the 2 research sheets below, I feel as though that I have improved at these skills throughout this unit.

Research sheet (before)

Research sheet (after)

Outward looking (In what ways did your work meet the standards for this assignment?)

I think that I reached all my standards and goals for the assignments in this unit, because I always want to write and do my work in great detail, and this was evident in both my script and presentation at the end of the unit. In terms or other goals I had for myself, I feel as though I have met my goal because I am always focused in class, and I am making sure that I am sharing the workload with my partner. I think that for next unit, I should use schoolEB more because I know what great information it has, and it is not always my go to website for information, when I know that it should be.

Forward looking (What’s one goal you would like to set for yourself for next time?)

My goal for next unit is to manage my time better, and to make sure that I am getting my work in on time because for the final project in this unit, I turned my work in late because we kept on getting interrupted by people when we were recording our presentation. Also I would like to work on prioritising, and planning for the future so I don’t end up leaving something till the last minute to complete it.

 

Empire timeline

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Empires Presentation

September 13

Dragon Days Reflection

DRAGON DAYS REFLECTION

Designing our project was… Designing our project was challenging because you had to think about a lot of things, like what provocation does this event fit under, what will be the age group, etc.  Although it was also really fun because you got to be really creative without being judged by people.
Reasons I liked working with my group I liked working with my group because it was a friendly environment that we could all share our ideas in without them being shut down. Also we got to create new friendships and bonds with people that we may have never met before.
ATL skills that I used well A couple of ATL skills that I used well were communication, collaboration, and creative/critical thinker. I used communicator when I had an idea to get across to the group I would wait until somebody else wasn’t speaking and then I would tell my idea to the group. I also was a creative/critical thinker when we were brainstorming ideas because i thought of some great ideas which seemed good at the time but when we looked at them in more detail they weren’t possible. I also collaborated well with my group because we were all willing to put the same amount of effort into the work.
Great moments along the way A great moment was when I went to go print and Connor came along on the trolley. Also I really enjoyed presenting our idea and creating a team name.
One thing I learned from another group One thing i learnt from another group was that people prefer to look at visuals and listen to music than to watch a slideshow. This meaning that people would rather watch a video of us explaining how to play dodgeball than us talking about it.
Next time, I will Next time I will take less time to brainstorm by making sure everyone is focused and ready to go because we spent almost an hour brainstorming ideas which we could have spent working on our project.
Something awesome that I contributed I contributed the idea of winning some kind of prize at the end of the tournament, along with a game of dodgeball against the teachers as a bit of fun.

 

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June 12

Final Critique Unit #3 Portrait painting

The subject of my painting is my Grandfather and his home in England. My grandfather is a very important person to me along with the other members of my family, but I really find him inspirational because when he was around 15 years old he joined the airforce and helped England fight. Also another reason why I chose him is because he has taught me a lot by just taking me and my brothers out to play in the cricket field to play cricket and as we would walk along he would show us different objects and tell us stories about things that have happened around his house lately or where something comes from. The reason he is important to me is because he has experienced a lot and he still goes out and plays with us and tells us funny jokes. Also I admire how many places he has been to around the world and he tells me about them. In my painting I decided to express an idea about him by showing how kind and caring he is even when things get rough he continues on and is always jolly, the way I showed this is by using many bright colours and also using objects that really represent who he is as a person.

 

In my painting I incorporated three different pictorial elements which were setting (my grandparents house in England), objects (the cricket bat, ball and wickets), and colour.  The reason why I chose to focus on these three elements is because I really wanted to show who my Granddad is through colours, objects and the background. The bright colours are symbolic of the happiness he brings to everyone and they also show that even when things are tough, he perseveres and tries his hardest. The reason why I wished to show this through colours is because they flow nicely with the background, and I also feel that happiness is the best way to describe his emotions because even though he has worked in the airforce and traveled around the world. The reason why I also decided to focus on objects is because even though my Granddad is getting quite old he still goes out with me and my brothers to play cricket and to make memories together. The objects i decided to use are a cricket bat, ball and wickets to symbolise that cricket is a big part in our relationship as it is a common interest we all share. The final pictorial element is the background, this fits along with the colours as well because I tried to make the background with the brightest colours I could make which would still fit the idea of the painting. The reason why I decided to focus on the background is because my grandparents house is symbolic in a way that the colours show the different types of emotions that happen in the house and also the fence represents how I always used to remember him painting the fence and then a cat ruining it and that is why in the corner on the side towards the house there is a black cat. The type of art that influenced my painting was pointillism, the reason why I found this style of art interesting was because I didn’t know that many little dots, when combined create a big picture which can look very realistic. Although this did not influence my painting a lot because I wanted to focus more on the pictorial elements there is still some pointillism shown at the lower section of the painting where all the cricket objects are located. The reason why I chose to make the items using pointillism is because it is manageable and also I really wanted the items to be really symbolic and stand out so I used this style of painting to catch the viewers attention so they would not just look at the house but they would also look at the road. Another issue I had when trying to paint using pointillism is running out of time, even though I visited open studio to work on my artwork, pointillism is a very time consuming process, so I found it challenging to incorporate a lot of it into my painting. Pointillism also tends to be mainly focused on nature and living things, so that is why I decided to make a cat to show that there are always cats in their garden and to show pointillism more accurately in my painting. Here is a painting that really inspired me because it steers away from the idea about this style of art having to relate to nature.

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June 10

Zoo game Reflection

Today in Humanities class we had an option of playing a wide variety of different economics games, I decided to play a game which the objective was to start your own business (a zoo). This game requires an understanding of profit and loss and it teaches you a lot about the different ways to make/lose money. It also taught me a bit about opportunity costs because it shows that when there is a high supply there is a low demand but when there are a lot of advertisements and booths around you, sometimes you can’t resist but to just buy something. Although the audience for it I would say would be for quite young people at around the age of 10-11 because it is very simple and straight to the point, also it is manageable to be played by all ages although I feel as though because it teaches you about basic economics it should be suited to children at the age of 10. The reason that people should play this game is if they have just been introduced to economics, it is a good starting point because it teaches you about opportunity costs and profit and losses, it also teaches kids the benefits of owning their own business but it also shows the negative sides to owning one. The aim of the game is to complete the challenges on each level and to make the most amount of money, although as it comes to the final level the game is limitless although it is very simple to reach the end of the game as once you have built everything the game basically finishes and there is nothing left to accomplish.  All in all the game was ok but it could be better by adding more exhibits to experiment with, and also having more room to build in. Also another way they could make it better is by making it a competitive game so you could challenge your friends to see who can build the best zoo. I  would give this game a sideways thumb as it could be better although it is not terrible.  Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 8.09.02 PMScreen Shot 2016-06-10 at 11.34.07 AMScreen Shot 2016-06-10 at 12.09.39 PM