The Causes And Effects Of The Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution was caused by two big factors; the Embargo Act of 1807 and the War of 1812. The president at the time, Thomas Jefferson, set the Embargo Act of 1807 during the Napoleonic Wars, in which Britain’s navy had taken Americans and their cargo to help with the war. At the time, America was neutral, but when Britain forced American sailors into their army, Thomas Jefferson issued the Embargo of 1807 to restrict trade with any other countries, especially England and France. This was to make them respect America’s neutrality, and stop taking their men, but instead, America lost a lot of economy, and ended up having to produce their own goods. The War of 1812 was a war between Native Americans and Americans, because of American expansion. The Americans would’ve easily gotten rid of the Native Americans, but Britain aided the Native Americans by supplying them with weapons, like guns. This was the point where everyone realised that the United States needed better economic independence, as well as better transportation systems, and so America needed to manufacture their own goods to have economic independence, hence the start of the Industrial Revolution.


Flow chart of the main aspects of the Industrial Revolution


Brainframe of the effects of the Industrial Revolution

Metals In YIS Technology – Xperia Z5

In our science class, we are in the middle of a unit called Mining for Mobiles, where we are learning about elements, and the periodic table. We are also doing a project on metals in technology, so we each chose a piece of technology to research the metals inside. I chose the Sony Xperia Z5, which is a smartphone by Sony, as the name implies.

The metals inside the Sony Xperia Z5, and many other electronics, are gold, and the three Ts, tin, tantalum, and tungsten. These metals each have a specific use because of their properties. Gold is used to coat the wiring on the circuit boards in electronics, because of how conductive gold is. Tin is used to solder the wires, because it has quite a low melting point. Tantalum is used to contain the electricity within the electronics, and tungsten is used to make them vibrate.

Each of these materials come from lots of places around the world, but that includes conflict mineral mines in the Republic of Congo.

Lots of armed groups in the Republic of Congo are smuggling what we call “conflict minerals” into neighbouring countries to have them sent to Asia, to be processed into components, to then be sent around the world for use in electronics. These conflict minerals consist mostly of gold, tin, tantalum, and tungsten; the materials used in many different electronics. These armed groups threaten people and enslave them, and make them mine the conflict minerals for them to smuggle out of the country. Because of this, these armed groups make millions of dollars illegally, and also cause the worst violence since World War II.

The production of electronics like phones takes so many rare materials that it has a very negative impact. Just as an example, a ton of iPhones would have 324x more gold than a ton of gold ore from the Yanacocha Complex, on average. A ton of iPhones would also have 13x more copper than a ton of copper ore from the Escondida copper mine, on average, and 6.5x as much silver as a ton of silver ore from the Cannington silver mine, on average.

These are both very large issues with the production of electronics, like Sony Xperia Z5s, so we need a way to solve these issues, or at least minimalise them. One way to do that, is to demand conflict-free products from companies that use conflict minerals in their electronics. Another way to help is to find a company that doesn’t use conflict minerals to produce their electronics. You could also look for a company that uses less rare materials to produce their electronics.

This would help, because when companies don’t take any conflict minerals, the armed groups in the Republic of Congo start to not make any profit, then they would give up on trying to make money off of conflict minerals. This would also help, because if companies that use conflict minerals, or lots of rare materials, have less customers, they’ll make less profit, and change their business, or change the way they produce their products, to be more ethical.



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Unit One Empires Reflection

Backward Reflection

Before we started this unit, I really didn’t know anything about empires or colonisation, except that colonies were areas that were taken by empires.

Inward Reflection

A part of the presentation I particularly like is how much information we could get for our script, and how accurate our information was, considering how few sources we could find on the Dutch Empire, so I think we had some pretty good research skills.

Outward Reflection

The one thing I want people to notice about the presentation is how detailed it was, without it being very boring; the way we communicated our research in a simple, balanced way.

Forward Reflection

If I did the presentation again, I would polish it and make it neater, as it was a bit rushed and unorganised. I would try to have better self-management skills, to have more time, to make it easier to understand.

Research Sheet


Unit 3 Self-Critique

This unit, we worked on making an abstract portrait of someone close to us, that we know well. We chose what we were going to express about the person, then chose some pictorial elements, which are colour, setting, objects, direction of gaze, facial expression, clothing, and pose, and used them in our portrait. We also chose an influence to our portrait, like an artist, or a style of portraiture.

The person I chose to draw a portrait of was my dad, and he’s important to me because he’s taught me many things and always helped me, so I chose him, and I used the pixel art style of portraiture, because he likes old technology and games, where lots of things were very pixelated and you could see each pixel seperately. I expressed the idea that he liked retro video games, by making the setting inside a game center with lots of arcade machines, and making him have a happy facial expression.

The pictorial elements I chose were setting, objects, and facial expression. Setting is the way the background looks, and where it is, so if I drew a farm, it would represent my dad and how he lived with a farm. If I placed lots of different animals in the farm, it would show that the farm my dad lived in had lots of different animals in it through the pictorial element of objects. Facial expression is the way somebody looks on their face. If my dad’s facial expression was upset, it would mean that he was upset about whatever was happening at that time or place. I used the setting to show that he liked games by putting him in a game center. I used objects, by placing arcade cabinets all around him, to show that he likes retro-style games. I used facial expression to show that he is always happy, and that he likes arcades a lot. A style of portraiture that influenced my abstract portrait was pixel art, as it also represents my dad’s love for retro games, so I drew the picture in the pixel art style.

Review On Road Trip To Savings

The only thing I learned from this game was that it makes no sense and teaches you nothing else.

The audience is towards people who like playing illogically hard games, because that’s what it is.

People shouldn’t play this game unless they like playing illogical, random, and nonsensical games.

I don’t know what the point of the game is, as it makes no sense.

It wasn’t fun for me, even though I like difficult games, because it was really random and didn’t have any logic to the way it’s played.

I’d give it a really bad rating.

My Summer Economic Plan


Research Question How much money can I save in 10 days from doing chores, and how often should I do what chores?
Why is this my Research Question? I chose this question because I want to see exactly how much I can save in a set period of time, on average, to know what to expect when I want to buy something, and to know how long it would take to make that money.
My Plan Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 3.18.07 PM
My Research It will cost some of my time and effort, but will earn me some money, which I can use to buy things. I could be doing other things with my time, but to see how much money I make by following a schedule for 10 days is worth the time, and afterwards I can still do other things.
My Decision, and Why I will do this, to see how much money I can make by following a set schedule over the course of 10 days, and see how much money I earn per 10 days.

My summer economic plan is to do chores and save money for 10 days to see how much money I can save on average, over a set period of time. First I want to figure out what chores I could do to earn money, then ask my parents if they would pay me for doing these chores, and if so, how much money for each chore, and how frequently. Then I do these chores over a set period of time, which is 10 days, and afterwards, I know how much money I’ll get over 10 days, and I will be able to use this plan to know how long it’ll take to save up for something.


I’ll do this plan because I’ll be able to know how many days I need to get enough money to buy something if I’m saving up money and doing chores to get something.

Drama Audio Movie Trailer Reflection

Louisiana Bones audio movie trailer that my group made.

My best skill was finding good music that fit the situation with Kai, and finding a good timing to end or switch the soundtrack to a new one.

I should improve on finding more sound effects to use to fit in the situation, because we made most of the sounds with our voices or our bodies, and definitely could’ve added more sounds with sound effects.

I would rate our audio movie trailer 6 out of 8, because it was pretty good and felt like a trailer, but could have more details and give off a bigger impression.


Friday the 17th

Another movie trailer that was captivating was Friday the 17th, as it really followed the horror genre and had a lot of creepy moments in it.

Drama Speech Reflection

6C Drama: Important Person Speech11 from YIS Arts on Vimeo.

I think I had good modulation and my voice was quite loud and clear, and I think my content was okay, but my physicality wasn’t very good, and I didn’t show much interactivity to the audience.

My best skill was speaking clearly, and not stumbling, because I spoke quite clearly and didn’t stretch any of my words or stumble on any words.

I should improve on having good posture and body language, because I don’t look like I’m really trying to convey the message, and it isn’t easy to understand.

I would probably rate my speech as a 5 out of 8, because I had good modulation and somewhat good content, but not good physicality.

6C Drama: Important Person Speech04 from YIS Arts on Vimeo.

A speech that was captivating was Mikey’s speech about his friend, Kai Charalambous, because he really made it interesting to hear, and made you want to get to know Kai Charalambous. He was really clear about his points, and had a lot of interesting content.