Monthly Archives: November 2016

I&S Comic Book Plan


We will choose our topic, and then check the TSC. We choose this because we should know what we are being graded on. Next, we will create our research sheet, and then we will start researching. Then, before we turn in our research sheet, we will check the TSC again.  After that, we will create a storyboard plan for our comic books, and then start making them. Lastly we will write our paragraph, and turn it in after checking the TSCs!

Metals In Technology

What Technology did you Study?

In science class this year, we did a unit on Conflict Materials in Technology. My technology that I decided to research is the iPhone 6. This company is produced by Apple, and It is used to contact people, through many ways. It costs between $200-$400.  This product is one of the most popular phones, and is used all around the world.


The Materials in the iPhone 6 are,  Gold, Copper, Tin, Platinum, Aluminum, Silver, Colton, Tantalum, Cassiterite, Tungsten, Nickel, Dysprosium, Pyrochlore, Terbium, Neodymium, Gadolinium, Silicon, Oxygen, Antimony, Arsenic, Phosphorus, Gallium, Lead, Carbon, Magnesium, Bromide, Indium, Potassium, Yttrium, Lanthanum, Praseodymium, Europium, and Gadolinium. The Materials I have decided to focus on are, Gold, and Tungsten. Gold comes from Peru, California, South Africa, Australia, China and Russia. Tungsten comes from Canada, China, Russia, Portugal, and Austria. Congo is not on this list even though that is where most conflicts come from. Children and adults are forced to work in mines, and some of them are dangerous. Many mine workers die in the mines in Congo from getting trapped in the holes, mental and physical exhaust, and since the mine workers do not get good profit, if affects their home life. Gold is used for the coating of wires in the phone. Also because it is easy to mold and fit around the wires. Tungsten is used for the vibrating of our phones, and the overall quality of our phones. Also it is used for electrical connection in the phone. Gold is used for this because it is a good conductor, and it doesn’t tarnish. Tungsten is used for this because it is a dense metal that can protect our phones.


The Congo isn’t one of the biggest mining sources in the world, but this is the only country that is having conflicts because of mining reasons. Over 45,000 people die a month because of Congo’s mining conditions. First, they are either held at gunpoint, they get life threats, they are physically forced to work in the mines, or they choose to get a job to support themselves/ their family. The working conditions are also very unsafe. The workers work in difficult mining locations, they work with difficult tools, they have to do tons of lifting, and their conditions may lead to death. Also there are more Congo conflict deaths than, The US Revolution, the US Civil War, the Vietnam War, and the Korean War. A man named Dodd Frank, is doing a lot to help this problem. He has a Protection Act called,” The Dodd-Frank Wall Street and Consumer Protection Act.” He has successfully reduced the amount of revenue going to the militias. Also many companies are reporting mines more than 1,200 than before. He has lastly affected over 12,000 mines than before.


One thing we could do in YIS, is try to raise awareness about the conflicts in the Congo. We can do this by putting up posters, and emailing all YIS students to tell them how their technology is mined, and maybe they would start buying less technology. This could help because if people slowed down the purchases of electronic products, mining in general would go down, and maybe that would solve some conflicts. Another thing that we could do in YIS is stop buying more electronics, and use the ones we already have. We have a lot of electronics, so we could recycle them instead of buying new ones each year. This would help because it would slow down purchases. This helps because if purchases slow down, mines won’t get enough support to continue.


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Spanish Roleplay

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Mi Dieta Típica

Mi dieta típica es a veces es saludable, pero la mayoría de las veces mi dieta es poco saludable. Para desayuno, yo tengo chocolate cereal, o yogur. Desayunar son las seis y media. Son las once menos veinte, yo tengo recreo. A recreo, como tentempié. Para tentempié, yo como sándwich, o pastel. Despúes recreo, yo tengo almuerzo. Almuerzar son las uno menos veinticinco. Para almuerzo, yo tengo manzana, y palitos de queso. Cuándo obtener inicio de la escuela, yo tengo cena son las seis. Para cena yo tengo una gran cantidad de diferentes alimentos. A veces  yo tengo el pollo, arroz, pescado, pizza, etc.

By November 13, 2016.  No Comments on Mi Dieta Típica  Uncategorized   

I&S Reflection on Unit 1


  • Have you done work like this in the past?
  • What was especially satisfying about your finished product?
  • In what ways did you do your work differently?
  • What would you change if you did the work over again?

I have never worked on Empires before. I’ve heard of them in movies, but I never bothered to research about them on my own.


What was especially satisfying about the finished product was hearing how much research I did and realizing that I accomplished that much. At the beginning of the Unit I thought that I wouldn’t do very well in this unit but I did very well. I also felt relieved looking at how my research paid off.


My partner and I did our work differently because other groups did different effects such as, clothing, music etc. Charlie and I did different effects, such as, language, religion,etc.screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-12-15-49-pm

If i could do the work over again, I would make my work more organized and not jump from one topic to another. Also, I would put moe detailed research, and show how one country affects another .

Youtube Video HERE


Expedition Reflection

Things that I enjoyed about expedition week were;

  • the food
  • the hike
  • movie night
  • the skits

I did well with keeping my hiking group positive, and energized, and I did well with roommates. I kept them from breaking the rules, but we had fun. One challenge that I faced was talking to new people. I succeeded doing this,but it was still a major challenge. In a community, I learned that you have to respect other people’s needs, and differences. Also, I feel that you need to know about the person to know about their differences and needs. I grew because I now know everybody a little bit better, and I tried hard and didn’t give up. We need expeditions for learning because it really helps us with our social skills. One thing that I want to continue is trying to be more open and approachable.

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Unit 1 Reflection

I think that in unit one I have done ok. My top skills in Spanish are;

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Fluency
  • Pronunciation

My weakest skills in Spanish are;

  • Conjugation
  • Adjective-Noun Agreement
  • Vocabulary

In order to improve on these skills, I will study 3 times a week, I will focus more in class, and I will continue my positive attitude in Spanish.  My goals for the rest of the semester are to be more studious, organized, and to put more effort into my work.