Science Blog Post – Conflict Minerals

In Congo there are miners that work harder than almost any other worker in the world, i’m talking about little children having to mine and grown men only living up to their forties. These miners only live up their forties because they have to mine for the materials that are in our phones that we use every day. The materials are Gold, Coltan/Tantalum, Tin, Tungsten/Wolframite. All these materials are in our modern day tool like Computers, MP3 players, iPhones, Batteries and even some tiny micro chips that are in technology. When we buy these products we often don’t think about about the background of these minerals that come from the Congo. All these materials are worth a lot more than you think because a miner’s is giving his life to produce one iPhone everyday.

In some of the mines in Congo some miners have to spend days in the mines with only a little bit of food to eat. Most of the miners are in their twenties and they only live up to their forties because they breath in silica that is in the mines where they have to stay for over three days. According to the website BBC some miners can hear other miners die or get injured because something collapsed on them. The miners don’t sleep for an entire night because they just want to get their work done so they can either get paid and afford food or they just want t go back home to their families.

An example from the LA times claims that “The miners in Congo live harder lives than we do because they have to work constantly, they don’t always get enough food but they still have to mine there for days straight. These websites are currently the only ones that know about the dangers that the miners have to overcome every time they are in those mines. These articles are here to spread awareness about people in Congo that can’t afford food without sacrificing their life. But these websites are also here to tell you guys what the miners are mining and how much a piece of Gold is actually worth.

>>> Visual Arts – Unit 2 Reflection <<<

Art Reflection >>Unit 2<< By:Kiko This is a photo of my print 😉


My cultural interest was celtic patterns because I liked the way it looks 3-D.I also chose celtic designs because I have never heard of celtic design and I wanted to try something new.and they weave through each other and I found that very interesting and cool.My Personal interest was Soccer, that explains the ring in the middle of the Motif because its supposed to be a a ball.I love soccer and I thought it would be a fun challenge to try and mix celtic designs and a soccer ball.I found the celtic design because I searched up 3-D motifs and I found a really cool design that Interlocks really well.I chose a soccer ball because I love soccer and my favourite soccer team is FC Bayern and their team logo is a circle.I think that celtic designs are very interesting because I have never heard of celtic designs. I like soccer because its a fun sport to play. Soccer is my favourite sport to play and I thought it would be cool to put it in my motif. Celtic designs are something new and I want to try something new. I find soccer Interesting because some people think you don’t need  to think that much in a soccer match in real life you have to think a lot. I find celtic designs interesting because before I didn’t know what celtic designs were and now I know.


I did very well in printing because I thought about how I could make my print good because I wanted the artwork to not only represent a motif but also me as a person and I and I thought I did very good on that. I was proud of myself when I was washing for the first time my pallet knife and my inc tray I didn’t do very good but then I saw how one boy got really mad because he got inc on his shirt I felt really sorry for him because Mr.Reed told the class that once you get the inc on your shirt you will never get it out. But then I  spent really a really long time washing my printing tools but I know it was worth it.  I would choose different paper colours because the print  doesn’t look like it has unity and I don’t want that because I wanted to get a higher grade and I wanted to keep it if it looked cool. I would want to choose Japanese motifs because they don’t stop  and they are way more repetetive than other motifs. I would use something that has a more interesting shape than a circle because Then if we would be putting these up then more people would come and look at it and they would give me more positive feedback.


I used two lines in the corners because I wanted to make diamonds so I can show how much I love the shape diamond, so the only way to show how much I love the shape I put it in the motif. I was really happy when I started printing because it turned to show that the corners actually interlocked with each other! I chose the colours black and red in the top and bottom corners because the black paper would make the red motif stand out more. I chose the blue and white colours because I wanted to make it seem like the inner shape ( which is a diamond ) is the heaven and the outside is supposed to be hell. I chose the light green and red for my inside because I wanted to make the inside seem like its earth and the heaven is protecting the earth from hell. My interlocking went pretty good but I found that the colours don’t really match and that is why you cant really see the interlocking in the corners of the print.  My colours are not random because I chose the top and bottom corners to be hell and the inner shape except for the middle is the heaven that is protecting the earth from the bad spirits that come out and take people with them.

>>Myth Retelling Finale<<

This is a image of my final copy of my myth!

The audience said that I should improve my pictures next time because they weren’t really that good, They also told me to make the story a bit longer because they really liked my story and they wanted to hear more of it. devano said that he  enjoyed my myth because their were scary parts and some cool parts and he liked that a lot because he likes when the plot changes.

Overall if I could do my myth again I would change the pictures so you can interact with them even more and then they would like my myth a lot more.