November 20

Conflict Mineral Problems and Solutions

There are some minerals used for technology. They are Tin, 6% silicon ,6% copper, More than 5% cobalt and Tungsten. Each mineral has a different use in the technology. Tantalum stores electricity, Tungsten makes it vibrate, Tin  used in circuit boards and Gold used for cote wire. Gold is good because it has good conductivity and general resistance to oxidation and corrosion. Tantalum is good because  it has a high capacitance can be achieved in a small volume. These are all the minerals used in technology.

The mines in Congo have lots of minerals that are used for technology. It is not safe for children to work in mines. Mines may not be stable and could collapse. There is dust in the mines that is not good to breathe. They work 12 hours a day and only paid 1dollar which is not enough to live healthy. It’s not safe because they don’t get enough food and if they don’t do work they don’t get paid. Since the government does not know which of the minerals are the ones that have been smuggled in. Kids as old as 7 are been forced to work 12 hours a day.

There are many ways to solve these conflict mineral problems. It is hard to stop mineral conflict but there are many little things we can do to help mineral conflict. A solution that we could help with could be donating money for families.  This works because if we give money to the children they can be more healthy. 


ENOUGHproject. “Conflict Minerals 101.” YouTube, YouTube, 18 Nov. 2009,

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January 26

Art reflection

In this unit we carved on a rubber plate and we had to have a cultural influence and a  Personal interest in the design. Since I have lived in switzerland my cultural influence is the cross on the dolphin’s tail because it represents the swiss flag. Five or six hundred years ago there was lots of fights and the part that was going to become switzerland wore a red suit but lots of other people also wore red so they killed the wrong people so the swiss people put a white cross on the suit so that the soldiers would know who was their friend and who was their enemy that is why the swiss cross as a cross.   My personal interest is the dolphin and the waves because I like to jump over waves in the beach in Spain I go to almost every summer in the south of Barcelona. My other personal interest is the big dolphin because I have seen them only in aquariums and I think they are so cute, they are also a very smart animals and funny. I also chose the snowflakes because I like playing with the snow for example skiing or ice skating.

I did very well on choosing the colors for the design because they make a pattern and since they are only three colors I did not have to wash the tools so many times .If I did this project again I would change were the dolphin is because I think it looks like it is flying and I wanted it to look like he was just jumping a bit off the water. There used to be some lines on the carving but I did not like them, it was really hard to carve them off because every time that I carved you could still see them. Now you can still kind of see them. I would change the size of the blade because the one I used was too small so it was hard to carve all the negative space


I used lots of different lines but most of them were wavy because my design has lots of curvy shapes for example the dolphins back is curved because he is jumping and the waves are wavy because it is a windy day. The waves were really hard to carve because the carving tool always slipped of my hand so it carved where I did not want it to. The colors I used were white,blue and purple because they are wintery colors and since there is snow on the sides I decided that the dolphin was used to the cold because he had lived in switzerland like me. The color make a pattern from up to down and from side to side. The waves interlock and so do the snowflakes.


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