Friday, May 18, 2018

Images of Greatness

Yesterday was the night of the Images of Greatness Exhibition, and to be honest, I'm glad it's over. My Image of greatness was Alexander Fleming, who I chose because of his work. Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, which was the "real" antibiotic perfected and distributed. Without his contributions to the world, the annual life expectancy would be a lot lower, as we would all be dying of bacterial infections. I admire that he was willing to look a little deeper than the surface of the mold that contaminated his research, instead of just throwing it away, and find something that could be used to really help people.

I think I'm most proud of the final product, the display board and costume. This is because I was passionate about this topic, and did my best to make something people could look at and walk away from, actually learning something. But this was also one of the most difficult projects I've done, probably because of the time deadlines and restraints. Though the deadlines made me grow as a student because they made me really work hard to get the stuff in on time. If I could change one thing about my end result, I would change my food to just be a bit better. For those of you who didn't stop by my exhibit, my food was blue cheese and crackers. Blue cheese was perfect for my project because it contains Penicillium mold cultures, which is the genus of mold that Fleming found his wonder drug in! Anyway, I would have gotten slices of blue cheese, instead of the crumbles, so it could sit on the crackers better. 

My favorite part of this project was the end, when we presented on stage, and the people walked around eating our food.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Field Trip Reflection

     My favorite part of the field trip was the Drake University tour because I've only ever seen a few other colleges, and it was interesting to see how they differ. When we went to the Des Moines Art Center, I was less enthused, but it was still cool. I wrote that my favorite piece was Balcony by Phyllida Barlow, the best example of art was Iago's Mirror by Fred Wilson, and my "Why is this Art" award went to Escombro by Teresa Margolles. This is because I don't understand why the artist created it, it doesn't seem very "artistic" to me. It's debris from the Sichuan Earthquake rested on an 18 karat gold pedestal, and it's protected with a large glass cube on a boring black pedestal that tells details of the earthquake. It may seem like I'm making a mockery of the earthquake, but this could not be further from the truth. I just don't understand why a "woodchip" has artistic significance! anyway, away from the Escombro rant, the Art Center was definitely interesting. I heard there was a Picasso in one of the galleries, but I didn't have a chance to see it!

     The most educational part of the trip was probably the science center, specifically the "Fire and Ice" show. I don't think I learned anything in particular, but it was nice to get a refresher on topics we had already learned, like sublimation and matter. The most fun part was exploring the Science Center, because of all the interactive exhibits. I feel that this trip fit with the theme of Images of greatness, mostly because of the Food Prize Hall of Laureates, showing great contributions the world has taken to try and eliminate the threat of hunger. I felt the field trip was more or less perfect, although I felt as though we didn't get a lot of time at the Science Center. To "fix" shorten the time at the Hall of Laureates or Zombie Burger, and give us more time to explore.

Monday, January 8, 2018

One Word - How My Mind Was Blown By A Single Word

My One Word is "uphold." Honestly, I chose this word because it was the first semi-interesting word I stumbled upon in the thesaurus, but then I thought a bit more about it. This word actually started to mean something to me, something you wouldn't think to take in at face value, but the more I thought about the word "uphold," the more this hidden truth became evident. Now, instead of a word that simply intrigued me, I found that this one word summed up what 2018 will be like. For those of you wondering as to what great, fantastical prophecy this word has uncovered, it's simply put as; "Stand up for what you believe in. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something, or that you have no chance of ever achieving what you want to do. Uphold your beliefs, and don't be scared to fight for the truths you hold yourself evident towards." All of this wisdom, advice, and encouragement was found in one, little word, "uphold." I did not choose this word for this reason, but instead I found reason in the word. That is why I can say with the utmost pride, that my One Word is Uphold.

For viewers of this blog who have no idea what I'm posting about; my entire class was assigned to find one word that described them or a word that symbolized their goal for the new year, like a resolution, but easier to stick to. This is something people are doing all over the world, called the One Word Project. I won't go into to much detail about it here though, you'll have to look it up for more.

Friday, October 20, 2017

DWA Publishing 1st Quarter

        I believe most of the things people call bullying in our school are things like racist slang and offensive name calling. Also, I never really see "fights" here, which is not to say they don't happen, I've just been lucky to avoid them. Regretfully, I don't see this as a preventable problem, neither do I see it as something that will ever go away. As long as there are humans on Earth there will always be bullies.

        I would give a wish, rather than taking one, because I would consider my life comfortably privileged, whereas some people don't have the same living situation a me. Some people don't have a nuclear family, some people don't even have any positive role models to look up to. I have the privilege  food on the table every day, and it's sad that some people don't. That is why I would rather give a wish than receive one.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Words of Wisdom

I personally learned that many people value general equality in there lives, and that a good attitude/being a good person will get you very far in life.

Friday, March 17, 2017

History Day Reflection

My NHD project was a documentary on the history and fall of the Berlin Wall, and the fall of the Communist government in Eastern Europe. A documentary is a movie or video that covers a topic, like a report. A part of the project I really liked was when I was editing my media. I liked being able to cut and splice the videos to add on to the project. I think the most interesting thing I learned about the Berlin Wall was that people, were unsure if they wanted it to fall, and another thing is that Communism wasn't planned out to be a bad system, it just never lived up to it's potential.

The hardest part of this whole experience in my opinion, and no one else did documentary to share my pain, was trying to get narration in an Imovie, because you can't just upload GarageBand voice projects into Imovie. I had to waste two whole days getting the perfect narration, and I couldn't even use it! All ranting aside, the narration part was really the most stressful part of this entire ordeal.

I believe I evolved as a student because I problem solved to get this whole thing done, especially when I had to figure out how to get voiceover on Imovie. I'm technically not going to history day, but one thing I can improve on are voiceover sound quality. I'm most proud of my finished product, as it runs relatively smooth and is pretty well rounded. 

This topic relates to history day because it outlines how the both sides of Germans were equally proud of their stand, and they stood up for themselves. If I had any suggestions to myself and others, it would be, never, EVER, make a movie for a time constrained project. It's just going to stress you out.