Chiara's Cool Coast

where the coast meets the sea of knowledge

October 22, 2017
by chiara2014
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Passion Project session 1

Firstly, what is a passion project you may ask. Well, to sum it up basically as the school captain for 2017 I get to create a program that uses my skills to teach others and/or to make the school a better place. My Passion Project for this year is that I’m running a program to teach girls that aren’t confident with coding and animating so they can feel better about it in the future.

The next couple of weeks you will be making your very own animation or game using the program called Scratch. These are the steps to get ready to start making!

  1. Click this link: https://scratch.mit.edu/ 
  2. Login you should all have scratch accounts as it was part of our homework this week but if not tell me.
  3. Click create and your ready, but don’t start yet!

Together as a group we can come up with suggestions of what you want to. If you already know what you want to do then you can share that with the class to give them some ideas.

For the rest of the session you can make what you have planned if you’re stuck then come to me but try and figure it out yourself.

Have fun!

October 18, 2017
by chiara2014
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100wc “Help”

Big Freddy insisted he could see gold on the other side of the murky, disgusting creek and he wants me to be him bridge. I longed to yell, oh no I’m not!  But I couldn’t. “Hurry up!” Big Freddy yelled, “What are you waiting for, the end of the school year? 9 weeks idiot!” Before I could tell him it was 10 weeks I felt my head being dunked under the water. As if a ticking time bomb were inside me I began to panic. His massive feet pressed on mine just as I swam up for air… SPLASH! Big Freddy was never seen again.

October 12, 2017
by chiara2014
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Goals for term 4 2017

Work and study:

This term I would like to work on and be more confident with algebra. I also want to become a lot more confident with coding. I think I should also share my work a lot more often in class too.

 

List examples of things I could do that would show I am trying to meet my goal:

I think I should ask a few more questions during the next few algebra lessons. I also think I could improve on my skills during my Passion Project. I could also be more proud of my work.

 

Fun and friendship:

I think I should make the most of the time with my friends because it’s the last year with all of them.

 

List examples of things I could do that would show I am trying to meet my goal:

I could listen to them and enjoy their company more than ever.

 

Next year I would like to learn about/get better at:

Next year I would like to get better at meeting new people and becoming friends with them.

October 11, 2017
by chiara2014
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100wc “Riding a Bike”

My bike was speeding towards a bridge and I was losing control.

I reached for the hand brake but I slipped!

Then closer came the wooden pole.

I hate riding.

The wind that was roaring in my ears had stopped.

The wheels that were spinning around a lot had stopped.

The feeling of true joy though my veins had stopped.

I had crashed.

I felt like crying, “How could I miss that!”

I pictured my grandpa frowning my mishap.

Although not here I know he’d say.

So I got up.

The wind was roaring in my ears.

The wheels were spinning around again.

I had finally had caught up to them.

I love riding.

 

September 13, 2017
by chiara2014
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“BtN Electricty”

Before you start reading this reflection I would just like to say that I accidentally did another BtN reflection this week (this one!) without realizing this was the one I had to do for homework… so here is my real homework…

Red is Facts

Green is Questions

Blue is an insight

Black is Summary

This video was about when Stephen Gray figured out about insulators and conductors of electricity.

The first fact I found is Stephen figured out that some materials let electricity pass and some didn’t. He called them ‘insulators’ and ‘conductors’. Insulators held the electricity in them and wouldn’t let it move, like the silk or hair. Whereas conductors allowed electricity to flow through them, like most metals.

Also, the Hauksbee machine is a machine used for generating static electricity, the kind that puffs up your hair when you rub a balloon on it.

As well as Stephen Gray presented the difference between insulators and conductors nearly 300 years ago!

Something I’m wondering is hat would the world be like with out electricity? 

An insight I had is that electricity has been around for a while.

Finally, I’m also wondering did it hurt the orphan boy he demonstrated on when he demonstrated insulators and conductors? 

September 13, 2017
by chiara2014
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BtN “History of the Alphabet”

Red is Facts

Green is Questions

Blue is an insight

Black is Summary

This video is about the history of the English alphabet and why it is how it is today.

An Insight I had was the Greek alphabet and the English alphabet sound similar, not just because of the first letter of the English translation is also similar. To me, the actual letters sound quite similar too.

A question I have is why is the English language so similar to so many other languages? English has words that are based off Latin words and Greek words and I’m sure we borrowed words from all over the place!

 

The first fact I found is The Phoenicians are ancient humans and they lived here in the Mediterranean around 3500 years ago. 

Also The ancestors I mentioned before had an alphabet that similar to the one we have today. 

Finally, When the Greek started using the Phoenician’s alphabet many, many years ago they added in the vowels.

Another question I had (even if it’s not really part of the BtN!) is why a “Y” sometimes counted as a vowel but sometimes not? It gets quite confusing in class in the younger grades when you have to name the vowels and things like that!

September 12, 2017
by chiara2014
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100wc “The end”

The red sand burned my feet but I kept running. The main road was minutes away, so was the end. “Wait!” Someone yelled. I used to know them but in a minute I won’t. A rock had foiled my plans. I face planted. He grabbed at my every move, I thought I could escape him! “So, what lies ahead of you? Fool!” I couldn’t speak. Seconds away from the busy road I needed it all to end. I hurled myself closer… closer to the end… It was at my fingertips, water. The man ran as a police car went after him and I had found the end, of thirst.

September 6, 2017
by chiara2014
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BtN “Spacesuit History”

Red is Facts

Green is a Questions

Blue is insight

Black is Summary

 

This video is about the new design in space suits created by Elon Musk (who is the founder of a company called SpaceX)  and what they need to be able to be reliable and durable to last in outer space.

An insight I had was it must be so heavy (on earth because it’s weightless in space) to be wearing these incredible suits. I can’t in a million years imagine what it would be like wearing up to 80 kilograms, I thought our school bags were heavy!

A question I had about this video was why would they spend all their time and money to make all the suits look better when they could just make them more strong and effective? I mean they’re floating in space,     all the other humans are on earth! What I thought the answer was, was that maybe they wanted to have some fun with the situation of going into space.

Another question I had was what do they make the spacesuits out of? Because they are very complicated and heavy as I said before.

The three facts that I found in the video (below) were about all the different requirements that the spacesuits would need because there were (in my opinion) a lot. To start they have to protect astronauts from extreme heat and cold. So the spacesuits come with built in air conditioning and heating.

Also the spacesuits come with built adult nappies for obvious reasons.

They clearly air supply and a gold visor provides eye protection from the radiation in space.

September 4, 2017
by chiara2014
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100wc #8 “The Search Begins…”

“30th October: I have finally found some footsteps of the strange creature! I will follow them tomorrow.” The rescue team went looking for a lost explorer called Olivia and that was the last entry in her diary. The rescue team followed a map they found despite the bitter cold and all kinds of fear. “Look James,” Bob shouted, “A shoe! I think it’s her’s!”

“Don’t be ridiculous Bob! BOB?” James’ heart was pounding but so was the monsters fist on his own chest. The roar was surprisingly familiar. Olivia ripped off the head off the costume. “Happy Halloween Fools!” She has never laughed so hard in her life.

August 30, 2017
by chiara2014
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100wc #7 “The storm.”

Emily laid there on her bed rummaging through her brain trying to find a trace of an idea. Nothing. She needed to think of something that would distract her from the storm. Yes! She thought. I have an idea! She tip-toed past into her room but the unthinkable had happened. “0%! NO!… The battery was flat!” Her mind was racing, what was she going to do? Then suddenly her mind went dark just like the gloomy weather outside. What if she read a book? No! Emily couldn’t bring herself to such a tragedy in life. So, for the first time in her life, she got a little thing called boredom.

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