Thursday, 23 November 2017

Letter to Curious New Zealander - (UPDATE)

I have changed my mind about sending my letter to John Gully through Jimmy- it's too easy, because John's his uncle! To make things more fun, I'll give it to my dad's friend Brent to make it more interesting, and to see how connected New Zealanders are. Also, I have an idea for Stan Walker's letter's first person- and that is Jonathan Goodall, who has done a lot of technical music stuff for musicians. So, time to do this!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

A letter to a curious New Zealander

Our school is part of an experiment to see how connected New Zealanders are.

We have to write a letter to a Curious New Zealander of our choice. Then we have to pass the letter onto a random person with the instruction to pass it on to someone who might know the person who might know the person whom the letter is addressed. After they receive it, getting proof with a selfie, an email or something can be good proof that it got there.

I have chosen John Gully from the Everest Treks as my Curious New Zealander because I am really interested in Mount Everest, and also because my friend Jimmy keeps talking about him. I am going to first give my letter to my friend Jimmy because he is related to John Gully (which is why he keeps talking about John.
John Gully

Since there are a lot of postcards in the pile, I get to send a second person.
For the second Curious New Zealander, I have chosen Stan Walker because he is a cool recording artist, actor and TV personality. I'm going to first tweet him to see if he knows anyone that knows him (idea from Corianna), because I need to find out who knows him. Updates may come soon.
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Stan Walker

Friday, 17 November 2017

Aluminium boats with marbles

Today, our goal was to build a boat that could hold the most possible marbles, using a piece of aluminium foil. We had to build two boats, and try to improve our design between our first and second boat. My team consisted of Me, Kyle, and Matthew.

Rules
  • You may only use a single piece of foil to build your boat
  • You may not touch or adjust your boat once it is in the water
  • You must add marbles one at a time
Our plan



















Type-up of plan
Make a hat boat and drop marbles in.
  • Strength: floats because of air pockets.
  • Strength: Sides hold the marbles in
  • Weakness: It's tin foil.
  • Weakness: Sides could fall apart.
What did the boat do?
Evaluate and Improve
A few common problems between all the tested boats are that a few are too small, or the marbles roll around the boat and unbalance it.
Good ideas are deep bowls, and big flat boats that displace water, especially when there are sections to keep the balance.
Our new design
This design incorporated both good evaluations to see if it they went well together.
They didn't.
Strength: Deep enough to hold a few marbles.
Strength: Has sections to make the weight spread out and balanced.
Weakness: IT HAS HOLES INSIDE IT EVERYWHERE
Weakness: Sections take a lot of the material, leaving only a little to use.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Ironic

Ironically, the blog post I wrote 19 days ago got a lot of views.
Funny.

Room 11

Our school has a room full of musical instruments, and that is Room 11.
I don't really see them get used a lot.
I think that we should find a room that doesn't get used anymore, and take a few of the keyboards, guitars and drums to create a music room.
Now that'll be a place I would like.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Judging

I hope little kids would
stop judging me.
They are everywhere.
I can see
their unimpressed eyes,
drilling
deep into my soul.

That poem tho.

Why I don't want to blog every time I learn a new thing

I got stabbed in the foot by a sewing needle a few minutes ago.
I like Mr Wood's education system, but have a problem with it.
Mr Wood wants us to blog every time we learn something, which is 2-3 times a day.
I think if I actually did blog it probably wouldn't help very much.
But I guess, like what I have been blogging recently, I only really blog when I want to.
Blogging is only one way of communicating.
I like presenting stuff in person more, like with music and talking.
And anyway, my audience is so small it's not really rewarding to blog on this blog.
I hate how the teachers changed us from being blog moderators to authors, unless we ask, and they agree, and then we get to be moderators for a small time. I liked my blog more when I could change the background whenever I felt like it. And also, my description about who I am (located at the top right) used to be a little different, but some teachers changed it to be more of what the majority call 'normal'.
Blogging also doesn't really motivate me to learn more things, just to show people what I can do.
I only do that with singing, dancing, instruments and magic tricks.
I don't really like the 'if one person does something bad, you all suffer' mindset.

But this is just MY view.
Peace out - Kyle

Friday, 9 June 2017

Chinese class with Wendy!

Every Tuesday, Wendy (from China) comes to school to teach us Mandarin/Chinese, and the traditions of the Chinese. The first week Wendy came, she taught us how to use chopsticks, and then we played a game where er picked up small objects and put them in a bowl. Last week, We learned all about the Dragon Boat Festival, and Wendy played a song about it. Then we made rice dumplings, and I helped write Chinese names for everyone. Then, this Tuesday, Wendy made better names for everyone, and we practised writing them. I already have a Chinese name, so I just used that. After practising, we used colouring pens or Vivids to write them onto pieces of rice paper. It was a great time!