Robotics Unit 2: September 9 Reflection

Today we were given the task to code our robot to turn 90 degrees. We accomplished this by setting one motor to turn forward while the other turns backward, thus allowing the robot to turn in place. Then in the end we looked into making our own functions, which was setting multiple lines as just one line that we can repeat throughout the program.

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Additionally, in the beggining of class as Leo and Andrew hadn’t done their Hebocon yet, they attempted to do their battle today. However, Leo’s robot was too high tech and Andrew’s broke in the process of bringing it to school, thus we still have to wait for their battle.

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Robotics: Unit 1 Review

What was the question about when we started this unit?

The question when we started this unit was “What is a robot”, where we had presentations and discussions on what we viewed a robot was.
What have you done in this unit?

First we had an introduction to the course, and then we wrote sticky notes on what we imagined as a robot, and had a discussion about what a robot was. Then we had Pecha Kucha presentations on what we felt was a robot, and in the end had a Hebocon competition, which is a robot competition where we use low tech robots, focusing on the design more than control of the robot
List out few questions you had during the exploration process of this unit.

A major question I had in this unit was how a robot and a machine were different, and the uses for robots in the modern world.

Do you feel confident to discuss with other people about the knowledge and topics covered in this unit?

After the first unit I feel more confident about having discussions on the topic of robots, what separates a robot from a machine.
How can we learn better as a group? What can you and the class do differently to learn better?

As a group we can learn better by placing focus and not going off topic. I could speak more to contribute into class and the class could try to not interrupt and distract when learning

Robotics Hebocon

What is a robot?

A robot is a machine that can move either independently or with assistance.

Which one is the most creative Robot and why?

I think the most creative robot was the Black Mamba by Sheel. It utilized a ramp as its source of motion, and was a relatively large robot, thus could just push any other robot out of the ring.

How is it different from the Vex bot?

This is different from the Vex robot because instead of programming it to do as we want, we can only turn it on and then watch it perform, thus more thought is put in the design instead in “programming” our robot.

Robotics Unit 1: August 24 Class Reflection

Today we finished the rest of the presentations that we couldn’t finish last time, and then we got our robots.

We split into 5 different groups of 2 or 3 students, then got our robots. (I was grouped with Andrew Lee).

We then named our robots, and our group named our robot “Harambee 2.0”, and made our group name “Great Gorillas”.


Robotics Lesson 18/8/16

Today we set up our blogs for class and submitted the links to Mr.Lin so that he had easy access to all of them. Then, we discussed on the definition of a robot. We all wrote descriptions on sticky notes and chose the best description. Then we all had a discussion about what separates a robot from a human and found that there were no solid differences that could be made to distinguish a robot from a human.


Jumping Man Research


Before Research:

I think the story behind the photo is that in a city (probably England) it just stopped raining and now it’s slightly flooded, and the photographer wanted to represent the desperation of the people afterward by showing a kid running/jumping on the water, probably to go somewhere.


The photo is named “Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare”, and the photograph was taken by Cartier Bresson. It was taken in 1932, and it was taken in the “Saint-Lazare” train station in Paris. “Photo of the Century” in Time magazine. At the time, many people were taking photos pf people jumping over water, but Cartier’s was unique and was the moust famous.

Art & Design: Painting with Collage

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Describe the elements of your collage and what relationships you have created through your images.  

The background is red and dark to represent anger, which reflects the fast pace of a section of the song which is in a minor key. Another element is me writing the music, which represents my passion for music.
How have you used the techniques of juxtaposition, dislocation, and or transformation.  Use specific examples from your work.

Juxtaposition: Placing my with a pencil and a piece of music in the background

Dislocation: I am writing the music in a background that is not very realistic, and appears to be somewhat angry

Transformation: The environment I am writing the music in is like a fantasy world
Describe your painting technique by explaining your process (what you used and how you painted)

My painting technique was a lot of small strokes, with first having “ugly” colors painted on the bottom and the red+orange painted on afterward, and red sprayed on the music slightly. At the end, I sprayed a bit of blue to lighten the colors a bit.
What areas of your work are you most proud of?

What I am most proud of is the texture I got on the red parts of my painting, that it looks more of a texture than just a single color, as I don’t usually consider myself an “artist”.
What areas of your work needs improvement?
The thing about my painting that needs improvement is the organization, making everything fit together. Right now it kind of looks like a red painting with blue just sprayed randomly on top, and the music isn’t highlighted as well as I thought it should have been.
What is the overall theme or message of your work? Please explain the impact of specific collage photos, color choice, and technique in painting or use of collage.

The theme of my painting is passion and anger. The colors are put together to show anger, the anger in the song, and my passion of music is represented by me writing the musical score. The impact of the painting is that it gives people an appreciation for music, and the anger behind this one piece.

SML Post

1. I chose music composition because I wanted to learn how to create my own songs as I have never learned how to do it before. I have made songs before, but they have not been good songs.

2. A challenge I constantly faced was having a lack of ideas for songs, and I had to overcome this by just doing other tasks until I came up with ideas, as I was able to think better when I wasn’t trying to focus on making a good song

3. My project idea has not changed since the beginning. The only thing that I have changed is that I moved from using Musescore to using Garageband, as I was able to do more is garageband than in Musescore, and the files made were not as big

4. I am proud of the songs that I currently have, that they actually sound like songs

5. I feel somewhat creative when doing SML because I have time to work and think of themes, but I may at times not have ideas and will be staring at my screen for a few minutes just thinking for a theme

6. Thirds fourths and sixths in songs for harmonies

7. What I learned about myself as a learner is that if I enjoy a topic I learn fast but if I don/t

Art & Design: Personal Hero

Original My Drawing
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Why did you choose this person to draw? What impact have they had on your life?

I chose to draw one of my uncles on my dads side of my family. I chose to draw him because he is very successful in being a mathematics professor, and the impact he’s had on me is that he’s an inspiration for me, someone that I could look up to. He has received numerous awards for his work on mathematics, and is the Head Professor of Mathematics at Hong Kong University currently.
How has drawing this person affected your admiration or respect for this person?  (Do you have a greater admiration or respect after drawing? Do you feel like you know more about this person i.e. facial features you never noticed before?)

I feel that after I have drawn my uncle I have more admiration for him because from his facial features I an tell that he has lived for a medium-long period of time, and has been able to accomplish a lot in his lifetime.  I feel that I know more about him now because now I have noticed a few features on him that I previously have never seen in family gatherings.

Explain what allowed you to achieve success in your drawing?

What allowed me to achieve success in my drawing was staying focused on my work, and working as efficient as I could. I was able to finish the outline shapes for my drawing quickly so I could start working on shading, which took up most of the time. From staying focused on my work I could easily find things that didn’t seem right and I could easily rectify them. Mr.Lee helped me in some parts of my drawing so that it looked even more similar to my uncle. All this led to my drawing successfully looking like the original image.
What did using the grid transfer method allow you to do? Name 3 important uses.

1. It helped me get the right proportions in my drawing so that my drawing wasn’t too wide/too short etc.

2. It helped me scale the printed A4 image onto the sized A3 image without much issue

3. It helped in telling me how tall or wide something should be, because I could draw shapes relative to the size of the box. Instead of drawing unique features, I could instead just match the shape in each of the boxes, and when they all connected up it became similar to the original shape.
What areas of your drawing could have been improved?

I could have improved the blending so the face looked more smooth, and also his clothing, as you can still see some rough textures. I could also have improved in getting certain features on his face to match closer to the original drawing, like the mouth, which in my drawing was more of a “smile” than in the original image. The nose and eyes could have been better, because they are recognizable, but not exactly what he looks like.

Art & Design: Hopes and Fears

Unit 3: Photography Themes

Upload your series of photos

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What was the theme for your photographic series?
Hopes and Fears
How have you chosen to represent your theme through your photos? Share about your subject matter, scene, and camera settings.

We used a quick shutter speed to reduce light, and give the image a dark feeling to show fears. We had light sources to represent light, which is hopes that we have. The hands holding each other represented hope, as in help, someone is helping him reach his hopes and go away from his fears. The image of Mudit praying is showing that he is surrounded by some of his fears, but his praying is bringing him his hopes.
How did you use compositional rules in your final work?

We used the rule of thirds, rules of space, rule of triangles, rules of diagonal lines, lighting, and form.
Is your work “original”? Why or why not?

It is original because we took the pictures of the photos and we were inside the photos. We didn’t have any references or examples that we copied off of, we made the image first.
Evaluate your photographic series.  How effective is your series in conveying your theme? What would you change?

I/We believe that it is (word) effective because we are able to show
Explain what your role was in the group work?

In the group, my main roles was to take the photographs, as I knew that posing for photos were not one of my strong points. I did pose for a few photos, but they did not end up as well, so we did not use them in the end.