Thursday, July 30, 2015

3D DOC Design

This is a presentation about ideas to protect an endangered species. Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Back To The Present Pt 11: Back To The Present Pt 10 Was Not The End.

“No I’m not!” I replied. “Really?” asked Jordan. “What’s 9 + 10?”
“No, it’s 21! Everyone knows that!”
“Everyone’s stupid then! Get over it!”

Back To The Present

Pt 11: Back To The Present Pt 10 Was Not The End.

Jordan and I walked home after finishing our hot chocolates. The sun was slowly sinking behind the mountains, illuminating the sky in orangy yellow. “Aahh...” I thought. “Those were the days.” The last time it was a sunset, Jordan, MJM, Vaifoa, Lee and I defeated Herobrine.

It wasn’t a long way to my house, and Jordan and I weren’t in a hurry. Jordan had never actually been to my new house. After Herobrine pixelated it, some troll decided to use flint and steel on it. So my family had to move.
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I showed Jordan the wharf near my house. The sight was beautiful. “9 + 10 is 19, Jordan. That trend is old.” I whispered. “NO IT AIN’T!” Shouted Jordan. Angrily, he grabbed a gasping fish that had unfortunately found its way on the wood, and started chasing me with it. “I’LL KEEL YOU!” he shouted.

Fortunately, I did not live that far away, and soon enough, we were there. Lee and Vaifoa were waiting angrily. “Oops. Sorry for keeping you guys waiting.” I apologised. Jordan swung his fish at me, but using my peripheral vision, I spotted him and dodged. The fish hit Vaifoa smack bang right in the face, knocking him into the door that I just unlocked.

The door was pushed open, and we entered. My parents were not home; they went with my sister to Britain as she was performing there. Everyone came in, and after locking the door, I looked for the Monopoly game.

I hadn’t used Monopoly in a long time, and we all assumed that it was in the basement. The basement was my dad’s quickly built lab. It had many things. When I went down, I saw something. It was a helmet. I looked closer. It was the FutureVision 1.98©.


My dad was so happy. “My little daughter is going to perform in Britain!” Dad cheered delightfully. No one knew what he was talking about. “Put the helmet on, insert the time you want - no further than 13 months - press view, and you will see something from that time happen!” I heard Dad tell my mom.

I decided to be the second one to try it. I inserted 13 months. I was going to push it to its limit. I pressed view. All of a sudden, It seemed like I was transported into the future. It was only VR, but it was so real. But what I saw was shocking. Herobrine was back, and ruling the pixelated world.

I yanked the helmet off. That was not expected. Herobrine already got 17 pages in ‘Herobrine’s Attack’, so he shouldn’t be returning! I walked over. I saw my old netbook, plugged into a weird obsidian machine. My old netbook was also plugged into the charger. The charger was like life support. Take the charger out, netbook dies. But I still turned it on. All of my Minecraft worlds were saved, even the one with the entire universe on it.

I clicked on that world. Last time I played on it, I was on the island fighting Herobrine. I opened the world, to find out that there was a giant zombie there and a dirt wall on its side. “My house.” I thought.

All of a sudden, the computer switched off. I looked behind me. Herobrine was there, holding the unplugged charger, looking at me with a malicious grin on his rectangular face. “H-hey Herobrine...” I stuttered. “One quick question. WHAT ARE THOSE!?” I shouted, pointing at Herobrine’s shoes. As Herobrine looked down, I ran.

I raced up the stairs, just escaping the expanding pixelation, screaming “Herobrine!” I ran and grabbed someone by their collar, leaving the other 2 two be pixelated. I put the person on their feet, just to find out that it was Lee. “Really?” I thought. “Eh. That’ll do.”

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Building Ramps

This term our Inquiry was titled ‘Tinkering Tools And Toys’. Our learning was focused on making things better around our school. Our mission was really to find a problem and solve it!  This meant going around the school in groups of 3-5, taking photos of things we thought could be changed, remodelled or upgraded or even built by us.

My group had many ideas as we went around the school. We first had to memorise them, and once we got back to class, we put all our ideas down in a presentation. Next we had to vote on our top 4 ideas. In the end, our top idea was to build a ramp by the Whare Fono - A cultural/meeting place in our school for parents and staff, and the practice area for the Kapa Haka group.

Our reason for this was because people in wheelchairs could not get up the stairs, therefore creating problems as people like our Kaumatua, who is in a wheelchair, could not enter.

Our presentation was getting pretty full by now, and there were still plenty of things that were needed to be added. Our next step was to make measurements of the ramp. Since each step had the same measurements, I did the ramp measurements for just one step and then duplicated it 4 more times.

After our calculations were finished, we took photos on an iPad, and then using an app called HyperStudio, we edited our static images to show what we were aiming to achieve. We then proceeded to make before and after pictures showing what the final product would look like.

H4 treated pine decking planks was our chosen material because it wouldn’t rot in wet conditions. We found this out on the Mitre 10 Mega website, and after researching it on other hardware sites, we could confirm that H4 treated pine decking does not rot in wet conditions.

The presentation was now in it’s final stages. We added our timeline of changes and our challenges. Along the way our group took screenshots of all the work we had done, and put it into our presentation.

Finally our presentation was complete. Our final touches were made, and we were ready to present it to the rest of the year 7&8 students. We were one of the first groups to go, and we went well. Success!