Friday, October 30, 2015

The Batkemeleon

The Batkemeleon from Team 5 PES on Vimeo.

This is my animation for the term. The task was to create a made up animal that lives in an unusual environment. My animal is the Batkemeleon, a mixture of a bat, a chicken, and a chameleon. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Rhyme

Miko was eating buttered popcorn and watching TV. He was the lazy sort. Usually when there is a deadline on a school task, he gets it started and finished in usually one minute.

Today, Miko was being his lazy self when he had a late realisation. Tomorrow was when he had to present his project to the class, but didn’t know what to do. They were all given a subject, and they had to show the class a how-to on that certain subject. Miko had chemistry. When Miko realised his time was almost up, he rushed onto the internet, looking for information that would bamboozle the class.

Miko thought that if he had really complicated content, no-one would understand and ha could come up with random gibberish halfway through. So he did.

The next day, Miko was not paying attention at all. He did try his best to stay focussed, but he just preferred zoning out. Soon it was his turn. Miko got up, went to the front, and tried to look as professional as he could. “Uuhhh.... just one second.” Miko told the class.

Miko dashed to the science lab and grabbed some random chemicals, without the knowledge of any of them. “Uhhh... helium, methane, water, diethylzinc, that should do. Wait, I need more.”

Miko soon made it back, and told everyone what he was going to do. “Today, we are going to watch me perform an extremely complicated experiment. Nerds, this will be too advanced for you. And the teachers. And Albert Einstein.”

Miko was uttering plain nonsense. “Class, this is a glycine-nitrate reaction with precursors of barium nitrate, zirconyl nitrate and yttrium nitrate. This forms BaZr0.8Y0.2O3.” Miko was actually saying the steps of an actual chemistry experiment with a cool reaction, but what he was doing didn’t match a single bit.

The nerds in the class were angry, and so was the teacher. “And that’s it!” Miko said proudly. “Any questions?” “YOU DIDN’T DO ANYTHING RIGHT!” One of the nerd screamed. Miko quickly thought of a comeback. “That’s a statement, not a question!” Miko replied.

In Miko’s class is Darfol. Darfol is always late, as he has to run far distances to get to school. He was almost there, but trouble was also approaching. Back in class, Miko was getting angered by the nerds. Miko got so mad, he accidentally knocked over his test tube with all the chemicals in it.

Just as that happened, Darfol ran through the door. “Sorry I’m late, I wa--GAHH!!” he screamed. “OOH!” the class shouted. Darfol seemed alright, but his skin quickly absorbed the chemicals. “Miko......” the teacher angrily said, “Come with me to the principals office. Vernon, you’re the smartest here. Take over the class for a while please.”

After that moment of catastrophe, the day carried on like usual. Vernon, the teacher’s pet, also the smartest, stuck up nerd ever, was bossing everyone around, Miko wasn’t in class, everyone was grumpy, and the teacher gave them even more homework.

Then next day was a Friday. Everyone loved Fridays, as no homework would be given out on those days. Miko cheerfully walked in school, with a massive grin on his face. No more chemistry in front of the class.

Things were really out of order though. Darfol arrived 32 minutes before the 8:30 bell rung. And being Darfol, that was extremely unusual. “You’re early!” Miko joked. “I have to be,” said Darfol, “If I want to win, you’ll see! Oh no! I did it again! Help me stop, or it’s the end!”

Miko was in awe. “The end of what?” he asked. Another student walked by. “Hello you, Mister 5 foot 2. How do you do? Not again! I’m so stu--” Darfol rhymed. Miko ran for it. “Aliens!” he screamed in horror.

Darfol went to the health specialist later that day. Besides Darfol and the rhyme, everything was the usual Friday. Miko was in detention, the teacher had a surprise pop-quiz for everyone, and everyone was just plain happy that it was a Friday.

Later, at 3:00, Miko was finally released from detention. He walked out to find everyone not talking. They were rhyming. Left, right and center. Miko covered his ears and ran all the way home.

Miko knew something was wrong. Luckily, Vernon was so full of himself, he recorded his presentation and forgot to stop it until Miko had his accident. He had also uploaded it to social media, making it easy for Miko to find out what he did.

Miko did all that he could to find out the chemicals from studying the colours, to reconducting it with electron microscopes, but he just couldn’t figure it out.

The next day, Miko had around 160 hours to study the chemicals and find the cure, as the town had a parade in the middle of the city that day. Miko’s parents always go, with or without Miko and leave him home alone for the next 6 days with keys to the house.

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Miko was able to get most of the chemicals, but there was just one chemical that he couldn’t find. It was 7 hours until his parents got home, and 1 element to go. Most of the rainbow colours were showing, except for red. “Hmm. What chemical could be mixed to add the red in the rainbow?” Thought Miko. “Aah! Of course! 202 milligrams of ⁶Helium!”

The thing about Miko is that he knows a lot about chemistry. His dad was a scientist. Miko just needed to plan, and he would be the best at chemistry in the class. And Miko knew that ⁶Helium has a half life of 806.7 milliseconds. He had to be quick.

He went into his dad's lab and quickly grabbed 201 milligrams of ⁶Helium and poured it into the glass bottle. “This feels like Witchcraft for some reason.” Miko said to himself. He put a cork in the top and shook it. “Bam. I’ll call this the Rainbow Potion.” Miko remarked.

He removed the cork. Someone had entered the house. “Miko, where are you? I have a video game, woo woo!” rhymed an unknown person. Miko knew instantly that it was Darfol. Miko ran as fast as his legs could go, and smashing into the wall, he realised that the door was pure iron.

Miko opened the lab door and shoved the glass bottle into Darfol’s mouth. Darfol was quick to swallow. “What was that? It’s disgusting!” Darfol spluttered. Miko smiled. There was still some left. “It works! Darfol cheered. “What are we going to do now?” he asked. “I don’t know.” Miko replied sadly. “I guess we will have to stay here for the rest of our lives.

“Why?” asked Darfol. Miko took him upstairs, and they both looked outside. They were deteriorating, until they looked like rainbow zombies. A dog was running around. I didn’t rhyme. It only barked. The zombies attacked it, turning it into a half-dead multi-coloured dog that barked in a harmonised tune.

“We can only stay here.” groaned Miko. “No escape.”

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Double Disappearances

“Wheesh! Chuff Chuff!” I cheered happily, pretending to be a train. I would always play outside on sunny days with my toys. It was great fun, attempting to mimic the characters on the TV show. “When I grow up,” I constantly told my parents, “I want to work on that railway!” My sister would always say, “You’re too careless! You’re sure to leave something behind!” she was right.

As a child, I grew up with Thomas The Tank Engine. I loved playing with the trains, especially the trackmaster set ones. Every day, I would get up at around 8.50 a.m. to watch season 7. My collection expanded rapidly, until I had almost every single train in the series.
Until one day, I lost a train.

I played with the trains mostly outside, and it was a lot of fun for me when an engine sank in the rails, and I had to send James or Gordon to pull them out. The back yard was almost completely full of dirt back then, and everyday you could look back and see lines all over.

My sister used to swim at the beach with her swim club, and my parents took me as well. They always brought two trains with me to play on the sand with, and I would always be sad when we had to go.

One day, I was playing on the sand with Thomas and Percy. I took Percy along the lines when he shifted off the lines I had made with Thomas. I went back to find Thomas to go help Percy. But when I got to where Percy was, Percy was nowhere to be seen.

I ran back to my Mum and Dad, and informed them of what had happened. I gave Thomas to my parents, and ran back to Percy’s last seen spot. I dug, I looked around, my parents did too, but I could not find Percy. I felt so sad. I have not seen that Percy ever since. But to make up for my loss, they bought me a new Percy to play with. I haven’t lost that one, and I don’t intend to either.

When I got the Percy, I decided to keep him inside the house at all times. So now I would only ever play outside with Thomas, James, Mavis, the Troublesome trucks, Brake van, and Duck. I was paranoid of losing another train. But soon, my paranoia became smaller and smaller.

I went to go play outside with Duck one day, when I let him roll into a small hole. I was then called in by my mother. It was lunch time, and she had made some noodles. I ran in hungrily. When I finished, my sister turned on the TV.

I sat down to watch with her, when I remembered. My trains were still outside. I ran out. I saw James lying on the grass, and the trucks that were still in the hole. I grabbed them all and ran inside.

That night, I had a bad dream. I dreamt of Duck, and how we got him. It scared me, and the next day, instead of watching the reruns on TV, I disobeyed the routine and ran outside. Duck was gone too.

Although I have never found Duck nor Percy, I have learnt to never play outside with the trains. For the next 8+ years, I have playing with all the trains, inside the safety of my room.

Monday, October 19, 2015


This is our thinkboard for week 2. The question is, 2.36 - 1.80

Friday, October 16, 2015

Superman Quiz w/ answers

These are the answers to some questions on our site. It is about how Superman changed. We are learning about adaptation this term, which is why we are doing this. Did you know that Superman used to be a bald telepathic villain bent on taking over the world?

Man of underwear or blue underwear?
He originally wore red underpants, but it changed to blue, and in the Man Of Steel movie, he had no underpants.

Why did it change?
He changed his underwear colour because it looked sleek, cooler, and it fitted the changing fashion.

Krypton - what is it?  
Krypton the planet where Superman comes from.

Why was it important to Superman?  
Krypton is important to superman because it is his home planet.

What part did Superman's parents have in his survival?
His parents made the choice to send superman to earth in order for him to survive. They died doing this.

Original powers?   
He could jump one mile, He had super strength and had super speed.

Did he fly in the beginning?
He could not fly in the beginning, he could only jump around a mile.

What changed in term of his super powers?
Instead of jumping he could fly, Superman now has laser eyes. He also has X-ray vision.

Daily planet - his does he adapt between his human workplace and being a superhero?

He has glasses when he is in his workplace and when he is a superhero he has no glasses and he has rubble costumes.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Thinkboard Week 1 Term 4

This is the first thinkboard of the term! The question is 0.83 + ___ = 2.06.