February 22

Genius Hour Reflection Post #2 (I’m so original)

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My Genius Hour Project #2

I posted a while ago a reflection on my first genius hour project, and this is pretty much the same but for my second project.

My topic was coding and video games, I wanted to learn unity and make a video game, or at least a level of it. The idea was to make a game where the player could pilot a nano-ship and they would have to blast the harmful bacteria inside a human’s body to cure them. Though making the game is not as easy of a task as I thought it would be. I still liked what I was doing though, and that’s why I chose to do this for my Genius Hour, because I love playing games and i felt like learning and trying to make games, to make my own creation that people could play. And I have to say, I learned a lot.

To even start making a game I had to learn Unity, I used sites like Codecademy and Codecombat to learn coding, and used Blender, which I already learned to use in my previous Genius Hour project to make the models for the assets in my game. Then I had to watch a bunch of tutorials just to understand the Unity layout, and a bunch more to learn how to add and code assets for the game. All of this gave me quite a lot of knowledge on Unity, but I still have a lot to learn. I also had to learn a bit about bacteria, though not a lot since that is for later stages of the game which I haven’t reached yet, and that’s about all that I learned, much more than I expected to learn if I’m quite honest. All this learning means that I grew as a person, not necessarily in how nice I am or something like that, but because I have earned a lot of knowledge from this project.

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This project is a bit like the other one when it comes to helping the world, it’s not a really impactful thing, but it helps bring awareness on certain diseases (enemies in game) and how to counter them (you get to choose certain pills before a level and if they are useful in real life they help you in game). So that’s how it helps, not much, but its something. On the topic of helping, I have my next Genius Hour project coming up, and this one has to also have a positive impact on the world, and I have decided that I will work on science. By this I mean that I am going to find a certain everyday useful thing, and see if I can improve it through the power of science, like an airbag that deploys quicker, or the plans for a more efficient machine. I don’t really know what I’m getting myself into, or if I will even be able to accomplish anything, but I know that I will find something and like doing it, and that if I am successful, my efforts will have helped other people.

December 7

I travel, how about you?

As you can guess from the title, I´m gonna be talking about travelling. I have been to many places in my life, though I have only lived in few, I’m not sure of the exact number but I think I’ve gone to at least 20 countries, though some of them were just because I was passing by.

Now you may be like, why do you travel so much (or you’re just skimming this post), and my reason for travelling so much is because my father has a lot of experience in the field. He previously owned a tourism company, and he has learned to travel because of that. He goes to multiple countries on business trips or to meet family, and he does like travel a lot.

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I have somewhat inherited that from him, I love discovering different places, using different ways to move around, I actually have the hope that I will be able to go to all countries of the world and document a bit on each of them. Though, I have to say that the best part for me when travelling, apart from discovering new places, is the actual trip, when I’m seated in the car, or on the airplane or in my cabin in a boat. Those times when I don’t have to move, when I have all that I need at my reach and when I have my own undisturbed personal space, that’s what I love about long trips.

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Some countries that I have visited are Italy, Nigeria, Ghana, France, U.S.A and a bunch more that I can’t remember on the spot. I have lived (by that I mean staying in the country for at least a month) in Spain, England and Senegal.

 

Well, that’s travelling for me, but what is it for you, and what countries have you gone to?

See you in the comments. 🙂

November 29

My communities.

Links to pictures: Ps4, swimmer, google picture, drawing of science, piano

So, it seems that for the student blogging challenge this week I have to wright about my communities, and personally, I don’t really “know” what communities I belong to.

There are many communities I could call myself part of, just because I associate with them. I could say I’m in the scientist community, since I have done experiments and am an aficionado of science. I could say I’m in the gaming community since I game all day and night, or I could say I’m part of the weeaboo’ community, since I love manga and anime. I am from many communities, because I have more than just one trait, and listing all the people I identify with would take too long, so instead, I’ll just list my top 10, as in the ones I am most related to:

 

 

(Note, these are not in order, I’m just listing my top 10 communities)

  1. Gamer community, this is the case because as I said before, I love games, I always try to play as soon as I have free time, be it on a PlayStation, computer or phone/tablet.                                                                                                9991248754_eb0700a6db_m
  2. Swimming community, I may not be very involved in this one, since I don’t research or talk much about swimming, but I definitely have spent a lot of time doing it, and I would say that I identify quite strongly as a swimmer.                                                                                                                                                                                          8244744146_f427ca1bd5_m
  3. My friend’s community, this is more of a personal one, relating to me and all my friends, the ones I sit at lunch with, the one’s I talk to casually, those people that know me, that’s one community that I definitely am part of.
  4. The internet community, you could say this applies to anyone that uses the internet, but I think of the internet community as more than that, I think of youtubers, bloggers, 9gagers, memers and more. I’m talking about people who post content, who live on the internet, not scholars that use it as a resource or people who just browse for fun, I’m talking about active internet users, and I feel like I am just that.                                                     4627171329_33dbac5377_m
  5. My family’s community, which makes sense, since I am part of my family, and it’s a community of people I really love, so of course it would make it into my top 10’s list.
  6. The scientific community, this is so because as I said before, I experiment and associate with science, I understand it, like it, and wish to be involved with it in the future, thus why I chose it.                                                6670904559_8df1e8b45e_m
  7. The student community, of course, I am a student, so it makes sense that I would be part of this community, it’s an important one for me because, and this my sound very cheesy, I am happy that I have the privilege to go to school and get a good education, which will help me greatly in the future.
  8. The privileged community, again, so cheesy, but seriously, I understand that I am privileged, I get food every day three times a day, I get a good education, toys and technology, and all at the expense of others, so of course I would be privileged, and of course I would be grateful for it.
  9. The musical community, this is because I play piano, simply that and the fact that I like music, and since I have passed quite a while learning piano, and guitar before that, well, it’s quite an important topic, and hence community, that I identify to.                                                                                                                                                      8294093622_ef8fe985dc_m
  10. A happy community, just because I’m a happy guy that lives a happy life, and happiness should always be important to anyone.

Welp, that does it for this reeaaaalllllyyyy long post, let me know in the comments below what kind of communities you associate too, see you later. 🙂

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November 23

Let’s talk about… university.

So university, what comes after high school, the hardest stage (supposedly) of learning, and a usually costly experience. I personally am planning to go to university, I may not be the one who pays for it, my parents are, but I will be the one studying there. There are multiple reasons why I want to go to university, and why you should want to go too.

One of the reasons are that university helps transition from student to adult, becoming more independent of parents yet still learning in an institutional area. That one part about becoming independent is quite attractive, since I’ve always imagined myself in a small flat all for myself. Also, university greatly improves your chances of getting a job, since it looks much better on our resume to say that you have a PhD than to say that you graduated from high school.

 

Also, there is the fact that the job that I want pretty much requires me to go to university, since I want to be an aeronautical engineer, rocket scientist for short.

That’s pretty much it, I may not have covered all the positives of university, or even mentioned the negatives, but I want to hear what you have to say about university, and what course you’re planning to take.

 

See you in the comments 🙂

November 1

Gaia probably isn’t a thing.

Link to the post that gave the prompt: http://mikefarmer.edublogs.org/2016/10/24/gaia-yes-or-no-12-18-yrs/

My boring and long response:

So, Gaia, the Greek representation of Earth and mother of the Greek gods. Could it be that all beings are linked together, every disaster, global warming or cooling, happens because it was meant to be, because this “singular life form” controls all and makes everything according to plan. This theory by James Lovelock seems quite improbable. Even though an accomplished scientist, this is just a theory, and a far fetched one too. This theory implies everything is meant to happen, so that means that all those negative things that humans do, all those things that scientists say could cause the end of the Earth, are intentional. Humans are also relatives of the first living organism, yet unlike all others, we have advanced to a point where we are planning on sending people to other planets, is this meant to be? If I understood correctly, Gaia represents all life on Earth, so if humans were to live on another planet, would they still be part of Earth, would this mean that a part of Earth’s “life” is lost. All this seems quite improbable, so that is why I think that Gaia isn’t a thing.

October 28

Genius hour, the time I can actually learn what I want in school.

My presentation in video format:

If the video doesn’t work, here is a link of it on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb9u_Mdnalo

Remember that post I made before about the rocket that I made on Blender, the post is named “I made this”. Well, now I am going to tell you all about my little project, even if you don’t care about it.

Picture of said rocket: screenshot-2016-10-26-at-13-09-24

So, I researched, as I told you before, on how to make a rocket, even if it is simplistic and needs a lot of work on it. I chose this topic because I love rockets, and I am planning on becoming a rocket scientist, or aerospace engineer in the future, though it does take a lot of work to get that job. It also seemed like something cool to do and a good way to start learning blender.

I learned a lot in the time I was working on my project, a few new things on physics and calculus, the basics of blender, and the design, time, construction, and all the factors required to make a reusable rocket that can leave the Earth’s atmosphere and come back down. Personally, this made me feel much more respect for the scientists behind the Apollo 15 and he Falcon 9, since their work is really  hard, it also made me grow as a learner and scientist, since I learned a lot on rocket engineering.

Personally, I would like to say that I helped the world, but until I can actually make a reusable rocket, I won’t really be helping anyone. Though, the closer I get to knowing how to make a rocket, the closer I get to actually helping humanity reach for the stars, so, in a way, I am helping humanity, step by step. I’m planning to make my next project about programming, and making a game that instructs people on diseases, through shooting said diseases in a micro-battleship. This way I can make people more aware of diseases, and maybe even convince some players to give money to charities or do something about those diseases themselves.

From the person who wrights really long posts 🙂