I chose to do a science inquiry on “How oil added to soil affects the growth of bean plants?“.
Please watch the video attached below and comment!
Thanks, Colby Ng
I chose to do a science inquiry on “How oil added to soil affects the growth of bean plants?“.
Please watch the video attached below and comment!
Thanks, Colby Ng
Hi everybody, my name is Colby Ng and I’m a Grade 9 T.A.L.O.N.S. Learner.
I chose jewelry making as my In-Depth Project this year because it was something brand new that I never would have pursued without In-Depth. In Jewelry Making you have to heat, cool, shape, hammer, stamp, solder, polish and so much more. Behind the scenes of every jewelry piece, you’ll see mistakes, hard work, tools, and learning. I learned so much and ended up with some amazing pieces of handmade jewelry.
Please click on the images for a clear close-up image.
This copper bracelet was the very first project I completed. I wanted to make it original so I engraved the bracelet with TALONS 2020. It may not be perfect, but that’s the whole point of handmade jewelry, no two projects will ever be identical.
This silver ring was my second project and is my first attempt at soldering. I bent, shaped, stamped, and polished this silver ring, and to finish it off I soldered it together and created my first ring.
These twisted copper rings were my third and fourth projects. I spent time twisting together two separate pieces of wire, and then hammered them flat to get the shape. I wanted some design, so I also went over the metal with a diamond file creating come indents and imperfections. After some polishing, they turned out great and these were some of my favourite pieces I made.
This was my fifth and final project of my In-Depth. My sister and I collaborated on making my mum a homemade Mother’s Day gift. I had to twist copper wire into different words and ended up with a great gift.
I’ll continue doing jewelry making after In-Depth is over and hope to keep learning more.
For more information you can check out my previous In-Depth posts, or if you have any questions I’ll be answering them in the comments below.
Thanks for checking out my Jewelry Making In-Depth Project!
These last few weeks I think I’ve perfected working at home.
I’ve continued working hard and doing my best, and I’ve done a lot. I’ve continued doing research online using youtube videos and finding helpful websites (best ones have links below). Jewelry making is a fun break from doing normal schoolwork, and I’ve been able to work on projects consistently. I’ve also continued and started some cool new projects along with getting more supplies. I visited Micheals, made some rings, started a mother’s day gift, and so much more. I also ran into some problems along the way, but I’ll get to that in a bit.
At first, I continued on my old projects. I buffed out all my jewelry and cleaned it so that it was super shiny again. I spent a while doing this and might need to buy more steel wool. In the end, all the jewelry was super shiny and looked brand new again. I also started looking into some cleaner and finish I can use on the jewelry to stop it from losing its lustre, but I’ll look more in-depth for that next time along with getting some advice from my mentor.
Next, I decided to start on some new projects. I spent time stripping some wires for the copper inside, and I thought it would be good enough for jewelry making. I tried to make a bracelet out of the wire, but the problem was it wasn’t solid copper, it was actually very thin wires bound together and I wasn’t able to use it. In the meantime, I spent time practicing how to flatten metal with an old USB cover I had. This was just a good way to help me practicing flattening out some metal as if it was a project. After this, I knew I had to get some metal to work with and after waiting a few days I was able to go to Micheals. I bought 3 meters of copper wire because I knew I could do countless projects with it.
At first, I started on a bracelet. I hammered and heated, but then after a while doing this, I got a text from my friend. He had seen the twisted copper ring I made and he wanted me to make one for him. I figured I could continue the bracelet later, so I started on his ring. I took two lengths of copper wire and twisted them together. For this, I got my Mom’s help and I used a drill and pliers to twist the two metal pieces together. After this, I spent a long time heating the wire and hammering it into a flatter shape. When I was happy with how flat it was, I got to sanding the piece down. This always takes the longest and it’s hard work but eventually, I finished. Next, I got my friend to measure his ring size with a measuring tape, and after another round of heating, I bent it into shape. I sanded one final time and after it was all shiny I was done. I did have some problems with this project, but I’ll talk about that in a bit.
My other project was the start of my Mother’s day gift. My mom doesn’t wear a lot of jewelry so I decided to make her a decoration. using nails, a wooden board, and some copper wire, I bent the copper around the nails to spell the word love. It was my first try so it wasn’t perfect, but I’ll continue doing my best so I have a great gift for her on Mother’s day.
My mentor has also been there whenever I need it, but I’ve been able to lead my own learning very well. I’m super thankful that I learned all the basic skills with my mentor at the beginning because now I just have to implement them in slightly different ways when I try something new. Sometimes this doesn’t always go right. For example, I learned the hard way why we always heat the metal before twisting, hammering, or bending. I was working on a twisted ring project with my copper wire I bought and I ran out of butane fuel. I thought it wouldn’t be a problem and decided to bend the ring into shape anyways. This was after spending hours twisting and hammering, along with buffing and shining. After using a ton of energy bending the ring into shape, the copper wire actually broke and I had to start from scratch again. I knew that heating was important before, but this taught me how heating the metal makes it MUCH easier to work with. I learned my lesson and didn’t make that mistake again. (I also bought more butane)
For my final presentation, I am going to be putting together a picture essay/slide show. I’m going to showcase all the different jewelry I’ve made in a slideshow/picture essay. Then, in the end, I’ll show a sped-up video of how I made some of the jewelry. I have a special camera that’s great for macro shots that can show all the detail in my projects. Altogether it’ll be great to show what I’ve learned and people can better understand how jewelry is made.
Coronavirus is a tough challenge to work through, but I’ve done my best.
Here are some pictures of my tools and projects:
Below I put links to the websites I found most interesting and useful.
How Cuban Links are Made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG9ZAkuflP0
Jewelry Making with Copper Wire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8umNczpc0c
Can’t wait until next time…
My Ecological Footprint is 9.25 hectares
National Canadian Average: 7.5 Hectares
I’m 1.55 hectares above the national average.
World Average: 2.75 Hectares
Compared to my other classmates and both national and world averages, I’m above average when it comes to my ecological footprint. I hope that in my two weeks I’ll be able to reduce it and be able to get below 9 hectares.
Twelve Actions That Increase:
Five Actions to Reduce My Footprint, Why and How I Can Reduce my Footprint:
I chose this one because I feel like it is a big change for me to make. I normally take longer showers because I find it relaxing, however it makes a significant impact on my footprint. If I can reduce this aspect of my life and shower less, I can reduce my footprint.
In order to reduce my footprint, I am going to try taking shorter showers. Instead of taking 10 minutes, I’ll aim for around 2-minute showers.
I chose this one because it’s the most do able. I can easily monitor when I flush the toilet, but a small change like this can easily reduce my footprint. This still will be a different change for me, because I don’t do this already.
In order to reduce my footprint, I will flush the toilet every few times I go to the bathroom instead of every time.
I chose this one because I do a lot of my family shopping due to Coronavirus, and I can make decisions on what to buy and what not to. Sometimes when I shop with my parents, I don’t bother to look where the food is made or farmed. I can easily change this by paying more attention and I can make a better impact.
In order to reduce my footprint, I will try and buy local meat and produce whenever I go shopping with my parents. I’ll look and be more considerate about where my food comes from.
I chose this one because I feel like I have many unnessesary garbage items and I could reduce them to have a better impact. Items like granola bars, and snacks that are single use are easy to get rid of, and I don’t need to eat them. If I focus on eating items without wrappers like fruits and vegetables, I can reduce my footprint.
In order to reduce my footprint, I’ll eat more foods without wrappers, and focus on using recyclable items like paper and cardboard.
I chose this one because I cook for my family and make meal decisions occasionally. Due to this I can decide to cut out some of the meat products because my dad and I eat a lot of unnessesary meat. I feel like this one will be the hardest, and I wanted to choose it to see how much I could improve.
To reduce my footprint, I will try and eat less meat products and cook meals that require vegetables and other substitutes instead.
Changes That Were Easy to Make
Producing Less Garbage –
I found this change extremely easy to make. I didn’t produce much garbage to start with, so reducing a bit more wasn’t a problem. I think I had the most success because it was a small change for me. I had the ability from day 1 and it was an easy change to make.
Not Flushing Every Single Time –
I also found this change easy to make. Not flushing was easier for me because once again it was a simple change. I had to do less work than usual, and besides having to explain to my family, I was able to easily accomplish this.
Buying Local Grown/raised Food –
Buying local grown/raised food was an easy change to make. Even though it was a considerable change, I had an easy time doing this. When I went shopping with my parents, I paid closer attention to what I was picking up. Due to corona, my parents wanted my sister and I going into the stores instead of them since they are at risk. I looked and bought local grown things instead, and since I only went shopping a few times in two weeks, I was able to accomplish this.
Changes That Were Hard to Make
Eating Less Meat –
I found this change hard to make because it was a big change for me. My family and I tend to eat a lot of meat. Whether it’s chicken, steak, or pork, my dad and I especially eat as much of it as we can. Over the two weeks I had problems adjusting and I eased myself into it. I did manage to eat less meat, but I still ate a lot. I think that meal planning helped, and I was able to make things like enchiladas or a pasta dish, but overall, I had a hard time because it was such a big change for me.
Showering for 1-2 Minutes –
This was another change that I found hard. There were two things that made it so hard for me. Firstly, I enjoy having long showers. I prefer longer showers because they help me relax. Secondly, it was a big change, and with any big change problems arise. At first it was very hard trying to change from long showers to short ones, but I found that having colder showers also helped. Overall, the two weeks were a challenge, but I was able to accomplish having shorter showers, maybe not 1-2 minutes though.
Family – My family was one obstacle that stood in my way. When it came to eating less meat, it was hard to explain to my dad what I was doing. My family was confused by some of the things I was doing whether it was super-fast showers, or not flushing the toilet, and that was an obstacle I had to overcome.
Preferences – My personal preferences also stood in my way. Taking shorter showers was different to me. The first few days were hard because my personal preferences got in the way. If everything was easy, I would’ve been doing it already. In this way, my preferences held me back the most and challenged me.
Lifestyle – Certain aspects of my lifestyle also stood in my way. I don’t usually eat only vegetables. My dad and I are intense carnivores, and we’ve been that way our entire lives. Changing something like that was trying to change my entire lifestyle. It was hard and definitely an obstacle for me.
In the future, I hope to continue reducing my footprint. This whole activity has taught me how much of an impact I have on the environment. I will continue to try and reduce my footprint by using my same 5 strategies, and work on them going forward in life. I also hope that I can continue making small changes that help out the environment and continue doing the things that I was already doing right. I realize that I have an above average ecological footprint, and I hope that if I continue to follow some of my reduction steps, then I’ll be able to reduce my footprint to an average Canadian Level or even less.
Until next time…
Socials Presentation: The Indian Act
For this project, I was put in a group with some classmates, and we had to research and present an issue surrounding the First Nation’s Peoples of Canada. Our group chose to research the Indian Act and how it has affected Canada. We collaborated in and out of school and split the project up. Then we put it all together and created a class presentation (Powerpoint) that ended on a discussion. We discussed our opinions, and how there are different views on the Indian Act and how it is both a bad and a good thing depending on your perspective.
1. I identify and discuss bias in research sources.
While researching such a controversial topic we knew that there would be different biases. To combat this we researched from both perspectives. We found that not everything was black and white with the Indian Act. In our presentation, we discussed the good and the bad and then we started a class discussion about what everyone else thought. That’s how I identified and discussed bias in my research sources.
2. I go beyond google and use databases to find scholarly research sources.
When researching for this presentation, we didn’t want extremely biased sources, so we used the school’s databases. Certain websites the school had were perfect and in our bibliography, you can see how we used them. We knew that the school’s sources would be less biased than most of the internet so we tried to use as much of the school’s sources as possible. Altogether I used much more than just google when researching for this presentation.
3. I ethically use content that is not created by me by using Creative-Commons licensed audio, video, or images, and by properly citing these resources in my work.
All we did was source content that wasn’t our own, and use creative commons. In our actual PowerPoint, everything is cited to the website we got it from. We put links to all the websites and also created a bibliography. We didn’t want to unethically use content so we also used creative commons for some images. That’s how I cited all the work in the presentation that wasn’t mine, or I used creative commons.
Science Electricity Lemon Lab
This science project was one of our group Science labs. I had to collaborate with 4 other students and organize, design, and carry out a science experiment. We created an experiment to test if liquids or solids produced more electricity (Juice or Fruit). We then researched and designed our experiment both inside and outside of school. After that, we carried out our experiment and wrote up our paper on what we found.
1. I used digital spaces to plan and execute collaborative projects with my peers.
While planning out our lab, we needed more time to work. We had planned and talked in school, but we decided to set up a video call where all of us could continue to work on the lab at home. We started a video chat and planned out what materials to bring, what procedure to do, and everything we could before the actual experiment. This was how I used a digital space to plan and execute part of my science lab.
2. I constructively build upon or synthesize the ideas of my peers.
Since this was a group project we split up the work and did it all evenly. When we were designing the experiment there wasn’t any one way to do it so we ended up brainstorming on facetime. Whenever someone had a good idea like using multiple fruits instead of just lemons, we used the idea and built off it. We even added multiple fruits and multiple juices as a way to build off a previous idea. The whole project was like this and we rolled with whatever good ideas came up.
3. I enhance the impact of my research or presentation through the creative use of technology.
At the end of our experiment when we were doing the lab write up, we used online research as part of our lab. When we were explaining why liquids give off more electricity than solids, we were only given papers and textbooks as sources. However, not all of our findings could be explained with only those sources. So we went online and did research to enhance our lab report even more. We went to explain electrolytes and ions in water with the online research that we couldn’t have done with just the textbook. We ended up using those sources to help ourselves more than we could’ve without them.
ZIP Project: Persuasion
My ZIP project on persuasion was a passion project. We were given two weeks to research a topic. The topic could be anything as long as you could turn it into any inquiry project. For my topic I chose persuasion, and my question was “What are the key elements that allow you to persuade someone into agreeing with you?”. I spent a week doing research on this question, to get the clearest understanding. After I knew the answer to my inquiry question, I decided to show what I learned about persuasion my writing a persuasive essay on why students should be given less homework. Then I did a presentation one on one with a few different classmates to teach them about what I learned while they evaluated me. Finally, I learned about my classmates passion projects and gave them an evaluation and feedback like they gave me.
1. I attribute credit to ideas that are not my own by preparing a Bibliography/Works Cited and by using in-text citations.
I credited my research in my bibliography and in my work. I have my bibliography attached above at the bottom of my notes and I used that throughout my research. each section of research has the information from each source and I make sure to credit the sources in that way. I also created a bibliography in my final essay and cited sources throughout my essay as proof.
2. I look at controversial issues or topics from opposed perspectives to gain a more complete understanding.
Through my research I learned that to properly argue or persuade someone, you need to understand the opposing point of view. When I was writing my final essay I research both why homework was good, and why homework is bad. I had to gain a complete understanding and then argue why my idea was better. I make notes of this in my essay research, and also in my actual essay when I have concessions.
3. I respond to the work or ideas of my peers in a way that is compassionate and productive.
At the end of ZIP, we did peer evaluation sessions. At first, I presented all my findings and taught my classmates about persuasion while they gave me critiques and feedback. After I got all my feedback from several people, I watched my peer’s presentations. During this time I also helped critique what was good and bad about their presentation and gave them ways that they could improve. Through this, I responded to the work of my peers in a compassionate and productive way.
4. I determine and use the most effective medium to present my work.
After my first week of research on persuasion, I had to choose a way to show my learning. I decided to do a persuasive essay because it could help me show all the skills I learned and it was easy for other people to understand. Basically I had to decide what way I wanted to present my learning, and I chose a simple and effective persuasive essay.
Eminent Person Project: Douglas Jung
The basics of my Eminent person project was to find an “Eminent” person and complete a project about that person. An “Eminent” person is someone who has made a significant and positive impact on society, and my “Eminent” person was Douglas Jung. Douglas Jung was the first Chinese Member of Parliament in Canadian history, who was also a veteran, and also a lawyer. He fought for Asian-Canadian rights and helped lead Canada towards the diverse nation it is today. I had to research why Douglas Jung was “Eminent” and find out as much information about him as I could. I put together weeks of research and created a blog post about Douglas Jung. After that, I wrote and presented a speech in class, and also participated in “The Night of The Notables” where I had a presentation station about Douglas Jung. Those were the basics of my “Eminent” person project on Douglas Jung.
1) I tailor my work to appeal to my intended audience and use language and visual design elements appropriate for them.
I did this by condensing all my research into understandable, and interesting formats. I spent weeks collecting all my research, and I had to find ways to shorten that research down and present it in appealing ways. For my speech, I took the most important and interesting things that Douglas Jung did, like his time in World war Two and his work for Canada and created a story with my speech. Then with my learning center, I used the poster board and the locker bay to set up a visually appealing area for me to talk about Douglas Jung. (See pictures)
2) I design my work with consideration given to aesthetics, and design, such as consistent colour schemes, symmetry, or organization of visual elements, and overall layout.
The best example of this is my learning center. I used a poster board as my centrepiece and designed everything around it. I used the lockers to hang up photos, and people could walk into my station and be surrounded by different things. They could look around while I talked and ask questions when they saw something interesting. All the pictures were spaced evenly, and my actual poster board was set up in three sections. World war two on the left, Parliament in the middle, and his work as a lawyer on the right. Each section had lots of photos and a quote with small amounts of information.
3) I critically assess research sources for Currency, Reliability, Authority, and Purpose.
Throughout my research, I used both databases and googled websites. I CRAP tested the google websites to make sure they came from reliable websites, whether that was the Candian Encyclopedia or news articles, I checked through each resource to make sure it was reliable. If you look at my bibliography you can see that I cited my research sources and that they are CRAP tested. Some of the resources I found weren’t good enough so I didn’t include them in my research.
4) My work demonstrates a positive, productive, and empathetic worldview.
This entire project was all about showcasing a person made a positive impact on the world. In my research around Douglas Jung, I learned how he helped change Canada from racism and discrimination, into the diverse nation it is today. He helped in war, he helped refugees, he helped immigrants, and he helped all Canadians as a member of Parliament. I then took all the information I learned and helped teach the people around me how one person was able to do so much good. Douglas Jung promoted a positive, productive, and empathetic worldview, and I was able to show that throughout my project.
The past few weeks have been some of the strangest for my in-depth project.
My jewelry making went from hands-on and working hard, to research and theory. This major change was due to Coronavirus, and I’ve tried my best to work around it and continue learning about jewelry making as best as possible. Overall, I still think I did a lot of great research and learned lots about jewelry making. Nothing ever runs perfectly, and I’ll continue to try my best to accomplish as much as I can.
At first, my project started off as usual. I was able to meet with my mentor and continue to work and learn about jewelry making. In the time that I met with Mme. Toure, I was able to finish a project, start a project, and continue a project.
My bracelet is now completely finished and polished up. I think it turned out really great and I want to make another bracelet the next time I can so that I can see how my skills have improved. Handmade jewelry isn’t supposed to be perfect, the imperfections are what make the jewelry stand out and I really learned to take that into consideration with my projects after my bracelet.
The second project I started was my silver ring. At the time of my last post, I had barely started and only stamped and cut my ring out. Now the ring is almost finished. First, I learned how to shape my ring with a ring shaper. Basically I had to heat up the metal, cool the metal, and then use a pair of pliers with curved silicon ends to shape the metal strip into a ring. Then after that, I was able to use a piece of silver solder to connect my ring completely. After that, I had to leave it to sit in a type of citric acid to get the fire scale off. Finally, I started to sand and polish using steel wool and a real jewelry polisher, but I need to continue doing that.
I also had some time while my silver ring was in the citric acid, so I started on a twisted ring. I took two pieces of copper wire that had been heated and cooled, then using a drill and pliers, I twisted them around each other. After that, I hammered them on one side creating a cool twisted flat ring effect. I hope to be able to continue this as I go along with my in-depth.
Meeting with my mentor was the big roadblock of these past weeks. Due to Coronavirus, I’m not able to meet with my mentor until further notice, so I’ve been doing a lot of research on my own. Jewelry making has become tougher with not being able to meet with my mentor, but she gave me a book about jewelry making that I have also been reading along with doing online research. Altogether, I went to many websites and watched Youtube videos so that my In-Depth continued at a good pace.
Since I don’t think I’ll be able to meet my mentor again I’ve also been looking into buying some simple tools that I could use for making jewelry. I have a lot of the tools I need from hammers to files and even a butane torch, along with the projects I have and some copper and brass. If I buy a few tools then I might be able to do some jewelry making at my house.
Coronavirus is a challenge to work around, but I’ll continue doing my best.
Above are some pictures I took to show how my current projects are going, and you can view them in the word document. The first pictures are my silver ring, the second my copper bracelet, and the third my twisted ring.
I did a lot of research leading up to this post. I’m reading the book my mentor gave me which is helping me understand the basics better, and if I keep reading a little each day, then I won’t have a problem learning plenty. I also watched Youtube videos about making jewelry and visited websites about essentials to jewelry making, African jewelry, and why homemade jewelry is a great skill. Below I put links to the websites I found most interesting and useful.
How to Hammer Wire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSVJqTqrb8U
DIY Stamped Wire Bangle Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-gTk2UhofM
How to Make a Bracelet Out of Copper Tubing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZvPYGX9Tbk
Essential Parts of Jewelry Making: https://www.mybluprint.com/article/want-to-start-making-jewelry-these-10-tips-will-launch-you
What has been my most difficult mentoring challenge so far?
The most difficult challenge so far has been continuing in-depth and using jewelry making skills during the Coronavirus Pandemic. I can’t leave my house unless it is absolutely necessary, so I’ve had lots of problems from not being able to talk to my mentor, to not being able to use tools, to not being able to be shown new jewelry-making techniques. This has been a difficult challenge, and I’ve been working to try and do my best to combat this roadblock. I’ve looked into getting some tools, and I hope I’ll be able to do some jewelry making at home.
What is working well? Why?
Right now my research is going better than ever. I have plenty of online supports along with the book that my mentor gave me, and those have kept me occupied. I’ve started reading the book and haven’t even finished yet, and there are countless online sources that I can go to. My research is the one thing I can do during this quarantine, and because I’m trying my best and have the tools to succeed. My research is working well and I hope it continues too.
What could be working better? How can you make sure this happens?
My actual jewelry making could improve. Due to Coronavirus, I haven’t been able to use many of the tools or actually make jewelry, and this is slowing my in-depth down. I’m going to continue working and try to buy some of the basic tools. If I do this I increase my chances of learning all the hands-on skills I need to know for jewelry making. I’ll try my best but nothing is certain.
Nothing is certain, but I’ll continue doing my best.
P.S. Wash your hands