I just had my first day in the what is called The Rubber Band. It was fun. We made board games, which was cool, me and my partner, Zada, made a game that was kind of like a mix between Scrabble and Candy Land. We also got Blue Rimmed Notebooks from the school for taking sketch notes.
Hey, folks. I’m back into blogging again. I will be blogging about school and other exciting topics. Speaking of school I am going back tomorrow after a great winter break. There will be a couple new collaborators and several new students, I will be in a band with a few more older students. And, well…Happy new year!
With the new giant sketch pad of tracing paper, black pen and colored pencils my dad got me, we start our new project. The project is to make layered maps of four different time periods of New York City from the Dutch settlement to now.
We discussed our material and what we should do first. To start with, we found a map of New Amsterdam online and I practiced by sketching it out. Next we went to the NY Public library and sweet talked our way into the map room. Good thing my dad is good at that (you need a library card to go in that room but we don’t have one yet). Well we got in and played it cool. We found two different maps of the same time period but one closer up of New York/New Amsterdam which was the Dutch’s name for New York City before the English named it New York. I made a couple quick sketches of them and my dad got some pictures before we left. Here they are, the long wall with cannons on it you see is now Wall Street.
A rainy, windy, stormy day in New York City. The fog swallows up Manhattan in the distance while the wind whips Brooklyn into a storm. Flags go whipping around and plastic bags go flying in the wind.The devil pulls trees from their natural root-securing position to their root breaking death. People tug onto their umbrellas and push to get through the wild wind. They don’t all succeed, though. Some umbrellas get whipped out of their hands and blast into the wind — they fly up, up, up. People have to cling onto buildings to prevent themselves from being pulled north with the direction of the wind. Some people are smart enough to stay inside though, like us.
-A dramatic interpretation of today’s weather by Quinn
The New York Public Library is the second largest public library in The United States! We went inside the library the other day and it was really cool. It was fashion week in New York and there happened to be a fashion show happening in the library while we were there, (my mom was very excited — actually, Tesla was too). We hung around for a while and watched. The costumes were very wacky and funky. There’s a park behind the library called Bryant Park. So after the fashion show was over we went down to the park. There also happened to be a square dance that evening so we watched until heading off home.
I just had my summer piano recital! I played two songs: Pink Panther[jazz] and Tumbling Waterfall [modern classical]. All the students and I performed in our piano teacher’s flat, so there weren’t that many people there, really just the parents of the students. I’ve been practicing for a long time and the last couple days before the recital had a lot of hard practicing going on in the house.
The video you will be seeing is of the recital after all that hard work.
Now I’m working on La valse d’Amélie, by Yann Tiersen. I’m excited for it but I think it’s going to be tricky.
Over Father’s Day weekend my friend Judah and I put together a movie in my grandpa’s backyard. We needed some help so Judah’s big brother, Ethan filmed part of it, he also helped me set up my shots. My father filmed the rest and also edited the movie with me. Judah and I acted with my sister, Tesla being the evil mastermind.
Hope you like it!
This is the video presentation of what my project partner, Coke, and I did for our project during this last arc, Motion.
You too can make a floating arm trebuchet. Good luck!
I want to get a MakerBot. There are two kinds of MakerBots — the original one costs $1200 and the newer one is $1750. I’m aiming for the newer one. I need a way to get this money.
One day my Aunt Alex told me a story that sparked an idea— thank you Alex. I decided to do a cupcake sale but not the kind where you sit around at a stand with a sign waving your hands and calling out, “Get your cupcakes! Two dollars each!” I`d probably get like five customers each day where I live. So instead, I decided to do a cupcake delivery service. My dad helped me build a web page explaining my project and where people can place their orders. My first delivery day was Valentine’s Day.
My dad and I made a profit and loss spread sheet, at the same time my mom and I were multiplying the cupcake recipes to quadruple them for we had a little over 100 cupcakes ordered. We had to get the ingredients before we made any cupcakes so my mom headed out to the grocery store. I asked her to try to get all organic ingredients so my customers would get high quality cupcakes and want to order from me again.
We worked really hard to bake the cupcakes and we woke up really early to make the frosting and decorate the cupcakes. We delivered the cup cakes that day.
It was definitely a success and I look forward to doing it again. Thank you to the people that ordered.
My band’s group name was “The Ssalson Raptors” but two weeks ago we changed it to “The Marshmallow Ninja Cats”, sometimes we just say Ninja Cats. The first week and a half we were going to the park pretty much every day. As you might know from the last post the theme of our present arc is Motion. At the park we’re doing Cherry Drops, Twirls, motion related things with the swings and figuring out the fist role of motion. I’ve practiced and practiced and gotten better and better. In this video you will see I don’t do my best but if I did I would land with my hands off the ground.