Coding for Good – SWOT + New members

In Coding for Good we did very little advertisement but were still able to  get 10 new members. They all seemed interested and something that Coding for Good is very happy about is its high retention rate. We guess that this is because people who sign up are very interested in engineering and design and find that this is what Coding for Good offers and so want to stay. Moreover, everyone in our club is very friendly and open. The way Mr. Kann runs it is kind of like an open environment where students are free to do what they want in groups and they can ask help and learn together.

We conducted a SWOT analysis which actually differs from our usual club sessions. This is because the schedule of club is very flowing and usually not structured. Differing from this, it was strange but it was nice to see how everyone came together and worked for the better of the service. I am linking the docs below.

Creativity: Book review

I have taken up reading again and I decided that since I have opinions on the books I read I might as well put them somewhere. After reading Great Gatsby in SL Lang Lit with Mr. Sweeting, I was recommended Hemmingway. I had asked a friend for recommendations and I told him that I had just recently finished Gatsby and I enjoyed it a lot, and also finished Steinbeck’s’ Of Mice and Men and really really enjoyed that. I said that I enjoyed their style of writing and evoking empathy with such a nuanced and subtle voice that is riddled with deeper meaning and analysis. So, I was recommended Hemmingway. I could not find the Old Man and the Sea in the library at my first attempt but I needed something to read so I picked up The Sun Also Rises. I have just recently finished it and, nothing surprising, also enjoyed it. I think because I picked it up for a light read, while I was reading it I could not pick up on the nuances and deeper meanings and so a lot of pivotal moments passed by me unnoticed. This is of course because of Hemingway’s writing style, called the Iceberg effect I think. This book was so good it made me read the whole SparkNotes of it and it wasn’t even assigned.  After reading further literary reviews and papers, I found greater respect for the character of Brett and the author. Moreover, I have been used to reading older books (before this I had read Dickens and some old Japanese book), and so when researching online and finding that Hemmingway’s original manuscripts and notes were still intact and could be analyzed was fascinating to me. I also enjoyed the literary relationship Hemmingway had with Fitzgerald. While I was reading the Sun Also Rises, I also made connections to all the context and analysis we did in English class for Gatsby. I enjoyed this since after my IOC I was quite disappointed. Not only with my performance, but that I had prepared so much for getting Fitzgerald that once I was done I was not sure what to do with all my knowledge. Who was I to share how Gatsby was a figure of the American Dream and the graffiti on his steps at the end of the book draws reminiscent of America’s foundation of criminal activity and that the greatness of Gatsby was as figurative and hyperbolic as the same adjective being used to describe its muse?

Art: Blender Project – Newtons Cradle

I love art and I miss it a lot. I wish I had not given it up completely this year as that was my ‘thing’ for so long. Moving towards a more tech-centric me, I have taken up 3D animation. I find this interesting and challenging and I enjoy it. I did a few projects last summer and decided to start another one now. The whole that art has left has been filled up – and overflowed – with Physics. This happened very organically – my project idea just so happened to be, creating Newtons Cradle. I have just started and want to set a goal to finish this after Project Week.

I really like this and want to merge this skill with data analysis in some way later on in life. I can see a lot of uses as I am concurrently learning about Databases in HL Computer Science

SheLeads w Ruki Roy: Reflection

SheLeads was an event that I found out through Coding for Good. It was an event where the organizer Ruki Roy reached out to her contacts for help. Coding for Good was part of helping build their website and part of their advertising team. The event was a conference aimed towards young female aspiring engineers; Ruki made sure, however, to not make the event exclusive and not only catered towards girls. Ruki reached out to a ton of different inspiring speakers whom she video conferenced in. The impressive list includes a former NASA director, NASA engineers, and Georgia Tech and Standford current students. (The poster I created is below) She is an aeronautical engineering student at Georgia Tech with a Brooke Owens Fellowship. I found this event very cool and chose to help organize this event.

I think that I took a lot away from this event. I could not help but draw comparisons to Coding for Goods Hackathon. There was so much I learnt from watching Ruki lead the event – she was filled with confidence and was not scared at all. Things went wrong and she took it in her stride. I found this very inspiring. There are plans for next year, and it looks like Coding for Good will be taking a larger role in this. Things to take away were the advertising had to be better and the audience should have probably been a bit more filtered and perhaps more mature.

Joining Service Exec: New Portfolio Head!

I have joined Service Exec as a newbie this year. Having never joined before, I, along with other old dogs, had to attend a before school started training day where we become familiar with the process of how it runs and what we had to accomplish for this year. It was interesting to see how this group functioned and worked. As an outsider, I felt that my views on it would be unique and that I could give some overall observations onto the workflow and structure of this club.

My role is managing the new service website. I have to lead it to make sure that it is used by the school and tracks all the portfolio events of services. After helping to create a layout, discussing it with the team and so forth, now I have to use a lot of custom CSS and get this thing working. I love being a part of Exec as it is so interconnected to a lot of the other services that I am a part of. Moreover, I get to see first hand the amount of work and effort that goes into all the service events that happen at our school. Students coming early, staying late, setting and packing up: all for a good cause.

My role also allows me to work closely with other members of the team. I work with the, aptly titled, Portfolio Heads, who control and stream the content, and the Communications, who connect with the services and makes sure our website is as aligned to theirs. I also predict that I work with the content managers (video editors/photographers as that is always a main part of a website. I really like website design and creation so am excited for this role and really want to put my all into it and do the best job I can.

Coding for Good: Hackathon Initial concerns and goals

We are doing a hackathon. There is a lot of stuff to get done. I am learning first hand how to plan such an event and am enjoying the process tremendously. I should write down how the idea came about first. My role in Coding for Good seemed to be the contact person or project manager. This role seemed most sufficient for me as I was part of Exec and they always had projects they wanted C4g to do, so I thought me being in it would be easy and most convenient. I went about my role and did acquire new projects. However, the problem occurred when I went up to the most qualified members with a difficult project and they said that that they could do it but they were busy and could probably only take it up in a few weeks. This struck me as I questioned why I was even getting new projects if we did not have the capacity. That is when it hit me to start a hackathon to try and fill the gaps.

Coding for Good: Local Service Leadership Goals and Aims

Here is a folder showing evidence of some of the impact I have had on this service.

I really wanted to join this service this year, regardless if I was selected to be a leader or not. Thankfully, I was selected. I have enjoyed the past year of attending C4g (Coding for Good) and so wanted to continue it. I found that last year it was a really hands-on course and I learned a lot of stuff through the tutorials that Mr. Kann provided. I found out only this year in my HL/SL comp sci class that it was used in the introductory lessons for the HL comp sci students when they first learn Java and creating GUIs. This helped me become comfortable and knowledgeable on some of the software.

This year as a leader I entered with a goal to help spread the word about this service. I thought it was a very admirable service with a lot of potential.

CAS Learning outcomes

for reference

Writing CAS reflections-yhcutr

Learning outcomes are differentiated from assessment objectives because they are not rated on a scale.The completion decision for the school in relation to each student is, simply, “Have these outcomes been achieved?” As a result of their CAS experience as a whole, including their reflections, there should be evidence that students have:
LO1. Increased their awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth
They are able to see themselves as individuals with various skills and abilities, some more developed than others, and
understand that they can make choices about how they wish to move forward.
LO2. Undertaken new challenges
A new challenge may be an unfamiliar activity, or an extension to an existing one.
LO3. Planned and initiated activities
Planning and initiation will often be in collaboration with others. It can be shown in activities that are part of larger
projects, for example, ongoing school activities in the local community, as well as in small student‑led activities.
Creativity, action, service guide 5 Introduction
LO4. Worked collaboratively with others
Collaboration can be shown in many different activities, such as team sports, playing music in a band, or helping in a kindergarten. At least one project, involving collaboration and the integration of at least two of creativity, action and service, is required.
LO5. Shown perseverance and commitment in their activities
At a minimum, this implies attending regularly and accepting a share of the responsibility for dealing with problems that arise in the course of activities.
LO6. Engaged with issues of global importance
Students may be involved in international projects but there are many global issues that can be acted upon locally or nationally (for example, environmental concerns, caring for the elderly).
LO7. Considered the ethical implications of their actions
Ethical decisions arise in almost any CAS activity (for example, on the sports field, in musical composition, in
relationships with others involved in service activities). Evidence of thinking about ethical issues can be shown in various
ways, including journal entries and conversations with CAS advisers.
LO8. Developed new skills
As with new challenges, new skills may be shown in activities that the student has not previously undertaken, or in
increased expertise in an established area. All eight outcomes must be present for a student to complete the CAS
requirement. Some may be demonstrated many times, in a variety of activities, but completion requires only that there
is some evidence for every outcome.