- How my project was successful/not successful -e.g. What went well and what didn’t
During these three weeks, we’ve been working on our science crest project, which includes the final product, bibliography, and working process. I consider my project a half success. The positive response is I improved my time management skill during this time and what my final project achieved is really close to my initial plan. The tasks are separated according to sections, I started with a single section a day, so I finish the whole project just two days before it is due. It provides more time for me to revise so I might continue to use it in other subjects as well. One thing I can improve is put the research results into my own words. Indeed, I spend most of the time researching, the process of selecting the useful sources already took a lot of energy from me. To revise it, I can try to combine several sentences into one and revise a little next time.
- What have I learned through this whole process? – science and personal skills
Through the research process, I gained a varied range of knowledge of dinosaur engineering, as well as the broader implication of genetic engineering in the future. It is also a chance for us to adopt new application skills, such as building a computer simulation. One of my classmates used Minecraft to build an architecture model, which is really intriguing. The real goal of these studies is understanding the relationship between genetic change, development, and anatomy that underscored one of the most wonderful evolutionary transitions of all time. Moreover, the improvement of my time management prevents me from procrastinating. Overall, this project brings a lot of positive benefits to me.
- What impact might the results of my project have on other people/the wider world?
The aim of my project is to examine the possibilities for humans to recreate dinosaurs and other extinct animals using genetic engineering and evaluate the ethical decision behind it. The wider importance of it is what is the future trend of genetic engineering and what can the development of this technology bring to humans and the earth ecosystem? Hopefully, the project does not only provide knowledge for the readers, the morality piece can also cause the readers to think deeply. Whether recreate dinosaurs is a plausible decision, both for humans and theses extinct animals.
- What I would have done to improve my work?
Establish a more complete working system so I can better prepare for the research. For instance, categorize the sources and cites them before I closed the website. I took a lot of time on sources citing since I can not find some of the websites I used. Putting them into a doc is a more convenient way I can do to reduce extra time.
- What should I do to develop the project in the future?
The research question was changed a little by Ms. Parker, so I should consider an appropriate research question by myself next time. Consider the broad range and research direction of it. Next time, I want to try something new next time if I have plenty of time. Maybe a computer simulation can produce more fancy products. It takes extra time for me to learn new application knowledge though…
Example analysis from classmates:
Some questions about satire: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GIC11W_rEXEhGk32J1f_HGaxpiPStprbTV_vdAQXc6o/edit
- The ad of the child being held by his supposed mother is ironic in a way that the purpose of the ad is to inform the public that social media campaigns that deliver us a sense of goodness and charity by liking an image of an issue, making us feel as if we are doing something good for the planet, does not benefit anyone else except ourselves. The use of visual and verbal irony of numerous positive thumbs up next to a situation full of despair along with the statement “liking isn’t helping”, connects the use of social media online and how useless it would be if it was in real life, thus proving the point.
- The Visual Irony is in the literal visualisation of likes as the thumbs up and how the way they position themselves around the struggling mother and child, they almost seem to be supporting the behaviour, when instead they should be holding out their hands offering support. This contributes to how digital likes on an image doesn’t contribute to actual help. Simply standing around someone in need of assistance does nothing but draw others to the scene, but until someone takes action the act may as well not have been done.
Links to working progress:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zahE-rcjCroTex-f38NFePsQG3BO3vBv9R-2a-Cfeyw/edit
We started to work on our project after we decided on our research question(it may change and further develop through the research process). My research question is Could we ever create the Jurrasic park? I consider it an intriguing topic and I am feeling passionate. When the movie series of Jurassic Park and the world are published, the recreation of dinosaurs in real life and the development of this technology has always been a question to the scientist. My aim is to research whether the formation of the ecosystem of dinosaur is possible nowadays or the future.
The content is mainly divided into four categories- technology/ morality/ science and exploration. I brainstormed the elements I need to know as a background under these categories in order to develop my own understanding. The final product of my project might be a poster or diagram. These two are the most interesting and attractive form that I can think about. However, when I was still selecting my product form, my feedback mates gave me some really insightful advice, such as an online stimulation. As far as I am concerned, it is pretty challenging for me to do so, I may concentrate on the quality of appearance rather than its content, so I decided to spend more time researching and developing stage.
To let it to become creative and attractive, I will revise all the useful information I gained in the first stage and transform them into a complete system. From the very first stage- the development of genetic technology to how can dinosaurs survive in the recent environment. I will add the additional creative element when I am designing the infographic and layout of my product.
One of the obstacles I met during the process is choosing the topic. From my mood board, you can actually see a broad range of topics but none of them became my final research question. I was busy wavering between all the topics presented, but the rolling snowball activities really pull me from the dilemma. I received many ideas and finally started my topic.
One moment that you think best illustrates the style of the comic overall and the mood it intends to create in the story：one intriguing feature in this comic is the chiaroscuro and the arrangement of the panel. The producer illustrates a gloomy background using shadows. We can not actually see the facial expressions. It signifies a deeper layer of the setting as well as the mystery of the troll witch to the audience. The whole story is expressed in an oppressive and odd mood due to the addition of shadows. Moreover, the arrangement of the opening panel indicates the function of the character, it quickly gives the audience an impression of the character. We can see pestle and motor on the right panels so we can infer the character has a job related to strange drug production.
One moment that you think is a particularly powerful example of comic language being used to create character/relationship：These is a list of panels that I really like. The troll witch is telling the story of a pair of sisters fighting against trolls, seems like she is telling it from the third person’s perspective. However, she is the main character – the ugly daughter in her story. It is a reflection of her action when she revealed her inner intension and thought in a third person’s story. It sounds a little bit biting to me as she talks about herself in a mocking and ironic tone. Therefore, I consider this piece of embedded dialogue triggers her act of giving flowers to reproduce beautiful babies, whether it is because she feels regret or dislikes herself. It may be a guess, but the use of colors and chiaroscuro in the comic overall well displays the mood and tone of the story.
Different form of stories: untraditional vs traditional plot story
We mainly did three things during the transition process: complete IB subject form, select our main area of interest, and talk to subject teachers. However, I entangled the most when I was selecting the IB subjects and my future possible career.
I struggled with selecting future careers since I do not have a specific future plan yet. However, I believe many students might face this situation, and the inspiration will come at any moment during the next two years. Despite the general trend of selection, I also struggled on whether to choose bilingual instead of English B HL or should I choose art subject instead of double humanity. It all came to an end after I had a discussion with my university advisor. My selections include all the columns and it is a relatively composite package. He set me a task about visiting campuses that I am interested in before we meet next time. The subject selection process is an invariable decision that you can not easily change during the next two years. Careful choice can reduce your future pressure, whereas sloppy choices will only make people regret it. I hope I won’t regret my selections.
Another thing about the transition process is to adjust your learning attitude in order to enter your “IB life”. In other words, it means no procrastination, maintain a positive attitude even if you do not get a good score, and ask questions whenever you are confused. From the beginning of this semester, I’d adjust my learning environment and adapt to new systems, since it is completely different from my previous school system. I hope after the transition process, I already well adapted into the UWC learning system and can achieve higher in the next few years.
Here is a list of possible topics after brainstorming. However, the range is so boarded, it covers different subjects, so I have to make a more specific decision.