“What’s that Sound?”

Step by step, I knew he was getting closer, ready to pounce the second I let my guard down. Careful I was, wary, not nearly enough. The rocks around me, sharp as a pocket knife, the fences that surround me, caging me in, giving me the feeling I was stuck behind bars, I knew I didn’t like it, I knew… I had to escape.

Before I left, I had one glance behind me before he approached. I began crawling around the obstacles of rocks, targeting the gate entirely. A few inches away from freedom, I felt it. That feeling was coming back, as were the footsteps.

I started panicking. I didn’t know what to do until, “Ow, my leg!” I looked around for the cause of my (now) bleeding leg. Then I remembered the rocks! I picked one up and lunged it to the far side of the prison. “What’s that sound?” He was distracted. This was my one shot at freedom. So I took it and ran.

I knew I couldn’t stop. I was fast, but not fast like him. I ignored the pain and kept going, going to the one place I had a chance of survival. After about 20 minutes of non-stop pain and agony, I’d finally made it. I sat down on a boulder beside me, still trying to catch my breath. I heard more footsteps, and before I knew it, he had me cornered. It was all over.

“I’ve got you now little girl.” He said with a grin so big, he could’ve been mistaken for the “Cheshire Cat”. I was a goner. He put out his hands, slowly getting closer and closer, eyes getting wider and wider. He reached me and said with a big smirk on his face,

“Good game sis. You’re getting faster and becoming a much better hider.”

“Thanks bro, can we have a rematch?”

“Sure, but let’s get out of this cave and get back home first.”

The game ended with a simple nod and a handshake. Now it was time for round two.

Space Video Reflection – How SpaceX plans on colonizing Mars

Here is the link to the space video I watched.

Blue = Recalls

Red = Insights

Green = Questions

 

This week’s space video was about how SpaceX plans on colonizing Mars. The creator of SpaceX, Elon Musk, decided that since all people live on Earth, we don’t really have a back-up plan, to re-grow civilisation. And it’s not impossible for our civilisation to be destroyed, as 65 million years ago, a single asteroid wiped-out the dinosaurs. He thought that we could colonize Mars, with about 1,000,000 people living there. You’re probably thinking, “How is he supposed to do that?” Elon plans on building a rocket that can hold 100 people (or 100,000kg of cargo). This would take about 10,000 trips, plus, the added supplies needed to build buildings and a healthy lifestyle. SpaceX believes that all this can be achieved, in a mere 8 years. Personally, I think that that is highly unlikely to happen, as we haven’t even gone to Mars yet, all we’ve done is sent robots in our place. We don’t even know if it’s possible for us to live there, whether our bodies can handle it, or whether the land there is suitable. In fact, I don’t ever recall hearing about there being water on Mars either. My question this week is: Does SpaceX really think this is something that is possible and is a rational way to use our time, money, resources and lives?

BTN: Space Rocks

Here is the link to the BTN video I watched.

Blue = Recalls

Red = Insights

Green = Questions

This week’s BTN article was about the different “space rocks” we have in our solar system. After a meteoroid occurrence (when the meteor doesn’t hit land) above Russia, people began wondering what else occurred in our solar system. There are many different “space rocks” in our solar system, such as comets (which are made up of ice and dust), asteroids (made up of rock and metal), and meteoroids and meteorites (a part of a meteoroid that does collide with land). Since comets are made up of ice and dust, the closer they get to the Sun, the more they melt, which from our perspective looks amazing. Asteroids aren’t something scarce in the solar system. In fact, between Jupiter and Mars, there are around 10,000 asteroids, which we call The Asteroid Belt. If you see a shooting star, it will most likely be a meteoroid. However, if any part of a meteoroid manages to survive and collide with Earth, it would be called a meteorite. Meteors (abbreviated for meteoroids) occur millions of times each day. My question this week is: Have there been any serious meteorites in the past?

Space Video Reflection – The Ancient History of Astronomy

Here is the link to the space video I watched this week.

Blue = Recalls

Red = Insights

Green = Questions

 

This week, we watched a video based around 3 cultures who contributed in the ancient history of astronomy – The Babylonians, the Maya and The Ancient Greeks. Babylon is where horoscopic astrology was born (star signs). The Maya made the Mayan Long Count Calendar (which actually uses the “base 20” number system, rather than the “base 10” number system that’s used today). And the Ancient Greeks (or more specifically Ptolemy – Claudius Ptolemaeus) had a theory about the universe. This theory was called “The Ptolemaic System”. Ptolemy thought that the planets revolved around Earth, this was later proven incorrect by Galileo.  My questions this week are: If the “Ptolemaic System” wasn’t made, would astronomical history be any different? And were there any other cultures that made acknowledgeable astronomical endeavours or theories?

Goals: Semester 1 – Check-In

Personal Goals:

Next semester I want to work on angles again, as I wasn’t given a chance to improve this semester. I could request a lesson on it, to achieve this. My aim is to learn more about the other states of matter (plasma, dark, etc), as I don’t think that I really understood them (disregarding solids, liquids and gases). I can achieve this in science lessons. I need to work on my punctuation in writing. (I need to put the punctuation where it makes sense to others). I can do this in my 100wc each week.

 

Student Comment:

I feel as if I’ve achieved my goal on angles, however not through the lessons at school, but through research that was done in my spare time. In term 3, our “Integrated Studies” focus was on Natural Disasters. And in term 1 and 2 (Semester 1) we focused on the states of matter, and physical & chemical reactions. Although, after all of this, I believe that my greatest accomplishment from semester 1, was how much I’ve improved in my writing. My writing skills have grown enormously from the start of the year, but mostly in my punctuation, as usually my focus would be towards the plot and characters, however I knew that punctuation was the area I struggled most in my writing, so I tried to make that my priority.

St. John’s First Aid Training – Response

Today, we had someone from St. John’s Hospital (or ambulance service) teach us about what to do if we come across someone who’s unconscious. We learned about the steps to take in that kind of scenario, D.R.S.A.B.C (and sometimes there’s a second D as an extra step). This acronym stands for Danger, Response, Send for help, Airways, Breathing and CPR (the extra D would be for defibrillation).

After learning all the steps, we then tried steps D – B with a partner. Each partner alternated between the roles of performing the steps and receiving the treatment. It felt a bit weird to experience the steps being used on me, but then again, if that method was to ever be used on me again, I’d probably be unconscious.

Lastly, we were taught about CPR and how to perform it. Then (in groups), we practiced performing CPR on mannequins (except for the “mouth-to-mouth resuscitation”).

This was a really effective learning experience, although I hope I’ll never have to use D.R.S.A.B.C (and D) on anyone.

Premiere League – 100wc #20 (Soundscape)

Here is the link to this week’s prompt: (Make sure to listen to it)

https://100wc.net/special-writing-project-week7/

Walking into the stadium, I look around, amazed at what I saw. I’d always watched the league live on TV, but never saw it in person. And tonight I’d be watching the first game of the season, “Premiere League: Leicester vs Hull City”. Most people wouldn’t have been that excited for it, but I was ecstatic. As I knew my team wouldn’t let me down.

It was about half way through the game, and both teams were yet to score, but I believed in them.

The match was great. I knew that going against Leicester wouldn’t scare them, because they were the team that always filled those watching, with hope.

2nd Malaysia Response – The KL Tower

The Kuala Lumpur tower rises above all, in the city. It stands tall, with the sun on its back as it watches over everything. Although it may be astonishing during the day, when night falls, nothing could compare.

In the midst of the night, a path appears leading you to a blaze of light. You’ll see the light glowing from every corner of the country. The tower is both fascinating through-out day and night. You haven’t witnessed true beauty until you’ve seen that tower.

1st Malaysia Response – Water System

Malaysia is a wonderful country, but recently when I visited, something caught my eye… The water system in Malaysia is quite different to the Australian system. In Australia, we can drink the water from our taps at home, without a single worry in our minds (as ours’ is clean/cleaned enough for us to do so). This can also be done in some parts of Australia, for example Kuala Lumpur (the capital). However, in smaller islands (such as Penang or Perhentian), you have to boil the tap-water in order to drink it, to eliminate that bad bacteria. This is because, the smaller islands in Malaysia don’t have possession over the proper equipment to automatically clean the water (like Australians). Most Australians are unaware of how lucky we really are, and shouldn’t take their home for granted.

BTN: Volcanoes

Here is the link to the BTN video I watched.

This week we watched a video, based on the fact that some people in Naples, Italy, don’t want to leave their homes, that happens to be next to an extinct volcano, or so they thought…… So, here are some of the good and bad things about living next to an “extinct” volcano.

Let’s start with why they should stay, and live near the volcano. I think that if people know the consequences of where they’ve chosen to live, and stay to deal with those consequences, they should be allowed to stay. Because, if you disagree, that’s like saying, “I’m going to leave Malaysia, because of how hot and rainy it is there (no offense).” But if I really loved living in Malaysia, I would put up with the weather, and live a life I’d want to.

Now, let’s talk about why they shouldn’t stay. I believe that sometimes people just need to know when to quit. Although it’s good to stand up for things, sometimes you need to learn to back down. Volcano eruptions may not be regular occurrences, but when some strike, lots of damage can be done. Ever heard of Pompeii?

So, now that you’ve heard both possibilities (staying or leaving), I hope I have shown you a clear path to one side of this topic.