Monday, January 16, 2017

A Successful Yet Sad Ending

I've had Sanders as a teacher since my sophomore year. He was the new teacher and I thought he was going to be like most new teachers and be super strict and mean. But clearly he wasn't because now for the past three years the best part of my day was being able to walk down into the basement to my favorite class/teacher.

His classes, even English classes, aren't like others. He pushes more for a creative side of classwork and to teach us life skills and basically how to be a good human being. This year especially (obviously) was focused on being creative. Projects that I participated in were the humane society one, the bathbomb line, the record carousel, and getting more involved in my food blog again. We ended the year with a Ted Talk and I did mine on Therapeutic Hobbies.

I feel like I accomplished a decent amount in this semester, but there is so much more I wish I could've done. I think that this class should be a required/year long class to let students do their part in saving the world, whatever that is to them.

I came into this class with that attitude; I wanted to save the world. One thing I'm really passionate about is human equal rights. I came into the class thinking somehow I would find a way to change the world and bring peace, equality, and love. But I learned I can't do that in that short amount of time, but it gave me a start to the attitude that I will carry with me and the goal I will strive for, for the rest of my life.

I'm going to take this last part of my last blog post to thank Mr. Sanders. He has been my biggest motivator, my mentor, my biggest fan, and a pretty awesome friend. I'm very sad to not have him as a teacher while having to go through my last semester of high school, and God knows I'm going to be crying like a baby on the last day of school when I have to say goodbye to him. He has exposed me to some of the coolest things and people and it has most definitely changed the way I thought my future was going be. One day when I'm a successful chef with a cookbook he'll be on the acknowledgments page "For Mr. Sanders, thank you for pushing me to do what you knew I could do."

You Spin me Right Round

I completed my project making the record carousel.

I procrastinated and my dad (who helped me put together my creation) went on a week long hunting trip in Oklahoma, so that also set off the construction process. Otherwise things went pretty smooth and assembling it was fairly easy.

I went to thee thrift store and found an old table lamp. I took the shade off, the bulb, and the top part that you attach the shade to. I got an old bicycle rim from Andie and I just cleaned it up and took the reflector off. I also went to TJ Maxx and got wooden pants hangers.

I took all of my supplies out to the shop and we shaved down the screw on the rim so that we could wedge it into the top of the lamp stand with a hammer. We just then clipped the hangers on the records and hung them around the rim.

We had some issues with weight balance and it may or may not have fallen off my tall dresser, and it may or may not still be a little bit crook. But that's ok. It works, and I think in the future I'm going to update it and find a way a anchor it down.

Overall I'm very pleased with my new invention and can't wait to take advantage of it's usefulness.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Put Your Records On

So out of ALL of those ideas, I decided to make a carousel for my records, so they could stay organized and easy to access. I'm also going to make the cookbook but I'm going to make it for my sister for Christmas because she's not a very good cook.

BUT ANYWAY, my dad and I will start making it this week. For the round part on the top we're going to use a bike tire, so that its big enough to fit the length of my records/the hangers. Plus using the bike tire will make it easier to spin because it already has the technology in it. So I'll have a wooden base and a metal pole, and I think I'll paint it light blue and gold (to match my room and because I'm super hip).

I'll go buy some hangers at TJ Maxx this week, the kind you hang pants with. So yeah my parents leave for New York on Friday and my dad will help me before then. I'm super excited.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Think Think Think

So this past week we have started our next projects, and at this point I´m a little brain dead. I couldn´t think of much. I´ve already dealt with a lot of the issues I care about, and attempted to solve them, but trying to change the perseption of peoples' minds all around the world isn´t something you can do in two weeks. I could try to make people understand that all humans should be equal whether they´re straight, gay, black, white or asian, catholic, jewish, or muslim, or man, or woman, but that would take an entire lifetime, even more than that. I could try to talk my mom into letting me adopt a child from Africa or Syria, or even in our own country of America, or I could try to adopt a dog or two from the shelter. But I don´t think any of those ideas sound appealing to her right now.

So as we usually do, I had to come up with a list of 20 ideas (I only got to 16, but close enough).

  1.  Set up a Pen Pale system with my 5th grade class for JET with students their age from Germany.
  2. Bring treats every Friday to my class if around their desk is clean and they have their chair stacked everyday that week.
  3. Make a cookbook for all my jumbled recipes.
  4. Make a moisturizing and washable lotion to put on before you get into the bathtub so prevent skin from getting dry.
  5. Make the small room for sanders and build shelves in it and provide homemade granola bars for people who don´t get breakfast.
  6. Make a ¨Celebrate Diversity¨ video with the kids at my elementary school.
  7. Get a grant to update bathroom stalls and faucets.
  8. Make a clip to put on the knot after tying your shoes so that they don´t become untied.
  9. Large shower head to attach to the hose to make washing your dog easier.
  10. Make a spinning machine with speed control to clean makeup brushes.
  11. Attachment for water bottle that holds a lemon (or any other food) for detox water.
  12. Make aroma therapy diffuser for shower.
  13. Make a carousel to hold, organize, and make records more accessable.
  14. Make something to organize makeup brushes.
  15. Make a floating dog bed so my dog doesn´t take up my whole bed.
  16. Make a suit to put on my dog so her doesn´tget so much dog hair on my bed.
These were all my ideas, and I had to take a few ideas and whose which was the best and which was the worse.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Uh Oh Spaghetti-O

So yeah we suck. The prototypes didn't really work out. They kept breaking in the molds and made skin feel rubbery, and they smoked and yeah, it didn't work.

So I was going to try several times to try and make a bathbomb, but I've been so busy with my German exchange student. The first time Jessica made the bathbomb she forgot the coconut oil, then the second time they decided not to put essential oils in it because its like $30 worth of oils to make one batch. It wasn't going to work out because we wanted to make them cheaper for the customer to buy.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Bill Nye the Science Guy

So because Faith and I have such terrible schedules, Jessica and Kylee started the actual making of the first few bathbombs.

They tried the first time with a regular sphere mold. The colors were great, but when they were done making it, they realized they forgot the coconut oil. So Jessica tried it out, but it made her skin feel rubery.

Then they tried it again but since the essential oils were so expensive, they tried to make them without it and they added more scented epsome salts. This time it wouldn't come out of the mold.

So at this point we're kinda screwed. Oh we also sometime in there went to Kittsona to see what kind of bath products they had available, they only had like three bathbombs, and they weren't even homemade.

Scrub-A-Dub

Faith and finished the dog project, the one where we were super excited about helping others and we had our dreams crushed by a ungrateful, teenage volunteer.

Yeah, I'm still salty.

But we were trying to figure out what we should do for our next project. And all I could think of was doing DIY beauty remedies. It was super lame and I was still crushed from the previous project. But we started doing brainstorming activities in class and soon we came up with the idea of a bathbomb line.

Jessica, Kylee, Faith, and I were going to start our own line of bathbombs. We were going to have several kinds: the fortune bathbomb, the puzzle piece bathbomb, the half a dozen bathbomb set, and the children's bathbomb.

The fortune bathbomb was going to be like a regular bathbomb, but in the middle would be a laminated fortune to surprise you in the end. The puzzle piece bathbombs were going to come in all different scents and you could make different scent combonations by putting them together and dropping them in. The half a dozen bathbomb set was going to be 6 egg-shaped bathbombs in a decorative egg carton. And the childrens bathbomb would be a regular bathbomb but the chemical makeup would be more concentrated on the cleaners, and in the center would be a toy, such as a plastic dinosaur or something.

We were going to get our prototype and then present our idea to the owners of Kittsona, and we wanted to sell them in the store, and have 20% of the proceeds go to the dog shelter.

Then we started creating.