Notice Youth Violence

Hey I’m Ben as you know I’m doing a project for English class called you and the world and I have to find a problem in the world and get it supported, noticed, or solved. I chose to get Youth Violence noticed at Science Leadership Academy and show that even if we go to a school where we have a safe environment people go through a lot of violence that involves the youth community. When I go home on the train everyday there's always students fighting and it makes me unsafe or very discomforting. I would mind my business on the train walk out and the police would block exits because of students a fighting and it just makes public transportation a ugly mess.


I did two other posts and they involved some research explaining the violence students have caused in slate post 1 which involved which parts of Philly is safer than others. We found that North and West Philly have caused the most violence. In slate post 2 I discussed some of the results of youth violence which end tragically sometimes. Sometimes people are put in the hospital and the unlucky ones take something precious which hurt families and friends around their neighborhood.


I did some research for my agent of change and found that the youth crime rate has dropped and it is still dropping. Crimes such as assault, battery, rape, etc are caused by the youth community. Crimes in these categories have dropped 68% A lot is being done but not a lot of people notice this crisis that's going on in youth crime and violence. People aren’t gonna stop and people still don’t care. If they see something they like they will take it from you and won’t think twice. It’s crazy how cruel people can be to each other. But is there a way to stop violence; no but there’s ways to

get it noticed in our communities.



My official Agent of change was pretty creative and everyone at SLA has probably seen it once or twice. I made a poster that represents everything I’m against that said STOP THE VIOLENCE. What this poster represented was a small but noticeable voice for every person who doesn’t feel safe in their own community after school. Things are being done like populating all train stations with more police which reduces violence in the area. I decided to create a poster because when you walk by and see the poster it makes you think, does violence happen everywhere because we don’t see it in SLA. It’s good to expose our community to topics like this and get it noticed.


While doing my project I felt like the project was impossible and I couldn’t ever complete this with a good grade or at all. But as the project kept going I realized that I accomplished a ton of research and got my agent of agent thought out and finish very swiftly.  Reflecting on the project I felt like I did an awesome job fulfilling my goal in getting youth violence recognized. I feel proud of myself for all the hard work and courage to interview a police officer to get info that even police think youth violence is still a problem.


If I could of done this whole project again I would not procrastinate and get things done way earlier than I did. I got everything in on time but I think I should have gotten a peer review for each blog post. Well thanks for reading my last blog post if you want more information look at my annotated bibliography and do some more research.

Me and NotInPhilly

In my previous two blog posts I have told you about Taney and Bainbridge streets’ problem with litter and my own outdoor observations of my streets. In this blogpost I will be telling you about me actually acting on this situation. In my blogpost, ¨Litter Search and Solutions¨, in the end, I mentioned signing up and joining Not In Philly to help make a positive change in myself and my community. Recently, I have created for  myself an account on and registered to clean and Taney street. When you register to clean up your street it shows map of Philadelphia with roads for you to choose from and it shows you who else is currently cleaning that street and the streets near by and how many people there are for that street. When I registered for Taney Street it said I was the first person to register for cleaning that street.

The day after I registered, I went out on Taney street in the afternoon and picked up trash and recyclables off the street with a trash grabber and a plastic bag. I picked up the trash with the help of my father. My father helped me take the pictures of the trash with his camera. We also did a little extra cleaning on Bainbridge Street. When I was out on the street seeing all the trash on the street made me feel displeased with some of my neighbors and sad knowing that it was hurtful to the people, plants and animals that live in this  neighborhood. But when I cleaned up the trash and looked back when I was done, I was very satisfied with how clean the streets looked and was happy knowing I had done a good deed.

Let me tell you about my experience with the Not In Philly registration. There I made myself a new account. Signing up was easy: on their website they gave me a form where I just had to give my name, my phone number, my address, my email address, and make up a password. After that they gave me an email telling me to go to their website and choose a block/street to clean, I choose a block on Taney Street because it was next to my house. I trust this website because it is not a big faceless corporation or a money hungry business. It is a nonprofit organization that seeks to make a good difference and it is currently happening everywhere around the city unlike the Philadelphia Streets Litter Cabinet which I have never seen in action. I also trust this organization because it was created by a well known family friend who is kind and looks towards improving the city and solving its problems, like the litter on the streets.

A website that I found that focuses on reducing litter is called the Litter Less campaign. This campaign not only encourages people to pick up trash but it also aims for changing the minds of children about the problem of littering and what they can do to make a difference, ¨It aims to engage and educate children and young people on the issue of litter, and encourage them to make positive choices.¨( The organization is involved in 35 schools around the world and they educate children on cleaning up litter.  I like how this focuses on younger generations, teaching them not to litter.  If we can teach each generation not to litter, pretty soon young people and adults all over the world might stop littering and be more concerned about keeping the environment clean.

Overall, I feel that I have made a change with myself and my neighborhood. My change is that I have gone from just being against littering to standing up and physically acting on the problem. I have made a change in my neighborhood by being the newest person to having a habit of cleaning the streets and being a example to keeping the streets healthy and clean to the neighborhood. I feel really proud of myself for developing these new good habits. So far I plan on cleaning the streets one day every week, but I want to expand this by starting clean on two or three days a week. What is left to be done is to get more people in my neighborhood to clean the streets and join Not In Philly. I love making a good difference in my neighborhood and making clean and healthy decisions.


"About the Campaign." Eco Schools. Eco Schools, 2014. Web. 08 June 2017.



My trash grabber with a piece of plastic.



Some trash around a neighbor’s flower pot.



My collected trash in a plastic bag.


Rubidium, the element of Vacuums
Rubidium, the element of Vacuums
My element was Rubidium, it's symbol being Rb. Rubidium has the atomic number 37. The element was discovered in 1861 by Robert Bunsen and Gustav Kirchhoff. The interesting thing about the discovery is it was discovered on Robert Bunsen's invention, The Bunsen Burner. I was inspired to make this design because one of Rubidium's uses is to make fireworks purple. However, I chose the color red for this particular one because it got its name from the color Deep Red, Rubidius, in Latin. To make this print I first decided to make the firework rocket striped and I tried to determine the best way to incorporate the negative and positive space. It was also a bit challenging to incorporate the Symbol and Number in the image while still keeping it creative. The only thing I'd change would be making the lines neater and making sure that the ink doesn't fall in the lower layers. I really enjoyed doing the Ink for this project as well as the research. I feel certain elements aren't very well known and have unique and interesting stories to them, like Rubidium. I really enjoyed learning about these things, and I felt like I was learning how to do something new when actually using the ink rollers.

Mercury Print/Matt Project

My element was Mercury. Its atomic number is 80, and its chemical symbol is Hg. My element has been used for many things in the past, but it turned out to be poisonous and harmful to people. In the 20th century, it was commonly used for thermometers, fluorescent lights and light bulbs,  batteries, tooth fillings, felt production, and much more. It was discovered in Spain and France 30,000 years ago when it used for ancient cave murals and decoration. For my imagery, I originally made designs that incorporated a lot of Mercury's many well-known uses, but I felt like it was not very original. I did research and learned that Mercury is nicknamed "quicksilver" because it is a liquid metal and has a silver metallic look. I decided to use that for my design instead, because I thought it was more creative and less known about Mercury. To make the print, I made many different sketches because I felt that none of them were the design that I wanted. I finally decided on a design that looked like silver droplets around everything, and cleaned it up so the design looked nice. Then, I traced my design onto transfer paper and then onto a styrofoam plate. I went in with a blunted pencil on the styrofoam and pressed down the parts that I wanted to be white in the final product. Finally, I got the ink, covered my print with ink using a paint roller, and put the final product on paper. I matted two of them and left one untouched. If I did the print again, I probably would have made the prints further away from the edge because I struggled to rip the sides in a nice looking way. I also would have added a little more detail, because I thought the negative space wouldn't come out as well as it did in the end. The part I enjoyed the most was doing the printing itself, because I really enjoyed the different colors of ink and it made me feel like all the work that I did paid off.  

Final Print Masterpiece ~ Aluminum Airlines

My element is aluminum and the atomic number is 22. Aluminum was found in 1825 and the first scientist to mass produce it was Hans Christian Oersted. Aluminum can be used in many ways, such as kitchen utensils, cans, window frames, aero planes, and much more. I got my idea because I saw that the main use for heavy aluminum was planes, so I decided to draw one, and call it Aluminum Airlines. I went through an artistic process in the making of this print. First we drafted a sketch, then traced the sketch, and finalized. Then we got to using our ink and rolling it onto paper. If I did this print one more time, I would be more patient with myself. Lastly, I enjoyed everything about this project. I got to really challenge myself and in the end, I created something special.

Anxiety won't stop no one!

It’s Briannie Matos again with another post about anxiety. As you know anxiety is a very serious topic. Throughout the beginning of my research I found a bunch of facts and statistics about anxiety. You can find all of this information in my first blog post, which you should really go check out! As my original research I decided to interview my Aunt who suffers from anxiety. I learned so much about her and she gave great advice to those who also suffer from anxiety. If you would like to listen to the interview and read more about my topic you should go check out my second blog post as well.

Anxiety is really such a big part of my life and I wanted to show people that there are ways to cope with it. For my agent of change I decided to create a care package for my aunt who was also apart of my original research. In the basket there will be a 2 books, some chocolate, and some puzzles, such as crossword and wordsearch. I know this will help her because she has a hard time everyday dealing with her anxiety. She does live in New York so I will be mailing it over to her house so she wouldn’t have to wait until I go to visit her.

Thinking of how I wanted to do my agent of change was very difficult. At first I wanted to give care packages to those who have anxiety but I realized it wouldn’t have worked out because of the costs. After that, I wanted to raffle off some care packages but it was too late and I did not have enough time. That’s when my English teacher, Ms. Giknis, gave me the idea of making homemade stress balls and even gave me a way to make them. The stress balls did not work out either so that’s when I just decided to make a care package for my aunt.



Here are images of me putting together the care package for my aunt.

Going more into anxiety has made me understand it so much more. I knew anxiety was bad but getting to know more about my aunt’s anxiety and reading articles about other people has really opened up my eyes more. I will say it was a great experience actually getting to become an agent of change instead of just having to write a paper about everything I learned about. This project was very different but a good different. I’m glad I got to learn so much more about anxiety because now I know how to help my friends and family who suffer from anxiety, including myself.

Having to deal with anxiety is a real big struggle, especially when you need medication to control it. It’s a disorder that just can’t go away but it’s something that people can learn to cope with. I’ve learned many great ways to cope with anxiety and now for the future I plan to keep on helping those who suffer from anxiety.


This is an image of my aunt, my grandmother, and my mother. Even though she suffers from anxiety she will always have that big smile on her face.

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Artist Statement

My element is oxygen and my atomic number is 8. Oxygen was discovered by Joseph Priestley and Carl Wilhelm Scheele. The first that comes up to my mind when I hear oxygen is we use it to breathe and to survive. Second, trees comes up to my mind when I hear oxygen. What I did for my drawing was I drew a tree, a girl, and oxygen molecules around it. No I wouldn't really do anything differently. I enjoyed the printing part the most in this project. 



I’m back again, for the last time. Yeah, the kid who’s doing the Black Lives Matter project for you and the world. Since you love me so much, read my previous blog posts again. And if you haven’t already checked them out, stop reading and go check them out RIGHT NOW- Part 1 and Part 2. In these, I talk about the importance of my topic, why I chose it, and how/what I researched. Now let’s get to the good stuff.

Photo of my agent of change participator.
Photo of my agent of change participator.

At first it took me a long time to figure out how I wanted to make a slight difference in the community. I reached out to those apart of BLM Philly. This is the only organization like this in Philadelphia, and they set up events to raise awareness. We spoke about creating some sort of program for children like me who want to make a difference, but the process was difficult so I decided to make a smaller, yet more significant impact. I spoke to all of the Freshmen of SLA, and attempted to get everyone to wear Black/Dark hoodies or sweaters in remembrance for Trayvon Martin, the man that sparked this movement and ultimately led to creating a better place for me and my people. Surprisingly, I got over 50 people to wear black, which touched my heart that I could raise that much aware for something so important to me and others. Many people suggested that I should do something like this in the future. For the future, I’m going to strive to create a Trayvon Martin Day, AKA #TrayDay. I am aware that this poses a lot of obstacles and challenges, but I’m prepared to gather other people who same the same passion for ‘Blackness’.

Another Participator
Another Participator
As an African American Male in the United States, I felt like it was required for me to take on this topic. Not only to raise much needed awareness, but to prove to myself that anybody can make a difference in the world and in someone’s heart. Going through this process made me a much better person and I realized that I can do the right thing if I simply put myself out there. There was a point during this process where I felt like I was not doing well enough, and there were people that supported me and my topic and I’m grateful for that. What I’m trying to say is, I loved doing this project because it brought me closer to my inner self and I got to expose many future opportunities for myself. If I had to do this project again, I would do it a hundred times over although it was stressful.
ANOTHER participator
ANOTHER participator

I want to thank my wonderful teacher for helping me and my classmates make a change and raise awareness. I want to thank my readers for coming along for the ride and I hope I inspired some young souls to conquer what they love. Lastly I want to honors those who lost their lives in the history of the Movement by saying, #BLACKLIVESMATTER!


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My element is oxygen, with the atomic number of 8. Oxygen is a chemical element with symbol O and atomic number 8. It is a member of the chalcogen group on the periodic table and is a highly reactive non metal and oxidizing agent that readily forms oxides. I got the idea by seeing that oxygen involves water, so the circle things are bubbles. I also drew things dealing with oxygen such as its atomic number. The process that i went through was very easy, the first thing i did was do some brainstorming. After i did brainstorming, i put it on that paper you told us not to lose. After that, i copied onto that paper you gave us, but i did it backwards like you said. After that, i got a white piece of paper, and slowly put it on the other paper. I let that dry also, and cut it out, and put it on the paper. If i could do the whole thing again, i would try and make my color darker. That's because i think the darker it is, the more eye catching it becomes. The thing that i enjoyed the most was drawing, thats because it was my own idea.  

IMG_0489.JPG i tried cropping it but it wont allow me to .

PAWS it's a bake sale

Hey I’m Nasya Ie and I attend at Science Leadership Academy. Welcome back to my last blog! If you did not read my first and second blog post, please do so. In both of my blog posts, I talked about industries harming animals. The first blog post talks about everything wrong about industries harming animals and how they don’t treat them right. That is leading up to my second post, how I made a survey. Experiencing people taking my survey and seeing the responses I got. Also, this is going to be my third blog post and this is about my Agent of Change. What is an Agent of Change? An Agent of Change is what I am going to do in order to solve this situation, how am I going to help.
My Agent of Change is to have a bake sale in SLA and outside of SLA, to fundraise for PAWS shelter. My bake sale was on June 5th. Why PAWS shelter? Well, PAWS shelter is a small animal shelter and it is an non-profit organization, which means that the government does not provide money to the shelter. They depend on the donations they get. I am going to step up and donate to PAWS. Every donation makes a huge difference. A picture below shows how much money makes a difference.
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Screenshot 2017-05-25 at 2.23.11 PM

As you can see little amount of money counts and different amount of money can help these animals in the shelter. It can provide a lot for little amount of money. I want this to become a trend, everyone donating to shelters. This will help animals and the shelter, too. I am going to take the time and effort to fundraise for PAWS and hopefully more shelters.

Madison S. taking a picture of me and the bake sale

As you can see by the photo this was my bake sale. What did I make at the bake sale?  Advice from Betty Crocker website, “Bake and sell small treats like doughnuts and mini muffins while the sale is in full swing.” So, I baked Cake drops (cake pop without a stick), Brownies and cupcakes. We raised over $100! To be honest I wasn’t expecting to get over 50 dollars, but I did it! But I couldn’t do it without the people who supported me and my bake sale.

Madison S. taking a photo of me making an announcement about my bake sale

My experience of having a bake sale in SLA was nerve wracking for me. I was worried that people would not buy things from my bake sale, but people did! I am glad that I got to experience this to make a change happen. I get to do bake sale and provide money for PAWS, which is amazing.

I emailed PAWS about the donation

So as you can see by the picture above I have emailed Director of Development. I asked her about the donation and what I did to produce the donation for PAWS. I am so glad that I got to support PAWS and for everyone who supported the bake sale.

This project was an experience, is was enjoyable. I got to learn so much about industries harming animals and its horrible ways. Also, doing an original research, making a survey on what people know about my topic. Then, me having a bake sale to raise money for PAWS shelter. If I got to do this again I would be a bit more organized, so everything is smooth, also credits to my mom for helping me for my bake sale. Even though this project is coming to an end, I still want to raise awareness and try to solve this problem and I believe we can do this together to stop this problem.

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My element was Xenon and it’s atomic number is 54. The name Xenon comes from a greek word “xenon” which means stranger. It is a noble gas and it was discovered through the study of liquified air just like krypton and neon. You can find Xenon in flash cameras, movie projectors, car headlights, nuclear reactors, and oxidizing agents. Since Xenon is in flash cameras I decided to draw a camera because it seemed more different to do. Finding the right camera to draw was a little difficult until I found the perfect one. It’s kind of an old camera that you wouldn’t see as much today but, personally it went well with my element. Next time instead of drawing a camera I would draw a movie projector because that’s something I can get really creative with. The part I enjoyed the most was creating my print because it very different than most art. I love to draw and I just love art overall. This was something that I took serious and had fun with.

Week 9 - Day 1 & 2 Print/Matt

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My element is Titanium. The atomic number of Titanium is 22. Titanium is one of the strongest metals. It is known as the metal of the Gods in ancient greek history. Originally named Gregorite, after the British chemist, Reverend William Gregor who discovered it in 1791. Titanium is usually used in Aircraft and Spacecraft. For my print, since Titanium is known as the “Metal of the Gods,” I wanted to portray that. My print is someone obtaining the power of the gods.


To start out, I had to come up with a sketch. So I drew steps that were to represent a temple, and the man obtaining the power, with Titanium in the background. I had to trace that to another piece of thin paper. With that trace out, I would trace the drawing into a styrofoam plate. That plate would act as the stamp. Once the stamp is completed, paint must be applied and stamp the drawing on a piece of paper.


For this project, I would change my drawing. I found that my drawing wasn’t as amazing as I thought. Although, I enjoyed pasting my drawing onto paper. I always loved working with paint, so it was a fun experience.



The element I was assigned was chromium. Its atomic number is 24 and its chemical symbol is Cr. Chromium derives from the greek word ‘chroma’,meaning colour. Chromium has 24 protons, 24 neutrons, and 27 electrons. It's a transition metal and was discovered by French chemist Nicholas Vauquelin in Paris, in 1798. Discovered it in a Siberian goldmine. It was bright and shiny which is how the chemist noticed it. It can be used to harden steel. Also, it can be plated onto cars and bikes.

To make this print, I had to make multiple sketches to find the right one. I then traced my sketch on a special piece of paper that had deep engravings. Paint was plastered on the engravings and was stamped onto paper to make a relief printmade picture. Since chromium can be plated on bikes, I decided to make a bike. Next time I would add unique color patterns to my pictures or style. I enjoyed pressing the picture with the paint on paper, it felt satisfying.

The End of my Experiences with Affordable Healthcare.


The context of the last post discussed what The Affordable Act and Obamacare was. The battle for affordable health care is being fought through Obamacare. Obamacare is threatened of being annulled by President Donald Trump. Even despite the fact that Obamacare opens opportunities to underprivileged families and middle-class families, Trump still wants to take it away. The Affordable Healthcare Act is equivalent to Obamacare. The Affordable Healthcare Act is called an act because it was an effort to strengthen the Healthcare market and making insurance available to more people (First Blog Post).

The content of the second blog post consisted of new information found by the interview I had done with nurse Jelysa. I picked up new facts on Obamacare and the goals of the Affordable Healthcare act. Some facts like the act’s three primary goals are to make affordable health insurance available to more people. The law/act provides consumers with subsidies (“tax credits”) that reduces costs for households with incomes between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level. Expand the Medicaid program to cover all adults with income below 138% of the federal poverty level. Support medical care delivery methods designed to lower the costs of health care generally (Second blog post).

IMG_4357.JPG.jpeg (Me, working in the labs of the clinic)

I enjoyed my experience with my Agent of Change. For my Agent of Change I did volunteer work at my mother’s clinic, the Abbotsford Family Practice (Abbotsford Falls Clinic). My mom works there as a nurse and she got me connected with another nurse. Nurse Jelysa took me under her wing. She was the one I interviewed about Obamacare and affordable healthcare. She gave me facts about the healthcare topic. After that, we scheduled a work appointment for me where I would be able to shadow her. Not only did I shadow, I also assisted Jelysa with interviewing patients. Jelysa’s main role at the clinic was to interview patients to see if they were eligible for Obamacare. I assisted her by interviewing patients myself which was my Agent of Change.

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Knowing that I actually did nurse work feels great. The job I wish to obtain in the future is to become a doctor, so helping out at a clinic was a cool experience. It felt like I was actually making a change in people’s lives. Being able to prescribe patients Obamacare felt good because I was giving them and their family a chance to make their lives easier. Knowing this makes me angry at the fact that president Trump wants to terminate Obamacare. This whole project made me feel important because of the changes I was making. I learned that life isn’t easy when your basic needs to survive in a modern society, is stripped away. Healthcare should be free for all because everyone should have the right to achieve a higher state of well being.

If I could change one thing, it would be my interview. I like my interview but I wish I could have interviewed more people. However, I really had fun with this project and this was one of the best projects I’ve ever done.

Annotated Bibliography


My element that I have is Krypton, it has a atomic number of 36. It was founded in 1898 by Sir William Ramsay and Morris Travers. It is used in energy saving lights and in some flash lamps used in high-speed photography. I got this ides for the picture because you can find radioactive krypton in the gases of nuclear reactors.

The first thing that we did to create this was draw an image on a paper that was 4 by 6. We the copied it backwards on a thin piece of paper. We traced it on a piece of styrofoam thin board. We dented any part that we wanted the be negative space. We put a thin layer of paint on it and pressed it down on a piece of paper so the paint would transfer to the paper. After we let it dry we cut it out and cut out a 6 by 8 piece of construction paper. We finally glued our piece int he middle of the construction paper. If I were to do this again I would ty to make a better piece that didn't have so many white spots on it. I liked making the drawling the best because I really like to draw and I'm very creative.

Artists Statement Final Print-Arthur LaBan

My element is Polonium and the atomic number is 84. Polonium was discovered by Marie and Pierre Curie. It was named after where Marie Curie was born, Poland. Polonium is used in atomic bombs, and it was used in the Manhattan project to make the atomic bombs that were used in World War Two. Polonium has also been used as a lethal poison. The reason I came up with my image was because of Polonium's use as a poison. The Russians have used polonium to poison their enemies. So I decided to use an map of Russia to represent my symbol. Then I used the bio hazard symbol to make sure people understood it was a dangerous element. It was a long proccess to get to the print you are seeing now. First we had to learn how to use negative space in printing. It is a very important technique that you can use in print making. I learned about the history of printmaking and then I utilized my knowledge to make the print you see before you. If I did this print again I would make a more accurate outline of Russia, to make it feel more authentic. The part I liked the most about this process was the actual printing. There is something satisfying to see your creation come to life.
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HIV/AIDS: The Last Blog

​Hey everybody, as you know my name is Shyann Davis and this is my last blog post about HIV/AIDS awareness. In Blog Post 1 I talked about the basic things you should know about HIV/AIDS. These are sexually transmitted diseases and can cause damage to your genital area. One major fact I found out was every 9 minutes and 30 seconds someone is infected with HIV or AIDS. In Blog Post 2 I talked about HIV/AIDS but from a perspective of the LGBTQ community. I talked about the importance for them to feel welcomed and are able to be open about it if they have HIV/AIDS because if they aren’t respected to do what they want the HIV/AIDS could do long term damage.
In this blog post I will be talking about my agent of change. On May 30, 2017 me and a bunch of students from school wore red. Red is the color of the ribbons for HIV/AIDS awareness. They also took pictures of themselves and posted it under the hashtag #HIVAIDSWOKE. I wanted to do this type of Agent of Change because a lot of people use social media these days so I thought that if I was able to get it out vocally and with the help of technology it would go far. My goal was to have 15 people wear red and 15 people post the hashtag. I achieved both of those goals. Exactly 15 people wore red and 23 people posted the hashtag.

Doing this was very fun. I didn’t expect so many people to participate in my Agent of Change. So many people got involved and I was so happy. Even one of my friends from California got involved and got her friends to participate as well. I was effective in making a change because I got my word out there. I put a daily reminder on Snapchat (a popular social media spot) and put a memo in the advisory memo. I walked around the classroom and asked students personally to be apart of my change and teachers were involved as well. I feel very proud of the amount of people that got involved in my Agent of Change. I did doubt myself in the beginning of the day on my Agent of Change. But then when all of these students started walking in with red on and I got back-to-back notifications about hashtags that were being put up I stopped doubting myself and I felt really confident.

What I learned about other people was that they have actual feelings. And when I say this I am not kidding, most people I believed in the beginning of the year I didn’t think had feelings or cared about how others felt. But over the course of the year I realized they do care about Orange stream and even though we rarely get along we always are family in the end. But after seeing their Agent of Change and project I see they care about the world as well. What I could have done better in this project was get my interview. My interview might have added into my project and gave a professional view to this. But overall I am really proud of my project and am glad that I got the awareness out there.

Reduce These Number Now

Hello and welcome to my second blog post on gun violence. My name is Sierra Radford and as you know from my first post about gun violence or if you didn’t read it yet, you can find it here. These numbers are getting worse and worse. Gun violence is one of the most talked about subjects in politics and there is still nothing being done about it. In my first blog post titled “Hands Up, Guns Down”, I talked about the statistics on how many teenagers die and commit suicide using guns found around the house. The number of teens that kill themselves is sinful. How can people who commit these crimes go to sleep knowing someone’s child is hurting or dead.Screenshot 2017-06-08 at 8.40.19 AM.png I believe we need to make a change but first I have to have enough people aware of how bad this is getting. In order to do this, I conducted a survey for Science Leadership Academy's rising sophomores. My survey is based on how many people are affected by gun violence, what promotes gun violence the most and how can we make a change. Most people said that black men are mostly affected by gun violence. I wonder why this is?  Why are mainly black men targeted? Could this be from only one perspective of the story?Screenshot 2017-06-08 at 8.40.04 AM.pngThis survey put in perspective what other people thought about this project and it was very interesting to see how many people actually wanting to make a change. I made a survey because I wanted to get an overall vision of what people thought or had to say about this topic rather than one person. Since gun violence has a lot of information about it, I decided to do some more research on this topic.I found two really great sources, and is a website that has stats on school shootings.The school shootings is one of the many reasons why there needs to be a change and it needs to happen now! According to, “Since 2013, there has been over 200 school shootings.” This stat includes universities, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools. The fact that students are being affected this should make you feel like you want to make a change. Imagine if your child was in one of these many schools and got injured or worse, died, you would be heartbroken and many families are. It should not take a tragedy to make you want to make a change because day, it’s going to be too late. The second source mainly focuses on stats on guns. According to, “60 percent of homicides in the United States is caused by guns.” This is more than half. These numbers just keep increasing. If we don’t do anything about this now, there is not going to be a later. 

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Neon Print

This is my homemade print about the element neon. First of all, I'm going to talk about neon, the tenth element of the periodic table. Neon is the second noble gas on the periodic table and was discovered in London in 1898. The name neon comes from the Greek word, neos, meaning "new". This is why I made my print of a laurel with neon's sign in Greek letters, representing the Greek background of neon's name.

Now I will go through the process for making this print. First, I researched the background of neon, and chose to do a laurel for my print. Then I drew my idea, among other ones, and chose the best. I then transferred my design onto tracing paper, and then to a foam plate. When I put the design onto the foam plate, I had to do the design backwards so that the print would come out with the letters the right way. Next class, we rolled the ink onto our plates and transferred the design onto paper by putting the paper on top of the plate with ink, and pressed down on it with a spoon, smoothing it out. Finally, I made a perfect 6"x8" square and put my final design in the middle, with an inch of room on each side.

Copper Cu Stamp!


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Hi my name is Orlando Aguayo and I'm a upcoming sophomore. So this project has taken place in my Biochem class and Ar class for a final mini project. We all got different elements of the periodic table, my element was Cu which is copper. So in art we had to create a stamp for our element with its atomic number, name, and what's it's used for. For my element which is Copper the atomic number is 29. For my stamp I drew a wire and a outlet because the two tails that hang out is made out of copper.

My element was found in Egypt by the egyptians and was used for Ankh. But later on was found in iraq because the egyptian tribes. Over the years people used it in mechanical engineering, they make electric heaters, Air conditioners, and car engine parts.

I chose to make a wire and outlet  because I used chargers all the time and it's amazing how things work so fast thanks to copper because it connects to energy faster than any other metal. It also is different from others because they usually make things that is very common to draw but I actually researched cool things that are mad out of copper and that was the best piece.

The procedure I followed to make my work the best it can be is by making sure I have great back ground knowledge on it and what things it made with. Than I started to make a couple drawings to see which one was best than made it 4X8. Last but not least I traced it on a piece of cooking paper, than traced on to a foam paper. Finally I chose a color and painted my foam stamp and put it on a paper 6 times and chose the best 3.

Finally if I can do this project again I would make different objects instead of just one object because I could have made my element more look more interesting that's the only thing. But my favorite part of this project is the painting because we chose a color, painted the foam stamp, and added pressure to get the stamp to make the but stamp!

Lead Print/Matt

My element is Lead, Pb. the atomic number is 82. My element is used for many things, it had been used in pencils and in water pipes. It is poison to be digested. The history of lead goes way back, it is unknown who discovered lead but it was used in things like makeup for Queen Elizabeth. It was a popular fashion in the 16th and 17th centuries it was called "whiteface" or "mask of the youth" that made your face the desired color of the time, but since it was poisonous it was not a trend that lasted very long. 
My inspiration for my print come from another time period where ancient rome in the 18 century put lead into wine to make it sweeter but ended up killed them. I thought drawing wine glasses in celebration, while packets of lead were poured into the glasses would be a good representation.
The process of making this print was first sketching many ideas of how I wanted lead to be represented. I them took sketch paper and traced my normal final sketch. With the final sketch on sketch paper I drew it onto the foam used to print my form, I had to make sure it was backwards so that when I printed it it wouldn't be backwards. The we took pain cover roller and put paint on it, and printed it. We made sure it was 4 by 6 inches as well to fit perfectly in a 6 by 8 matt frame. 
If I were to do this project again I would make my lines on the foam bolder so they were more distinct when I put pain on them. Other then that I am proud of my work. I would also make the element symbol more incorporated in my wine glasses.


Q4 Final Project

This last quarter was very fun in art. There were alot of fun and cool assignments we had to do. My favorite being the last one where we had to combine all of our skills to create one piece. I love drawing because it clears my head and Im proud that I had a class to do so. This quarter was so successful for me because not only did I enjoy the class but I feel like I worked real hard on these assignments.


My element is Strontium and its atomic number is 38. Strontium was founded by Adair Crawford when he analyzed a mineral sample from a lead mine near Strontian, Scotland. Strontium is mainly used for flares in fireworks. It makes the color red more vibrant in fireworks. I got the idea for making the a firework because strontium is mainly used for fireworks as I stated above. The process was fairly simple. I had to figure out what I wanted the print to be; a firework. Then, I had to copy it onto a thin piece of paper. After that, I turned the thin piece of paper backwards and traced the design onto a foam type of material. We had to turn in backwards so the final design wouldn’t come out backwards. I then painted and matted my designs to get this final look. If I could do this print differently, I would try to make it neater because the neater my work is, the more professional it looks. I really enjoyed painting the foam type of material because I love to paint. Even though the area that I was working on got messy, I still enjoyed doing it. There were so many people trying to get their foam type of material painted which actually made the situation pretty funny.

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Payton's Phosphorous Print


Hello, my name is Payton McQuilkin. I go to Science Leadership Academy High School.  One of my classes I take is art, in this class we went through a printmaking project. We connected this project with biochem by making a periodic table. We were each given a element and had to make a creative design. I was given Phosphorous, atomic number- 15. Phosphorus was the first to have a history on how it was discovered. You can find phosphorus in the tip of a match, also in fireworks. The process we did was: we made a design, then we traced it on tracing paper, after traced that on a plate, then after we made the trace on the plate we rolled color paint on the plate and printed the finals out. I would probably trace better if I did this again. I enjoyed rolled the color on my print and printing it. I t was exciting and I enjoyed it a lot. FullSizeRender.jpg