My element was gold, the atomic number is 79. Gold is primarily used in jewelry and aesthetics, it can also be used in food, and money. In old stories dragons usually guard piles of gold, and my picture is a dragon on-top a pile of gold.
Mrs. Hull taught us how to sketch into our foam, flip it over so it’s backwards, then roll it and make a print of it. I would spend more time working on the stamp part and painting it correctly, so it looks better. I enjoyed drawing the dragon the most, because it was fun to do.
In my first blog post, I introduced the topic of my You & The World Project, which is bullying LGBT+ children in schools. You can find that blog here. I talk about the types of insults children use, the statistics behind insults, and who people hear them from. I also talk about where bullying stems from, and how it affects children from a young age. That’s all in my first blog post.
I found a new source, talking about being openly gay in high school, and still hearing homophobic slurs from a water polo team. Tony Covell still heard homophobic slurs from his teammates in the locker room. The team would jokingly use the words and look at Covell, he would blow them off and ignore their ignorance. These boys knew their teammate and who he was, but day after day they continued to use these words. So why do people continue to use slurs and hate speech, even if they know someone's sexuality? Covell says it’s about the hate behind it. That being called a “faggot” is supposed to be offensive. Covell says “The term “faggot” is degrading — it gives a derogatory term to a word that in most cases are being used as a synonym for “gay.”
GLSEN, sponsored by Celebrating Kindness, created a “no name calling week”, to reduce kids in high school from using homophobic or gay slurs. This week has no set time, and schools and does it whenever they feel necessary. They propose ideas and things to do to keep kids from using these slurs, and how to celebrate LGBT+ students in their schools.
For my project, I had to do original research to find out more about my topic. I did a survey, which you can find here, and sent it out to children who go to my school. My topics asked about how students felt about the LGBT+ community if they’ve heard slurs against it, if they’ve witnessed bullying, and if they’ve tried to help it. It was an anonymous survey, so no information was recorded about the students.
I learned from the students that most people thought the slurs were moderately hurtful, mostly heard them from students, and heard them in school. None responded that they disliked the LGBT+ community. This information helped me understand how a group of high school students feel about the LGBT+ community. It also helped me see that people sometimes don’t think that the slurs are hurtful, and some even said that they don’t hear the slurs at all. Personally, I think that the “hurt” of the slur depends on the person. It all depends on your experience with the LGBT+ community, your supports, and the type of people you’ve been around. I’m not affected much by homophobic slurs, but I do know people who are bothered by them a lot.
This image shows if people have seen bullying towards people in the LGBT+ community, taken from my survey results
For my agent of change in the real world, I’m not sure what I want to do yet. I was thinking of fundraising and giving the money to organizations who help prevent bullying or make safe spaces for teens who are LGBT+ and not supported. Or I wanted to fundraise and give the money to organizations that make “care packages” for Transgender teens who can’t afford, or whose parents won't let them buy clothes that make them feel comfortable. Those are some options that I have.
If you want to read more about sources I have and see where I’ve looked, you can find my annotated bibliography here!
While making this piece I had to brainstorm ideas and words that represent me and who I am. Some of the words that I thought of were, caring, friendly, flexible, tall, outgoing, and book lover. Although from first glance you may not be able to tell why this symbol represents me, knowing the words involved and meaning behind it, will make it easier to understand. While making this stamp I wanted to have flexibility involved. Life can throw many things your way, and sometimes plans can change at last minute, and I can be really tolerant of that. So I incorporated the circle to represent my flexibility. For friendly, I try to be as nice as I can to everyone, and I have lots of friends, which the lines that connect to me outer circle are. Lots of lines mean lots of friends, and I’m a pretty friendly person. The flower in the middle is supposed to represent my caring. I have lots of empathy for people I meet, and will always look out for a friend. When I think of flowers, I think of gentle and caring things.
The assignments were to brainstorm about 10 words that described us, mine you can find here. Our next assignment was to sketch out our ideas in our sketch book, and pick the one we like best, than today we would cut out the positive and negative spaces and paste it into our sketchbook.
Positive and negative space play large roles in this stamp project. If I were to just draw lines without and space to them, I wouldn't have shapes, only cuts in paper. Thinking about it in the form of a stamp, if I were to put the stamp into ink, it wouldn't pick any up, and would be just a blob of ink.
When Mrs. Hull explained positive and negative space to the classroom, I thought I understood it well, and it was easy to understand, but it wasn’t. I tried to make a few positive space drawings, and they never turned out quite how positive space really is. I asked mr. Herrera how it should look, and he explained it well to me. Also, looking at pictures of negative space, like the one here, helped me understand. That is what I learned about positive and negative space.
I found the negative space in my picture by tracing the lines of the picture with the blunt end of a pencil, then following the lines, I used the razor to cut out the pieces. I glued the positive space down first, then I used the pieces left over to make the negative side.
It helps artists to see into negative space so they can see the outlines of drawings, and it's a unique form of art.
Negative space can enhance drawings if used in the correct way. If the picture is mostly negative, then the darkness drowns out the picture and you can't see it correctly. If it's a good mixture or negative and positive space, the artwork can really be enhanced.
In schools all across American children hear anti-gay slurs everyday. 85% percent of students report hearing these slurs daily, and 24% of them report hearing this from teachers.
Hi, I’m Kenzie Hopkins, I’m currently a freshman at Science Leadership Academy, and for the quarter four benchmark, I chose to focus on the bullying of lgbt students for my You and The World Project. I got interested when I was talking to fellow friends who belong in the LGBT community, and they’ve had more negative experiences than me. Some told me of how they were bullied in school, and their parents don’t support it. Children should feel safe in school and celebrated for their individuality, not bullied and shamed for being themselves. It is important for others to know about bullying towards LGBT students because children, our future, shouldn’t be put down and harassed for who they are and who they love, or what gender they identify as.
This issue is significant because bullying is already an issue across America and the world, but being a person who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, statistics prove that you are more likely to be bullied or harassed than straight people. If people know more about the issues that LGBT people face, they may be more likely to step up and defend the person, report the incident, or stop their actions. Bullying towards LGBT students often starts at a very young age, In elementary school students being calling each other “fags” and “queer” from a young age, some even at six years old. “In 2001, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) reported that 85% of youth across the nation heard anti-gay slurs from other students on a regular basis. In most schools there isn’t a gender neutral bathroom or people don’t agree with letting others use the bathroom with the gender they identify with. This is harmful to transgender students, because they may feel unwelcome or uncomfortable with being “forced” into a gender role. Schools are supposed to be a safe space for children to learn and grow, not be bullied and put down. “Schools can send a message that no one should be treated differently because they are, or are perceived to be, LGBT. Sexual orientation and gender identity protection can be added to school policies.”. Schools should also talk about creating GSA’s or safe spaces for children. The right to have a GSA is protected under the Equal Access Act. Protecting privacy is important too, and this passages addresses the importance of not telling a student's parent(s) if the child is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Lastly it gives information about the Federal Civil Rights Laws concerning sexual orientation. Nine out of ten children who identify as LGBT, reported being bullied or harassed in the year of 2016.
I want to help people realizing that children still get bullied in places that are supposed to make them feel special and safe. To read up on more information you can click here to find my annotated bibliography!
Printmaking is the art of carving, etching, or putting chemicals on stone canvases and working in the art. This form of art is important because, it preserves the history of paper and ink art from China. Printmaking also is a form of art that is still used today.
Printmaking was revolutionary because using an older form of art, people started creating paper money, magazines, books, posters, and billboards.This is important because we use these things everyday, when we pay for food, read magazines or newspapers, and when we do work in school on packets or in books.
This piece of art interests me for many reasons. I notice how fine the fur is and the intricate details in the background. It makes me wonder how much time it took to make this piece. I also wonder how they got the blue background and the black cat.
Desde mi mamá
Completa, ya no
Mi mamá, mi familio, clandestino
Soy corro de mi problemas
De mi mamá y familia
Somos un poco triste
Y somos fuerte
No tengo mi mamá
Pero somos completa
!Hola¡ Somos… (we all introduce ourselves). Somos del primer año en la escuela. SLA está en Filadelfia. Está cerca de Arch Gourmet, Franklin Institute, y Trader Joe’s. SLA es la escuela pequeña y brillante. Hay quinientos (500) estudiantes, treinta profesores, y hay cinco pisos. Nosotros tenemos Spirit Week, bailes de escuela, consejerías, y hay ultimate frisbee. Ofrecemos deportes, poetry club, cine, ingeniería, y comida deliciosa.
En la clases, nosotros aprendemos. Nosotros leemos, tomamos apuntes y prestamos atención. En SLA, tenemos muchas clases. Por ejemplo, inglés, historia, español, tecnología, ingeniería, arte, algebra/ geometria, bioquímica, consejería. Para tener éxito en esta clase, necesitamos hacer la tarea. Es importante tomar apuntes En la clases hacemos tarea con computadoras. La clase de inglés muy fácil.
¡En SLA las estudiantes están muy contentas! ¡Los profesores están muy inteligentes! ¡Los profesores les gustan los estudiantes mucho! Vamos a ver los estudiantes y profesores. (show teacher looks at kid and head explodes).
SLA es muy interesante. Me encanta bioquímica y ingeniería porque es fácil. Lo que más nos gusta de SLA es consejería. SLA es chévere, tranquilo, e inspirante. Para más información, ve a www.scienceleadership.org. !Ven a visitarnos!
When I was presenting to the class I realized I presented the wrong slide, I saw this and told the class, but working with what I had I thought I did a good presentation. I learned a lot more then what I thought about graphic designing, like if you have words too close to the edge of your slide it creates tension. Or that you shouldn't put words on red sometimes, because it can be hard to read. In my new slide, I got rid of some words that were unnecessary and enlarged more important ones. I also made the picture on my dad larger to take up more space in the slide. Actually doing your research for this project is important, because seeing others present, you could see who researched and payed attention to the directions. That is why doing your research for this project was important.
When first researching about this project, I didn’t know much about designing. I knew a little bit from my dad, he’s a graphic designer, maybe that’s somewhat ironic because my slide is about him. But, I enjoy the way my slide looks. The slide contrasts, with black and white, which catches eyes, according to https://zachholman.com/posts/slide-design-for-developers/. There is some empty space in my slide as well, so it doesn’t look cluttered, and the sizes of my words vary, so people mainly get key information. When we watched our video in class, the man said that it's important for people to only see what they need to know, that's why the euro sign was smaller compared to the price. I also added some low intensity color to the slide, to make my important words pop out, and keep it from being to dull. Lastly, I have a picture of my dad added to the slide. It's a medium size picture that isn't too intense, but captures the eye, it isn't a bleeding picture because I thought having the whole view of it looked better than having some cut off. That is why my slide looks the way it does!
There are 13 devices that are hooked up to my home network. These are our tv, x-box 1, wii, ipad, our cell phones, printer and laptops. I learned a lot about home networks through this project, like how information gets to and from your phone and computers. It surprised me to find out how your’e able to block content you can see on your computer. If I was to tell someone what they needed to know about having an ISP, it would be to do your research first to make sure you know what your’e doing. Also don’t be afraid to ask for help.