special thanks to Marie Burelli and Frank Jordans who helped with my research and knowledge of the Switzerland election system.
special thanks to Marie Burelli and Frank Jordans who helped with my research and knowledge of the Switzerland election system.
I went about finding my story by actually first thinking of things that get me thinking if I'm in the car riding past something or just hearing about something on the news, and with this I actually first got the idea when my two younger brothers approached my mom about needing money to go on a trip with their afterschool program.
I don't think this story receives much attention because most people take these programs for granted and don't really think about the intricacy that goes in to actually running these programs and maintaining them as well as the fact that a lot of these programs aren't big name or commercially known and so because of that not a lot of help can be given.
I learned that without inside help and inside knowledge to push the case and need for more things this will remain silent and unheard of to a lot of people.
4th quarter benchmark
In and around Philadelphia it isn’t hard to spot a Boys and Girls club or sports group that consist of children from and around the neighborhood enjoying various activities and spending time with mentors and friends. You’ve seen the ads and commercials boasting of the success many famous celebrities actors and actresses have had after being in a Boys and Girls club and the urge they put on children from communities to join and be embraced by the good mentoring programs that they can give to a young person; while many good things and young people come from these programs there is a small group of afterschool programs that don’t get the necessary funding and support that programs like the Boys and Girls club which is a much larger organization receives and the problem arises when you are no longer able to accept children into these programs and their parents still wish to have them doing something proactive after school has been dismissed. A lot of these programs are run out of a child’s school as a way to keep them off the streets but when funding is an issue and program directors can’t get enough of something to keep the program going it can cause the children to lose interest or worse for the whole program to be suspended. There are a lot of things that go into running a afterschool program such as planning of any trips, snacks for the children, planning of activities and any supplies that, something as simple as an afterschool program that allows children to just play sports and hangout with friends for as long as they can so that they are occupied isn’t as hard to manage however when trying to coordinate and plan things outside of sports or arts and crafts it becomes a bigger issue of how to gather everything that is needed in a timely matter so that things can be done properly. My two brothers were in a afterschool program that was run out of there school that taught inner city kids going to public schools how to wrestle and stay off the streets and while the program was a great success and drew many kids in when it came for them to go to different competitions to compete and go to places like the University of Penn to practice because of the lack of funding that was able to be provided from the school a lot of things had to come from willing parents i.e. rides to competitions (sometimes as far as Lehigh), snacks, and in some instances putting down a certain monetary amount so they would be able to rent a bus or van for the day. The bigger question that arises from this is what can be done to keep programs like these running and up if they don’t have the support of a school district or other community programs; if the idea is to keep kids safe and off of the streets getting into things that could harm them shouldn’t more be put on any and everyone involved to have a bigger plan in place to keep things like this open and running as long as possible, what grants can be given what donations can be made to these smaller programs, these are questions that have yet to be given a concrete answer to aid this cause.
World Language- If you look at this graph you can see that not a lot of languages went over the 20 mark other than the other category which I think is interesting because some of these languages are common and to think that the "other" category was higher brings forth the question what in fact are those languages?; I thought it was also interesting that the majority of my classmates had the same idea when it came to looking at the world and what languages they thought would be most frequent.
World Geography- With this graph I noticed that the numbers for myself, the class and the correct answers seemed to favor North America which to me made sense because a lot of other nationalities come over from time to time to America to start over and so the fact that these numbers are higher than other places around the world doesn't really surprise me as much.
World Age- This graph shocked me just a bit because I would assume that because babies are always being born that there would be more infants in the world but then I looked at different variables that could make it so that teens to 64 year olds were a lot higher in numbers.
Which categories were you most accurate? inaccurate? Explain why you think that was the case.
I really wasn't that accurate in much of anything with the categories because I really didn't put much thought into the idea of it being the "world" and just put thought into ideas about the world that I knew without deeper knowledge.
Which of the real/correct answers shocked you the most? Explain.
The answer that shocked me the most was the one found in language and where it said other languages would be used more than other common languages like Chinese and English or even French, I thought that was interesting because that to me showed the diversity of language throughout.
If you were way off course in your predictions, explain why it is that you feel that happened. If you were spot on, explain why you think that happened.
I believe that I was off course in my predictions because I assumed that what I looked at the world as and how I related with the world by which what I've been told would always be correct and not wrong as well as what I had read to be correct. Even when I made a slight change I saw that I was still off because it still followed the ideas and assumption of things that I was told.
Why did you choose this topic?:
Me and my partner chose this project because not only did it seem interesting but it was something that we as young adults could relate to because of our involvement in the electronic community and how we used phones on the daily basis and didn't think something like this could happen.
What did you like about this project? What was most challenging?
I liked how as we went through everything we learned and gathered more information regarding what exactly this was dealing with and that it was a much bigger issue than just the idea that we were looking at, however at the same time it was very challenging when looking for the exact points and information we could use so that it would be relevant to what we were trying to convey in our video.
Describe the most interesting fact or event that you investigated.
The most interesting fact that we found was during one of the court cases the judge in the case went back to square one with one of the heads of the NSA asking him to briefly talk about what it was this was intended to do and in doing so never really denied the fact that they never asked for a warrant to be issued to tap into phones that weren't foreign
How could this project be improved?
I think that this project could be improved by maybe making the video a little longer as well as making it so that there was more detail in the video for the audience to get more out of it as a whole.
Where did you run into trouble with the project?
We ran into trouble when looking at where exactly different points and clips should be placed because we had so many to use and so many that went with each other that it was hard at times to actually pick out which clip would actually convey a message.
What went well with this project?
I think the projects main goal and the ideas found in the video were some things that went well for this project as well as the concepts for the video
If you had it to do over, what would you change about your decisions or your process?
I would probably change just the process by which we went about looking for things as well as what exactly we were going to use to make the project an overall success.
What did you learn?
I learned about how certain amendments can be skewed and changed around to fit something in particular but I also learned about how the government has complete power to do whatever it is they see fit to do.
"Childhood obesity can lead to many lifelong illnesses like diabetes and heart disease but when so many schools are taking after school sports programs out of schools because of funding it only leaves kids with inadequate freedom to enjoy themselves and have fun. Through the play60 movement and the initiative to get children to play at least 60 minutes a day we can have this changed and reversed for the better"
This is a example of what one social media site post might look like, keeping in mind that I want to have the organization play60 named so that people can reference and see exactly what it is that they are doing.
Caraco is a pharmaceutical laboratory who's main job is to create affordable medication for patients
Novo Nordisk is a healthcare company and worldwide leader in diabetes care and medication
The case which revolves around Caraco diabetes drug repaglinide, Caraco certified that its' drug label wouldn't conflict with respondent novo nordisk repaglinide-metformin use combination
My issue still stays at the idea of sports and after school programs in general being cut to save money for the school and how these programs are crucial in getting and keeping kids active but also keeping children from getting in trouble outside of school. At this point I would have to directly speak with people involved in programs like play60 and other organizations that are around and trying to get these programs back but also trying to address the issue of children being active and staying active. I wanted to directly focus on schools in communities where there isn't much happening outside or around the school because in more developed neighborhoods you don't see these programs being cut because the community and the area is doing fine itself particularly the school system but by looking at school systems in lets say small communities or Philadelphia for example because of all the budget cuts we can see and address the problem directly.
1- 8x4 pan (greased)
1- cup of water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup of flour and milk
1 box of regular/plain muffin mix
grease bottom and sides of pan evenly and set aside, mix together ingredients with box of muffin mix until all ingredients and products are combined. Add cinnamon into the mixer as it is still blending together; heat oven to 350 degrees and place pan into the oven leave it in the oven for 25-40 minutes take out and let coolAnalysis:
This meal was fairly easy to make because all that was really needed to make this was muffin mix but you could even use a cake batter to make the mix a lot thicker. I decided to make this meal or desert because I thought of something being able to coincide with the rest of the dishes being created as well as the overall idea of the dish being something that people would enjoy to eat. I believe that this dish is split down the middle in terms of ingredients being both whole and processed because some things like the muffin mix is a processed food ingredient because you don't find anything other than wheat in nature and so with that you have something being processed but as far as the cinnamon, the flour, the wheat all of those things are whole and unfiltered or not touched or messed with chemically. I feel as though overall this dish came out rather well and I did a good job in creating the dish and noticed that a lot of people enjoyed eating it as well as returning to get seconds, and so with that being said I believe this was a successful benchmark for me.
In this unit I learned about different origins of food and why food is looked at as both helpful for the world population but also very harmful and what exact ways it's been harmful to the world, I also learned about about different organizations and what exactly they are doing when it comes to looking at how food is made and what we're doing as humans when it comes to food consumption. When I look at what my role is in the larger food system I look at how I have an impact on not just what I eat but also what I do when it comes to purchasing food and how I can change that and look to purchase foods that might be organic or even all vegan foods but I also look at how I help move along the progression of food production and food sales by how many times I might purchase a certain product or by how many times I go to a fast food restaurant instead of staying in and eating. I feel as though the biggest problems with our food system is that we try to hard to speed up the process of certain things so that we can get more profit out of it but in fact we're doing the opposite and not only hurting the animals in the process by feeding them food that they aren't used to eating and in some instances not even supposed to be eating but we're also hurting humans by what then happens from animals and food being treated the wrong way ie. salmonila outbreaks and deaths etc, I also believe that big name companies are looking at the consumption of food as just something to get them money without really looking at the consequences of it all and what it can lead to. Some changes I could make to my food choices would probably be not to eat so much food that's heavy in fat or sodium and try to find alternatives and to also look and understand what it is I might be eating better so that I can control how much of it I eat or even decide whether thats a good choice to eat from the start, and then by me doing this and changing my eating habits people around me might start to do the same.
Food Rules Slide Picture:
The idea of the food rule slide came from looking at different weird but also unique foods and the thought that "would you eat something that you didn't really know what it was supposed to be"
Click image to begin PDF styled keynote presentation
Explain your decision making for choosing the bill:
I decided to do this bill because I knew of the initial reasons as to why it passed through congress and why it became a bill however I never really understood the background information of it all and who was exactly involved in the overall steps and process of making it a bill.
Why did you choose the particular presentation format?
I chose to do this format because it made since when looking at ways to present it but it also made sense when trying to convey a small story to present. I decided to go keynote because I knew I could get the most out of presenting and making my points known
What challenges did you overcome in completing the project?
Some challenges that I had to overcome when completing this was finding ways to actually incorporate all the information that I had actually gathered as well as piecing everything together in something that wouldn't bore people or lose their interest in the project.
How would you do the project differently if you had to do it over again?
If I were to do this project over again I would probably create either a imovie or prezi although I'm not really familiar with how to make a prezi but I feel as though with using those I'd be able to create something in which people could become more engaged with and actually receive a clearer message overall.
What did the research and investigation tell you about the creation process... from idea to bill to law?
What the research actually told me was that it was actually a clear cut idea to begin with however when it came to actually figuring out how to make this work together and make everything flow so that in the longrun it wouldn't confuse not only teachers but school officials wouldn't be confused it showed that this idea that was going to become a bill was a little harder than first thought of. I found it interesting that I didn't read of things being taken back or parts of this idea in it's early stages being rescinded.
Was the process easier or harder than you imagined based on your particular bill/law research?
The process was actually harder than first imagined because it took time for me to actually decide on which bill I wanted to do and then from there the steps to find credible information and what made sense to portray the information.
Councilmen Curtis Jones
I would need to get in contact with each individual person or program to find out more information specifically with why after school sport programs are failing and why Philadelphia after school sport programs are failing and what needs to be done to get more of these programs and what these officials are doing to get bills passed and other things passed to bring these necessary programs back. I will also try to go to different sites that have been shutdown and talk to those people about what can be done; I will also talk with students and kids that have lost these sports programs and how they feel about losing them as well.
I believe that by bringing these things back into schools across America we will not only see a great drop in childhood obesity but we will see a greater drop in illegal activities as well as an increase in students in school as well as students.
which will be argued December 5, 20ll
Dockett Number: 10-844
Caraco v. Novo Nordisk:
Summarization- basically the argument stems from whether or not a generic drug making company can sue for having another company for making the name brand version of that exact drug without the prior knowledge of the FDA.
Constitutional issue: Commerce clause; which says that "no person shall introduce or deliver for introduction into interstate commerce any new drug unless with an approval.
From the Scotus Blog:
Whether a generic drug manufacturer may sue the company that produces the brand-name version of the drug to require it to correct information filed with the Food and Drug Administration, information that is relevant to the agency's decision whether to approve the generic version of the drug.
With this case it looks at whether states can legally sell drugs under a different name in a different state without The Food and Drug Administration knowing anything about the effects of granting the state the right to sell the product in pharmacy stores or over the counter.
I really liked doing research on the kennedy family and although we couldn't rewrite the deaths of both John and Robert I really liked taking the time to find out more about the family and looking at what made them so powerful. What made this project rather challenging for me was looking up and finding sources that would actually make since but also taking each and every individual date and rewriting them to fit the change of history I was working with; I noticed that when I changed the date of when one person went home it then had to effect the rest in somewhat of a dominio effect throughout the process. The most interesting fact that I found out was about Robert Kennedy and how he actually pressured John Kennedy after the "Bay Of Pigs" to send a some group of people again to kill Fidel Castro however the plan failed when the C.I.A picked up on the plans which to me were rather interesting because Robert Kennedy didn't come off as direct or someone to want they death of people.
The impact of individuals change history records by flipping and changing dramatically what we view as something one man is capable of doing in the sense that if someone were to single-handedly stop a powerful dictatorship in another country they would be looked at as a hero and someone who needs to be coveted with awards and from there history records talk and praise this one person for what they have done. However systemic changes effect history records because they are looked at as something that took time and a group and so they change the way we look at the group aspect of things and how we go about doing things in the future with peers and groups. One decision I think can be very influential because if you look at the issue with the U.S. and the Cuba issue I think the decision to go in and try to stop Fidel Castro changed quickly how we did things and what information we used because we learned from that that everything we thought we knew we didn't . I feel like this project could be improved by giving more time because I feel that because of other projects and things that we needed to turn in and do not only effected how much overall effort was put into the project but rushed it overall, I also feel that this project could be improved by allowing every point from history to be explored ie. the kennedy assassinations of the assassination of Martin Luther King because I think not allowing those to be done limited us to something that although is a piece from history a piece that would have been interesting to see how someone took that point of "if kennedy survived the gunshot" and what would have been different. If we could do this project over I would definitely change the P.O.D. that I chose just because although it is very interesting I feel that it took a lot of time to get exact dates to match.
For our National History Day Project we had to choose a topic of interest and write a paper about it. For mine I chose to do the censoring of words in music and from where it began until now how it has changed. The link listed above is for my website that I created to explain the history of Censorship and why it's important but also looked at with different opinions by many people
This is a project that we had to complete for our United States history class as well as our English class. My project was about Memorial hall in fairmount park and how it came to be known as Memorial hall and exactly the impact it had on the community.
This is the link for all of my bibliographies
For my recycled art project I decided to take a old lightbulb and transform it into a usable candle. The inspiration for this came about when I was searching the internet for ideas and came across an interesting picture of a glossed out lightbulb with a candle light coming out of the bottom in which I then began to search around to find instructions as to how I could complete this myself. The materials that were needed were old lightbulbs, a screw driver, needle nose pliers, gloves for safety and a knife. I wanted to make my lightbulb candle look a lot different from the one that was displayed on the website so I tried looking for different color candle waxes and illuminates so that when the candle was ignited it gave off a different color other than the standard orange flame. When I began this project what seemed like a fairly easy task of pulling apart the bottom of a lightbulb soon turned into a big mess because of broken glass, filaments going missing, wax being poured into wrong ends etc. etc. However I did learn from this a better understanding of not only how candles work on the inside but also how artist carefully need to plan out each step when creating a work of art from something else, I found myself many nights wondering if this project would actually even come out like a lightbulb and if in fact it would even work.
Although I was unable to fully finish the project and light my candle, I was able to gain valuable experience from this and that when working with recycled items it brings about a certain joy knowing that what your goals are for the piece and what you are aiming to complete may be able to be used on a daily basis and that what you are working with didn't end up in a landfill or someones trashcan. I really like that this project was giving to us and hope that we can continue to complete projects like this in the future.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmjjfQFvZLg (voting video)
- with the audio headphones are a must