Atari Punk Console - My First Synth
Arduino Synthesizer - Phase Two
Phase Three: Modular Synthesizer
Phase Four: Contact Synthesizer
Atari Punk Console - My First Synth
Arduino Synthesizer - Phase Two
Phase Three: Modular Synthesizer
Phase Four: Contact Synthesizer
A Functioning mini hydro-power system made for senior engineering. This is the Theseus VI, the 6th model we have made. It houses our team’s third Iteration of a Pelton Wheel.
Summary - In our video we talk about the benefits and the reasons of why you should start a garden. We also talk about how to maintain a garden and what steps you can take to keep your garden in a good condition. The video also has some background support from a nearby urban farm on the benefits of an urban farm. We tackle questions like: what is a garden? How do people create relationships with plants? What are the needs of a garden? and How has nature and gardening affected you?
Reflection - I contributed a lotto this project. I have been the main contributor in terms of photography, writing, and planning. I was the sole editor and director of this PSA. My group mates have contributed in terms of writing and in the interview process. I think as a whole we did a good in providing a well written script that touches many points in the rubric. But I think we could improve on the quality of the images and videos used. Could have used key images in relation to what was being said. But we wanted to show the beauty and the usefulness of a garden as a backdrop to the narration. Personally I thought the most meaningful experience of creating the PSA was going out to record and photograph the indoor and outdoor gardens we have and interacting with them for the video. It really makes you appreciate the environment and having the privileged to take part in it.
Other Section - What factors affect urban gardening? Well there are many factors that effect urban gardening: community, location, neighborhood, even the plants you decide to grow. Depending on who you are surrounded by, an urban farm can thrive or not. The location can determine the benefit it has on you and the people around you, and it can really bring people in if it somewhere where they people can care about it and use it. And the Plants you grow can help bring people in too, since fresh produce is always in need and people will come to get some since it can serve as a convenient source. What factors affect urban farming in schools? The most important factor affecting urban farming in schools is the role the garden plays for the school. Whether it is used to teach or feed students and teachers can really make a difference to urban gardening in schools. What role do the economy, politics, and society play in gardens? Truly each of those things to do not need to play a role in gardening if resourceful you can keep politics out of gardening. Society plays the role of providing people who have the drive and power to garden. It is the working hands. Economy plays the role of funding the garden, but also providing people with the means to obtain produce or experience from gardens. Its the pushing and thinking mind. What Careers apply botany and urban farming concepts? Any career can apply botany and urban farming concepts. Both of these fields can provide important ideas and skills to be able to meaningfully interact with others or even improve your work. Cultivating can really help teach someone about care and purpose being put into their work and how to ensure success.
Abstract: In this Interview, the interviewee, Mrs. Rios, tells us about her childhood during the time of the Civil Rights Movement. She recounts many events she remembers from her childhood and gives us insight on how her life was during this time. Mrs. Rios also shares with the interviewer, her son, a memory she has of the death of president Kennedy. Then further into the interview she begins to tell us about her views on what life has become know and how the world has changed so much since the 60’s. This interview talks more about the interviewee’s life during her time as a child and some of her experiences growing up during the Civil Rights era.
Research: In 1954, in the Brown vs. Board of Education case, the supreme court had outlawed the existence of legal segregation within public schools. This then led to the integration of African Americans and whites into the same schools. This was a pivotal point in the integration of races in the United States. In 1963, the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. He was the youngest president to be elected and the youngest to be assassinated. Before his death the Civil Rights Act was created but not passed due to his death. In 1964, while in the hands of Lyndon B. Johnson, it is passed in honor of JFK. My mother, the interviewee, life had begun after the Supreme Court choice in the Brown vs. Board of Education trial. She went to school when schools were being integrated and according to her memory her school was not entirely integrated. She also remembers the death of JFK and realizes the profound impact it had on people.
http://www.colorlines.com/articles/may-17-1954-supreme-court-rules-racial-segregation-schools-unconstitutional , https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/johnfkennedy , http://www.jfklibrary.org/JFK/JFK-in-History/Civil-Rights-Movement.aspx?p=3 ,
In Bold - Interviewer
In Italics - Interviewee
So who are you and when were you born?
My Name is Daisy Nilda Rios, born in Mercer County, Trenton, New Jersey
May 11th, 1958
So, where did you grow up?
I grew up in a city called Trenton, New Jersey.
Describe it for me.
Trenton, New Jersey in the area where I was born and raised, was considered, mostly, the majority, 99% was black.
Did you know allot of white people around there?
Just a few at school.
But, No where else?
Where my dad and mom use to work at, at the hospital.
Where those the only interactions you’ve ever had with white people?
So there wasn’t a lot of mixing or… ?
99% were black and hispanic.
Tell me what was school like for you.
School For me?
It was go to school, come back home, home, back to school, school, back home.
Did you guys, was there any racial barriers that kind of came between your school?
Well also my school was the majority, were a lot of black people, I can’t recall any memories of my childhood, going to school.
Did your parents ever let you guys interact with any other races?
As a (incomprehensible) we were raised, well we were not allowed to be outside, like the generation now a days it’s mostly, “Mom can I go outside.”, Which in reality, when I was growing up we were not allowed to interact outside the home. It was always going to school and coming back home and never going outside and playtime. My parents were really strict on this.
So did your parents let you play, well if they did let you play, did they ever let you play with the black kids?
Yes we had a few kids that we were, the little bit of time we had outside was the black play (incomprehensible), we liked the double dutch thing, it was very popular then. And jump rope, but we did get a chance to play.
In all your time growing up can you name any of them?
Remember names? No
Do you remember how they were like?
They were all about my age as we were growing up, ten, eleven, twelves, mostly girls. We weren’t allowed to play with any boys, and recall names? I don’t remember.
Would you have considered yourself, kind of segregated from everyone else?
I wouldn’t say segregated, it was just the way were raised,
Like accustomed too?
Accustomed too, it was just a habit that we all grew into, the same custom you know.
Did you know anyone who was in support of the Civil rights movement at the time?
I guess my parents were.
Tell me about your parents and their relationships, considering race.
Everyone got along with each other, you know back then there were no problems, like discrimination and bullying and stuff like that it was always like that you go to school and come straight home and if you were working, you go to work, and come straight home.
When you were younger how did you see the Civil rights movement, how did you understand it?
I didn’t really understand it.
Like what was going on?
What was going on, and all I know is when Kennedy got shot, I saw my mother got really upset, like someone really close to her really died, and it was like on the news, it was like you know like, it was very crazy, at that point.
When kennedy died you like five years old, correct?
Five or six years old. I just remember my mom seeing the news on the TV and she went ballistic, she was like really, they were really, back in that time, really heart broken when that happened.
Do you know why?
Since then do you think your views on race have changed?
My views, on race? No, we have the blacks, we have the hispanics, we have the orientals, we have a few whites, No problems, I think that I can interact with whatever nationality you might be.
So I guess that will conclude this interview.
I was going to say that my biggest trip was to go the state fair, that was our pleasure and fun that we had every year.
Ok, so before we end this, How was the state fair?
The state fair was like a big concert going, that was our only family outgoing trip that we always do, it was a long walk, we always had to walk, but the state fair was like wow, it is like a carnival to us here now a days, but over there when we were raised the state fair was like a big thing to us, you know seeing all of the animals and stuff like that, what you guys consider know to be a carnival now it’s just a carnival.
Yeah, It is just like no big deal.
It’s no big deal.
I will ask my final question, did you witness any discrimination or experience any discrimination?
My father getting beat up, would that be considered? The only thing that I can say, that I saw with my own eyes, was when my dad was coming home from work one night and it was like four guys beat him up.
Do you know why?
Well I guess, they were trying to rob him. And steal his money and he was just coming home from work.
Do you know what race the people who were trying to rob him were?
I wanna say black. It was four black guys. But other than that, I say that we don't have the advantages that the race and childhood have now. You know, you can go outside, you can go with friends and stuff, we didn’t have that pleasure at home, we couldn’t even watch TV, we had one hour on a friday to watch Television, but other than that we weren't allowed to watch TV.
Do you have anything else you wanna add?
Like back in the day, like when I was being raised we didn’t know what bullying is, what it is now. Discrimination what their calling discrimination now. We didn’t know those big words at the time we were being raised. So, my point now is like everything has a name to it now. Back in the day we didn’t have a name for it. You know, being bullied.
You kind of just saw it as it is?
Yea we just, Oh they’re having a fight cuz before you were able to fight one on one. Not now, it’s a whole gang coming to beat you up or stuff like that but as naming, we didn’t know bullying and discrimination or having problems with races and stuff like that. It all has a name now. It didn’t have a name back then, or didn’t know the names of it. Yea you know you fight and it was always one on one, a couple days late you made up. It’s like, not now they want to shoot you or kill you and stuff like that all with violence and stuff, it wasn’t like that before. So my conclusion is, people need to communicate with each other and trying to avoid and be truthful if you are being bullied say you’re being bullied.
So just paybacking off of that, do you think there’s more I guess kind of racial violence between now and back then?
Now, there is a lot. A lot more than back then.
Its worse or?
Its worse now. Like I said we never had a name, when you was getting beat up or when the kids were picking on you at school because we called it just picking on you but it was never like bullying and getting beat up and stuff like that. It was just a normal fight. We going to fight, one on one. It’s not like now with knives and guns and stuff like that. Its way different now.
I guess we’re done here.
Thank you so much.
Thank you for letting me have this opportunity mother. (Laughter)
Interviewer - Epifanio Rios
Interviewee = Mr. Pilla
Bolid = Interviewer talking
Unbolded = Interviewee talking
What are you proudest of in your life?
“I think the thing that I am proudest of was taking a really big risk when I was twenty six years old. I left my job at Lockheed Martin for a year to go to Chicago as part of this volunteer program and when I was in Chicago for the year, I actually got a volunteer placement working at a school and thats what put me down the path of becoming a teacher.”
If you could snap your fingers and make one thing better in the world, what would it be? Why?
“I think that I would want to make just prejudice and racism kind of go away because I feel like that just creates barriers for allot of people that are just are too hard to overcome.” Do you think if we overcome those barriers the world would just be a better place? “I think that would be one potential solution, yea its tough to say.”
Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
“I think the biggest influence on my life probably was my uncle because growing up my uncle was actually also an electrical engineer and thats what got me interested in electronics when I was really young, which then lead me to college for engineering and that definitely had a profound impact on me.”
What are the most important lessons youʼve learned in life?
“Well interestingly, I feel like one of the most important I’ve learned has been, sort of in the last five to ten years and that has just been to, in some respects, do as much as possible because I feel like the more things you get involved with, the more people in that working so that you can accomplish, and that just opens up opportunities and ideas to do things with your life that you probably never would have considered.”
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 20 years?
“In ten years, I think I would, hopefully, like to see myself still working at SLA. In twenty years, I think I would like to see myself, possibly running some sort of business on my own.” Why do you see yourself there? “I just really like different things. I think there is something to be said about changing what you do, hence why I started as an electrical engineer and now I’m teaching and I am not 100% sure that I would like to spend the rest of my working years as a teacher, I might want to try something else.”
How would you like to be remembered?
Interviewer: Epifanio Rios
What is the most exciting thing you’ve done?
The most exciting thing i have done was rowing. - What about it was exciting? Everything. The most exciting part of it is getting to race. What did you like about it? I liked the feeling of beating someone, I can explain but i would say was, how hard i pushed my self and getting eat after the race.
What is your earliest memory?
My earliest memory is when my parents and I have went to florida, you know those beach bikes on. what makes it so memorable? The fact that it was at night.
What does your perfect day look like?
Is getting everything I ask for, i guess, everything going my way. The thing I worry about the most is my hair, if it is messed up I will have a horrible day and if I do not eat I will cranky.
How would you like to be remembered?
as a kind and happy and sometimes weird person. Because that how I see myself as and I would like others too.
Describe your relationship with your family.
It is really good, but i do not keep in touch with many of my cousins, like when we go to family reunions it is like meeting each other for the first time again. I would say this because my mom doesn't really like the neighborhood and would rather much have them come to us. Allot are older than me so basically i'm the youngest.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
I dont really know, I would hope to have my career in business and have the hair salon I always wanted. I was about 7 , because it was the first time I played with one of those hair makins, I used to play with them allot and i managed to cut all the hair off, I thought I knew what I was doing, i was trying to give it a short cut but it kept coming out uneven so I thought if i did this it would come out even.
Who is the biggest influence in your life?
I kind of think it would be my brother, but i dont know how to explain. So he hates when I have chipped nail polished so he influenced me to not walk around without my nails being done. He taught me how to do my hair kind of, tie my shoes, write in cursive, he taught me to draw stars and hearts when I was younger. My mother was very busy with taking care of my older sister, and my dad was not home allot, He was also my favorite sibling. Yes. Hmh when he went to college I cried a lot when he came to visit and had to go back I would cry a lot. Yes. Idk, very.
What makes you happy?
Allot of things make me happy. being able to be myself around friends makes me happy, having friends who understand me, they call me weird but I like being weird, also applesauce makes you happy. Because I mean everyone needs friends to make them happy, i guess.
If you could change something in the world in a snap, what would it be?
Better living conditions for everyone and every being equal. Because I feel like some people who live in bad areas do not get as many opportunities as people in the suburbs or treated unfairly or that currently they are seen as though they matter compared to someone with allot of money. I think it is this was because money equals power.
Tell me a story about your name?
When i was about to be born my parents were in the elevator with my aunt but my mom wanted to name me Raven, but my dad said like in the bible a raven is a dirty bird, then my aunt came up with the name RaVanna. There was this boy in school this boy kind of made a nickname and called me RaVanaa Donna, and my mom and my sister started calling me that.
To Our Fellow Teenagers
By: Cash’e, Donmir, Epifanio, Paul, and Rymir
Based on the I-Search papers that we completed on teenage development, We Have decided that is would be helpful to teens to create some tips for teenagers to help them be happier and to help them develop in positive ways.
If you are a teenager accept the help from people you can trust such as your parents or other trusted adult that will help you and try and understand the help that is being given.
If you are a young athlete do not forget the key values that can be provided by sports as well as their parents, they should focus on the amazing possibilities such as discipline, honor and scholarships.
If adolescents is struggling with Anger management they should go to a therapist if you have any emotional problems or go to someone with personal experiences that can help you gain insight on how to deal with it.
Do not let technology change who you are because your life is a full with a bright future that needs your adolescent’s mind focused on their work so that one day the can be successful.
Artist Statement: In our video we show everything that we believe defines us. We include everything that we believe differentiates us from each other. Like parts of our cultures, interests, hobbies, goals, and beliefs. Through these things we ourselves were able to point out how different each of us are. And even though we singled out all of our differences we are able to look past that and easily accept and collaborate with each other. We chose this approach to our video because we wanted to accentuate our differences to better show the message we wanted to convey. That message was just because we are different doesn’t mean we can’t get along.
Our unit was about people of different backgrounds, different interests, different mind sets coming together and expressing themselves to each other. In the unit we focused on the theme of identity and self expression to show our true selves. We learned how to accept each other for who we are and how to express ourselves without a mask. We think that our video represents some new learning and knowledge. It represents how people with differences can overcome those differences and get along. Also with enough collaboration you can learn to accept each other.
One thing you should know about my video is that I believe I have expressed the complexity of who I am by showing the side of my self that isn’t expressed in my daily life. Most of the things that were shown in my video are things that I do on my personal time or whenever I can. None of that normally transfers into the things I do everyday or the way I present my self daily. I’ve shown a part of me that was covered by a mask.
By completing this project I learned that there are reasons on why we express ourselves and that there are effects of technology on the way we express ourselves and the way we connect with others. I learned that we express ourselves to show and develop our identity through the reactions of others to figure out who we are. We also express ourselves because we want others to know who we are. Technology affects the way we express ourselves and connect with others by allowing us to express ourselves faster and more publicly. It let’s us share with people around the world so more people can see who you are. It also makes some make less people interact socially and makes them interact more through the use of technology. - Epifanio Rios