When making my family tree project the part that I was the most proud of is my creativity. I tried to take each character from popular media. The hardest part of this project was thinking of characters. I had to think of characters. I don’t watch a lot of TV and the stuff that I do watch is a bit niche so it was hard sourcing the pictures. However google is a powerful tool and it didn’t take me too long. This would definitely fall under creativity, I didn’t need to do people form video games and movies and could have just done people from my family since I have pictures of them and know enough of them that I could have met the expectations, but I instead opted to use other media. When I get older I want to do some traveling and knowing more languages would make going to those places a lot more easy and accessible. If I were to do this assignment again, I’d do it earlier. I procrastinated to the point where I regret it. It also meant that if I put more time into it, it could have been better. In summary I’m happy with my final project but I think that it could be better.
To create the image of the double helix, I used Autocad Inventor to build a 3D model. I then raytraced it by simulating a lighting source along with shadows. This was what I am most proud of on this project. This was also the first time I’d incorporated color into my models along with raytracing. The shape of DNA was difficult to model since the software required that I constrain all of the Phosphates to the base pairs individually. This took the brunt of the time. It took a while but I’m happy with the result.
When creating the Epic American speech, I began by googling Richard Oakes and reading numerous articles about him. I then wrote a bunch of facts on a piece of paper. After that I went through and choose which ones were more influential and important. These were events like how he occupied Alcatraz with the intent of turning it into a Native American culture center. He also protested the alaskan oil line. After compiling these events I worked out an outline for what and when I was going to say stuff. After that I had to make a poster with important points. I went with some of the same ideas and some different ones that I excluded from the original outline to save time. These were things like his legacy. This Artifact connects to creativity because I had to come up with an engaging speech. Overall writing the speech has given me better insight to how Native American activists worked to get to where we are today. I also feel like it was an interesting story that I liked learning about.
During this project I had to use creativity in order to find fictional/real-life characters to put in my slides and make a biography about them in Spanish. The aspect of the project that I am most proud of is the grammar. I had to use creativity to come up with what they like to do for the fictional characters. The most difficult part was translating what I wanted to write into Spanish. In order to take my learning forward I hope to keep learning Spanish using the schools Spanish classes.