Set-BC Project

This is our supernatural Riverside project. Our essential question is how did our usage of resources change with the introduction of technology to Riverside? So, basically we first talk about paper vs tech, to see which is less damaging. Then we show what our consumption of paper was before 1 to 1 technology at Riverside and now. Then we offer realistic solutions to help our environment. Our target audience is teachers and the school board. I wanted to do this topic because I was very interested to see how Riverside’s conversion to technology usage would affect our total resource usage. This is also very important to me, because I am very passionate about helping our environment and I really want to start repairing or at least stopping the damage we’ve done and are still doing.

Collaboration Fluency Reflection

My partner was great to work with. We did equal work loads and she shared her ideas and also listened to mine. We were also able to examine our project and demonstrate where improvements in our project could be made. We followed our collaboration “contract” pretty accurately. We split the research, so who would research what, and then we put it together. We planned on splitting who did the writing and the editing, but we ended up doing those two things together and at the same time, equally. Overall,I think my partner and I were able to collaborate effectively and we were able to come out with a project we both fully understood and equally contributed to.




Scientific Wonder Assignment








1. What questions did you need to research in order to research your topic?: To research my topic what would happen to Earth if humans went extinct, I first had to research some other questions to be able to answer my main idea. These are the questions I asked myself: – What effects do humans have on Earth? (how do we affect wildlife, and the environment?) –  What was Earth like before our existence? (animal population, and nature).


2.What new or familiar digital tools did you try to use as you workout through this project?: A new digital tool I used for this project was a database, more specifically the Gale Engage Learning databases with the Science in Context database. I also used YouTube videos, which were reliable. One of the videos was from ASAP Science which I have seen teachers use in the past, I also used a video from BBC who based their research from an author I found in the Gale database and an other video that had consistent information.

3.What was the process you used to investigate the topic?: To investigate my topic, I firstly came up with 10 wonder questions that I was interested in in class. Then I narrowed it down to one, which was What if humans went extinct? Then I developed the question to make it more specific, What would happen to Earth if humans went extinct? Before actually answering my question I had to come up with more specific ones that would help me answer my topic.

4.How did you verify and cite the information you found?: The first resource I used I knew was reliable because it was from the Gale Engage Learning database which was showed to me in class. For my other sources which were off YouTube, I asked myself these questions: Who are the creators? Why are they giving out this information? Is their information consistent? Where did they get their information from?

5.How did the process of completing this challenge go? What could you have done better?: I think the process of completing this project went pretty well. I was able to develop a thoughtful and meaningful question that required more than one resource to answer and quite a bit of research. If we had more time to give an even deeper answer, I would’ve probably tried to add more detail and go more in depth in the different aspects of my answers to get more of an overall detailed answer of what Earth would be like if us humans just disappeared.

Community Connection

Who I interviewed: Jacques van Schaardenburg (my father). He is the hotel director of Vik Cayena Beach in Dominican Republic. His roles are to manage daily operations of the hotel. For example, food and beverages, house keeping, reception etc… Basically, he he makes sure everything runs smoothly.

Why did I choose to interview him?: I chose to interview my dad, because I love travelling and I find the tourism industry very interesting and he’s very experienced in that field, so I thought he could teach a lot about it.

What I learned: I learned that managing a hotel takes a lot of work and dedication. I learned that being in the tourism industry you have to be ready to move around a lot and you have to change jobs pretty often in the early years.


Hotel Vik Cayena Beach


1- Why are you passionate about your job?: When I was 12 years old my parents had a small hotel and restaurant where I used to work every weekend as a waiter and in the kitchen. I loved the contact with clients, working to provide other people with an experience and to make them happy is a great way of spending your days, furthermore it allowed me to see and experience a lot of different places of the world which has always been very important to me.

2- What obstacles have you faced to get you where you are today?: I was lucky enough to be able to attend an excellent university specialized in tourism and hotel business which provided me with great prospects to get started in the industry at an international level. To grow and climb the ladder in this industry one has to be aware its business requires long working days, one is usually most busy during holiday seasons and to progress one has to be ready to move countries, this has always been a challenge for the family.

3- What advice would you pass on to someone interested in what you are doing?: One has to have great interest in other people and like the idea of serving/attending other people, furthermore to be successful in the industry it is a great plus if you speak several languages which are usually easier to learn at a young age, and last but not least before attending a major tourism/hotel university I highly recommend to work/train a couple of years in the business as waiter, cook, reception etc… to get a real feel of the business before making it a career.

4- Would you be open to further contact from Riverside students and if so, how can someone contact you?: Absolutely, I can be contacted via email:

5- How did you know this job was for you?: At a very young age already I just knew, it was a “gut feeling”. Working in a hotel has something magical, every morning when you get to work you go through the kitchen to greet the staff (great smells everywhere), you walk through the laundry room, the restaurants, the lobby, you have employees and clients everywhere. You have to coordinate purchasing of all the goods, every now and then you have to coordinate refurbishments, it is a fascinating environment to work in, a hotel is always a little world of its own and almost like a second home.

6- If you weren’t a hotel director what would you be? : I would probably have my own restaurant somewhere. If I have the courage I might still do that one day.





Core Competencies Self-Assessment/Convo 10

In my Conversation 10 class, we had to create a song where we wrote our own lyrics and make a music video to accompany it. Here are the lyrics to the song: 

Les Problèmes du premier monde

Pour le premier problème

Qu’il y a ici

Ce sont les filles qui sont basiques

J’ai en par dessus la tête

De voir des filles

Qui portent des shorts jusqu’ici

Les problèmes du premier monde

Sont dans un sens pas grand

Mais pour ceux qui y vivent

C’est une lutte pour la vie

Ceux qui comprennent

Il faut écouter bien

À nos problèmes

Que nous avons en commun

Un autre problème de la vie

C’est la technologie

Quand tu as trois barres sur ton téléphone

Mais ça ne marche pas cela n’est pas fun

Quand tu manges du sushi

Et le morceau est grand

Et tu es déchiré

entre deux bouchées ou non

Le dernier problème qu’on va mentionner ici

C’est notre apparence quand on se voit ici

Tu te regardes dans le miroir et tu es assez belle

Mais quand la caméra fait “clique”

Tu trouves ta jumelle

Les problèmes du premier monde

Sont dans un sens pas grand

Mais pour ceux qui y vivent

C’est une lutte pour la vie

Ceux qui comprennent

J’espère que vous avez écouter

À nos problèmes

Que nous avons en commun


Here is my core competencies self-assessment on communication and creative thinking for this project:

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