Outdoor Ed Peer Teach Assignment

I did my peer teach on How to Properly Pack a Backpack When Going Hiking. I taught the class on May 17th, 2018 how to effectively pack your backpack so that it is as light as possible while having all the nessesary materials, how to even out the weight and where to put the heaviest and lightest items, and how to wear your backpack so that it is comfortable throughout the hike.

Self Evaluation: (explanation below)

I was prepared on my lesson day: 5

I brought all nessesary materials for my lesson: 5

My lesson was organized with clear instruction/purpose/direction: 5

I included a demonstration, explanation, and practice time: 4

I brought in my backpack for my peer teach and brought all the nessesary supplies that I would pack in my bag (Except for food). I took out all my supplies and showed the class where to put your sleeping bag and sleeping mat, clothes, food, water, and the ten essentials. I gave a demonstration of where to put each item and had a PowerPoint with pictures of what a properly packed bag would look like. Unfortunately I was not able to give the class time to practice packing their own bags, because it would have been very difficult to have everyone bring in their packs with all their supplies. I was sure to follow all the criteria for my peer teach and showed the rest of the class how to properly pack a backpack because it is an important skill and I am very happy to know it and was glad to be able to teach the class it as well.

How I learned the skill:

My family loves to be outdoors, and so we go hiking all the time to local areas, and to further away hikes such as Garibaldi Lake and Eva lake. When I was 12, my family and I went to Garabaldi Lake and hiked to the lake and camped there and the next day hiked up to the black tusk and then all the way back to the bottom of the hike. This was my first overnight hiking trip and it was so much fun, but it took time and preparation. This was when I learned how to properly pack a backpack for hiking, and what materials are nessesary to bring.

Where I learned the skill:

I leaned the skill from my parents, as they have been on many overnight backpacking trips. They taught me how important it is to pack your backpack properly and effectively, and it really payed off. I learned where to put the heaviest items and how to use all the possible space in your pack.

When I learned the skill:

I learned how to effectively pack my backpack when I was 12, when we were planning on going to Garabaldi Lake. It was my first overnight backpacking trip, and it was so fun! It really helped to know how to pack my bag and how much I need to bring and where to put it.

Why I learned the skill:

I learned this skill, becuase it was going to be useful for our trip, but also for my future. I plan on doing many more backpacking trips, such as the West Coast Trail, and so this skill will be very helpful and I can teach others as well.

Astronomy Wonder Project

What happens when matter goes through a black hole and how do scientists find this out?

Answer: When any matter is close enough to a black hole, the extreme gravity of the black hole will spaghettify the mater by stretching and pulling it into a long strand that is then pulled down into the black hole, and can never come back out. Scientists know this by many years of research and data collection, by watching black holes closely and using powerful telescopes and satellites, to moniter how a black hole works.

I have always been curious about black holes and what happens when objects go through them, and so for this inquiry project, I decided to find out what really happens.

A black hole is an invisible place in space that has such a strong gravitational pull that even light cannot escape. They are formed by a star that is compressed into a much smaller, very dense object. When a star reaches the end of it’s life it explodes in a supernova, and sends some of the outer layers of itself outward, and its core compresses into a tiny ball. Because the star was so big and has been compressed into a object sometimes millions of times smaller, it has a gigantic gravitational pull.

The Event Horizon is a line on a black hole, where anything beyond that line is unable to ever get back across it. The black hole has such a strong gravitational pull, that inside the event horizon even light cannot escape. Outside of the event horizon, there is an accretion disk, which is a ring of gas and dust that is collected. When any matter is close enough to a black hole, the gravity of the hole will pull the the matter closer and closer, and will stretch and pull it into a long strand that is then pulled down into the black hole. This is called spaghettifcation, as the matter is stretched into a very long strand, and can even be pulled so far apart that is is the molecules lined up.

Black holes give off radiation and gamma rays but both of these forms of energy are invisible to the human eye. When a star and a black hole are very near to each other, light is given off but usually in the form of X-rays. Scientists observe black holes by monitoring the radiation that comes from the black hole, and to do this, they use X-ray satellites and telescopes to watch for the levels of radiation. Gamma rays are also sent from black holes and can be detected by NASA’s Fermi Gamma Ray Telescope, and the European Southern Observatory. Another way scientists can spot black holes, is if they see a star that is moving with a strong force of gravity as if there is a large object close. Because black holes are invisible to the human eye, scientists will use X-ray telecropes or satellites to see if there is radiation coming from the object, and moniter for waves of gamma rays or X-rays.

Desmos Portrait 2018

For this assignnment, when I was figuring out what equations to use, I looked back on what types of equations would create what shape, and I followed the patterns that would help me create my desired shape. First I started by creating my head, and then the rest of my body. These were the easier steps and I made it fairly quickly. Then when I was creating my facial features, it got a lot harder. The equations had to be more complex, and I tried my hardest to figure them out, but whenever I wasn’t able to figure it out, I asked my classmates, and if they also did not know, then I researched what would create the shape I wanted. I had a few aha moments, and it was when I finally figured out how to create the circles that I needed for my eyes. I was trying to figure it out, but both my eyes would end up too big or too small and both centred on the y axis. I did not want this, and so I kept changing the equations, and finally figured it out. I mostly used trial and error, as a strategy, because often the shapes would be slightly off where i wanted them to be positioned, and so I would change a few of the numbers, until I got what I wanted. This assignment definitly helped my further understand relations and functions and graphs, and it was a fun activity to help me get a better understanding.