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Life is About Experiences- Zac Olstead

This is my descriptive paragraph about sailing in the Gulf Islands.

I woke up to the cool air and the sound of waves splashing upon the sail boat. I stood up on the creaking floor in the cabin and walked carefully to the top of the 37 foot vessel. As I got to the top, a blinding light from the sun shined bright on my eyes and I felt the heat envelop me like a blanket. I quickly grabbed my sunglasses and felt the immediate relief that came over my eyes. After my vision adjusted I could see my parents as well as my aunt and uncle sipping their coffee on the deck. I sat down next to them and saw the other boats anchored offshore, just like us, all in a formation. The shimmering blue ocean reflected on the hulls of the other boats. I took a deep breath and smelled the salt air all around me. Soon it was time to sail. I heard the loud hum of the boat engine used to get us out of the cove out into the open water of the Gulf Islands. Soon, the engine shut off and we pulled up the main sail “whoosh” as the sail filled with wind. I cranked the winch rapidly to tighten the sails. I heard the howling of the wind coming through the sails. I felt the excited rush of keeling over and thought that I would fall into the water as the sails pushed us forward. Later I heard my uncle, the captain, yell to tack. This brought the boom swinging across the boat, “thud”. Then the sails caught the westerly winds, “poof”. I looked over to an island as we were passing by and saw the fractured rock on the shoreline, and the swaying trees in the wind. As we smoothly sailed across the water I could see an orca breach in the distance and soon it was joined by other members of its pod. As we reached another port, we got ready to anchor. The sound of the chain clanged as it plunged into the depths of the ocean. As we settle into Poets Cove, the harbor itself was breathtaking. Upon first glance I noticed several beautiful cottages set up on a hill amongst the greenery of trees and forest. Walking paths wound through the forest and cottages. Exotic birds chirped in the distance. The air smelt fresh and vibrant across the channel I could see snow covered mountain peaks on Vancouver Island. An hour later, I saw the sun setting. The burgundy orange colours reflected onto the ocean. We live in such an astonishing beautiful province.

British Governing Policy

As a British official, I realized there are many alternatives to governing Quebec. I have chosen the policy of isolation to ensure the colony is properly run.

I have chosen isolation because it will maintain the peace between the three different cultures without either sides warring about land territory. With another policy like assimilation the French and Natives would be likely to fight back against our culture, that would be a advantage for the French to regain Quebec.
Also the same type of thing would happen with maintaining the status quo. The different cultures would clash against each other.
If we deport the French people and French Canadiens we are likely to have rebellions through the land of Quebec just like the deportation in Acadia.
If we keep the three reserves everyone wouldn’t be extremely mad but we would have to make sure the people stay in their lands and don’t go out. The land will still be owned by the British but the French and Natives would not think that much about the British rule.
As I have outlined above, I believe the best policy for governing Quebec is Isolation. This will ensure that the colony will remain under British control and provide wealth for our glorious country.

My Environmental Interactions

This assignment asks us to talk about our daily lives and things we do that are good and bad for the eco system.

Driving is mostly an everyday thing for me whether it is getting on a bus, a drive to sports or school or carpooling. It effects the atmosphere by putting carbon monoxide into the atmosphere and can be harmful to the geosphere. If an organism inhales enough of carbon monoxide they can get poisoning from it. Then that can lead to death. Driving cars does really pollute the earth but it is always better to carpool, I do that usually when I’m on my way to sports.


Using water

Thing I use water lots of water for is the nessacary things like washing clothes or dishwashing. Washing clothes is something that happens a lot in  our life time, and it is necessary to stay clean and be healthy. But washing your clothes too much or not filling it up can waste energy and water. When brushing teeth I minimalize the water usage by turning off the tap when brushing my teeth, I find that leaving it on uses unneeded water.

Using the dishwasher I try to fill it up to its very max by moving plates and cups around to make more room, then just a normal wash. It conserves some energy rather than multiple loads at different times. I believe I can change how much water I use and that change is easy, I just have to be smart about it.


Food Waste

I always try to conserve food, whether it is putting the rest of the food in the green waste bin or saving the rest for leftovers. Wasting food is pointless because your are taking away from the biosphere and throwing it away. A change is that not being lazy or “forgetting” to recycle or compost their food scraps.


Plastic Bags

I do use plastic bags, I use them for trash bags or to carry around a something extra that I needed. I try to avoid them and get reusable bags or bins for groceries or something like that. They are handy at times but that what makes us so easy to say “hey lets go grab some bags to put that stuff in” because the bags are easy. Even the smaller bags that can close are still bad, I try to use plastic containers that you just wash them and they’re good to go. Those plastic bags end up in our landfills and don’t easily decompose. Also they can end up in the oceans and animals think they’re food but they end up choking on it. It affects our biosphere a lot. I try my best to not use those plastic bags and use a reusable container and a change is that I am going to limit my plastic bag usage.


Engineering Brightness Artifacts of Learning

A summary of Engineering Brightness would be that my group and I were designing a light for people in the Dominican Republic that have light poverty. We started off with an idea with having a chargeable battery and to charge that we would have a coiled copper wire and inside that a very strong magnet. To charge the battery we would shake the light making the magnet going back and forth inside the copper wire creating voltage. Our idea could work by human movement. An example to strap it onto your arm or leg and charge it just by walking around. Now our group has the design of the circuit and how it would work . We had some help from a teacher in our school, Mr. Brown, who gave us very strong magnets, we tried those on our circuit and created some voltage. We also had some help from one of our group member father who is an electrician, he gave us some tips on what would work with our idea nad what else we would need.

A video we made about our project:


Parts of the circuit that we made

What I have learned so far:

Some skills that I have gained would be being able to think outside of the box, to build or design something totally different. I do think that I have met my learning goals during this project. Our group helped the light poverty by getting a start on this problem in our world by designing one way that we can make these lights. We did not fully complete the light but I am proud of what we have done so far and hope we can make a difference.

All together I thought the collaboration went very well talking to Eladio and Dennis in the Dominican. I felt that in our multiple Skype chats we were both very interested on both sides. Bouncing ideas off each other and building on others or giving suggestions. The things that I did well was sharing ideas and building ideas off one another, something I could have worked on is taking more responsibility and taking time to really be an expert on what we doing. Even though we already had lots of information I feel if I took some time I could have been even better on the subject.  Connections based learning experience was overall pretty good and educational. Showing us that we can work outside of the class room on some projects if we need a deeper understanding.