Wednesday, December 10, 2014

If you were to get in a car accident and had to choose to hit a SUV or a Mini Cooper which would you choose? If it were up to me and the ethics of the situation I would choose for the hit to be random decision made, either an A or a B. I say this because for one the SUV is built more safe because it is bigger in size and is heavier, which Patrick Lin say's can better absorb the impact of the crash. Also, the SUV is more safe built because many people who buy this have kids. Which brings me to the next point, if the SUV is made for kids to be in, should you program a car to hit a vehicle which could potentially be packed with kids. Or even more, with more people who could potentially be getting hurt from this collision? The decision is so hard, it is much simpler to just go with an A or B decision.

I think that the motorcyclists whom are not wearing helmets should be the people or objects that the cars are programmed to hit. Although they have a higher chance of getting hurt and are already at a higher risk, they are putting themselves in danger. If they are not being responsible and are knowingly putting themselves in a situation that could potentially hurt them, they deserve to be hit. Not the person who is taking the correct precautions while on the road.

I believe that the idea for a car to make random decisions when about to crash is a good idea. I believe this because this way one doesn't actually choose who gets hit, but can just leave it to a simple A or B decision made by the computer. You aren't setting the car to hit into someone you're setting the car to randomly hit someone, if it was to get in this situation.

If a driver isn't making making control decisions, they should somewhat be held responsible for the outcomes. For example, if you were under the influence of alcohol or have been abusing drugs then of course you shouldn't be getting in the drivers seat of a car, for if anything were to happen. Although, if you were to get in this car and it could self drive itself, then why do you have to be sober? The answer to this is simple, I think at least, even though you aren't driving the car if something were to happen and you had to take control or make a split second decision would you be making the "right" one or the one that you are going to wish you took once you are sober? The car manufactures should be held responsible for the mishap in the programming, but the driver should most definitely be held responsible for the decisions that they made during the situation.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Throughout these past Fridays I have researched five different types of optical illusions. Throughout the weeks I have researched contrast effects, color effects, geometric illusions, reversible illusions, and impossible objects. I have looked at different images of our brain and have researched how ones brain interprets different types of optical illusions to understand them more. I have researched one by one these five types of illusions and how our brain responds to them. I had planned on researching and learning more about optical illusions, but I didn't get to all of it. Although, I feel that I have learned and accomplished quite a good amount of information throughout this semester from my Passion Project. For the next three Fridays I am going to start my Google Presentation.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Passion Project First Update

Throughout these first two Fridays of starting my passion project I have started out at a good pace and hopefully will continue. I have started looking at contrast effects and how our brain processes them. So far I have been looking at pictures of ones brain and some nerves to try and understand how our brain interpret these specific types of optical illusions. I first looked at a specific contrast effect and then researched how they effect our brains. Using this method of first looking at the type of illusion and then looking it up worked good for me, so I will most likely continue in that order. I could use this information when looking at the next type of optical illusion I plan on researching, color effects. I believe I accomplished a good amount in these two Fridays because I was really focused and interested in my topic. Next week I am going to start looking at and researching color effects.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Passion Project Reflection

So far Jenna and I have gotten a lot of work done on Forensic Scientists.  I believe that if we continue at this pace that we could get done and maybe even a little early so that we can practice presenting it.  We have done so much research so far, although we still have much more to learn.  So far we have researched mass murderers, serial killers, some mysteries (boy in the box), autopsy, forensic scientists, unknown people, and started a little part of our crime scenes.  We have completed 25 slides so far and are aiming for about 35.  All we have left to do is make two crime scenes, list more sources, and talk about how criminals think.  Jenna and I haven't faced any obstacles yet.  We could run into some still though, for example we could not be able to access the crime scenes, forget to list our sources, and not find information on how criminals think.

Friday, October 25, 2013


Recently in my Rogate class we have been talking about grades.  For me grades try to help me set goals for myself, for example this year I set a goal to maintain an A average in all my classes.  By setting this goal I'm telling myself to "do good" in class and "try my hardest".  These strategies actually do seem to work for me, although they don't for everyone.  For some people a grade is just simply a letter in the alphabet that their parents stress to them about.

I believe the purpose of grades is like a checkpoint to show where you are and what you can understand.  Schools use them so that they can see what teachers need to teach for longer periods of time and more thoroughly.  I personally think that the point of grades is to reflect more on the teacher rather than the student.  I honestly hate the point of grades now in days, and think that they are pointless; all they do is stress kids out and most of the time don't even reflect the child accurately.  If they spread out the different grades into different categories it would help show you.

My opinion of the current grade system, easy, I hate it.  Absolutely hate it.  Instead of showing you which skills you need to study and improve on they just give you a grade out of 100%.  Apparently it makes it easy to understand how you are doing in that class, when really it could mean the exact opposite.  Instead of your teachers giving you a grade out of 100% or an A, B, C, D, or F, they should tell you which skills you have mastered and which you need to improve on.  This way you can study what you really need to learn instead of a whole bunch of information that you already know.  This is basically a shortcut for the teachers.

This current grading system helps us by looking at a simple number and knowing which classes I need to improve on, however isn't always accurate.  One reason I say this is because ONE day in history I forgot to complete the back of homework and my teacher gave me a zero.  But the thing is, I could have easily completed the assignment in 5-10 minutes but because I forgot to do it i was only awarded 1/2 credit, which brought my grade down 1-2 whole points.  Although, I do know teachers who offer extra credit, last year in my chorus class at one point I had a 89 so I brought in a box of paper cups and my teacher bumped my grade up two points just for that.  Taking off or adding points doesn't show you what the student understands or doesn't at all.

You see, some kids actually do care about grades, like me.  Others, not so much.  I put so much effort into all of my work to get what, a 90% because i misspelled a couple words and misused different types of punctuation.  I think that we should transfer to the standards based grading system.  I say this because this way it will show us what we don't quite understand and what skills we have accomplished.  We will be able to finally not have a 92% in Algebra, but a 4 in how you solve linear equations and a 3 on order of operations and parentheses.  Grades are such an important part in many peoples lives, why not make it more fair?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

First Post

Hi everyone!  My name is Karissa Flynn and I go to Northern Burlington Middle School.  I am in 8th grade and currently in a Rogate class.  There is actually a bunch of stuff that is going good in my life right now, for example, I currently have good grades in all of my classes.  I also have been able to associate with many new people this year because I have a lot of different people in my classes than I had last year.  I have also made some new friends this year.  Well I haven't gotten my phone taken away recently so that's good too.  I also am looking forward to hanging out with a munch of my friends on Saturday and then going to one of my friends birthday party on Sunday.  I am also happy because it is cheer season right now.  Another thing that I am looking forward to is participating in winter cheerleading.  So many things have been going well for me in my life recently and I hope it stays this way.  Thank you for reading, bye!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Giver

Honestly, i hated the ending of The Giver.  I can't stand cliffhangers, for some reason I always have the need that I need to know what happens at the end.  Of course ambiguous endings make it a mystery and exciting, although they also can sometimes make you not stop thinking about the for a period of time.  I want to get an answer from Lois Lowry wether Jonas lives or dies! I mean, what did ever happen to him? To Gabe?  Sadly, Lois wants the readers to think about the ending, to make up their own.  She has been interviewed many times about the ending of the book, though.  Some of her responses appear below.

GR: Who do they usually ask about?
LL: Most readers in the early days would ask about Jonas [the protagonist of The Giver]. By the time I wrote a couple more books [2000's Gathering Blue and 2004's Messenger], it was clear where he was. But I had not dealt with the baby, and I had not realized that kids would be so attached to a toddler. I started [writing Son] with him as an adolescent, but I found my own attention diverted by who had given birth to him. What turns out to be the final third of the book, when he began questioning about his own mother, started out as the beginning of the book.

GR: Do you think that love for the book made you feel a certain sense of responsibility? A need to give readers an ending?
LL: I suppose I did. Not consciously. When you ask the question, I realize I must have. Mostly I felt I wanted to tie things up, to make people feel satisfied with the ending. I know that, nonetheless, there will be some readers who will still ask, "Yes, but what about Gabe?" I think you can assume that he'll be OK.

Student Question: Dear Lois Lowry, My name is Melissa. My class just finished the book The Giver (aka Great Book). But we have to do a project and ask you questions: Did Jonas marry anyone in his later life? Did Jonas go to college? Did Jonas ever return to the community? Did Jonas get a job? Did Jonas buy a house? Please answer these questions as soon as possible. Thanks a lot and good job on both Number the Stars and The Giver. I read both. Melissa
Lois Lowry: You will meet Jonas again very soon in a book called Messenger to be published in April. I don’t want to ruin the book for you by answering your questions too specifically. But it is about 7 years after the end of The Giver. So Jonas is a young man. He has a particular role, or job, in the place where he lives. He lives in his own house. Not married... But... oh, that’s all I’m going to tell you.

I believe that Jonas does live!  I think that he stayed alive through the journey to "elsewhere" and has finally reached it.  Some of my classmates think that Jonas had died and that was just a happy memory going through his head as he passes, but they are wrong.  I can't exactly explain why I think Jonas is still alive, I can just feel it.  Also Lois sort of hinted at the fact that he is still alive by saying he appears again in the book, Messenger.  This takes place about 7 years after The Giver and there is a character named Jonas.  Many of the students in my class also got confused by the ending, "Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too.  But perhaps it was only an echo."  This kind of threw me off while trying to decide if he was alive or dead, but i finally realized that it was real, or literal.  He is not dreaming or dead, he has finally reached this "elsewhere" that he had been searching for.