Monday, December 14, 2015

It's Another PBL, Run!!!

Another PBL (Problem Based Learning), what? Yes, it is true. My class and I have been assigned a new PBL that includes setting up a book display that will draw kids attention in and persuade them to read books. My group consists of Landree, Annika, and myself, and we are setting up a book display persuading kids to read historical fiction.

The most important role I was given is Marketing Manager. I control or manage how we advertise the historical fiction books and how we get people to know about our book display. I was given this job due to the fact that my dad and mom both specialize in marketing, so I have a lot of background knowledge with marketing. Also, if my group were to ever need assistance, I could go to my parents for help.

During this PBL so far, I have learned many things about marketing and advertising books in the library. First of all, I learned that in your book display, you should include colorful and unique things. People, or kids, will be more attracted to displays that are colorful and creative. They like to see fun or interesting displays. I also learned that you need to put the book display next to the genre of book that you are advertising in the library. So, in my case, I would set up my book display in the Historical Fiction section. This allows people to grab the genre of book you are advertising off of the shelf right away, instead of looking for it.

So far, my group has come up with many unique ideas to include in our display. Our theme is more of an old fashioned or vintage look. This will represent the genre of Historical Fiction. My group is also going to include a giant book with butterflies flying out that are made of old newspaper. Doing this will attract people to our display. The words, “Historical Fiction” will be spelled out in wooden letters at the top of a poster board, telling people what our display is about. We will also include Historical Fiction book covers that say where you can find the book in the library. They will also show people a variety of Historical Fiction books that you can read.

As you can see, our Historical Fiction book display is coming along very well. I can’t wait until it is set up in the library!


Thursday, December 3, 2015

And the Journey Comes to an End

Hey everybody, it’s Dr. Emily again! This is going to be my last post on my journey with finding the new civilization. Dr. Delaney and I finally finished our museum exhibit and set it up. After presenting it for the first two days that it was open, I feel like the exhibit was a great success! We were able to include everything we needed to, and more! We also received many visits and compliments from our colleagues and bosses, which just showed how well we did with our presentation.

During the process of creating our museum exhibit on erdő lakói, I learned many things about ancient civilizations and archaeology. First of all, we studied the Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt to learn more about ancient civilizations. I learned lots of information about aspects of culture that every civilization has, such as government, beauty, religion, and food/drink. I also learned about what a location has to have for a civilization to live there. Examples of these things are bodies of water and fertile soil to grow crops. As a young archaeologist, I also learned many things about archaeology. I discovered that there are many different purposes for archaeology such as digging at the dig site, analyzing artifacts, researching information, and many other purposes. Plus, I found out what archaeologists look for when they are digging, researching, or analyzing artifacts.  

One of the things that we did well with this museum exhibit were the details or information about erdő lakói. Throughout our museum exhibit, we included a plethora of information informing the public on erdő lakói. We did this part really well because many people and a couple of our bosses were very interested in the information we had, and not just the artifacts or interactive parts. Many people complimented on our presentation of information, and everyone left with new knowledge of erdő lakói. Another thing that we did really well with the museum exhibit were the artifacts. Dr. Delaney and I presented a clay tablet in a fancy glass box, baked bread from a recipe we found at the dig site for everyone to eat, presented a necklace in a glass box, showed how the people of erdő lakói used tea towels to keep bread moist, and crafted a 3D model of Alaska showing where everyone in erdő lakói lived. We did this part well because everyone loved looking at the artifacts and being able to imagine what daily life in erdő lakói was like. Visitors also complimented on our 3D model and how intricate and precise it was.   

After creating the museum exhibit, one thing that I wish I would have done better was setting up my museum exhibit. After we had put everything together, we had 3 main poster boards that included all of the information. We were only able to stand two of them up due to technical difficulties, and one poster board was just lying out on the table. The overall look of the museum exhibit didn’t look as we had planned. I wish we could have found a way to stand up all 3 poster boards so that our exhibit was more attractive and looked complete.

One thing that I would change about our museum exhibit would clearly be how we set up the pieces in our exhibit. Dr. Delaney and I weren’t able to stand up all 3 poster boards as planned, so our museum exhibit didn’t look as full or complete as it would have. Being able to stand up all 3 poster boards would greatly improve the look of our exhibit. Visitors would be able to look up at all the information instead of looking down at the table to see one poster board. Plus, if we were able to stand up all three poster boards, we could create a triangle out of them, allowing people to walk around the table while viewing the presentation.

Overall, we hit the ball out of the ball park with our museum exhibit. It almost exceeded all of our standards, and it blowed our audience away. erdő lakói was finally open for the public.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

erdő lakói for the Public!

Greetings everyone! It’s Dr. Emily! As you may already know from my other blog posts, I am an archaeologist, and my partner is Dr. Delaney. We have discovered a new ancient civilization, and are creating a museum exhibit to inform others on this fascinating civilization. In this blog post, you will find information on our progress of creating the museum exhibit and what things we are including in the museum exhibit. It is all very, very fascinating!
    After we dug up our ancient civilization, we had to name it. Dr. Delaney and I decided to name our newly found civilization erdő lakói. Since nobody knows about this civilization yet, we decided to create a museum exhibit to inform people on erdő lakói. So far, we have created a website, displayed artifacts, discovered and translated their language, and written up other information of their aspects of culture.
    The website includes information such as the religion of erdő lakói, the holidays/celebrations of the civilization, and other aspects of culture that erdő lakói had. We found many artifacts that Dr. Delaney and I are going to display! One of them is a clay tablet featuring the goddess, Winda, of erdő lakói. Plus, we are displaying one of the toys that the kids of this civilization entertained themselves with. erdő lakói’s language is very interesting. In some weird form, their letters look a tad bit like ours, but otherwise, their language is completely different! We are displaying this in our museum exhibit. Besides all of this, we have written documents of aspects of culture, such as food/drink, that we will also display in our museum exhibit.
As you can see, Dr. Delaney and I’s museum exhibit is coming along smoothly, and it will look amazing when it is finished! The display will be very informational, and it will teach the public all about erdő lakói. I can’t wait for it all to be set up!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

To Discover an Ancient Civilization

Hey Dr. Emily here! As you may already know, I am an archaeologist and have recently been digging in the field for artifacts that previously belonged to an ancient civilization. I have discovered many things on this ancient civilization, and I am now able to draw conclusions about them.

First of all, I can conclude that the ancient civilization was very engaged and dedicated to art. What told me this was the clay pot and how it was neatly decorated and included many treasures on it. The patterns and preciseness of the pot showed me that the ancient civilization was very engaged in their art and really wanted to do their best on it. The gold and silver beads on the pot also stated that the ancient civilization was very dedicated to their art. Since gold and silver as well as other metals are valuable, the ancient civilization putting the gold and silver beads on their pot shows that they are very dedicated to art.

Another conclusion I can make is that the ancient civilization farmed. What told me this were the beans, rice, and squash seeds that Dr. Delaney and I found at the dig site. The beans and rice are the product of plants, and can only be grown with farming. The squash seeds show me that the ancient civilization farmed squash. All of these facts clearly state that the ancient civilization farmed.

Every day, Dr. Delaney and I are finding out more about this ancient civilization, and once we have all the information we need, we will create an overall conclusion and put together a presentation on this ancient civilization. So far, we have found out lots about this civilization, and our work is moving  along smoothly.

Archaeology meets Culture

Hey, it’s Dr. Emily again! I am an archaeologist, which you probably learned from my last post, and I have discovered more about the ancient civilization I am studying. During my dig last time, I discovered many different artifacts that tie into aspects of culture of old civilizations. Aspects of culture include things like food/drink, buildings, toys, pastimes, and government.

The first thing that Dr. Delaney and I dug up was a broken pot. The pot was neatly decorated with a cloth, some sort of string, gold, silver, paint, clay, and many other things. This ties in with the aspect of culture art, because the pot was created to be art for the ancient civilization. Also, the pot could fit in with the aspect of culture food/drink, because it’s purpose could have been to hold food. Other things that we dug up were pine needles, miniature pine cones, and bark from a pine tree. Since these artifacts are all related to pine trees, they show that the ancient civilization used to live near pine trees or a forest. This all ties into the aspect of culture location due to the fact that the pine needles, miniature pine cones, and bark all show that the ancient civilization lived near pine trees.

During the dig, Dr. Delaney and I also discovered sand mixed with dirt as well as sea shells. These artifacts show that the ancient civilization could have lived near a lake or an ocean. This all fits into the aspect of culture location because the sand and sea shells give a hint of where the ancient civilization was located. Another couple of artifacts we found were beans, rice, and squash seeds. This shows that they grew crops with the seeds and rice and that they ate squash, rice, and beans as food. This all ties into the aspect of culture food/drink due to the fact that these foods were located near where the ancient civilization lived which shows they used them as food. The final artifact that we found were feathers. These feathers show that the ancient civilization could have eaten birds, or they used them as animals for pets or work. These theories show that this could have tied in with the aspects of culture food/drink or animals (pets or work).

Digging and observing these artifacts really helps to find out more about the ancient civilization, and I can’t wait to conclude information on this ancient civilization!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Archaeology and Tanning

Dr. Emily here! I am an archaeologist, and am working in the field to dig up artifacts that will tell me more about an ancient civilization. I have been laboring all day in the hot sun! It is very hard work digging up all of the artifacts, and I have been out here in the hot sun all day (which was worth it because it gave me a nice tan). It’s very dirty work (and the dirt makes up most of my tan), plus it ends up taking such a long time to dig up the artifacts, but once we do, it is very satisfying.

After digging them up, my partner, Dr. Delaney, and I brush the dirt and particles off, and observe the artifacts up closely. Sometimes we even put the artifacts in a plastic bag to look at them on a later date. We have to be careful though to not touch the artifacts because the oils on our skin are bad for the artifacts. That is why we wear gloves! After digging up the artifacts and brushing them off, we observe them, take notes, and try to come up with a reason for why they are there or what they are used for. Even though it is hard, it is very interesting and educational, and the information we find benefits the whole world.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

All About Me

I am not a small town girl, nor a big city girl. I am very passionate about animals, nature, engineering, family, and many other things. My name is Emily, and this is my blog. On my blog, you will find information about projects that I am doing in school to interesting activities that I do at home. I am part of the STEM program, which stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The STEM program is made for advanced kids who are interested in areas such as engineering, technology, science, and math. All of these subjects are incorporated into all of my classes to create a better education for me and the other students who do the STEM program. On this blog, you will find many things that have to do with the STEM program, since it is such a big part of my life. If I were to pick out my favorite part of the STEM program, I wouldn't be able to choose. I love the engineering, using technology, the science, and even the math.

I do many things outside of school such as sports. My main sports are lacrosse and skiing, along with tennis, golf, and diving. I have been playing lacrosse for 5 years, and skiing since I was 3. Skiing has been in my family for many generations, so me skiing is just adding onto that chain of skiers. All of the sports I play take up a lot of my time, but they are a big part of my life.

Colorado is where I live, ski, and do all of my other fun activities. I have grown up here in the odd weather forecast, attended school here, and lived my exciting life in Colorado. I also live in Colorado with my amazing family. I have a mom, a dad, three siblings, and a dog. All of these people are an incredibly big part of my life, and I love them dearly. My dog, Sophie, is an important character in my life. She may only be a dog, but she gets me through tough times and is always there for me when I need her.

Finally, I love nature. The animals, trees, bushes, flowers, cacti, deep sea,  all of it. My favorite animal is a cheetah, followed by a penguin and a dog. I am very interested in nature, which lead me to want to become an Environmental Engineer. Environmental Engineers deal with nature and use what we are learning in the STEM program, so becoming an Environmental Engineer would be perfect for me.
There will be plenty of more post related to STEM, so enjoy the rest of my blog and visit often to read about my STEM experience.