Our project is to raise money for children admitted to the Aster Hospital with immunodeficiency disorder.
In Aster Hospital we were greeted very elegantly. When we entered it was really calm and quiet and not that busy. Then Dr Bhatta talked us through the immune system. We learned that T, B, K and M cells are the ones which protect us from bacteria and viruses. We discovered that without these cells we would have bacteria enter our bodies. He told us that some of the kids in the hospital didn't have B cells that produced anti bodies to "tag" the germs in place.
Luckily Dr Bhatta would take B cell test on children who were born and check if that had anti bodies. He told us that if you had that sickness then you would need to visit the hospital almost every day.
We should raise money for these kids because they don't have enough money to buy medicine for antibodies and so they are dying. Here's the link to our crowdfunding campaigns: https://www.fueladream.com/home/cis-aster-support-immuno
CL Day 1
I was in the build a chair group. Our goal was to make one chair per person, that was 8 chairs total. The next day we should polish them. We first got our wooden pieces from Miss Shefali's car. Then Miss Shefali's father explained what we are doing. Then we started cutting our wooden pieces into shapes. Then we started putting the chairs into place. That took us a day.
CL day 2
It was a nice day. We first finished all the interviews. We first interview Mr. Jhaveri. This took us 45 minutes as it took us a long time to call everybody. After the interview, we continued with making our chairs. We polished them which took us a whole hour, as we had to do it for the whole chair. Then we had to polish it again, but this took less time. Next we had to put a layer of paint. We had to choose between blood (rose )red and rosewood red. I choose blood (rose) red. After we painted that, we had to leave it till CL day 4.
CL Day 4
Today was a lot of fun. Our paint dried. Then we had to polish it with a metal polish that poked my hand a little but it came off. After a good amount of polish work, we noticed the paint became very dull, so Miss Shefali decided to give us this transparent polish so it was shiny. Ma'am told us to go down so the makers place didn't smell like the polish, so we went down and we put some of the polish on our chairs and we noticed it didn't smell bad but actually like nail polish.
After a coat of polish we washed our hands, ate our snack, and took a break till the polish dried and created some music YAY! Then we took the chairs to the makers space and assembled them. After that we made small wooden sculptures. I made a paper holder!
Today we made dog houses for CL week 3. It was a lot of fun. I really like using power tools and getting my hands dirty.
The group split into two groups, girls and boys. There are 6 boys, and 3 girls, however we both have the same amount of progress. I love my team, and we are super productive. So far we have two sides and the bottom. Our design is a square with a slanted top. The top has to be slanted so the rain water can run off. It is hard to make a slanted top, but Mr. Nicolas helped us get the angles correctly.We also have to loft our house off the ground with stones in each corner, so the bottom wont be water damaged. We are planning to paint it with dull colors.
Tomorrow we have three hours to work on it, so we should be able to finish construction, and then Thursday and we can paint. then we deliver the houses. I cant wait to see their faces when we deliver the houses!
Missing the first day of CL OnCampus was a huge blow for me, but I arrived at school ready to catch up and have tons of fun. I arrived in front of the pool to build the dog house. The team had cut 3 of the 6 boards already. We measured the entrance and our measurements were quite off. We then measured it correctly and fixed the door. I had lots of fun building the house and goofing off with my friends. I had a great time putting the dog house together. Doing this was a new experience for me because I had never built anything before.
Today was a great day for me. In the morning my group (dog house) went and interveiwed people. We had a little bit of an argument but we got over it. We had so much fun taking the interview of one person over and over and over again.
At 9:00 my group made its way to the pool to finish our dog houses. We arrived and drilled the top and the back onto the rest of the house. After we drilled it we took a break and started our paint party. We decided to paint the dog house a sky blue. We used paint rollers to paint our dog house. When we finished the first layer it looked awesome. We took a break while the paint was drying. After it dried we put our second layer of blue. We had an idea to mix white with the blue to make a cloud kind of look. We did it and it was great.
At the end our hands were pretty messy with paint. And this is not the kind of paint that was easy to take off. It was so hard to take off we had to put oil on our hands and then wash it. We looked back at our finished dog house and we were super proud.
We had our lunch and made our way back to homerooms for Fuel A Dream. We got to know how to get money for our campaign. We had a pretty fun time.
So the day started off with some journaling in class! After that us, pottery group members, went on a field trip! It took about 15 minutes, and then we were there!
The place was a quaint little village and I found it lovely! They had a little nursery school and it was lovely too! Many parents send their kids there because the kids get free education, milk, and food! Did you know that in small villages like everyone has a holiday for the day before, the day after, and the big day? Well it's true!
After that our guide took us through the process of getting the clay, drying it, refining it, kneading it, and then to the final step of using it on the pottery wheel. Apparently, unless they place the clay exactly in the center, the wheel will not function properly! It was made like a massive fidget spinner! One wheel can cost up to 4,000 rupees! There is a little dent / hole where they stick a stick and spin the wheel! It kept on spinning for up to 20 Minutes! Now that's impressive!
Afterwards, we made our own pencil stand, pots, vases, or cups. It was really fun, but Akankash scraped his knee really bad, so a few people said that they wouldn't do it until Mr. Scott told them that they must, so they went.
I made a pencil stand! I think that everyone had fun! The potter also got out lots of necklaces, earrings, and jewelry sets! They were so beautiful! I loved them so I bought one of his simpler pieces. The sets cost 150 - 300 rupees, which, according to Ms. Lakshmi, is cheaper than in the market!
At the end, we all got on the bus and had our lunch while coming home! It was fun and we came to school early so we could visit everyone else's projects and journal! The free time was really fun!
I wonder what we'll do tomorrow!
Today started off with pottery on a board ; without a pottery wheel! Honestly, I think I preferred The pottery wheel! We made a pot with different techniques and a bird! I was very happy with what I did and I think he really took out mistakes from everyone's, including mine! I was very messy and monotonous.
With exams finished, we began our final week of CL for this year.
With a variety of activities available to us, we were divided into smaller groups. I was in the group that was assigned to decorate a fish tank and gemstone case. We were super excited about our project and began working on it immediately. We came up with many ideas and finally decided what we wanted our fish tank to look like.
Next, the girls in the group began cleaning out the tank with toothpaste, yes toothpaste !Toothpaste helps to get rid of the white marks on the side of the glass faster than most other substances. It was tiring work, scrubbing all the stains away, and by the end of it we were all soaked as we kept on spilling water on each other. Meanwhile, the boys began cleaning the dirt from the pebbles which we will later be using in the tank. It was necessary to clean out the dirt from the pebbles, so the fish wouldn't get ill from swimming in contaminated water. Following this, we researched on different gemstones, we planned using in the fish tank.
We then went to the Elementary school Sand Pit, to collect a bucket of sand. Most of us began playing with the shovels and buckets there just like we did when we were younger. After this we got back to working on our project As the fish tank was split into two halves, we shoveled some of the pebbles into one section. However we ran into a problem with the other half. The drainage system had leak.
Our Essential Question for the day was ' How does using our hands instead of machines help us ?'
I think using our hands is beneficial as machines can malfunction, and cause disasters. If we hadn't used our hands to clean out the dirt from the pebbles and make sure it was clean, the fish would have eventually died. A machine will not always work as efficiently and effectively as a human.
Our second Essential Question was ' How can I be safe while doing my activity today ?'. I think it is important to have a safe environment while working and this can be done by using the proper equipments and by having adult supervision and guidance. While cleaning the fish tank, we wore gloves, as the chemicals in the toothpaste could be harmful to our hands.
Even though today was a lot of hard work and research, I still found it fun and enjoyable and can't wait to see the finished fish tank!
I didn't think that CL Day 2 could be any better than Day 1, but I was proven wrong.
We started off Day 2 by conducting interviews of the other members in our group on how they felt about the previous days activity. Most of the group members said that they really enjoyed the activity and the feedback was positive .
Following that, we got back to working on our projects. Since the leak in the fish tank was fixed, we were now able to fill that half with sand. We then leveled it out and it felt like we had made a playground for the fish ! Next, we poured cups of water on top of the sand. My friends and I had to make repeated trips to the bathroom, to get water to fill the fish tank. Then, Mr. Robert kindly gave us a few items to put in our fish tank like algae, a tub full of stones and shells and even some small water snails. We went back to the fish tank and added all the above items to it. It looked super cool, and showed that our hard work payed off. Now the only thing missing were the fish !
Today CL day was very educative and I learnt a lot, and I can't wait to see what's in store for us tomorrow !
By : Maya