Every week one student in our class gets to sit out the super quiz and write the weekly update on our class. This week’s update was done by 8th grader Kurt Larson. Thanks, Kurt!
This week in Mr. Houck’s class we researched more for our ancient China essays, talked about some of the religions in ancient China, got started and finished our Marblandia blueprint rough drafts, got a visit from Mr. Fruehauf, and got more done on our book group movie trailers.
During Mr. Fruehauf’s visit we learned all about ancient Chinese religion and how those religions worked, about exercises, and how energy plays a big part of every thing in ancient China and now. Also, how food has energy in it and how natural foods have more energy, about how food has a huge impact on personal health and that foods with more energy are better for you. He also talked about his experience in China and all the things he learned about qi-gong, a sort of karate type practice, where he learned about how to harness energy, and how people do all the fake tricks you would see in karate films, like how they crush stones with their hands, or make things light on fire by just pointing at it. All in all it was a really unique and fun experience hearing Mr. Fruehauf talk.
The other thing we did that was pretty fun was make our Marblandia blueprint rough draft. If you haven’t heard about the Marblandia project we are doing, it’s kind of like making a Rube Goldberg machine, except we can interact with objects more than once. The blueprints are supposed to show how our Marblandia machine will work and show all the steps the marble will roll through.
That’s about it for this week!