Confederation Speech

Hello I am thomas heath haviland and I am speaking on behalf of the military and defence of Prince Edward Island. Confederation would not benefit our defence, in fact confidence would harm our defence. Our isolation is what keeps us safe. Yes, it’s much harder to get to our island without a bridge, but this means it’s much harder for our enemies to come across. Speaking of enemies, we don’t really have one. We have strong trade with nova Scotia, New brunswick, america and europe. Confederation would harm our relations with europe and especially america. Harming not only our defence, but also our economy. If PEI was to confederate, the confederation bridge would be built, connecting us to the mainland and taking away our isolation. This would make attacks from the fenian raids and other enemies much more of a problem since they can just cross a bridge to attack. Our isolation is our defence. PEI doesn’t have a military. I know confederation would give us one but we’d prefer to not confederate than have our citizens die defending land that is not ours. Also, we are too small of a colony to mean enough to canada. Would you really send attequite military help if the fenian raids ever happened to us. Or would you leave us to fend for ourselves, a mere 80 thousand of us compared to your over a million. Let’s be honest, who’s really your priorities. Not a tiny island across the *sea?*. We are happy as we are, so let us be and we’ll let you be.

‘Ted’ Talk

How do ideas evolve?

Independent Invesigation

Above is my presentation.


Instead of a voiceover to explain my presentation, I’ve added text boxes to the map.

Ecological Footprint

Rowan Zawadzki                   Ecological Footprint                   May 13, 2018

My footprint: 9.25 hectares                                                 Sarah J: 14.85, Valerie: 14.75


The ten actions that increase my footprint the most are:

    1. Showers are more than 10 minutes.
    2. Clothes are bought brand new for me or by me.
    3. Hardly wears ¾  of my clothe s that I own.
    4. Our garbage on a typical day fits into a small garbage can.
    5. I own a vacation home with another family
    6. I spend more than an hour in a vehicle.
    7. We water the garden every at least week (but we grow a lot of the food we eat)
    8. I need a lot of equipment for my activities. (a gym for climbing and a bike for biking, and ski equipment for skiing and a computer for video games)
    9. A lot of land has been changed for my activities(skiing)
    10. My house has a guest room.

I’ll try to lower my ecological footprint by…

    1. Showers
      1. I take way too long when I am in the shower. I wake up very early and I am in the shower before 6:00 am. This means I am still “waking up” when I am in the shower and also means I am slower.


    1. I’ll try to donate the clothes that I don’t wear anymore


    1. I spend more than an hour in a vehicle
      1. I spend a lot of time in busses on the way to and from school, so I’ll try to walk down to Coquitlam Central Stn. instead of bussing the way(or walking from Coquitlam Central to Gleneagle)


    1. Some of our food is grown outside of BC
      1. Now that I think about this, I realize how much of a problem this is. If our food is being transported from California, or Mexico or from farther, it uses a lot of gasoline and resources to get here. I’ll convince my parents to buy only locally grown food, and I predict this food should be cheaper than other food because less money was used to get it here.


    1. Washing the car once every four weeks.
      1. I don’t mind dirty cars, so I’ll try to convince my parents not to wash their cars (or not to get me to wash them:) ) I think this will save a lot of water and especially how our family uses a lot of water.


Donating the clothes was very easy, all I did was round up and I don’t wear anymore and walk up to my elementary school. My elementary school has a clothing donation bin and is like a 2-minute walk away. Although it was hard to convince my parents to not wash the car, they thought I was just trying to get out of work. Walking to school instead of taking the bus was an obstacle for me, I misjudged how much time it would take to walk from Coquitlam Central to the school and I was a bit late for block 1.  I plan to find more ways of lowering my ecological footprint as I progress into summer and try to successfully complete these ideas.

Alexander Hamilton




What’d I Miss starts with Thomas Jefferson coming back from his trip to France, and realizes he has missed quite a bit while he was away. He comes back and gets a letter offering a job for the Secretary of State and heads to New York to accept. Once he arrives in New York, James Madison confronts him about Alexander Hamilton’s new financial plan. After Alexander got a job as Treasury Secretary, he proposed a new financial plan to input a central bank for America. This plan will improve the economy of America but give financial power to the Federal government. Madison doesn’t want any more power for the government.


The first character that sings in the song is Aaron Burr. He talks about Alexander Hamilton’s Federalists being opposed by Jefferson’s Democratic-Republicans, referring to Burr’s statement: “Not so fast. Someone came along to resist him // Pissed him off until we had a two-party system”. Other than this, Burr didn’t have much of an impact on the song.


The next character is the main singer, Thomas Jefferson. He is just coming back from Paris after he finished writing the Declaration of Rights of Man and of the Citizen with Lafayette. Once he arrives, he realizes that he has missed a lot when he was away, hence him repeating the line, “What’d I miss?”, throughout the song. Also when he arrives, he is granted a position as Secretary of State and heads to New York to accept. When Thomas arrives in New York, he is greeted by his “friend James Madison, red in the face”.


The next character is James Madison. He meets Jefferson in New York City and explains “What’s goin’ on”. James Madison is furious at Alexander Hamilton because of his new financial plan (Hamilton wanted to establish a federal bank to boost the economy). Thomas Jefferson then attends his first cabinet meeting regarding the financial issue.


George Washington and Alexander Hamilton welcome Thomas home at the cabinet meeting.




I researched Hamilton’s financial plan because it didn’t quite make sense to me. Hamilton’s plan was to establish a bank of America. Doing this would transfer the debt of the revolution(roughly 25 million) to the federal government but also establish a nation-wide currency and raise money for the government. Although, Madison and Jefferson were opposed to this plan because many of Hamilton’s friends invested in the war and would gain lots of money if the bank were to be established.


Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies   When Alexander Hamilton became the Secretary of Treasury for America, his power increased and he set forth the new financial plan. As I’ve said above, Madison does not want the revolutionary debt to go to the federal government. When Hamilton’s power rose with his ranks, Madison grew more disapproval for Hamilton. Thus creating a conflict for Hamilton and Madison.




I find it interesting that America is experiencing one of their first conflicts as a nation. In the first act of the play, America is fighting an external conflict (England) but in the second act, America is fighting internal conflicts, like Hamilton’s financial plan.


My first quote is “Have it all, lose it all”. This quote foreshadows how Alex has everything in the first act, then loses everything in the second act, including his life. What goes up must come down.


My second quote is “France is following us to revolution // There is no more status quo”. Depending on who you ask, the American revolution was an influence for the French to start a revolution. This demonstrates how revolutions cause, build and influence each other. In other words, similar events or ideas are capable of being used to create new events or ideas.


My last quote is “I have my first cabinet meeting today // I guess I better think of something to say”. The song after What’d I Miss is Cabinet Battle #1. My song introduces the predicament that is debated over in Cabinet Battle #1 and shows that there can be disagreements within the same team.


IN-DEPTH Last blog post

In-Depth has been going great! I met with my mentor last week and we discussed what I should bring in for the In-Depth night. She taught me about all these different components that are in my starter kit and how to use them. Like the RFID scanner, it can read the values of RFID cards (most cards that tap, like security badges). She also helped me finalize my plans for a robotic arm.  For the In-Depth night, I’m going to bring in a robotic arm along with various mini projects like the RFID scanner, humidity sensor, and a LED screen. I will try to make more of these mini-projects but I don’t want to shoot too high and have my idea not work. Having lots of smaller projects allows me to make mistakes, but still have lots of work to show for In-Depth. 


I have also written a reference letter as a thank you to one of my mentors.

April 22, 2018

Rowan Zawadzki

Grade 9 Student


To Whom it May Concern:

Re: Reference letter for Miss Krueger


Ms. Krueger is a dedicated, hardworking teacher. I am a student at Gleneagle Secondary school and needed a mentor in the field of robotics. After many failed attempts to find one, I met Ms. Krueger at the robotics club at Heritage Woods and she agreed to mentor me even though she was extremely busy and I wasn’t one of her students. I knew figuratively nothing about robotics or Arduino. Now, after only a few mentoring sessions, I know how to use the Arduino UNO, breadboards, servos, RFID scanners, how to search components and much more.


Ms. Krueger will definitely make a fun, effective teacher. She was always patient with me and helped me get excited about robotics. She gave me tips that I could never have learned on my own.

I wish Ms. Krueger all the best.


Rowan Zawadzki



Alexander Hamilton #1

Big ideas:

Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.

How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore
And a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence impoverished,
In squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?

Alex emerged from nothing and rose up to influence the society of the colonists. The new emerging ideas of the 13 colonies before the revolution influenced all of the events and the society of the American revolution.

Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships……

And every day while slaves were being slaughtered and carted away
Across the waves, he struggled and kept his guard up
Inside, he was longing for something to be a part of
The brother was ready to beg, steal, borrow, or barter

The song talks about how the slaves are being treated very poorly. In the revolution, the slaves had no power, which must have made the relationship between the slaves and the British quite poor.

Collective identity is constructed………

*the entire song*

The song starts with Alex starting out with figuratively nothing and rising to the top. The 13 Colonies started out as the Brittish’s pawns then rose up to become independent.

The physical environment influences……………

The ten-dollar founding father without a father
Got a lot farther by working a lot harder
By being a lot smarter By being a self-starter
By fourteen, they placed him in charge of a trading charter

Alex was changed by his environment and his actions were based on his circumstances. The 13 colonies would have stayed British if the Brittish didn’t make their environment so unpleasing, this environment caused the colonists to become American.

INDEPTH Blog post week 11

My mentoring sessions have been going great so far, I’ve learned a lot since my last post. In my last mentoring session, my mentor, Mr. Zhuang, redirected me to another teacher with more knowledge on Arduino, the programming language. Ms. Krueger taught me all the basics on Arduino, how to connect the board to your computer, how to use the breadboard, and how to program basic code. She also recommended me to purchase an Arduino starter kit. I acquired one from that has everything I need to learn, resistors, servos, LED lights, a breadboard, sensors, remotes, keypads, an Arduino computer board and a manual that teaches me about each component in the kit. I’ve been working with my kit and building many circuits with the components. For the most part, I know everything I need to know to construct a robotic arm, but I’m going to keep learning more about Arduino and robotics before I start constructing the arm.

  1. What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentor provide to expose you to new learning?

My mentor gave me a spare Arduino board (this was before I purchased my own) to learn with her, she taught me all the basics of Arduino in a very hands-on experience.

  1. What kinds of learning opportunities exist to reinforce new learning?

Heritage woods has a robotics club, which is where I go for mentorship. I have searched the web for many small questions I have (usually to do with the programming and the Arduino program). I also have a PDF manual that came with my starter kit, this teaches me the basics of all the starter kit components and lots about programming and how to use the Arduino program.

  1. What kinds of opportunities exist that might accelerate learning?

I can find a project online, like a robotic arm, look at the pictures and diagrams of it, then try to write a program that can control it.  This is definitely a challenge but will help with the learning of the Arduino programming. After I write the program, I can compare it to the actual code of the robotic arm and determine whether or not my program would work with the robot.

  1. When you get together what do you talk about?

We talk about mostly about Arduino, but Mr. Zhuang and Ms. Krueger have also shown me around the robotics workshop, showing me all the different robots and components.

  1. What is going particularly well in your mentoring relationship right now?

Me learning Arduino is definitely going well, in just one mentoring session I went from having no knowledge about Arduino and not knowing how to use a breadboard to being able to wire and program 2 LED lights to flash like a police car.

  1. What are you learning about one another?

I have learnt that Mr. Zhuang has an interest in biking as well as robotics and teaches students about bike mechanics. I have learnt that Ms. Krueger is a new teacher and working very hard at her job.

Adventure Trip Planning Assessment

Rowan Zawadzki                                                                                                                                6th Meet

Complete one of these sheets for each meeting day. If you missed the meeting, hand it in with ‘missed meeting’ written on it.

  1. I contributed the following to the planning process today:

I printed off all of the forms with Shubham and Mr. Salsbury. Then, in block five, Shubham and I handed out all of them to the grade 9 stein members.

I rate my contributions as 4/5

  1. I encouraged others today by (name and how you encouraged):

I encouraged Shubham, saying how he has done a great job in organizing the trip, especially with editing the forms.

I rate my encouragement has 4/5

  1. The constructive criticism I provided today is:

I reminded Shubham that we had to log out of the copy machine before we left, he showed me how to log out since I couldn’t find the button.

I rate as 4/5


  1. I demonstrated strong and compassionate listening by

I listened to the equipment committee and Mr. Salsbury teach us how to use the compact stoves. I thought it’s interesting how there is no external fuel source with the stoves, just a cup-sized container of alcohol.

I rate 5/5

  1. Other comments:

I thought the Minnekhada hike was fun because it was a beautiful day I got to spend with my classmates!

Tasks: (number – task – due date – progress – info shared with)

1 –  Annotate Chapter 12 – Tuesday – Complete – The whole stein group

2 – Hike the Minnekhada High Knoll trail as a practice hike – Saturday – Complete – The whole Stein group