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

I am not a Witch

August 9, 1651

For whoever is reading this, I am not a witch. I live alone not because I practice dark magic in my basement, but because I have never wanted to be with a man. I take interest in medicine not because I want to poison others, but because I want to help and heal them. I’m going to die tomorrow because of the above. I’m scared, I don’t want to be burned at the stake tomorrow. The worst part of all of this is that I can’t do anything to stop it. I can’t escape, I can’t convince them that I’m not a witch and I cant survive my execution. If pleaded guilty at the start I could have been hanged, which honestly sounds much better than what I’m getting for pleading innocent. As I come down to my last hours on this earth, I want someone out of the hundreds to know that I’m not a witch and don’t deserve to die. At the very least, I don’t want to be remembered as a killer, please, believe me, I am not a witch.

Rosalina Smith

The Wheels of Revolution

Below is a PDF of my work. The formatting did not work when I copied and pasted the document.




Finally, email after email, response after response, let-down after letdown, I finally secured a mentor, and for real this time. My mentor is the Heritage Woods robotics teacher and his name is Mr. Zhuang. Our first meeting was on Tuesday at 3:30 pm. Prior to our meeting, I researched a company called Arduino, basically, they sell small computers that control your robot, and can be programmed on the Arduino website. He showed me how to use Arduino and how to plug in servos(which are small, hobby motors) into the Arduino computer. He also wants me to come in on Mondays or Tuesdays for our next meetings, at 3:50 ish. This is great for me since I can make Mondays and can skip climbing to go on Tuesdays if I need to catch-up.

  1. What has been my most difficult mentoring challenge so far?  Why?

Finding someone to agree to be my mentor has been the challenge. I think this is because robotics is a very complex topic to deal with, and not many people study it so finding someone who has the time and motivation to teach me such a complex topic is hard to come by. I also have been unlucky, for example, Mr. Kent did have the time and motivation to mentor me, but his administration wouldn’t allow him to mentor me because of an unfounded reason, being them not allowing other students from other schools learn at Centennial.

  1. What is working well? Why?

Mr. Zhuang and I have only met once, so I cannot answer this question too deeply. Although, I really like how the robotics lab is located. It is located on the second floor, there is the electronics/robotics lab, which is very organized and spacious, there is Mr. Zhuang’s office beside it, with a metalworking shop beside the lab and woodworking shop beside the metal shop. This allows various tools, materials and other resources very accessible which helps when constructing robots.


  1. What could be working better?  How can you make sure this happens?


Again, I haven’t spent much time with Mr. Zhuang, but I infer we might get interrupted by other students as they can come into our sessions and ask questions to Mr. Zhuang. I don’t think I can change this because the other students need Mr. Zhuang’s help as well. If I utilize my one on one time with Mr. Zhuang, I can minimize the effect of the interruptions.

Sourcing My Family’s Russian Orthodox Icon

What is the story of my family’s Russian Orthodox icon?


  1. Source: This icon is a primary source item because it is a physical thing of its time. Keep in mind that I am and will be talking about the icon, not the picture of the icon. I do not know who created it and exactly when or where it was produced, but I know it came from Russia and is about 400 years old.


  1. Context: Considering how I do not know exactly when this icon was produced, I can’t find specific events that happened when this icon was made because specific events mean specific times.


  1. Description: I notice that the inside metal/picture part of the icon looks very old, and is the main part of the icon. The wooden borders and glass are just a case of the icon. I can also see that not all of the icon is 400 years old. The actual icon inside is 400 years old, but the outer wood and glass surrounding the icon are definitely not 400 years old. I’d say it’s no more than 10-50 years old. I also think the middle, gold coloured part is around 100-200 years old.


  1. Inferences about perspective: The icon is a religious picture and I infer the image is from Orthodox Christianity because it is the largest religion in Russia. I am not religious myself, so I am not sure whether this is true or not. Taking this into account, I believe the creator of this icon practiced Orthodox Christianity (or whatever religion this icon is from) because I don’t think the creator would have created it if they did not believe in what they were creating. The audience/target(or customer) is anyone who practiced Orthodox Christianity (or whatever religion this icon is from).


  1. Inferences from inquiry question: I explained what I examined from this icon in questions four and five (the age of the casing and the religion). This doesn’t really answer my inquiry question because I want to learn the story of the icon, what it has gone through. I talked with my family members to help me find out an answer to my inquiry question. I couldn’t find the complete story, but I found a story that explains how valuable this icon is. Back in the first world war, part of my dad’s family was trying to escape the war with all of their belongings on two horses. On their journey, a squadron from the army (I’m not sure which army) needed to take one of my family’s horses to carry their wounded. This meant that my family had to throw out almost half of their life’s belongings to be able to keep travelling with only one horse. They threw out cutlery, books, jewelry, plates, clothing and even some food, but they kept the heavy icon. This explains how much sentimental value this icon holds, and why it is so important to my family. Since then, this icon has been carried through the two famines and the second world war.

Why do events happen, and what are their impacts?

I think the question Why do events happen, and what are their impacts? is the most significant question to study for the remainder of the school year. The second part of the question is the most important, what are their impacts? The impacts of events are why we study them, for example, the first world war. That war caused a massive amount of destruction and death. We needed to learn about the consequences of our actions, people from that time said that war was “the war to end all wars”. They thought the destruction that war caused would teach us to stop fighting, to stop killing each other. Now, going back to the start of the question, Why do events happen? Events happen because of other events. After the Great War (World War 1), Germany was punished. The world made them weak so they could not fight again, their economy crashed, unemployment rose and their army was banned. Germany was like this for twenty years. Next, the country gained willpower, they wanted to be strong, they didn’t want to be a weak country anymore. Then came Adolf Hitler, he saw this as an opportunity and promised the German people a strong and powerful Germany. He said the Germans were the strongest people and said they must get rid of the immigrants that dilute their country. He recreated their army and went off to start the second world war. The first world war caused the second world war. These two historical events caused the most impact on our world in the last century, and are a prime piece of evidence to my point. In order to properly learn the consequences of historical events, we need to understand the question, Why do events happen, and what are their impacts?

INDEPTH Week 5 post

Sadly, I have not found a mentor yet. I’ve sent out countless emails, phone calls, follow ups and some asking in person, but nothing has gotten me a mentor… until yesterday. At the start of the week, I sent out an email to everyone in the technology department of Centennial Secondary. Their website is very useless, and only states the names of each teacher, not what they teach. My email bounced back for three out of the seven I emailed, I didn’t know what happened. I got a response the same day! Here is the email I received:

Mon 2/12/2018 10:37 PM

To: 125S-Zawadzki, Rowan;Huber, Brandon;Peterson, Keith;Pope, Shane;Kent, Jeremy

Hello Rowan,

I currently teach drafting, design, digital animation, and computer programming. While I’m well versed in 3D printing and a drone enthusiast, my knowledge of electronics and robotics is extremely limited.  I’m just happy when I power things up and I don’t release the magical smoke.

Your contact list for the tech ed department is also a little dated.  Phil Johnston, Rob Sabo, and Chad Hipwell no longer teach in SD43 so I’m guessing you got a bounce back for their e-mails.

Brandon Huber specializes in woodshop related courses and Keith Peterson specializes in Metal related courses.  I’m not sure how strong their robotics knowledge or comfort level is.

Our current robotics teacher is Jeremy Kent but this is his first year teaching robotics.  I will forward this e-mail to him but I know he is already very busy with a whole load of new teaching preps.

Maybe Shane Pope has some expertise/interest? …I’m not sure, so I’ll leave that up to him to respond.

Good luck in your quest for robotics mentorship.

Lisa Mulzet

Mrs. Mulzet was a great help for me and she got me in contact with the present Centennial robotics teacher, Mr. Jeremy Kent. We’ve been exchanging emails for the past few days and I think he is going to be my mentor, which is uplifting. So that is my progress on securing a mentor so far. Although, not having a mentor hasn’t kept me back from learning. I now have a general understanding of robotics, from researching blogs/vlogs of people building robots, youtube videos, and other electronic websites. I have also found a robotic arm that somebody has built and shared online, I hope to build something similar in the near future. You can read about it here: . I’ve also found something to help me with the programming/electronics of my robot called Arduino. Arduino is a company based on electronics, very similar to Raspberry Pi. I can buy a circuit board that is capable of controlling my robot. I can plug the circuit to my computer via USB and use my computer to code and control my robot, like the movies! I can’t wait to start creating!

  1. What learning challenges emerged?

My main challenge is not being able to meet with a mentor. IN-DEPTH has been tough without a mentor since the whole project is based on mentorship. I’ve been learning quite well on my own but I feel like I could learn so much more if I could meet with a mentor. Also, these blog posts have been hard to write since all of the questions have been based on meetings with your mentors.