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.