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YATW Blog Post #3 Dubois Stewart

Hello! This is Dubois again writing to you about big cats. So in my last blog post, I talked about my opinion on big cats and my results from my survey that I sent out along with my interview of Ms. Houston. This time i’m going to talk to you about what is currently being done for the big cats and what I did to raise awareness. There are currently organizations around the world that specialize in the preservation of big cats, such as Big cat rescue, the largest big cat sanctuary in the country,  See the Wild, which is a fundraising organization for the big cats, and our own Philadelphia zoo, which teaches children from an early age how to save big cats. All of these programs try to show people the importance of big cats by showing them our worlds after its too late.

For my Agent of change project, I did a presentation on the Big cats to my advisory. I talked about the problem, the things that were currently being done, and what we could do. I was actually already involved with the Philly Zoo before we started the project through an organization called STAMP. Every month I write a blog post about the events that are coming up to raise not only the awareness of animals, but also the amount of teenagers that support museums. For the exclusively though, if more people came, there would be even more support behind the protection of the big cats. I at first was very nervous about doing this project because I didn’t know what difference it would make if I wrote about it when multiple others already had, but was also excited because big cats are my favorite class of animals. I feel like could’ve connected with the Zoo though and maybe even an event for the big cats because i think that would’ve been much more effective than presenting, but I was too scared to try.

In the future , I think that we as a race should make eco efficiency a standard in every household around the world, and make it cheap so everyone can do it. We should also make law enforcement stronger and much harsher for poaching big cats to reduce the amount of poaching-especially since they’re unnecessary and are only used for their fur.Overall, we are moving forwards and I think that if we implement just a few of the things that have been mentioned, we’ll be making great progress.

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Capstone: Alexander Woodburn


The SLA Scaer Library has been a place of growth for me, and for many of the students that pass through the school. My first year was spent studying only, still new to the environment and the people within. By the second, though, the library became the social oasis that gave me the ability to talk to people my own age, to finally socialize like I'd never been able to before. By the end of that year though, I started to notice that the Library wasn't getting the care it deserved. Books were often not put back where they belonged, trash often missed the cans, and it wasn't really anyones responsibility at the time to take care of that. The next year, as a junior, I made it my ILP to take care of the library. I kept it clean and generally organized so that people could better use the books and the space. I wanted to expand on that for my Capstone project- I wanted to not only make the space better for the use it gets, but to make it beautiful and more comfortable to be in, whether for study, or for fun.

"Fundraising Thermometer." Fundraising Thermometer. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2013. <>.

"Painting Contractors Giving Free Estimates." Painting Contractors Giving Free Estimates. N.p., n.d. Web. Jan. 2014. <>.

"Sherwin-Williams Paints, Stains, Supplies and Coating Solutions." Sherwin-Williams Paints, Stains, Supplies and Coating Solutions. N.p., n.d. Web. Jan. 2014. <>.

"Psychological Properties Of Colours - Colour Affects." Psychological Properties Of Colours - Colour Affects. N.p., n.d. Web. Jan. 2014. <>.

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End of the trilogy. Blog post #3

Philadelphia Community Youth Court

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Welcome Back for my final installment of my You And The World Project. My name is Jesse And I am a freshman soon to be sophomore back with blog post #3. Throughout my first two blogs I introduced the topic of the school to prison pipeline and then shared with you my original research which was an interview which was with the Youth court coordinator herself Mrs.Kimberly Stevens. If you missed out of any of the blogs I will have links to them at the end of this blog as well as a link to my annotated bibliography.This blog will is the after my agent of change work and is once again the final part of my YATW project.  Now on to  blog #3.

Blog Post #3

Throughout my Agent of change part of my I have done multiple things to raise awareness about my issue. The Things that I have done range from walking in the “ Pete’s Sake Take a break from Cancer” walk, to mach trials preparing us for the real deal then finally actual live cases. The walk did not only help raise money for an organization that really wants to make sure that cancer patients get the best treatment possible and have a little vacation but we also got a chance to do walk as a group and represent The philadelphia youth court and have fun while doing so. I mean I don't know many organizations that genuinely do these kind of things out the kindness of their heart and not just because of the publicity(it sounds like I contradicted myself in the first paragraph to now but the reason we went to the walk in the first place was to support one of our members that have had breast cancer and went through these program). The live trials gave us a chance to actually help teens stay in school and not end up in the streets which and they are now doing a lot better which shows that this organization is making a positive change in people lives even though we’re doing it student by student. We make people want to stay in school and also give adults hope that our generation isn't just full of people who don’t care about their future and just are rowdy kids, so that show promise for an even greater positive change.

So far I feel as though these steps to change maybe small but are effective to eradicating the school to prison pipeline. We can’t be unhappy with the type of change that allows a teen with potential another chance to be apart of the working class and be something in their lives. Going throughout my agent of change work I wanted to pursue people that would help us in our mission and understood what we understood and help us reach out. I needed people who care about youth and were upset with the current status of the school system and wanted to make a change. Those are the type of people I was pursuing.

The changes that I have made so far are small but strong changes throughout the project. I have done two live cases where I was able to help two students stay in their schools and allowed them so that they could graduated on time. I have also with the help of the rest of the youth court members we got help from the barristers association who are now 100% behind the Philadelphia youth court. After this Agent of change part I have learned that there is always someone who thinks like you and when you find fault with something to speak up and try your very hardest to achieve your goal. Also never try to do everything alone.Now there are a few things that I could have done better. I could have participated more in youth court events so that we could get morte partnerships and I could have been a little more vocal. The only things that is left to do is repeat what I have already been doing and hopefully along the way get more people on (2).JPG

I would like to thank all of you for coming along with me throughout this journey of my YATW project and thank you for taking the time to read each and every blog post that I have made. Even though I wont be making anymore blog post I will still continue to help out with PCYC and do my best to make a meaningful change.Now go out there and make a change yourself and make this generation proud!  photo.JPG


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Goldie Robins Capstone

My Final product is a Flow Chart made on Lucid Chart of the Capstone Process. The Flow Chart is broken down by quarters, starting with Quarter 1 and going through a timeline of what the Capstone process is and what the student need to get done and do in that quarter. It is the same for Quarter 2, 3, and 4. My process of this Capstone came from me not being able to be successful in my first/original Capstone idea. My original Capstone took up a lot of the year and after it not working out, I wasn’t as productive and proactive as I should have been to get another Capstone rolling. This caused me to feel stressed and in a state of helplessness. I know that I have not been the only person in SLA history to not have their Capstone work out like they wanted. I also know I will not be the last, so I figured it would be a great idea to really go through the process quarter by quarter to keep a student on track. I hope that they will use this product from the years to come to help them produce successful capstones from the beginning. I have learned a lot of the Capstone process as a whole which then led me to do this Capstone I am handing in and presenting. My goal is for it to help others!

Annotated Bibliography:

Chopora, Malika. "How To: Organize a 5K Charity Run." NonProfitPeople. N.p., n.d. Web. <>.

Reading this article gave me great advice and ideas to further this race/capstone process. A lot of the first page of the article included questions which gave me an inquiry aspect of this capstone process and helped me with the questions I did not think of before. With the questions that they said for each topic in organizing a race, specifically a 5k charity run kind of turned into a checklist for myself. Answering the questions myself or researching and then coming up with ideas to answer the certain questions and how to go forth with the answer. It helped me by going step by step for each underlying topic in this big 5k topic. It breaks it down, so it is not as overwhelming as it lokos. Taking one part of the project one step at a time.

Eisler, Melissa. "Build a Budget, Find Sponsors, Promote Your Race." N.p., n.d. Web. <>.

This website really showed/proved me what I can do with basically a no budget race. It gave me more promotion ideas and how I can go about doing that process. What I can do to execute getting sponsors which is really a big goal and my main point to this process. It showed me the different ways of communicating and networking in a successful way. Websites to use or look at at, who and what to say when I talk to them. The ideas of instead of trying to go big with sponsors and trying to reach past my limits, to go into local business’ whether they would like to give money or do something with a “gift bag: and to have them put a deal or something like that in there. It gave me different aspects that I could go from giving me a wide variety of choice.

Hinton, Kristin. "Learn All about Virtual Race Bags! (Webinar Replay)." Virtual Race Bags. N.p., 24 May 2013. Web. <>.

This website is absolutely the coolest. The website as a whole taught me all about virtual goodie bags for a race. What they are, how they work, and why it is successful. Now, there are many websites for virtual race bags but this one really grabbed my attention. They are there for assistance setting up sponsors pages and they have already had big a small sponsors so I would hope that it would attract attention to sponsors because of how successful the website has been in the past. Also with the help and webinars the website has to guide and assist you through the whole process. This video is about 30 minutes including race director reports, sponsors reports, pricing, improving the dashboard and much more to draw attention. This is something that is really neat and offering this would help with race registration.

Martin, Pia, and Caitlin Thompson. "How Should I Do This?" Personal interview.

I have been in discussion with Ms. Martin and Ms. Thompson throughout this whole process. They have assisted me with when I wanted to do a physical race about changing dates and then going to change dates for my virtual race. Ms. Martin is one of the reasons I was convinved to change my event to a virtual race. She showed me examples and resources I can use. Also both Ms. Thompson and Ms.Martin had materials and other products that I would beable to have access to if I needed to .They have shown me timing apps, certain websites, how to go about doing something on way instead of another. They have research and asked other outsides sources questions and checked facts for me. Honestly, without them I do not think I would be where I am in my process right now. They are always looking out for things for me and have been more than helpful for not being my mentor.

"How to Organize a Race." N.p., n.d. Web. <>.

This is legitimately the ultimate guide. There are eight chapters and sub-topics that they touch about. Each one has its own numbered list in each topic. It really takes you step by step through the process. This one has especially helped me with getting my word out. What e-mails I should send and to who, what websites I should and can put them on, using their race registartion, flyers, and creating certain websites. It is all connected with sponsors, the race registartion, the final race day and more. Although it has the same information as other websites, they take a diffferent approach, have diffeerent step by step and details and really and it has really motivated me to get started and really go forth with the thinks and everything they have provided me.

"How to Organize Your First Race." N.p., n.d. Web. <>.

This is basically a “hub” of information in one website page. There are a lot of links to different articles and sites under topics. Pages helping choosing locations, date, even setting goals, permissions (if needed), and how I am going plan the logistics. Giving me websites to build a budget, finding sponsors, and promoting my race. Day of my race checklists, after event checklist with medals, shirts, and more if it pertains to me. It has been really helpful because it has led me to more than one broad topic under organizing a race. It’s different than the others with organizing the page different along with going at different perspective and different ideas and ways to approach the same thing.

"Running for Kicks and Giggles." Running for Kicks and Giggles. N.p., 27 Aug. 2013. Web. <>.

Reading this article was a total open up. It was coming from a perspective of someone who was like me. It wasn’t just a regular advertising website. So it gave me insight on someone who came from not organizing a race at all who had an interest and went for it. That is something  that I am doing so sharing their experience and what they had to do and what they found was interesting seeing their pros and cons and their experience. Nothing was sugar coated and it really touched her experience and process from not doing anything to the end of finishing the process, virtual run, and wanting to do it again.

"Running for Kicks and Giggles." Running for Kicks and Giggles. N.p., 25 Aug. 2013. Web. <>.

From the article above it is from the same person. The other one was talking about her process of seeing virtual runs, signing up for them, and then starting to be addicting and realizing that she wants to be a race director of one. With that whole process from start to finish, she took all her experience and what works and what didn’t and what will go well with a 101. Really her experience starting from nothing and moving it forward.

Sennebogen, Emelie. "Family Fun and Crafts." TLC. N.p., n.d. Web. <>.

This was interesting to see and read, cause it was from TLC. I think of TLC as a tv channel and not something that could really help me. It did help, but ti has a different perspective and different descriptions to do things. It is also something that I feel I can trust and something that I believe works because of

"THE WALKB4URUN VIRTUAL 5K" Black Girls RUN. N.p., n.d. Web. <>.

This website gave me a lay out, ideas, and everything included to put my race page together. It gave me a page to really look to for advice to write, what to say, and what ideas to tell them. It helped with a timing app they could use, telling them to record their stuff, about virtual race bibs and everything included up to race day. Instead of just giving me advice and what to do, an actual website and race that worked and was successful and something that is proven to work and get peoples attention.

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Anthony Buchanico's Capstone

It's been around 6 years since I've started playing the guitar. In that tem I finished grade school, went through high school and have matured in so many ways. I wouldn't be the person I am today if I hadn't began playing the guitar I doubt I'd be half the man I am today. Throughout my guitar playing career I had a ton of support from friends and family telling me that I was doing great and that I was very talented. To be honest I never really believed them. When I did though it really helped me to become such a more confident and headstrong individual. I wanted to share that feeling with everybody through my knowledge and interest in music by making a booklet teaching others. I know that a lot of aspiring musicians often get discouraged when they hear a lot of different things about theory and music notation. I aimed to make my capstone simple to understand so that those beginners can get started on the right foot. 

I started off with the basics of music theory, as well as how to tune a guitar and what common terms mean that musicians might here a lot. From there I went on to explain the different types of chords and how to read a tab. From there I talked about what songs to play and what would help people with their music career. I made sure to provide dozens of example songs of all difficulties to make sure anybody can try some songs from the booklet. I know that my booklet won't be able to teach everyone, but hopefully those that it can teach, it does them well.
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Key Resources/Bibliography:


Comunity. "Guitar Lessons @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com." Guitar Lessons @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com. Ultimate-Guitar,Web.

The Ultimate-Guitar community is a vast one filled with hundreds of guitar players of various skill levels.  These guitarists speak together on a forum and share their tabs with one another for the benefit of the world. Ultimate Guitar also has a lessons section where anybody can upload a lesson on whatever they please. I’ve used this to my benefit by taking pieces of different lessons and incorporating them into my own booklet.




Guitar Tab Creator. Computer software. Welcome to Guitar Tab Creator Help Section. Guitartabcreator, Web.


A big part of teaching guitar is giving a way to read music. Tablature is debatably the easiest way to teach guitar without going too in depth about music theory. Making these tabs can be extremely tedious, but thanks to guitar tab creator the pain of making a tab has been reduced by a great amount. I used this a lot so far in making lessons and plan on using this for the rest of it since it’s such a great tool.





Abe’s Book.


Musselman, Abe. A Brief Introduction to Guitar. 1st ed. Vol. 1: Self, Print.

Abe Musselman’s book on teaching guitar was very similar to what I did for mine. I was able to go through his capstone and get a decent understanding of what I can do to make it better. Abe also had a ton of good examples and sources to use. I got the guitar tab creator from this capstone, as well as several terrific song examples that I could implement in my project. It’s also nice to have a source that isn’t a website, especially since I can speak to this person personally.








Hess, Tom. "How To Teach Beginner Guitar." How To Teach Beginner Guitar. Tom Hess Music Corporation, Web.


I need to know HOW to teach guitar to people before I can actually go about doing it in a lengthy way. Tom Hess has managed to put some good lessons and tips into this website which allows me to take a step in the right direction with writing my book.  This website also talks about common mistakes, which is very helpful for me!




Savage, Nate. "Intermediate Guitar Lessons." » Guitar Lessons -. Guitarlessons, Web.


This is a good website for choosing different parts of my intermediate section. It has such a large amount of things in it that I can use it’s amazing. It’s kind of like a tutorial on my own capstone in itself.





Cross, Dan. "Learning Guitar - Lesson One - Learning About the Parts of a Guitar."Learning Guitar - Lesson One - Learning About the Parts of a Guitar., Web.


I figured that it’d be very smart if I taught the people who are reading the book the different parts of the instrument, which they are playing. I also wanted to use the image on the site to show how the guitar is laid out.




Farris, Brandon. "Intermediate Guitar Songs." Intermediate Guitar Songs. FULL-SCORE-GUITAR-LESSONS, Web.


Having songs in my capstone is very important. They provide a terrific reference of real world application with what you’ve been learning. This website is terrific since it gives me dozens of songs at different skill levels! I can use some of these songs in my capstone, and I can also use them to think of other songs.




Wimer, Kevin. "Choosing a Guitar: Acoustic vs Electric." JamPlay, 24 Feb. 2007. Web.


An extremely important part of my capstone is separating the different guitars. These being acoustic and electric. Based on what you want to know about guitar you can read the different parts of my book to learn about which type of guitar you want to play.



Crow, Klaus. "16 Legendary Fingerpicking Patterns." WordPress, 16 Nov. 2010. Web.


In terms of acoustic guitar, finger picking is extremely important. A lot of professional acoustic guitarists are very dependant on it. It manages to keep a very fast sound, while at the same time sounding very nice and melodic. I figured that this would be an extremely important thing to put in to the acoustic portion of my capstone since it’s practically required making any progress in playing.







G, Peter. "Choosing a Guitar Playing Style." Learn to Play Music. Learn to Play Music, 2014. Web.


As with my last source, this site allows to teach several different aspects of playing guitar playing such as finger picking.  This one also teaches rhythm and lead guitar though!  These also can be relevant for teaching acoustic guitar, but it’s also extremely helpful for electric guitar, which you can find a lead/rhythm trade in almost any two-guitar band!

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You and the World Blog #3: Agent of Change

Welcome back to my You and the World (YATW) blog trilogy of which this post marks the final installment (previous posts include an introduction to my topic, and an original research post, for which I interviewed the principal of a local arts school). As a culmination of our research, the members of our English class each did an “Agent of Change” project within our communities to help change or raise awareness about our issue.

I noticed that around our school, there were examples all around of incredible, arts-related work in not only in arts classes, but in all of the subjects. Some great examples of such work are many of the senior class’ “capstones”- the year long project that they devote their time to during their last year at Science Leadership Academy. These arts capstones are wonderful cases of how a good arts education can lead to excellent creative thinking and creative application skills that serve people, not only children, in their work, their social relations, and their daily lives. The issue that I saw repeated over and over was that these superb projects were overlooked by the wider community of SLA and those who visit the school. I decided that for my agent of change project I would call to the attention of the SLA community the amazing work of these creative young people, and show all who passed by my listings (on a poster located in the 3rd floor hallway-called the “ballroom”) the fruit of an education saturated with the arts.


A full view of the my 3rd floor setup: the title- "Corridor of Creativity", and the four sections- "Art", "Music", "Film", and "More", as well as an empty space directly under the title for additions to the wall.

This project was very difficult for me, as I did not find myself able to meet the original deadline for the agent of change work itself. I also ran into the problem of having to switch my idea midway. My original plan was to host a “variety show” of sorts for SLA in which we could display a lot of the talent- especially performanced based artistic talent- that lay hidden within our school. The obstacle I faced with this was my own incoordination, as I was unaware of another “spring showcase” being held at the time. After a conversation with my teacher, Ms. Dunn (who teaches seniors in addition to freshmen), she noted how so few of the arts-related capstone projects were given the attention they deserved, which led to the idea of the “Corridor of Creativity”. I felt during this project a sense of satisfaction, knowing that people would see and read my wall of talent as they shuffled along during the school week. Knowing that I have educated people, although only a fraction of the population, about the arts that are happening around them, has made me realize that a change, if only a change in awareness, can lead people to doors that otherwise would not be opened. Having worked with only a handful of people in my school, I already have been invited to a movie screening for a budding cinematographer (#Philed by Danielle Little, Dalena Bui, and Deshawn McLeod), am promised an autograph from a R&B artist beginning her career (Jordan Hairston), and have seen snippets of an action comic by Jovan Lewis, among others. I had no idea that these incredible projects even existed, and am so glad to have been able to expose myself to them, and in turn expose others to the inconceivable amount of talent present at Science Leadership Academy.


A closeup photo of the "Art" section of the wall, and though the photographs make it difficult to see, there are multiple pieces of artwork created by different students.

Even with all of my excitement about the success of my project, I feel as though there were many areas in which I could have done better. My process for organizing the Agent of Change project was very haphazard, and had I put forth more effort in right as we were assigned the project, I am sure that I would have been able to make my project all the more exciting and interactive. I also feel as though I would have been able to collect more samples of arts-related projects to more thoroughly add to my own knowledge of the arts happening around the school, and to have been able to incorporate that knowledge into my project. In addition to that, I sense that this project could have been improved (aesthetically and in terms of content) by a greater range of photographs and projects. I was lacking in that area, and know that I could have been more on top of taking photographs of the projects to better display them to the school.


The "More" section of the corridor, which contained examples of the arts-realated work that was integrated into the core curriculum of SLA, such as the to-scale buildings in Geometry or the DNA representations in Science.

In regards to furthering my research, I mainly focused on my Agent of Change work, but I did come across an article that peaked my attention: National Arts in Education Week. I hadn’t known that in July of 2010, the House of Representatives passed a resolution stating that every second week in September would be designated “National Arts in Education Week”. Having discovered this, I urge everyone reading this (especially those affiliated with schools) to promote this week, and to spread the word!

I would like to acknowledge those who assisted me in the creation and finalization of this project. First and foremost, I would like to thank Ms. Dunn, who not only supported me in creating my idea, but was understanding of the fact that I was not able to meet the original deadline. I would also like to thank my mother and cousin for the countless hours spent assisting me to cut out letters, as well as my classmates Isabel Medlock, Imani Weeks, Liam Hart, and Xavier Carroll. They were crucial in getting the "corridor" up and running.

Despite the fact that this project is coming to a close, the work that needs to be done in order to raise the level of arts in our school’s education to a standard that will benefit our children. My “Agent of Change” work has in no way solved the issue of lack of arts education that so plagues school districts around the country, and though my work with “You and the World” is done, my work as a citizen of the world has only begun. I plan to work towards a greater change to resolve this issue in as many ways as possible, such as promoting “National Arts in Education Week” at SLA, and hopefully organizing an “arts club” of sorts, as well as continuing to update my “Wall of Artistic Wonder” with new projects (I have already consulted with the engineering and robotics teacher, Mr. VanKouwenberg about possibly adding an interactive or mechanical element). I leave you with not a resolution, but a beginning; a call to action. Throughout my blog posts, there are various links that can be used to help spread awareness about a topic that is important to the betterment of all of the children and youth of our country and the world. Check them out! Contact the names mentioned! Reach out within your own communities! I thank you, and attach some additional links below.

A link to the Google Doc containing all of the photos from my project:

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Blog Post #3: Finding a Cure for Cancer

Hi everyone! My name is Gabrielle Cromley and you may have read my past two blog posts about Finding a Cure for Cancer if not, take a look! (Blog #1 & Blog #2) This is my final blog post for my You and the World project and it includes my Agent of Change portion. The Agent of Change part is how I tried to make a difference for my cause which is finding a cure for cancer.

There was recently an article on Liberty Voice titled “Cancer Cure on the Horizon?” that described a possible new treatment called CART treatment (chimeric antigen receptor T-cells)  that has been extremely successful in patients who were not responding to chemotherapy like Emma Whitehead and Doug Olson who said, “As far as I’m concerned, I’m cured. I don’t ever think about relapse. I don’t. It’s like all of a sudden you can breathe.” The treatment involves stripping white blood cells from the blood then using a modified version of the HIV virus to reset the white blood cells in order to make the white blood cells attack the cancer when they return to the bloodstream. CART treatment basically “genetically re-engineers a person’s immune system”. One of the major downfalls to this treatment is that it makes the patient’s immune system even more vulnerable for a while and they could possibly die in that span of time. It has a while to go, but the treatment is currently undergoing tests and development in order to make it safer and possibly compatible for more types of cancer.

Although the treatment has had a large success rate in its patients, I think that there is still a lot more that has to be done to improve the treatment so it is less harmful. Before it can be used on the market, it has to be a less risky procedure so that it can be as effective as possible. The treatment has also been successful in mostly forms of leukemia. It should also be tested and altered if needed so that it can be utilized for other forms of cancer. I also believe that the researchers working on CART should attempt to use a different virus than HIV just in case something goes wrong with the virus. Though CART treatment needs to be advanced more, this could possibly be another treatment option for cancer patients that could be more successful for them.                                                                                                        

In order to try to make a difference in the fight to conquer cancer, I participated in and donated to Yoga on the Steps with my classmate, Talya Laver. I took part by doing yoga for about an hour and a half with many breast cancer survivors and supporters. We also sang and ate breakfast together and talked about other events going on to support cancer and ways that we can all help. Yoga on the Steps is an event that was created by Living Beyond Breast Cancer which has been doing this activity on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum for 13 years. So far, Philadelphia has raised about $276,000 out of it’s $310,000 goal, and donations are still being made until June 30, 2014. If you would like to help find a cure for cancer by donating to Yoga on the Steps, click here.


Yoga on the Steps wristband


Yoga participants filling the art museum steps


Talya Laver and I in a yoga pose feeling victorious over cancer.


Participants filling the steps and sidewalk in poses

I may not have made a colossal change by myself, but when thousands or sometimes millions of people donate to an organization to aid in eradicating cancer, it makes a huge difference. If you think that your contribution doesn't make a change, you’re wrong because it takes as many people as possible to fight against varieties of a worldwide, destructive diseases like cancer. One donation can give a patient treatment or pay for needed supplies and testing for research. I have made a change by being part of this difficult battle instead of dismissing it. This project has made me realize that with passion, generosity, and perseverance this is a fight that we can win, but there needs to be support from as many people as possible. During my Agent of Change, I was witness to so many people that were similar to me in that this was such an emotional cause for them. So many people care about this fight and strive to win, we just need more dedication like this to put a stop to cancer.

Although I am proud of the work that I have accomplished for this project there were things I did not have a chance to do. I wish I had raised more money for the Yoga on the Steps by creating a team or having some type of fundraiser. I also wanted to be able to participate in other events that I was not able to like the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure and the Light the Night walk for Lymphoma and Leukemia. The You and the World project has made me realize that with passion, generosity, and perseverance this is a fight that we can win, but there needs to be support from as many people as possible. Also, there are many events that happen in spring that fund cancer research, and many people can only participate in about one or two of these activities since they do not have a lot money to spend at once. So, I think that more of these fundraisers should happen during other seasons in order to generate maximum support. Donations, participating in walks and other events, volunteering, and helping cancer patients are all simple things that we can do in order to fight cancer.

Cancer does not stand a chance against an entire country or even an entire world fighting as one. Why would anyone not want to witness the pain that cancer causes come to an end? Everyone who knows someone who has been diagnosed with, died from, or is a survivor of cancer needs to dedicate their efforts to these people, because they are the ones who truly know how brutal and degrading cancer is to a person and to society. We all owe it to those people to gain vengeance against the horrid cancers that infest this world. With that being said, we must stand up together and battle cancer in anyway possible and never give up until its end. Thank you for reading my blog posts!

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Amanda Cartagena- Capstone

Throughout my four years at SLA I've learned a lot about diversity. SLA is a great example for a diverse community. The students and faculty at SLA come from many different backgrounds and still manage to come together and share the same building as a whole. For my capstone, my partner and I had decided that we wanted to give SLA something that reflected our diverse community. In result we painted a huge mural on the 2nd floor ballroom. This colorful painting basically reflects the meaning of diversity. 


Throughout my four years at SLA I've learned a lot about diversity. SLA is a great example for a diverse community. The students and faculty at SLA come from many different backgrounds and still manage to come together and share the same building as a whole. For my capstone, my partner and I had decided that we wanted to give SLA something that reflected our diverse community. In result we painted a huge mural on the 2nd floor ballroom. This colorful painting basically reflects the meaning of diversity. 


Warikoo, Niraj . "New Arab-American mural reflects changing diversity of Hamtramck." Detroit Free Press. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2014. <>.

This source contains a mural which was done by a famous artist by the name of Dasic Fernandez in Detroit. His mural is a symbol of diversity. He had decided to paint this mural because he felt as though Michigan was one of the most diverse cities since it was home to many immigrants from around the world.

"Colorful Paintings by Ototoi." Design You Trust. Matt Watts, n.d. Web. 1 June 2014. <>.

This source withholds a very inspiring blog. This blog has paintings that are quite similar to the murals that my partner and I have in mind. The paintings contain different colors blending in together. The blending of these colors helps bring out the paintings and allow the deeper meanings of the paintings to show. 

"Diversity spreads to all corners of the U.S.." USATODAY.COM. Haya El Nasser, 6 Sept. 2012. Web. 1 June 2014. <>.

This source contains an article that talks about diversity spreading throughout the communities in the United States. This data is based off of Census data done by Penn State’s research institute. This article talks about the pros that diversity is bringing to communities, and the great benefits that it brings. 

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​Name: Taylor Veasley
Abstract Paragraph: My Capstone was to host a scholarship for my Dad's music program called the Bass BootCamp. This past year was the Camp's 10th year anniversary and I have attended every single year. We had been talking about hosting a scholarship for the camp for multiple years now and I decided that I would make that my Capstone. The reason that having this scholarship is so important to my father and his staff is because there is a low amount of people ages 16 to about 25 that attend the camp. We feel as though it is very important to have people of ALL ages attending the camp. When we asked people in that age range why they felt as though people their age weren't attending the camp they said it was for financial reasons most likely. It is the age where you begin to become independent and most people that age do not have the means to provide the tuition, travel costs, and board expenses themselves. This scholarship will open up that door for that age range and really begin to expand the thinking of the camp. There are so many talented young people and I think that it is awesome that I get to help the community in this way. 

For this Capstone a lot of work had to go into it. A lot of research and coordination to make sure everything went smoothly. We had our first ever round of scholarship winners in March of 2014 and it was amazing. They were both wonderful, intelligent and talented young men and they were so grateful  for the opportunity. the lead up to it was stressful because of planning and making sure that everyone arrived at the hotel safely, and had somewhere to stay. It was also fun though, because I really felt like I was making a difference in someone's life. Now, based on what happened this year I can improve the experience for everyone for next year. 

I expected for this to be something that was done easily, smoothly, without any kinks but, that is not what happened. It has been a very bumpy journey but, it turned out great. I am going to host this scholarship every year now and as we receive more donations from musicians and just people that care we can begin to provide more scholarships. It is lovely to see young people applying to my scholarship and being excited about their future in music. For my final project I was expecting to make a photo essay but, I decided instead to create a website that is easy to navigate and is informative for the students. This is the link to my website, I hope everyone enjoys it.

Gates Millenium is one of the first scholarships I thought of when I began creating this scholarship. It made sense because GMS in my opinion hosts the scholarship very well. There are 100,000s of kids that apply to this scholarship annually and it made sense to me to use them as an example for my own scholarship. This source was helpful for me because I got to look at the eligibility and the requirements of the scholarship. Although, our scholarships are not exactly the same kind it still makes sense to model one after the other. This website lists first what GMS is, why they started it and who they started it for. Then they go on to tell the history of the GMS scholarship. After this part of the website they tell the history of the scholarship and how far they have come as a foundation. Then they go into the specifics of eligibility and the requirements. I like this layout of the website so I thought this would be a great source to use for my capstone.

This website that helps people start scholarships from scratch. Although I am not starting my scholarship from scratch I believe that this website can help me with a lot of the logistics and basics of my scholarship. The website starts off listing what the basic questions you should ask yourself when you begin to plan the scholarship and then goes into detail about what you should ask the applicants. This also gives a lot of great tips about what to do and what not to do when hosting a scholarship. They use real-life scholarships and scholarship hosts as examples for reference for our own scholarships. This website really has an awesome break-down of beginning your own scholarship and really what to expect. I believe that this scholarship will serve as a great aid throughout my capstone process.

This is the Ron Brown scholarship, another scholarship that came to mind when I began my capstone. This will serve as another guide for me to base my own scholarship on. When I applied to the Ron Brown scholarship the process was smooth and it went off without a hitch, this is how I want my process to go so I saw it as a great idea to use them as an example for myself. On this website they are listing the eligibility requirements, application deadlines, and the scholarship conditions. What I really like about this website in particular is how accessible everything is. You have all the important things about the scholarship that you need on one page, there is no searching necessary. The more accessible it is the more people want to apply. They also give you a timeline of the scholarship and what you should have done by certain dates to be on the right track to have everything in on time.

This website is a website that has scholarships that are great to apply to listed on it. It is a scholarships, programs, internships and fellowships website hosted by the UNCF. Students use this to find similar scholarships that they are most likely eligible for. The scholarships are all mildly similar so, it is helpful for people that apply to one to apply to more that are listed with them. For my capstone’s purposes I will use this website to find example scholarships for myself. The UNCF is a very creditable foundation so I am confident in their choices of scholarships. I also have applied to a handful of the scholarships and internships on the website and I have never had a problem with any of them. I like this website and I believe that it will serve as a great source for me during the capstone process.

My scholarship is the Bass BootCamp scholarship so, naturally I would list the bassbootcamp website as one of my sources. I have worked at the bass boot camp for nearly ten years but I do not know all of the logistics of the camp off of the top of my head. I use this website as an information hub. This website lists everything that is needed to know about the camp, prices, what to bring, what is offered, everything is on hear. This gives the run-down of the camp and what the overall experience will be like. This website also offers pictures to look at and to imagine yourself in. I will be using this part of the website very often and it serves as a great reference site for my and any applicants for my scholarship.

This website lists the schedule for the attendees of the Bass BootCamp as well as the instructors that attended the camp the year prior, 2013. The reason this site is wonderful for me is because this is basically what I will use to get people to apply to my scholarship. The largest part is people actually applying. When they read the schedules of shows and amazing classes taught by world renowned professors they will definitely want to apply. This website serves as one of the most important sources for me because my scholarship is based on people applying. I will visit this website very often during this Capstone process so I truly do believe this is a very reliable, important, and helpful source for my Capstone.

This website is a site just filled with Frequently Asked Questions of the BassBootCamp. I know that there must be a million questions that people will have about not only the scholarship but the camp itself as well. Although my mentor knows everything about the camp and what happens there he is not always easily accessible. It helps to have a website at my disposal that I can always rely on to visit and get the answers to those questions from. Again, they are frequently asked questions so not every single question that I am asked will be featured on there but I am sure a majority of them will be. This website will serve as kind of a second mentor. It will have a lot of the information that I need that is not on the other requirements page or the about page. It has more specific questions with specific answers which will serve me very well during this Capstone process.

This is the Capstone website on Canvas. This website is very critical to my entire project. This website lead me to all of the requirements and expectations for my Capstone. It has all upcoming assignments and everything that will be due throughout the year for our Capstones. This website is important because I do not want to miss any aspects of the Capstone requirements. This website allows me to check over what we need and to ensure that I do not just meet expectations but that I exceed them.  Right now I am using this website very often to make sure that I am on the right track. I do not want to have a lot of work to cram at the end of the Capstone process and this site helps me with that. If I go at a certain pace and use this a reference for what I have done and what needs to be done I will be finished on time.

This is a previous Capstone done by a student that graduated in 2012. This is a great reference source for me because even though it is not the same topic it still has the same kind of format that I was going for. When I am kind of confused or I am not sure on what I should do for certain aspects I use this site as reference. Sometimes it helps to have actual student work rather than just a list of requirements. This project was done on math help and the way it is set up is easily accessible, neat, crisp, and clean. This is how I want my ending product to be like. I love this project as one of my sources because it received a great grade and that is also my goal.

This website is a guide for people that are hosting scholarships for students. After extensive research I found that this website was one of the most helpful guides for this topic. It explains how to start a scholarship minus all of the complicated lingo and the confusing requirements. It really gets down to the nitty gritty of how to do it. While it does that it also explains how to get people to take you seriously while you host this scholarship. Sometimes when you are trying to recruit people don’t take you seriously and this website helps with that. It also helps you explain to the applicant the importance of this scholarship so they apply with the same seriousness and respect that you had when you created it. This website is a great reference for me not just in the early stages but throughout all of the stages of this project.
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Creating Change - Blog #3

Hello, again! My name is Talya Laver and I am a freshman at Science Leadership Academy. In my english class, we have been continuing our work on our You and The World projects. The topic I have been working with throughout the year has been Leukemia, a type of blood cancer. In my first blog post, I worked to educate people on what Leukemia is and different treatment options. If you would like a refresher, take a look! In my second blog post, I conducted original research to see how well known it is and how knowledgeable people are compared to other types of cancer. I did this in the form of a survey which was sent out to a wide range of people. If you would like to take part in the survey or view the questions, click here. The last leg of the project, has been to take action and effect change.

When deciding what I was going to do for the agent of change aspect of this project, I decided that I was not going to limit myself to only taking action in regards to Leukemia. All types of cancer are terrible and they all need money for research and support for their victims. I also wanted to do something that was meaningful and relevant to me and my life. They way I choose to effect change was by taking part in an event called Yoga on the Steps. Taking part in walks or collecting money are not things that I am very interested in and to make the most change, I felt that I have to be fully invested and engaged. What drew me towards Yoga on the Steps was the fact that it focuses not only on creating change around breast cancer, but also furthers the idea of healthy living and a better quality of life in general.

People participating in Yoga on the Steps 2014

In addition to participating in Yoga on the Steps, I recruited others to participate and raised money. In my household, we raised $250 contributing to our larger team which raised $11,417. The overall event raised $275,670 this year. The money raised goes to an organization called Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC). LBBC is an organization that offers education and support to women who have been diagnosed, or are living with, breast cancer and their families. Their main fundraising event, Yoga on the Steps, is an hour-long yoga class designed to promote and create awareness around healthy living and better quality of life.

Myself and Gabby Cromley at Yoga on the Steps

Although, much has been and is being done, there is still tons to do until we live in a cancer-free society. There are many ways to help that dream become a reality. Donating towards research to find a cure is a great way. The American Cancer Society is a great place to donate, though there are many great organizations to donate to as well. Another way is to get involved in an event like the Race for the Cure and Yoga on the Steps, to name a few. Additionally, supporting people through their own battles with cancer and being source of comfort is an act like no other.

This project has been an eye-opening experience. Being able to follow an issue throughout the year then having the opportunity to go out and make change, is quite a special journey. Cancer, specifically Leukemia, has been something that has touched my family very deeply. It has pushed me to think in ways I don’t normally have to for project, from conducting original research to figuring out how to be an Agent of Change. I hope that I have made a difference and that I will continue to make a difference until we no longer need to worry about cancer.

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Blog #3: Making a Change

Hello fellow readers and welcome to my last and final blog. As you know from my last two blogs, my topic is on the issue of Animal Cruelty in America. If you’re a new reader, please read by first and second blog to know about previous information.

In my previous blog, I interviewed staff members at the Francisvale Home for Small Animals and asked the question, “ How can I prevent animal cruelty?” The staff said that I could teach others own on to treat animals with respect and volunteer at animal shelters. After reading that answer, a lot of possibilities rolled into my mind on how I could give back to solving this problem to serve as my Agent of Change part of my You and the World project. I’ve have heard of fundraisers to raise money, but I find it hard to believe that people can donate to a charity or fund, but not know any knowledge on the topic. I wanted to create a fun and profitable way to raise money to donate to shelters who have financial problems. I decided to not only have a bake sale to raise money, but to have some type of information on animal abuse to be given to the buyer, so they walk knowing exactly what the problem is.

My partner, Kara, and I bought donuts and cheesecake to sell to students at our school, Science Leadership Academy, but not only did we just sell it to them, we told them facts about animal cruelty like the fact that last year there were almost 20,000 cases of reported animal abuse  and that some ways animals are abused could be by hanging or burning. Several students were surprised by the ways that the reported abused animals were treated and even more surprised by how many cases there were. Many asked me about ways they could help with fighting against this problem. With the advice from Francisvale, we told students that they could help by volunteering at a local shelter and educating others by telling them the correct ways of handling an animal with respect and dignity. We afterwards donated all the money to PAWS, an animal shelter that is in danger of staying open, since it runs out of money and supplies from time to time.

The fundraiser was a success! We wanted to raise at least 50 dollars and we came close with 38 dollars. We both agreed that if we had brought in more food, then we would have exceeded our total amount earned. It felt great to raise this money,as it was my first time conducting a fundraiser, and the fact that it was for such a great cause as well. I can’t help but get excited when I think about all the animals that we’ve helped out. I learned that there are people who genuinely care about animal abuse and cruelty. It was actually surprising to see students who were  interested in learning more and it made me feel proud that I was able to accomplish my goal on educating others on the evils of animal abuse.


Us giving the PAWS staff the money. Look at the kitten!

Me selling our last donut

Although I am happy with the amount of money Kara and I made, I still do wish that we could have raised more. Next time, I believe that I should bring in more baked goods to sell, that way we earn more of a profit. Although shelters do appreciate the money, they also look for supplies, as it can run out very quickly and the animals are most dependent on it.  I wanted to have a towel drive at school, but there wasn’t a sufficient amount of time that I had on my hands, and I was afraid that the expectation of towels that I wanted wouldn’t be met. want to hold more bake sales and fundraisers. Right now, I feel that all that is left is to just educate more. This time, I educated people at my school, but next time around, I want to educate people throughout Philadelphia.

I enjoyed this project with all my heart. I picked a topic that I felt strong about, and in return, I received an amazing experience with fighting for a change. I hope at one point, animal abuse and cruelty won’t be as much of a problem it is today and I’ll continue to make a change. I’d like to thank Kara for joining me in fundraising for the help of animals who were victims of abuse. Without her, the outcome wouldn’t have been as grand as it was. I’d also like to thank Ms.Dunn, my English teacher, for always being there and for guiding me through this project. Last, I’d like to thank all my readers who followed me throughout this journey of my blogs. It was nice to receive feedback, and it made me feel 100 percent better about the change that I was making. Thank you.

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Eric Loth Capstone


Throughout the years in SLA, I have been shadowing major artist and doing a lot of free music performances and free videography for people. Dying Breed was a positive movement we started which sets in the areas of Philadelphia, and Delaware. What we focused on was creating music, doing videos, and contributing to community events. I choose to make a promo of the video until the video was promoting crazily and then I would create a release date and see how much promoting actually helped. I never got to actually work on a video project on my own and be a director of it and keep everything original to my expertise, and this is my chance to do that. This project is more then just a music video for me, it will teach me a lot of material I would need to become better in the future. Such as being a better director and becoming more comfortable in front of the camera. 

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This source is effective in providing me with information on how to be prepared to direct a film and not follow common mistakes. Looking over this post I learned hat making a film starts off with making a good theme that would go with what I like. I think that this will come more handy for me because I can’t have a sad song play on happy and bright footage, it just would work right. Even though this source isn’t much but tips, it is in fact helpful considering I never really did anything as such before.



This source is effective in providing me with information on creating a music video and a lot of tips on how it should be.  Looking over this article I learned that the song goes first when creating a music video. That everything has to be based on the song no matter how much you want that to change. This article really gave me a good step-by-step process on how making a music video should be. This will really be helpful for me when I start filming and get stuck and not know what to do next. It’s a really good preparation article for me, as I will need it before I start creating this music video.



This source is really effective in providing me with information that I need. It talks about the start to finish process that I would be going through and how I should touch upon doing so. Of course music videos starts with the song first, then comes the video based on the song. This article told me about everything I need to get this job done and done well. There was a lot of information about the minimum needs which is what I needed considering I don’t have a lot of professional equipment to get this done.



This source is really effective because I want my video to be great and amazing, and what’s creating a great and amazing video if not many people will watch it. It tells me a lot about ways to get your YouTube video out there, which will be my website of choice. It lets me know that I have to be able to create a video that people can relate to and a song so they can get attached to it more. Also it tells me ways of promoting and ways that people can run across the video easier.



This source is reliable because it gave me the idea of using Final Cut Pro X to edit my video. Know I could have used much other software to make this video, but this article convinced me that this would be my choice. Comparing this to software’s such as iMovie and Sony Vegas pro, this was the best fit for my knowledge and me. This article told me the good and bad things about Final Cut Pro X and most of the bad things are just basics things I can easily ignore, which is great for me because I can always work around the cons.



This source is really effective for me because I have never used Final Cut Pro X before, only the older versions, and I know its really similar but I don’t know a lot of the shortcuts since it is a updated version. This article gives me the ability to learn more about the shortcuts and new cool things I can do with Final Cut Pro X that I never knew about.



This source is really effective for me because “The Weeknd” is really going to be my inspiration through out this whole process. I like the idea of a dark video theme because it creates more of a art piece. The way this video was directed felt amazing to me. Its simple but at the same time its not. The video of is simple but the song makes it not simple, and I like that because it makes me feel like I’m looking through a photo book as the song plays in the background.



This source is really effective for me because it tells me more about the musical side to a music video, you can’t have an amazing video with a horrible song, it just doesn’t work. This article told me about what should be said in a song and what shouldn’t. Know even though I have been writing for a couple of years, I still get sidetracked easily and start to lose the message of the song in my lyrics. This will help me by reminded me my purpose of writing this song and creating it to how I want it.



This source is really effective for me because it tells me about the reason why people wouldn’t want to look at my music video and gave it a chance. It tells me what the viewers want to see, and since this video is only going to be shown on the internet, people on the internet only look for certain things. If that is not given to them they would care less about the video. It also tells me that I have to make the video appealing. I have to know what people want to see, not what I want to put out.



This source is effective for me because it tells me how to create the mood of the video. It tells me how to not have people laugh and be happy about the video when its supposed to be sad. Lighting is one of the effective ways to do that, but I can’t just put a light anywhere and expect it to matter. I have to utilize lighting to my advantage to make my video duskier. Lighting matters a lot when it comes to mood and this article tells me how I can use it to my advantage into create the perfect mood for my video.

Final Video Product: 

Official Video: Click Here

Promo: Click Here 

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Maria Latorre Capstone

Topic Summary:

My goal for this project was to be able to develop a course curriculum for Advance Chem. I also want to be able to understand the effect that a teacher puts into his or her curriculum. I decided to do Advance Chem. because I really love Chemistry. It’s one of my top courses that I would love to major in once I’m in college. I thought that this would give me insight into what a class structure would look like and what are the big points that a student needs to get out of the course. I didn’t know how hard this would have been because as a student we don’t really think of all the work that goes into making a successful curriculum that every student can understand. I didn’t think it would be easy but I also never thought it would be this hard.

Project Abstract:

The initial inspiration behind this project was that I really wanted to be able to say I did something that no one else has ever done. I wanted to be different one of a kind and that is what I got. I have always loved science and that was my second inspiration. I just never thought that this could be the hardest thing I could do. I had a hard time keeping up with my capstone, a healthy social life and good grades. Sometimes I would over work myself or stay up until late just to write up two or three labs; but all in all I think that this is great I was able to get things done. I also learned that a teacher life isn’t as easy as people may think.

Link To My Project Portfolio.

Capstone Bibliography

Hall, James ed. Experimental Chemistry Seventh Edition. Boston Massachusetts: Hartford, 2007. Print.

This is a very good source, I really like this source because it has a lot of information and this information is really useful to my capstone. I the reason is very simple, in the book there are different types of work that can be done in class and that is very important to know. Like the “Idea Gas Law” this is one of the topics that I will be going over because for a Advance Chemistry class this something that everyone should know or should learn when taking this class. This source has short description about the topics that are written inside and then it gives you work that you can do and things that you can explain to the students. Also if I could understand what is happening in the book then the student might understand, too.

I selected this source because it has background information that can support one of the many topics that I will be going over in my Capstone. This also has definitions that we can go over in my class curriculum. I feel like this will work out for me because I learned a lot and I think that this will be really cool and the information is very interesting. I hope that by using this source I will be able to put it together so that I can help the student get the general gizzest of what is happening in the class.

Janet L. Kolodner, Joseph S. Krajcik, Daniel C. Edelson, Brian J. Reiser, Mary L. Starr, eds. Project-Based Inquiry Science Living Together. New York: Jones, 2009. Print.

This is one of the sources that can be help with understanding and teaching. I think that it will be useful to my capstone because this has a lot of facts and information that a teacher should know and that they can teach the student. I think that this is something every important because it was able to teach me new things and if I’m learning something new then that means that maybe the others don’t know it too. This is just to reinforce what I know and what I can teach others for my capstone.

Myers R. Thomas, Tocci Salvatore, Oldham B. Keith, eds. Chemistry Teacher Edition. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2004. Print.

This resources is a book about advanced chemistry. It’s a manual that helps teachers teach students the principles of advanced chemistry. The book tells of different teaching techniques and the best way to execute them to students. This can be helpful due to the fact that I want students to learn something new. I think that this will help me see what a student know and what they don’t know. Since I’m a student I can tell because if I don’t know it then the other students might not know it.

"Next Generation Science Standards." Next Generation Science Standards. Next Generation Science Standards and the Associated Logo Are Registered Trademarks of Achieve, Inc., n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2014. <>.

This source is used to understand what a student at grade k-12 should learn in science class. I will be looking at the grade 6-12 because this is when chem comes into play. I think that this will be used a lot in my capstone because this can help me structur out a class that can work out. It shows the necessary basics to start of a class and also what they should know and learn. There is a lot of information you can get out of this website. You click on one of the topics and it shows you “Science and Engineering Practices”, “Disciplinary Core Ideas” and  “Crosscutting Concepts”. Once you clicked one of the topics it takes you to another website that give you useful information.

"Small-Scale Acid Rain Lab." YouTube. YouTube, 18 Dec. 2012. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>.

This is a very useful youtube video. The reason for that is because it talks about a lab that I plan to have in my capstone, and it also has a teacher explaining how he would set up the project in his class. I think that this can be very useful because of that fact. This is a great way that I can compare with. Thus why I have it as a source. This also shows you about what you'll need for the lab. Like every chemical and what we are going to do with it. He also explains what had happen when the acid rain was around minerals and organisms .

"Support Materials." CEA Rewarding Learning. N.p., 2014. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>.

I found this source useful because it this one pdf source that I can used. It’s called Clarification of Terms in CCEA GCE Chemistry this can be very useful because it’s good to know terms; and I was planning to go over some terms that are explained in this pdf. I can also hand it to the students so that they have something that isn’t just google to find a definition for science words that they don’t know or do not remember.

Thompson, Robert Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments All Lab, No Lecture.: Alison Kendall ed. Sebastopol CA: Dale, 2008. Print.

When I reviewed this source I thought that it was reliable and a good source to look at. I was able to find a variety of labs that could work well for my capstone. I thought that it was very informative and had great process guids to do the lab. Though I might need to change some chemicals that they asked to use because we might not have them in school so we have to think of something that is close to being the same chemical. In all this is a very useful source that I plan to be using throughout my capstone.

"Understanding by Design Exchange by ASCD." Understanding by Design Exchange by ASCD. ASCD 69th Annual Conference & Exhibit Show, n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2014. <>.

I selected this source because of the information that it had provided. It helped me know what is needed to make a class. Like the basic understanding of the class what a student should know and what the plan is to make them better. I feel like this could help a lot because it helped me see that the teachers need a ending goal and also how to treat other students because some are slower than the others and sometime a student won’t ask for help so I would need to know when that is happening and also I have to be aware of the students reaction to the work. To make sure that they could learn and understand.

Wiggins, Grant. "Authentic Education - Welcome to Authentic Education." Authentic Education - Welcome to Authentic Education. Authentic Education, n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2014. <>.

This source will just be used to support the other sources that I have because this will only have information on how to make a class; and what is need to make this class.

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YATW - Blog#3 - Agent Of Change

Hey everyone, as you may or may not know my name is Adlynn Gonzalez and this is the ending to my You And The World project. You And The World is a way for you to get involved with a topic you really like and write three blogs about your issue. My issue is reading in Philadelphia and motivating children to read more. My blogs 1 & 2 go into more detail with my topic and if you haven’t read them yet, please do!

While doing more research on my topic, I found that there are companies that are trying to encourage kids to read. At my elementary school, Pizza Hut would have a challenge for students to read as much as they can, document how many hours that they read and at the end of the friendly competition the class with the most reading hours would get a pizza party. Another program I found is called “Book Adventure” and its a fun way for kids to find books, read them, takes quizzes, and earn prizes. I think that these programs are great ways to encourage reading. I like how they motivate kids to appreciate reading more than some already do.

For my Agent of Change ( something to bring awareness to your topic ) I created a book drive. My book drive lasted 3 weeks and I collected more than 40 books to donate to a library that doesn’t have a lot to offer. I was actually surprised by how many people that donated; I wasn’t expecting a lot of people to donate so it was a nice surprise.

Throughout this project I felt kind of important. I felt like even though I am a teen I could make a difference in this world. I learned that other people actually care about this topic as well, and were actually really interested in what I was doing. Hopefully I could do this again next year. Maybe I could host a yearly book drive at my school and have a fundraiser of some sort with it .

There are a few things I wish I could have done better. I wish I would have started my book drive earlier so I could have gotten more donations. I also wish I had a fundraiser to raise money for organizations that promote reading, but things didn’t go as planned. Now all I need to do is give the books to the library and I will have completed my YATW project. Overall, I am so glad that this project was given to my class and if I got the chance to do it again I would. It was a fantastic experience that allowed me to two of my favorite things: promote reading and write. Thank you for reading this blog and I hope I get to do a project like this again!

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YATW Blog # 3 - Agent Of Change

Hello! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Many things have transpired and happened over the course of time since I last approached the gritty details of our city’s educational system and situation. During these closing months of the school year I, or we, approached the last portions of our project, by ending with the usual ‘bang’, the part of our assignment when we actually take the time out of our days and make a difference. This is the third and final approach of mine towards this issue and if interested you can read over my first and second blogs here (Number 1), and here (Number 2).  Even though I was supposed to end with a bang and make a compelling mark on the world, I came to the realization that my dreams were bigger than my reality, and my time schedules were harsher than any of the issues I’ve faced so far.

There’s no need to lie, or portray false ambition. I had many chances to grasp amazing opportunities of change, but because of my laid-back mindset my hands were stitched to my side whenever they floated by. As a measure and response to my laziness I conducted large amounts of research, and found many compelling articles and structural pieces surrounding my subject and the details it entails. In my last two posts I introduced the problem and then explained what exactly was wrong comparing the forceful blame onto the School District of Philadelphia or the parents or households of inner-city children.  Towards the beginning of the project my problem approached what had already been done and scores that were already set but I realized that the problem was not what was done, but what hadnt happened yet. You can not change the past but by approaching the present, you CAN change the future.

The Pennsylvania Keystone Exams as described previously, are state-wide standardized tests used previously to measure the “intelligence” of the child taking the exam. Not until this year were the Keystone Exams mandated as a necessary passing requirement for High School graduation. Not only does this anger me but it takes my subject, my problem, to an entirely different level. Now, we have to approach the fact that the kids that previously were receiving low scores just as a “Measure of Intelligence” are now in danger of not graduating High School. Not only is it degrading to see that tests are used to measure intelligence, but now it’s the structure; the requirement for a student’s graduation, ON TOP of everything else required from a High School Student.  As I searched deeper into the matter, the frustration grew and grew when reading an article I found while searching the web again.

"A very large share of Pennsylvania students are entering college — both community college and traditional four year colleges — requiring remediation," she said. "Unfortunately for the students, the remediation courses are not credit-bearing. So they're using college loans to pay for non-credit-bearing courses to teach them the skills they needed to learn in grades K-12."

As said by Donna Cooper, executive director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth

As said, the test is forcing the fundamentals out of high school students and forcing them to throw money and loans away to take courses that arent required to graduate and give no credit whatsoever, just to prepare for the normal courses that give them credit. After careful consideration I chose to do the most simple but straightforward thing possible in order to raise awareness for my cause. During this time the Keystones for other schools and my school were just around the corner and it was detrimental that we passed in order to graduate, not to play into the system but to beat that system. The better we do on Keystones the faster we can focus on fundamentals we need to properly approaching college application. Along with a partner, Brandon Jones, and I, created ordinary posters and posted them on floors will testing will take place in order to raise awareness. The posters ranged from scaring people into doing good to properly motivating Students to do well.

Picture 1 -  This picture shows my partner, Brandon, working on one of our many posters with a lot of concentration, creating a graph that we found on our laptops concerning the drops in test scores.

Picture 2 - Picture 2 shows a poster I created, and posted on a wall which shows the large differences in test scores. The lowest bars in each section are the Latino and African American groups, compared to the high-risen, Caucasian and Asian groups.

Picture 3 - This Final picture shows the unfinished version of a poster that says ¨Dont be a dumby, put something in your tummy¨. The picture is used as a sense of irony to show that whoever wrote it spelled dummy wrong and is infact themselves ¨a dumby¨. But its real purpose is to show that what works best with taking tests is having a healthy breakfast and/or lunch. The drawing portrays healthy fruits and vegetables along with every day foods.

In conclusion I approach the end of my project hoping and feeling like I actually made a difference. Even though it was a small effort it was still my effort, and to me that is all that matters. I plan to continue my research on the matter indefinitely in the future and I hope to contribute to the issue with even larger acts of change. As I final goodbye I’d like to say to anyone Ive raised awareness to I hope for your help and contribution towards this problem more in the future and I’d like to pursue more contributions on my free time when my schedule is better. I am Damir Hunley and this is my Agent of Change!

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Podcast #3

Group Members:
Taylor Ximines
Ananda Knight
Tyikenyua Anthony
Tsion Habtamu

What Our Group Discussed:

Chapters 8,9, and 10.

How We Discussed It:

To discuss this we started at Chapter 8 and went in chronological order by chapter numbers. We had an open discussion about what we read. And then end the end we all explained what we may have or have not learned from this book. 

Any Points of Conflict/Disagreement In Discussion:

Yes when it came to what we learned from the book in general and the way we interpreted the questions for the last chapter. Everyone did not agree on what they learned from the book. This in all of the podcast and discussions was probably the biggest conflict/disagreement that we as a group came up with.


Ending this book we are all wondering now how we can use this to look at statistics differently in the future.

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Let Your Voice Be Heard: Blog#3; Agent of Change

So, I’m back again with my third and final blog post about bullying; depression and suicide. Here’s a recap of blog #1 and blog #2. In blog 1, I talked about facts and statistics about bullying and how it leads to depression and suicide through research. In my blog 2, I talked about the original research that I did. For my original research, I did a survey and had kids at my old school, taking them from grades 6-8. If you would like to read about any one of the posts you can check here, Blog Post #1 and Blog Post #2. Now, for this blog post I’m going to be talking about my Agent of Change. This means, what did I do to make a difference or let others know about how important my topic is which is bullying.

For my Agent of Change, I decided to go to my old school and start a little support group. In this support group, there were children from grades 6-8. Some were in there by choice and others were kind of recommended by teachers and parents.

I chose to create a small support group because often times children are bullied and depressed, but they feel like they have no one to actually talk to. I thought that they would be a little comfortable and more open with children around their age and those who are going through the same things that they are. In the results of my original survey, more than 50% of the children that took it said that they have not told anyone that they were being bullied. So, this was the time to tell someone and be heard. They were given a journal where they would write in. The group was called Sticks & Stones. 



(This is a poster that the kids made about what they felt or thought about cyber bullying. It was not forced upon them. They had the choice to go up themselves if they had something to write.)

I can walk away knowing that I helped kids open up more about what’s going on in their lives, especially if they’re being bullied. This makes me feel amazing and proud because these kids know that it is very important to let their voices be heard. I now know that if I feel strongly about something, maybe the best thing to do is step up and do something. Every voice is important and should be heard.

Some things that could have been done differently is maybe do more activities of getting to know each other. Most of the children did know each other, but others were quiet and a little awkward. I would actually like to continue doing this because it was a nice way to get to know children and hear their stories.

Bullying is a very serious case leading into other serious cases such as depression and suicide. People should be more aware of what the causes and effects are. You never know if someone you know is being bullied. Most times it’s because they don’t share that type of information, but make sure you could make yourself a pair of open ears. They’ll feel more wanted.

I want to thank my old school, Grover Washington Jr. Middle School for helping me get my information and allowed me to work with them. They were amazing and the teachers, especially Ms. Gottesman, Ms. Beckford and more and principal, Mrs. Hargett. Thank you. The biggest thank you goes to my English teacher and advisor Ms. Dunn for giving me the opportunity to work on an incredible and life changing experience. I feel like I am a new and bigger person now because I was able to achieve someon
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Viet Le Capstone

Viet Le & Henry Poeng

Mentor:Ms. Echols

Our Vision: 

As kids, we both had some type of interest in computers and how these magical machines worked. The very machines that lets us surf the web and play our games or watch funny cat videos. As time passed and as we grew up and got jobs, we both decided to make computers. Not from scratch mind you, but make it in the sense that we bought the parts that we wanted and put it together. While it might sound costly, the machines that we built are much better than your average pre-made consumer computers. They are also surprisingly cheaper. One day we had a vision. Why not share with the world our experiences and our knowledge on computer parts? So that’s what we did, and we made a capstone out of it. Our vision is to have a cleverly named website that will teach your everyday average Joe how to build a computer. We envisioned it to have advice, steps and things of that nature. A tutorial website basically. We wanted our potential viewers to appreciate what computers bring to the table, while providing a guide on how to save money while building a powerful rig. So that’s what we did. We didn’t stop there though. We included a brief history on the computer and it’s almost magical advances into modern day technology.

Proof we did it. 

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Helen Kilmartin Capstone


This project was not only a project, I wanted to use this opportunity to help myself and my peers. Since we are all heading to college/military/on our own paths, I realized we will all be emptying our pockets soon enough. So I came up with a way to help everyone out. I’ve been recreating images from pintrest, tumblr, imgfave, and other DIY sights and I realized if I can save money doing this, my peers might want to as well. I made cheap DIY (do it yourself) ideas into public youtube videos. So far I've made some decorations and an impressively easy cheesy bread, I plan to make more videos. By making these youtube videos, I am hoping that I can help my peers save some money during one of the most financially draining parts of our lives. 

Here is the link for my youtube channel, where you can see all of the videos so far!

I've done videos sporadically when I had the resources and time, since the middle of october. Although there are only four right now (not including intro video), I'm in the midst of editing another video showing how I helped another student from SLA with her capstone, and more people have been asking to join the DIWHAT channel. So more videos will be coming!


1. "Valentine's Day Treats & DIY Gift Ideas!." YouTube. YouTube, 26 Jan. 2014. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>. 

Bethany Mota has been one of the biggest inspirations for me, this is one of her latest videos on cute ideas for valentines day. She comes up with so many uniques ideas for her videos, I also want to come up with things people will enjoy learning to make. She really got me started on DIY in my normal life, and it got me started with my capstone idea.  

2."Tumblr." Sign up. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>. 

Tumblr. is a huge part in my project, looking at all of these cool hipster pictures and trying to create the things in them is the capstone. So far I do not have a tumblr. but I will create one so I can find more of these pictures, as of right now I've been using my friends and finding pictures from there.

3."Pinterest." Pinterest. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. <>. 

Pinterest is one of the biggest inspirations in DIY not only for me, but for everyone who has heard of DIY. I get so many interesting ideas from Pinterest for my daily life, and I save some for the youtube channel too. It has everything from cute cupcakes toppers to how to make camo pants. I 100% couldn't do this if pinterest wasn't around. 

4."DIY Network." - Home Improvement How-To & Remodeling Projects. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>. 

The DIY network website shows me how I can create these pictures I see. Since my project is going off of a picture without instructions, I sometimes get lost or need some help. That's when it's time to go to the DIY network website so I can see similar things and get ideas of how to remake the picture I have or how to improve it.

5."DIY Network." America's 10 Worst DIYers :. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>. 

Americas top 10 worst DIYers is a hilarious show about how DIY-ing can go terribly wrong. I always thought that DIY was all about  doing whatever you wanted to make something you would display in your house, and it turns out it is but you need to have the skills to make nice things. I don't have a background in art or any skills but that is the point of my project, to see if a normal person could make these so called "Do it Yourself" projects. I do pick up some skills from this show, just so I don't make too much of a mess. 

6.Matheson, Betsy. DIY projects for the self-sufficient homeowner: 25 ways to build a self-reliant lifestyle. Minneapolis, Minn.: Creative Pub. International, 2011. Print.

I have not actually gotten my hand on this book (physically), but I have read a lot about it on the ebook preview and I have read reviews on Amazon. I am going to try to find it in my local libraries. The reason I think this book could be very influential is because t shows the basics and techniques that skilled DIY-ers like Martha Stewart and such, use when they make things. 

7.Lupton, Ellen. D.I.Y.: design it yourself. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2005. Print. 

This book is kind of similar to the last but it is more specialized on the actual design of DIY. Anyone can make a simple cookie sheet turn into an interesting notification board by spray painting it and hanging it on a wall with some magnets, but it takes skill to make it look nice. This book teaches average Joes how to make nothing look like a really nice something. I also want to get my hands on this book sometime before this year is over, but definitely for my presentation.

8."D.I.Y. Glitter Mod Podge Accessories!." YouTube. YouTube, 26 Jan. 2013. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>. 

This is the first video I saw of DIY around this time last year. In this video Brittany Louise Taylor is making her own glitter phone case, I wanted to make my mom one for her birthday but I didn't know how to. I went on Youtube (my generations google) and I looked it up, a year ago hers was the only one up so I clicked on it and got pulled into the DIY world.

9."imgfave - amazing and inspiring images." imgfave. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>. 

This website is kind of like Tumblr and Pinterest had a baby. I went to this website freshmen year, along with a bunch of other freshmen because it wasn't locked in school. I realized that they have a DIY folder and I occasionally go on it, I actually get most of my ideas from this website. Some DIY sites have things on there that skilled artist could do, and this website shows true normal people, like myself, and their projects. 

10."20 Creative DIY Project Ideas." Bored Panda RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>. 

This is the best blog post for bored people who don't want to be bored anymore. If you are laying around the house and want something to do you can pick something off of here and do it. Even though its only 20 ideas, all of them are things that you have in your house. They look intricate and complicated, but they are easy enough that you could do them with a child. 

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Henry's Capstone

Henry Poeng & Viet Le

Ms. Echols


Our Vision:


As kids, we both had some type of interest in computers and how these magical machines worked. The very machines that lets us surf the web and play our games or watch funny cat videos. As time passed and as we grew up and got jobs, we both decided to make computers. Not from scratch mind you, but make it in the sense that we bought the parts that we wanted and put it together. While it might sound costly, the machines that we built are much better than your average pre-made consumer computers. They are also surprisingly cheaper. One day we had a vision. Why not share with the world our experiences and our knowledge on computer parts? So that’s what we did, and we made a capstone out of it. Our vision is to have a cleverly named website that will teach your everyday average Joe how to build a computer. We envisioned it to have advice, steps and things of that nature. A tutorial website basically. We wanted our potential viewers to appreciate what computers bring to the table, while providing a guide on how to save money while building a powerful rig. So that’s what we did. We didn’t stop there though. We included a brief history on the computer and it’s almost magical advances into modern day technology.




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Jalen Smith's Capstone


Cover Page​
Student Name: Jalen Smith

In School Mentor Name: Ms. Martin

Out of School Mentor: Dr. Thomas George, Cosmetic Dentist

Topic Summary: The goal for this project was to allow individuals to learn about the importance of dental health. This information was displayed on a website so that people from all over the world could access such useful information. This information is supported with visual representations.

Project Abstract: During my sophomore and junior year in high school I have had the opportunity to shadow at one of the best cosmetic dental practices in the city of Philadelphia, Deme. Deme, ran and operated by Dr. Thomas George was willing to give me the experience that was unforgettable. It was his goal to provide me with enough background being as though I have had such a strong interest in dentistry, almost throughout my whole life. During my time with Dr. George we have reflected on the key issues that came up at his office. We felt that many people who came to his office brought up issues that could have been prevented. From this notion, we have felt the need to intervene and to do something bigger than just trying to fix the issues through procedures. We thought that it would be best to educate people about the importance of dentistry throughout the entire world. By using a website to display detailed information about dentistry it was our prediction that people would improve their oral health. 

As a developer for this website there were many skills that I have mastered over time. I have learned to get over the fear of interacting with people and have learned to build confidence to ask questions. I have also learned how to be more proactive, especially when working with a professional who works on deadlines. In the future I plan to continue the work that I have started. Although I have many years before I become an orthodontist I would like to continue to educate myself and others about the importance of dentistry because dentistry is one of the central backbones to a healthy and prosperous life.

Capstone Annotative Bibliography

The Dental Insider Website

Background Information

"Dentists: Doctors of Oral Health." American Dental Association, 30 Jan 2014. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <;.

This source would be a beneficial source to use for this project because this source covers the basic roles of a dentist. It is very important that one knows and has a great relationship with their dentist, especially if they would need to improve there dental health. Dentists are the ones that make sure that there dental health is up to par. This website not only introduces the role of a dentist but they also talk about different forms of dentistry which appear to be very important for this project.

Dental, Delta. "Healthy smile, healthy you: The importance of oral health." Delta Dental, 12 May 2011. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <>.

I’ve decided to choose this website because this website also focuses upon the importance of oral health. This website talks about how bad oral concepts could lead into life threatening diseases, such as Diabetes, Leukemia, Oral Cancer, Pancreatic Caner, Heart Disease and Kidney Disease. This website lists ways people could avoid these problems from occurring in there lives. I believe that this information is appropriate for people to know and this would become a wake up call for a lot of people.

Orenstein, Beth. "A Guide to Good Personal Hygiene." Every Day Health, 20 May 2009. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <;.

This website was very useful because it addresses poor dental hygiene hints at other issues and good habit that can help keep someone healthy. This website was mainly a tip guide, persuading people to do certain things in order to stay on track. They say that flossing is really important and  helps reduce bad breathe and helps reduce inflammation of the gums. Having a great diet can also become beneficial to oral health.

Kittredge, Clare. "Maintaining Good Dental Care Habits." Every Day Health, 20 May 2014. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <;.

This website was very useful as well because it dug deeper into dental hygiene. This website talked about the consequences of poor oral hygiene. The one thing that really stood out to me was that fact that poor oral hygiene invites plaque to accumulate around the base of your teeth and gun line, causing your gums to become red and inflamed. These stages are the first stages for periodontal disease. A lot of people have to avoid these symptoms.

Healthy lives, Healthy Mouths. "Healthy Mouths Healthy Lives." Healthy Mouths Healthy Lives, n.d. Web. 30 Jan 2014. < to Ask Your Dentist/>.

This website has been really effective during my research phase. The reason why I really thought that it was useful was because this website talks about how people can ask important questions to there dentist about there oral health. Sometimes not everyone could ask the right questions about there oral health to there dentist. I believe that incorporating this information in the website would give others ideas as to what they should ask on there dental visits.

George, Thomas. Personal Interview. 12 Dec 2013.

Dr. George was an extremely useful source for this project because he opened up his practice for me to observe what he normally does on a regular basis. He is someone who I normally go to for dental questions. He is also someone who actually helps to enhance my project website. Also I have to opportunity to ask questions to his patients regarding there oral health. 

Johnson, Sandy. "Tips For Fresh Breath." Bright Now! Dental, 12 Dec 2013. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <>.

In today’s society many people struggle with bad breathe. This website touches upon the aspect of bad breathe and I believe the information that supply on this website would be good information to include on my website. I believe that it is good for people to know information about how people could reduce bad breathe.

Johnson, Sandy. "Caring for Braces." Bright Now! Dental, 12 Sep 2013. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <>.

Many teens like myself have braces and sometimes it is hard to maintain them. This website is a great website that supplies information on how to maintain braces the right way. It’s good to allow people with braces to know how care for there braces. The most important things must know is how to still have great dental hygiene despite the fact that the braces may be in the way.

Johnson, Sandy. "Benefits of a Drinking Straw ." Bright Now! Dental, 23 Jul 2013. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <>.

I thought that this website blog was very interesting because this blog talks about how there is a benefit to drinking out of a straw and how it could help with dental hygiene. I believe that this information could possibly go on the website because this information could be tips. I also thought that this topic was very interesting in general because not too many people talk about straws and dentistry.

Johnson, Sandy. "Oral Care for Dogs." Bright Now! Dental, 20 Jun 2013. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <>.

I thought that this information was useful because this information not only focused upon human dental hygiene but it focused upon animal dental health. I wanted my website to focus on a variety of dental health and by incorporating both human and animal dental health I think that it would make my website very unique. A lot of people have animals and I think it would be useful to learn things about there animals dental health.

Videos (The titles speak for itself)

DMTV Episode 4 - Hygienist Visit Full Mouth Dental Cleaning. You Tube, 2013. Film.

This video is useful because it gives great tips for maintaing great oral health. This video talks about the importance of scheduling a dental cleaning and what you must do in the meantime to prepare for it. It also touches upon the procedures done during the visit.

Top 10 Dental Health Tips: Oral Hygiene. You Tube, 2013. Film.

This video is very useful to this website because it discusses the ten simple ways to improve your oral health. This video was important because it helps to explain the steps towards maintaining great home care.

How to brush your teeth? Learn in 4 simple steps!. You Tube, 2011. Film.

I’ve used this video because many people come to the dental office with issues all because there methods for brushing and flossing are poor. With this being said they have poor results. This video revisits the concept of brushing teeth. Although some people feel as though there brushing habits are great some times it is always good to revise the way they brush.

BIOLASE Technology on the Balancing Act. Dir. John Fan. You Tube, 2011. Film.

I used this video because millions of people are afraid to go to the dentist office due to the pain, grinding noises of the drill and needles. Now a days new technologies are trying to reduce the fear patients have in the dental office. With the development of Bio-Lase theres no need to have anxiety because this technology allows patients to experience a pain free visit. 

Oral Cancer Screening. You Tube, 2014. Film.

It was important for me to have posted this video to my website because there are many people who are diagnosed with cancer. Oral cancer is one of them. This video discusses what it is, how it is treated and what can be done to prevent it.

Healthy Mouth, Healthy You. You Tube, 2009. Film.

This video was very very important to my website because it helps people to understand that having a healthy mouth means that you can have a healthy life. This video touches upon all of the things that you can do in order to maintain great oral health.

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Zakee Jones Capstone

As the time I have spent at SLA me and my partner have been gathering data on people around Philadelphia and have put together a documentary on people's opinion on what  should do to solve this problem of Philadelphia neighborhood crime. This video is trying to get people to be awear of the situation that the city is in. During my time with this video I really learned about about Philadelphia history and the people surrounded by it.

Zakee Jones  


  1. The Dynamics of Neighborhood Change in Brewerytown, Philadelphia

Summary- So When I reading this Korobin rob was giving his report on a neighborhood named  Brewerytown. and to pretty much sum up his whole article on it was that  it was doing really poor  so they pretty much abounded it and the city stop working on it for the moment until  over time the city budget brought back enough to get most of the house back. But by the time this happened. most of the Neighborhood had a different type of local and they where happy with the way it was. so he was trying to find out is it the right thinking for the city to take it back but it isnt that great looking.

 Spot crime is  like a Neighborhood crime watch that looks at all of the  crimes that goes on in each Neighborhood in philly. And that helps a lot because when we are traveling we can look at the really bad Neighborhoods that people talk about so we can look at the when the changed that first  happenedduring the time period. as it shows on the charts.

Southwest Center City is the neighborhood bounded by South Street, Broad Street, Washington Avenue, and The Schuylkill River. It's an area sometimes called South of South or Graduate Hospital they are pretty much are trying to clean up the city over all. they see phily as one whole neighborhood over all. WCC is growing at an amazing pace. Everywhere you look, new row homes, new corner cafes, restaurants, and bars are adding to the amenities that have long characterized this neighborhood. All of these things make Southwest Center City a great place to live and work it involved with other program like the ymca also.

This neighborhoods talks about the origins of what philly was like before what was going on in the city. they were going into detail of each place in the city was like at one point.It was giving me a ideal of what it places were like. I think that this could be helping me a lot with notes at brings me up to speed with it time era.

This has to be one of my best scores so far because this has a data base telling me everything that from tribe times to the current times on what locals where like back then. it gives you what life has changed for people living in center city and  events that happen during that  neighborhood. if it could talk about crimes happening during that time that could also really help me with this capstone a lot more.

During the city history a neighborhood name appeared many times in our sources. Bridesburg, for example, first appeared on the 1839  map we consulted and then reappeared in 15 other of our sources up to the present day. Logan, which many Philadelphia-neighborhood aficionados think of as old, appeared in none of our early sources. Of course, Logan is in this list, as are truly esoteric neighborhoods. it was mapped out all around the city. old building that people are trying to fix to stop hight people from buying it

This lady named Tara clapper is talking about her own personal history with north philly because growing up he school and  her neighborhood was all she had. Crime rates and murder where up really high so she talks about how it wasn’t really safe for her to do anything out side. North Philly was historically a more prosperous area. Today, some sections of this neighborhood at large are undergoing attempted gentrification. The Neighborhood Transformation Initiative garnered funding to demolish abandoned and decrepit buildings, replacing them with newer tract homes. She just brings up  facts that happens in the city and the causes of things.

This website shows a map that is pointing put where crimes are being committed the most common place that people talk about. the city itself has so much going on that the.Dating back to Jan. 1, 2006. Each incident is tagged to a location in the city, making it possible to map assaults across the years, or vehicle thefts near your home address within the last 30 days. this can help in so many ways with knowing how to date the history of of philadelphia. a  group named town watch is looking over philly so far they are trying to make the city safe for all but hey aren’t sure how can they bring the people togeather. they take groups of people to walk around philly. the way the site works is that you can make a request  to do a meeting fot it. people. they post documents  on what happening once a week so they like a city wide meeting with everyone. they are also connected to something called philly 311 that is like a watc station tha looks over philly for case that inloves the neighborhood.

 according to this arcitle by liz spikol she consiceders  West Mt. Airy to be the most darruougs think in philly., according to the what Technically Philly’s Juliana Reyes calls the Inquirer’s “beautiful” crime app. “In the last 30 days, West Mt. Airy has been the most peaceful neighborhood in the city. That is to say, its violent crime rate clocks in at zero, she goes deep into the history for crimes happening all around town. 

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YATW Blog #3: Agent of Change

Hello again, my name is Tomas Arango, a 9th grader at Science Leadership Academy, and I’m back for my final and last blog post for my You and The World issue, U.S Media Bias. It’s a topic that really matters to me out to me because when I read or watch the news  I always notice media bias and it can bother me sometimes. In my first blog post I introduced my issue and why it mattered to me, and gave several examples of media bias. In my second blog post I focused on my original research which was a survey I created and posted on social media websites for my friends and family to take part of. In this final blog post I will be focusing on my action of change.

For this last section of the project we were supposed to go out into the world and make a change and inform people about our issue. I decided to create a presentation for my advisory and inform them about U.S Media Bias, while also seeing what they already knew.  I wanted to make a presentation that wasn’t just me talking, I wanted my classmates to be able to interact. So I started of by asking my advisory what they thought media bias then providing them with an accurate description of what it really is.

My classmates were interested in my presentation and engaged in mini discussions when I asked them questions, like what examples of media bias have they noticed, and what news organizations did they see it the most from. We discussed the issues of media bias and their opinions on why it’s bad.Many of the students answered with similar saying that the news makes other countries look bad and make stereotypes about religion especially Islam. I also showed video examples such as a Stephen Colbert episode when he talks about the Norway shooting incident and how media immediately jumped to conclusions and blamed it on Islam and Al-Qaeda. Video Link here. But I also included a video related to the presidential campaign with Obama and Romney where the news source took sides with one the candidates and made the other look bad. I was surprised on how aware some of my classmates were of the issue, but I was also glad that I got to show and inform my peers about the issue.

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          Showing the definition of media bias


Asking questions and interacting with students


           Showing video examples of media bias


Student taking part in discussion

Media Bias still occurs about every week. Media sources false report events or decide to focus on celebrities and their private life instead of the more important issues going on in the world. For example the other I was watching the news and the headline was Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, and I thought that was pretty absurd. Focusing on the life of a celebrity rather than the issues of the world is pretty dumb. The news also makes  other countries look bad because of their pasts. All of this creates issues, it can change peoples views on certain places and religions just because of a single news report. It also makes our country look like ignorant and single sided when it comes to our views of other places. It’s as if we think we are so much better than all the other countries.  I wanted my Agent of Change to inform people of the traps of media and to watch out that they fall for them.

This project has been a wonderful experience. I never thought I would do a project like this and I really liked the whole idea of it. The process of it was great because I got write a topic I was passionate about and enjoyed. I got to research information about my topic and learn great new things about my topic. At first I was a bit nervous because it took me a while to come up with a topic but once I found one everything went smoothly. One thing I wish I could of done better was have more time for my advisory presentation because I had to share a class period with another student. I think if I would of had a whole advisory period I would have been able to have more interactive time with my peers. I want to thank Ms. Dunn for the awesome project idea, Ms. Lucy, and everyone who helped out with filling out my survey, and took part in my advisory presentation.

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Ellen To - Capstone



 Project Abstract:


My capstone is a mini-exhibit on cesarean sections at the College of Physicians. I focused on the history and growth of the cesarean sections and how it has modified with the changing time periods and health regulations. The mini-exhibit is place on the lower level floor of the museum where the uteruses are. It will have a timeline highlighting the changes of the cesarean sections and how it has progressed to this day. Along with the timeline, there is a sculpted cesarean section uterus. The goal of this project is to develop a deeper understanding on childbirth and its change throughout history, specifically cesarean sections.


Process Paper:


My capstone is a mini-exhibit on cesarean sections at the College of Physicians. I focused on the history and growth of the cesarean sections and how it has modified with the changing time periods and health regulations. The mini-exhibit is place on the lower level floor of the museum where the uteruses are. It will have a timeline highlighting the changes of the cesarean sections and how it has progressed to this day. Along with the timeline, there is a sculpted cesarean section uterus.


I chose to do this project because throughout my high school career, I have been interested in pursing nurse-midwifery and expanding my knowledge in women’s health. I also wanted to expand my knowledge of the museum and expand the knowledge of those who visit the museum through my mini-exhibit. This will ensure that I am teaching at least one person a day through the museum.


Because of my four-year relationship with the College of Physicians, I was able to work with them to incorporate more information about the impact of women’s health and the changes it has gone through. Since it was at the museum, I had to make sure that I followed both the museum regulations while incorporating the core values of Science Leadership Academy. The Museum regulations required that I kept my work consistent with the surrounding specimens and that all of my information was verified.


When it came to incorporating Science Leadership Academy’s core values, the inquiry focused around the myths, regulations, and information on cesarean sections. I was able to use the inquiry behind the topic of birth and share it with the museum visitors through the timeline, sculpture, and diagrams. For research, I researched the history of cesarean sections and pulled out key points of the changes that took place as time progressed. I also researched some procedures and tips on how to make the uteruses of a cesarean section birth and a vaginal birth. My project collaborated with my mentors at the College of Physicians and the teachers at Science Leadership Academy. As for presentation, I want to present my capstone to the Science Leadership Academy community and the Museum visitors and community. I hope to invite people who are interested in health on an opening night event at the museum and allow them to tour the museum and be the first to see my mini exhibit. Throughout this process, I have reflected on the classes that I have taken inside and outside of Science Leadership Academy throughout my high school career.


During the first quarter, I collaborated with the Museum and my doula-training groups. Together, we came up with a plan to have a cesarean section theme and have timeline, sculpture, and some museum specimens. I spent the first quarter finding out the limits and regulations that I had. During the second quarter, I focused on my exhibit and creating the sculptures and timeline. During the third quarter, I was faced with some health issues and could not work on my capstone. I think that was a big obstacle that I had to overcome but with time, I overcame it and was able to start working on my capstone. Towards the end of third quarter, everything started coming together and my Museum mentors and I worked together to plan, illustrate, and check over my capstone as the Museum’s very own mini-exhibit.


In the end, my capstone was completed and I am most proud of the turnout of the cesarean section sculpture because it not only teaches people but it incorporates all that I have learned throughout my high school career. From this whole capstone process, I learned that mini-exhibits take a lot of time and work to complete and I learned the change in cesarean sections throughout history. If I could do this capstone all over again, I would allow more time for my sculpture and timeline to come together. I think that Science Leadership Academy is a better place because I am a student that shows that I can pull together all of the programs that I have done and reflect on them through my projects and show other student that they can also reflect on other outside of school programs through their capstone.


Capstone Presentation: Mini-Exhibit 


The Cesarean Section Mini Exhibit will be up for display the week of June 9th, 2014. Below is a picture of where my capstone will be displayed. 

- more pictures coming soon - 


Capstone Timeline 


The History of the Cesarean Section


1543: Andreas Vesalius created a detailed description of the female reproductive organ presented in De Corporis Humani Fabrica.


1598: Jacques Guillimeau’s book on midwifery introduced the term “section”.


Early 1600s: The Chamberlen Clan in England introduced obstetrical forceps to aid the extraction of the fetus.


1787 – 1876: An estimate states that not a single woman survived a cesarean section in Paris. Surgeons mistakenly believed that the muscles of the uterus would contract and close spontaneously.


Late 1800s: Better access to human cadavers lead to a better understanding and preparation to the surgical processes.


1876: Eduardo Porro, an Italian professor, advocated for hysterectomy (the removal of every part of the uterus) after a cesarean section. This prevented many infections and hemorrhaging.


1882: Max Saumlnger made such a strong case for uterine sutures that surgeons started to change their practice.


1880 – 1925: Obstetricians experimented with transverse incisions in the lower segment of the uterus and this procedure reduced the risk of infection and uterine rupture.


1894: The first cesarean section was successfully performed in the United States.


1928: Alexander Fleming discovered Penicillin. Penicillin is an antibiotic that is used to treat many types of infections.


1938: Almost half of the births in the United Sates were taking place in hospitals.


1940: Penicillin was purified as a drug and because readily available and dramatically reduced the death of mothers and their newborns during birth. This also accelerated the trend of medically managed pregnancy and childbirth. The experience of giving birth became less frightening.


Late 1940s – Early 1950s: Hormonal pregnancy tests were taking place to confirm fetal existence. Ultrasounds because highly important when looking at fetal development.


1955: 95% of births were taking place in hospitals.


1970: The cesarean section birth rate was about 5%.


Early 1970s: Heart monitors lead to fetal monitoring which allowed doctors to track the fetal heart rate and indicated any signs of distress.


1980 – 1985: The ability to track the fetal heart rate and indicate any sign of distress caused a huge increase in cesarean sections.


Present: 1 in 7 women experience complications during labor and delivery due to past conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, pelvic abnormalities, hypertension, and infectious diseases. Cesarean sections have become the go-to procedure when these complications take place.


2011: 31.3% of births in the United States were cesarean section births.



Works Cited:



Black, Naima. "Maternity Care Coalition: Doula Training 20 Week Classes." MCC Doula

Training. Doulas of North America. Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. . Address.


This source is a class that I have been attending since the start of my Senior year. It is a North Philadelphia community based program for maternity and pregnancy aid. I am currently training to be a Certified Doula for mothers-to-be who cannot afford it. I selected this source because it has given me a lot of hands on information on the pros and cons of choosing a certain birth plan. I have also been prepared to talk to mothers-to-be about all of the different birth processes that can take place that are more beneficial to the mother and the baby instead of her original plan. With the information that I have learned from this program, I have seen graphic videos of both a vaginal birth and cesarean section birth and the steps leading up to the births. One limitation of this source is that I have seen the videos of what occurs outside of the body instead of the inside of the baby.


"Cesarean Birth." UVA Health. Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia, 2014.

Web. 29 Jan. 2014.



I came across this source during a Google search. I am able to use this source for when I am drawing my diagram of both fetuses in the womb that are taken out vaginally and through cesarean section. I select this source for the diagram and the sketch of my sculpture for the cesarean section birth because of the incorporation of the womb, the positioning of the baby, and the doctor’s involvement in this process. I found this sources useful because I was able to use this to lay down a foundation of my sculpture of the cesarean section birth. One limitation of this source is that it does not label any of the body parts in the womb which makes it harder to research and incorporate into the sculpture and drawing due to the color of the womb.


"Children's Hospital of Wisconsin." Anatomy: Fetus in Utero. Children's Hospital of

Wisconsin, 2013. Web. 29 Jan. 2014.



I choose to use this source because of the diagram, definition, and discreet colors that were portrayed in this source. I was able to base a large part of my sketch of my sculpture of a vaginal birth uterus. I selected this source because of its colors, organization, and the information that was offer. This source has the fetus in the womb and showed that parts the fetus passes to enter the birth canal and work its way out of the mother’s body. I was also able to base my whole vaginal birth idea around this one diagram while still having the flexibility of being able to add more to the womb and emphasize each of the body parts through the different colors. One limitation to this source is that it is very general and shows a very basic diagram. I would have liked to see more detail and description with the birth process and birth canal.


Epstein, Randi Hutter. Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to

the Sperm Bank. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print.


This source is a book that was lended to me from the Program Director at the Mütter Museum. I was able to read different sections of the book that focused around the history of cesarean sections. I was able to read about the cesarean section birth through out history and all of the myths that surrounded the topic. I selected this source because I will be incorporating a timeline on the history of cesarean sections into the mini exhibit. This will show the history of cesarean sections throughout the world all in one place. This will be very helpful because there are a lot of mixed ideas of this topic. One very big limitation that I have seen from this source is that there aren’t a lot of specific dates for the important events that have happened in the past.


"How to Make Cernit Sculpt Doll." How to Make Cernit Sculpt

Doll:ãµãƒ¼ãƒ‹ãƒƒãƒˆç²˜åœŸã§OOAK Baby - YouTube. Youtube, n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014.





This was a video that I stumbled upon while research a “Do-It-Yourself” sculpting guide to newborn babies. This is a very helpful source because it is tutorial on how to make a hollow newborn head that has a detailed process on how to mold the clay and shape it in a way that looks like a newborn. I selected this source because it has helped me see that I will have to work a lot on the face of the baby and depict the important facial expressions of both a vaginal birth newborn and cesarean section newborn. One limitation to this source is that I think that I will not have the materials to make the same molds and movements that the person in the video did.


Interview with Peter Morgan, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA. 29 Jan. 2014.


Peter Morgan is my instructor at the Clay Studio. I was able to bring in my sketches for the wombs and the fetuses. I started working on the bottom of the wombs and I was able to talk to him about sculpting the fetuses and still keeping them hollow so they have enough time to dry and not blow up in the kiln. This also leads to the problem of a collapsed baby if the clay at the top becomes too heavy. He suggested that I not only make sketches but use some clay to sculpt a smaller sculpture to figure out all of the kinks that happen. This will allow me to use the smaller figures as a back up and first draft instead of going into the sculpting process worrying what the problems might be. He was a helpful source of information because of his experience with clay. One limitation of this source is because he is not always around the Clay Studio.


Kennedy, Pam. "SCULPTING BABIES - Hand." Pinterest. N.p., Feb. 2013. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. <>.


While searching for tutorials on sculpting a newborn baby’s body parts, I found this pictured tutorial of how to sculpt a baby’s hand. This is very helpful because I now know where to start and I can start comple all of the tutorial pictures and bring them into practice and see what I need to sculpt. While finding this picture tutorial on the hand, I also found another tutorial on how to sculpt a baby’s foot and thi will incorporate nicely into my baby because both critical parts of the body are from the same creator. One limitation from this source is that the creator does not show me how to sculpt the rest of the body which could call for some mistakes when trying to connect the baby’s body together.


Kochenour, Niel K. "Physiology of Normal Labor and Delivery: Part I and II." Human

Reproduction, Lectures:. U of U College of Medicine, 1997. Web. 29 Jan. 2014.



This source shows the steps and process of a cesarean section birth which is extremely helpful because this will allow me to understand all of the terms when it comes to talking about and presenting my research and information on my historical timeline on  cesarean section. This source also provides a very helpful diagram that shows the importance of why doctors have to make a lower incision and shows the impact of a  cesarean section on the fetus. It also talks about where and how the baby is taken out. One limitation to this source is that there aren’t any historical resources or research that comes from or with this source.


Long, Tony. "Jan. 14, 1794: First Successful Cesarean in U.S." Conde Nast Digital,

14 Jan. 2011. Web. 30 Jan. 2014.



This source provides information about a mother that has the first cesarean section in the United States of America. It takes the readers through the process and mindset of the mother, the father, and the doctors involved. I can use this source to help me see the differences from the past cesarean sections compared to what is done today. This source can also point out some differences of the steps through the differences in the time periods. I selected this source because I thought that it would be important to focus on what has happen in the United States regarding cesarean sections. One limitation to this source is that there aren't any other resources offered to readers regarding the dates and events of cesarean section births.


Weiss, Robin E. "Cesarean Section Photos: Step-by-Step." Pregnancy & Childbirth., 2014. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. <>.


This source allowed me to explore the steps of performing a cesarean section birth through descriptions and very gore-y pictures. This allowed me to factor in the incision length and see the where and how each person in the room (whether the nurse, doctor, family member, etc.) would affect the mother and the baby. I liked this source because I was able to see the steps and that gave me a foundation on the research I will be reading. One limitation to this source is that there aren't any other resources offered to readers that regarded the dates and events of cesarean section births.


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