With our STN Trip only 11 days away, and only 14 days until the Opening Ceremonies,, I thought I would post a quick little information blog on what it is for those of you who do not know. The main competition takes three days. It starts with the opening ceremonies, and them half of the contests. The next day there are the other half of the contests. The third day is when we have the closing ceremonies and we find out who the winners are. There is one more contest that takes place before the opening ceremonies, and that is the Crazy 8's. It's always really crazy during the competitions, and some people get so stressed out that you will think that there has never been anyone so stressed, but that's how it is, it's pretty crazy, but also a ton of fun. After the competition, we will do a few things and then fly to New York. Normally we have our fun before the convention, but not this year. Also on the trip, we have to do a blog everyday before we go to bed, so check back everyday. Well, I will post a link to the promo video for STN 2016 below, I would post it, but I can't embed it. On that site, the closing ceremonies will broadcasted live, and I think the opening ceremonies might be too, but check it out, come back soon for some more. Bye!
STN 2016 Atlanta, Georgia Promo
The video is at the bottom of the page.
For this blog, I will be telling you one of my passions. I have a couple, I have a passion for camera work and video editing. I also have a passion for playing the trumpet and in a concert band seeing that I am in 3. One of my biggest passions though is engineering.
I love electrical and computer engineering (computer programming). I have done many things on the subject, I have participated in a Lego robotics competition, I have completed soldering kits and used a soldering iron to fix a drone, I have built countless circuits with little toy-like things called Snap Circuits. For computer programming, I got "The World's Cheapest PC", which is the Raspberry Pi, the regular pack is only $35, and it has a bunch of cool features on it. The memory storage isn't a hard drive, it's a micro SD card. It's a really small thing, it's like taking 3 or 4 credit cards stacking them up, and then that's the size of the Raspberry Pi. Of course, it can't do much, but it isn't really for usual use. It's designed for programming, it's also so cheap and small that it is now widely being used in robots and prototypes. I have been doing some coding on that for a little while. I also went to the BYU Chip Camp that kind of covered both of these topics.
I can't remember too well when I started doing these things, but I think that I started in 3rd grade when I joined our robotics class that participated in the FLL (First Lego League) which is a Lego robotics competition. After I got out of that class I got my own NXT, which is the robot used in the FLL. After that I got the Snap Circuits. Then about a few years later I went to the BYU Chip Camp, then the soldering kits. I kept on doing more and more things and now I know a decent amount of stuff on the topic.
To continue this passion, I will simply keep on doing the things I am doing, I'll probably get some new things too so that I can enhance my knowledge. I am going to learn more and get better at programming.
Well, that's all I have for now. Next week will be my last week for my regular blogs until next quarter, the week after that I will be blogging everyday starting Wednesday for two weeks. We will finally be on our STN Trip for the year. Well, come back soon for some more. Bye!
This past weekend we had our first and only Crazy 8's practice. We did pretty decent on each team, but like always, we can do better.
I think that we did okay on the Broadcast team. We did a good final video, but we had a few problems. We didn't really get things done fast enough for there to be a good end product.
Our main problems were that we didn't get the individual stories done fast enough, or the anchors. Only one story made it in before 2, one at 2:30, one at 3, and the last at 3:30 and our deadline was at 4. We didn't have much time to put the whole thing together, and because of that we were over the time limit and the audio was not leveled out. One of the good things we had was the storylines. I think that we got some pretty good stories for the topic "Aloha Spirit".
We really need to improve on speed. I would try to get done faster, and also when I am done, I will see if any other group would want help with their stories to help speed them up. I could also start putting together what we have done earlier and smooth out the audio.
Overall, we did not do the best, but I think we would have done good enough to qualify. The good thing about that practice is that we found out what we need to work on more, which is just what the practice is for, and I think we now know what it is. Well, come back soon for some more, bye!
I found a PSA on YouTube about drinking and driving. It is under a topic called Zero Teen Fatalities instead of underaged drinking or drinking and driving. It is surprising because it starts out with a voice of a girl saying, "I went to a party, and I remembered what you said. You told me not to drink Mom, so I had a Sprite instead." You would think that it would be something about choosing the right choice, but then it shows her laying on the asphalt with blood on her. The voice says something about her hearing the voices of a paramedic saying that the driver was drunk. She longs for her mom when she is dying, all because the driver was drunk, not her. It makes you think more about the topic then you normally would because most are about hurting yourself when drinking and driving, but this was about hurting other people, which can be much worse. I think that everyone makes PSAs off of the easiest topic, but when you try harder and make a PSA about the same topic, but from a different perspective. Overall, it was a good PSA and I will post it below so check it out. Bye!
There is a video out there that is called To This Day. I have done a blog on it about a year ago, but I just found the video again, and I realized that it is a video from a project. The To This Day Project takes the spoken word poem by Shane Koyczan and then they put animated segments over it. The part of it that makes it a project is that they put the recording of the poem out and asked everyone to come up with animations to put over the audio. They had a lot of people create segments, and they placed them all into the video. I think that it is an amazing PSA because of the animations and the powerful voice you hear. The video I had posted before for this seems a little different then the one they now have posted. I think that they made a couple different versions of it with all of the animated clips they got. It's a cool PSA and you should check it out below!
This week, our topic is the news. more specifically what we look for, where we look for it and how we look at it. I will start off by saying that I do not really even know what is happening in the news most of the time.
The news that I look for is not really anything specific. I look for anything that catches my eye. I never really go onto my phone thinking about what's in the news today. I mostly look for things that I am involved in. If there is a post on Instagram about the next camp for the Above Moon Films then I will look into it. I just never really go onto something for the sole purpose of news.
I get the little news that I do get mostly from others. My parents might tell me or people will talk about it at school, and if I don't get what they are talking about then I will ask someone about it. I also get a little news but not much off of Instagram, but nothing really else. If I want to know more about something I heard about at school the I might go on YouTube to find out.
Normally get the news through my friends, everything else is my phone though, they might text me the news or I just happen to come across something when I am doing something else on my phone.
Overall, I don't really get the news. Some people are always surprised when I ask them about something that everyone else knows. I'm not that big about knowing what is happening all the time. Well, come back soon for some more, bye!
I just got the chance to watch the newest version of Fantastic 4. I liked it all right, but it was not the best. One thing that I didn't like about it too much is the story. I think that they took way too long to introduce how they got their powers, and way too little of time to show the battle between them and Doom. They only showed one fight, and it only really lasted like 10 minutes. I think that we can learn from this, never take too much time introducing the story. They spent half of the movie on getting their powers, the other half on everything else. It wasn't like other movies that I have seen where they take too long for the introduction and they just move the rest along too fast, they had nothing really that important after the introduction, making it flow at a nice speed, but not really have anything to move along. I think that if we avoid long introductions than our videos will be much better. I did like some of the techniques that they used in the camera work. I think that it is always important to have many interesting shots so that it at least keeps the viewer interested if the story does not. Well, I will post the trailer down below. Hope you enjoy, bye!
Towards the end of this month there will be two contests that I will be in. One is a photo contest hosted by the Kauai Museum. The other contest is the Olelo Youth Xchange, the contest we enter our PSAs. I am going to talk a little about those now.
I don't know if I am going to use one of the pictures I took from the Koke'e Camp we did a little while ago or not. I am going up to Koke'e to film my PSA, but I don't know if I will find anything to take a picture of. I also might submit a photo that I take one day of something I find. I don't know yet. If I don't get anything good in time, I have a photo from the camp that I really liked that I can submit, but I will try to get something new first.
For the Olelo contest, I probably will not submit one of my news stories. The main reason for that is because I have my Inside Scoops are due around the same time, which would mean that I would have to do three things at the same time, and I would prefer to not have that if it is possible. If I didn't have my Inside Scoops to do, then I would probably edit down one of my stories.
The news story that I would submit would be my video on the Aloha Angels. I think that I did a much better video on the Aloha Angels than my other one. The main problem is that when I was making my video, I had a hard time keeping the important information in while keeping it under 3 minutes. I don't think that it would be that good if I have to take a whole minute off of it.
Even though I wont enter a news story into the Olelo contest, I am still going to try and get my PSA in and good enough to at least come close to winning. I am also going to try to get the best photo I can for the Kauai Museum photo contest. Well, come back soon for some more, bye!
I am in 8th grade in my school's Advanced Media class. I love this class and I have been having lots of fun in it. This past year we went to San Diego, where STN was held, and the year before it was in Orlando. This year it was in Atlanta, Georgia.