Monday, December 9, 2013

The research I did would benefit to people with the passion of sports, and math and science. I would really like to play softball in college, so I looked up the academic requirements to become a student athlete. This would help all students that want to play sports in college because some people don't realize that their academic records have a say in getting scholarships and such. My other passion is math and science. I want to become an engineer so I looked up the requirements for that as well. Obviously there are academic requirements in order to become an engineer, but you also must have strong critical thinking skills and other things like that. A lot of people don't know this information.

I did a lot of 20 time work recently. Mainly I've been working on the research paper. I did lots of research on how to become a college athlete and an engineer, like mentioned above. I've also started my rough draft for the research paper. My partner and I have also been trying to problem solve about how to get ball collection bins set up since only one teacher replied to our email. I plan to keep working hard to reach my 20 Time goal!

Monday, November 18, 2013

There are two paths that I could take in order to pursue a career that involves my passion. The first path that I could take is to graduate high school and go to a very highly rated engineering school. I would have to earn my bachelor in science in engineering. I'd also have to be good at math and science. Other than academics requirements, I'd have to have strong critical thinking skills, and problem solving skills. Then either while I'm in school for engineering, or after I graduate I'd have to intern.
My second option also involves going to school for engineering. This option though, has me playing softball in college. So not only would I have to find a school with a good engineering program, but it'd also have to have a good softball program. In order to become a college athlete I'd have to first graduate from high school. Then there are lots of academic requirements. These are that I must earn a minimum GPA of 2.3, I must complete a minimum of 16 core courses, and I must successfully complete 10 of the 16 before my seventh semester of high school. Finally, I'd have to request final amateurism certification from the NCAA eligibility center. I prefer the second option because it has me doing both of the things I love.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

20 Time is a great project and it has taught me so many valuable life lessons and skills. The most valuable lesson it has taught me is to be unique and creative. Honestly, I've learned that it's boring to be like everyone else. I enjoy putting my own spin on things, and being able to take the task at hands by the reins and do it my way. Yes, thinking of your own ideas and processes is hard, but it's so worth it in the end to see what you can accomplish.
This will help me in completing the project because my creativity is giving me the drive to keep working hard. If I wasn't being so creative, and if I couldn't do things my way, I would be bored, and I wouldn't want to do the project at all. But learning that it's a good thing to be unique will help me in the future. I will stand out amoungst the rest of people that are, say, up for the same job as me. I know my personality and creativity can get me places, and that's exactly what it's going to do.

Monday, November 4, 2013

On Friday, November 1, my partner and I presented our pitch day project. Although we had presented it to the class the Wednesday before, we still were very nervous. Pitch Day started off very slow and it seemed like it took forever for us to get an audience to present to. It made me very nervous and self conscious because I thought that we were doing something wrong, and that's why nobody was coming to see our presentation. But eventually we got our first set of parents to present to.

Our first presentation freaked us out. We had an iMovie to present and the room was too loud for our audience to be able to hear it. So my partner and I had to wing our presentation, and that scared me. Luckily, it went well and we hit all of our points. The parents we presented to helped a lot by providing some helpful advice. Not many people came to the Pitch day so my partner and I only presented 3 times.

Monday, October 21, 2013

On Friday, my partner and I called our authority at the foster home we plan to donate our balls to. We first explained our project and our goal. Then we asked if the organization would be willing to accept our donation. The lady on the other end of the phone said yes, and we followed up by asking when the appropriate time to drop the balls off would be. She replied, "You can drop them off at my office at any time."
On Thursday my partner and I tried to schedule an appointment with our assistant principle, but nobody could help us directly. So to problem solve, we asked one of the secretaries to leave him a note. Nobody has gotten back to us on that. Doing this with the secretary, and talking on the phone with my other authority has given me more confidence and is teaching me very valuable life skills. This project is really helping me learn the importance of interacting with others and problem solving.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Within the next two days, I plan to contact my authorities. I have two authorities, the first is my assistant principal. I need to email him and ask him if my partner and I would be able to set up an appointment with him. If he says yes, than I will have to ask him a few things in the meeting. Those things are one, may my partner and I set up collection bins to collect the balls? If yes, how many bins can my partner and I set up? Where can we set these bins up? If no, would my partner and I be able to set them up in our teachers' classrooms?

My second authority would be the owner or manager of the foster home my partner and I plan to donate the balls to. I would call them and first give them my name and school. Then I would explain to them my project and ask if they are interested. If they say yes, I will tell them my goal of collecting at least 100 balls, and ask if that would be a help to their organization. I will also ask them when an appropriate time to drop off the balls would be. If they say no, I will ask them what I can do to help. If I can't do anything to help, I will ask them if they know another organization that I could help.
My passion is softball. I love softball so much, that I devote most of my time to it, I put my body through a lot of workouts, and I try to eat healthy. If I didn't have softball, I don't know what I'd do. It helps me release my anger and stress in a way that doesn't cause harm to myself or others.I'm very passionate about softball because it is what will most likely get me into college.

My goal for this project is to help kids in need develop a passion. My partner and I plan to collect athletic balls and donate to kids in need. This will hopefully help them develop a passion for a sport. My partner and I think it's very important to have something that you're passionate for, no matter who you are. Our goal is to collect at least 100 balls and donate them to a foster home full of needy kids.