This year science has been amazing. My favorite project is the heat shield where you make a heat shield to protect your egg. The materials are metal sheets, tin foil, felt, string, spackling, metal lathe, screen, metal wool, Swedish sponge, and tape. The shield has to be smaller than 1cm and has to be less than 45 grams. I got second place out of five places. I hope to do more experiments in the future!

Planet Nojiti

Planet Nojiti

By Jon

Planet Nojiti is a planet paradise. It has features similar to earth but it has lots of peaceful plants and animals. It has crystal clear water and many diverse ecosystems that are very important for the life of the planet. Nojiti is a peaceful planet that has vast oceans and big forests. There are many sailboats to sail on and to relax on. All animals are very nice and will come up to you. The animals are also telepathic and can understand any language. The plants produce fruits and berries and none will harm you. The plants also suck up any pollution that gets into the atmosphere.

There is no government. No one can do anything that will hurt the plants or animals or they will be sent off of the planet. There is an optional bonding party every two months that has dancing, games, and a chosen activity for that party.

When somebody dies they will go into the Doors of the Religions. The Doors of the Religions are a ton of doors that represent each religion. Each door goes to each religion’s afterlife/the steps to get to the afterlife. There is a door keeper that will reach into their mind to see if they actually do the religion. If they don’t, an invisible force knocks them out of the door. If they don’t practice any religions they will go through a special door that will have someone reach into their mind to decide if they haven’t done anything wrong/bad. If they are good they get to go into the afterlife and if they are bad they will be tortured.

That is the basics of Nojiti. I hope you get on the next super rocket to get to this planet paradise!

Keeper of the Lost Cities Stellarlune

-Screen grab from Sora.

Keeper of the Lost Cities Stellarlune is an amazing book so far. The author is Shannon Messenger and the genre is fantasy. I chose this book because I had read the other books in the series. When this book was published I tried to read it as fast as I could because all the other books were amazing.

This book is a window because I am not an elf with powers. A window is a book that you don’t see yourself in. A mirror is a book that you can see yourself in. I hope you read more!

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

For a field trip I went to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences with my peers. We had a 30 minute drive in a bus. We talked, laughed, and sang. When we got there we looked at the animals. Then we went into the sea exhibit. There was a giant whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling. We then went up stairs to get a closer look at the whale skeleton. We then looked at the insects and the dinosaurs. Next, we looked at the weather station and meteorology section. Next, we ate lunch outside and talked. We then looked at the rocks/crystals, the river animals, the race exhibit, and more animals. In all I had an amazing time there! I hope I can go again!

How to Code on Scratch, the Basics



The Basics


I created my Wisdom Tale project, The Wooden Sword, on Scratch. Scratch is a coding platform which uses a type of code similar to Blocky

and two sets of drawing tools that are Vector and Bitmap

There are also sounds that you can get

How to Make a Clicker Game


go to Scratch

Click on “Create”

Press the X on Sprite1 then click on the cat with a plus.

Then click on the search button.

Then click on Button 2.

Then click on the event column.

Then drag “when green flag clicked” and “when this sprite clicked”. Then click on variables.

Then click on make a variable.

Set the variable to “Money”

Drag “set money to zero” to “when green flag pressed”

Finally drag “change money by one” to “when this sprite clicked”

You now have an operational clicker! Thank you for reading!

Our Trip to Camp Hanes


On Thursday morning, I stepped on a bus with my advisory heading to a new world, Camp Hanes. Camp Hanes is in King, North Carolina. On the bus, we watched Madagascar and sang songs for some reason. Max, my best friend, and I played some D&D on the bus. 

My favorite activities were rock climbing or hiking. At rock climbing there was a rope hammock over the climbing wall. The hike was long and tiring. There were steep parts where we had to use ropes to get up. The view was spectacular! 

I am proud that I had no injuries. (another kid rolled both ankles) Thanks to Cammi, Bella, Dem, Sarah, and Kayla for being our councilors. It was amazing!

My Finding Someplace Backpack


Over the summer we read Finding Someplace. It was written by Denise Lewis Patrick. It’s about a girl that lives in New Orleans. It’s her birthday and Hurricane Katrina hits so she takes refuge at her elderly neighbor’s house. She had a backpack with miscellaneous things in it . 

If I were in that situation this is what I’m putting in my backpack: Peanut butter, jelly, bread, spoons, and knives to make PB&J sandwiches, Rechargeable batteries/solar chargers to charge stuff, iPad/iPhone to contact people, metal water bottle to store water, water sterilization tablets to clean water, Swiss Army knife (pen, knife, nail filer, scissors, and tweezers) because it’s nice to have, rechargeable flashlight to make light, $500 to buy stuff, disinfectant wipes for cleaning cuts, and band-Aids for cuts.

Minecraft redstone

So you might be thinking “Hasn’t this guy done Minecraft already?” Yes and no. That was the basics this is a whole different level. Redstone.

How you get redstone is you mine it. Redstone ore looks like stone with red specks. Redstone is the only thing that you mine that can make a circuit. Redstone dust is basically a one way wire. It looks like red dust when you place it. You can turn it on and off with a lever or a button. Redstone can connect a lever to a piston, sticky piston, powered rails and a Redstone lamp. A Redstone torch is a torch that is  basically is a lever that is always on. Redstone is important because you can build things like TNT cannons, fire arrow launchers, lighting, etc.

I found an awesome book about Redstone called the Minecraft Mojang  Redstone handbook. It has lots of cool Redstone stuff. For example clock circuits, deluxe lighting systems, classic Jeb door, duel shot cannon, lava pit trap, super stopwatch, color map display, 14 floor elevator, Gold Rush, zombie siege and a supercharged fire arrow launcher.

I think the coolest one is zombie siege because you are shooting arrows and TNT cannons. There’s different levels, in total there is 99 levels but no one has made it that far because it gets harder the higher the level.

The first one that I will make is the supercharged fire arrow launcher and shoot it and some helpless zombies, spiders and skeletons, and they will die happily ever after.




Source: Farwell, Nick,, et al. Minecraft Redstone Handbook. Updated edition. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc, 2015. Print.