Metamorphosis

My inquiry question: what causes people to believe in the supernatural? For all my life, I have always been someone is scientifically inclined. I haven’t really given religion much thought; this especially applies for the supernatural. I used to think that everything had a scientific answer, but that isn’t necessarily true. There are so many things in the world that don’t have any concrete evidence or explanations involving science. The supernatural is a world that gives such a unique...Read More...
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Metamorphosis #4

Danica Rogers (Charles Best)
Climate change (What effects does climate change have on mountainous environments?) This being my last cycle for this school year was quite a fun one for me to research. As for myself being highly interested in pretty much anything that has to do with mountains and to see the importance they play on our planet. Learning about how climate change impacts mountainous environments have was a bit of an eye-opener to see that even though mountains may not be super close to humans they can have a...Read More...
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Hey everyone! This will be my last post of the year. My inquiry question was “How does music affect people?” . Here's what I learned, and what challenges I had to overcome. How my inquiry now impacts my thinking: There are endless ways music can affect us, and I learned a lot. I managed to look into how it affects our brain, mood, memory/learning, the Mozart effect, health, athletic performance, dementia, and personality. I’ve known for a while that music can have an effect on us – for...Read More...
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Ancient Egypt

Amanda Tummonds (Charles Best)
How does life today compare to ancient Egypt? I was really excited to research this inquiry question, because ancient civilizations, and just history in general is so fascinating to me. After doing my research, I learnt so many interesting aspects of ancient Egypt, and how our society has changed and developed so much from then. This research also changed the way I look at pharaohs, and ancient Egypt's religion now having a better understanding of how it works. For example, before I did not...Read More...
Last Reply By Priscilla Muthoni (Sweetwaters) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! To end off this cycle of research I’ll be sharing with you guys my overall learning and all the challenges I overcame. To start off this has been one of my favorite research rounds, where I learned the most applicable knowledge. Although sadly I did not actually get to end off my research since I switched to posting every second week. However, I still got the chance to fully explore the geographical, and political challenges that cause poverty as well as how this affects the...Read More...
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Hey everyone! This cycle I continued with my question from the previous cycle except this time, I looked at the question from a philosophical perspective. The last cycle, when I looked at this question from a religious perspective, I learned a lot about different religions and how they are all not so different from each other. This cycle, I learned a lot about some major philosophers in history and their widely variant ideas of why we're here, and it was so interesting! This project has...Read More...
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Hey everyone! For my last inquiry question, I wanted to dive back into a subject that has fascinated me for the better part of my life: astronomy. Something has always fascinated me about the ambiguity and the vastness of space, and I am so glad the the outcome of my research has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of our universe. My thinking, as a result of this research, has been deeply changed as well. Once, I believed that life outside of Earth was something incredibly unlikely...Read More...
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Hey guys, today I'm posting my metamorphosis on my collaborative project with Allan on education in Canada vs Kenya. This project has changed my thinking a lot. When Allan stayed at my house when he was in Canada, he told me about education in Kenya, but I didn't realize how different it was compared to education in Canada. He goes to boarding school, and only gets to see his family once every 3 months. I would have a really hard time not being about to see my family everyday. This project...Read More...
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art

Danielle Campani (LFAS)
Art allows us to stop and appreciate what we miss in our busy daily lives. I appreciated this quote as it's exactly what we are aiming to achieve in art everyday but specifically through our mural project. Between the composites we put up in the hallways and the mural inside the school and outside I really feel as though we have altered the pace of the school quite a lot. Many people have commented on how much they enjoyed finding themselves and their friends in the mural. I feel as though...Read More...
Metamorphosis I cannot believe this will be my last metamorphosis! My inquiry question for this cycle was why is it necessary to investigate moral and ethical concerns about genetic engineering? How my inquiry now impacts my thinking. I was completely baffled by all the discussion going on in the scientific community with regards to CRISPR. My thinking used to be quite black and white with science as I have always thought science to be unambiguous. But after this cycle, my views of science...Read More...
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Hi Everyone! In exploring my question "How do all forms of Art act as a social change agent?" I have learned many things about myself, but more importantly about the world around me. I realize now that even though i appreciated art, I didn't understand the power it has over society. Art in all its forms act as the catalyst for changes in society. Art is the first thing to shift from what was being done, to something new. Art is the first thing also to call into question what is happening,...Read More...
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This was a really fun inquiry to do since I love photography! I knew some of the photography rules I talked about before, but now I am always looking at ways to use them. When looking at stuff, where are the leading lines? Don’t center the subject/object, use rule of thirds. And keep your background ‘boring’. I see these everywhere. There are a lot of other rules I learned about that I was unable to post about thus far. It has definitely changed the way I take pictures. When taking photos I...Read More...

Metamorphosis #3

Kalith Nanayakkara (JH - Alumni)
This Research Cycle was very personally driven as it was focused around my own personal goals and dreams. As an aspiring politician who is also a recent immigrant, I took this opportunity to study about other individuals who have a similar story as me and went ahead to do well in politics. At first I started with a late immigrants and immediately jumped to politicians who moved at a very young age. This showed me that Canadians don't just pick their public servants based on their heritage.Read More...

Metamophosis

Sophie Offei (Johnston Heights)
Do Myths Contain universal Archetypes and if so What do They Say about Being Human? -Metamorphosis My inquiry cycle has given me a new insight to the workings of literature and its connection to human history. This cycle shows me how we portray ourselves through certain characteristics and how we categorize events in our world. From how societies centuries and miles apart can draw the same conclusion from different events to the patterns that appear in the stories that these societies tell...Read More...
Last Reply By Kalith Nanayakkara (JH - Alumni) · First Unread Post
Why Dementia is on the Rise This impacted my thinking because it cleared up myths for dementia that I though was true and taught me more information. I thought that once someone gets dementia, there will be nothing to do about it. I learned that there can be things to do about dementia. They can engage in activities like excessive and eat the right foods and have enough water. This will keep their health up. They can also try to reduce stress. I did not know that women have a higher risk of...Read More...
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Throughout my fourth cycle, I explored the field of robotics following my inquiry question "How Can Wheels and Different Sensors be Integrated to Create an Enhanced System of Movement?". In order to study this topic, I designed and started creating a robot that would include IR sensors for obstacle detection and wheels for movement. I then planned to compare the effectiveness of this system to the effectiveness of my first walking robot design. I finally wanted to conclude which of the two...Read More...
Last Reply By Seth Young (Johnston Heights) · First Unread Post
Well everybody its been a wild ride from start too finish this year. I have learned more than I ever expected too coming in to this program and i got to experience so many different things. I also learned a lot about myself throughout the year as well. In the beginning i knew i had a plan, and i knew there was something that i wanted to do. This idea, goal, desire, whatever it was pushed me far further than i ever truly expected to go. It gave me something to put in my mind and put my...Read More...
My inquiry question is "How do all forms of Art act as a social change agent?" and the focus of this cycle was Poetry. This cycle has impacted me greatly and has increased my appreciation for poetry, ten-fold. I never anticipated that all poems be written with such a larger than ones self, purpose in mind. Every poem/song I have analyzed was written with the intent to have a larger impact outside the authors own life. I naively believed that poems were written to be "pretty". Every action is...Read More...
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Metamorphosis: For this cycle, my topic was the 3 rd part of my ongoing question, “how does the fashion and beauty trends of the past effect the modern day world?” . For this 3 rd cycle my question was, “ Are the actions of women from the Victorian Era and the Qing Dynasty Relatable to the symptoms of modern Day mental illnesses?”. For this cycle, I focused on connecting the experiences of many women in history to what could be different mental illnesses they may have had, as a cause of...Read More...
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I Feel I learned a lot and my thinking has changed throughout this cycle immensely, I learned for this cycle that while having a plan is good it’s better to have an outline instead of a strict schedule by which to do things. While I do need to work on my motivation to get assignments done I need to also work on how to present my research in a way that isn’t so formulaic; by that I mean that instead of having a system where I, A) research B) explain I need to be more expansive, I need to...Read More...
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Metamorphosis: For this cycle, I focused my reserach on the question of "How has the Historical trends of fashion and beauty influenced our modern standard of beauty?” When I research a topic, I often find myself not taking it to heart, especially when it does not seem to relate to me. However, with the main point of this cycle being about fashion of Victorian era and Manchu Qing dynasty women and how it relates to modern day fashion. I find myself feeling more connected to my work. This...Read More...
Hey everyone, I actually had such a great time researching about genetic disorders this cycle and I honestly learned so much about them and my perspective changed so much. I will talk about this in this post today, starting with my inquiry question: What are genetic disorders and how can they be beneficial/harmful to those who have them? Learning about this topic has without a doubt changed the way I think about genetic disorders and diseases in general. To start off with, the basics of this...Read More...
Hey everyone! Today I am posting my metamorphosis for my most recent project, which will also be my last post for this school year. This year has been a really great introduction to Butterfly Effect and I have enjoyed researching my topics as well as reading those of others! Just a reminder of my inquiry question: How influential is the role of prions in evolution and is it more beneficial or detrimental? So, for the past five weeks, my topic was focalized around prions and their impacts on...Read More...
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The topic of my third research cycle was the “mental health of forensic scientists” and the inquiry question I pursued was "How does the environment within which forensic scientists operate in affect their mindset and mental health?" I enjoy reading crime fiction and had recently become fascinated by the work of forensic scientists. I remember reading about the workplace of forensic science technicians and how people in this profession must be mentally ‘fit’ to cope with their...Read More...
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Mural unveiling

Danielle Campani (LFAS)
The mural was finally unveiled! It was very exciting to see the whole school (turns out not that big) all standing in anticipation of the mural unveil. The most memorable moment of the event must've been when half way through speeches a ripple of recognition went through the crowd of grade ones as they suddenly linked that the portraits we took of them this year formed into a forest. This really touched me and made me feel like this project and art has the ability to impact anyone no matter...Read More...
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