The Giving Bunny Project Continuing By: Vanessa Mireles

In the blog post I did before I talked about the what the giving bunny project is about an the steps it takes to make one by if you didn’t read that I’ll just tell you a little bit about it.

What it is about…Featured image

The Giving Bunny project is about making other people happy. All you have to do is hand sew a bunny and when you finish you give the bunny a name and put it anywhere you want so when someone sees it that person can take it home. You can put inspirational quotes that can make that person smile. Now that you have read about this I am going to tell you what we’re are planning to do now.

What we were planning on doing…

The day of the maker faire we got a wonderful idea from Ms.D to expand our project. She said we should make more bunnies and take them to a hospital to where we can give to little kids. The hospital we plan on going is Dell Children’s Hospital and we are planning to go to the kids that have cancer and give them a bunny that would make them smile and be happy since that’s the point of the project.

What we are gonna do…

When we scheduled the appointment to go to the hospital we were all set to go until something came up that we couldn’t go. We tried to reschedule it but they never answered our phone call and our voice mails. So what Ms.Wiersema told us we should do was go to an Elementary School and hide them around the classrooms so when the little kids when to school they would find them and make their day even better. The school we want to go to is J.Houston Elementary and we hope that our goal is meet.


Giving bunnies

Giving Bunnies                                                                 Emelyn Macias

This six weeks me and my group have been working on the giving bunny project in class. Which has been really difficult because we’re going through a lot of obstacles while doing this project and I know at the end this project will be worth it. We have had a really fun experience because we all have learned something in this project. I learned how to sew and stuff the bunnies. I’m glad that this class and project has taught me new things that I never imagined myself accomplishing.

The point of the giving bunny project was to make people happy. We first did this as our maker project and now we wanted to go more big and make kids happy since kids love stuffed little animals. We are planning to either a hospital or an elementary school to go take the bunnies to the little kids to make them happy. We thought this was a good idea because it would make me and my group happy and the little kids. I have been sewing in the tails and stuffing the bunnies because i’m not really trained or ready to start embroidering the bunnies faces.

Maker project and this project that i’m currently doing has really taught me new ways not only on what i’m good or bad at but how to work with other people that i’m not used to talking to. Pltw is a class that helps me discover new things about myself that can help me later in the future and in my other classes

Perefection Isn’t Always Key – Sage O’Brien

This year has been a year full of ups and downs, from field trips and projects, to stressful algebra nights.  This applies to my  PLTW class as well, from all the modules we completed to the Maker Faire project, there have been many ups and downs. Through this class I have learned so many things about communication, building, and computer software. Even though it was difficult from time to time not to have a structured class, I’m glad to have experienced it because it has really allowed me to work on time-management and creativity.

After my group and I completed a module, I felt very accomplished. Through all the steps, design process, building, then reflection, it was a lot of work and I was proud of what my group and I had accomplished, even if it wasn’t the original plan. This is another important lesson I’ve learned. The design in the beginning can change throughout the working period, and that’s okay. I’ve learned that many failures and mistakes turn into a lot of great things and end up making what you’re working on even better than planned.

The subject of failure applies to a new project we began in PLTW this 6 weeks called, Kick Flip Failure. This project involved building and designing our own skateboard. This project has 3 parts to it: design, build and reflect. Since we don’t have enough space for a bunch of groups to be on the same schedule, each group had their own schedule. My group and I had the schedule of Build, Design, then Reflect. Our very first step of this project was to pick a shape for our skateboard, and once we had a shape we applied it to illustrator to laser cut the veneer. Our original plan was to have a curved board, but we accidently started to glue the veneer together before we put it in the vacuum. We were disappointed by the dilemma but we shook it off and faced our heads toward a new challenge, which was design.When we searched skateboards in google images, a lot of graffiti patterns came up and we really liked how it looked. We tested them out in our notebook, then brought it to the testing wood. We realized we didn’t really liked how it looked so we went back to the drawing board. We were having a bad case of designers-block for about 20 minutes, scrolling through endless pictures of skateboard designs looking for inspiration, when Sierra said, “What if we did a galaxy theme?!” Melanie and I thought that was a great idea and went to go get a board to test on. We first painted the board black then sprayed blue, purple, gold and silver spray paint on it. We then took white paint and splattered some white onto the board to give it a “fresher” look and represent stars and other things in space. We then did the same thing for our skateboard. We stepped back and admired our hard work after spray painting for 20 minutes.

I’m so glad I was able to experience a class where your ideas and designs turn into actual products. It’s really satisfying to stand back after completing a project and to think about all of the work and the process that has contributed to your final product, and the things you overcame re-designed, and perfected.

Failure is Key : Chloe Leline

We will all fail countless times in life. This blog post is probably going to be extremely cheesy but it’s true. I have failed on many tests and I have failed at smaller things too. Sometimes if I am asked to think about a time that I have failed I don’t know what to say. It’s hard to think of these times off of the top of your head. But, I have found that it if you really focus you can find multiple things that you fail at each day, even if they are small.

This blog post sounds negative but that isn’t what I was going for. There isn’t anything wrong with failing. Yes, it’s true you don’t want to fail classes or tests but it really isn’t the end of the world if you do. When you fail you have to learn from it. As long as you do that then failing is actually helping you in the long run.

I have had so much trouble in Algebra this past 8th grade year. I rarely ever pass a test on the first try. The worst grade I have ever gotton this year was a 21 percent on one of my algebra tests. When I recieved my test back I was kind of upset. I did not want to do corrections or redo it at all. I was so sick of having to do so much extra work just because I never understood everything the first time. In the end I realized that it wasn’t worth it to give up.

I went to tutorials and got help with everything I didn’t know. I did my test corrections and really paid attention to what I wasn’t understanding. I was nervous to retake the test but I did and the results made me so happy. I got a 100! Not only did I get a 100 but I now understand everything that I didn’t before. After that I always was sure to redo my tests if I need to.

So what I’m trying to say is, don’t be afraid of failure. Sometimes failing will lead to you learning even more in the long run.

Pushing Through Failure by Zoe Taulli

Everyone has gone through failures, it is inevitable. Failures come big and small, at any time of your lives. And we all have to overcome them, no matter how challenging, to get anything done.

One big challenge I faced during PLTW this year was finishing all my projects. There was just so much I wanted to build, and not nearly enough time. Soon most of these projects turned into failures collecting dust around my house. I planned to come after school and work at home but never found the time. All these half-done projects have been nagging at me since. One big thing is that I won’t have these resources next year, so it’s now or never.

I am slowly overcoming this failure by coming after school whenever possible or working on extra projects at home. This is really hard because school and homework take up all day. Another big thing that’s stopping me is motivation. Sometimes I just can’t find the motivation to get things done. Sometimes I just think, It’s almost the end of the year, why bother?

Even with the project we are doing now, I am having trouble finishing our model of Austin. I think the only way I am going to get over this is finding motivation in myself. The only person I am hurting by not doing it is myself, I’m the only one missing out. I am using this way of thinking to go the extra mile, take extra time, and make my project extra good. Now instead of just being ok with the buildings, I’m going to find the time to laser engrave streets and add trees and grass. And If it’s ok with my group, I might even paint the buildings realistically instead of just white.

Zero Percent by: Macy Nelms

Failure is normal when you are trying something new or difficult. Everybody makes mistakes.  I have failed so many times throughout my short 14 years on this planet. When you fail you just have to pick yourself up and try again. If you give up you won’t go anywhere.


An example of a time I failed was this year in December. The eighth grade went on a trip to Dallas and missed two days of school and one of the days that I missed was when I had geometry. I am in an advanced geometry class with other eighth graders and ninth graders. The day we were gone the ninth graders learned surface area and volume. Sounds easy right. Not when the shapes have holes in them and pieces cut out. A week or so later we have a small quiz over the surface area and volume of five different shapes. The quiz is only ten questions. As soon as I get the quiz I get started not really knowing what exactly I should be doing but trying my best.


The as I walk into class the next week I see quiz correction written on the board. This did not help my nerves at all. We were getting our quiz scores back this class. The teacher walks up to the front of the classroom and I think she is going to announce the top grades like she usually does, but she starts talking about how the quiz scores that we received will not count and the whole class will get to do a retake. AKA almost everyone failed so she is giving us another chance to learn the material. As she walks over to my desk to hand me my quiz the lowest I am expecting is maybe 40%. I flip over the paper and my grade circled in red pen at the top reads 0%. What! I didn’t even know It was possible to get a zero on a quiz, but sure enough it is. At first I was pretty disappointed but I own it and turn my sad grade into a doughnut, yes a doughnut.


Overall this experience really showed me that it is okay to fail. You just have to own up to it and then put in the required work to fix it. I think that anyone can connect this back to their life in one way or another.

Kick Flip Failure by Elissa Torrez

Failure on multiple levels
By: Elissa Torrez

So for our last project for PLTW we had to go into groups of 4 or less people and create a skate board! My group was a group of 3. At first we wanted to make our board 23.5in by 11in but that didn’t go as planned and in the end we made a regular street board.

At first our idea was to make our board have puzzle pieces and making it go from black and the darkest colors then slowly making them lighter and ending at white. But while painting we realized that our idea would take too long 😦 so we had to change ideas last minute. I was very upset but I moved on.

We went from puzzles pieces to just painting our board a unique rainbow. We thought it was sorta weird so we decided to do white zig zag across our board. Then we got the idea of doing our handprints on the bottom of the board, in between the white lines. That was our final board design. We are proud of how we did our board, it may not be the best but we put a lot of hard work into it and are suggesting if someone should buy it!