V. Childhood Toy
This is by far my most personal piece. This assignment brought me to ask my father about his favorite "childhood toy". My father and I both have a deep passion for football (soccer, here in the United States), so when I asked him about his favorite childhood toy it was anything but surprising to hear him answer "una pelota". It was very emotional to hear him talk about his ingenious efforts to play soccer growing up in poverty. He and his friends used to stuff newspaper in old socks to make a ball, then used sandals as goal markers. These efforts were so inspirational to me when I thought about making a creative tool/toy that fosters simplicity and imagination.
VI. Days 21-30, 30 Day Challenge
During the final ten days of the 30 day challenge I decided to draw visual representations for each of the poems I wrote in the second ten days. I really enjoyed doing this because I was able to draw, an activity that both fosters imagination and forces one to stay within the limits of ability. I knew I was not a great artist going into this so I had to draw simple pictures that captured the heavy emotions and ideas of my poems.
VII. Toy Bear Group Activity
I really found this activity interesting because it frustrated me and demanded my appreciation at the same time. Lined around in a circle, our class started with one toy bear each and we had to exchange and pass bears left and right as instructed by the story (read by Dr. Apraiz). On paper, it sounds like an insultingly easy task but I really learned the importance of communication and chemistry when working with others.
VII. The Human Knot Activity
This activity was very similar to the bear activity in terms of collaboration. Our group had to discuss each motion and the steps to untangling all of our arms as we worked on that very task, so before progressing through each motion our group members had to visualize the untangling step by step. I realized how important it was to be sure of certain motions because that eliminated the complication later.
VIII. Chapter 11 Dimensional Thinking, Sparks of Genius Novel
This chapter was very important to my perspective in forms of intelligence and how it is applied. The use of time and scales can help in preparation for executing an innovative idea. Space and time can produce different emotions and feelings use solely the math and details behind a project, and I appreciate the delicate planning in areas like architecture and chemistry.
XI. Draw a picture that reminds you of home, 30 Day Challenge
I am really proud of this assignment for two main reasons. First, I believe this is a pretty good drawing and second, upon first glance I planned to do this activity because it was a really good chance to test my abstracting ability. I like drawing but I am not very good, so abstracting is a great way for me to draw a representation of something larger, like a nostalgic reminder of home. My brother and I played the FIFA video game all the time growing up.
X. Create an original word that is new with it's own definition, 30 Day Challenge
Permarhythmia- Noun- (Per-ma-rith-mi-ya)- A condition that prevents a person from staying still while listening to music of any sort.
There wasn't a lot of depth to this activity but nonetheless I am proud because I had the basis for this idea all the time growing up and one friend in particular provided the inspiration for creating this word. I tried to reach a little deeper when choosing the actual pronunciation for the word by using greek prefixes, roots, and suffixes.