Our Entrepreneur Project!

Just this Wednesday my group, Wish Forever, sold our wish bracelets. I was really happy to finally sell after waiting for so long. There were several things I enjoyed about this project, but also some things that I would change. I enjoyed that fact that we were able to work in groups with people we chose and I also liked that we had the freedom to choose our product and our prices. I also really liked the fact that Mrs. Evans lets us be very creative and did not limit our ideas in this project. The things I would have changed include that I would have liked our selling date to be advertised a little more especially to the faculty, who did not buy any of our products. I was very disappointed to see these teachers walking by in the hallways and not even acknowledging the fact that we put all this time and effort into this project. Another thing I would have changed would be the way our business pitches for our projects were graded. I feel like my group did not deserve the grade they received for our presentation explaining our project to a group of “potential investors.” I feel like the “investors” were too critical. I think that it was not fair that they were able to decide our grade in math class when most of them were not math teacher and some not teachers at all. I would have preferred we receive a grade for our hard work and creativity rather than if someone would buy our product or not. I believe that every person has an opinion and everyone’s is different, so why should my grade suffer if someone would not buy my product. Although these things really bothered me, I also learned things from this project. I learned that the business world is very difficult and to be able to succeed you need to be very smart, dedicated, meticulous. I think that if I could change anything in this project it would be the way the business pitches were graded, other than that I think this was a good way to give us a glimpse of the what it feels like to be in the business world.

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Can Entrepreneurship be Taught in a Regular Classroom?

After reading this article about whether or not entrepreneurship can be taught in a regular classroom, I came to the conclusion of no. After being able to start our own businesses in math class and sell products, I learned that entrepreneurship is learned through real life experiences. I know that the real world is difficult and nothing learned in a classroom can prepare you for what the world has to offer. Therefore, I believe that the best way to learn to be an entrepreneur is go out and try, even if you fail you will learn from your mistakes.

Wish Forever’s Entrepreneur Project

1. How do you think your presentation went?

 

–          So far, I am really enjoying the entrepreneur project that we are working on. On Tuesday, my group’s company, Wish Forever, gave our presentation. I think our presentation went very well and that my group and I did a wonderful job. We also used www.prezi.com to make our presentation and it looked amazing. I thought that the judges really enjoyed our presentation and were interested in our product, which was very exciting. Each member of my group read their slides and spoke loudly and clearly, so I was very happy. Overall, I think the presentation was a great experience.

2.  What would you have done differently?

 

–          Although I thought that my group’s presentation was wonderful, I would have only changed one thing. At the end of our presentation we showed a video about the Make a Wish Foundation, just to get the judges to see a little more about the charity that our money is going to. I think the video was great, but I would have changed its place in the presentation. I think that the video would have had more meaning if it was played right after we showed our slide that talked about the Make a Wish Foundation. Another thing I would have changed does not involve the presentation, but the judges. I honestly think all of the judges were not very fair in grading our presentations. My group worked hours and hours on our presentation and I don’t think our grade reflected the hard work and effort that we put into it. I would have preferred the judges to have a less detailed scorecard, so they would have had more time to enjoy our presentation instead of focusing on grading us. Those are the only two things I would have done differently.

     

3. Do you think this experience could have applied to life outside of math class?

 

–          I definitely think that this experience and everything we learned applies to life outside of math. I have learned all of the important things that go into making a business and a company. It also learned that it takes a lot of social skills to be able to start a business, because you need to meet with several people, who have money, and you need to encourage them to give us money to start our business. This experience was wonderful because I learned all about the math that goes into starting a business and how important it is to learn all this material. I also learned that in order to sell a product well, you need to advertise a lot. You also need to sell your product for a good price, so it can appeal to those who are little more conscious with their money. There are so many things that go into starting a business and that one needs to consider before selling their product. These are all the things I learned from this project that apply to math and life outside of math.

This is our company logo.

Blog Entry # 5

I really enjoyed this FUNctions projects. I personally really like doing 5K runs and walks and I was really excited when I found out that we were going to be able participate in a 5K for math class. My family likes doing 5Ks together because we think that it helps us “bond.” Every year my parents, my brother and I walk in the March for Dimes, a walk to prevent premature births. My dad really enjoys going, because being a neonatologist he sees several of his patients and it is really nice to see all the amazing families who walk to celebrate their children lives.

 

I also learned a lot from doing this project. I learned that there is an application called Run Keeper, which you can use when exercising. From using my Run Keeper app at the Children’s Red Balloon Run and Relay, I managed to get a graph that showed my speed, pace, and elevation, and a map that showed the route I took. The app also counts how many calories you burned, the distance you traveled. This was a very pleasant experience for me and my family. My family and I had so much fun at the Children’s Red Balloon Run and Relay that this year we have decided to participate in the YMCA Turkey Trot together. We have never participated in the Turkey Trot before and the reason we are this year is because we had so much fun at the Red Balloon Run and Relay.

This project has definitely added to my understanding of how we use math to model the real world. There are several times when I am learning something in math class that I think, “when am I ever going to use this in real life?” This project has proven me wrong, because I realized that math is everywhere, even a 5K walk with my family. I am really happy at the outcome of this FUNctions project.

My little brother Stephan walking in the Children's Red Balloon Run and Relay.

Blog Entry # 4

For my project, my independent variable was my distance, or how far I walked in The Red Balloon Run and Relay. As shown in the graph below I have two dependent variables. My dependent variables were my pace in minutes per mile and my elevation, or how high up I was on my walk.

Since I have an IPhone 4 I intended to use the Run Keeper application on my phone. This worked very well for me; because I tested the app out around my house to make sure it worked. When it came time for the Red Balloon Run and Relay, I was ready to use it. I started my Run Keeper the second I passed the starting line and I stopped it when I reached the Finish Line.

 My final graph, shown above, shows my elevation, pace, distance and speed. I power walked the whole Red Balloon Run and Relay, so that is why my pace stays about the same the whole time. When reading the pace, it is backwards, because the faster you move, the lower the line drops, instead of rising up . When the line rises, that means the pace went down, or you are moving slower. Knowing this information makes reading my graph easier. In the beginning my pace is a little high, because there was a huge crowd of people and they were all starting at the same time, so it was a little crowded. Then, the road opened up, so our pace went down and we were moving faster. My pace continues to stay about the same, until right before mile 1.4, my pace goes up, because I stopped to get water, then I continued on at my regular pace. Right around 1.5 miles, my pace also goes up a little because there was another water stand. At the 1.8 mile mark Mary and I stopped to look and see where our moms were, because we lost them in the crowd of people, and then we saw them and continued on. At the end of the graph, my pace goes up a lot, because that was when I reached the finish line and I slowed down. My elevation also changes throughout our walk. In the beginning of the walk, from 0 to 0.3 miles my elevation is low, but it is slowly rising. From 0 to 0.3 miles my elevation is rising, because at the beginning of the walk we were at a low elevation, and we need to get higher up. From 0.4 miles to 1.6 miles my elevation continues to stay about the same. Then, on mile 1.7 my elevation drops, goes up a little, goes down again, and then it goes back up again. If you look at the figure formed at the 2 mile mark and at the 1.5 mile mark, they look almost identical, which tells me that we were probably going back up the same hill in order to get to the finish line. This is an explanation of my final graph from the Red Balloon Run and Relay. Below I have a screen shot from runkeeper.com that shows the route I took along my walk. The screen shot also includes the time it took me to complete the walk, the calories I burned,  and some other very useful information. The last image i have is also a screen shot from runkeeper.com that shows my splits at every mile.

Blog Post # 3

This morning, my mom, my little brother, and I woke up at around 7:00 am to get ready for the 5k Red Balloon Run and Relay organized by Children’s Medical Center. We got dressed and put our Children’s Medical Center shirts on and filled our Children’s Medical Center bags. Then, we left and began driving to the walk. This walk took place in Legacy, which is about a 20 minute drive from my house, so it wasn’t too far. The walk was directly in front of the Children’s Medical Center of Legacy, which was wonderful because we could see the organization that we were supporting as we were walking.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We arrived around 9:00 am to the walk site. I was very excited to participate in the walk and it was packed with people from age 3 to age 63. There, I also met Mary-Elizabeth Antoon right before the walk began and we planned to walk together with our moms. At exactly 9:30 am the walk began and as Mary and I passed the start line, we started our Run Keeper apps.

 

The walk was wonderful and as we walked there were hundreds of volunteers that encouraged us and told us what a wonderful job we were doing. There were also 7,000 people participating in the walk and at every mile mark there was a drink stand with volunteers handing out water cups for everyone. As we walked, there were signs everywhere with pictures and stories about patients of Children’s Medical Center and what they have been though. We finished the walk in 55 minutes, but it really felt like 5 because Mary and I had a wonderful time talking together. There were several companies that had set up stands, and we went and got free things after the walk. In addition to the 5k fun run/walk, there was also a 1k kids fun run and walk and a 20k relay (teams of 2 – 4 people). I really had fun on this walk, especially since Mary and I and our moms did it together. It was a very inspirational walk and I really enjoyed participating in it.

Blog Post # 2

The Red Balloon Run and Relay is a wonderful charity run that is on October 22nd, 2011 that will be benefiting Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Children’s Medical Center is a non-profit hospital. It is the seventh largest pediatric healthcare provider in the nation and the only academic healthcare facility in North Texas dedicated exclusively to the comprehensive care of children from birth to age 18. Children’s provides patient care ranging from simple eye exams to specialized treatment in areas such as heart disease, hematology-oncology and cystic fibrosis.

The Red Balloon Run and Relay is of interest to me and my family for several reasons. My mom has worked at Children’s Medical Center for 16 years and Children’s has taken care of both my brother and I several times, not to mention both of my parents. My family and I are big supporters of the mission of Children’s Medical Center which is, “Making Life Better for Children.” Walking in the Red Balloon Run and Relay will help raise money to help support this wonderful institution.

U.S.News & World Report repeatedly has named Children’s Medical Center one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals. Part of earning this distinction is the hospital’s dedication to recruiting the best physicians and nurses, participating in leading-edge research and offering the best educational opportunities. Children’s Medical Center is an important advocate for children. This mission is accomplished through financial support, education, public affairs programs and the establishment of other child advocacy organizations. As you can see, Children’s Medical Center is an excellent institution and I am very excited to be participating in the Red Balloon Run and Relay that benefits it.

Blog Post #1

I have several feelings and expectations going into this project. I am very excited about this project because I love participating in fundraisers and walks that benefit wonderful charities. Now that we are able to participate in a charity walk for math class, I am especially excited. My mom and I are participating in the Children’s Medical Center Red Balloon Run and Relay on October 22, 2011. I am looking forward to participating in this walk, especially since my mom and I are walking together. My mom and I are very close and we talk a lot and we spend a lot of time together, so this will give us some more time to spend time with each other and bond. My mom also works at Children’s Medical Center, so walking for the hospital means a lot to her and Children’s has taken care of me several times in the past when I have been sick, so participating in this walk is very important to both my mom and I. I also feel very apprehensive and anxious about this project as well. I am anxious to see how well my Runkeeper app works during the walk. I can’t wait to see how the app tracks my elevation, pace, speed, distance, etc. I am very curious to know how the walk goes and I can’t wait until it starts.

Reem’s Reflection on the Global Data Project

  • I learned several very important things while working on this Global Data Project. From answering the questions in Part 1 I learned that 23.8% of ministerial positions available in the United States of America were held my women in 2008, that in 2008, Rwanda had the largest percentage of women in parliament with 48.8%, that 1.1% of the Kenyan population and 0.2% of the Indonesian population was internally displaced compared to their population in 2005, that 5.5% of the total world population lived in South America in 1980 and 5.8% of the total world population lived in South America in 2005 and that 5.8% of the world population is projected to live in South America in 2030, that between 2000 and 2005 the average American Woman had 2.1 children and the average Ethiopian woman had 6.1 children, that in 2000, Oman had the largest percentage of illiterate females over age 15 with about 98%, and finally that the four countries with the largest percentage of undernourished population include Congo with 69%, Eritrea with 64%, Haiti with 57%, and Zambia with 43%. I learned all of these things just from part one of my project. The most important thing that I learned from this project was that we are all very blessed to be living in such a wonderful country, because there are several people around the world who suffer from many different deadly diseases and who live in countries with bad healthcare. These people lead such brave lives because they do not know if they will live another day. I also learned that HIV and AIDS is such a horrible disease that affects so many people around the world and I am so grateful that there are so many charities that work hard to end this horrible tragedy and I am in full support of all of them.

 

  • The organization I chose to support in my project in Part 3 was the SOS Children’s Village in South Africa. This is a wonderful charity that not only helps children and adults with HIV/AIDS living in South Africa, but it also works to help children who are orphaned, abandoned or whose families are unable to care for them. SOS gives these children the opportunity to build lasting relationships within a family. The issue that I chose to write about was the issue of HIV/AIDS in South Africa. In South Africa in 2009, an estimated 5.6 million people died of HIV/AIDS, which is more than in any other country in the world. The impact of the AIDS epidemic is reflected in the dramatic change in South Africa’s mortality rates. The overall number of annual deaths increased sharply from 1997, when 316,559 people died, to 2006 when 607,184 people died. After reading about how horrible HIV/AIDS is in South Africa, that is when i decided to choose this as my issue. I think that the issue of HIV/AIDS is important because it is a universal disease. HIV/AIDS affects not only people in South Africa, but also people in the United States, Europe, and Asia, so I decided that since this is a universal issue we can start trying to end it one country at a time. To learn more about how HIV/AIDS has affected the country of South Africa visit http://www.avert.org/aidssouthafrica.htm. TO read about how you can help the people of Africa who suffer from HIV/AIDS visit http://www.sosvillages.org.za/.

 

  • There were several things that I liked about this project. The thing I like the best though was that Mrs. Even incorporated helping people into a math project. It was wonderful to be able to think that we were learning how to set up graphs and charts and learning math, while at the same time being able to help the less fortunate around the world and educate those around us about the horrible things that are happening in our world today. I also reallynenjoyed how Mrs. Evens didn’t really worry about the format of the project and instead she let us design it ourselves and be creative. It made me feel very free to know that I didn’t have to follow specific rules on how to set up my project and I could use as much creativity as I wanted. I also really liked the fact that Mrs. Evens incorporated her love of math with her wanting to help the world around us, because working on this project made me feel like I was not only learning, but making a difference in the world.

 

  • Although I really enjoyed this project and how Mrs. Evens incorporated charity work with math, there was only one thing I would change about the project. The only thing I didn’t like about the project was that we were not able to present our projects to the class. I worked very hard on my project and I would have liked to talk to the class about my issue and the charity I chose. Personally, I think that if we put so much hard work and effort into it, then why did we not share it with the class to teach them more about what is going on in the world. I really enjoyed this project and everything about it, but I would only change one thing and that would be to have everyone in the class present their projects, so that we can learn more about the tragedies in our world and how we can help.

 

  • In all honesty, I think I did very well on this project. I spent a lot of time on this project and I started right when it was assigned to us. When Mrs. Evens assigned it, I immediately started working on it and I did a little part of the project every night, so I finished it about a week in advance. Finishing the project early gave me the opportunity to edit it and look at everything I had done for the project in more detail. I put a lot of effort into every part of the project, even the t-shirt making part. I think I did very well on this project because of all the time I spent on it, how seriously I took it, and how much effort I put into it.

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