Collaboration, Diversity, Global Impact, etc.
How does wind energy help us take better care of our world and its resources, compared to fossil fuels?
Wind energy is a great way to take better care of our world and its resources. This is because it is renewable, unlike fossil fuels that eventually will run out. And also, unlike fossil fuels, there is no pollution left behind. There is no drilling involved in the making of a windmill. This is a good thing, because drilling is really bad for the planet. Also, windmills don’t release the harmful waste product, CO2. Cars have to use oil, which is a fossil fuel, and that releases CO2. Once the windmill is build, it doesn’t cost that much money at all. Fossil fuels, like oil, cost a lot of money. In the end, wind energy is a better way to take care of our world and its resources. Fossil fuels will hopefully not be used much in later years.
Rising to the Challenge
One of the members on our team did not have a computer. I look up to him for that, because he did not have the chance to go home and work. All he could do was use the computers at school. I'm amazed at how he is able to get his work done, even though he doesn't have his own computer. -Fidelity
Our team split up into two groups, so that it would be easier to make the windmills. We had two sub-teams, Team 1, and Team 2.
During the making of our windmill, we had some fights, some disagreements, and some problems. Two members of our team got into a fight about who was going to be the builder. Even though it was difficult to get through these problems, we were able to solve the problem, by giving one person the role of mediator. In this case, the mediator was one of our team members, named Deshawn. He figured out how to solve it by saying that he would be the technology person and the journalist, so that his team members could both be builders. Deshawn gave up the chance to be a builder, and he took two very hard jobs. Deshawn was very kind, and I look up to him for being so kind to all of us, and doing a wonderful job as mediator. By: Fidelity
One day, Team 2 didn’t know what jobs they should do. Our team was starting to get worried. We began to get into another argument, about what jobs we were supposed to do. Nobody wanted to do any essays, which made it very difficult to get anything done. Then, Fidelity came and broke up the argument, and told us the jobs we should do, and how we could get them done. She assigned one person to write the persuasive essay, one person to do the windmill timeline, and one person to write about what happened that day. Although we changed up who did what, without Fid, we would still be arguing about who was going to do what, and we would of never gotten organized, and gotten our work done. Today, Fid is a smart and loyal person, and she gave up her time to build a windmill, and she stopped the arguing. Without Fid’s organization skills, and knack for finding where you’re missing a comma, our team wouldn’t have gotten far. By: Deshawn
Team Diversity (Cont.)
If you came up to Ashley, and told her that the world was going to end, she’d get out her surfboard and say, “It’s O.K. Dude!” She was always happy, and whenever a problem came, she would simply stomp on it, and it would go away. When she got mad or annoyed, she’d simply glare at you, until you realized that she was right, and you would give her back the gum that you took. Either that or she would hip throw you with Jui-jitsu training. She worked really fast, and she made some amazing essays. She always brings a smile onto our faces. By: Fid
Jakob is a very loyal dude. He did whatever you told him to do, and he always got it done on time. He did two jobs on his team. He made most of the PowerPoint, and he also helped with building. He was able to get a lot done, and he never shirked his work. Without Jakob, a lot of the work would still be sitting there, not finished. By: Fidelity and Deshawn
Emanuel did some good work, and he contributed some of his essays to the team page. When I told him to work on an essay for homework, he always got it done, and I would receive a message saying, “Fid, I finished the essay!” He wrote some great essays, and he helped out the team! By: Fidelity
Gabe was the guy who said “O.K.” about a million times. He always got his work done, and he was always fine with doing whatever you wanted him to do. If you were to come up to him and ask him if he got his work done, he would always say yes. He wrote good essays, and he helped build the windmill. All-in-all, Gabe helped us out a lot! By: Fidelity
Team Diversity (Cont. Cont.)
Our team all had different backgrounds, such as one person being a quarter Russian, one person being Mexican, Columbian, and American, one person who was a little bit Mexican and mainly American, one person who was Mexican, one person who American and Mexican, and one person who was American and Mexican. As you can see, we have a lot of different backgrounds, but our diversity isn’t all about our ethnicity. We all have diverse skills, such as the mediator, organizer, writer, which I described earlier in this essay. We have all been in a website group, where we made a website. Some of us come from different schools. Also, our school is a high-poverty school. As you can see, we are all different in many ways, and our differences help us understand more about each other!
Our team worked together very well to complete our project. We used our different strengths, interests and weaknesses to help get our tasks done and do our responsibilities right. We divided tasks, and responsibilities do to our talents. One challenge that we had to overcome was that one person was working on one thing, another person on the computer, and the other on the windmill. The person on the computer would need help but the other members were doing something else. So the person on the windmill would have to stop working on it and help the person on the computer. When our group had a problem, we talked it out and finally came to a conclusion.
Our team members have some things to say about working with the team. They also include what they thought was the most fun part about building the actual windmill.
Fidelity says: “Our team got along great, and we didn’t have many problems. The most fun about building the windmills was figuring out that our windmill works the best and got the highest voltage.”
Jakob says: “There was no hard part in working with the team because they cooperated with me. The most fun part about building the windmill was the blades.”
Deshawn says: “The hardest part about working with the team is that we had major arguments and Fid and I gave up so much time solving the arguments that we couldn’t build the windmills. The most fun part about building the windmill is building the blades, because Emanuel, Jakob, and I can experiment with different shapes and sizes.”
Gabriel says: “I don’t think there is a hard part about working with the team in anything. The most fun part was putting up the tower.”
Emanuel says: “I think that the hardest part about working with the team is that we argue about who is the builder and what how to design the blades. The most fun part about the windmill is that it might beat the teacher’s windmill.”
Team Collaboration (Cont.)
I say: “The hardest part about working with the team was that we had a couple arguments but everything else was completely good. The part about the windmill that I thought was the most fun was putting on the generator and the gears.”
As you can see, our team got along well and had some fights. It was a good experience working with new people. We enjoyed this very much.