Friday, September 24, 2010

How to Make a Paper Table

In October, The Hillwood Herald will be interviewing two people, Adam and Judy, who have just helped with the PBS series DESIGN SQUAD. Over the next few weeks, we will be doing their challenges during our Hillwood Herald work sessions. DESIGN SQUAD, according to PBS Kids, is "high-energy, high-drama reality TV" that lets kids like you show off your smarts when designing and building working solutions for real-world clients—people who are hungry for clever ideas from a new generation of innovators.

Today, I did the Paper Table Challenge from Judy and Adam (you can see it and more on the PBS Kids site). I used the following materials:
  • Newspaper 
  • Masking tape
  • and a piece of cardboard
I must say, it is kind of hard, but my table could hold two small books weighing altogether a few ounces, (which is a fail), but if you brainstormed a little bit more, it could hold a couple pounds.

For this project you need to: First, plan carefully. Second, think of how much weight it can hold, and third...wish for the best.

This project, I have to say, was actually pretty fun to do. Yet, at some moments pretty challenging! All I have to say is, my table wouldn't exactly win a beauty contest...

On PBSkids go!, you can find this project, along with instructions, and more creative ideas and videos.

Watch Erion and Nikita building their Table Top Challenge. Then, scroll to their post to see if it worked.

Exercise make children smarter.

Researchers did an experiment on children ages nine through ten. This experiment proved that exercise helps children study.

Children were asked to run on a treadmill. ( an exercise machine that allows the user to walk or run in place, usually on a continuous moving belt.) After, the children's brains were scanned, and the children took a test on memory. When the children took the memory test the first time before they exercised, they did not do as good as they did on the second memory test.

The children were given a M.R.I. test also. The children were put into groups depending on their physical build. Muscular, kind of muscular, and really muscular. The ones that were just muscular and the ones that were really muscular did better on the M.R.I. than the ones that were kind of muscular.

You can learn more about this research in the following video. Angela interviews me about the study.


Have you ever been in a situation where all of your favorite radio-stations are playing non-stop commercials? Yea, no, neither have I, but anyways, there is another bigger, badder radio station that has come to town. Say hello to the commercial free radio-station "Radio Hillwood."

Yep, you heard it, no commercials. Radio Hillwood is powered by Songza, a website that allows you to create your own radio station to listen to, and you have a choice of over 8,000,00 to choose for your station. You can also listen to other radio stations for something new.

The Latest on Composting, Recycling, and Landfill In Our City

Do you think recycling and composting is important?  Do you spend the time to separate plastic bottles and banana peels?  Well, you certainly should.  According to SF Gate, on June 10th of 2009, San Francisco passed a law that you have to separate composting, recyclables, and trash.

From banana peels and plastic bottles, everything must be separated, or you might be fined $500. Some of you may be thinking, "Why would we be fined?"  The reason is, is because California is strong on recycling.  

Gavin Newsom, the 42nd mayor of San Francisco, was at the recycling center, north of San Francisco in Brisbane.  You recycling, helped the city of San Francisco 77% divergence rate (diverting landfill to recycling,composting and recycling).  

We hold the record for the best recycling city in the U.S.A.  That is a big accomplishment for a city so big.  Two thirds of the objects thrown in the trash, could be split between recycling and composting. 

The fact that plastic bags are banned from San Francisco, makes recycling easier. Recycling and composting requires jobs, so not only does it help the environment, it requires jobs.  

In 1996, 35% of objects were being split into recycling,composting,and trash.  We still held the record for the best city that recycles and composts.  Mayor Gavin Newsom was surprised to hear that we broke the record to have most of our objects to be separated, that was expected to be 70%, yet we broke it by reaching 72%.  We then had a goal to reach 75%, and also beat that, buy 2%.  "It's the kids that are teaching the adults," Mayor Gavin stated.

In 2020, San Francisco is expected to be a city where only composting and recycling bins are needed. "It's the kids that are teaching the adults," Mayor Gavin stated.

Help with California's Coastal Clean-up

Saturday, September 25, is coastal clean up day! You can help clean up San Francisco's waterfronts and coasts. In 2009 more than 80,600 people collected more than 1,300,000.

We should help clean up the beach because what people don't realize that plastic doesn't decompose, so if you leave trash on the beach and it goes into the ocean it stays there and doesn't decompose. (Watch the video below for more on this topic.) So it just stays there. Please help do what you can and clean up the coast!

For more information, read this page about volunteering to help clean up.

Watch The Herald Take Judy and Adam's "Design Squad" Challenge

Adam and Judy are two people who helped make episodes and challenges for PBS Kids' "Design Squad." Their work will appear on both TV and the web. They also made a video .

The video is about Adam and Judy making a table from newspapers, a piece of chip board, and masking tape. They make the legs of the table from rolling up the news paper and taping it and using it as legs, then puts the chip board on the top as the table top and then putting heaver objects on top to see if it will work.
The "Design Squad" is a T.V show and a website that tries "to give kids a stronger understanding of the connection between engineering and the things we all use in everyday life." The "Design Squad" helps them with math and science skills as well.

Sources: Design Squad

Stop-Animation: What Is It?

Stop-animation is when you make a video by taking many photos of different poses so it looks like one movement. This video below was made using stop-animation. The people wore different color shirts and took many photos of them. In stop-animation you sometimes have to make more than one of a picture.

The video was made by French-Swiss artist Guillaume Reymond.

Failed Success

Anya and I, Rubina, just tried to make a hidden alarm, but we didn't succeed in making it. We failed. We tried to do every possibility, but it didn't work. Anya came up with an idea that maybe we should cover the whole piece of cardboard with masking tape. She is covering the cardboard up with masking tape now as I write. Anya and I are trying to put aluminum on the two wires coming out of the buzzer. Maybe that will make the buzzer turn on finally. Something is wrong with the buzzer. We even changed the battery once. Now, Anya just took a huge piece of aluminum and is covering the cardboard with it. At first we used duck tape instead of masking tape. I think that the buzzer did not work because either the buzzer is not really good or we don't know what to do, or we are not connecting the wires to the battery correctly.

Making a Newspaper Table

Judy and Adam are showing us how to make a newspaper table. They are trying to make a table out of newspapers so it can hold up heavy objects. They make different types of tables until it can hold a really heavy object. Finally, they succeed at making a table that could hold heavy objects.

Judy or Adam take photos and videos of all their work, and they put them on the Internet.

The Herald will be taking Judy and Adam's challenges, and we'll put our own photos and videos of our work on the web. Here is one of our first videos of the testing phase:

Dead Whale on Ocean Beach

At ocean beach a rare whale carcass was found. The carcass was forty seven feet long. The whale looks like it was chewed on by sharks.

Marine biologists think it is either a fin whale, Sei whale, or even a hybrid (a combination of two things). A fin whale is pretty rare and there are 2,600 off California,Oregon,and Washington. But the Sei whale is even rarer there are less than fifty in the three states.

People found the whale at 7:00 a.m. The fin whales have been seen off the Farallon Islands. From the slash on its tail, it looks like it was hit by a container ship heading from Los Angeles to Oakland.

Flower Power: Watch Faryn's Video and Then The Hillwood Herald Interview

What You May Want to Know About the Kno

In this video, Zack — who wouldn't mind testing technology when he works as an adult — looks at a new tablet technology that may change the way we use books -- textbooks, that is -- in class. The tablet is called the Kno, and it's currently being developed just outside the city in Silicon Valley. This could change how we work and read in high school or college. The tablet is expected to cost less than $1,000. While that is a lot of money, a tablet like this could be an amazing tool that is fun to use.

paper madness

this article is abaut 2 peopele from BPS kids disine team they biuld alsorts of things like newspaper tabels and manney other things

Friday, September 17, 2010

Barack Obama Talks to Students in Philadelphia

On September 14, 2010, Barack Obama gave a speech to Masterman Julia R. Secondary School. The school is one of the best schools in Philadelphia. Last week, the school was called the National Blue Ribbon School because of the students' record of achievement at school.

Obama talked about how students should work very hard to get good grades. Obama said a lot of things about how to study with results and pay attention in class. He said "Don't feel discouraged or give up if you don't succeed at something, try it again and learn from your mistakes."On September 14, 2010, Barack Obama gave a speech to Masterman Julia R. Secondary School. The school is one of the best schools in Philadelphia. Last week, the school was called the National Blue Ribbon School because of the students' record of achievement at school.

Obama talked about how students should work very hard to get good grades. Obama said a lot of things about how to study with results and pay attention in class. He said "Don't feel discouraged or give up if you don't succeed at something, try it again and learn from your mistakes."

Watch the president's 20-minute speech below. Although he is talking to students at Masterman, his message is for all American school kids, including those of us at Hillwood.

Each year, the president of the United States address students at a back-to-school speech. Last year,The Herald covered President Obama's first address. You can read Bridgette's 2009 story about the president's speech. (Bridgette graduated last year from Hillwood. She is now a freshman at San Francisco's School of the Arts.

Watch the president's 20-minute speech below. Although he is talking to students at Masterman, his message is for all American school kids, including those of us at Hillwood.

Each year, the president of the United States address students at a back-to-school speech. Last year,The Herald covered President Obama's first address. You can read Bridgette's 2009 story about the president's speech. (Bridgette graduated last year from Hillwood. She is now a freshman at San Francisco's School of the Arts.)

Free Symphony at Justin Herman Plaza

On Friday, September 24th, there is a free symphony at Justin Herman Plaza (all ages recommended). It will be in an outside park. The symphony starts at 12 pm.

Take a lunch, and throw out a blanket, and dance to the music. The symphony is sponsored by Sustainability Partner and Media Partner. The conductors and performers includes Michael Tilson Thomas.

Michael Tilson Thomas became the 11th conductor of the symphony in 1974, (age 29) starting a strong relationship with the symphony group. He now conducts some performances at the San Francisco Symphony.

Justin Herman Plaza, is located across from the Ferry Building. You may have seen Justin Herman Plaza, driving on The Embarcadero (at the end of Market Stree). Located in front of the park, is a fountain. In December, many Holiday decorations are there, such as the Christmas tree and Jewish decorations. 

Today in History: September 17th

What happened on this day, 223 years ago?

The members of the Constitutional Convention signed the final draft of the Constitution.

James Madison, later known as "The Father of the Constitution," was one of the most influential delegates at the Constitutional Convention. 

The outcome of four months of secret debates, the Constitution took the Articles of Confederation's place, and provided an entirely new form of government. 

On September 15th 1787, (two days earlier) when a final vote was called, Edmund Randolph requested for another Convention to carefully review on the Constitution as it stood.

This motion, supported by George Mason and Elbridge Gerry, was quickly voted down and the Constitution was adopted.

I bet you're all wondering "Why should I be interested in the Constitution?" That's what I thought, too, but the Constitution has an amazing history. Why is the Constitution important, you ask? Without the Constitution, most of our laws, wouldn't be laws. 

Now, I think the Constitution is, really interesting, and if you think so too, you can click the links below to learn more.
Source: Wikepedia
(If you click on the Constitution, then click on zoom, you can actually read the constitution, also, if you scroll down, you can read the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th page, along with the Bill of Rights.)

Facts of Congress — Why Primary Sources Matter

If you're doing a history test on Congress then you should go to the Federal Library.
Not possible to go the Federal Library in D.C.? Check out the library's website, which includes all sorts of primary source for research. Primary sources are documents that are very close to the original. With the Federal Library, the sources are photographed or scanned (digitally copied) materials like letters, diaries, and the Constitution.
Still not sure what a primary source is? It's like when your friend writes a note to you and another friend says that it was a mean note. That's to weird to believe, right? So, what do you do? You check it out -- it's not a mean note.

That's what primary sources are. You can watch this video below for more information.

The Congress Is Back

This week the Congress came back from their summer vacation. But, some might ask, "What is Congress?"
The Congress is part of the legislative branch. The legislative branch is the part of the government that controls the money, makes the laws, and declares war.
The executive branch includes the President and Vice President. The executive branch is the part of the government that enforces laws, spends money if allowed by Congress, declares problems, appoints judges to the Supreme Court, and gives pardons for crimes.
The judicial branch is the branch that includes the Supreme Court. The judicial branch changes view on laws, judges when a law is unconstitutional, and makes plans for prisoners. If you want to learn more about the branches click here.

Here's an Amazing Lego Printer

The Lego printer is made out of normal Lego pieces. By using pulleys and cranks they created a Lego printer. The Lego printer is a lot similar to a regular printer but it takes longer and is made out of Lego pieces.

By using this printer, they printed a piece of paper that said "Hello World" with a small horse under it. "Hello World" is a popular computer phrase that engineers or developers use often. It signifies, or shows, that what they created works properly.

Building this Lego Printer would take many hours of hard work and patience.

By Angel and Nikita

Text Color

How to Enter the Constitution Poster Contest

Today is an important day in U.S. history — the U.S. Constitution was created. To help celebrate the occasion, Constitutional has a contest open to students. Go to the website, read about the contest.  You go down on the page until you see download entry page and after you click scroll down and you type your name, age, grade, address. First you have to print out the form and write your city, state, and zip code,teacher or parent name. Then write your phone number or you can put mom or dad's phone number. Finally you you have to put your email, school name, and the school district.


A Wordle is a website where you create a picture
made out of random words.

Let's say you wanted to make a Wordle about dogs, in a little box you type in a bunch of words or adjectives about dogs, you can also put in a bunch of different breeds of dogs.

You can use any amount of words.

When you're done, you press go. After that you see your picture. Underneath that, there is a button that says "randomize." When you press on that your picture changes font color style and the way the words are arrange.

Making pictures out of words is fun!

My wordles are about the Constitution and some of the states in America.

The Constitution was made to keep people free. The first part of the constitution was called the preamble.It went like this:

We the people in order to form a more perfect union,
Establish justice, insure domestic tranquility,
           Provide for the common defense,
Promote the general welfare and
Secure the blessings of liberty

To ourselves and our posterity
Do ordain and establish this Constitution
for the United States of America.

The Constitution

The Members Constitutional Convention signed the final draft on September 17, 1787. It took 4 months of secret debating to replace the Articles of Confederation with the Constitution. 

The Constitution was all about how the government would work. Women, people of color, and non-Christians were excluded. The Constitution is a paper that people look at for guidance.

Enter a Poster Contest for Constitution Day

This is the link to the website for the Constitution poster contest. The contest ends october 1rst 2010.

If you would like to be a part of the competition, go to the link button and hopefully win.

This is the winner for the 8th grade poster contest.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Assignments, for September 17

Click to find out what your assignment is this week. Feel free to begin your assignment early or to peruse the assignments of your fellow classmates.

Also, if you have a laptop, please bring it in, even if you are not sure that it will work on Hillwood's wireless setup.

On Tuesday, the President of the United States gave his back-to-school speech to the nation's students. You can watch a video of the speech from the White House, or wait until Friday, when Rubina posts her news article about the speech on The Herald.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Ipad Vs. Ipod Touch!

A couple days ago, I was on Facebook and I had one unread message in my inbox from my friend. He asked me if he should get the iPod touch, the iPhone4, or the iPad because he knew I would be able to answer the question. I answered, iPad, and here's why.

I am 14 years old, and I have a 3rd generation, 32 gygabyte, "jailbroken" iPod touch. (To "jailbreak" a digital device is to open or change the operating system, or the "brains," of the device to allow you to add special or homemade applications or programs.) When you buy the iPod touch, there is a bunch of up's and down's about it.

Here are some of the downs for the iPod touch: the thing I personally hate the fact that the ipod touch does not have flash player so you can't watch movies unless you are using the YouTube app, but the iPad has built in flash. Some smaller disadvantages is the iPod home screen dosen't tilt when you tilt the iPod, but the iPad does! Another is that unless you jailbreak the iPod touch, you can't see the battery percentage in the homescreen, in the upper-right hand corner, but again, the iPad does! One more thing is the iPad playes the movies in HD, or "high definition," but of course the iPod touch does not. ("High definition" means the image is really sharp, colorful, and crisp looking.)

I tested the NASA app on the iPad, and it met and passed my standards between all the trippy pictures of the solar system, the picture of our solar system with links to information on each of the planets, the cool videos of what's happening at NASA, the history of NASA with old photographs, and a link to NASA's website.

So a long time ago, when I first had my iPod touch and the iPad came out, I thought the iPad was just a totally ridiculous invention. But now that I have used the iPad and played around with it, I realize that I am leaning towards the iPad, which I never thought would happen.

Flowers for the People!

Every where you click on the Flower Power website, a flower appears!

This website allows you to make your artwork pretty no matter what you draw! It's so easy, all you have to do is click your cursor. You can make things as simple as my picture, or you could make a picture as beautiful as the Mona Lisa. All you have to use is your computer mouse, no paint needed! This website titled "Flower Power" is fun and it's easy to make beautiful flower portraits.

Two Gentlemen of Verona, by William Shakespheare

Two Men of Verona ( by William Shakesphere) is coming to a park near you.

This weekend (see times and place below) marks the free performance of this Shakespearian classic. This show may be in old English, but it has been reimagined in a more modern setting.

Two Men of Verona is about two men, Valentine and Proteus, that live in Verona. Proteus falls for Valentine's glamorous new girlfriend, Silvia, and dumps Julia. Julia dresses up as a boy, to attempt to win 'her guy' back with a dog and some fun 60's music.

About William Shakespheare
William Shakespheare was baptised on April 26th, of the year of 1564. He was born in a town called Stratford-upon-Avon. As you probably know, Shakespere was a famous poet and playwright. He was voted the best English poet is American History. He wrote 38 plays,154 sonnets, and two long narrative poems, and several other poems.

At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, and had 3 children, two twins,Hamnet and Judith, and Susanna. Between the years of 1589 and 1592,he started a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called Lord Chamberlain's Men later know as King's Men. He is appeared as retired in 1613, then died 3 years later.

For more information, visit:

The Presidio's Main Post Parade Ground Lawn (between Graham St; Keyes Ave)
Saturday, Sept 11 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, Sept 12 - 2:30 PM*
Saturday, Sept 18 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, Sept 19 - 2:30 PM
Saturday, Sept 25 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, Sept 26 - 2:30 PM
(*Pre-show Family Day activities for kids of all ages start at 1:00 pm)

Back to School at Hillwood

I used these words because they describe the Hillwood Academic Day School. I made the image on, a website for making pictures with words. The school we are in is in a house, and this is the first week back to school. You get to learn how to blog every Friday.

Every Friday, the upper students of the blog, called The Hillwood Herald, will report on local stories and the school. You can put story ideas for us in the suggestion box at the front of the school. Let us know what articles that you would like to read.

By Erion

The Great Pop Vs. Soda Controversy

Here in California, usually when we're at a restaurant, and you don't want milk or water or juice, you say, soda, please.

But have you ever thought about what they call soda in, let's say, Indiana?

In Indiana, they call it pop. You would know if you ever lived in Alabama, they call our word for soda, Coke.

They use the word "Coke" in a lot other places, too. Like Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, etc. People say "pop" in places like Minnesota. I should know because my best friend, Kayla, who used to go to Hillwood, lives there. Anyway, in Nevada, they only use the word "Coke" for the word we use in California, which is "soda."

If would like to see more about the uses of these words, go to the website Generic Names for Soft Drinks to look and play with a map of America’s different words for soda. Designed by Matthew Campbell, a student at East Central University in Oklahoma, and based on thousands of responses collected at

Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits

Many parents try to turn their children into study children. But that method is old and boring. Mostly it is because of the rules at home or rules at school. But there are other ways of teaching children to study. ( But you must be motivated).

 Cognitive scientists say that only a couple of good techniques can improve the education of children. You can do something like this: instead of just using one study location, just change the room the person studies in.

Robert A. Bjork is a psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. He said about this case " We have known these principles for some time, and it's intriguing that schools don't pick them up, or that people don't learn them by trials and error. Instead, we walk around with all sorts of unexamined beliefs about what works that are examined."

All children have different ways of studying, for example, some children are "Visual learners" others are "Auditory learners". Some are " Left-brain" and others are " Right Brain". " The idea is that forgetting is the friend of learning. When you forget something, it allows you to relearn, and do so effectively, the next time you see it." says Dr. Kornell.

Written by Rubina H.

Cool Sheepherding

Have you ever heard of sheep herding? If you haven't I'll tell you what it is and the coolest things you can do with it. Sheep herding is where a shepherd uses dogs to move sheep from pasture to pasture. In early times, sheep were used for milk and cheese.

There is a video in which the sheepherders put LED lights (like holiday lights) on the animals so that they glow and can make designs that can be seen from the air.

In the video you'll see a fun and cool way to make images out of sheep. If you to see the video click here.

Albino Alligators — And Happy Birthday, Claude!

Today is Claude's birthday! He is 15 now. He lives in the Academy of Science. Claude is an Albino Alligator, a rare type of alligator, first discovered in 1987.

Today, Claude will get cupcakes made of gator chow. If you visit the Academy of Science from September 8 to 15, you can make a alligator insipered birthday hat, or design a birthday cake for Claude.

Information from: The Academy of Sciences and Crocsite

Jay's Wordle

I felt like making this wordle because it describes the 5th-8th grades. This picture also has the k-8 grade teachers, principals, and subjects.

Create a Flower

Flower Power is a website where you create drawings! Everything you press creates FLOWERS!
When you first go on the site the screen is black and there is a cursor. Where ever you press a flower appears! If you drag the cursors a bunch of flowers appear!

After you create a flower it slowly grows. You can even change the size of a flower! On this website everything you do is pretty!

Save The Words

News flash! Save the Word is an online website devoted to saving old words that are not really used anymore. By going to the website you can adopt a word that will most likely be saved from disappearing. So check out the Saving the Word and adopt some of the disappearing word like Helctic, Retirant, and Archiloquy.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

FROM A GRADUATE: MMA: Mixed Martial Arts Club

Hey Herald readers! How are ya'? I'm already back at school and if you scroll down, there's two posts by me from August. At my school, there isn't a whole lot of sports; but, there are a lot of afterschool clubs and extracurricular activities!

Last Friday during my lunch time, a lot of clubs held stands around the counrtyard. There was the yearbook club, anime club, Japan Interim (that is a whoooole different story. I will post up a presentation about it), Interact Club, Pacific Asian Club, Cheerleading, Mixed Martial Arts Club, Fil-AM Club, and for some reason, Glee Club. <---- I'm being sarcastic there >
I signed up for the yearbook club, Pacific Asian Club, and Mixed Martial Arts Club. I don't know if I should join yearbook but because of working on The Herald for two years, I really like that stuff: taking pictures, making captions, etc. The Pacific Asian Club also sounds interesting: we get make sushi and I get a PAC sweater! Haha. And finally, the Mixed Martial Arts Club. I want to learn some self-defense.

What do you think? Should I join one of them, two, or all three? Comment below! ;)

Picture Credit goes to Google Images