Week 7 Reflection

Futures Week:

How confident are you feeling about the future after this week?

It really depends, in my opinion, who influences our decisions. There are ultimately two paths we can take; one following the idea of ‘make the best of our life and ignore future generations’, or the idea of ‘we should sustain the Earth as long as possible to make it better for the next generation’. Personally, I definitely agree with the second option.

After watching some of the new created concepts we were shown as part of the Think Ahead Scienceworks Trail, I found inspiration in their designs and effective ideas. I was also very interested in Joost Bakker’s modern and eco-friendly house design truly amazing; the new concept of filling a steel frame with pebbles was incredible, having grass and plants grow on the roof; effectively insulating the house, the correctly placed windows allowing as much light into the household as possible, plus the solar panels on the roof. I admit I was astonished when it was explained that the house could be oulled down and completely recycled.

Also, after a long debated lesson I took the time to think about robots ‘taking over’ our human jobs, and I believe at the moment it is not possible, as scientists have not yet mastered the ability to input emotional response (of sorts) into a robot. But in future years, it is fairly possible that robots may have been improved to the point where many tasks, which once required the human mind and body to be completed, are capable of being completed by robots and machinery.


What steps do you think you’ll need to take in order to ensure that you achieve your goals [this future can include an extremely near future in the form of Options Trail!!!]?

In terms of our Options Trail, I think we are doing the best we can. Unfortunately, we are on a desperate search for an expert after two rejections; they were either busy or overseas. I believe that as soon as we find an expert we will be capable of putting together an effective interview. We have prepared survey questions and intend to visit the State Library or somewhere similar.  However, we’ve been discussing many ideas for our action


How was the week for you? Any closer to achieving some of your learning goals?

Interviewing: I believe my interviewing skills have improved, particularly after the Mini-Trail where we interviewed Sharon. My confidence has also been improved after I surveyed numerous people. Hopefully I can extend these skills on Friday; the Options Trail.

Public Speaking: So far, I haven’t really worked on my public speaking. I intend to improve this during our parent-teacher preparation, only if my parents count ass the general public. Sure they do.

Conflict Resolution: I’ve found that having ‘Animals’ as a topic, puppy farms in particular has given me a rather large conflict to contemplate. I’ve found myself wondering about multiple solutions, which I would never have thought of had I been given another topic.

Fair Trade Practices: Honestly, I have done just about nothing on this knowledge skill. I definitely intend to do more research over the next week or two.

Human Rights: I believe I improved my knowledge of human rights after watching a video clip simply explaining the history of human rights. I found the video very intriguing, and was appalled at how to begin with, the human rights only applied to Europe and not Asia (as a generalisation).

Global Poverty: During the fundraising film, I am a girl, set up by Mariam’s RAW garden and Space2be (another socialising organisation), one of the girls in the film was living in poverty, and it made it easier for me to understand her situation. It definitely left an imprint in my mind. Also, the Youth Homelessness Trail also brought the issue of poverty to my attention again, although I acknowledge that poverty is most definitely not the leading cause for homelessness.

Social Awareness: I feel that this skill is perhaps the skill I have worked on most, after each week portraying a new topic relevant to the city and world around us and what issues may be associated with it.

Resourcefulness: I found myself (and our group) calling on this slightly before the Mini-Trail, when we had a small issue and had to quickly find a way over it. I appreciate my development of resourcefulness, as we’ve been rejected twice by experts and need to find a solution as the Options Trail is drawing in on us. I found myself researching recently, looking for different options to keep us up to speed.

Patience: After my Ascot Vale Special School experience, I found myself needing patience for situations other than dealing with confused kids. The RSPCA, for example, are really taking their time to answer our interview request, as are other experts/stores. However, I’m quite sure they will get back to us soon, definitely before the Options Trail.


Include an image that sums up your week: I picked quite a few, all taken from a Think Ahead futuristic video. I really love the ideas pictured.

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