Start Building!

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The fear of using construction tools is always within us, but when it’s your turn to help your peers, there is no choice. We have been working in the fablab, learning how to figure out the measurement of different shapes. At first, it was scary and my first thought was, “Why am I here? Why would I do this?” I did not want to participate in this project, and I was scared of using the machines. The next days that followed, I forgot that I did not want to be there. My goal was to finish and do well at what the teacher was asking us to do. I accepted the responsibility and worked with my group. I also made new friends and have had fun working in the fablab.

Now, I’ll tell with you some of the things that we were working on. I hate pushing heavy wood in the table machine because I’m not so strong. But I enjoyed it when my peers helped me. The fun part was when we were measuring the plywood because we made mistakes; we tried to figure out how wide and long it would be. We asked for help and the teacher explained to us how to find out the length and width. The hardest part of this project was to decide what design we were going to use. All of us had different ideas and sketches of the bookshelf and it was hard to decide because they were all good. Now, we are building a bookshelf that will have our initials big and thick in the sides to support the shape of it. The next picture shows when we were making the choice of what bookshelf sketch we were going to do.

Camping to Point Bonita

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Group Picture


As I get ready for the camping trip tomorrow, I want to reflect back on our last camping trip.

Last winter we attended a camping trip to Point Bonita, we were in company of the beautiful nature for three days and two nights.

Here are just some insights form students  on their experience.

Chris Arrington, said, “What I want to brag about is the amazing views and places my Naturalist took us to. The most memorable one for me was going into the lighthouse. The trail to the lighthouse for me was terrifying. I have the innate ability to think everything will go wrong. Add my fear of heights the trail was nightmare for me. Oh, I’m sure the trail was very secure and when I think about it, it was a very exhilarating experience. Through sheer force of will, I was able to go through a dark tunnel and cross a suspension bridge that hangs over the cliff to reach the light tower. The feeling going through me when I reach my destination was a feeling I probably won’t experience for a long time. Watching the waves crash into the cliff as a sense of serene envelopes your mind as you gaze to this awesome view. When I leave this place I know I want to come back and experience it again.” Despite the fact that Arrington was scared of heights, he had the courage to cross the bridge,  he also says “A lesson I gained from this visit is that nature has a beauty that nothing can compete against. That to breathe in the fresh air as you watch the ocean is something to hold dear.”

For some, it was their first time camping. For others, it was their first time being in a group with “strangers”. Some didn’t know what to say, they felt strange being in a group with a naturalist and having to memorize names as if it was the first day at school. Vearak witnessed this, but he made friends at the end of the day. Vearak states happily, “I did fun activities and made new friends.” The activities at Point Bonita included nature hikes, night hikes, sand crab monitoring, team challenges, and even being taught outside of a classroom environment.

When we were sand crab monitoring, people were surprised about their appearance. Many people said that they were probably the “creepiest” things they’ve ever seen. They said that they looked like “moving moles with legs under them.”

Camping has  been an amazing opportunity for any student.

SUDA is not just an organization at school.

SUDA is a family forever.