My reflections on my Passion projects~
Overall, I think my passion project was about half of my original idea, which was to install other features into my jacket to make it more useful, but I did better on designing than I expected. The handwarmers were satisfactory too, and I liked how I made them scented, which was a last minute idea. Next year, I think I’ll try harder to confirm my passion project idea more earlier in the year though, because this year, it took me almost a month to confirm it.
The STEAM fair went pretty well, I loved interacting and presenting with/to the audience; I found it great because we all got the chance to practice public speaking, which is a much needed future skill. Obviously for next year, some adjustments to the set up of the STEAM fair would be great, but other than that, I think it was great. I think that if the STEAM fair was in periods of time rather than an all day event till the evening would be better too, because there were many participants including myself who were very tired after the event.
I do not currently have any plans to go further with the passion project I did this year, but I think if I could improve it, better packaging, and adjusting it to be even more environmentally friendly would work out.
As I’ve mentioned before, I took a while just trying to figure out my topic. I changed my topic around 4 times until I finally confirmed it, about 4 weeks before the passion project was due. And as for a layout of a plan, I didn’t have one at all. I figured as long as I have a stable way of showing my work (through a poster and website in this case), I would be fine, along with of course the physical handwarmers themselves. And in fact, this mindset did help me, because before I thought this, I was stressing over how I would even present, what I would write about, etc. But I just told myself to show it all on a poster, and in the end it worked out. I think next year, I’ll try my best to make my presentation even better, and decide my topic before its due in less than a month.
While presenting to the parents, students, and teachers, I always very on edge and a little nervous the whole time, but my heart also raced with thrill, from the reactions I received, and the little compliments made my ego balloon like 1593222 times.