Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Genius Hour Project

I finalized and came up with an idea and began to work on it this past weekend. I decided to harvest honey and beeswax that I collected this past summer from my beehive. In my presentation I can have pictures of my hive and go over how I started beekeeping and how I harvested the one super in September. My goal for this project is to make bee related products with honey and beeswax and propolis. I don't have enough propolis to make anything but I have enough beeswax to make a product or two and I harvested some honey. I made a lot of mistakes when harvesting and lost a lot of honey and beeswax while I was processing it. I won't be able to make any money from my products this year but now that I know how to harvest the honey and the beeswax and make products next year when I have more hives and more honey and bees wax I can make enough product to sell. My goal for the future is to make enough money to donate to a skin cancer foundation or even a Parkinson's research organization. For the project right now I can build a website and plan what products I will make in the future and what I will sell them for. I will make a business plan. In my presentation I will go over how I take care of my hive during the winter and how I plan to harvest as much honey as I can next year. I had some success and I introduced myself to making bee related products and this knowledge will help me prepare to package professional looking products to sell later this summer or next fall when I can harvest more honey and beeswax.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Genius Hour Project Idea

I've been trying to come up with an idea for a genius hour project the entire first quarter. I knew that I wanted to do something involving the environment but I didn't know what. So, one possible idea is to try to design a plan for schools in New Jersey that will help them become more sustainable- like a recycling program or fundraisers/public events to bring awareness. Another idea is that I can volunteer in various different fields, like at a Masonic home on weekends, or with an environmentalist to do a stream assessment, or at a food bank for a day, or with children or the disabled, etc. The volunteering idea may be harder to complete because of time restraints, however it would be more interactive and I could document my experiences. Tomorrow during study hall I will look into both ideas and create a plan for the next three weeks.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Passion Project Update #3

Over the past few Fridays I've been able to make a powerpoint and form a general outline of the project to be continually filled with more information. I've found a couple interesting websites like the "Lexicon of Sustainability" and "Sustainable New Jersey" and "The Island School," located in Eleuthera, Bahamas- where I've visited before. I would have liked to have been able to find a more organized and straight forward website that I could take information from instead only using old archives and formal (and difficult to understand) documents. I also would like to be able to take the complex information and turn it into a simpler and more understandable presentation.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Passion Project Reflection #2


I haven't made as much progress as I would have liked this past week. I was absent last Friday so I haven't been able to work on it as much. However, I am going to work hard tomorrow to catch up. I have continued to work on discovering different methods of sustainability-- pinterest has a lot of really good pictures and quotes that I was able to find. I will hopefully continue to learn more about this topic and I will start to develop a presentation outline where I can start to paste the quotes and pictures I found. I learned about the major forms of current sustainability such as wind energy, tidal wave harnessing, etc. So I will start to focus in on each individual method tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Passion Project #1 Reflection

I began researching sustainable development on the first Friday that we began to research. I didn't expect to find as many sources on this topic as I did- and sources that were very interesting. The topic of sustainable development covers a lot more information that you'd think. My problem now is finding a way to organize and arrange all of the information that I found into a presentable format. I'm planning on talking about capitalism and climate change-- I found a really good book about it called This Changes Everything. I will continue to research engineering advances and new technologies that will be used when sustainable development become more prevalent.