Genius Hour Reflection

For my Genius Hour project, I decided to learn how tomake the “perfect” cupcake. I really like to bake, but what I bake does not always turn out the way I would like it to. Since there were many flaws in my baking, I was really interested to see what the base ingredients in batter are, so I could potentially make the best simplest version of a cake. Throughout the process, I a lot during this project, but the key things I learned is that for a cake, there has to be some certain ingerdients; which are: flour, sugar, butter and egg(s). I also learned that for icing, there are thousands of different and varied recipes to choose from, but most flavours of icing use the same ingredients, (powdered sugar, milk, vanilla extract and butter) except you have to add the destinct flavour. That’s key because there are lots of dessert books and websites for icing, and they publish complicated recipes for somethings that could be so simple – like icing. Based on my learning and effort, I think I deserve between an 85 and 90%. I put in a lot of my effort into the presentation slide- with pictures and text, although I finished my project and reseach in class, I made the cupcakes and iced them and even took pictures for each step I completed for my project; though I don’t think baking cupcakes helped my class or the world in any means. Next time, for my Genius Hour project, I would choose a completely different topic and practice my confidence with my project whist presenting. Possible future topics could be: famous soccer players and their statistics, traveling, or even types of photography.

Here is my project:

Family Day at the Beach

One of my favourite memories with my family was when we were in Ireland a few years ago for my Grandmother’s 70th birthday. My Grandma has a summer house right by the beach in the south of Ireland; so for her party the whole family (15 kids and 10 adults) drove down and surprised my Grandma. As cousins, we always get along so well even though we see each other a couple times a year. We ate cake and wandered down to the beach. My younger cousins found a huge blob on the beach, near the edge of the water and picked it up in a bucket. After a long day of beach soccer, body surfing and lying on the beach, we decided to head home. My cousins brought the blob to further examine it in a bucket. The blob turned out to be hundreds of tiny jellyfish! It was too late to take them back to the beach, so we burryed them in the garden. My aunt was painting her toes a bright pink while there was still some sun outside so, when she was finished, we took the nail polish and on a large stone beside the “grave” for the burryed jellyfish; we wrote ‘RIP’ and our names on the stone.

That night, we all slept over in the too small house so we doubled up on rooms and beds until the morning. Of course no one actually slept, because what do cousins do when they’re together? We laugh!

I’ll never forget that time in Ireland -mostly beacause gravestone is still in the garden.