Archive for Elective

GCE Falcons Fantasy Draft

For my third milestone in 162 (economics and history taught through baseball) we compared five players against each other in order to find who was the best player overall, and who was most worth their current salary.  We did this by analyzing the players performance this season in relation to his total career.  I looked closely at stats such as Strikeouts, ERA, and WHIP.  Although I previously knew a lot about baseball, this assignment was difficult because it made me look at the sport from an angle I usually dont: the way a GM does.  I looked at five single pitchers, and you can see my thought process and the statistics I used to get an answer below.

MJ vs Magic

For my second milestone in 162 (statistics and history taught through baseball) we had to rate two sports players.  I got two basketball legends Michael Jordan and Earvin “Magic” Johnson.  This was a very fun project because I got to learn more about a sport I love.  One of the hardest parts of this project was trying to rate two players who played at different times.  You can see who I found to be the best player below.


How Rugby Changed the World

For my first Action Project in 162 (elective on how baseball changed America) we created a presentation about how a certain event changed the lives of people.  Myself and HD choose to work on The Apartheid and how it was stopped by Rugby.  This report was extremely interested, and I found a ton of information; there is even a movie about it!  If you are interested in learning about how Rugby ended The Apartheid in South Africa check out my slideshow below.


GCE Catalysts how-to Video

For my HTML class (Catalyst) we all got to make a video for our first milestone. It had to be something using HTML that we didn’t already know how to do.  For my video I did a how-to on uploading a video on to youtube, then onto our website (using the host  If you would like to learn how to make upload and embed a video on to your website using HTML see my video below!

Orbit Media Field Experience

We went to Orbit Media Studios today.  Orbit Media is a web design company in Chicago located at 4043 N Ravenswood Ave.  We went there for our HTML course Catalyst.  This field experience gave me the opportunity to consider if developing was a path I really wanted to follow, and after this experience I believe it is.  After talking with Sam, a web developer from Orbit I am taking more interest in web design and plan on following up on it as a profession.

While we were there we talked to four employes of Orbit.  Todd who is the CEO of Orbit is in charge of talking with clients to insure their happiness.  Below him are the developers and designers,  Sam and Mary Fran are two of the web designers we talked to.  Sam is a developer whose job is to write the code for websites.  Mary Fran is a designer and her goal is to design the layout of the website then hand it off to a developer to make functional.  We also talked with Amanda who is head of marketing and also manages what clients needs and puts teams together to make that website.

We had an amazing conversation while we talked about what they do, what we do and everything in between.  We learned about the world of web design as a profession and how much of a demand there really is for the job.  We also learned about other languages that professional web designers use to code websites which are php and javascript.