By: Samuel G. and Venkatesh V.
A robot is a machine made especially programmable by a computer and after programmed, it is capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically. Robots can be guided by an external control device or the control may be embedded within. Robots may be constructed to take on human form but most robots are machines designed to perform a task with no regard to how they look. There are also maid robots which actually clean your home. It's almost like a butler working for you but without the human part. It was made by Fetch Robotics and acts like helpers for all your everyday jobs. Not to be confused with Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids (though there is some crossover), the Robot Maid (or Robot Butler) is exactly what it says on the tin—a robot whose primary functions lie in performing household chores. They cook, clean house, and look after your dog with precision. What do you think about the trend to use robots in the home? Good idea and not?
By Tarra K.
Students think that teachers assign too much homework per night. I think there should be no homework for one week every month. We all try our best to study, practice, and of course, do our homework. I think we should have a week to relax, and take a break. Below are some reasons to take a break from homework.
Many teachers disagree and say that homework is a review of what has been learned that day, and that kids will probably forget the topic if they don’t complete the homework. A good compromise is an exit card. If you get a good grade on the card, you don’t get homework, and if you don’t answer the question correctly, then homework is for you. What do you think?
By Sean C.
Three Indian men were enjoying themselves at a bar. A white man came into the establishment and said, “Get out of my country!” One of the men asked this man to leave. He left and returned later with a gun and proceeded to shoot the men. Two of the men were killed and the third man was injured while trying to stop the shooter.
Similar events have been happening more and more recently. This is known as racism and it is not good. Racism is when some people hate others because of the color of their skin. This should be stopped. Why do people act this way? Why did that man use a gun? Why is he so full of hate? We don’t have the answers to these questions, but we should reflect on this topic and try to come up with ways to stop racism.
By Jordan P.
According to the way governments are spending money on air pollution, you can tell it is a big problem worldwide. It causes health problems and contributes to global warming. Beijing, London, Mexico City, New Delhi, and Paris are some cities that have dangerously high pollution. This article is going to describe air pollution and some ways it can be fixed.
What it is Air Pollution?
Air pollution is a mixture of solid particles and gases in the air. Carbon dioxide is one main pollutant but, others include car emissions, chemicals from factories, dust, pollen and mold germs. Ozone is a gas that plays a major part in air pollution. When it forms pollution it is called smog. Air pollution in developing countries is usually high because there are a lot of factories that let out pollutants. The air indoors can be polluted too.
We (the people on Earth) should want to decrease the amount of air pollution because exposure to poor air quality is very bad for our health and is equivalent to smoking six cigarettes a day. Toxic air has been blamed for road traffic crashes because the pollutants are distracting drivers by causing watery eyes and itchy noses. Another reason why we should stop air pollution is because it affects regional climate which is a big problem for ecosystem productivity. Black carbon, a major component of soot that is made by burning fossil fuels, is harming the environment by melting glaciers. Black carbon melts glaciers because when it lands on the glaciers the sun is attracted to the dark material causing them to melt more quickly. Finally, air pollution may have ties to diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
How to Fix it
Like most problems air pollution can be fixed. You might want to help the Earth and try some of these solutions. First, try cutting down on the amount of fossil fuels you use and switch to renewable sources of energy like wind, water, or sun energy. Also, maybe if you and your friends go to the same activities why don’t you carpool or if the activity is close you can always walk there. That way there are less cars on the road and less fossil fuels burning. Finally, remember to turn off lights, computers, and electric appliances when you are not using them.
The government is also helping to solve the problem. Through laws and regulations they are forcing companies to be more responsible with their manufacturing activities. So, even though factories still cause pollution, it is less plentiful and a lot more controlled. In addition, our government teams up with other governments to help stop pollution. Finally, car manufacturing companies are also building more energy efficient cars which pollute less than before.
By Ethan C.
Graffiti is what some people call art, but it is also illegal. Some people look at it as a crime, while others view it as a public mural. There are two ways to look at this issue.
First, we will look at the bad, “vandalism” side of graffiti. Graffiti is normally associated with gangs and violence, which may slow tourism in an area. Also, when the government attempts to clean up the graffiti, the cost is very large. In 2006, Chicago budgeted 6.5 million dollars toward graffiti cleaning. In addition to the cleanup cost, people may try to steal markers and spray paint from stores. Also, think about how you would feel if your home was painted with graffiti. Now look at the amount of apartment buildings that have been vandalized through graffiti. Also, sometimes graffiti ruins government owned or private property, such as subways, stores, walls, and statues.
Now, opposite to the belief that graffiti is vandalism, let’s view it as street art. The difference between graffiti and street art is that street art takes years and years to perfect it, and the artists will often use many different techniques, but graffiti is more focused on speed and normally uses aerosol paints. Graffiti is normally very fast because the vandals have to ensure not getting caught. Also, street artists usually sign their name and talk to the press.
I like street art more because at least it is legal and the artists put more time and energy into making a mural, but graffiti is used solely to deface a building or area.