Genius Hour

List of ideas

  1. Miniature for the scenes in the book “Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster.
  2. Design a board game for the book  “Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster using Photoshop, InDesign.
  3. 3D Board game miniature moving figures for 1&2
  4. Apply for the Here’s My Canada Competition using Premiere Pro
  5. Learn ASL.
  6. Doing weekly calligraphy on Friday night
  7. Take part in Vancouver Sun Run

Feb 15, 2017

Yesterday, I learened about arranging and making plan for projects in Genius Hour. I came up with the idea of making miniature 3D board game with moving figures for the book “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster. With the app Inspiration, I learned how to plan for my project and this is the finished work.


Miniature 3D board game with moving figures plan

  • I. Include:
  1. Landscape
  2. People
  3. Moving figures tollbooth)
  4. City map
  5. Board game
  • II. Design tools:
  1. Photoshop (Photoshop) ( For the board game)
  2. InDesign. (InDesign) ( For the board game)
  3. SketchUp for building 3D model (SketchUp)

  • III. Design Outline:
  1. Set goals
  2. Group ages
  3. How the players will win?
  4. Basic rules
  5. Material checklist
  6. Rough draft of board design
  7. Test prototype

FEB 21, 2017

  1. My driving question is How can I build 3D models for my board game?
  2. My partner in this project is Jacqueline
  3. My goals for this project are:
    •        _Making a 3D board game for entertainment and education purpose.
    •       _Age group 7+
    •       _To let more people know about the book and its valuable lessons.
  4. I will show a sample board game making from wood, paper and cardboard with rules to test the model
  5. The equipment I may need are Photoshop, InDesign, 3D maker app such as SketchUp, Tindercad, some papercraft equipments.
  6. I can learn from the internet, WikiHow, other sample models of board game, YouTube, Pinterest.
  7. Tasks :
  • Use Photoshop to build a foundation for the map (Both)
  • Use 3D maker app to build 3D model from the map (Both)
  • Find the matertials to make the board game (Both)
  • Make the sample model of the board game (Both)
  • Test the sample (Both )
  • Fix the sample and the design (Both)
  • Make the second sample model (Both)
  • Make the rules and characters for the board game (Jean)
  • Typing up rules (Jacqueline)
  • Design characters (Jean)
  • Test the final sample (Both )
  • Test the whole board game.(Both)

Feb 28, 2017

The important thing I learn from yesterday is that when you work with a partner, the team must move forward together and you can’t leave your partner behind or work alone. I also learn to use some basic uses of Tinkercad and there are more than one way to download the software SketchUp.

March 7, 2017

Yesterday, we started doing the 3D model for the boardgame with Photoshop and InDesign. At first, we tried to build the  3D model from the 2D image by using Photoshop; however, we can’t select the layer to create a new 3D subject even though we followed the steps from the website of Adobe on How to create a 3D subject from a 2D image. We even found some tutorial video on Youtube to fix the problem but it doesn’t work. So at the end of the block, we came up with the ideal that we would drop the project and switch to a new one. (I still do the project not with the 3D animation program but I will make them by hands like a miniature and this is not for the Genious Hour Project but just for my interest)

March 27, 2017

Yesterday, I and Jacqueline had some researches with our new project which is making a music video and record the sound with Audacity. First of all, we looked for the program to download and luckily it has already been download on our computers. Then we looked up the song for our video and because we want to have a song which has both English and Vietnamese lyrics so we came up with the song “Hello Vietnam”. We found the piano beat for the song and divided our parts in the song, then we plan to record the song at Jacqueline’s house this Thursday evening March 30th. Here are all of the materials that we have researched up to now:

April 11, 2017

Yesterday, we changed our song from Hello Vietnam to Hallelujah. We downloaded the instrument music of Hallelujah and learned how to import the audio as well as to adjust the speed and the pitch of the song with Audacity. We also divided our part in the song and we plan to record the song with a recording mic next week.

April 25, 2017

Yesterday we tried to test the mic by using  Audacity to record the sound from the mic. We figured  the timing for the song and when to start singing.


  • Record the song this Thursday afternoon
  • Edit the record and the background music next Monday.

May 16, 2017

What do I need for the presentation in the library on June 19th? And How can I present my product?

We can present the final product by using Prezi or PowerPoint on a big white board displaying our work.

We will need a laptop and headphones for the people to listen to out product and we can explain the process of editing the music track with audacity and combine with the video by using  Premiere Pro.

June 6, 2017

Yesterday, I and Jacqueline finished our final product for the project. we synced our audio and the video which is the different video with the video that we recorded for the audio. Now we only need to make a poster to present our project.



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