Phase 4: Preparing to Share: Emerging Ideas

Updated 1 month 5 days ago

In Phase 0, I chose my inquiry topic to research about in Xizhou, which was local foods/cuisine. In Phase 1, I did some background research on my topic and then created 10 big questions that helped guide me through my research in Xizhou. Then in Phase 2, I found trustworthy sources that can help me with my research. Phase 3 was used to record and organize the information that I received from my contacts. Now in this phase, Phase 4, I will be creating a plan to present my final product on local foods/cuisine.

Before I started to generate a plan for my final product, I looked at the final products of 3 Microcampus alumni, Luca L. (K), James L. (P), and Tiffany Z. (P). From these final products, I was able to learn about the elements that worked well as well as the aspects that I can use in my own project. In Luca L.'s final product video, I really liked how he added many photos and videos that were relevant to what he was talking about in that part of the video. He had also filmed a video of how a 八宝饭 was made, which was, to me, very appealing. Furthermore, his work was very organized and clear, so I did not have a very difficult time trying to understand it. From James L.'s video, I really like how he used drawings on a whiteboard to help explain his inquiry topic, which was his own hypothetical business. From time to time, he added some photos that he took in the village and it helped me understand his topic even better. Finally, from Tiffany Z.'s final product video, what I found interesting was her introduction to her topic. She gave a very clear and full explanation on why she chose to do her topic, the role of Muslim women in Xizhou. She too, had many photos and videos that were relevant to her topic.

My final product will be in the form of "Could I survive as...". I will be determining whether I can survive as a Xizhou Baba maker with the information and knowledge that I have gained from local Xizhou Baba shop owners and other restaurant owners. The audience of my final product would probably be my fellow Microcampus members, Mr. Tafel and Ms. Mai, and maybe students and teachers back in Shanghai. Hopefully, if my final product is good, future Microcampus students would also look at my final product as an example. From my final product, I want people to not only learn about the life of a XiZhou Baba maker, but my personal experiences as well. Also, I will be including a short tutorial on how to properly and simply make a Xizhou Baba. 

My final thesis statement is: In order to determine whether I can survive as a Xizhou Baba maker, one must consider the economics, the lifestyle, and the techniques. The main idea of my final product is to communicate the life of a Xizhou Baba maker or shop owner and whether or not I would be able to survive as one to the audience. I will explain and reason my main idea through my sub-ideas, which is the economics of the Xizhou Baba industry, the lifestyle of a typical Xizhou Baba maker, and the techniques one would use to make a proper XiZhou Baba.

For my final product, I will present it as a short 6-minute video with many pictures and videos that record my experiences in Xizhou. The videos and photos are also going to be of some experts that I have interviewed or of some ideas that I would like to convey to my audience. 

Below is the outline of my final product.

I. Introduction

a. An overview of Microcampus.
b. The process of selecting my final topic and what my final topic is.
c. Introduce my final product, which includes my hangers and hooks (thesis statement and sub-ideas).
d. My thesis statement: In order to determine whether I can survive as a Xizhou Baba maker, one must consider the economics, the lifestyle, and the techniques.

II. Economics

a. The cost of ingredients.
b. The cost of other utilities such as rent and electricity.
c. The cost of transportation.
d. The rough amount of money earned a day and the interest rate. 

III. Lifestyle

a. What everyday life looks like (schedule from the morning to evening).
b. Preparations made for each day.
c. Feelings and emotions felt.

IV. Techniques

a. Introduction to making a Xizhou Baba.
b. Tools and equipment used in the process.
c. A tutorial on how to make a Sweet and Salty Xizhou Baba.

V. Conclusion

a. Restate my thesis and explain my end results (why or why not I can survive).
b. Explain what I have learned.
c. How I have grown as a person.
d. My experiences at Microcampus and the reflections of my experiences at Microcampus. 

Now, I have finished creating the outline of my final product. Next, I will be moving on to the last phase, Final Product, where I will be sharing my final product as well as a reflection of my time at Microcampus.

Hi everyone, my name is Chris L., 13 years old, and I was part of the 21st Microcampus group: Ultimate. I am back in Shanghai now, and I am getting used to my old schedule. Microcampus has truly been a phenomenal trip. I will always remember all the experiences that I had at Microcampus, the good times and the bad. Through overcoming these tough times, I have learned many life lessons that will definitely help me in the future. Furthermore, I would like to take the time here to thank the Microcampus coordinators, Mr. Tafel and MS. Mai, for making this trip possible. I could not have survived in Xizhou without their help. Over the course of that month, I have grown so much in so many different ways, and I have adopted good habits that will stay with me forever.