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Journal Writing Project: Camera obscura


By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

Camera is latin for room, and obscura is latin for dark.(cameraobscura.co.uk, 2014)

Basically it’s where an outside image is projected into a room upside down. It’s actually something very simple and easy to make. You could make one in your own home if you’d like. I made one in the school for a project, and it was really cool to see come together. All you need is a room with a single window. You just need to cover the window completely up with cardboard or something thick so no light can show through. After you do this poke a small hole in the middle and then the outside image world be projected into the room.

The following information comes from

cameraobscura.co.uk, 2014

The camera obscura is actually thought to have possibly been used by caveman; this information is based off drawings found some caves. It wasn’t until the 10th century it was used by the arabian scholar ali, to demonstrate how light travels in a straight line. Then in the 13th century it was used by astronomers to view the sun. Later in the 16th century it was used as an aid for artists. Now in the 20th century it has become much more available, advanced, and popular. It is even a tourist attraction in some parts of the world. It is a fun little science concept that is beautiful and simple. It made a big debut in the National Geographic, in this high quality beautiful photograph taken by Abelardo Morell. It was taken in his classroom in Boston.

Sara Vettleson-Trutza is a student at Mabel-Canton High School. She is one of five area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its sixteenth year.

Journal Writing Project: Cell Phones for Soldiers

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

Do you have some newer or gently used cell phones you don’t use anymore just lying in a drawer at your house? The Mabel-Canton National Honor Society is doing another service project called Cell Phones for Soldiers. With this program, you can br ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Empathy and why we have it

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

Empathy, the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.(Dictionary.com 2014) Many people know and understand what empathy is. But have you ever wondered why we have empathy? Is it ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Vacations

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

Ever since I was a little kid, I would go on family vacations. They weren’t the big huge ones like going to another state for a week vacations, but the ones where you learned something. They would always be short vacations like a day or two, maybe ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: New Year’s resolution

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

While most people are making their New Year’s resolutions about losing weight or getting active, you could be making yours to save a pet in need. According to ASPCA (2014) there are approximately 7.6 million animals that are sent to animal shelter ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Fascinations

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

Why do we as people become thoroughly enthralled in sports? This obsession has become a huge money making industry. According to Forbes(2014) the average NFL team is worth 1.43 billion. Most people don’t think twice about this. They love to watc ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: It is the giving season

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

By Gabrielle Sand Have you done your good deed for the day? If not, you can stop by the Mabel-Canton High School Gym and pick out an ornament off the Christmas in Fillmore County tree! The ornaments have pictures on them of gifts that are needed. O ..... 
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Remembering those lost

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

Everything changed for the families of 26 people on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Early in the morning while Sandy Hook Elementary School was in session, a 20 year old man named Adam Lanza, shot his way into the school. The police be ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: The New Year

By Kaysie Kerns

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

It’s hard for me to believe that another year has come and gone and it is almost 2014. I can’t help but wonder where the year went. As I recall the year, I looked back at the three top news stories. I found The Jodi Arias Trail, Obamacare, and T ..... 
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