Eminent Learning Centre – Grade 10

The Life of Alexander Fleming

Alexander Fleming | Biography, Education, Discovery, & Facts | Britannica

Hello and welcome to the life of Alexander Fleming. If you click here, it will take you through a journey of my life and my eminence. Good luck on your journey!




Annotated Bibliography:

Famous Scientists. (2018, August 15). Alexander Fleming – Biography, Facts and Pictures. Retrieved November 16, 2021, from https://www.famousscientists.org/alexander-fleming/

Wikipedia contributors. (2021, November 16). Alexander Fleming. Wikipedia. Retrieved November 17, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Fleming

From this source, I was able to first, get a basic knowledge of what Alexander Fleming discovered and I was also able to get a lot of the achievements he won throughout his life. This benefited my learning because it gave me a good point to start from and branch off from there.


Alexander Fleming Discovery and Development of Penicillin – Landmark. (n.d.). American Chemical Society. Retrieved November 19, 2021, from https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/whatischemistry/landmarks/flemingpenicillin.html

From this source, I was able to enrich my understanding of his most known discovery, penicillin. Because this site focuses on penicillin, I was able to really branch out. This benefitted my learning by helping me go more in-depth with my learning centre and helping me understand more complicated concepts around antibiotics and penicillin.


Alexander Fleming | Biography, Education, Discovery, & Facts. (n.d.). Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved November 20, 2021, from https://www.britannica.com/biography/Alexander-Fleming

In this source, I focused more on Alexander Fleming’s personal life and his early years. This was so I could get a bit of a background about him before going more in-depth with his studies and work. This helped me by giving me a better understanding of Alexander as a person.


Wikipedia contributors. (2021b, November 16). Alexander Fleming. Wikipedia. Retrieved November 25, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Fleming#Discovery_of_lysozyme

What I learned from this source was more about Alexander’s other main discovery, Lysozymes. I was able to learn a lot more about how he discovered it as well as a piece of basic knowledge about how it works and is used. This benefits my learning by again giving me a base knowledge to work with.


Who was Alexander Fleming? Everything You Need to Know. (n.d.). The Famous People. Retrieved November 26, 2021, from https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/alexander-fleming-151.php

Eminent Person Learning Centre

Here is the link to my learning centre websitehttps://diggerlearningcentre.weebly.com

Interview reflection:

This year, I was lucky enough to get an interview from my eminent person himself, I messaged him and got an interview a week later. I got a lot of valuable information that I wouldn’t have been able to find online as well as information that I missed or misunderstood from the websites I used. For example, I had seen somewhere that he had been influenced by Dan Cowan and that Dan had brought features to his trails but in my interview, he said that wasn’t the case.

So, what else did I learn from the interview which I wouldn’t have been able to find from research? Like I said, I learned that Dan Cowan wasn’t an influence of his and neither was anyone else. He was the first person to be building trails in BC and he was the first person to be putting features on trails in the world like a ladder bridge and a teeter-totter. People like Dan Cowan and other trail builders in the area took inspiration from his work and built similar trails and put features like his on their trails. I learned that he also had to adapt the way that he built trails over the years. Originally, it was only a few people riding the trails, so sustainability wasn’t an issue. Nowadays, however, Thousands of people are riding them so he must armor them and make them sustainable so they will last a long time.

Something else I was curious about which I couldn’t find online was why he wanted to make his first North Shore Extreme movie. I couldn’t find any answers to this question online, so I had assumed it was either to show off the riders or the trails or just to make money. It turns out that he had just been filming his buddies riding his trails for fun and compiled the clips into a movie over two hours. He had no intention of selling the movie or publishing it, it was just for his friends to see. Eventually, a local bike shop started to play the film for the customers to see and one of them liked it so much they bought it off him. After he realized people would want to buy it, he started to sell more copies of the movie and eventually made nine more of them, the riding getting better in each one as well as the editing. He had no editing experience, but it was the first mountain biking movie, and the riding was good enough that lots of people wanted to buy the movies. This worked well as he had to take up to six months off work to make each one, so they had to be successful for him to keep making them.

Other than what I mentioned, I had a few things clarified for me like how he created the NSMBA where some information was available online but not all of it. The information that I got from him was helpful for me, especially with the speech where most of the information came from this interview. The information has also taught me more about the history of mountain biking and the North Shore as well as helped me get along with my learning center. I left the interview with all my questions and more answered and I am very grateful I was able to talk with my eminent person and that he was willing to help me.

Thank you Todd Fiander!


Annotated Bibliography (Excluding Interview):

  1. “North Shore History.” North Shore Mountain Bike Association, https://nsmba.ca/history/.

This article talks about the history of the NSMBA, how it was created and who created it. This information is important as Todd Fiander is the co-creator of the NSMBA and it is one of the most important things he has worked on. From this article one can learn a little about Todd Fiander as well as learn about the evolution of mountain biking on the North Shore. The information from the article is valuable because the information comes from an association that he started. It has lots of accurate information about Todd and the trails which wouldn’t be here without the work of the NSMBA.

  1. Todd Fiander’s Website. https://diggerknowfear.com/.

This is my eminent person’s personal website which is mostly used as a store however has articles and information about him. It talks about the NSMBA, trail building, and the North Shore Extreme movies which are the three main points of his eminence. It doesn’t go too far in-depth however it gives information that more research can be done off of and it’s guaranteed that all of the information on the website is accurate.

  1. Vendetti, Marc. “North Shore Trail Builders.” Marin Museum of Bicycling and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, 5 Mar. 2016, https://mmbhof.org/north-shore-trail-builders/.

This article is on the Mountain Biking Hall of Fame website, and it talks about the contributions of Todd Fiander and Dan Cowan. Essentially, it tells us about the eminence of the two because to be put in the hall of fame you must have some massive contributions to the evolution of the sport. It goes in-depth about their early trail work and trail building contributions as well as a brief look at Todd’s North Shore Extreme movies and their contributions.

  1. Lau, Lee. “Trailbuilders of the Shore – Part 3 – Digger.” Pinkbike, 1 Dec. 2010, https://www.pinkbike.com/news/shore-trailbuilders-part-3-digger-2010.html.

This article is an in-depth interview with Todd Fiander done by Pinkbike which is a prominent mountain biking news platform and website. The interview has much more detail and questions than mine did and a lot of the questions I asked were based on what I thought they missed. This was probably my most helpful resource alongside the interview I did. It went in-depth about every point of his eminence and provided further information which benefited me in the speech and the learning centre.


Thanks for taking the time to look at my learning centre. I’m glad that I could share a bit about Todd Fiander and the evolution of mountain biking. Feel free to leave any comments on my blog!

Eminent Interview Reflection – Jane Jacobs – Hanson

During my research into Jane Jacob’s work, I planned to interview someone who was more knowledgeable and possibly connected to her. After carefully crafting guiding interview questions and practicing my interviewing skills with other TALONS 10 students, I targeted 3 potential interviewees who I believed was most knowledgeable about Jane’s work. I aimed to interview authors and journalists who wrote about Jane, the managers at her foundation, and even tried looking for family members. At the end, I resulted with two people who worked at Jane’s foundation and an author of an article on Jane. I sent out emails to each of the interviewees with a few days in between to respond. After a few days of an interviewee not responding to my request, I moved on by sending another email with another individual. This was an effective way to get interviews, however, we must acknowledge it is no guarantee.


It was unfortunate that none of my interviewees replied, and a bit disappointing that the preparation wouldn’t be applied. In these situations, I suggest understanding why this might have happened. In my case, the popularity and talk about my eminent person dated a while back. The articles about Jane were written in the early 2000s, therefore, I would say authors and managers at Jane’s foundation are focusing their attention elsewhere. This is understandable, as Jane passed away in the early 2000s and haven’t made any significant headlines since then. This only means that there will be less people who are able to receive an interview about her. For the future, it is wise to consider that the people who was once working at one’s foundation may have moved on, and thus, hold a different email address. They still have significantly valuable information and knowledge about the chosen person; however, it would be difficult to reach them using their old email address. One of my interviewees had an email address under @thecenterforthelivingcity.org which is the foundations name. It would be good to search for other forms of contact and other addresses under the interviewee’s name. You may look for one’s LinkedIn page, Facebook page, and even Twitter pages, all appropriate sites to effectively get in touch and likely platforms one checks on a frequent basis.

– Hanson

Eminent Learning Center Blog Post – Jane Jacobs

Congratulations, you have done something which 7.753 billion people have not done, clicked on my learning center. I have dedicated my eminent 10 project this year towards the Urban Planner Jane Jacobs. I know the job title sounds quite boring and quite frankly, pretty irrelevant to you, however, I am sure you will get a blast flipping through my stunning virtual flipbook. And hey, just remember, if you read my flip book, you would have done something 7.753 billion people have not done before, quite the deal. So, if you are somewhat interested now, you can click the hyperlink to enter my Stunning Flipbook About Jane Jacobs. Enjoy the ride.

One more thing, if you were to come back feeling inspired and energized, feel free to put some questions into the comment box in this blog. I’ll be sure to reach out and answer your questions as soon as humanly possible. Thank you, and have a great morning, 12:00pm, evening, and night.


– Hanson (Jane Jacobs)

Eminent Learning Center

This blog post will be about my Eminent person, Dmitri Shostakovich, the Soviet composer. It is also written from the point of view of Shostakovich himself.

Symphony No. 7 (Shostakovich) - Wikipedia

Why I am Eminent

I should be remembered among influential artists in classical music because of my uniqueness in style. No other composer sounds like me. Although there are some like Schnittke who take heavy influencDmitri Shostakovich | Discographie | Discogse from me, my sound is truly my own. I was able to compose music that complied with the Soviet art limitations of my time and to also compose music that truly expresses what I wanted to express with them. Of course, there were times where the government or public did not like what I was composing (like my opera, Lady Macbeth for example), but every great artist receives backlash and criticism, and that is what I think I am: A great artist.

Although I did not compose as many symphonies as Haydn (with a count of 104 symphonies), I am known for my orchestral works which consist of 15 symphonies and 6 concerti, many of which were composed during the aforementioned time of art constrictions in the Soviet Union. Since I was able to compose such compelling art under such limitations, it shows that I was a very brave individual in such difficult times and I think that one can learn from my experiences to stay resilient in such times, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • September 25th, 1906: I was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
  • 1915: I start taking piano classes at age 9.
  • 1919: I compose my first orchestral piece, a Scherzo in F# Minor.
  • 1924 – 1926: I compose and premier my first symphony.
  • 1932: An opera I have composed, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, is completed.
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: biography, videos - medici.tvJanuary 26th, 1936: Stalin visits the Bolshoi Theater, where my opera, Lady Macbeth is being played. Stalin did not approve of the opera.
  • January 28th, 1936: A government-approved magazine, Pravda, releases an issue on the third page of the magazine titled “Muddle Instead of Music,” talking about my opera negatively.
  • November 21st, 1937: My fifth symphony is premiered in Leningrad, and it received an ovation that lasted over half an hour.
  • March 5th, 1942: My seventh symphony (the most popular one, titled “Leningrad”) premiered in the city of Kuybyshev (now known as Samara).
  • August 9th, 1975: After many composition releases, I die in 1975.

Was Shostakovich a Martyr? Or Is That Just Fiction? - The New York Times

Major Accomplishments

I have received many awards throughout my lifetime, and even one after. Here is a list of all the awards I have received:

  • Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1940)
  • Stalin Prize (1941)
  • Stalin Prize (1942)
  • Stalin Prize (1946)
  • Order of Lenin (1946)
  • People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1948)
  • Stalin Prize (1950)
  • Stalin Prize (1952)
  • People’s Artist of the USSR (1954)
  • International Peace Prize (1954)
  • Order of Lenin (1956)
  • Lenin Prize (1958)
  • Wihuri Sibelius Price (1958)
  • Member of the Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium (1960)
  • Hero of Socialist Labour (1966)
  • Order of Lenin (1966)
  • Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society (1966)
  • USSR State Prize (1968)
  • Order of the October Revolution (1971)
  • Léonie Sonning Music Price (1973)
  • Glinka State Prize of the RSFSR (1974)
  • Shevchenko National Prize (1976 (posthumously))

Besides these awards, I am also known for my repertoire of orchestral music, which includes 15 symphonies and 6 concerti, of which many were written under the government limitations of Soviet art.

A Tribute Piece to Myself

I wrote a short piece to commemorate my life. In it, I use my signature motif, DSCH. You can hear this motif in the first four notes of the piece. Here is the score for the piece, and below is my piece played by a computer.


Interview Reflection

This is the only part of my Learning Center that is outside the point of view of my Eminent person.

I held an interview with Mr. Trovato, the music teacher at my school, and talked to him about how composers compose music. The truth is that different composers compose music in different ways. “Some people hear a melody they like, some people take a walk and hear a bird singing and that inspires them, it’s different for everybody.” After this interview, I decided to think of ways that I could come up with a melody that I could write a whole piece about. I had to keep in mind that I needed to represent Shostakovich in some way in the piece, so I experimented with different melodies until I was reminded of his signature motif, DSCH. You can hear the motif in the main theme of the piece I composed. Before conducting the interview, I had a lot of trouble thinking of who to email since my Eminent person, Shostakovich, is not very well-known outside of the classical music community. Even then, he is not nearly as popular compared to composers like Mozart and Schubert. So, for the majority of the time, I was stuck trying to find someone who could fit the criteria as an interviewee. However, I soon realized that the person to interview did not have to be incredibly fancy, like a foundation. I then simplified what I could ask the interviewee to “how different people compose music”, as that is directly related to what I decided to do for my learning center: To compose a piece of music. So, I interviewed a person much closer to me than where I imagined: My school’s music teacher.

DSCH motif - Wikipedia

After interviewing Mr. Trovato, I felt relieved that the interview did not have to be such a stressful idea, and that had given me the perfect boost to my “morale” that I had needed. I was then ready to start experimenting with different ideas and what the main theme of my composition could be. A few days later, I was experimenting on the piano that I have at home with my mom watching TV and my dad playing on a Persian instrument, a setar, until I remembered the DSCH motif that I hear so frequently in Shostakovich’s music. Not only did this motif appear so much in his music, but Shostakovich was also generally known for his quotations in music. After experimenting a bit with what could be done with both the left hand and right hand on the piano, I knew that this would be the motif to use for my piece. Soon enough, I had opened a document on MuseScore 3 and started composing.

If I had not interviewed Mr. Trovato, I would not have known to experiment with different themes and melodies to come up with the perfect one to use. I would now like to thank Mr. Trovato for being my interviewee on such short notice over email, and my friends for helping to look over various parts of my Eminent project (speech and musical piece for examples).

Dmitri Shostakovich Music | Tunefind


Wikimedia Foundation. (2021, November 22). Dmitri Shostakovich. Wikipedia. Retrieved November 26, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitri_Shostakovich.

The Wikipedia page for Shostakovich is detailed, to say the least. From it, one can learn a lot about various aspects of his life, ranging from general information to awards and notable works from him, and that is exactly the type of information that I plan on using from this page. The thing about Wikipedia pages is that they can be edited by any party, meaning that multiple parties have contributed to it. Not only that, but considering that Shostakovich is now long dead, I suspect that a lot of information has been gathered about him and that many people have found out what information is correct and what information is not.

Brown, D. (2021, September 21). Dmitri Shostakovich. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved November 26, 2021, from https://www.britannica.com/biography/Dmitri-Shostakovich.

Britannica is also another source of information that never fails to provide useful information if Wikipedia is not to be trusted. The Britannica site for Shostakovich covers much the same topics and assures one if the information that they have gathered from another site is correct. That is exactly what I used this Britannica site for.

Wikimedia Foundation. (2021, June 1). Muddle instead of music. Wikipedia. Retrieved November 27, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muddle_Instead_of_Music.

The Wikipedia page above covers the Pravda issue about Shostakovich’s opera, Lady Macbeth. I used this source for part of the timeline of Shostakovich’s life, and I think that this page once again is reliable like other Wikipedia pages because of their ability to be contributed to by any parties.

Dmitri Shostakovich. Preceden. (n.d.). Retrieved November 28, 2021, from https://www.preceden.com/timelines/310245-dmitri-shostakovich.

This website presents the events of Shostakovich’s life in a neat, clean, understandable way. I used this website for exactly that: The timeline. I have also skimmed through other sites and found that the majority of the information on this site is correct, so I have come to the conclusion that that site is credible.

Wikimedia Foundation. (2021, November 24). Symphony No. 7 (Shostakovich). Wikipedia. Retrieved November 28, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._7_(Shostakovich).

Finally, this is the Wikipedia page for Shostakovich’s seventh symphony, the Leningrad, his most popular symphony. This source is credible for the same reason as the other Wikipedia pages I have used, and I have used this source for exactly what you may think: For information about his seventh symphony.