Eco dome Day 24 and 25

Day 24

Eco dome design components:

  • Amount of soil

We turned our container sideways and pretty much filled ¼ of the container with soil that was provided to us by the teacher.

  • Types of soil

We used the soil that was provided for us. The soil was a mixture of clay, which made the soil kind of sticky, and the soil was very organic so there were lots of leaves and branches inside.

  • Number of plants

This time, we added only 1 plant because we thought that if we added 2 plants, then there would not be enough co2 for the plants, so it would die. By adding 1 plant, that plant gets all the co2 that it needs instead of having to divide it.

  • Types of plants

We went outside to the playground area in the back of the HS gym, and we picked out just small plants that had lots of leaves so it can maybe produce a lot of oxygen and fit inside our eco-dome.

  • Number of grasshoppers

This time, we added 1 grasshopper because we thought that maybe 1 would be enough to survive with 1 plant inside the eco-dome and because there were no a lot left, and so we just took 1 grasshopper so that people could also have 1. We did not add any other types of animals because we thought that they would not be useful to us.

 

Changes made on design day:

  • We changed a lot of things while rebuilding our eco-dome the 3rd time. The first thing that we changed was that we used a grasshopper instead of a cricket this time to try and change things. We also turned our container sideways so there would be more space for the grasshopper to move around. The downside of this was that we had to find smaller plants to use to it could fit. Another thing we did was that we tried to put the eco-dome outside in the sun to see what would happen, we did because we thought that the plants would have more sunlight. The last thing that we did was that we added a bottle cap of water inside the eco-dome just in case there was no water, and the plant would die.

Observations of ecodome:

  • The grasshopper unfortunately died, we think that it died because the outside was too hot, and so the grasshopper could not stand it, and it pretty much died out.
  • In the picture you can see the side of our eco dome it is very blurry whole inside of our eco dome was very damp, there were lots of water dripping out from the soil. We are not really sure why this happened.
  • As you can see in the picture, the white thing on the side was actually our plant. The plant inside our eco dome got so hot, that it was actually bleached and turned white. When we saw it again, the plant was stuck to the side of the container.
  • When we first looked at our eco dome, we thought that someone had played with it and messed everything up because everything looked dead, and the only thing left inside was the soil. We then realized that everything had just dried up.
  • When opened, the eco dome was very very hot we think that this happened because we left it would in the hot sun, and everything pretty much dried up.

Day 25

Research:

  • How have other people made eco-domes?

Other people have also been experimenting with different kinds of things, some people thought there was no need to add water, some people put a cap of water, and some people put tons and tons of water inside. Other groups have started to get the idea of how everything works, and they understand the basic things that are needed to keep their cricket/grasshopper alive.

  • What is needed to provide sustainability to all organisms?

An obvious thing that is needed to for the grasshopper is food, water, and oxygen, those are the main things that are needed. The grasshopper would get the food from us, they would get the water from the humidity inside the container, and the grasshopper would get the oxygen from the plants.

  • How much of each material is needed

We think that would don’t really need a lot of things, just a reasonable amount of things are good because if you add too many plants, then each plant would not get enough Co2 because it is divided between all of them. Therefore, you just need to add a reasonable amount of things.

  • How does each organism interact with the others?

The grasshopper needs the plant and the plant needs the grasshopper because both of them are using each other. The grasshopper uses the plant for the oxygen, and gives the plant Co2, the plant uses the Co2 and gives back oxygen to the grasshopper. So everything inside the eco dome pretty much needs each other in order to survive.

  • What cause the observation and results?

We think that the reason everything dried up was because we left it out in the hot sun, and it was too hot. That is why everything pretty much evaporated and dried up. The temperature caused because we left it out in the hot sun, the dead plant was also caused by the hot burning sun, and pretty much everything was caused by the hot sun.

Video conclusion:

This video summed pretty much what everything happened when we looked inside our eco-dome.

Social Studies Radical Invetions Debate Reflection

How the invention of the airplane was more significant than the invention of the internet.

Pro team (Airplane): Sue and Lucy

Con team (Internet): Alina and Haeree

From the research, preparation and the debates themselves, what did you learn about the art of persuasion? Please explain.

I learned that when you are persuading someone, you have to have a good claim, and lots of strong evidence to support your claim or else no one would believe you.

What surprised you the most about your debate and/or the debate experience?

It was really surprising how inventions that should have won, lost to the other invention because the person the opponent had better claims, or better evidence to support his/her claim.

What were you most proud of in your own debate?

I was proud of how I could ask the opponent questions about their counterclaims, while I was doing that, I was trying to prove them wrong, or I would try to have a better claim than theirs.

What would be your next steps? Or in other words, what would you have done differently?

One thing that I would have done differently is that I would have gotten more evidence to support my claim. If I had done that then my claim would be more powerful.

Judge evaluation

Teacher evaluation

Self evaluation 

Planning doc

Eco dome Day 14 and 15

Day 14

Amount of soil

The filled about a little more than ¼ of the box with dirt, so that the plants will have lots of dirt, and not die.

Types of soil

We used lots of different types of soil, some of the soil that we used were clay soil that was really sticky, some of the soil was very organic, and had lots of branches and rocks in it. We used all these types of soil because when it was mixed together, it was really nice and soft, and it was really easy to work with.

Number of plants

We used 2 of the same plants that we found in the garden, we pretty much used the plants that were planted in the garden. Those plants had lots of leaves so

Type of plants

We are not really sure what type of plant we used because we just took the ones that were available for use in the garden. But we purposely picked the ones that have lots of leaves so that the cricket can supposedly have a lot of oxygen.

Number of crickets

We used 1 cricket because there were not more for us to use because all the other ones are dead or they are about to die.

Types of animals

We did not use any other types of animals, we just used 1 cricket.

Amount of plants

We did not use a lot of water, we just sprayed the plants with a little water. We did this because we notice that the humidity inside the container made a lot of water, plus if we make a pool of water then the cricket might drown.

Food amount

We just put the rotten grape that we used before we did this so that the cricket can have a reliable source of food. The grape is just there because it was extra from before.

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Changes made:

As you can see in the picture, we only used 1 cricket, and we used 2 different types of plants. This time, we did not put a lot of water because we knew that the humidity of the box has a lot of water already. This time, there were no worms in the soil. We thought that the worms were practically useless, so that is why we did not add the worms. Besides all of that, the eco-dome is still pretty much the same as last time.

 

Day 15

Observations of the eco-dome:

  • All the plants inside our eco-dome have died, and it has started to get moldy, and it turned different colors.
  • The cricket inside our eco-dome has died and started to turn a dark brown color.
  • When opened the eco-dome, it was very hot and very humid so the soil was very damp and moist.

Research:

How have other people made eco-domes?

Other people have also changed the way that their eco dome was made. People have found some mistakes, and they were trying to fix it on the second try. Some people got a new container, some people brought some plants to school, some people added more water, some added less. There were lots of ways have changed their eco-dome.

What is needed to provide sustainability to all organisms?

Well, one major things that plants need are co2 and a major thing that the cricket or grasshopper need are oxygen, food, and water. These are the basic needs of what plants need and what the cricket or grasshopper needs.

How much of each material is needed?

We don’t really think that we need a lot of material, technically all we need are living plants so that they can make oxygen, another things that we need are crickets and food for the cricket. We didn’t think that we needed a lot of dirt, we technically need dirt so that it is enough for the plants to live.

How does each organism interact with the others?

For the crickets, they are omnivores so they can eat plants, and animals, we have the plants in there for the cricket to eat, we also gave the cricket a small rotten grape so it can eat. The crickets will release co2, and the co2 will get collected by the plants, and so the plants will produce oxygen for the cricket. So the cycle keeps going on and on.

Video conclusion:

 

Ecodome Day 1 and 7

Day 1

Ecodome design components:

  • Earthworms (3): So that it can fertilize the dirt
  • Big Plants (4): So the leaves can cover most of the sun from the water, by doing this the cricket does not die.
  • Fill ¼ of the box with dirt so the dirt keeps the plants alive.
  • A small cup (100ml) of water so the plants can have water to live.
  • 1 rotten grape so that the crickets and eat.
  • 2 crickets so that if one of them dies, then there is a small chance the other one might survive.

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Changes made on design day:

When we were first sketching everything out, we thought that we would put 4-5 different types of plants in the container. But then the next day, we realized that we couldn’t fit 4-5 plants into the eco dome. So as you can see in the picture, above and the picture below, they are very different, the bottom one was the one were we realized that we couldn’t 4-5 plants. The top one was our planning picture.

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Day 7

Observations of ecodome:

  • The first time that we opened it, we did not see the other cricket, so we thought it ate each other.
  • The plants were starting to die off, and rot away. The cricket also turned a very dark brown color and also started to rot away.

Research:

  • How have other people made ecodomes?  

It depended on what the person brought for the material. Some people bought big boxes to use, and some people bought lot of plants. Some people just bought the box and used the plants that was provided for us. It really depends on the persons opinion and liking. 

  • What is needed to provide sustainability to all organisms?

The obvious thing that we need to have in our eco dome in order to keep the cricket alive is oxygen, and food for the cricket. That is why in the picture above, you can see 2 different types of plants. We also put a small rotten grape inside our eco dome of the cricket.

  • How much of each material is needed

We don’t really need a lot of things, we just needed the plant to live so that the cricket and have the oxygen that it needed. Another important thing that we need is food of the cricket so it can eat.

  • How does each organism interact with the others?

The plant produces the oxygen for the cricket, and the cricket produces the carbon dioxide for the plants, so they pretty much use each other in order to survive.

Video Conclusion:

Revolutionary Thinker Project Isaac Newton

Minimalist posters:

Research Notes:

How did it go conducting research? Triumphs? Challenges?

Research went really well because since Isaac Newton was really famous, there were lots of articles. It was also really challenging because sometimes the articles didn’t have the information that I needed so I had to look somewhere else.

What did you learn about yourself when you had to take-notes?

While taking notes, I realized that I’m really bad at putting information down, and writing it in my own words, so I have to work on that. This project also helped me practice on the things I needed to do, and I was learning a lot about my skills in note taking, and I was also learning about my revolutionary thinker.

Here are my Research Notes

Narrative Hooks:

What insights did you gain about narrative hooks that you may not have been so aware of before?

One of my insights that I gained was that there are lots of different narrative hooks, and there are sometimes specific ones for different style of writing. I also learned that some hooks could be changed, and that you combine two hooks into one.

What narrative hooks did you experiment with in your writing?

I experiment with foreshadowing in my writing. I tried to describe what the person looked like, and what he did. I also tried combining two hooks into one, but I didn’t really know how to do that, so it didn’t really work out.

Vlogging as a Metacognitive Strategy:

What discoveries did you encounter as you were vlogging?

I discovered that vlogging really makes you think about what you have learned, and sometimes when you are reading out loud, you sometimes catch mistakes that you made in your writing.

Historical Narrative Paragraphs VLOG

Historical Narrative w/ Musical Accompaniment VLOG

Reflection VLOG

Biggest Takeaways:

What is your BIGGEST TAKEAWAY (BIGGEST LEARNING) from our Revolutionary Thinker’s Project?

My biggest takeaway is that reading your work out loud really helps you catch mistakes that you made in your writing. I also think that it really helps you understand your writing, and you can also change writing mistakes if it doesn’t make sense.

Sue’s Zine

 

Food Drive Reflection

In ELA we have to make videos and posters for the food drive that is happening this week. My poster was a symbol of captain america, and a symbol for iron man, and at the top, it said: “Be a superhero, donate food to An Linh School.” At the bottom, it gave the information about the food drive, and where to donate. The video that my group made was a funny video. The video was pretty much a lot of memes, like kanye, Shia labeouf, dab, and whip and nae nae. Making the video was really fun because we got to say funny things, and filming is just fun in general. Well a thing that was challenging was making the logo’s for the poster, it was really hard because it had to be perfect, so it was hard making the logo perfect. I learned that you don’t need to make something long, with a lot of information. You just need to make a really easy video that could be funny or not. Overall I learned that you don’t really need to make a long video explaining what you are doing, you just need to make a short video, and add enough information so people know, but they don’t get bored of hearing the info.

 

Poster

Renaissance Blog Post

In social studies, we all learned about the Renaissance. The Renaissance is a period in Europe, from the 14th to the 17th century. The Renaissance had some really interesting people, for example, Leonardo da Vinci was a Renaissance man. Which means that Leonardo was a talented painter, inventor, sculptor, scientist, and many more things. But Michelangelo was also very talented, Michelangelo is one of the best painters that ever lived, and he also lived in the time of the Renaissance. Michelangelo was a very important painter, he painted the Sistine Chapel, and many more amazing works of art. Florence was Italy’s leading cultural center during the Renaissance. Florence had many great architectural buildings, but florence’s most famous building, was the Florence Cathedral. The building was architected by Filippo Brunelleschi. Overall I think that the Renaissance is really interesting.

 

What interests me about the Renaissance is the people during the Renaissance. The people during the Renaissance time was really interesting and they were really smart. Leonardo, Michelangelo and Donatello was really interesting to learn because they were really smart, and their work was amazing. Another thing that interests me about the Renaissance is the buildings. It was really how the architects made the buildings because some of the buildings are still standing today. The thing the interest me the most were the inventions. During the Renaissance, the first mechanical clock, golf ball, oil painting, the printing press, the parachute, and many more amazing things were invented.

 

What would I like to learn more about is how Leonardo is so smart, and he is good at everything. I also wonder how they made paint back then because they can’t just go to a store and buy the paint. Another thing that I want to learn about is how did they build the buildings so they last for hundreds of years because the buildings that are made during the Renaissance is still standing, and it looks really new. And I wonder how the painters painted that good, and how did they paint in such detail. In conclusion, the Renaissance is really interesting, and I can not wait to learn more about it.

Free Writes Blog Post#1

Todays’ prompt was “My spring break was…”

My spring break was going to be the best spring break every. I was going to have sleepovers on Wednesday to Friday, then go to the Color Me Run with some friends on Saturday, and just stay home and chill. I had everything planned out from Friday until the next Sunday. But then my parents being the parents that they are, decides to book a last minutes flight to Ha Noi on Tuesday. That means that I have to cancel the Color Me Run, cancel the sleepover, and cancel the stay home and chill time that I had planned out. I had to spend my valuable time packing to go on a 1 week trip to Ha Noi. When I got to Ha Noi, it was foggy and it was very humid. On Saturday, my mom said that we have to go to the country side where there is no Wifi and it is really hot. When we got to the country side, I could tell that this is going to be a very sweaty and long day. We had to go to all these temples, and we had to pray. It was the more boring thing that I have ever done in my entire life. I wanted to jump off a bridge and swim back to the city. We came back to the city on Sunday. Right after we came back to the city, I had to go to the airport. My flight left at 10, but it was delayed to 10:45. My plane landed at 12 o clock and I managed to drag my self all the way down the plane and into my car. When I got home, it was 1. So I had to drag this 10 kg bag up the 3rd floor and into my room. After that, I passed out on my bed slept. Sadly there was school the next day, so I had to wake up at 7 to get ready. Not only did I miss the Color Me Run, but I had to spend my week in my grandpa’s smelly house, which was horrific. Overall my vacation was horrible.

Don’t Panic: End Poverty in 15 Years Reflection

Talk about three things that were impactful about the video.

Three things that are impactful about the video were seeing the different families that are living in poverty. It was really interesting, and I could see that people living in poverty were very different from other people and it was really interesting. Also seeing the graphs and how things changed from 1800s until now, it was really nice how they compared things from 1800s and until now, and I could see what has changed and what stayed the same as something happened. Finally a thing that impacted were the little quiz that we did. It was really interesting because some of the estimates were really off, and it was surprising to me to see the real answers. Overall the video made me rethink everything about poverty.

Talk about how the information was helped or hurt by the way it was presented. In other words, would you have been impacted in the same way if there were not the visual impact of information.

It really helped me understand about extreme poverty because sometimes I am really bad at imagining things, and it is really really hard for me to think about the graphs and everything. The video really helped me see that kind of things people are going through, and it made me understand a lot more about extreme poverty.

Explore the gapminder tool. Play with the variables on the upper left. Click on a country to watch it’s path. Choose a statistic, and use Quicktime to record your screen to make a 2 minute video. Post this to your blog.

https://drive.google.com/a/ssis.edu.vn/file/d/0B3sLwVayXV14Mm51RDBmemtHblU/view?usp=sharing

Write a short paragraph explaining the importance of the video you made in part 3.

In the video, I did child mortality rate, and population. This is important because if we did not figure out how to stop children from dying, then the population would not be this big, and this makes the parents of the children really sad. The graph shows that as the population grow, people have figured out how to stop child mortality, and so the population grows and the child mortality rate goes down.