This is an science experiment about air pressure. We learned the high pressure goes to low pressure. We also learned that hot air is low pressure, and that cold air is high pressure.


  • Put a little water in soda can
  • Heat the soda can until it steam
  • Get cold water
  • Put the hot can with water in the cold water
  • observe


If you were a Japanese female in the Meiji Period working in the silk factory was not worth it because you the living conditions were horrible and illness was very common. Japan had a 100 year late start in the industrial revolution. The Tokugawa family which ruled Japan didn’t want any contact from America and Europe from 1603 to 1868, but this changed during the Meiji period in 1868. Under new leaders of Japan launched a campaign to try to catch up to the west. Japan followed Europe by having the Woman in Japan work in the Textile industry, but if the woman refuses they were then forced to go to a brothel and become a prostitute. Although the silk factory seemed to be better than being sold to a brothel, there was still a lot of suffering and depression.

One reason that working in the silk factory is the worst possible job is because of the living conditions. The living conditions in the silk factory were horrible because of the cramp rooms and dining hall. In “Supplementary Document Living conditions” it is shown that the females in the silk factory live inside a dormitory. Each room is a 12-matted room. The evidence indicates that the females didn’t have a good spot to sleep after many hours of hard work. Furthermore, according to “Supplementary document Living conditions” The dining hall was also filthy and the food miso soup, pickles and pickled radishes which are old and smells bad. Sometimes in the miso soup they also can find dead cockroaches. Given this evidence, it is logical that the living conditions as a silk worker are really bad which increases the chance of them getting sick. In conclusion, a reason for being in a silk factory is the worst is because of the living conditions, because of the cramp rooms and food.

Furthermore it is a lot easier to get sick from the silk factory than any other work. The Hygienes in the silk factory are really bad. In (Doc. D) Most of the reasons why females stop working in the silk factory isn’t because they got married. It’s because they got sick from work. 24% was sick and some died. Only 6% got married. This clearly explains that the work or the hygiene in the silk factories are really bad. Further evidence suggests that “Supplementary document Woman in Meiji” Misiko Hane offers light in the same context, “A weeding out process had already taken place. These people had survived the “ordeal.” Many who were less hardy had fallen by the wayside, dying of tuberculosis or even committing suicide.” Therefore, historians may assume that the hygienes in the silk factory are really bad or the work the the females are given were too harsh. Based on the evidence, it is clear that the hygienes in the silk factory was really bad.

As a young female in Meiji Japan, if you were not working in a factory, you could be sold to a brothel. According to “Women in Meiji” females didn’t work in the factory had to be sold to a brothel. This also includes underagedfemales can also be sold to brothels. During the Meiji period in Japan prostitutes were considered less than human. Given the evidence, some conclude that it’s better to go to the factory then having to be sold to a brothel. Although this argument seems convincing at first, in reality the factory workers often suffered greatly from sadness and depression. There didn’t seem to be any hope. In particular, “Document G” is about a girl who wrote a song about how she wanted to go back to her family, but in the end of the song she thought that her family just wanted to sell her again after she came back. Given  the evidence, it is therefore logical to conclude that their families have abandoned them and they are going through depression. After looking closely at both sides of the issue, one can see that they are both horrible situations to be in, and that none of them are better situations.

Being a Japanese female in the Meiji Period meant working in the silk factory was not worth it because the living conditions were horrible and illness was very common. After examining the reasons, it is clear that illness, and living conditions make living in the factory horrible. The fatigue that the workers got after work were incredibly high, but what did they get in return were horrid living conditions. The living conditions made them weaker because they stuff, so much woman in a room that if one made a loud sound everyone would wake up. This made them even more fatigue and weakened them to be easier targets for illnesses. In the end, both of the situations are horrible.

What will be easy? What will be challenging? What ideas do you have already? Why do we use the design process and not just take our first idea? What are you looking forward to about this task? What topic are you thinking of? Why? ADD a photo of your design and briefly explain how you think you'll make it.

In our short time before Tet break. The easiest thing is probably to think of the ideas for the sculptor. The most challenging is trying to is to choose the materials in a short amount of time. I have an idea of what the door for the ruins is going to be. I think i'm going to use subtraction and add a real rock to the chair. We use the design process to plan how we can make it look better. I'm looking forward to actually making the sculpture because it seems fun. I'm thinking of making a ruin because I think that old ruins are cool and their might be space stuff.


Debate Statement: The Invention of air conditioning radically transformed human life more profoundly than the computer.

Pro : Sean, Andy, Michael

Con : Andy F, Spartacus, Kyle

Debate roles

Debate planing doc

filmed Debated footage:


Judge Assessment

Peer Assessment

Debate Reflection:

I learned that the fact that you day may be fake, but if you say it with confidence and persuasively you can make people believe it is true. You can tell a lie and people can think it’s true if you say it very confidently and sound persuasive. You can also do body motion which makes people think it’s true. That the team that we thought was going to lose made a persuasive argument and won. To make a better script because my script wasn’t that good and I got nervous while doing the debate and rush through my script.

This time the grasshoppers lived longer but they still died. This time the plants also died and there was moss growing in the ecodome. I think that the two grasshoppers had diarrhea because it stinks, so badly. The plant rotted as we planned, so next time we're going to use the dirt that Mr. Swart gave us.


I Layered the animals on the background on this page. I think this piece of art is pretty good, but I kind of think that the background doesn't really fit in with the animals. The New York student we work with did the background and we agreed that the background was fine.


I also did the research page. The research page is when I layered all of the research drawings on each other and research about the animals and put it in a presentation. I also did a poster with Antonio.The easiest one was the poster because me and Antonio worked on it together and we just needed to find pictures. The most challenging is the layering. I had to get it in the right place and have to delete the white places. Some of the animals wasn't drawn properly and when i use the magic wand it deleted everything.

I think the skype call was pretty interesting and awkward because we've been working together without knowing each other, and now we met each other and it kind of feel awkward.


I think that our final shop is pretty well made because the front cover of our book looks pretty good and there's also a description. I think that I can promote this by saying to go to the link and buy the book for donating to endangered animals on social medias.

img_0588We begun to make our second biodome. This time we added a different kind of dirt from the outside where we got the plants. This time we also added some corn for food and some rocks in the pool of water so they can drink without drowning. We also didn't add the worms to see if the worms were the cause of the disappearance of the grasshoppers.

The grasshoppers had lived longer than before, but the was some moss this time and it really smells. This time none of them drowned and they didn't disappear. Also this time the plants died. Nothing really changed except that the corn and the worms. We think that the worms were the one who made the grasshoppers disappear, but we're going to make one more test to see if it's true. Next time we'er adding worms and some more plants to make more air.

It's been 7 days since we putted in our three mantis.  We observe that one of our mantis died by drowning in the water that we made. I think we made the container too tall. Other two mantis that were still alive. They just disappear. On the ninth day both of the mantis disappear from the container. We thought the the worms we added might have buried them or ate them. Next time I think we're going to make a pool with a slope so the mantis can drink the water more easily. We also think that the other two might die from lack of oxygen because we didn't know how to put oxygen in their. In our picture it's a little hard to see because of the water that the plants made.

What are the compnents of your ecodome? Why have you chosen each one?

  • Big container for lots of room to move in and more space to add food and water.. A little bit of soil at the bottom so we can have more room at the top for plants. Have a pool of water on the left for their water. They can also use it to cool down if too hot. Add a log in the water for more space to move around. Plant some plants for it to grow for the grasshoppers to eat and put some worm in for the soil to have better fertilization. The plants can also be used for shades for the grasshoppers.

Here are some examples of components:

  • Amount of soil, Type of soil, Number of plants, Type of plants, Number of crickets, Other types of animals, Amount of water, Food amount, Etc.
Changes made on design day:

  • this could include any change from your original design based on your experience while building; like adding or subtracting of materials, change in habitat design, etc
  • We put a container to hold the water than putting it at the bottom because we didn’t have that much room. We also added more rocks for decoration. Everything else is the same.