Science: Ecodome Day 25

Observations

  • All amount of fruit, plant, and soil were kept the same
  • The live plants were still green and growing
  • Few bites were taken on the dead leaves but the amount left decreased, only one leaf was left and all of the leaves turned yellow and dry
  • Amount of water was undetermined because it was sprinkled throughout the surface, but they became drop forms on the lid of the container and covered most of the surface on the lid
  • Cricket died in the half that had more sunlight available
  • Container was not as warm as last observation

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Conclusion

    • Possible reason why the cricket died was due to humidity, there seems to be too much water compared to the size of the container
    • Although amount of heat was controlled to half of the original, it can still be possible that the sunlight was still too strong
    • Possible reason why the cricket died may also be due to the fact that not enough food was provided, the amount and condition of the food left was not as great as previous experimental trials
    • There wasn’t much entertainment or hills for the crickets to play on

Research

Social Studies: Radical Inventions Debate

Statement:

The telephone revolutionized the history of the world more significantly than the invention of the light bulb

PRO Team:

Vivian, Tracy, Lissa

CON Team:

Elin, Thy, Kelly

Roles Matrix

Assessments: Teacher, Self, Judge, Team

Self Debate Planning Document

Reflection

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

Debate itself is a type of performance that is more advanced compared to others due to the fact that it involves many research, thinking, and challenging oneself on their reflective ability. I learned many things, actually. Things that I learned includes one’s confidence, phrasing sentences to strengthen claims and counterclaims, not be afraid to ask questions to challenge the other side, have few researches prepared that will predict what the other side might use as a claim. Confidence is definitely one thing I lacked during my debate, but the opponent had that and just by the confidence it seemed that the debate’s win was leaning against their side. I noticed in other people’s debates that some certain people had better claims because of the way they phrase their sentences, they used powerful words and made it sound smart.

  1. How do you establish credibility as a debater? Explain fully.

You can establish credibility as a debater in many different ways. First of all is actually stating where you get your information from, like “according to…” or “as stated in…”, these words become a lot more believable and useful when one’s source is widely known to be a database or a trustworthy source. Second of all is phrasing, the “smarter” you sound with your sentences, the more likely your audience or judges will be able to acknowledge your statements even without direct credibility. What I mean by sounding “smarter” with sentences is to use specific word choices to strongly state opinions and trying to use numbers and percentages to let the judge believe that you conducted good research.

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

What surprised me the most about the debate experience overall was the amount of thinking each individual puts into consideration. During my personal debate, I noticed certain members from the opposite team that conducted equal amount of research for both sides and used that as a strong rebuttal. Another thing that surprised me during other people’s debate was how everyone was concentrated, they were listening to the opposite team’s speeches and taking notes to later develop on a point to ask question towards.

  1. What were you most proud of in your own debate?

What I was most proud of in my own debate was how far and how much effort I’ve put in. I never really liked debates, I know for a fact that they help in public speaking and that it’s a very efficient way to observe performances, but I hate that the language of debate can sometimes be a little salty and cause little conflicts. I was proud that although I didn’t like it, I spent a very long time preparing for it and that I was able to speak a lot louder publicly than I used to.

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

What I would have done differently was to conduct more research on both the benefits and the disadvantages of the other team’s invention. I spent most of my research on what benefited my team instead of what my invention had that the others might not have. The other team also focused more on the future form of the invention more on the technical one that our team thought they were going to argue for. If I were to do the actual debate over again, I would be a little braver to stand up and rebut against the opposing team for a better chance of winning the debate.

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Science: Ecodome Day 15

Ecodome Design Components:

(As shown in the picture below)

  • Soil covers about a third of the container, a mixture of soil from the garden, soil provided, and some sand. It provides a base and nutrients for the plants
  • Soil contains many decomposed plants, wood, and a mixture of both dark and light colored soil
  • Five brand new plants in total from the garden, size is smaller than past trials
  • One cricket, because it takes up less sources
  • 25ml of water sprinkled throughout the soil and on the plants for photosynthesis and hydration
  • Four dead leaves at the side for food
  • Only half of the container is kept under sunlight to control from overheat

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*No new changes were made on design day

 

Science: Ecodome Day 13

Observations:

  • Amount of soil, plants and leaves were still the same
  • All plants survived
  • Amount of water was undetermined because it was sprinkled throughout the surface, but visually more than half of the water were in drops form on the lid and around the container
  • Few bites were taken on the leaves
  • Cricket died in a corner near the plants
  • Container was warmer than last observation

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Conclusion:

  • Possible reason why the cricket died was overheat, it stayed in the corner that was further from the sunlight
  • Possible reason why the cricket died was humidity, the were many drops of water on top of the lid and around the sides of the container

Research: 

Science: Ecodome Day 9

New Ecodome Design Components:

  • Soil that covered about a third of the container to provide surface and nutrients for plants
  • Three plants in total: one being cactus (survival rate is better even with little water), other two being picked from the school garden, just enough to provide oxygen but not take up too much space in the container
  • One cricket, uses less elements
  • About 30ml of water sprinkled over top of plants, soil, and along the side of the container for plant’s photosynthesis and cricket’s hydration
  • Three leaves for food, enough energy to keep cricket alive

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*No new changes were made on design day

Language Arts: Quarter Two Reflection

What was your biggest success?

My biggest success during this quarter was getting to know better of a topic that interests me. Most times when writing a long paper or essay, most teachers gave out a specific topic that we have to follow. While in this assignment, we got to choose a topic based on what interests us and what we love. I love art, and from that I extended my topic to colors. After that, an idea popped into my head about color blindness because I never knew much about it. Then that became my thinking question “How are colors displayed differently through the eyes of colorblind people?”. After the research is done, I felt accomplished and that I absorbed a lot of new knowledge, because the topic I decided to explore was brand new.

What was your biggest difficulty?

My biggest difficulty throughout this quarter, specifically the research paper, was finding sources for a useful and reliable information. During my research process, it was hard to find accurate information on “Dichromatism”. I first had some information from Encyclopedia Britannica, but when I started to research deeper on to that specific topic, I realized the facts given by Encyclopedia Britannica was either wrong or too confusing, because it was completely different from what many other websites had said. Then I decided to take off the information given from Encyclopedia Britannica, which after that I had to spend more time researching on Dichromatism.

What would you have done differently?

What I would have done differently on the research assignment was to not procrastinate. I didn’t write the research paper like in last minute, but I spent quite a time on other things like YouTube. What I did was I had both the research paper and a YouTube video open, and the YouTube video caught my attention the most so my productivity was 70% YouTube and 30% research paper. I would have finished my work of the day first before I even open the tab up for YouTube.

Research Paper

Science: Ecodome Day 7

Observations:

(As shown in the picture below)

  • All amount of fruit, plant, leaves, and soil were kept the same
  • The live plants were still green and growing
  • Few bites were taking on the dead leaves
  • Grapes rotted and formed a web like white substance on top
  • Many drops of water were formed on the lid
  • Amount of water inside cup decreased
  • Cricket drowned in cup of water

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Conclusion:

  • Cricket died due to a large amount of water being trapped in a container
  • Fruits molded due to humidity and overheat
  • Cricket was probably thirsty so it went into the cup of water for hydration, but the level of water was so high that it was unable to climb out and died

Research:

  • Others had ecodomes that had less amount of water
  • Others had no fruit at all
  • Carbon dioxide, water, sunlight is needed for plants to do photosynthesis, and nutrients to survive
  • Plants are needed to provide oxygen for the animal to live
  • Glucose and water is needed for survival and cellular respiration
  • Crickets eat leaves, fungi, fruits, insects

 

Science: Ecodome Day 1

Components of Ecodome:

(As shown on the diagram below)

  • Thin layer of soil in order to provide a platform/base and to provide nutrients for plants
  • Plants: a cactus in specific because it can survive with little water, preferably 3 with different types
  • Small fruits for food, preferably 5
  • Water for hydration and nutrients for plants
  • Little vegetables for food
  • Little worms for food
  • One cricket

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Changes made on design day: 

(As show on the picture below)

  • The ‘thin’ layer of soil became a little bit thicker in order to hold the root of the plants still on the surface 
  • Number of plants stayed the same, one being a cactus and the others being picked from the garden
  • Number of fruits went from 5 to 6
  • Water for hydration became 50 ml, and 20 ml was sprinkled throughout
  • Decided to put three little pieces of vegetables for it to nibble on
  • Ended up not using the little worms being drawn in the design paper due to not being able to find any
  • Number of cricket stayed the same

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Language Arts: Quarter One Reflection

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What did you do? Good + Bad?

What we did during this big project was to create a newspaper with the journalism article we wrote. This journalism article didn’t have a certain format to follow, although we did have a rubric to make sure we include certain amount of research, but the style of writing itself is based on what people wanted. I chose to interview a local new restaurant, Sizzlin’ Steak, and include different opinions from the customers. I, as a journalist, also went to the restaurant itself to test few dishes and took multiple pictures as a visual. What was good about this project was to experience what it would be like to go out to take notes and interview in person. Also, it was quite fun to observe what everyone chose to write as their journalism article. What went not as well during my project was the fact that I emailed some questions to Sizzlin’ Steak pretty early during this project, but they only gave back the answers after the project was already over. So it wasn’t that fact that I didn’t research, but it was that it took too long to receive it so it wasn’t included at all.

What did you learn? 

I learned quite a lot from this project. The most important one out of all is probably responsibility. Depending on how responsible we were on our amount of research, it reflected our grade as a result. The more you were willing to interview people, send emails, or to collect information yourself, the more evidence you could include inside your journalism article to make it stronger. I learned to organize my time outside of school as well. Since conducting research was based upon us, it was important to make schedule to keep everything organized. I was struggling at first to balance my amount of time working on this project and other school works, but with the extra time given in class to be able to work on it I had it done faster than I thought I would.

How was quarter one for you?

This quarter has been ok for me, I started getting used to the few changes between seventh and eighth grade to understand the different work amount and expectations. I struggled with time management in the beginning due to procrastination, but I’ve worked it out now so that I do my work beforehand. The pressure on the name of an eighth grader itself made me worry a lot and the fact that the amount of work kind of punches you in the face at the start. Indeed it was difficult compared to other years of middle school, but since our longest quarter is now over, I have confidence that I’ll be able to handle quarter two just as fine too.