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? 
In this project, I think that assembling small pieces to the chair will be easy however I think that the creations of the major parts will be very hard. For example in my chair, the cupcake is the main element and I think that that part will be the hardest. I brainstormed a lot of themes for my chair as well as planned and designed it very carefully. The reason why the design process is important because planning will always help us to get our very best idea out so that our chair will turn out even better. It will be very unorganized if you just start out it without having a clear plan .I've decided that my final chair will be a desert/birthday theme. I am looking forward to seeing my final chair and see how everything will come together in the end. The reason why I chose desserts because I think that it can be a very fun topic and I just like it overall. Below here are some pictures. 
As I started to make the chair, each lesson we have to use this app call "30 Hands Pro" so show our progress. We just have to take a picture of whatever we made that lesson, voice over and answer a few basic questions like "What you find challenging", "What you actually did that lesson", "What you are planning to do next lesson". This helps us as well as Mrs. Jardin track what we do each lesson instead of writing/filming one big reflection at the end. I really enjoy this and it doesn't take that much time. Here are some links to the video.
1st Video:


2nd video:



I feel like this youtube video will be very helpful in the next few lessons because since I am nearly finished with the cupcake and the vines, I am moving onto the plate (my second biggest element). In this video, it exactly shows me how to make a plate with local materials which will be very helpful. This is slightly like how I created the cupcake and vines so I think that it will be pretty straightforward.

Reflect on your Progress Grade. Was that what you were expecting? Why? What do you need to do to achieve an A?

I feel like my grades are fine right now and that was what I was expecting. However, I didn't do well in the planning process because I was really eager to get started on the chair. It wasn't the best grade ever but it was above decent which is the same as my work so far. As for the grades of the chair and the blog posts, I'm happy with them because it is what I was expecting. Despite that, I still have a lot to do to improve my chair. To be able to achieve an A, I am going to be more specific on my 30 hands videos as well as my blog posts. I will also work more efficiently in classes to use the time properly.


Day 1

Finish the vines (plastering 2-3 layers)

Paint the cupcake

Day 2


inish the vines (plastering 2-3 layers)

Paint the cupcake

Day 3

Start on the plate (plastering)

If there is time, start on the spoons and forks


Day 4

Start on the plate (plastering)

If there is time, start on the spoons and forks


Day 5

Start and finish the spoons and forks (tin foil)


Day 6

Start and finish the spoons and forks (tin foil)

Day 7

Paint the chair

Day 8

Add the miniatures on top and bottom of the chair

Day 9

Add the miniatures on top and bottom of the chair


Day 10

Finish any undone work + miniatures


2 recent videos:


17th April 30 hands Video:

Before and After Pictures:

  1. Looking at what you have achieved over the last 10 weeks, describe how you feel about the chair now and what you have really achieved. (imagine being back at that starting point)

My chair right now is much better compared to my chair from 10 weeks ago. I really connected all the pieces together, making everything neater and attached all of my elements onto my chair. Even though I haven't fixed all the painting yet, I feel like my chair is pretty much finished. I feel very proud because I followed the plan quite similarly. I tried really hard and worked very efficiently every lesson to be able to have my chair right now.

  1. Explain the elements that are applied (you may need to look at your poster again don’t forget movement is one too) to your chair so far. If you were to choose ONE to be the most important what would it be? Is there one much more dominant than the others?

For my chair, the texture is pretty different for everything. For the spoon and fork, I used tin foiled squished together so the texture is like bumpy. While my cupcake, I tried to make the painting as smooth possible. For the plate, I purposely didn't rub the plaster completely to give that filter-ish texture. For colors, I created a pretty clear contrast since everything else besides the spoon and fork was very colorful while the spoon and fork are painted in black. The movement was focused on the twizzlers so that your eyes can see where it is going which also makes it interesting from all angles.


  • No mold at all

    This is our unsealed Ecodome #3/ As you can see 1 of the plants was completely gone. The other 2 were half bitten. We think that the grasshoppers didn't quite like the big one. It was pretty humid and smelly.
  • The plants are nearly all gone and bitten badly because the grasshoppers ate them
  • The leftover plants are very green
  • Both of our grasshoppers died - They turned green and brown near the end
  • All of the water from the petridish evaporated because the grasshoppers drank it and sunlight
  • The grasshoppers might have pooped on the petri dish
  • The soil looks very healthy and very moisturized because of the fertilizers
  • Less humidity due to reduce the amount of water, however, there were still droplets of water on the sides
  • The outside of the box is very warm - we are considering to move the location


In conclusion, our grasshoppers only survived for at least 4 days. The rest, we went to WWW so we couldn't observe on a daily basis but for sure, it survived for 4 days. In my opinion, I think that there were enough water and oxygen but there was too much sunlight causing the ecodome to overheat. To solve this problem, we can move the ecodome to a cooler place with a little bit of sunlight. As mentioned in the previous conclusions, there are droplets of water because of the sun making the water from the soil and petridish evaporate. Unlike the previous two ecodomes, there was no mold at all because we didn't put anything in besides the basic elements (no cherries, bananas, etc). We think that this is the right amount of water but we might increase the amount of water to plants. Overall, the grasshoppers didn't survive this time, we learned a lot and we will make a few more changes to our last ecodome.

This is a close-up picture of one of our dead grasshoppers. As you can see, the color of the grasshopper changed from green to yellow. Its body was pretty hard when we touched it - clinging onto a plant.


  • The best and easiest food type that you can give to grasshoppers is fresh grass
  • Grasshoppers won't survive as long if they are in a humid, wet habitat

Sources : Other people from my class + Website

Changes we are making to our FINAL ecodome

  • More plants because it will be 1 month, just in case the grasshoppers survive
  • We are adding more water to water the plants
  • Change of position - Somewhere further out of the window but now too far
  • Less fertilizers
  • Adding grass into our ecodome

Link (in case video doesn't pop up)

A close-up picture of one of the plants. The grasshoppers didn't seem to like this plant too much. However, you can see bitten pieces. It was very healthy and green.

Debate Statement: The telephone revolutionized human life in a more significant way than the invention of the refrigerator.

Pro Team : Sung Kyu, PePe and Esther

Con Team : Vicky, Yeoun Jae and Kolton

My Peer Evaluation

Judge and Self Evaluation

Vicky's Debate Planning Doc

8F Roles Matrix

Debate Video

Debate Reflection:

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

Persuasion shows me that it is important to show credibility as a debater. If you appear to be confident and show a lot of statistics, even if your facts are incorrect, you will assure your audience that you have a lot of knowledge in this topic and they can totally trust you.

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

To establish credibility as a debater, I cite my sources carefully and write something like ‘according to’ when I take notes. However, when I choose my sources to research, I choose websites from the school databases, .org, .edu, books and videos to make it more reliable.

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

Before doing the debate, I was really comfortable but when I was debating, especially when I was the first group, I was very nervous. However, since I practiced a lot, I was very fluent in my speeches showing my confidence and assertiveness.

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

I was proud that I was speaking very fluently and how I appeared very confident earning some trust from the judges and audience. Most of my main points were presented during my speeches showing show analysis for my claim.

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

If I were to do this again, I would research more about the PRO team so that when they prove their claims, I can rebut back. The rebuttal is a very significant process in a debate because this part earns the most trust from the judges. If you answer your opponent’s questions fluently, people are going to likely be on your side.

Describe what you did on the page and give your opinion of the final piece. What do you like the most about it? Why? How well did the NY student's work fit in?

In the 'Letter F' page, I created the background including the objects that started with the letter F. As you can see, I drew things like the ferris wheel, frog, fish, fence. etc. I also helped to attach the tissue paper onto the fossa. I also put everything together on the iPad. In my opinion, I like this page better than my 2nd one because we spent more effort on it and I feel like it turned out better. I really like the Letter F page and it turned out better than I expected. I like how it is very colorful and the animal is in a cartoon style. I honestly don't know why but I prefer animations over the realistic drawing. My NY buddy did pretty well and the coloring was great. I think it would be better if the lettering was darker. final-f

Show/Insert your other jobs (anything extra you did for the book) ie research, drawings, layering 3 animals/ cover. Discuss what was easy and what was challenging. What are you proud of and how have your skills grown?

Besides doing my first page, I also created another page with Pepe which letter U. I also did the layering for the research page for letter S. Once again in letter U, I created the background including the things that started with U. I was also in charge of editing everything and putting every part together same as Letter F. In the U, I just got the pictures of the seal and layered them together on the iPad. Something that was easy was actually drawing it and just cutting it out. Something that was challenging for me was that when I edited the pictures on the iPad, I didn't really know where to put specific things to make it look pretty. I had to fiddle around and see what fits best. I am proud how the final pieces all turned out. I feel like my editing skills improved and I can do it more effectively now.



Explain what you did for your publicity job, add a screenshot/link/photo. (ie donation boxes, banners, letters to the school, book launch)

For the publicity job, I created a script to talk infront of the MS as a whole and for me, I created a presentation to go along with the speech. Each person wrote their own part for the script. We also copied and pasted some from the blurb. We planned out the dates and how everything will come together at once and it was pretty organized. We already talked to Ms Burger and got everything accepted. I am really looking forward to the Book Launch.

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Links : Presentation and Script

How did you feel about the Skype call? 

I felt like the Skype call was super fun getting to actually talk to them in person. I saw my partner and it was fun talking to her. I really enjoyed talking to all of them and they were really outgoing and it wasn't as awkward as I expected. They also took selfies with us via the call and it was just really interesting. All of us had a great time asking and answering each other questions to be able to get to know each other more.

Discuss what do you think of our final shop? How will you promote it? 

Our final shop looks really cool and organized. It just feels really professional and something actual authors would do. I am really excited to receive my final book and finding out the total amount of money we will be raising for WWF. I am especially excited since the book is hardcover. I will promote it by using social medias (Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, etc) emphasizing that all of the money that we get will be going to charity. I am really enthusiastic to promote this to people to raise awareness. Overall, this project was really fun and I'm super excited to receive the book!!!



Materials Used - Why? (What we kept the same)

  • 2 grasshoppers - From what we observed the groups that had their animals surviving, 90% of the people used grasshoppers. If we put 1 grasshopper and 1 cricket again, the cricket might eat the grasshopper because crickets are omnivores.

    As you can see, we added the same plants as we did for the Ecodome #2.
  • 1 medium sized box - Not too big not too small
  • We added our first layer of soil from the soil that was provided for us in the classroom - The height of the first layer of soil is about 2cm
  • For the plants, we used the soil that was outside in the garden because that is the type of soil that makes the plants grow quickly (according to the gardener out there) - We surrounded the plants with the soil found in the garden
  • We also added 3 big chunks of fertilizers and small pieces to help the plants grow faster because the plants might die and the grasshoppers might starve
  • Small rocks around the soil
  • A piece a platform for the grasshoppers to crawl around
  • Sun pointing towards the opposite direction of the water for the animals so it won’t evaporate as much.

Things that we changed

  • We removed the cherries because the grasshoppers didn't eat it at all and they were just rotting and creating more mold
  • We added 4ml of water into the petri dish instead of 7ml because the grasshoppers didn't drink a lot (or at all) and the water was just evaporating creating a humid environment
  • We added 1 more plant into our ecodome because this time we will leave it for more than 10 days so they will need more supplies of food
  • We only water the plants with 10ml of water to reduce the humidity again



This is our ecodome #3. You can see, pretty much is the same and the biggest change was that we removed the cherries. Other than that, we just increased/decreased of certain things. You can see one of the grasshoppers on the top right corner.

Link (in case video doesn't work): Video of Ecodome #3



  • A lot of mold near the small cherries - Mold can be created by tiny spores reproducing
  • The leaves from the plants were bitten (a lot)
  • The cherries seem to stay the same

    16th November - One of our grasshoppers camouflaging with the plants
  • Both of our grasshoppers are alive
  • The water evaporated and there are water droplets on four sides
  • Our grasshoppers are on the plants and moving healthily (2nd day of surviving)
  • It seems like the grasshoppers really like the plants but not the cherries
  • The plants grew a little bit - I think it is because of the fertilizers and photosynthesis
  • Both of our plants are looking healthy without any signs of rotting
  • There is still some water left in the petri dish - It looks like the grasshoppers don't drink a lot of water
  • The soil absorbed a lot of water


In conclusion, both of our grasshoppers survived for 10 days. There is enough oxygen, sunlight, water and food for the grasshoppers to survive. As previously stated in the Ecodome 1

Mold around our plants can be seen around the cherries and underneath the plant.

conclusion, there are water droplets because of evaporation and condensation. The grasshoppers really like the plants and are getting energy from those plants. However, this time, the plants that we had were almost completely eaten. We had medium sunlight getting in so I don't think our ecodome will overheat. Even though we already reduced the amount of water in the petri-dish, we don't think grasshoppers even drink water. Overall, this ecodome was very successful but we still have a few more factors for our 3rd ecodome before WWW.


Changes we are considering for our 3rd trial

  • We will not be putting in the small cherries because the grasshopper didn't eat it and it only created mold
  • Less water because the grasshoppers didn't drink it either
  • 1 additional plant in because we want to keep it over WWW, which requires more food


  • Grasshoppers don't eat cherries
  • Grasshoppers don't drink much water - don't drink water at all
  • They really like the plants in the garden according to other groups
  • Our plants didn't need a lot of water to be able to survive, it mainly needs sunlight

Sources : People from my class (Kelly) + Experiences from our 1st Ecodome

Ecodome #2 (Opened) - This is after we freed both of our grasshoppers and the plants looked healthy but the one in the bottom left was almost finished. The grasshoppers ate it. The plant on the top right was also bitten but less than the other one.


What was your biggest success?

In my opinion, I did really well on finding information that focuses on my topic which is all from reliable sources. I had a total of 12 research cards with a variety of direct quotes and paraphrased sentences. All of my research cards were straight to the point that clearly answered the question.

What was your biggest difficulty?

In this paper, I found out that writing an introduction is much harder than what I expected it to be. Since one of the requirements of an introduction is to have no facts at all and I felt that was challenging. Without providing the reader any facts in the introduction is hard for me because that was how I have been writing it for the past few years.  I will work on this technique in the future by providing information but not anything too specific that answers my question.

What would you have done differently?

If I were to do this paper again, I would add a little bit more details into the conclusion. In my opinion, I think my conclusion has enough details but it needs more food for thought for the reader to be able to expand their knowledge.


Materials Used - Why?

  • 2 grasshoppers - From what we observed the groups that had their animals surviving, 90% of the people used grasshoppers. If we put 1 grasshopper and 1 cricket again, the cricket might eat the grasshopper because crickets are omnivores.
  • 1 petri dish of water with 7ml of water - Last time when we had 10 ml, there were a lot left and there will just be a lot of water evaporating which will create a wet and humid environment
  • 3 small cherries - We used this because as we researched the other groups used them and it was very successful + grasshoppers are herbivore
  • 2 plants - In our last ecodome, we saw bitten pieces in the corners of these plants and we are mostly sure that the cricket and grasshopper ate it. (Provides oxygen also)
  • We water the plants and soil with 15 ml of water because last time when we watered it with 30 ml of water, the plants didn't seem too healthy and the soil was soaking wet
  • 1 medium sized box - Not too big not too small
  • We added our first layer of soil from the soil that was provided for us in the classroom - The height of the first layer of soil is about 2cm
  • For the plants, we used the soil that was outside in the garden because that is the type of soil that makes the plants grow quickly (according to the gardener out there) - We surrounded the plants with the soil found in the garden
  • We also added 3 big chunks of fertilizers and small pieces to help the plants grow faster because the plants might die and the grasshoppers might starve
  • Small rocks around the soil
  • A piece a platform for the grasshoppers to crawl around
  • Sun pointing towards the opposite direction of the water for the animals so it won’t evaporate as much.

Changes Made from 1st Trial

  • We removed the bananas because, in our Ecodome 1, they didn't eat the bananas at all. We added 2 plants instead of 3
  • We changed from having 1 grasshopper, 1 cricket to 2 grasshoppers because the ecodomes that were successful had grasshoppers instead of crickets
  • We changed the amount of water from 10ml to 7ml for the petri dish
  • We reduced the number of plants from 3 - 2
  • We added fertilizers in the soil
  • We reduced the amount of soil by half
  • The water that we used to water the plants also got decreased from 30ml - 15ml
  • We placed our ecodome to a different place since our old place was receiving too much sunlight

Things that we kept the same

  • The same medium-size container
  • The same direction - Sun pointing towards the opposite direction of the water for the animals so it won’t evaporate as much.
  • Small rocks around the soil
  • 1 type of soil the same
Ecodome #2 - As you can see, these are the materials that we put into it. There are cherries, plants, etc as mentioned before.
Ecodome #2 - A clearer picture with both of our grasshoppers healthy living in our ecodome.


  • There were a lot of mold especially on the pants

    Observations of Ecodome 1 - The smell was humid and you can see A LOT of mold in the bottom left the corner. The plants didn't look too healthy. You can see our dead grasshopper in the bottom right corner dead.
  • 3 pieces of bananas were left being rotten
  • Both our cricket and grasshopper died
  • About 5ml of water is left in the petri dish
  • The grasshopper turned yellow
  • The soil is soaked up by the water
  • All 3 of our plants are still there
  • The air inside is humid and wet
  • There is condensation on the wrap
  • It smells like rotten plants and bananas
  • More than 50 droplets on water on the 4 sides on the box
  • Our plants are bitten at some part


In conclusion, I think that the water from the petri dish evaporated so that was why there were droplets of water on the wrap. The droplets of water on all 4 sides are also collected due to condensation and evaporation. Our plants are still there and didn't die because we water it and there was enough sunlight for photosynthesis. In my opinion, I think that both the cricket and grasshopper died because the food we put in were the food that they didn't want to eat. In addition to that, I think we put too much water and the box was too close to the window where there was a lot of sunlight. I think that we should put it somewhere else further so that it won't overheat and make both the animals, plants die. If there is too much sunlight, the water for the cricket will evaporate and the animals will die.

Changes we are considering for Ecodome #2:

  • Amount of plants, water and soil
  • Crickets to Grasshoppers
  • Location of the ecodome


  • Crickets eat fungi, fruits, leaves and other insects (including crickets)
  • Water and glucose are especially significant for living things to survive and cellular respiration
  • Some of the other groups had different sections so the water won't be absorbed by the soil
  • Other had rotten fruits instead of good fruits
  • Water, sunlight, and CO2 is needed to be able to help plants have photosynthesis
  • Plants and soil need nutrients to survive and be healthy
  • Other ecodomes didn't have a lot of water
  • All living organisms need geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere to survive
  • Other ecodomes had more plants compared to fruits
  • When the crickets get hungry, they might get hungry but if there is too much food then there will be a lot of molds
  • Crickets don't eat bananas

Sources : People from my class and other classes + Website

Link of Video : Ecodome #1 Observations

Materials Designed - Why?

  • Plants - Produces oxygen for the cricket and grasshopper
  • 10kg box because if there is more space, there will be more oxygen
  • Landscape because if it is wider, we can put more things on the surface

    Design - 1st Trial - This was our design on A3 paper. You can see clear diagrams of each elements and why we chose to put each element in. You can also read it above.
  • 1 grasshopper, 1 cricket for better chance of surviving
  • Dirt/Soil - Better to grow plants
  • Water - Supply for the cricket and grasshopper to survive
  • Rocks under the water so that the water won’t be absorbed into the dirt
  • Food  container to provide energy
  • Corn, wheat for grasshopper
  • Rotten fruits like bananas and grapes for the cricket
  • Platform to the food container so that it is easier for the animals to climb on
  • A piece of paper/tinfoil so that the water for the animals won’t evaporate

Changes made on 1st Trial 

  • We changed corn/wheat into rotten bananas and some plants 
  • Instead of using stones for our water, we used a petri dish for the water
  • We changed the shape of our box because our original box stands up while our box (currently) lays down so it is easier to use
  • To ensure that no oxygen will be allowed in there, we added a piece of plastic wrap and then closed the box
  • We also watered our plants before we closed them
  • We added 2 different types of soils - 1 for the plants and 1 for the normal surface
  • Added some plants that we saw Mr. Swart fed the crickets

    Ecodome - 1st Trial - This was our ecodome sealed with all the things we used inside.

Materials Used - 1st Trial

  • 1 banana (cut into 10 small pieces)
  • 2 plants for producing oxygen
  • 2 plants in Mr. Swart’s classroom for the cricket to eat
  • 4-5 scoops of surface soil, 3 scoops of plants soil (Total : 1/2 box filled)
  • 30 ml of water for the plants, 30 ml of water for the grasshopper+cricket
  • 1 medium-sized box
  • Small rocks around the soil
  • Sun pointing towards the opposite direction of the water for the animals so it won’t evaporate as much.