Changes made

-Using Mr. Swart's soil

-Putting lettuce

This time we have decided to use a better soil from Mr. Swart's classroom because I think because last time the soil was not good that is the reason why it rotted away. This time I also planted the root more deeply so that it could grow. From the research last time I've learned to put lettuce because that is what grasshoppers eat. I've put less water so that it doesn't get too humid.



After we came back from WWW I've seen that it started to grow some mold and the plants has started to rot turning brown. Again one of the grasshoppers have decomposed and the other lying down dead. I think it died because of the bad habitat.

Quantitative observation:

3 grasshoppers were dead

3 out of 5 of my plants were rotting

Qualitative observation:

The soil and the plants were growing mold and it looked white.

1 grasshopper lying down dead but the others decomposed.

It was warm

Vlog conclusion


Reflection and Research

after we came back from www I’ve seen that it started to grow mold both leaves and dirt. The mold was white and I think also the grasshopper died because of starvation.I think it was because of the soil that I randomly took outside it started to rot and not survive for long and the cause of starvation and I also didn’t put enough water in so that might be another case of why it started to root the plants. I think we should use the soil from Mr. Swarts room and next time when I plant the plants I would carefully have to plant the roots as well or else it will die. Some research I got was that grasshoppers usually eat lettuce so thats something to feed for them next time.




Changes Made

-Removed water container

-Added a different type of soil

-Longer log

-Added more plants

We created our second ecodome and this time I didn't add any water container because it kills the grasshopper because when the sun shines the water it evaporates and since the container is closed it will make it humid inside which would kill the grasshopper and also the grasshopper could drown. We are also adding more plants for them to have more oxygens and for them to eat knowing that grasshoppers are vegetarian. We also added a longer log for the grasshoppers to jump on.


Observation Day 7

So on day 7 I did what it said on day 1. It survived through day 9. I can tell that inside the ecodome it was very very humid because of the condensation. It made the grasshopper very hard to breathe because of the water container we had. The sun shined into the water causing it to be very humid. On day 8 I saw 1 that drowned and 2 were still alive. When we came back in day 9 one of the grasshopper was dead lying on the dirt and the other one was decomposed.

Quantitative Data:

3 of the grasshoppers died.

We had over 50ml of water when we started but now its about 40 ml.

1 out of 5 of the leaves were turning brown or rotting.

Qualitative Data:

1 grasshopper was floating (drowned) on the water container.

1 other grasshopper was lying down dead.

In the ecodome it wasn't that stinky but felt warm.

There was some dirt in the water container.

Inside the ecodome it was very wet.


Conclusion Video


Reflection and Research

It caused the grasshoppers to die because my water container was a little bit tall and the grasshoppers drowned was stuck there. My other grasshoppers died because the surroundings were too humid and decomposed. To improve my ecodome I would have to put less water in my container so that it doesn’t get too humid. I also think that I should add more vegetables for them to eat because that also might be the case of them dying. As Mr. Swart said grasshoppers are cold blooded so when it gets humid which it gets warm it dies.



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

  • We have a big container which includes water, leaves and wood chunks for the grasshopper to exercise and eat. I’m also adding some worms because I think the worms help the soil to be healthy. We would have 3 grasshoppers to see if they breed. We would have some plants that are alive for them to provide oxygen and so that they have a natural surroundings for them to survive.


  • 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

On the design day we decided that would put a few worms since we thought that having worms healthy for the soil. We also added 3 grasshoppers to tell how they died.


This is the picture where we first planned how our ecodome would look like.

I am a shoemaker in the Middle Guild. Some of the techniques used was sandal over the Medditarnean area which consist of a protective sole, and attached to the foot with leather thong. In 1600 came in 2 types and one was 'Turn Shoes' one of the thin sole which makes the sole flexible. Which was sewed to the upper while outside in and turned over when completed. These type of shoes was made for slippers and other shoes.

In this project we were suppose to pick a project to work on my partner and I chose Johannes Kepler and we made a cross word puzzle for this and for this learning goal we as a presenters had to share our knowledge with enthusiasm and awareness of our audience. This blog post provides a reflection on my work, as well as a sample of what I accomplished.

What helped me stay organized?

Something that helped me stay organized was because me and my partner had something different to do. For example I worked on the title and clues in the cross word. My partner did the boxes for cross word and the stories for clues. Overall we should have had visuals so that it was more engaging and more fun for the audience do the crossword.

What did your group do today? Today we made finishing touches such as removing the coal and sand because it was slowing the water too much and transferring the water to drop in the water to a bottle and measuring how much water we get in a minute. What methods did you use to remove bacteria? We used the solar power to remove the bacteria. What methods did you use to remove salt? What methods did you use to remove sediment? We used evaporation to remove salt. Would you drink your water after it has passed through your filter system? Why or why not? Yes if it is evaporated but if it doesn’t evaporate enough I would not drink it.

What methods (chemical, mechanical, biological, or natural) are you using in your design?

Some methods in our design was using coffee filter, rocks, sand, bottle, and cotton so that is natural and mechanical. 

What steps do you need to do tomorrow to improve or test your design(systematic testing)?

I think we could improve on how we could make the water more clear. Last time we tested our prototype the water was pretty yellow-ish but we got the dirt out. 

 What is your prediction of how it will work?

Add a picture to show your model.Photo on 5-18-16 at 1.23 PM

How did you work with your group to brainstorm? 

I wasn’t here for the brainstorm but what I saw from the brainstorm was using a plastic bag to cover the water to make the sun light go in.

What ideas can you offer? 

I think we should make our water filtration system small for people to carry around easier and I think we should make our designs with some plastic bottles and poke some hole in the bottom.

What is your group’s next steps? 

Our next we should think about is to think how we can purify the water like distillation but using the sun light.

What should you bring?

I should bring some plastic bottles and coffee filters and some cups.