In day 44 we created our last ecodome that we would use for the grade 8 ecodome competition.



Picture of the final ecodome

Different components added

  • Soil - This time, we carefully looked at the soil and assured ourselves that the soils dont have mold on them. We decided to put the soil as the base
  • A different green plant - This is because from our last ecodome we got a conclusion that they don't eat the green plants we originally put. So, we changed it with another green plant just hoping that the grasshopper would eat them.
  • Fertilizer
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  • Stones
  • Water scattered around
  • 3 grasshoppers
  • Lettuce
  • Cabbage
  • Marbles - decoration for the ecodome. We put about 8 of  them around the eco-dome.



Changes made

To find the specific amount of the components that we are adding, please see the section above this.

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

Pro team: Pepe, SungKyu, Esther

Con team: Yeoun Jae, Kolton, Vicky

Debate Roles

Debate Planning Doc

Filmed Debate Footage

Debate Reflection

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

Throughout all the preparation and the actual debate, I have learnt quite a lot of things that I would love to share. Firstly, I now knew that we can persuade in more variety of ways. For example, we can have counterclaims to anticipate and answer the opponent’s refutal, and cite my sources to add credibility. Secondly, I knew that even if I don’t know much about what I need to persuade, I can still persuade with just confidence and the urge to doing it. Thus I realised the meaning of credibility -  we aren’t proving that our side is correct, we are persuading and making them to think that our side is correct.

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

For me, all my credibility came from my research and preparation. I went and found my informations on only reliable sources. This sources include the sites containing “edu”, “org”, and other popular and common sites that is used by many people. This was due to the fact that “edu” and “org” sites were purely for learning without and profit, whereas other websites may exploit themselves by saying things that are biased, or that are false. To actually prove my credibility, I mostly did it throughout my speech. When I want to cite a source, I usually started by saying “according to ….” so that my opponents know that my sources are reliable and not from just a random site.

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

I was so surprised that I proceeded myself all the way through the debate, from the preparation to the victory of the debate. This really surprised me as this debate was the first ever debate that I had, hence had no experience in doing this. Although I was really worrying about the questions that my opponents are going to ask me, I was very happy that I was able to improvise and counter my opponent.

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

I was really proud that I talked through my speech fluently, without many stammering and hesitating. I also think I was very confident in the way that I have talked to my opponents.

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

If I was to do this again, I would really like to work more on my research. This was due to the fact that I didn’t answer clearly when my opponent asked questions to attack us. If I had more research, I think I could have more easily answer the opponent’s question and counterclaim them. Furthermore I think I wouldn’t have stammered much if I had more research, because if I had more research I would have been more confident about what I am saying, and would also know about what I am talking about.

  1. Additional Comments, Questions, Observations or Suggestions.

I think it was a memorable experience, the debate, and would like to do it again and improve what I didn’t do so well in this debate.


Self assessment

Judge assessment

Peer assessment 


In day 16 we opened our eco-dome, since we could no longer see any grasshoppers still living.


Observations made from the ecodome



  • Some plants were still fresh, their leaves still green.
  • On the leaves of a plant had white, and black things on top.
  • One plant had mold on their leaves.


  • img_2359All 2 grasshoppers died.
  • The grasshoppers showed yellow in terms of body color.
  • 1 of the grasshoppers had their head cut.
  • The soils still had moisture and wasn't dried
  • The plants didn't look to increase in size.
  • We could see water condensation happening at the side of the ecodome.






Reflection and Research



In day 24 we created our 3rd ecodome that we would leave for a whole week (due to WWW).


Different components that we have added:

  • Soil - This is really vital in terms of growing plants. Soil is included in the geosphere which helps the plants to gain nutrients needed for photosynthesis. We also put this to make sure our grasshoppers easily walk around the ecodome to acquire food. We would set them at the base of the ecodome.
  • Same small plant that we used last time - 15231513_510461399152835_879403852_oWe added these as we thought that these were the plants that the grasshoppers ate. Other reason why we are putting these plants are because this plants can help creating oxygen and removing carbon dioxide, since they are capable of doing photosynthesis. Without the plants grasshoppers would eventually end up dying due to lack of oxygen. We put about 2 big ones and 2 small ones on the side, so that it doesn't interfere much with grasshopper's way and it also doesn't trap them and make them to get stuck.
  • Fertilizer - We used fertilizer to make the small plants to grow faster. This was because from our previous research it has been found that fertilizers can boost plants to grow faster, and bigger, meaning there would be more food available for the grasshoppers. How our fertilizer looks like (click to check) We put them together with the soil, in a nice mixture. The ratio of the soils to the fertilizers were about 5 to 1.
  • Stones - We put 4 stones around the ecodome on the soils. Although we didn't know the clear job of the stones, we added them since they were what most successful ecodomes consisted. From our prediction, they would help the soil to be stable and sturdy like
    concrete for the grasshoppers to walk on it, and not collapse and make the grasshoppers to inside like what we think happened last time.
  • Water scattered around - This was to prevent the grasshoppers from drowning. If we put water in petri dish the grasshoppers may risk themselves drowning and dying, whereas water scattered around before closing the ecodome can provide sufficient amount of water for: the plants to grow, and to keep the grasshoppers hydrated. Since this worked last time, we decided to try it again. We put about 80ml of water in.


Changes made

In day 16 we opened our eco-dome, since we could no longer see any grasshoppers still living.


Observations of the second eco-dome:

  • All of the grasshoppers weren't visible to our eyes when we tried to look from the outside of the container - a lot of water was to be condensed.

img_2361 <----as seen the water has condensed and is starting to fall on the soils.

  • All of our 5 grasshoppers were found survived.
  • The grasshopper's body colors were green.
  • Grasshoppers size neither decreased nor increased.
  • Some grasshoppers were predicted to be inside the soil
  • The plants were green, and looked pretty healthy                                                                                                                                                                                 img_2362<---- One of the plants that we have put in our ecodome
  • Small, thin plants that we put beside the center were to be eaten.
  • Soil still had moisture
  • Soil had dark brown color like how it was like before we put them into our ecodome.
  • Corns looked the same as when we put them in to our eco-dome.
  • The number of corns didn't change (but we aren't sure if they still ate part of it)
  • The number of lettuce pieces didn't change (but we aren't sure if they still ate part of it)



Reflection and Research

  • I think soil still had moisture due to the water cycle. I think that the water that we have put in the dome evaporated and condensed, which made the side of the ecodome to be very blurry. As these water on the side of the ecodome falls down eventually (like precipitation happening in our lives) they would be left in the soil and let the plants acquire them.
  • Healthy grasshoppers were because they didn't suffer malnutrition. They had sufficient amount of edible food, water, which were what they required to perform cellular respiration.                                             <>
  • I think the oxygen could be acquired by the plants photosynthesizing, which makes the grasshoppers to have all 3 things needed to respire.                <>
  • We decided that cereal corns were not ideal thing to put in to our eco-dome. This was because from other groups such as Vicky's we could spot mold formed in their ecodome because of the cereal corns. Mold were analyzed to affect grasshoppers' health. <>
  • Although we removed stone from our 2nd ecodome since we thought it didn't help, we knew that in successful ecodomes such as Annabelle's, we could spot stones. Our prediction of their job was to keep the soil stable.
  • We knew that we could use fertilizers. We found out that fertilizers can make plants to grow faster and bigger, thus it will provide more food for the grasshoppers. It also means there are more photosynthesis happening.      <>
  • Since our eco-dome was so successful, we decided not to change many things.

In day 15 we have created our 2nd ecodome.


                                                                                (Picture of our 2nd eco-dome right after the creation)


Different Components that we have added:

  • Soil -This is really vital in terms of growing plants. Soil is included in the geosphere which helps the plants to gain nutrients needed for photosynthesis. We also put this to make sure our grasshoppers easily walk around the ecodome to acquire food. We would set them at the base of the ecodome.
  • Small, thin plants - We added this instead of adding those big plants. This was due to the fact that we predicted that they will eat these as they were soft plants.  Other reason why we are putting these plants are because this plants can help creating oxygen and removing carbon dioxide, since they are capable of doing photosynthesis. Without the plants grasshoppers would eventually end up dying due to lack of oxygen. We put about 2 big ones and 2 small ones on the side, so that it doesn't interfere much with grasshopper's way and it also doesn't trap them and make them to get stuck.
  • Corns - They were added due to the research that we have completed on day 14. We thought that corns were perfect food for the grasshoppers, as they are soft and was predicted to be edible for grasshoppers. Moreover, they were added just in case that grasshoppers don't eat the green plants. We put about 20 pieces of them, all scattered around the ecodome. They were not steamed.
  • Small lettuce pieces - We tore all the lettuce into small pieces, so that they are very light and soft. We used them just in case that the grasshoppers don't eat corns or the green plants. We put 7~9 pieces of those on the ground, all size approximately 2cm by 2cm.
  • Water scattered around - this was to prevent the grasshoppers from drowning. If we put water in petri dish the grasshoppers may risk themselves drowning and dying, whereas water scattered around before closing the ecodome can provide sufficient amount of water for: the plants to grow, and to keep the grasshoppers hydrated. We put about 80 ml of water and poured it with our hands. We tried to make sure that all the parts of the ecodome gets ample water.


Changes made

In addition, we have also changed the container of the eco-dome. The reason was that the grasshoppers didn't require so much space and resources to survive, and we concluded that it was just waste of materials.

Last of all, rather than putting water in petri dish, we decided that for this time we won't put any water in petri dish, but put a lot of water before we closed our ecodome. This strategy was used because last time we saw grasshoppers getting drowned in water which was probably due to the fact that they fell in the petri dish and struggled to go out. In another meaning, albeit the fact that we knew the plants will eventually die due to lack of water, we predicted that it will at least survive as long as the lifespan of a normal grasshopper.


In day 14 we opened our eco-dome, since we could no longer see any grasshoppers still living.


photo-on-11-8-16-at-9-11-am                                                                                 (Picture of the ecodome from outside perspective.)


Observations of the ecodome:

  • The ecodome was so blurry from outside because of the water condensation.
  • All of our 8 grasshoppers died.
  • They showed yellow body color, instead of green like how it was before we put them into the dome.
  • They decreased in size.
  • They looked as if they were drenched and soaked in water for a long time.
  • One of the yellow grasshoppers were stuck in the side of the ecodome.
  • Plants were still green, still growing.
  • No molds were to be found in the plants.
  • The size of the plants were relatively the same compared to when we first put them in.
  • There were no water left in some of the petri dishes, and some were left out in one of the petri dish. Some blurry food coloring looking liquid was to be spotted on the petri dish.
  • Soil still had moisture, had dark brown like how it was like before we put them into our ecodome.




Reflection and Research

    • I think our grasshoppers were soaked in water dead because they accidentally fell into the water in the water plant container and got drowned.
    • I think that the reason why some of the grasshoppers died was due to the limited carrying capacity in the dome. This may be because of lack of resources, space, air, and more. This can possibly make them to have an intra-specific relationship, where they would fight each other to attain their limited food source.
    • I think the water no water was left in the petri dish due to water cycle, specifically evaporation. More information on water cycle is found here: <>
    • I think the water was on the side of the ecodome and made the ecodome to be blurry when looked from outside because of condensation. This is also a part of the water cycle, and you may check out the website that is in the first bullet point.
    • We reassured that grasshoppers were vegetarian.                                                                 That is found in here:                                                 <> and                    <>
    • Plants were too big and hard for the grasshoppers to consume them. One of the ways we could knew this was by the fact that we had a grasshopper which got stuck on the side with the plants which struggled to get out. The plants were found to be not eaten at all.
    • We also knew that from successful ecodomes of people like Yeoun Jae and Haeree's group, that their plants were a lot smaller than ours, still sufficient amount, and was edible for all the grasshoppers. The plants they used were cabbages, and corns.
    • Corns were researched to be a perfect food for grasshoppers. This is found in here: <>  We also think this as corns are small, and made sense when we supposed that grasshoppers eat them.
    • I also new that - although this may sound stupid - that the grasshoppers can't live without food. This is because to gain ATP - adenosine triphosphate - which is a form of energy. To get this energy we need food, water, and oxygen. This is a must, and nothing can replace it.
    • We knew that to provide sustainability we needed to have water and make sure that this ecodome is sealed. This way we knew that the water would condense, and would fall down (like precipitation in the sky) on the soil. This provide sustainability as the water that has been sort of wasted (as it can no longer be used by both the animal and plant in the ecodome) is made so that it is used for the plants.

In day 1 designed and created our first eco-dome.


screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-9-28-27-pm(Our plan for the first ecodome)

What are the components of your eco-dome and why are we putting them in?

  • Grasshoppers - We are planning to put 4 in.
  • Crickets - We decided to put 4 in.
  • Plants - We have these for the vegetarian grasshoppers, who would be eating the leaves. This plants can also help creating oxygen and remove carbon dioxide, since they are capable of doing photosynthesis. Without the plants grasshoppers would eventually end up dying due to lack of oxygen. This plants are big but their leaves soft and smooth. We are going to put three of them in our dome.
  • 3 Water plants - We have these in case the plants which grow in soils are dead. From research, it has been found that these water plants would last very long if they are in water, which means that the grasshoppers would be able to eat these for a period of time too. These water plants that we got are very sturdy, and big. (You can see the Picture at the bottom for more information)
  • Soil - This is really vital in terms of growing plants. Soils are included in the geosphere which helps the plants to gain nutrients needed for photosynthesis. Just like how important the plants are in keeping the whole ecodome sustainable, without these plants can't proceed their job.
  • Water - We have these so that we can make sure our water plants grow. Furthermore, we have lots of these located around the dome, so that the plants are spread pretty nicely around everywhere in the dome. Another reason that we have water is so that the grasshopper can drink it, and keep itself hydrated all the time. We are going to be using water to fill 3 containers that we will going to be putting water in, and 3 in a small petri dish for the grasshoppers.
  • Banana peels - These are used as fertilizers for our plants, since from our prior knowledge we knew that we may use banana peels to boost the growth of the plant. We are going to be putting about 5 banana peels in the soils.
  • Petri dish- are used to store the water in, so that they are not absorbed in soils and would consistently supply water to the grasshoppers.


Changes made on the design day:

On the day when we actually create our eco-dome, it went really similar to our previous plan. Some minor changes were made to the eco-dome due to the difference of reality and our expectations.

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-9-27-23-pm    (Picture of our first ecodome right after the creation)

  • We had 8 grasshoppers with no crickets. This was due to the fact that from research we found that crickets may eat each other to survive; crickets are harder for us to put them in a position where they will all survive, and because our goal is to make them survive, we didn't choose them. Neither did we think to put 8 of them, we decided that when we create our eco-dome, as the eco-dome was really big it was wasteful if we only put just one grasshopper. Likewise, we also thought that the grasshopper may die on the way, so to make sure at least one survive, we put 8 so there is a better chance that at least one grasshopper will survive.
  • We had stones around the cups with water. This was due to the fact that when we transported our eco-domes, the cups would be unbalanced and spill all the water out. Therefore the stones were there to keep it all stabled, and not fall.
  • One of the reasons why we made the cups very shallow albeit the risk of spilling was due to the fact that we had a discussion and concluded, that deep cups with a lot of water in it may risk the grasshoppers falling in and drown.
  • We had tapes on top of the container for the water plants. The reason why we have done this was due to the fact that again, we could have risked ourselves putting the grasshopper in danger, by letting them fall and drown in the deep water.
  • We have used a lot less banana peels than expected. We were to use about 8 full banana peels to spread all around the soils to make sure the plants grow really well, but was ended up only using about half of one banana peel. This was because the banana peel was too big and we thought that too many won't work as a fertilizer, it would slow them from growing slower than without having any fertilizers.

ELA in quarter 1 went very tiring and fun for me. Although the first few weeks went hopefully, I was very proud that I have finished this project successfully and was now capable of writing a pretty good newspaper.

Throughout the topic, i have learnt a lot of new things. For example, I realized that different techniques that we can use to make the articles to have more newspaper-ish, which include: powerful vocabulary, various sentence length, 5Ws (who, what, when, where, why) and use of quotes. Adding to this, I also knew that sometimes we can kind of copy what others do to make my own article better, due to the fact that we have looked at professional articles consistently and checked with our own one, to make sure that the styles are similar.

One of the things that I think I have done really well was that I have really carefully contemplated to write my newspaper really well with lots of good vocabularies, while still maintaining the style of the newspaper. Moreover, I think the overall newspaper that we have designed was outstanding, as it looked like a real professional newspaper article.

On the other hand, I think I have some parts that I think could be improved. For example, I think I should really carefully read the rubric, due to the fact that everything that I am marked on is based on the rubric and if miss any of them, I would not be writing a good newspaper article - although it was thought to be. Furthermore, I don't think I have co-operated not as well as my expectation, since we were not talking much to each other and someone did more work than others.

That concludes my thoughts on ELA quarter 1.


My Newspaper Article:


“It was very devastating to spectate Orton getting pounded mercilessly, but also to see his head getting busted. Lesnar indisputably went too far.” - claimed WWE fans.

Superstars’ Collision at WWE Summerslam 2016
- What Can be Concluded

By SungKyu Saigon Tribune

Professional wrestling pay-per-view event Summerslam was held by WWE in Barclays Center on August 21, which is WWE’s one of the very colossal events that’s held annually. World-class performers on both Raw and SmackDown clashed to be the glorious champion.

In Summerslam 2016, just like past few years the event was very crowded, full of hordes of WWE fans - Barclays center was filled with over 15,000 attendances. Overwhelmed with excitements, a lot of matches took place. Major pay-per-view matches were : AJ styles vs John Cena , Dean Ambrose(c) vs Dolph ziggler, Brock Lesnar vs Randy Orton (main event) and more.

Dean Ambrose defended his championship against Dolph Ziggler; this made throngs of fans to criticize, some quoting “This match was lack of energy in

both the viewers and the taunts. Although there were some kicks and reversals added to the match, overall the result was not quite as special as we imagined.” AJ Styles connected phenomenal forearm right towards John Cena’s skull without wearing his forearm pad, in addition to his finisher “Styles Clash” twice, pinning him down on 3. This was also one of the WWE viewer’s top rated matches overall too.

Lesnar and Orton match went shocking for the mobs. Firstly, when the match began, everything was very unexpectable - nobody knew what to predict, whether the Viper RKO (Orton) or The Beast Incarnate(Lesnar) would win.

The match started smoothly; vigilant men came with some light hooks and jabs as they glared at each other as if there was a taut strings attached to each other. Abruptly crashing, Lesnar bashed into Orton with his heavily-built shoulder tackles. Then Orton worried, since he may had to travel through “Suplex City” -where a wrestling technique of Lesnar where suplex is connected to the opponent numerous times. Eventually, Lesnar, with the aura of menace, was able to take Orton to his sadistic “Suplex City” even though he suffered from the acute pain of 2 “RKO”s by Orton.

By the time Orton was reaching the point where he was exhausting, Lesnar was actually infuriating more; he took his MMA gloves off. He was like a real beast.Punches after punches. WWE crowds shrieked, as this resembled the match of Lesnar with Frank Mir, where Mir ended up getting TKO. Bleeding everywhere - the ring was fully drenched with bloods of Orton. Orton fainted.

Shane McMahon - the minority owner of WWE - came to stop the brawl, and ended up getting a “F-5” from Lesnar. Lesnar was therefore fined $500, set by another WWE minority owner Stephanie McMahon. This idea of fining was extremely condemned by fans, as many thinks that $500 is nothing for Lesnar as he has earned total $2.5 million from his latest UFC match against Mir.

Nevertheless some, has also made opinion that this match was at its very best to spectate, because Lesnar was in his fittest, finest form.

Furthermore, leaked scenes were found that Chris Jericho - one of the older veterans in WWE - was spotted confronting Lesnar just after the event. While this was all happening, Orton needed 10 staples in his head to heal his gash.

Lastly to conclude, nowadays in WWE - both Smackdown and Raw - are experiencing a difficult time due to the lack of attendances.


Hey! This is all my work done for Revolutionary Thinkers project!

My 3 minimalist posters:


Research Notes:

How did it go conducting research?

I - to be honest - want to say that the research didn’t go as well as how expected it to. However, there were still some triumphs that I want to celebrate. Firstly, I think some of my researches were very detailed, containing key informations and more detailed information to even widen my knowledge. Moreover, I have used pictures and cited them, to make sure I understand what I researched, and also to look back any time when I am confused, or when I forgot some of the parts. On the other hand, my challenges were that only few of the sections were fully filled like how I talked in my last few sentences, and in sections such as “Documentation and Artefacts” I haven’t written much. I surmise that this was due to the fact that some sections required more deep thinking or deep research than others, because what I needed to find is very specific and wasn’t easily found on my sources.


What did you learn about yourself when taking notes?

Well at first - before even learning social studies in grade 8 - I took notes in essay style, where I would have bullet points and some written information to go with it. Nevertheless now, I realized that that style has varied dramatically! Suddenly I found myself sketch-noting (when needed) and had short sentences around it to describe my sketch. In addition, I have started to use big ideas as big roots and have small ideas which are connected to the big ideas, which made the whole learning process less simpler, and easy to understand.


Narrative Hooks:

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

When I thought about narrative writing I had a very big perception that it would definitely be dull and boring. But as I wrote more and more of the narrative paragraphs, in some ways I could write it in a more intriguing way. For example, varied sentence length was one of the frequent narrative hooks I used, since they could be used as cliff-hanger and high tension point.


What narrative hooks did you experiment with in your writing?

Some of the narrative hooks I tried to use in my writing were : varied sentence length, fantastic detailed description, simile, metaphor, and more.


Vlogging as a Metacognitive Strategy:

What discoveries did you encounter as you were vlogging?

Vlogging was found to be a very good strategy for pulling my knowledge out of my head. For example when I couldn’t write any sentences although I had a lot of knowledge about it, I recorded myself talking about knowledge in any way and noted down my ideas as I watched the video. This method was extremely helpful when pulling everything that I contain, which was because for some reason I could pull my idea as I was talking but not as I was writing. Even further than this, as I filmed myself to pull my thinkings out, my speech was more fluent since I was talking more and got used to talking eloquently.


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2 Historical Narrative Paragraphs VLOG

Historical Narrative w/ Musical Accompaniment VLOG

Reflection VLOG



From this Revolutionary Thinker’s Project, I should definitely acknowledge that I has some huge takeaways.  When studying about Newton, I knew that not only fortunate people have chance to succeed, instead you just need passion. Just like how his passion contributed to such success though his family wasn’t too wealthy, I was inspired that if I work harder with passion I would accomplish what I wanted to achieve too. I also realized that thinking creatively was really needed for my education. Again like how Newton’s thinking was radical, if I had more question about my learning and think differently compared to other people, I may find new discoveries of what I’m learning or have better understanding in them.

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