We recently finished a research paper we got to pick a topic on. It mainly had to be a research question that we  had to answer. My question was: How did the Greek goddess Athena impact Greek life and culture? I found that the biggest success in my paper was being able to  arrange my note cards into the paragraphs written, but I did have some problems deciding which note cards to add to a certain topic. Copying the note cards onto the paper wasn't very difficult, but it was quite difficult to come up with an appropriate explanation of each fact and enhance it so that it flowed well with the paper. The explanations I had to use to support the fact was also lacking a bit. If I had researched more in depth, not just the basic facts I had used, then I might have had been able to enhance my writing a bit more.



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November 2: Planning

Ecodome design components:

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      The ecodome only consisted of two plants and some water, but we later added a lot more items.

        Bits of veggies for soil fertilization for plant and food for cricket.

        Water(unknown amount), for cricket and plant, and soil.

    •   1 Cricket
    •   Soil (moist) to support the plant and give it water.
    •   Plants (2) (large leaves) for shade, oxygen, food for cricket to survive.

November 8: Building & Design

Changes made on design day:

  • We now have two water cups to hold standing water for the cricket to drink. As seen on the picture below, one of them is a paper cup, and one of them is a plastic egg carton.
  • We added two white stones for more solid support for if the cricket were to rest.

    There was definitely less space than we thought we had, so everything had to be more cramped up in the actual ecodome compared to the design and drawing.
  • We added a small bunch of vegetation for more shelter and oxygen for the cricket. The bush can be found at the bottom of the picture in the ecodome.
  • A lot of water was added to the soil for the plants and cricket.
  • Pieces of carrot for a source of carbon for the cricket.

November 10: Opening our Domes

Observations ecodome of after opening it again:

  • There was a lot of water on the side of the ecodome.
  • The carrots were eaten, however there were some pieces left over as seen in the picture.
  • Two plants were healthy, one was yellowish.
  • The cricket was dead.
  • The soil was very moist.

    This is how our ecodome looked like after our first attempt.
Conclusion: (Video 00:00 - 00:30)

Our cricket was found dead only a short while after starting our first attempt. We suspected that it was because there was too much water added to the ecodome, and the atmosphere was too humid for the cricket. A lack of oxygen might have also been a problem, since the plants are needed to create oxygen for the cricket. Food didn't seem to be a problem for the cricket, as the carrots and some parts of the plants were eaten.

November 14: 4 Days after Opening (Video: 00:00 - 01:24)

The dome was left open after the first try with our cricket. The water was evaporated, the jar was very warm, and the plants were very dried up, turning yellow and greyish. The soil was very warm and the inside of the ecodome was quite warm too. The soil had turned quite loose and powdery. Our dead cricket was still there, and we left him there to decompose. We plan to add another cricket to increase chances of survival. We decided to remove the small plant bush that was added earlier because it was now dead.

November 16: Research, Reflecting


  • The photosynthesis and respiration cycle is an important part of keeping the cricket alive. Plants are thus needed in order for the cricket to obtain oxygen.
  • The area cannot be too wet or have too many water areas because the cricket can drown.
  • “Crickets are omnivores and scavengers by nature. They can feed on almost anything, including fresh plant material, decaying organic matter and, when they are extremely hungry, both living and dead insects. Some cricket species can become entirely carnivorous and serve as predators to weakened or crippled insects.” -Google
  • Crickets cannot be exposed to direct sunlight for too long.
  • Crickets can drown very easily, so standing water will not be a good idea. http://www.wikihow.com/Keep-Crickets-Alive
  • Giving crickets something to perch or hide under will provide them with shelter and make them feel more secure.
  • We can add cardboard egg cartons so that they have personal space, a safe source of fiber, etc. http://cricket-breeding.com/why-do-crickets-need-egg-crates-cartons/
  • Crickets need proper temperature to survive, with the temperature lower than 32 degrees and higher than 24 degrees celsius. http://cricket-breeding.com/how-to-keep-crickets-alive-longer/
  • The ideal range of temperature for your live crickets should be between 70° – 75° F.  This range is key for proper function of crickets’ metabolism and immune system. Crickets should not be exposed to direct sunlight, high humidity, or drafts of cold air. http://www.animalbliss.com/how-to-care-for-live-crickets/

After being able to do some research, our thoughts on how we were going to build our ecodome changed. The food source isn't a major problem we would have to encounter, but its habit probably is. In our changes video, we explain what changes we made and why we decided to make them based off the research we did.


November 18: Building + Changing Design (01:25 - 02:28)

This video also contains explanations for other parts of our experiments.


Things we added:

  • 1 Egg carton -> for shelter, climbing
  • No standing water -> prevent drowning
  • 2 crickets -> increase chances of survival (results in more oxygen needed)

November 24:

Quick update:

The cricket is still alive. We only see one still jumping around, we speculate that the other one is dead. The plants look healthy too.

December 2:

Quick update:

After WWW: It has been two weeks since we've started our second round. We checked our ecodome again, and we see no movement. Both the crickets seem to be dead.

December 12: Opening our Domes


  • A little amount of white mimg_1536old was found on top of 1 yellow egg carton.
  • A very thin amount of moss formed on the sides of the ecodome and on two of the stones.
  • The soil and the plants were very moist.
  • The carrots that we had added have mostly decomposed.
  • Some pieces of carrot have turned a darker shade and are in the process of decomposing.
  • The leaves that had fallen off the plant were black and rotting. 

December 14: Changes Made on Design Day + Conclusion + Research


On our second attempt, we are able to say the the crickets survived for a longer period of time. We could have added a bit too much water this time as we can see by the mold and moss on the egg carton and the side of the ecodome, and the fact that the dead leaves and soil were moist. The plants seemed to have grown a lot when we took them out, but there weren't very healthy looking so we decided to replace it with another plant. They seemed to have grown well because they were exposed to a good enough amount of sunlight.


    • The area cannot be too wet or have too many water areas because the cricket can drown.
    • Crickets cannot be exposed to direct sunlight for too long.
    • Giving crickets something to perch or hide under will provide them with shelter and make them feel more secure. We added one more egg carton.
    • We can add cardboard egg cartons so that they have personal space, a safe source of fiber, etc. http://cricket-breeding.com/why-do-crickets-need-egg-crates-cartons/
  • Leafy vegetables such as cabbage and lettuce, fruits like apples and grains like cereals and bread are all healthy choices your crickets will love. -http://www.whatdocricketseat.info/
  • The rocks help the water drain to the bottom to be evaporated later, because we've noticed that if there are no rocks, the excess water would be sloshing around in the soil, making it difficult for both the plant and the cricket.

Changes Made:

  • We added a base of rocks, as seen in the second picture to make sure the excess water from the soil has somewhere to go and the plants get  good enough amount of water.
  • We added pieces of bread for the cricket to eat as they eat many dimg_1538ifferent varieties of things.
  • We removed the previous plant and replaced it with one that provided more shade for the cricket, and that had larger leaves to photosynthesize better.
  • We added 2 egg cartons this time.
  • 30 ml of water was added. We tried to not add too much to make sure the area would not be too humid and damp for the cricket.









In the first quarter, our main project was on the Scientific Revolution that took place from 1473 - 1543. We were allowed to chose any person that might have taken part in the Revolution. My choice was Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, a biomechanic who also studied other topics and followed up on other scientist's research. Something I was quite satisfied with in my writing was the structure of my sentences and my wording.  The vocabulary was varied, making the article a bit more interesting to read. Things that I felt could be improved upon was my context, especially in my introduction and conclusion. There wasn't enough information for the reader to fully and easily comprehend the idea of the Scientific Revolution. I also needed to add more analysis to my evidence that was included in my writing piece.

In order for me to get information on Borelli, I had to do research. The research had to come from reliable sources, such as the research databases we were provided. Of all the databases, I came up with a mere total of around 3 articles, but they were informative. For the others, I used the CRAAP test on them. The CRAAP test is used to determine if the source if reliable enough or not by looking at different criteria of the sources and then judging it from the rubric. There were one or two sources used that had quite low scores on the CRAAP test. For other research, I had some trouble looking at detailed information on Borelli's achievements, but for his life story, there were plenty of places to look. I also had trouble looking from quotes from Borelli, as he wasn't the most popular scientist that had existed.

Here is my paper: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KeDxk1svCLapjnG1-tLM3mEFxujoXehSi7OhnvPFtrQ/edit

This semester in PE, we did the soccer unit and we were split into three teams. Red, yellow, and green. I was in the green team as the assistant coach, and fitness trainer. My job was to sub in as the coach if our coach was absent. As the fitness coach, my job was to warm my team mates up for the game, 1.2 k run, practices, etc. Our team name was TiGL, standing for TuNam is Good Looking. (Don’t ask) Some of the challenges were coming up for the right warm ups and keeping everyone busy. I also had a job to fill in for the absent coach, but that was fine. I think I led my group and kept it under control well, and i think my group participated very well. We had good sportsmanship, although sometimes things got quite frustrating. I really enjoyed playing soccer because I’m quite familiar with the sport, and I really liked how we had our own groups to work in. I would definitely want to do this again, as long I have a good team.


Conclusion Questions:

  1. Which sensing organs were most important in this activity?

Brain and nervous system.

  1. What is the survival value of light responsive eyes?

It help you to determine if it is dangerous or not and to response by looking at it.

  1. Describe a path that sensory message took through your peripheral nervous system through your central nervous system using the diagrams and interactives we’ve worked with.

When you see the ruler drop, your eyes will send a message to your brain telling it to grab the ruler. The brain then gets the message and informs the body to activate the motor output, making the hand grab the ruler. The faster this process, the faster you grab the ruler.

  1. Can you get better at this activity? Why or why not?

Yes,because after practicing it. your reaction time will improve and therefore, the time you catch will be faster.

It was near the 13 - 14th century, and people were going on with their normal lives in medieval London. But, far away, almost on the other side of the world in China, a plague had erupted. It was killing many people, and it soon spread through parts of Asia. People would return, telling the Europeans the story of a plague that killed many people. They named it the Black Death. It wasn’t very long until one of the travelers hadn’t been cautious enough, caught the black plague, and sailed home on the ships. But trades weren’t the only ones bringing in the deadly plague. The Mongols, who were known to move around and conquer territory decided to head for Europe next and they too, were suffering from the Black Death. The Mongols attacked Caffa, which is near the Black Sea. The Mongols decided that they would catapult their dead corpses that were victimized by the Black Death, over to the people of Caffa. This was one of the first ever recorded events of biological warfare. Soon, the people of Caffa were suffering from the Black Death too. Since Caffa was a trading city, many people would go back and forth with ships and trades to trade their goods. This made it very easy for the plague to infect more people as days and night swept by. But was the Black Death just some kind of spirit or bad air that floated around, infecting who it wanted? No, it was actually carried by fleas, which would stay in the rodent’s furs. That is why, when a human or rodent died of the plague, the flea could easily hop onto another victim to infect. It was easy for the rats and fleas to get around for multiple reasons: One, people would kill cats in belief that they worked with witches and the devil, making the rats thrive. Two, it was quite unhygienic in the towns, no one washed themselves, and it was very dirty. Three, people just didn’t know what they were dealing with. Some would think that it was God that sent down the plague as punishment for the people’s sins, leading people to believe that if they punished themselves, they would be forgiven for their actions. Christians would punished themselves by whipping themselves, drawing blood on themselves, and by many more gruesome ways, out displayed in public for everyone to see. It was quite a tough time. The Black Death affected society too. Children, they were orphaned after their parents passed away from the Black Death. They were at risks of dying, because of their malnutritioned states, unsanitary surroundings, and weak bodies. Most children had to work jobs then, because the people didn’t know about how a child’s mind developed.  It did not only affect the children, but also the feudal system. This system usually consisted of monarchs at the top, followed by nobles, merchants, peasants, slaves, etc. But when the plague started killing many peasants, the nobles didn’t have anyone to work for them. This meant that the remaining peasants could ask for a higher salary, rebel against monarchs/nobles, or even move to another place to own their own place to earn money. The Black Death killing someone was not a pleasant sight to watch. The symptoms of this plague included: high temperatures, chills, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, rapid heartbeats, infection of the respiratory system and bloodstream, and lastly, buboes. Buboes were swellings that were commonly found in the groins or armpits, growing up to the sizes of eggs. They started off red, but then would turn to an ugly purple or black. Some fake “doctors” thought that by bursting the buboes, the evil or dirty pus would come out, and it would be fine again. But that didn’t solve the problem. They were very painful, these symptoms and buboes, and people who got the Black Death would go through this agonizing pain for up to 4 days before dying. If a victim survived 5 days, there would be a very small chance that they would be able to make it out alive. But that was only a very few of them. The Black Death had taken the rest of the lives with him, counting almost up to 25 million, taking ¼ of the population. The Black Death has drastically changed our history and changed our view on how we see things. The Black Death, also known as Yersinia Pestis, still exists, but only in the deepest forests. And nowadays we have found more ways to keep off this bacterial plague.

My parents are quite strict with my diet, giving me a healthy variety of different foods. After taking the test, we got good results, except the only problem was that the choices were quite limited. Our veggie section stood as Outstanding, as we consume salads and vegetable soup every day. We don’t eat a lot of animal protein, but instead from various other foods. We usually eat steak every 8-9 days, but my parents think it’ll be too much. Overall, I think our diet is great, keeping me healthy. I also always eat homemade yoghurt every day, and my mom encourages me to add variations of seeds, fruit, and muesli.

These are some pictures of a lunch I had made with my mom, consisting of Thai Red Prawn Curry, jasmine rice, cucumber salad, and papaya platter. We made the curry ourselves, blending up different vegetables and spices. We also made the jasmine rice, and cucumber salad. The papaya platter has two papayas served with sliced bananas, greek yoghurt, and lemon zest. This was a Jamie Oliver recipe. Everything is home made, nothing is processed! 🙂32a7da7c-8cff-4ba2-9c1c-e3b8543610d0

Social Studies is a place where we learn about our world, and this semester specifically, we focused on religion. Two main religions we learned about were Christianity and the Islamic religion. We also learned about chronological time, and how to read historical facts. To start off, one of the projects was that we had to do near the beginning of the semester, was the historical change award or something. We had to pick a person who had changed history. I chose Adolf Hitler, because he made a very deep scar by causing quite a big war, also known as World War II. Afterwards, we started learning about Christianity and why it took hold in the ancient world. We read many documents and answered questions about it so we could expand our learning. Once we had our brains filled, we wrote a document based question(DBQ). We had to use the documents we read about to write a topic, thesis sentence, and a paragraph supporting our thoughts, only using the documents as evidence. Then, knowing a bit about religion, we moved on to the Islamic religion. We also read and answered document questions. Then, just like the other one, we wrote a DBQ on it. But we didn’t just focus on religion. Like mentioned before, we also learned about how to read historical facts. We also were taught IC GRAPES, which stands for Intellectual, Cultural, Geography, Religion, Art, Politics, Education, and Social. This was to help us categorize our writing or our reading material.


In this semester, I think I improved a lot in writing DBQs, and a learned tons of small tips I can use in my writing in the future. Reading other people’s DBQ drafts and helping them edit them helped too. I want to learn how to analyze my information better, and how to be able to give tips to help others improve on their work. I think now, I find it easier to write DBQ’s and give evidence. We recently finished our DBQ, and I didn’t do very bad actually. But, I still want to improve in it because I think it can be done better. Last DBQ on the Christianity one, I didn’t really give enough context. On the other hand, I did a good job on the analysis and evidence. This time, I gave a bit too much context, because I focused too much on it I think. My overall DBQ needed a tiny bit of polishing up to do, but I’m actually happy with it. Hopefully I can’t improve even more next semester! 😀