Ecodome Day 3 + New Ecodome

Both of my crickets, Andy and Nugget, died yesterday (so they lasted for 9 days). My ecodome smells like apple+vinegar (not very pleasant).

(Both taken the day the crickets died)

Up view. You can see the nametag

You can see the water bubbles forming inside!


  • Smells really bad unlike other ecodomes from before
  • Plants died
  • The apples are decomposing (probably the reason for the smell)
  • Lots of water drops around the inside of the container



Since all the plants were dead, I think that the crickets died of lack of oxygen, because there was still water that was accessible and there were still food left. As you can see in the pictures, there were water drops inside the container, making it easier for the crickets to drink water. Also, you can kind of see the apples decomposing (they become brown). There are also no visible sign of growing plants.I think the plants died because I didn’t put enough water in the soil. Also, I noticed that the place where I left my ecodome has been getting more sunlight that other times. The water compared to the amount of sunlight was very little. I am going to get more plants to have oxygen in my ecodome. Also, I am going to make sure that the soil is wet for my plants.


I learned that cricket’s natural nesting material is damp soil and so to duplicate this a 500ml (one pint). It turns out that I didn’t put too much water!


In my new ecodome (added December 4th), I kept most things the same, except that I changed the food. I aded a few leaves of lettuce and a cherry tomato. I did this because apples smell and it decomposed very quickly.

Things I added:





Amount incl Units Reasoning
soil 2 cm tall  I think I had too much soil last time compared to the actual amount needed
lettuce 5 pieces lettuce is good for the crickets, because otherwise Mr. Swart wouldn’t use it to feed them before they went into ecodomes 😀
cherry tomato 1 for food and nutrition
sponge 1 for water
water 50ml 20 mlfor the plants

10ml for the soil

20 for the sponge

crickets 2  for my experiment

Ecodome Day 2

My first cricket survived for 3 days and the second survived for 10 days. Changes seen each day were more mold and water drops forming around inside the container (look at photo below).

A success I had was that my first cricket survived since through most of the days. Also, there seemed to be no problem with keeping it hydrated by sponge and there was nothing wrong with the plants.

A problem I had was that my first cricket died so quickly, and there was mold everywhere.

Failed Ecodome


So one of my crickets died within 3 days, but the other survived for 10 days. Also, the sponge method to give water to the crickets seemed to work pretty well. I couldn’t see my cricket sometimes because of the water forming inside the container. I think that there was mold because the apples were left in a humid habitat. I think that there was water because there was water left inside the container. I am going to put more water into my sponge, but also put just the right amount of apples, because I feel like I put too much. I also want to try just 1 cricket, because 2 was really hard to manage. I did research about what crickets eat and drink, and I learned that since they can’t swim, they usually don’t get their water directly from water bodies like ponds and lakes. But instead, they get it from juicy plants like tomatoes, or in this case, a sponge.


I did some research on cricket’s food, and I found out that crickets will eat almost anything including cornflakes, oats, granola, birdseed, lettuce, or other raw vegetables. So I think that keeping apples as a food resource for the cricket will be OK.

things that I’m going to add:

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning
soil 5 cm tall
leaves & rocks handful to create a familiar habitat for the cricket
apples handful for food
sponge 1 for water
water 100ml for the plants and sponge
crickets 2  for my experiment

Original Ecodome

As you can see from the picture below, my first ecodome consisted of:

-5 centimeters of rich, dark soil because I need to put plants in for air, and soil helps my plants to grow.

-2 tomatoes, one ripe and one growing, to provide food for the crickets

-4 small plants, to provide habitat and oxygen

-100ml of water, for the plants and cricket to survive

-leaves and rocks, to create a familiar habitat for the cricket

-a sponge, so that I could provide water without the cricket drowning

First ecodome!


Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
soil 5 centimeters tall because I need to put plants in for air, and soil helps my plants to grow. -no problem with the soil

-plants grow well

-held the water well

water 100ml for the plants and cricket to survive -plants grew well
leaves and rocks handful to create a familiar habitat for the cricket -no problem, just blocked the view
sponge 1 that I could provide water without the cricket drowning -worked efficiently

-cricket was seen drinking from it




Journalism Reflection

The hardest part of Journalism for me was that I had to keep the extra details out. In my writings, I tend to stretch out the details, making long sentences and paragraphs. But since you can’t do that in Journalism, I had to take out the details and parts I didn’t need and make my sentences shorter.

My greatest achievement was working together with my team. My team consisted of people that I wasn’t necessarily close with, but we cooperated well and made a great newspaper together.

In Quarter 2, I want to work on procrastinating less, because I hear that 9th grade has a lot of homework, and I want to practice being productive.

Medieval Europe

People, usually women, were accused of being witches because of many different reasons. People were accused of being witches because of their skills in medicine. Because most poor people could not get doctors, women would cure people out of herbs and folk remedies.

Women who were knowledgeable about medicine and curing were sometimes feared by other people because people thought these cures were against the beliefs of Christianity. Castle doctors would become jealous of these women and therefore accuse them of being witches. Since these women effectively used herbs and medicine, there were cases when they were summoned to the castle to cure a person, which they usually would. Castle doctors believed that these women were stealing their jobs, and got jealous at them.

Priests would call people witches when they were using herbs and remedies. Christianity was a big religion in the Middle ages, and it was very critical because the middle ages was a time of superstition. Priests and christians thought that the cures these women used were against the rules and beliefs of Christianity. Therefore, the women would be called witches and punished. These “witches” were punished in gruesome ways, like burning and drowning. It continued until King Kalman of Hungary ordered no more witch trials or burnings in his country. But in other places, witch hunts continued even until 1944, when a woman was put on trial for being a witch in Britain. These beliefs about witches just shows us more how the middle ages was a time of superstition and beliefs.


Image result for medieval witch dunking

Woman on a Ducking Stool (woodcut) . woodcut. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 19 Jan 2017.

Water Filter Project Reflection

In our recent science classes, we worked on our water filter project. This project is about building a filter that can make water drinkable. To do this, we had to filter out salt, copper, make acid neutral, and take out sediments.

For this projects, we pretended that we were people from a non-profit organization to help people in need of water. We were supposed to make a low-cost machine that helps purify water

First, we brainstormed ideas about how to solve these problems in one machine. We had different plans, but then we decided to do a plastic water bottle filter.

Our first prototype was the most successful filter of the day. While other group’s results were still brown and mucky, ours had almost no sediments and was transparent.

Our second prototype was similar to the last one. The pps (copper) was lower. We started brainstorming solutions to neutralize the acid, and we decided to use edible baking soda.

Our third prototype was more successful. We neutralized the acid with the baking soda and the pps was getting lower. The salt was a problem, because it didn’t seem to go away.

Our fourth prototype was an attempt to get rid of the salt. We boiled the water on the highest level for 5 minutes, and we did the salt test. The copper and salt reduced, but there was still some left.

The best part of this project was the independency we had. We had total control over things, so it made us become more creative. The most challenging part of the project was trying to fix everything. Salt and copper was a problem to us throughout everything, so it was challenging.

If I do this next time, I would make sure that our group thinks of solutions to solve every aspect, not just acid and turbidity. But overall, this project was one that I really liked.






In our recent science classes, we worked on our water filter project. This project is about building a filter that can make water drinkable. To do this, we had to filter out salt, copper, make acid neutral, and take out sediments.

One thing I liked was that it felt like the teachers trusted us. I have never done a building project where the teacher puts all responsibility and control on us, so this was kind of new, which made me feel like the teachers  trusted us to do well without their help. It made me feel independent. I also liked my team because we were efficient and worked well together.

One thing that I would fix is thinking of more ideas to make our product even better. Although we got rid of acid and turbidity, copper and salt was a problem throughout the process. If we had thought of ideas before, maybe we could have tested it out and got a successful result.

If I do this next time, I would make sure that our group thinks of solutions to solve every aspect, not just acid and turbidity. But overall, this project was one that I really liked.

Digital Poem

My video was a 2-3 minute long video that included images from flickr, which I cited at the end of the video. The process was a little complicated for me, because I had to face several challenges that I had to overcome. But this project was quite enjoyable because we could get creative (a little) with the images and the subtitles.

Since I am not good at using iMovie or just technology in general, this project has been a technical challenge. Also, I’ve had trouble with the images because I kept forgetting to put the citation in the document for some images.

I am generally proud of my poem itself because I put large amounts of work and effort to get it done, and I got a great grade. I feel I have done well on choosing the appropriate subtitles and images.

When I was choosing the images, it really helped me to think about how the theme or the ideas of my poem, because I had to really go through the ideas to choose the appropriate images. Also, the images can help the audience if they don’t get some ideas or themes, so this video really helped me express the ideas and theme of my poem.

I mainly attempted to emphasize what was happening in the poem and the mood of the poem with the visuals, music, and reading, although I didn’t use reading as much as the other two. I chose gloomy and serious music to set the mood of the poem. With the visuals, I focused on showing what was happening in the poem. For example, during the part where the boy shoots a basketball, I put an image of a basketball hoop. With my voice, I kept it low and simple to emphasize the dark mood of the poem.

If I were to to this again, I would take more time choosing my images, because some of my images were just black or were similar to each other.

Some advice for future students are although it might seem like a simple assignment, it actually takes a lot of thinking and work (and batteries) so leave plenty of time for yourself for this assignment.

Poetry Reflection

Something that I learned about poetry that I did not know before was that there are a LOT of figurative languages that you can use to enhance your poem, like extended metaphors and assonance.

I don’t consider myself a poet because I’m not good at poetry and I don’t really write poetry for fun or for just a random reason. I would like to be a poet though.

I think I will still continue writing poetry because well, for school assignments, but also when I’m bored. Writing poetry as homework was better than other homework for me, because I could freely choose what to write about and use my imagination more.

My overall experience with poetry this year was really new. Back in 6th grade, we just studied what I already knew and learned back in 5th grade. But this year, I learned new terms and figurative language that I could use in the future.

I definitely have grown as a writer. As I’ve said before, this quarter was a quarter that I have learned more things, compared to other quarters last year. I hope to grow more as a writer and learn to enhance my writing.