Ecodome Day 12

With this possibly our last eco dome rebuild, we found out the same errors had been happening! For example, the mold on the wet food! But what I was really suprised, was that the crickets didn’t last for longer, even though we experimented with new biomes and terrains. What aspect I observed was that, the crickets seemed to not like the different terrains, even though we put half of the dome in soil. Not only that, but the perspiration in our eco dome, let to the moldy food inside our dome, which possibly could’ve made the crickets die. (look at our photos below.)

Observations

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Stick 1 To emulate its natural environment The stick seems to be doing fine.
Soil 3 In Different environment. The soil in quite well, as it hasn’t gone bad.
Sand 3 In Different environment. The sand was a new terrain and environment, as we wanted to experiment.
Pebbles/Snail shell 10-20/1 Different environment. We wanted to see how the crickets would react to this new environment, as we only had just put soil before. The snail shell is a new thing to emulate a house.
Mulch/Plants 3 in/2 Different environment. With this new terrain we wanted to see how the cricket would react. The plants, as before, we put to emulate the cricket’s environment.
Dry Food 10-20 Pieces New experiment. With this new food, we thought the cricket would like it, but it turns out a different result occurred.
Wet Food 10-20 Pieces Different foods. AGAIN! The mold came and grew on our wet food. We didn’t know what to do, even on the last 2 eco domes and with research, I am starting to contemplate if this is really bad luck.

 

 

1st Day 2nd Day
Everything seemed fine, everything is survival normally and I think the crickets are just adapting to our new habitat. Died. Everything died, the plants not so much, but not only that, the dry food was not eaten at all, and the wet food had mold growing all over it!

 

 

Conclusion:

Now that this was our last eco dome, if we are even building another one, I know what to do, like not making the eco dome go in a hot environment then a cold one, and keep it from getting water inside the dome.This is the side view of the eco dome. As you see, the water on the side of the dome, I think was our downfall.This was the top of the eco dome. The snail shell was a house that we added for an experiment with mulch, sand and soil. But as seen here, the crickets died near the snail shell and the mold in the middle is shown as some white cotton looking thing.

 

 

Ecodome Day 6

For our eco dome day 6, we felt like out eco dome was going to be successful, because we knew our mistakes and that we could fix them. Also, we got a new container and our rebuild was looking good. But until day 6, we found out that nothing worked and that mold had grown on our food, again, and that our crickets and our fire ants had died. We look forward to making a new one, as we feel like we can really succeed. Our producers, the plants had seem to died, as seen by the dead leaves, but suprisingly, our grass had seem to live. Our new ideas, is that we can maybe not add grass, but that I think is not wise, because of the environment the cricket needs, also, we might not bring the eco dome outside, as the heat of the outside and the coldness of the room created condensation and made the water start to form, causing mold.

Pic 1: This is the side view of the eco dome.

Pic 2: This is the top view of the eco dome.

This picture on top contains the side view. Before there was water on the side, but it evaporated, because we lifted in top of the eco dome.

This is the top view of the eco dome. If you look at the bottom right, you can see, unfortunately, a dead cricket. And if you look closely at the center, you can see another dead cricket. What I hated the most was that the smell was so bad and the mold on the food made us wonder of what happened.

Post Failure Tracking:

Day 1 Day 6
Plants: Plants are doing fine, they seem to be growing quite well, along with the grass. We also put in a stick to help our cricket climb so it emulates it’s natural habitat. Plants: Plants are dying, we thought the water was good, but instead the plants didn’t seem to grow. We suspect we didn’t bury the roots.
Animals: The fire ants and the cricket seem to be doing fine, hope they don’t eat each other. The fire ants have passed from again, the water outside the eco dome. But sadly, also our crickets have passed. We have no idea why this happened though.
Eco dome Status: Good Eco dome status:

Failed.

Observations

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Stick 1 To emulate the crickets original environment. On day 1, the stick is doing fine. Even until the cricket died.
Cricket 2 The purpose of the project. When we first put the crickets in, we had high expectations. But at the day it died (day 6), the cricket had passed.
Fire ants 5 To increase biodiversity. Again, like the crickets, we thought the fire ants and the crickets were going to live, because of the amount of biodiversity, but sadly, that was not meant to be.
Vegetables 3 Carrot Cubes, 3 Tomatoes, and other more. Food for the animals. The food was doing fine on day 1, but when it came around to day 6, the food had grown mold, I have done research, and it was because the mold had grown, because of the water around the eco dome.
Soil 3 Inches Base ground for animals. We added soil, because it was like a foundation, a base ground for the animals to roam around, and for the other components to be placed in.
Grass/Plants 3 Inches Emulate cricket’s environment. In a cricket’s environment, there is grass, and we thought that, if we added grass and other plants, that the cricket would think it’s just in it’s natural habitat.

Ecodome Day 1

Day 1:

Since our eco dome was successful, we made no changes necessarily. But looking at the photos. I realized that we had mold on one half of the tomatoes was covered with white mold that looked like spider webs to me. Not only that, but some of our plants seem like there were dying, as when I was looking at one of the plants, the leaves were half green and half brown, indicating that it was dying. Fortunately though, our beetle inside the eco dome seemed fine, as when I cam to look over, I saw it moving and crawling around, but beetles are definitely slow. (Picture 2).

UPDATE:

Some days later, we changed our eco dome, because sadly, our beetle passed and the plants started dying. We do not know why this happened, but what I did notice was that, there was a lot of water on the inside of the eco come. (Picture 1). We are going to change the food we gave it inside and the animals we put in.

Observations

Component Amount inch Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Black Soil 5 CM For the bugs to live as a ground to roam around. The dirt seems fine, just a bit wet from the water on the eco dome.
Plants 2-3 Plants For the bugs to seem like it’s natural habitat and to photosynthesis, producing oxygen. Unfortunately, the leaves seem to be dying, probably because not all the roots were in the dirt, but the ones that were in the dirt is doing fine.
Bottle Cap 1 For the bugs to take shelter in. Same old cap, the beetle seems to like it.
Rocks 3 Also for the bugs to take shelter in. Right now, we only have a beetle in there, so the beetle can either use the cap or the rocks to take shelter in.
Stick/Wood 1 Stick 1 Wood For the bugs to climb on to emulate trees. The stick and logs seem to be fine from the day we put them in.

This picture is where our plants grew and some died.

Since we didn’t have our first cricket, we instead got a beetle and made it our cricket so to speak. Sadly, the beetle has passed.

Advisory Post-SLC Reflection

-This is what my parents wrote down:

Language Arts: Persuasive Communication, charity video.

Mandarin: Speaking the language quite well

Math: Alex program, keep persevering

P.E: Show growth in physical form

Robotics: Coding is the best part

Science: Study for MCAT

Social Studies: Sketchnotes

-My reflection:

Well, there is one thing that I have to say. THERE IS NO POINT IN PREPARING SO MUCH!

The reason for that is, because, our own SLC was only something like 15 minutes or not even 10 minutes, and we just prepared for nothing, not only that, it was just really, underwhelming. That is my response. Maybe they could change it next year.

 

 

Gapminder Math Activity (Don’t Panic)

So, the Don’t Panic video is where, a person named “Hans Rosling” says that how to end poverty in 15 years, for that is goal 1 point 1 in the UN’s book of goals to accomplish. The reason for why I think it’s called Don’t Panic, is because, people think that a lot of people are in poverty, but really it’s only like 12.3% of the world. And in 15 years to eradicate poverty.

Something interesting I took out of this data, is that Singapore actually took a real initiative and increased their GDP and their Income Per Person by quite a lot actually why having less babies, this means that they are focusing on the present and not really their future, since they are having the least babies out of what I chose that is Vietnam and Malaysia.

This video doesn’t really help you make better decisions, because some people want more babies and other people don’t, and it seems like with less babies per woman, a person income increases.

My Video:

Expert !FREE! Swim Lessons.

Freestyle:

Rubric:

LONG LEGS FROM HIPS motor boat feet)

SHOULDERS ROTATE

BENT HIGH ELBOW

REACH FINGERS FORWARD/ PULL TO WAIST

BREATH HEAD TO SIDE / EAR DOWN

What I did well:

Motor boat feet

Shoulders rotate

Bent high elbows

Reach fingers forward/pull to waist

Breathe head to side/ear down

Overall grade: A

I think what I should’ve don’t better was stop splashing around a lot and look like I was just doing a front backstroke instead of a freestyle.

Backstroke:

Rubric:

LONG KICKS FROM HIPS (FEET MAKE BOILS / NOT MOTOR BOAT)

HEAD BACK CHIN UP

OPPOSITE SHOULDER FROM REACHING ARM ROTATES UP

THUMB UP COMING OUT

PINKIE DOWN GOING IN

 

What I did:

Long kicks from hips

Head back chin up

Opposite shoulder from reaching arm rotates up

Thumb up coming out

Pinkie down going in

Overall grade: A+

I think my backstroke was done pretty well, because I think I did everything relatively correctly.

Breaststroke:

Rubric:

FROG KICK ( ALTERNATES WITH PULL / OPPOSITE PART GLIDES)

NAMASTE / EXTEND ARMS / PULL TO CHEST

PULL TO BREATHE

HEAD STRAIGHT UP TO BREATHE

ALTERNATE KICK AND PULL

What I did:

Frog kick

Namaste/ extend arms/ pull to chest

Pull to breathe

Head straight up to breathe

Alternate kick and pull

Overall grade: A

I think I did everything relatively correct and well, it’s just that I think I kind of messed up on my kicking and my arms.

Science Reflection

So, we had a project on our water filters and I didn’t really know what happened because I was sick on most days and went to an orchestral rehearsal so I can just give you the best info I know:

Project requirements:

Remove ALL contaminants.

Produce water with a pH of 6-8

Generate at least 15 mL of water for testing

Group brainstorming ideas:

Our first brainstorming idea was a water filter that didn’t really work, and so we used a boiling method of where the water would stick to the tarp on top and fall to a smaller beaker of where the clean water would be held. But that also didn’t work because it was still too basic and had too much copper.

Our first prototype design was some sort of filter I didn’t really remember, but that didn’t really work because it didn’t filter enough contaminants.

The changes we made to our project was that we totally reworked our idea and tried a boiling method, but of course, that didn’t work.

The final results were that we managed to get rid of the turbidity, but that it still had copper in the water and was too basic. We couldn’t test anymore, and since I wasn’t there for a majority of the time, I didn’t really know what happened until we didn’t get to test anymore.

My overall impressions are that, this was a really exciting project, if we had more time, because, on somedays I wasn’t there because I was sick of I had something, for example, an orchestral rehearsal, and so if we had more time, my group wouldn’t be one man down and have to work harder, but since there wasn’t really enough time, I feel like we needed more.

Video:

My Digital Poem

Reflection:

  • Comment on both the product and the process
    • What challenges did you face? I think that challenges that I faced was just the editing, because, all those images I had to put with the right time and then I had to put all the attributions to the images at the end and it was just a big hassle all in all.
  • What are you proud of, or what do you feel you have done well? I think what i’ve done well is editing, revising and writing the poem, because I fell like this poem has to be by far my best one. It got the highest grade I got and i’m really proud of it.
  • How has the video changed/helped you to express the ideas and theme(s) of your poem? I think the video helped to express my ideas better because I feel like I had the power to control what I wanted to do and I feel like it has been a really fun learning experience.
  • What did you attempt to emphasize through your use of visuals, music, and reading (how you used your voice)? After watching the To This Day project by Shane Koyczan, I feel really empowered that my voice is a real changing factor in how my digital poem is being told.
  • What would you change if you did this over again? I think I would change the time of how I read my poem and recorded it, because when I read to fast, the editing gets really tough and it just consumes time and more time.
  • Do you have any advice for students who do this assignment in the future? Make sure you have a time schedule so that you know what to do at what time.

REFLECTION – A NOTE TO MYSELF

I am proud of myself as a learner in general, because I feel like in 7th grade, I really expressed an interest in certain subjects, and i’m proud of that. This is important because, if I have this level of learning, then probably at high school I can have a high level of learning.

I found 7th grade challenging, because it was a whole different atmosphere than in 6th grade. It’s harder, and we learn more challenging material.

I learned that in my learning, that I should just take it slow, because lately, I have been too straight forward to just get into it without actually preparing, and so I think I should just slow down.

I would like to improve on my control, because what I said above, I should just take a breath and just slow down.