Quarter 2: Science Ecodome Project (Third build)

Observations

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Black dirt 4cm To make water when the container is sealed and to make a good shelter for the cricket. I think the original eco dome with the cricket survived and one of the reason was that there was only 4cm of dirt for it but this time i used 6cm of it. This is why this time
Carrots 30 small pcs Food source for crickets to eat Lots of carrots were left after as soon as the cricket died.
Big plants with roots and leaves 5 Food source and to make a good shelter and resting place. Since the cricket died really early this time, theplants were still living when the cricket died.
Thick branch 1 For climbing. This was a lot of help for my cricket because it allowed the cricket to climb and have fun with the thick branch.
Rocks 2 To provide shelter and give it more space to move around it. This helped the cricket play around on top of it.

 This is an image of my new ecodome. I added less of the carrots and cucumbers since it might rot and I put way more plants compared to before. Not only this I put the same amount of dirt as my first build because that might be one of the reasons my cricket lived the longest for two weeks. I also put the same plant everytime   because I thought it created much more oxygen than other plants which helps the cricket live.

LINK to my video 

Quarter 2: Science Ecodome Project (Second build)

Observations

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Black dirt 6cm To make water when the container is sealed and to make a good shelter for the cricket. I think the original eco dome with the cricket survived and one of the reason was that there was only 4cm of dirt for it but this time i used 6cm of it.
Carrots 30 small pcs Food source for crickets to eat Lots of carrots were left after as soon as the cricket died.
Cucumbers 20 small pcs Food source for crickets to eat. Most of the cucumbers were eaten by the cricket and only a few of them were left.
Big plants with roots and leaves 2 Food source and to make a good shelter and resting place. Since the cricket died really early this time, the plants were still living when the cricket died.
Thick branch 1 For climbing. This was a lot of help for my cricket because it allowed the cricket to climb and have fun with the thick branch.
Rocks 2 To provide shelter and give it more space to move around it. This helped the cricket play around on top of it.

Failure Observation Table:

Not enough water Food started to rot Too much soil on the bottom Cricket was weak from the beginning and wasnt as active as the first one

  This is a overview of my new ecodome. I added  in more food of each the carrots and the cucumbers. Not only this I added more of the plants because this helped the cricket live last time. 

LINK for my video

Quarter 2: Science Ecodome Project (First build)

Problems: Some of the plants died except for one of the big plants. Rocks were not really needed for the crickets to have a good environment.

Successes: The branch allowed the cricket to climb up and play around on it. One of the plants are still living and it didn’t die unlike the others. Lots of cucumbers and carrots were eaten which is a good sign that the food is actually helping the cricket survive inside the eco dome.

 

The image above is my first design for the first build.

Observations

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Black dirt 4cm To make water when the container is sealed and to make a good shelter for the cricket. The black dirt allowed water to be created on the sides of the eco dome container since I didn’t put any extra water inside the eco dome. Since water was created itself, the cricket was able to stay hydrated and survive.
Carrots 40 small pcs Food source for crickets to eat I don’t think the carrots helped a lot compared to the cucumber because most of the cucumbers were eaten by the cricket. Not only this, as time goes by the carrot started to rot.
Cucumbers 15 small pcs Food source for crickets to eat. Lots of cucumbers were eaten which is a good sign that the crickets ate them and it helped them survive.
Big plants with roots 2 Food source and to make a good shelter and resting place. One of the plants survived and i think it provided oxygen for the cricket. However, the rest of the plants died and started to fall on sides of the eco dome.
Thick branch 1 For climbing. This was a lot help for my cricket because it allowed the cricket to climb and have fun with the thick branch.d

SS reflection

I think the hardest part about social studies was coming up with 10 questions and answering them after doing lots of research. This was a little bit confusing for me because the topic I was doing didn’t have enough resources such as books and websites so I was struggling through this part a little bit. However even if it was hard, It was also very helpful for building up my question making skills and my research skills since we spent a lot of time working on it since we were ahead of other classes. Some classes were really challenging because I couldn’t find resources but on the other hand most of the classes were pretty chill and relaxing.

My greatest achievement in this class was the debates because I think our group really prepared a lot and showed everything during the debate. Not only this, we had a really good process of doing research and writing our script. I think this was the reason we had a relaxing and calm last few days because we did all the hard work before. I also really enjoyed doing this because I think I was able to improve my researching skills, speaking skills and cooperating skills.

This is my Final Debate Planning Document

I think i’m going to work harder in science since i’m not really doing well on my tests and assessments which is making my grades decrease a lot. Another thing I’m going to work on in second quarter is to get into a team for soccer if possible. This is because I was in b team for over 2 years and I think i’m pretty ready to get into a team and improve my skills even more with better team mates.

Journalism Q1 Reflection

The most challenging part about journalism was writing my introduction for my article because it was really complicated to include the 5 w’s all in the introduction. I had to rewrite it a lot of times before the final due date since I didn’t like the ones I wrote before and it didn’t follow the rubric as well. I also found designing the newspaper a little bit confusing and challenging because all of our team members had different ideas of designing and it took us a long time to figure out our final decision for the design. There were lots of risks I took with one of my team members because we decided to remake the whole newspaper at the last minute because the other team mates didn’t want to help out and wanted to do it the next morning which was really hard and complicated.

My greatest achievement was our final newspaper because it turned out to look professional than I thought after all the hard work we’ve done on it the last few days before the due date. Even though we had some struggles through this, I found it really enjoyable and I think it allowed me to improve my cooperation skills and my designing skills after this.

  

I am planning to work harder and focus on my science class because I’ve been struggling through some tests and assessments that were given which made my grades decrease a lot. I think I should ask questions more often and try to get help from the teacher. Not only this, I think I should listen more carefully in class and take notes to remember what we learned in class to prepare for assessments and tests given.

Charity video + Reflection

Click here to watch our CHARITY VIDEO

For the past month in language arts class we did a project on making a charity promotion video for Dragon’s Apprentice. We did this to make adults and students vote for our charity so the money 6th graders earn from Dragon’s Apprentice will get donated to the charity we made a video on. While working on this project, my partner and I had difficulty with the sound/audio because when we filmed our parts at school was really bad quality because of the background noises. To solve this problem we had to each record it again at home and put it in the video again. Another problem we had was using the pictures.

When we started the project we sent an email to the Saigon children’s Charity. However, they never replied back so we had to use reuse licensed pictures on google but not from their actual website.

I think we did really well in the video layout because I thought it was really eye catching and attractive because of the images, text and also the audio. For the audio we used serious and sad music to make it sound more intense. Our steps from the beginning was starting off with planning the layout of the video and what we should say in the video. After this we tried to film most of the clips at school. Then I went home and put it all together with my partner Alice’s help of approving and giving advices on what I should do to make this video even better.

After looking at other people’s videos, I felt like we should have done more to our video by adding more information and giving more examples of what the charity is doing and what education they’re giving right now. However since we have three days to add the things we want to add and edit so I think we can edit it so it would be better than before. Even though other teams did well and we’re not in the top 5, I think this was a great experience because I think we got to learn how to cooperate with your partner and also learn how to use your time wisely.  

Tutorial Video + reflection

This is the link to my tutorial video

REFLECTION:

The topic our group did was basically about how the team should advertise their product on social medias and all over the school. We thought this was really important for the 6th graders to know since we experienced this last year. Last year the group that did really good decorations, posters and commercials got into the finals because it was eye catching and people would be interested in buying their products. In our video we basically explained what color palettes we should use for the poster, how you should decorate your table for the plaza sale and what you should do to promote the product so people would buy it more.

Swimming Reflection

The past few swimming classes, I’ve reviewed some strokes and on the other hand, I also learned some more details in the strokes. A few days ago, we partnered up and filmed each other swim (breast stroke, free style and backstroke). After this I looked back at what I did wrong to fix and what I did good.

For my free style, I noticed that I wasn’t using my feet as well as my arm because I realized that I wasn’t kicking hard enough and it looked like I wasn’t even kicking at all. I think I did a pretty good job with my arms because they were rotating, I was reaching out far and my elbows were bent. I think I need to work more on my left arm because it wasn’t rotating as much as my right arm and it was straight. Other than fixing/working on my left arm, I think I did a pretty decent job on my freestyle.

Next for my breast stroke, I was doing a good job of using my arms because I was bending them when it was time to bend them and when my head was underwater, my arms were straight and I was reaching out far. However, I think I have to work on my legs since I wasn’t gliding after I rotated my arms and legs. I think I should slow down and glide more.

Lastly it’s the stroke I’m not confident about is breast stroke. I think my legs were not kicking strongly and my arms were not coming down all the way to my hips when I was rotating my arms. Since this is my weakest stroke in swimming, I think I should work more on this so I would be able to fell confident about it like the other strokes.

 

Water Filter Design Cycle

Basically in this project, we were required to make a water filter system that would make the contaminated water to clean and fresh water. Also the requirements of our clean water was to produce the water with an acidity of 6 to 8 ph level, generate at least 15 ml of water for testing and use materials that are available to people in rural Vietnamese villages which means the materials should be easy and cheap to get. Our first idea was to use a big plastic water bottle and put cottons and coffee filters in it to make it filter all the sediments in the water. Our first prototype worked well with the filtering from red contaminated water to clean blue salt water but we didn’t exactly know what to do when it came to removing the salts inside the water so we decided to leave that aside and plan what we would do with the salt water. Later on, we had an awesome idea of using the pot and boil it so the salt would get removed out of the water but this didn’t work out that good either because we collected to little water. Since we collected little amounts of water,we found out why the lid of the pot was collecting little amounts of water and it was because we turned the lid upside where the handle was and the lid was blocking the heat to reach the lid and we poured it in the graduated cylinder using the funnel. We got a little amount of clean water as our final results but we still collected some clean water and that’s better than not collecting any water so we thought our final result was pretty successful. Overall, I feel like this was a fun and enjoyable project where we get to improve our skills in group work, using our time wisely and I also think the project made us think out of the box for our prototypes every trials.

https://youtu.be/hAwk4AdoMWk