Observing all of the grasshoppers and the ecodome we made, it wasn’t effective that 5 out of 6 grasshoppers(including attempt 1, 2 and 3) died. I felt sad for them because they died for being observed by human and surviving in a poor condition of ecodome for over a week. We’ve been thinking about the water tank more water than the hole of the tunnel, then we’ve forgotten that the water above the hole flows over the tunnel and make the ecodome full of water. The next try that is the attempt 4 will be using a single ecodome and use a big one that all water, soil, plant and 2 grasshoppers fits and make the best condition of ecodome for both grasshoppers to live.
Ecodome is for organisms to live. Our ecodome project was to build a habitat for the grasshoppers whether it is a good place to live or not. Me and my partner Yeojoon’s ecodome was connecting 2 big bottles with a plastic bottle. One bottle is filled with soil, plants and sunflower seeds for the grasshopper to live and the another bottle was the water tank filled with water for supplying hydrogen.
- The size of the container is different(one is bigger, one is smaller).
- Chose longer than wider container because of the plant height.
- Made the bottle horizontal so it flows a bit amount of water.
- Calculated to input soil lower than the water tunnel.
Nov.28th Day 25 Attempt 3
The third attempt had the same result as the second attempt because both of the grasshoppers were founded dead floating around the water. The water covered the ground and also smelled more. We’ve tried the same function of ecodome except closing the holes tightly that the water doesn’t flow to the ecodome as the second trial to see if there is a difference, but didn’t have any. I’ve used the same plant as the first and second attempt, and completely rotten after over amount of water and the smell.
After me and Yeojoon cleaned the ecodome container, there was fungi growing on the dimension of the plastic container hiding from the soil. Even seeing on with our eyes, the ecodome that we made was hard to live(no ground because of the muddy soil, plants dead, creatures drowning with no hydrogen available). Our last attempt is trying to save both 2 grasshoppers and with a different construction by only using ecodome, we are going to include soil, plant, and water at the same place.
- The grasshopper founded dead with its body colored brown
- The soil mixed with water
- A plant grew when the water was locked in the soil
- Leftovers from the soil are floating around
Nov.15th Day 14 Attempt 2
Our group input the same amount of soil on the ecodome, both with the same plant. We also glued the part with the tunnel and the ecodome that was separated a part and made a whole so that the water leaked out, also put the same amount of grasshoppers. We put more water on the water tank because we thought that some water will be mixed with the soil so it would be muddy, that won’t help, so put extra amount for better hydrogen supply.
As the result of observation we’ve seen, the grasshoppers didn’t eat sunflower seeds at all, so we excluded sunflower seeds and cobble stone that was useless for grasshoppers to live. We waited for the same the same days as before. The result was 2 grasshoppers founded dead floating on the top of the water. The water tank flowed too much water to the ecodome that smelled very much when it was mixed with soil and also the root of the plants almost died.
- Grasshopper founded dead bleeding some
- Water mixed with soil
- Moss looking at the corner of the container
- Bubble of dirt floating around the water
- From the research, preparation and the debates themselves, what did you learn about the art of persuasion? Please explain.
Persuade means to change people’s mind. A strong sentence could break the wall of choosing and get into their part to make a stronger sentence. So to persuade people, we need better explanation than other groups, also need more evidence and analysis that has no weakness to be attacked.
- How do you establish credibility as a debater? Explain fully.
I think during the debate, there were some unexpected counterattacks, but my creativity also made that counterattack into a weaker advocacy to their teams. Also, I’ve used highly expected vocabulary so people would judge me into more advanced perspective as a debater.
- What surprised you the most about your debate and/or the debate experience?
I thought that debate was based on fighting on speaking, but first, we get to show our idea, and also hear other people’s idea. So it was great to counterattack them, but also very uncomfortable of defending their counterclaims. Also, I knew that there was a time limit for our speeches and the judges get to judge our ability and manners during the debate.
- What were you most proud of in your own debate?
I was very proud of getting my speech very clear with providing evidence and analysis, including numbers. Ours were based on antibiotics, we basically included the 5 w’s that could be listed into a lot of ideas, but picked 1 specific one that could easily show my statement.
- What would be your next steps? Or in other words, what would you have done differently?
I could have done differently starting with my speaking, I think I could not mumble what to say. Also speak more louder and exclude such things as uhhmm, or other sounds that stops my statement waste more time to speak.
We’ve been working the whole art project with the the New York students from Commack Middle School. We communicated them by using Edmodo or Skype call. In Edmodo, we’ve shared our pictures we’ve pictured, drawn or paint. Our main topic for the semester was the endangered animals. For the endangered animals, we were given a letter with a partner so our group(included San) did letter G. In letter G, we picked on the Green Sea Turtle and did the work on there for about 1 and a half month. I was drawing the turtle, San was doing the background, and the NY student partner was doing the verse that was a G alliteration. When we were done of our own job, we added them on Superimpose and made the final job for Green Sea Turtle.
After doing the G project, I moved myself to Letter U, which was to only draw an umbrella bird, the other NY student was doing the background, and made extra umbrella bird. We’ve been doing all the jobs with our NY friends and I think it was a great project to know the reality of endangered animals, improve our drawing skills and making new friends from another country.