Eco Dome (Day 2)

November 13th

I looked around my container and found out that my cricket died. This was my first death in the cricket and I found some reasons why it died.

When I opened the container, it seemed like everything was in order. The Plants were on alive, the leaves were being eaten by the cricket and everything was good. But there was one reason why my cricket died. There were moulds everywhere.


So my cricket managed to survive for about a week. I think the main reason why the cricket died is because there was mold on the carrots. One reason why there were molds in the carrots is because the container was humid and mold can grow in humid places. One way I will solve this is by removing carrots and adding more leaves. I think there was enough water for the cricke

t to drink, so that should be good to go. Since I learned that crickets eat leaves too, I don’t think they need carrots, just incase they eat the molds.


Component Amount incl Units Reasoning
Leaves  3 leaves Source of food for the cricket.
Water 20 grams Water is the source of drink for the cricket and for the plants.
Brown dirt 1cm For extra nutrients
Plants 2 plants For food and for oxygen.
Nutrients (dead grass) 5 grams For fertilization
Black dirt 2 cm To store water


Eco Dome Day 1

Eco-Dome: 1st Blog Post

November 8th

My class and I are trying to create a container that provides oxygen, food, and a place for crickets to live over the winter break.

Key Components for survival:

  • Oxygen
  • Food
  • Water


  • Amount of soil
  • Type of soil
  • Number of plants
  • Type of plants
  • Number of crickets
  • Other types of animals
  • Amount of water
  • Food amount
  • Etc.


Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Food(carrot, pear, pepper, broccoli) 16.1 grams Source of food for the cricket.
Water 20 grams Water is the source of drink for the cricket and for the plants. The water covered the whole container.
Brown dirt 1cm For extra nutrients  Covered the roots of the plants.
Plants 2 plants For food and for oxygen.  Some of the plants were eaten by the crickets.
Nutrients (dead grass) 5 grams For fertilization It was mixed with brown dirt.
Black dirt 2 cm To store water It was also mixed with brown dirt.


Language Art Reflection

  • The hardest part about journalism? Why?

The hardest part about journalism is when I had to somehow make my article fit with the rubric. For example, I had to have quotes and interviews, but somehow I didn’t know so it was a last second change for me.

  • What was your greatest achievement? Why?

My greatest achievement was when I somehow put detail and quotes in my article. It was pretty hard and we had a lot of homework at that time.

  • What will you work on and improve?
    I want to improve in proof reading my article before I show my teacher. This happened when I showed Mr Benck my article and there were mistakes.

Should Parents Allow Teens To Use Social Media

A 21-year-old college student just attended his university in the states. He had some spare money to buy himself a phone to help himself with homework. Suddenly, he got a text from a stranger online after he got his first phone. He didn’t know what to do, but to meet up with him because he has no friends. After he met up with the stranger, he was kidnapped and nowhere to be found. Many kids today are being kept away from using the internet. Their parents are simply not allowing them to use the internet because they are scared that their kids are going to develop a bad mindset, scammed, and a lot more. However, little do they know that social media is helping kids to experience risk and be aware of dangerous people in the future.  Parents should allow kids to use the internet because kids need freedom and they are growing up to become adults.  Critics may claim that kids might accept strangers online, which is very dangerous; however, this is not a valid argument because kids need to be able to learn and experience these things as they are growing.


Parents should not check their teen’s accounts on social media because teens need freedom. Teens need freedom because they want to use online resources for entertainment and they need privacy. For instance, when they chat with their friends, teens don’t want to show their messages with their parents. According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, 72% of kid’s accounts are being monitored by their parents. 50% monitor weekly and slightly over a third monitor daily. This means that most parents are making sure that kids are using appropriate time on the internet. Also, parents are checking their kids weekly.  As a result, kids are not being trusted because parents are afraid of their child’s risk of developing a negative mindset from their friends. The reason why kids need their privacy is because kids want their messages to be hidden from their parent’s sight. Why? As kids are slowly becoming teens, they have an adult relationship, which means they are exploring and acting like an adult. Therefore, parents should not check their teen’s accounts because teens need freedom.


In my opinion, parents should trust their child because kids are slowly, but surely, becoming adults. Kids need to be able to learn and have a new experience. According to TRUSTe, a private organisation, “Parents should not censor their children online. Instead, they should trust but verify. Parents should ensure that teens are not accepting friend requests from strangers.” With that being said, this means that parents should allow kids to use the internet, but they are not allowed to accept strangers online. As a result, parents should be verified by checking their friend list, but they also have to trust their child. As kids are growing, they need to be able to practice not to accept requests from strangers. For these reasons, parents should trust their child because kids need to learn new things in life.


On the other hand, people believe that parents should not trust their child because they are scared that their kids might accept strangers online. According to TRUSTe, a private organisation, “42 percentage accept social network “friend” requests from strangers.” Given the evidence, some conclude that parents should not trust their child because kids are accepting strangers online, which could end up in being tricked or kidnapped. However, this argument fails to consider that parents should ensure that teens are not accepting friend requests from strangers.  Both parents and teens should have the responsibility of respecting and trusting. Basically, TRUSTe is saying that “Parents should ensure that teens are not accepting friend requests from strangers. TRUSTe also believes that both parents and teens have responsibilities regarding social media, including the responsibility to respect each other.” The evidence indicates that teens should be able to use social media. But why? First, they need to talk to their parents to make sure that they understand their point. After that, teens need to be able to experience the outside world, rather than being kept, experiencing nothing. Teens need to learn how to use social media responsibly with help with their parents. After looking closely at both sides of the issue and the evidence, one can see that teens use of social media is more important and educational for their future.


To summarise,  teens should be able to use social media because teens need to experience the risks, have freedom and learn to not accept strangers online. Teens need to have a social media- relationship with their parents. Not to mention, they need to learn to become aware of the risks in the future, such as accepting strangers. But mostly, they need to have privacy and freedom. As a final hope for the future, I hope teens would have more freedom and have more access to their social media accounts before they are old.

Art Blog Post (Individual)

  • What did you personally achieve today?

Since our class was pretty short, I think I did an alright job. Today, Ben and I thought of the idea to making houses and glue them in the school. My job today was to colour all the houses and draw them.

  • How did the rest of the group do?

My teammate was pretty useful. He was cutting the houses out of cardboard and he was glueing them after I finished colouring because I was still colouring more.

  • What challenges did you face today?

Today, the most challenging part of the task was rushing and trying to get everything complete. We had a short class, so I was colouring really fast to finish.

  • What are your last steps plans to complete this task? (2 classes)

The final last steps to complete my task is to finish glueing and colouring the designs. By then, everything will be completed.

Art Blog Post Qustions (individual)

What did you do today? How?

Today, I think I did a pretty good job, because I painted all the walls inside and outside my 3D model.

How do you think your group members went?

I think my group member did great, but not the best. Although he did help at the end of class, he could have helped me in the beginning and finished the whole thing in class.

What do you think of your progress so far? Why?

Well, we are almost finished with the project, so that could be good news. I have been working hard to finish the whole thing, while Ben was attempting to make trees. But to say the least, it was a decent effort.

What is your group plan for the next 5 classes?

My group’s plan for the next 5 classes is to finish the whole thing and revise anything that is need to be added in our 3D model.

Math Project

Summarise the “Don’t Panic” video is a couple of sentences

The “Don’t Panic” video was about people in Africa living in poverty. There was a Sweedish guy presenting the whole thing and he was talking about families that couldn’t afford a lot of things in Africa. And he was also talking about people not getting what they want and so on.

What were some interesting new things you took away from the video?

Some interesting things I took away were the fact that families in Africa have to work every day to bring their family up.

How this video help you make better decisions later in life?

Don’t take life as granted, make sure I don’t waste money or food because there would be other people needing it, and learn to appreciate things in life.

What questions do you still have after watching the video? 

I wonder what is the main reason why poverty is happening in Africa?

Make sure you turn on the volume. 🙂

Dragon’s Apprentice Tutorial

In ELA class, my class and I did a short video, giving tips on what six graders should do in their Dragon’s Apprentice project. In Dragon’s Apprentice, six graders are given a team to make a product that is healthy. For instance, they need to make sure that they are making healthy products. If they are planning to make food, they need to make sure the ingredients are not extreme. Like too much sugar and etc. Once they have created a product, they will be selling it to people around campus and hopefully make money to give to organisations that are helping endangered animals and poor people. As we are seventh graders, we make short videos to help sixth grader’s project easier.

First off, I grouped up with my friend, Tony and Katsuki, to make a short video. During our planning, we decided to make a tutorial on what they should do. We came up with 3 ideas and they were, being creative, sticking to one idea, and choosing a good price.

What we meant by being creative is to not make simple or boring products that people are not going to be interested in. For example, last year, my group and I made a product about printing paper and sticking it on doors and it was the worst idea ever. My group and I had a bad experience and no one wanted to buy our product.

Next, up is sticking to one idea. We chose this tip because last year, my group also changed our product because our old idea was making pencil cases, which was even worse. The bad part is that we changed our product at the very last moment and we messed up a couple of times.

Last but not least, choosing a good price. Again, I talked about my mistakes of choosing a bad price. During the sellout, my group and I decided to sell our product for a very high price, which wasn’t a good idea. But we decided to change it because no one was buying it.

As a final thought, I think these tips are really helpful for their learning because it might help sixth graders to not make the same mistakes that my group and I made last year.

Should Teens Be Able To Use Social Media?

Many parents may be concerned about their children’s use of social media due to… using credit cards online and being scammed. Teens often use their parent’s credit card to buy something on unsecured websites. For example, teens use their parent’s credit card to buy some inappropriate games and souvenirs online. But they didn’t realise that they were using a harmful website. As a result, parents have been losing money in their bank accounts and they had no way of controlling their credit card. In conclusion, parents should be cautious and ensure that they are not letting kids use money online.