We built our ecodome again!

The results were clearly better but our crickets still didn't live a very long life.

Here is a video of us answering the following questions about our first ecodome rebuild:

What looks like it has been changed? Observations?

What things should be improved next time around?

What things did the crickets probably use/consumed?

In the video, we talk about the things we observed in and about our ecodome. Many things we mentioned were mentioned in our last failure video such as mold, but less, and some sources being untouched.

So after doing a bit more research and learning from our last failure, presenting our second rebuild materials!

Sheltering purpose:

  • 2 types of soil
    • dark soil
    • lighter colored soil

Food sources:

  • 4 tablespoons of carrots
  • 2 tablespoons of lettuce
  • 1 teaspoon of apples
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of grains
  • 2 handful of green plants

Water source:

  • 3 tablespoons of water contained in a shallow cup with a sponge in it (because the sponge helps the crickets drink water more efficiently)

The things we have changed here are:

Getting rid of:

  • Grains
  • A really curved piece of wood

The grains were barely eaten compared to the rest of the food so we decided to remove it. Similarly with the curved piece of wood, it was not used and only took up space in the eco-dome so we just removed it.

Decreasing:

  • Amount of water (5 tablespoons to 3)

We put in less water because to our knowledge, mold is usually created when exposed to liquid/moisture. We did not want to reduce too much water because the crickets will then have no water source and will not be able to live.

Adding: 

  • Lettuce

Sooo... our first round of building ecodomes is now over. As nice as we tried to make it look, Fredrick and Fidget have died - sometime over the weekend and not the Friday night we adopted them, hopefully.

Here is a video of us answering the following questions about our original ecodome:

What looks like it has been changed? Observations?

What things should be improved next time around?

What things did the crickets probably use/consumed?

If it wasn't clear in the video, we described how the ecodome looked after we opened it up afterwards. There were spots with white, cotton-like mold in the soil, especially near the area we put our water in, the oats and grains were consumed but not too much of it, and there was only a bit of water consumed. We think that due to the small amount of energy the crickets consumed, it may have contributed to the death of Fredrick and Fidget since all living organisms need food and water to survive but our crickets didn't use their resources too much. After each day, we also saw mold growing and mold may be caused by being exposed to some kind of liquid (moisture).

We think that we will include 3-4 types of food the crickets actually like/want to eat, considering we couldn't research to build THIS ecodome, and somehow make them drink water more next time - maybe by putting a more shallow cup, and less water like 3-4 tablespoons, so they aren't scared to take a sip and not die?

So after doing a bit more research and learning from our last failure, presenting, our new ecodome!

Sheltering purpose:

  • Soil

Food sources:

  • 4 tablespoons of carrots
  • 1 teaspoon of cubed apples
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons of grains
  • 2 handful of green plants

Water source:

  • 5 tablespoons of water contained in a shallow cup (because if the cup is too deep, the cricket has a possibility of drowning)

Entertainment purposes:

  • A really curved piece of wood

The things we have changed here are

Getting rid of:

  • Oats

Decreasing:

  • Amount of water (6 tablespoons to 5)

Adding: 

  • Apples
  • A curved piece of wood

 

A picture of our first attempt at building a nice-looking, but more importantly, survivable ecodome as we put our crickets in.

This is Anjuli and I's first attempt at building an ecodome for our 2 crickets, Fredrick and Fidget. The components of our ecodome are:

Sheltering purpose:

  • Soil

Food sources:

  • 4 tablespoons of carrots
  • 2 teaspoons of oats
  • 2 teaspoons of grains
  • 1 1/2 handful of green plants
  • 1 handful of rotting plants

Water source:

  • 6 tablespoons of water contained in a shallow cup (because if the cup is too deep, the cricket has a possibility of drowning)

Entertainment purposes:

  • 1 wooden plank (as a place for crickets to hide/play under)

Using 3 class periods, Anjuli and I have built an ecodome without doing any research prior. We put in components that we thought were necessary for the crickets' lives as if they were like ours- humans'. We put food in such as veggies and put carrots on 1 side and greens on the other (since maybe the crickets should roam around the ecodome rather than just go to one spot for their food) because we think crickets are primary consumers - herbivores - but we also put in oats and grains so if the crickets get bored or maybe it is actually a part of their diet. And of course, we had a cup of water so the crickets could hydrate themselves, as water is an important part to every living organism's life.

We also decided to put in a wooden plank in the middle of the 3 food sources for the crickets, if they wanted to climb around or do something with it - we clearly didn't know how crickets make their lives more fun so we just added a piece of wood to see if it was any help. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The hardest part about journalism is that when writing our newspaper article, we can't use first writing to stay away from bias. This was extremely difficult for me because I usually do and enjoy opinionated pieces more than the ones who aren't so it was difficult to switch mindsets just for this project.

Despite having minor challenges along the way, my greatest achievement this project in ELA has to be the design of my newspaper. The first reason for this is, of course, that was my job and I did it but it took me hours to just find a layout that was a newspaper format but still looked somewhat appealing, and after I've worked on it for more than an hour, I started to appreciate the time and effort I was putting in more and more (but I'm also extremely proud of my article too on the last page of my newspaper, yay sponsored).

 

In the second quarter, I will be focusing on, specifically in ELA, will be to stop writing run-on sentences. I've had a problem with run-on sentences for a few years now since I'm unsure of where to end sentences sometimes and just continue them. But something else I will be focusing on during the second quarter, and all quarters really, is to just have fun and not have too much stress.

 

Freestyle- My shoulders are rotating just enough and my elbows aren't being raised too high but towards the end, I kept trying to swim slower so it raised a bit higher so I should keep a consistent speed. My fingers are reaching far but I'm not pulling back to my waist much so I would need to work on maximizing my arm reach back. Although I'm not pulling back to waist, I'm breathing correctly with my ear down and head to the side but not in the water too deep. And lastly, my legs are is a somewhat resemblance to a motorboat my stretching long and paddling hard.

BreaststrokeI need to improve straightening my legs I'm not kicking them and my arms need to pull further back to my chest. When I do one arm stroke, it's followed up with me pulling up to take a good breath but my head needs to be straighter when I come up to breathe. However, my kick needs to wait for my arm stroke to be completely finished before I start kicking, though.

Backstroke- The things that I notice that I’m doing well are that my legs aren’t bending as they’re kicking and isn’t splashing too much water and for once, my head stays above the water (because I usually swallow some water as I sink a bit). Nevertheless, I need to work on my shoulder rotation as my arm reaches back and because I’m not rotating it enough, it doesn’t go the full round but sort of just bends as it reaches 2/3rds of the way. I also can’t identify my thumb coming out and pinkie down going in as it may help with swimming more swiftly, so that’s also something I will need to work on.

These economic losses were the affected by the Black Plague, or rather the greatest natural disaster disease of all time that took Europe by storm between 1347 and 1351. The Plague had two forms, that both invaded Europe in a quick amount of time, both deadly contagious. One form was the bubonic plague and the other, the pneumonic plague. The bubonic plague would cause blotches and swelling across the whole body from broken blood vessels. The pneumonic plague kicks in as soon as the lung gets infected, this type of plague could kill its victims within just a few days. The Plague spread as easily as the modern day’s common cold! This disease was usually spread through fleas and rats that were in trade ships or people’s houses, however, people thought that the disease was just a curse from God and the people had done something wrong, that might quite possibly be though there has been no evidence. This disease all started from a seaport on the island of Sicily in Messina, then went through the rest of Italy, France, Spain, Germany, England, Scandinavia, Russia, some Muslim populations, and even some parts of Greenland!

Because The Plague had wiped out so much of the population, Europe was economically attacked by what was of an unexpected bacteria. Two of the most important jobs were being a farmer, to help produce food and resources that was crucial to human life, and a craftsworkers to make products that benefit people’s lives. Since so many workers have perished for these two jobs and many other jobs, there were food shortages everywhere and people started dying not only because of the Plague but also starvation. The demand for workers were high and so the wages rose with the death of loyal workers (synonym). However, this is arguable because The Plague transformed Europe from a medieval society to a modern one because of its economic losses.

MailOnline, Keiligh Baker for. “Scientists Warn Farmers in Tanzania Have Created a 'Perfect Storm' for Causing an Outbreak of Human Plague by Encouraging a 20-Fold Increase in the Number of Disease-Spreading Rats .” Daily Mail Online, Associated Newspapers, 24 Feb. 2015, www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2966589/Scientists-warn-perfect-storm-outbreak-human-plague.html.

In this design challenge, we are to filter out all the contaminants using a simple invention made of materials that can be found in many people’s homes. To start our design challenge, we brainstormed all of our ideas, like using a bottling the contaminants and then using a coffee filter and hope that it filters everything out including the salt. But, we concluded that we should put the contaminated water in a pot that has been placed on a hot place to be boiled on, put a glass in the middle of the pot and then close it off with an upside down lid- since. As the water boils and then goes up onto the lid, it will slide down into the middle of the lid and then drop down into the glass. We had a time management problem in our first attempt- took too much time setting up the prototype and then we were left with no time to record our results so our water that was filtered out was wasted. So next, we spent less time on setting the prototype up and more on the results.In the end, we got a pH of 8, very low turbidity, no copper, and some salt at the edge. This project was great and the first time I’ve actually collaborated well with the people in my group.

The general idea of showing your poem visually with pictures and music really is fun to make for me and even after the process, I found it really fun to work on this small project. However, finding the appropriate music for certain situations were harder than I thought and showing pictures that weren't literal were hard either but when I realized that when using pictures in strange perspectives really help the audience think "deeply" about the poem and video itself and "why/how does that picture even relate?". Besides struggling on the perspectives of pictures and the background music, I enjoyed finding the pictures actually and how Flickr is such a great resource. Also, I even learned how to get the attributions from Flickr photos so that's great (because now I can easily credit the creator).

When reading the poem out loud, I chose specific spots to emphasize a word on or speak extremely fast on (for the tension) and found that it really helped ME understand the main ideas of my poem. It just helped to hear it instead of reading it in my head. Although, if I were to do this project again, I may have written another poem that was longer and more meaningful (not that this isn't, it's just a topic that people talk about a lot already-friendship). And to whoever is doing this project in the future, memorize your poem because when watching the video, it's really obvious if you trip up.

poetry-block-letters

The past few weeks in writing have been sessions to learn about poetry and writing free-verse poetry on our own. At first, I really thought poems were just any other paragraph broken up into different paragraphs but during this time, as I learned about free-verse poetry, I realized that sometimes, the places they broke up into different paragraphs had actual meanings or answers to "why there?" to them, and sometimes, there are even white spaces to visually show something or emphasize on an idea - I always thought they were just words on top of words and then suddenly another line. And as I wrote about my moods or feelings about a certain experience, I realized, I was a poet.

Considering myself as a poet is something easy, if you write poems then you are basically a poet but for me, being a poet is like that but also being able to express emotions thoroughly with figurative language, and when to use appropriate line breaks or space out words irregularly. My overall experience with learning as a poet was surprisingly great since I honestly thought poetry was good to read but boring to write, but no, it was so fun to just jot down all my emotions into stanzas. This unit has helped me grow as a reader and writer because as a reader, I've learned that those white spaces or the way the letters are arranged aren't just there, but contribute to the message of the poem of why the poet has written the poem. While, as a writer, I've learned that I need to use the techniques (figurative language, white space, line breaks) effectively so it actually does contribute to the message of my poem.