Eco Dome Project Day 3

Our second try didn’t go so well, as the crickets had died when we went to check on them. To develop our last try, we decided to add more variations of food for the crickets, this kind of worked because the food rotted but the crickets were still able to eat them. We think more variety of food for the crickets was unnecessary. We also went to find better plants that would stay in the soil and not bend over and die, unfortunately the plants didn’t make it and most of them died. Our water system was better this time, it was stirdy and be had a backup bottle cap just incase it spilled again.


Food – we are going to limit our food to carrots and apples only as it is known to not rot and is a great source of food for the crickets.

Plants – we will find sturdier, smaller plants that won’t tip over and detach itself from the soil.

Eco Dome Rebuild

Eco Dome Project Day 2

Observation of Eco-dome

The crickets named Alan and Oli has been able to survive the eco-domes conditions. To develop our eco-dome we should add more food like carrots and cornflakes, more variety in food would be interesting for the crickets. Another development to our eco-dome were the plants, we added sturdier plants so they could stay alive. Our old plants broke or fell over therefor giving no oxygen for the crickets.

Over the weekend, our eco-dome has been dropped and its placement has been messed up. For further changes, we think more water would be essential because the crickets drank all the water or spilled it. More variety of food would benefit the crickets too.


Food: For the changes of the second try, a more variety of food would benefit the crickets

Water: I think more water is essential because the crickets drank it all or the bottle cap got spilled.

Plants: We should try different types of plants because ours weren’t strong to stand up and bent over and most of them died.

Container: I think our container is too small for our eco-dome and a bigger container would give space for the crickets, more water and the plants.




Eco Dome Project Day 1

In science, we were assigned to make an eco-dome for our crickets. The goal is to make the space survivable and not kill our crickets. I partnered up with Ariel for this project. First, we chose our container. We decided a wide short container was best for this eco-dome because it has more space for the crickets and the crickets aren’t that tall. For the soil, we chose the dark black one because that is the soil small plants usually grow on, so we think it would have a higher chance of surviving. We went to the school backyard and found 3 small plants, we planted them equally spaced out in the container. All living things need food to survive, so we cut up smalls slices of apples and placed them in the middle. They also need water, for water we put a small amount in a water bottle cap and placed it next to the food.

Hopefully, all the things in the container would be able to provide the crickets what they need. To check we go through the process of photosynthesis and cellular respiration. For photosynthesis, we have carbon from the air, water in the soil and sunlight which is provided for this project. The process of photosynthesis will use these reactants to make oxygen and glucose which are the reactants for cellular respiration. Cellular respiration will use the products from photosynthesis and use them as reactants for its process. The product of cellular respiration will be energy, carbon dioxide, and water.


Eco Dome


The crickets survived our first try, although there are a few problems. The plants looked bent and weak, the water cap spilled and most of the food seems to be gone. Overall, there are definitely changes needed to be made but our crickets survived the first week.



Language Arts Q1 Reflection

In this first quarter of 8th grade, we got to be journalists. We all chose a topic to write about, we interviewed, researched and designed out newspapers.

The hardest part about journalism is the interviews and research. Although I got a lot of opininons on my topic, interviewing was hard because some people didn’t take it too seriously. Because my topic was “Weird Fashion Trends” it was laughable. The research was hard too because the trends come from different companys and artist so it took a while to find where the original idea came from.

My greatest achievment is the desgin of my groups newspaper. I was chose to design it along with my teammate Sang In. I worked hard on it at home so my group can add thier ideas to improve. I thik overall, the layout and design of the newspaper was good and my group worked very hard on it.

Picture of Article: Has The Fashion Industry Run Out Of Ideas?

Has the Fashion Industry Run Out of Ideas?

From clear plastic clothing to controversial mashups of different footwear, these new modern fashion pieces designed and produced in 2017 questions if the fashion industry has run out of ideas.


Today’s modern fashion has been designed to be simple, easy to wear and does the necessary coverings as clothes. But what happens when the purpose of clothing gets taken away? Clear Plastic clothing has been gaining attention this year expanding from the infamous “clear knee mom jeans” that originated from “Topshop”. At first glance, the fashion piece looks like a basic, regular pair of jeans, but another look on the knees and you can see that the rips have been replaced with clear, flexible plastic. “It looks like someone failed to make homemade rip jeans.” a student from SSIS states. Although this fashion piece’s design is quite questionable to the public, many companies have caught onto the trend and came out with their own plastic clothing, this varies from skirts, shirts, jackets, shoes etc. that are completely clear. What’s the purpose of this? Recently “Topshop” has decided that it wasn’t enough for just the knees to be clear, so they came up with all clear jeans that go over black shorts. “There’s no point” says Tony from 8th grade, “But, I would wear it outside because it looks fun.” he continues. This trend has gotten so popular even fashion shows feature clear plastic dresses, one dress had only plastic as its material but the cutouts and design made it much more complicated than it looks. Alice, who is very familiar with fashion trends observes, “It looks noisy and annoying to wear”. Still the question remains, What’s the purpose of these fashion pieces if the point of clothes is to cover up?


Speaking of clear knee mom jeans, the iconic piece has also sparked other ideas for the designs of different pairs of Jeans. Jeans go way back to 1873 where the first pair of jeans were invented but 2017 has taken it to the next level. When you hear the word ‘jeans’ the first word that comes to mind is plain, simple or basic, right? However, these are not the words used to describe these extraordinary jeans. We’ve all heard of ripped jeans, it’s been a trend for the past several years, their ripped effect adds a little distress and carefree touch to the pair but have you heard about mud jeans? These pair of Jeans are the definition of “Pay a lot of money to make it look like you have no money.” quoted by a student. Other than the mud jeans there are cut out jeans ranging from zippers to detachable leg covers. “The zipper jeans look trashy “it looks like you got plastic surgery and it accidentally ripped” joked John. These jeans appear to not be appropriate for professional settings as it “shows too much skin” as student says. Many students that were interviewed claimed that they would not wear these jeans anywhere as it is not appropriate for any situation. These jeans have gone too far and women say they just want pockets.


It’s not just clothing pieces that are taking an unexpected turn these years, shoes are too. Modern fashion has developed shoes in so many different ways, there are different type for every occasion, weather, setting etc. But what happens when companies decide to collaborate and combine these different designs. One of the more popular shoes are the “Ugliest Shoes in the World” made by Teva, a company that creates sandals and Uggs, a company that specialises in fuzzy boots. The collaboration includes the warm parts of the Uggs on the ankles, but has the sandal part on the toes. This doesn’t look like it serves any purpose other than the looks. Speaking of it’s looks, 4/9 students agree that these shoes are the “Ugliest Shoes in the World”. Alice says it looks more like a cast than something you’d call a regular pair of shoes. Other than this infamous collaboration, a designer mixed Converse shoes with Sandals, although this did not spark as much controversy, it is a pretty unique pair of shoes. Going against popular opinions, CY from advisory thinks “It looks cool.” Clear shoes also seem to be popular among with the clear plastic trend, this trend was started by the reality TV stars of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” For the past few years the family has rose to fame and they have started many new trends, the clear shoes are one of them. These shoes seem to have a more positive reaction from the interviewees. Some state that they “look cool” while others say “they’re the best from these weird shoe trends”. It’s crazy to see how 2 basic shoes can combine to be such a controversial topic to the fashion industry.


Fashion usually focuses on clothing pieces, footwear and accessories. But, makeup is also an important part in pulling the look together, it is essential for bold, unique looks and is very popular on the runway. There are many makeup trends that have been created in the past years but 2017 seem to be the year of the eyebrows. When we look at the ideal eyebrow for women, we see angular sharp lines with a perfect arch and a soft start. The perfect brow is named “instagram eyebrow”. However, makeup artists have been creative about their eyebrows this year. The glitter brow, the wavy brow, the feathered brow and the most recent, the braid brow are all apart of the 2017 brow trends. Looking at the votes, more people liked the glitter brows the most because it’s creative and unique. The look is more suited for a runway on a fashion show but it looks like it would match some bold looks. The feathered brow became a trend after instagram makeup artist split her eyebrows as a joke. Soon other artists caught on to the trend and it lasted for a while. @promisetamang later came up with squiggly eyebrows with brows shaped in wavy, curvy lines. Fans didn’t know what to think of this new trend but others started to recreate the look themselves. The last look for the weird eyebrow trends are quite different from the rest, instead of creating it in real life, @erosmua edited braids onto his eye makeup look which took over instagram. Now people are gluing on actually braided hairs to their eyebrows or drawing them on with makeup themselves. Eyebrows are an interesting part of our face. To think of it, it’s just a patch of hair above our eyes stopping sweat from entering sensitive areas but now creative makeup artist have come up with new ideas for eyebrows that impacts the fashion industry strongly.


Fashion has been around for a while, it has been changed and developed throughout the ancient times. The designs are unique, creative and extraordinary but what happens if these designs are taken too far? Students from SSIS have been interviewed and questioned and it looks like the public isn’t too fond of these designs. What happens when this lack of creativity continues and the fashion industry really has run out of ideas? How will this change our perspective on fashion and impact our modern day lives?


Dragon’s Witness Newspaper PDF

I think in the 2nd Quarter, I should work on checking the rubrics for my projects and see if it applies to my project. I think this will help me get a better grade.

Hundertwasser Model Art Work

April 17

What did you do today?

  • I fixed the umbrella seats
  • I painted the wall white
  • I drew the lips

What problems are there?

  • I think we work together well and we’re going to finish in time. But some people struggled with finding something to do.  

Did you work on the job you mentioned?

  • Yes, I worked on the wall with a few people

April 19

What did you achieve today?

  • I painted the wall to match Hundertwasser Style
  • I fixed the eyes and lips

How did the rest of the group do?

  • Everyone did well: Kampei worked on the inside of the building, Brandon helped paint the wall and Erik work on a few decorations.

What challenges did you face today?

  • I think everything went well but we had a little challenge picking the colors.

April 25

What did you do today?

  • I cut and painted the walls
  • I helped glued the roof and pillars


What problems are there?

  • I think we work together well and we’re going to finish in time. But now that everything is almost done, some of us struggle to find things to do.


Did you work on the job you mentioned?

  • No, I worked on the back walls instead of the front.hy

Gap Minder Activity

In Math, we watched a video about how in 15 years, we could end poverty around the world. In the video, the presenter showed us charts of the population from now and before and compared. We also watched people that were struggling with poverty around the world and how they are working to get themselves out of it.

Some interesting new things from the video was how the percentage of poor people decreased but the population first increased and the decreased again. I didn’t know that we could stop poverty so early and this video showed me the charts and predictions.

This video has made me want to help out the poor more, next time when I see a homeless person, I would offer some money. It also makes me want to donate to organizations that helps people who can’t afford the money for something. Sometimes, poor people work low jobs, if everyone gets out of poverty, are there still going to be enough people working lower class jobs?

My Video on Population and Wealth of the United States, Vietnam and China.

Dragon Apprentice Tutorial

Attracting Audiences


In product selling, attracting your audience is very important. This leads to a bigger audience and increases the amount of sells your product can make. To attract your audience you will need to spread the word, make your stands attractive and use your colors wisely. In this video, my team and I explained the 3 topics and showed how you could develope your audience by the techniques.


Starting of, How can we create an attractive poster? For the colors and texts of a poster, I talked about the importance of the posters and how using and choosing wise colors and text could affect the attraction of the posters or ads. I suggested the entrepreneurs pick a suiting color palette that really reflects on the product. For example, if they were to sell a minty spray then it is best to use fresher colors like mint greens and light blues. Last year, I use colorful colors for a stationary product instead of calm colors that shows the stationary product used in a work space on my poster. It would also help to use colors that are easy on the eyes. Text is also important, I suggest using contrasting colors that audiences can read easily. For example Black over White. For the message of the text, it should be bold, and easy to understand. Reflecting it to your targeted audience is important as well. If the product is targeted to teens, it should have less brighter colors that little kids would like.


But after designing a poster, how do we share it? My teammate, Jiwon talked about ways to attract your audience, it would help to spread the word. The internet is a great way to show your product. Last year, we learn to post our posters and ads on social media. For example, you can make a post on facebook sharing a sentence or two with your image poster attached. A brief sentence could also give the audience the main idea of the product. Sharing your product doesn’t have to be on the internet, you can share it by hanging your posters and ads on the hallways at school or the gate and pole of your neighborhood. This way you can attract more audience if you choose to. Another way is to mention your product is in conversations with others, if the person is interested, they will tell someone else about your product and the word about your product goes on. Spreading the word really grows a bigger audience and helps your product sell.


If some people are at the stands (selling area) and haven’t heard about your product, how would you attract them? Young Bean explains the ways you could attract audiences at your stand. When selling, the entrepreneurs should plan the layout of the table. For example, last year Young Bean’s team had their product placed on a brown, plain flaky box, next to their stands a group decorated their table so well the stand was crowded. Decorating your stand might attract audiences but be careful to use things that reflect your product like colors, shapes and you can even hang your poster. A warning would be to use relevant decorations, if you are selling candles and you have a picture of a robot on your stand, it’s not flattering at all. And if it doesn’t fit don’t use the excuse “It looks cool.”

Medieval Summary – Why were people accused of being witches?

In medieval times, people were accused of being witches and were put on trial which lead to death.

Victims of suspected witches were usually healers who were skilled at their job in medieval Europe. Healers were alternatives for doctors. Only the rich could afford doctors so healers would cure the poor instead. Some healers were very skilled at healing and remedies, because of this they were accused of being witches. The middle ages thought sickness was a punishment for a person’s sins. At this time, many people were Christian and they believed the remedies healers used went against Christianity. If a healer could cure the patient, it would mean they defeated the sinner’s punishment. Soon, people would suspect the healer’s skill as a witch’s ‘power’ and would accuse the healer of being witches out of fear. Also out of jealousy for the healer, some doctors would even accuse the healer as a witch so the doctors would get more patients.

Suspects of witches were put on trial and persecution for this crime leading them to death. The suspect had to take this test when they were accused of being a witch and was reported. The trial started off by tying the victim to a ducking tool and dunk them into the river. If they survive, it meant they were proven guilty. If they drowned, they passed the test and were “innocent”. If the victim does not drown in the trial, they moved to the next punishment which took form in burning the suspect. When burning a “witch”, the people would tie her to a platform and proceed to burn her alive in front of the whole entire Kingdom while the audience watches. Even as recently as September 1944, a trial was held for a woman named Helen Duncan in England.

The idea of witches was feared and many hunters went hunting the witches in the medieval ages. London, Britain was one of the popular areas some of the witch hunters hunted. One popular witchfinder was Matthew Hopkins from Britain. He began to look for witches in the 1650s. His ruthless career started in 1644 and ended in 1647. In the previous 100 years, a number of victims increased and more witches had been hung because of Hopkins and his associates. People believed 300 woman’s death was caused by him between 1644 to 1646. The estimation of witch trials has been proven to be around 15th and 18th century in Britain. He has sent more suspects to trial than any other Britain witch hunter ever has. One of his most famous trials was the Lanchester in 1634, his purpose for witch hunting wasn’t to prove they had committed a crime but to prove the suspect had an agreement with the devil.

In the Medieval Times, being a healer was a dangerous job as it lead to being suspected as a witch. Witch Hunters would go find these suspects and punish them for the crime.

Witch trial / woodcut. Fine Art. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 18 Feb 2017.