2nd Failed Eco-dome and 3rd eco-dome

Failed Eco-dome:


<- Picture of the entire 2nd failed eco-dome





   <- The interior of the failed eco-dome


<-- Dried soil and dead cricket




Problem with the failed eco-dome:

  • It was really dry. When my partner and I touched the soil and plants inside, all of them were really dry. In addition, the dead cricket was also dry as well.
  • According to our observation previously, crickets that we kept in our eco-dome tend to prefer moisturizing fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, paprikas, cucumbers and more. However, that food really easily get rotten. Either we should put alternatives and find the best food for the cricket or constantly add fresh food to the eco-dome.
  • Plants, which produces oxygen for the cricket in the closed eco-dome, also dry out. My partner and I are thinking of putting small plants or just get rid of the plant.

Improvement design/Research:

  • Last time I only sprayed about 4-5 sprays of water. So I should definitely put more sprays of water to make our eco-dome more humid and appropriate for the cricket.
  • According to research, crickets require fresh water and like to eat raw vegetables. More sprays of water and raw vegetables for the cricket. In addition, rotten food does not really matter because crickets in nature consume rotten food.

3rd Eco-dome




<-- Brief Picture of the new eco-dome







<-- Cricket on the log, semi-fresh food, and shorter plants







<-- Cricket resting on the log





Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Black Soil 5.5 cm crickets like to hide and 5 cm is enough for them. For the first eco-dome built, we used sand it was really dry. However, black soil was just right for the cricket and the eco-dome.  (2 day)

The appropriate amount of soil is from 3cm to 5cm. It is because crickets tend to prefer going up on the branches instead of walking on the soil.

crickets 1 Crickets usually eat each other when there is not enough amount of food. In addition, in a closed space the food will easily get rotten. (2 day)

My cylinder shaped eco-dome is small for more than a cricket to fit in. In addition, based my observation crickets are food lovers. So if I put more than one cricket, I am sure my eco-dome will be filled with food for those crickets.

Cucumber, tomato, paprika 16.8 g Based on the preference of the previous dead crickets, they prefer to eat paprika and other moisturized vegetables. This cricket tends to eat less than the other crickets that I had. In addition, since it is moisturized, it tends to rot a bit faster.
Water 7 sprays of water Crickets cannot live in either really humid or dry places. Using water spray, 6 sprays of water is enough because it provides enough condensations and water for the cricket to live.
Plants 2 When the female crickets are pregnant, they lay their eggs on the stem of the plant. In addition, the plants get damages so we need few extras. It provides oxygen for the cricket to breathe in. Plants are not growing freshly inside the closed space. In addition, the plants that I picked up are not fresh and easily bend. So this time, I used shorter plants so that it does not reach the top of the eco-dome and bend over. 
log 14cm During the previous rebuild, the cricket loved going up on the log.  For the whole class time on Wednesday, December 6th, the cricket stayed on the log. We used shorter log this time because since it is shorter, it provides enough space in the upper eco-dome and if cricket falls down, it will not damage the cricket badly. 
Moss 7.7  Our cricket did not really go down to the soil but just stay in the log. For in case, my partner and I put a piece of land of moss so cricket can rest there. In addition, according to day 1 carbon cycle, moss takes in the carbon dioxide. Moreover, according to research, it gets rid of pollution and conserves water. Even though the cricket did not rest on the piece of moss, it is definetly better than the standing plants because it does not dry out or die easily.



Crickets love to stay on the log because, for about 2 hours in a row, my cricket stayed on the log and did not go down to the bottom. Crickets gain extra moisturize by consuming moisturizing vegetables, however, the vegetables easily get rotten so I need to put a vegetable in different places or put other types of vegetable. However, according to the research, rotten food does not really matter to the crickets because, in nature, they consume rotten food. After 4 days, the cricket died.  My partner and I assume the death due to the lack of moisture. Even though there were water drops on the wall of the eco-dome, still there was not enough fresh water for the cricket to drink.

Reflection and research:

The death of the cricket was probably due to the lack of fresh water. So for the next eco-dome, I should put a small bowl of fresh water. But not a full bowl of water because cricket might drown in there. Plants do not really help with the eco-dome because it bends over and reaches the ceiling. Also, according to our day 1 carbon cycle, when plants die, they produce carbon dioxide, which we don't need at all. So a piece of land full of moss is the best alternative. Based on my research, there are numerous benefits of having moss or growing moss. It conserves water and somewhat gets rid of carbon dioxide. So it was a great idea to put the moss in!

Changes made:

We changed the long log into the smaller one so that when the cricket falls down on the log, it will not cause a huge damage to the cricket. The original log was about 19cm long but now it is about 14cm. Also, we sprayed numerous times of water so that the eco-dome is more moisturized. We added 2 more times spray of water. We added 7.7g of a piece of moss land because it does not dry out and die, unlike the plants.


Day 1

This is our first day building the eco-dome for the crickets. Chae Yeon is my partner.


  • The best temperature for crickets for to live in is 28 to 32-degree Celsius.
  • the 5cm height of soil is appropriate for crickets. Crickets like to hide so they need the appropriate height of soil.
  • Crickets like to eat everything. Such as anchovies, vegetables, and more.


  • How can crickets live when the container is completely sealed?
  • How can we keep the plants inside the container fresh?
  • How much do we need to make the container moisturize?

Components of building eco-dome:

  • - About 5 cm of soil
  • - Sand and
  • - Number of plants
  • Plants
  • A cricket
  • soaked sponges
  • Vegetable

Related to class:

  • Plants provide the crickets glucose and oxygen. However, for photosynthesis, plants need sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide. However, my partner and I thought that the sunlight was too strong for the cricket, I moved the eco-dome to a place where it is both shady and has sunlight.

This photo (underneath) represents the live cricket when we just put the cricket in.In addition, as you can see the cricket just stays on the apple. 


1st Failed eco-dome and rebuilt


After 3 days from building eco-dome, we found the cricket dead on the apple. Then after 2 days from dead cricket, the cricket was gone because the mold ate it away. Our eco-dome was not moisturized compared to other groups so we thought that we needed to make the eco-dome wetter.


  • Apple is okay for crickets to eat. However, crickets love to eat a ripe apple.
  • Crickets' diet is similar to humans.
  • Mold can definitely eat the dead cricket.
  • Crickets like to live in a shady place.
  • Plants provide oxygen for the crickets to live so plants are one of the important factors of keeping the cricket alive. However, it provides carbon dioxide when it is dead.

New knowledge:

  • Plants are the ones who provide oxygen in the closed eco-dome.
  • Molds can consume the cricket
  • Crickets like shades

Related to class:

  • Plants do photosynthesis and cricket does cellular respiration. Cricket provides material for plants to do photosynthesis. In addition, plants provide materials for the cricket.



Changes made during the rebuilt:

  • A log (19cm long) for the cricket to rest
  • A type of soil (all black moisturizing soil for 5.5cm)
  • Different types of plants
  • No rocks or pebbles
  • No sponge for water
  • 6 sprays of water
  • Cucumber and paprika (21.9g)



<- This is the mold in the container. What we describe cotton ball mold in the conclusion video





<- The dead cricket on the apple

















<- Rebuilt eco-dome (wetter and a log)


It was my first time writing a newspaper article in my life. So there were numerous things that I didn't know before. For example, as a newspaper article writer, I couldn't be biased. For me, the hardest part about journalism is you need to write about background information for those who don't know anything about the text in my newspaper article. For instance, my newspaper article is about SSIS being the 1st Apple school in Vietnam. So I needed to a background research of the computer mackintosh, what apple school is and more.

It was most amazing that I actually wrote a piece of a newspaper article. In addition, the fact that together in a group, put newspaper articles in the newspaper format that we designed. It is amazing that we designed a newspaper format that my team wanted by using the software in Apple computers and how we can cooperate together and publish a whole newspaper.


Probably for the next quarter, I want to work on more in-depth research based on the topic that I am researching on. Also, work on hooks or titles that HOOK people to read like a click bait. Short and simple but also really effective.

Last Monday, all the grade 7 students did a renaissance project. Seung A and I worked together on this project and decided to do a project about 'Famous paintings and techniques'. We further researched about the famous Renaissance paintings and techniques and decided to narrow the topic to 'How did the painting technique contribute to the famous Renaissance paintings'. We decided to make a presentation about the information. However, we soon realized that we need to catch the audience's attentions to come to our station, we decided to make a stand that looks like a museum. I mainly worked on the presentation and stand when Seung A worked on the script and also the presentation.

On the Renaissance fair day, we presented out information to Middle and Elementary students. When little came to our station, they just wanted to play with iPad so we out the iPads on the side and made them focus on the content of our work. It was quite surprising that most of the kids knew the majority of the paintings and names of the art. For our interactive activity, we used drawing application on iPad and asked our audience to use the painting technique and imitate one of the art works. However, since kids were young, they didn't fully understand what we meant so we changed the rules a little bit. We told them to either draw one of the famous paintings or demonstrate the painting techniques.

From this project I learned that it is better to improvise and change some of your presentation or activity in order to meet the target audience and make them get engaged more.


April 13th

What did your group achieve today? Who did what? Where is the evidence?

We painted layers of cardboard in different colors and silver lines. Kai Ting and I mostly did the work together. Our wonderful teamwork is the evidence and the outcome.

What did you do well today as a group?

We were very efficient and painted all the layers. It was evident that our work is changing in each class.

What is the plan for next class? Who is doing what?

Finish painting the silver lines and start decorating the facade of the building. Together we are one.


April 17th

What did each of you do today? Write or Record your part don’t leave it to your groups.

Today we decorated the “roof” of our model with colored tissue paper, feathers, and wires to make it look like a garden (like how Hundertwasser had roof gardens on his work). We worked together sticking the parts onto the model and decorating.

What problems are your group members facing?

We worked really well today and didn’t have many troubles. We took quite a long time on putting the small details onto the roof garden but overall everything went smoothly.

Did you work on the job you mentioned in the last reflection? If not why not? What exactly is your plan for next class? How does this compare to your group needs

We finished what we mentioned in the previous reflection and we did some extra (roof garden) work. Our plan for next class is to continue decorating the windows and the facade. We also hope to start making the columns in the next 2 class or so.


April 25th

What did each of you do today? Write or Record your part don’t leave it to your groups.

Each of us created our own column to make contrasting styles in our facade. We decorated some windows together such as putting some cotton balls on the windows and more.

What problems are your group members facing?

We had some challenges deciding on which materials should we use to make our columns stabilize and more.

Did you work on the job you mentioned in the last reflection? If not why not? What exactly is your plan for next class? How does this compare to your group needs?

Next class we are going to strengthen the columns and make the stand to make the facade free-standing. We might also decorate the facade a little more, but we are basically finished with our model.

During our social studies class, we did role playing activity. The roles were all based on the people during the Renaissance. Either in individuals or partners, everyone got their roles and played the games in the character’s perspectives. I, myself, was with Seung A and we were the Machiavelli, really powerful judges during the Renaissance era. Students divided themselves up through guilds which are sort of like of group working together. Machiavelli, who I played as was in the major guilds. Based on the dice, from 1 to 20, lower the number is, lower the chances are and vice versa. It was quite interesting how the story changes and how all the people participated in the society during the Renaissance.

There were some artists in our role playing game, so I could clearly see that Renaissance actually was flourished in art. In addition, based on the game, it was evident that people in the guilds worked together to help each other and developed the society. In addition, since merchants were in the major guilds, which demonstrates that merchants were really rich during the Renaissance period and commerce and trade were really influential on people’s lives. However, I am still curious why artists don’t have guilds.

I really liked the game because it made me get more engaged in what I am doing and made me focus more on the learning. In addition, it was easier and enjoyable. I actually want to play this game again sometimes. 

Individual Blog Post 1
What did your group achieve today? Who did what? Where is the evidence?

In Today's art class, I worked on finishing sketching all the windows on the cardboard, cutting windows, creating a fence out of tape roll, and created twisted and curved little columns. My partner, Kai-Ting, did the same thing as I did. We have 4 layers of cardboard in total, so each of us got 2 layers and cut out windows.  However, this time, Kai-Ting did work more than I did because she painted the floral patterns on the tape role while I was struggling with cutting a thick cardboard.

What did you do well today as a group?

I have seen other groups shouting at each other and having communication troubles. On the other hand, my group, Kai-Ting and I listened to each other's opinion respectfully and applied all the ideas that we have in our minds on our facade of the building.

What is the plan for next class? Who is doing what?

Next class, we are planning on coloring the cardboard and decorate windows. Again, Kai-ting painting two layers of cardboard and myself coloring other two layers. We are not sure about the windows yet, but we are planning to decorate windows together.

Today's class progress image (Before-After)

Individual Blog Post 2

What did you personally achieve today?- Describe how- what techniques did you use?

I finished making the window frames with different colored wires and glued them around or on the windows. Since Hundertwasser used different windows, I bend wires in different shapes or patterns. For example, some of the window frames are curvy like waves meanwhile others are twisted with several other wires. In addition, I also painted the half of the skin colored layer and added double sided to tape on every layer. To add more, I also colored and painted the windows on two layers.

How did the rest of the group do today? (any issues) Did they all have jobs and assist with the progress of your sculpture? Explain

In general, my group went pretty well today. My partner, Kai-Ting, and I divided our jobs equally. Our today's progress was to color the bottom part of the facade and to polish our windows. We all did equal jobs. However, I was the one who was focusing more on the windows while Kai-Ting was more on painting the cardboard.

What challenges did you face today (if any)?

In many times, it was quite challenging to choose a color for the bottom of the facade. As you can see the picture, my team used a skin color. The skin color came out after our exploration of colors. First, personally, I  wanted to do bright colors but soon realized it makes us to just concentrate on that bright color not the actual work. In addition, I mixed neon pink, yellow, and white, the colors that I wanted to use in this project, and eventually the skin color came out. I think it matches really well!

What are your last steps/ plans to complete this task? (2 classes left) This can be individually what you’ll do or group.

I can not believe that there are only two classes left, however, for next class, I am thinking of making and putting columns to our facade, gluing fences on the work, and lastly the most important thing, roof garden on the top of the building.

Watercolour Lollipop Tree Painting






































Hundertwasser was famous for his lollipop trees, this is my interpretation of my style.
Quote Poster



















Spirals Life Cards 


His Elements

Painting Progress

Final Canvas Painting Inspired by Hundertwasser

Reflection Video

Link to Hundertwasser Video Reflection on youtube

My legs kick from hips to my motor boat feet which are very proficient. I rotate my shoulders, reach fingers forward and pull to my thigh in order to breathe and pull the water. I even bent my elbow higher so I can swim more efficiently. To breathe and not drink water, I turned my head to the side and put my ear down.

Since I thought that I am not very good at breast stroke, I tried my best to do a proper swim stroke. Like a frog, I folded my leg and stretched it. I alternate with pull an opposite part glides. For example, as I fold my arms, my leg glides and vice versa. I breathe by pulling off water to the side and head straight up. I alternate kick and pull.

I did long kicks from hips. I tried to put my head back and chin up so I can look straight up to the ceiling and not to drink water as possible. As I put one arm up, opposite shoulder goes up and vice versa for another side. However, in the video, I could see myself slapping my hand into the water instead of thumb coming out and pinkie down going in. So probably next time I can work on this.