We decided to rebuild the whole eco-dome from the beginning. We didn't add on to it but excluded part of it.

 Components

  • one medium size log
  • cucumbers and paprikas
  • fresh plants (another type) from SSIS garden
  • Black soil
  • replace eco-dome into the sunlight + shadow
  • one cricket
  • leaves
Component Amount incl Units Reasoning
Vegetables: paprika sand cucumbers 11.9g Crickets need to consume protein/nutrition to stay healthy. The only other thing that crickets require in their diet is fresh water. 
Soil (1 types of soil, black moisturizes) 19cm I mixed 2 different types of sand, one that is dried and another one that is moisturized. If the crickets live in a climate that is too moist, a fungus can begin to grow and spread over their bodies. In addition, since they admire habitat with sand on it. Sand will be additionally put it in for 1cm.
Plants from school garden 2 small plants We need plants that have big surface roots so we can absorb more water than the other ordinary roots. In addition, plants will help the carbon cycle and photosynthesis, which are very essential for animals/insects environment.
Shadow + sunlight
cricket 1 Since they are an omnivorous and self-cannibalism animal, after mating between female and male crickets, one of them will be eaten. Therefore, only one cricket should be more reasonable and therefore will let us collect more accurate/precise results because when crickets die, we won’t be sure if they died because of the environment or be slain.
 

Log

19g Crickets are primarily nocturnal and prefer dark space such as beneath rocks and inside logs to hide.

 

Video

After 2 days, our cricket was found in the carcass. It was very shocking because our cricket couldn't be alive for only 2 days! Its habitat was filled with water vapor so we checked but the temperature was average. First, everything looked fine but we decided to wait for 5 more days and almost everything was covered up by mold and cricket disappeared because of the mold, which is pretty stunning and shocking. Now, I need to figure it out why did it fail so badly, especially even though the temperature fit the cricket.

Daily observation (after one week)

  • the pebbles and rocks were fine
  • the carrots and paprikas were fine either but stink
  • The soil was kind of dry compared to the other groups.
  • the mold was growing on the 2 of the plants
  • the sponge was also surrounded by mold
  • cricket disappeared
  • the apples stink and were rotten, also it shrank.

Next steps (major)

  • don't put apples because when we first observed the eco-dome the cricket was found in carcass on the apple. When we first put our cricket in the eco-dome, the cricket was consuming the apple and I think the apple cause some consequences to the cricket.
  • change the soil, don't put sand into it because when I observed several groups, nobody was actually using the sand. Also, for the soil, we should use the black fertile one. First, we thought it will make the eco-dome warm and stuffy that cricket can't live in. However, we are deciding to use only one type of soil but a small amount of leaves and bushes on the top of the soil.
  • use fresh plants instead of old plants, because it dies quickly and doesn't benefit the cricket at all and doesn't do photosynthesis, which is very important for the cricket to get oxygen and glucose, the nutrition.

Video

 

 

In grade 8 science class, we were working on making the eco-dome for crickets during the winter break and to live in a perfectly sealed bottle, where no air can't escape.

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Problem

  • How does the cricket get oxygen when the bottle is sealed?
  • What does the cricket prefer to consume?
  • How many plants do we need for cricket's eco-dome?
  • How does the cricket get water?
  • What kind of soil does the cricket admire?

Components

  • sealed heavy glass bottle
  •  2 small plants from SSIS gardens
  • square wet sponge
  • pebbles and rocks
  • apples and carrots and paprika
  • 3 sprays of water
  • 1 cricket
 Observations

Component   Amount incl Units  Reasoning
Pebbles 32.5 Crickets prefer an environment with grass, plants, soil over with pebbles.
Vegetable: Carrots + paprika 7g Crickets need to consume protein to stay healthy. The only other thing that crickets require in their diet is fresh water. The carrots will give high in beta-carotene and water.
Soil (2types of soil) + sand 5cm I mixed 2 different types of sand, one that is dried and another one that is moisturized. If the crickets live in a climate that is too moist, a fungus can begin to grow and spread over their bodies. In addition, since they admire habitat with sand on it. Sand will be additionally put it in for 1cm.
Plants from school garden 2 small plants We need plants that have big surface roots so we can absorb more water than the other ordinary roots. In addition, plants will help the carbon cycle and photosynthesis, which are very essential for animals/insects environment.
sponge 1.7g We need water to make the plants to absorb the water and make all the cycle going on the right track. A damp sponge will be really good for providing enough water to the crickets.
cricket 1 Since they are the omnivorous and self-cannibalism animal, after mating between female and male crickets, one of them will be eaten. Therefore, only one cricket should be more reasonable and therefore will let us collect more accurate/precise results because when crickets die, we won’t be sure if they died because of the environment or be slain.
Egg plate (styrofoam)

Or

Log

Around 7cm ~ 9cm width of the styrofoam egg plate

About 10cm height

Crickets are primarily nocturnal and prefer dark space such as beneath rocks and inside logs to hide.
Rock 47.5 Crickets prefer to hide and not be open in nature, so rocks would help. Crickets are often found under/inside of rocks.
Fruit: Apple 25g It contains few B vitamins and also a vitamin that will give nutrition to crickets.

A 13-year-old girl was texting with her friends in Instagram at 1 am and suddenly the messages were full of inappropriate words. A dismal atmosphere surrounded her. The next morning, she disappeared in the world. Many parents are concerned about their child’s use of social media but not all parents treat their child the same as others. One-half of the parents don’t even care about their child’s social media. Other parents secretly enter the social media and spy on their children. Parents should let teens use social media if parents use filtering software to clear out unrelated posts in social media and shall give them trust. Critics may claim that teens should be banned from the social media; however, this is not a valid argument because social media benefits homework and helps with the global issues by their posts.

 

    Parents should use filtering software to clear out the inappropriate content on social media because it may lead kids to ruin their lives and get hacked.

The parents should care about them and watch over the kids. According to Lucy Tang-Lessing, “Many more use software that prohibits their kids from going to a certain internet site.” This quote means that some useful software can causes teens to get hacked. Additionally, unsuitable posters keep on popping up in the social media and some other sites that distract their attention such as studying. Therefore, to protect their profiles and from getting hacked by someone, we should use some special system or filter that can clear out all the unrelated sites.

 

    However, parents should not spy on their kids, instead they should trust them. According to the Den, the father of three teenagers, “Even if I knew how to check your Facebook posts, tweets and texts, I wouldn’t do it. Also, I wouldn’t snoop around your room when you’re not home. I trust you, and respect your privacy, The only thing is...trust is a two-way street, if at some point you started lying to us..then we would lose that trust.”  To paraphrase, the parents should rely on their child but if they begin to lie and not following the rules, then they lose their trust and have to spy on their kids, even though they don’t want to. As a result, if teens don’t want their parents to spy on them, they should be honest to their parents, so they can earn their parents trust. Thus, their parents should have conversations about social media often with their teens but they should make sure that their teens feel comfortable and open. Then, the result will be like the teens telling the truth or about problems in the social media. Furthermore, parents should check their private information only, if teens don’t give their parents a trust or reliable information. Also, parents should firstly trust at their teens so that they can also believe their parents.

    On the other hand, some schools don’t allow the teens to use the social media because they think it ruins their lives. Based on Anthony Orsini, a middle school principal in New Jersey, “There is absolute, positively no reason for any middle school students to be part of a social networking site! None.” This example is used to illustrate that the principle thinks social media distracts from studying and destroys teens privacy. Although this argument plausible at first, it fails to acknowledge that social media can actually benefit teens when they are doing their homework. To illustrate, Teens and Social Media claimed that “Honest, open communication is the key to setting social-media boundaries” and “Teens use social media to… do homework, and promote causes they believe in.” This shows that the social media is not always bad for teens and it is misleading because forcing students to ban the social media could actually hinder students from homework. Also, their use of social media is positive. For example, many teens are posting about world issues and significant news articles that can appeal to many other people who are using social media. Therefore, students should not be banned from using social media because it helps students to stay connected with the homework and global issues.

    To conclude, parents should allow teens to use social media after they filter out distracting posts and also trust them. Some people claimed that they should ban the social media, but social media can be necessary. Parents have to trust their children but if they don’t earn the trust, then unfortunately, parents should begin to spy on them. It’s more significant for parents to keep their kids secure from online than to give them total freedom. To wrap up, in my perspective it is essential for parents to care about their own children’s life online.

 

Reflection

Explain
Our main topics were how to manage time beneficially and wisely. Our group created a video that clearly demonstrated about a good and bad example of time management because in my perspective the time management was the major problem with the group. Often time, some of the group members weren’t really staying on task and let others do all the work for them. It was really terrible and I don’t really want this to happen again. Thus, my group created a video that also explains about good and bad teamwork and time management.

Go Deep
In our video, we gave an example that defines a positive and negative behavior during the meeting with the team. The setting of our video was a house, where the team usually had meeting and discussion about the slogan and product. Thus, our group act out with a different attitude and pretend to have a discussion about deciding the slogan. Riko and Ji Yeon, who is my group act out the people who weren’t staying on task and keep on playing. I act out the person who was doing all the work and telling them to stay on task. In our good example, we mostly eye contact with each other and everyone stayed on task. Often time, they expressed their own idea and perspective to help the teammates. In our bad example, we never eye contact with each other and only one person stayed on task doing all the work for them, which is unfair. Also, they were ignoring and being disrespectful to their own team. One of them was turning on a song, another one was looking at Instagram with the phone, the other one was trying to tell everyone that we should do work, not play. I think our video will help grade 6 to do well on Dragon Apprentice.

Make Connections

When I was grade 6, doing Dragon Apprentice, I had the same problem with my group. Our group was really bad at time management that for 3 hours, we only practiced our presentation twice. Some of my group members were accessing Facebook, Instagram, Skype and other social media things that distracted from doing work. Even though the presentation was due tomorrow, we were being so lazy that we only practiced twice and went back to home. For 4 hours, we didn’t manage our time wisely and waste a lot of time. Especially me, because I actually skipped the academy and went there to do the presentation and did nothing at there for 4 hours. From this experience, I noticed that the time management is very important when we are cooperating as a team. Also, I wished that the grade 6 doesn’t make any mistake like our team and manage their time carefully and use it wisely.

Many parents may be concerned about their children’s use of social media due to causing many distractions from homework. Teens may get addicted on accessing non-filtered social media and websites until midnight and it will cause them to lose their concentration while studying. For example, some teens procrastinating by using facebook until 2 am instead of doing their homework or sleeping. As a result, the teens are beyond control on using social media because it will affect their education. To conclude, parents control uses of computers after 10 am on school nights.

The Plague began in Asia spread through the trading routes to Europe. The Black Death is contagious, so it spread through the trading routes. The Venice and Genoa were great trading city and they traded with each other and Asia.

The plague began by the ship arriving in Genoa. The Black Death began on the ship in Genoa. The Genoese sailors who arrive in Sicily were affected and died because of the Black Death. They let the infected crew stay in the city and it spread the others, who are in the city.

The plague affected the crowded town the most. The traveling merchants spread the plague to the crowded town and killed half of the population in Venice in 1347. Venice was very crowded town so they were easily get infected because it was very contagious. Continuing, the Black Death transferred to Spain, France, and England at 1348 and Black Death became a deadly and epidemic Plague.

To conclude, the trading routes was the major reason that causes Black Death to spread and killed lots of people who lived in the crowded town.

 


Trade on the Seaports of the Levant. After miniature in 15th century manuscript of Travels of Marco Polo. Illustration. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.

quest.eb.com/search/312_1017411/1/312_1017411/cite. Accessed 19 Jan 2017.

The project overview requirements are to remove all sediment, salt, copper and contaminant out of the water, produce water that is neutralized, get at least 15 mL of water for testing, materials should not be special (materials that are available for Vietnamese villages and limited electricity.

Our first brainstorming idea was to put 250 mL beaker inside of the 1000 mL beaker. The tiny amount of dirty water is in 1000 mL beaker and middle there is 250mL beaker. Inside of the 250mL beaker, we put a small rock that can be filled in. Lastly, we use cling wrapper to cover the 1000 mL beaker. After that, we think of an idea to use chlorine to filter it once more.

Our first prototype design was to make simple, a basic water filter that can quickly filter out water. Firstly, we got some information from the website and we decided to make a water filter with a bottle. We need a big plastic water bottle and we should add gravels, sand, and charcoal into the water bottle and lastly cover the top with cheesecloth.

Like this

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The result was pretty bad, the filtered water had a same pH scale, copper, and turbidity as the prior result except for the copper. Originally, it was 600 ppm but increased 100 ppm and became 500ppm. However, still, we really need to find an alternative way to filter the water. Actually, we didn't change any design. Our group only added a few more filtering steps. Firstly, we decide to put 250 mL beaker inside of the big pot and gather the water vapor. We put the filtered water into the pot then carefully place the 250 mL beaker in the middle of the pot. Lastly, we put the lid of the pot upside down so that we can get water. Sometimes, we used the cling wrapper to cover the pot instead of the lid. At the third experiment, we put baking soda in to make the neutralize.

 

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We couldn't get a large amount of water with that method so our group decided to create water filter that can clear out the dirty water fast. Thus, we boiled the water and then wait until it makes water vapor. Later on, we open the lid and collect those water vapor. It successfully gathered lots of clear water. We almost meet the requirements of our design challenge except for the pH. We put baking soda too much that our pH became basic.

This water filtering project was fun because it was a new experience to me. I learned how to cooperate with a team. Also, it was kind of challenging to filter out the water than what I though. I think it would be better if we focus on one project, not both at the same time because I got confused.