Yoonji and I tried to found out the reason why cricket was dead and supported each other to figure out the way to solve the problem. Our final assumption was that cricket didn't have enough oxygen to inhale and our cricket wasn't energetic and vigorous enough. Therefore, we decided to change most of our components for our second rebuilt eco-dome.

Changes made

  • Change types of vegetables (tomatoes, squishy cucumbers) because we couldn't get any other vegetables than those juicy vegetables in school. Also, we thought that the cricket will like it because cricket loves food that is moisturized.
  • We increased the height of soil (0.5cm) because the soil was always dry and we thought that it was because the height of the soil was too low that it didn't create any water vapor.
  • Change to bigger size log (increase 7g)
  • Adding 7.7g moss because I heard that the moss plays an essential
  • 2 small plants instead of big plants that bent over the eco-dome because it kind of looks like the cricket was cramped by those big plants.
  • Add 2 more sprays of water because our eco-dome looked really dry compared to other eco-dome.


Our cricket was dead, however, as we kept on rebuilding our eco-dome it shows our progress. Our first eco-dome cricket only survived not longer than 3 days however, we assume that this time it survived for 4~5 days. We think the problem is that the food was easily getting rotten and stinky that may cause the crickets to get food poisoning. Also, the plants were withered and it seemed like the mold started to grow on.  I think everything went fine except for those two main problems that may have lead to fail our eco-dome.

Reflection and research

  • As next steps, we decided to keep the log because the cricket really loved it but chose to put only one vegetable, paprika because our crickets only consume paprika based on our attempts.
  • We decided it's not worth it to put plants in the eco-dome if it's not fresh because even though plants provided oxygen by Day 1: carbon cycle document, we can assume that when plants die, it will become a fossil fuel and create the carbon dioxide. Since our eco-dome is sealed, carbon dioxide won't be able to cycle around and stays up in the air and decrease the oxygen.

Daily observation 

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.

Cricket - 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.

Log - For the whole class time on Wednesday, December 6th, the cricket stayed on the log.

Water - Using water spray, 6 sprays of water is enough because it provides enough condensations and water for the cricket to live.

Moss - It stayed the same but cricket never went on top of the moss.

Black soil - 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.

Data recorded

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning
Vegetables: tomatoes, stems, squishy cucumbers, etc 16.8g 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) 5.5cm When we put 3 types of soil, our eco-dome failed.
Small plants from school garden 2 small fresh plants Used small plants so that it doesn’t reach the ceiling and bend. 
Log 26g Big log to stabilize the plants and provide the place for cricket to rest
medium size moss 7.7g The moss releases the oxygen into the air, but the sugar combines with the minerals to form substances that help the plant grow and reproduce.
Water 6 prays of water Crickets cannot live in either really humid or dry places.



Cricket chilling out on the log.
Cricket on the log, semi-fresh food, and shorter plants. (interior of the 2 rebuilt of eco-dome)
Brief Picture of the new eco-dome


4 things you enjoyed

  • Karaoke night
  • Rope courses
  • Snack party
  • Last day with activity team

2 things that challenged

  • hiking
  • mosquitoes and leech bite

3 things you did not enjoy. why?

  • practicing fire, water, shelter building (we already did this in grade7)
  • Dodgeball (not a lot of people participated)
  • Food (not variety of food, same almost every day)

5 things you did well

  • practising canyoning
  • talk with different people
  • Set up before food comes (putting chopsticks, bowls, cups, etc(
  • packing
  • sharing my snacks

2 funniest moments

  • faking another activity team to get confused about their ways ( we told them the right way but couldn't believe us and it was very funny)
  • PLaying with some of my bungalow  friends at night


  • Teachers should care bungalow students (because one time, students from another bungalow suddenly came into our room and stole our snacks. They switch on the light and made enormous sound that distracts the others who were sleeping)
  • Teachers should tell students to lock their bungalow.
  • Teachers should prepare some food for students who can't really eat outside food.
  • Should not change the schedule ( I thought I was riding Vietnam airline but I wasn't. The paper said that our group is riding Vietnam airline when we go back to Ho Chi Minh, however, we rode Vietjet)

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

Picture of the entire 2nd failed eco-dome
Zooming in cricket and its dry leaves and bushes
2 Failed eco-dome

Daily observation

  • the ground was moisturized enough for plants to grow
  • Cricket loves to stay hide beside the log
  • Cricket was alive for 3~4 days, however, it suddenly died when it became the 5th day.
  • Ground and leaves were dried


  • 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
  • medium size rocks
Component Amount incl Units Reasoning
Vegetables: paprikas and carrots 10g Crickets need to consume protein/nutrition to stay healthy. We tried to put 2 variety of the vegetables because cricket might be sick from eating the same food again.
Soil (1 types of soil, black moisturizes) and dry bushes + leaves 5cm I mixed 2 different types of sand, one that is dried and another one that is moisturized. However, it leads our eco-dome to be lack of moisture. 
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 We thought the weather was too cold for the cricket to live, thus we decided to put sunlight in to benefit both cricket and plants from growing.
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.

Thick log

19g Crickets are primarily nocturnal and prefer dark space such as beneath rocks and inside logs to hide.
New knowledge
  • Cricket loves to spend its time on the log
  • Cricket loves to consume paprika more than carrots (almost all the paprikas disappeared but amount of the carrots nearly stay the same)
  • Plants shouldn't be enormous that distract/disturb the way of crickets

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)

Relating to class

  •  Plants that we harvested in the SSIS do photosynthesis and cricket does cellular respiration. Cricket provides material for plants to do photosynthesis.


  • Even though our eco-dome was moisturized, the cricket didn't survive because probably the temperature was too cold for them to live.
  • It smelt like a trash because we assume that the plants weren't fresh.

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.


1) Plants from SSIS covered up with the white mold after 5 days.              2) The dead cricket on top of the rotten pieces of the apple.

Only one attempt was done because we didn't have a chance to have more attempts.


  • Plants and animals could not live without nitrogen. Besides the cycle of nitrogen, bacteria are considered as foremost essential part of the cycle. Due to fact that Bacteria assist the nitrogen change between states so it can be used. When nitrogen is absorbed by the soil, different bacteria help it to change states so it can be absorbed by plants. Thus, animals can get their nitrogen from the plants. After that, it cycles around. 
  • Plants do both photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

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. According to the research,  it said that the cricket likes apple that it ripped. However, I think we put a juicy apple that leads sugar rush.
  • 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 few leaves and bushes on the top of the soil.
  • use fresh plants instead of old plants, because it died 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.

New knowledge 

  • We learn that crickets like an apple that is riped but not the one that is juicy.
  • The temperature has a titanic impact on cricket. Cricket likes dark and shadow places, however, if the temperature is too low, it will cause them to be dry. According to the research, it said that the right temperature for the crickets is 26~28 Celsius.

In grade 8 science class, we(Yoon Ji and I) were working on making the perfect eco-dome for crickets that can live during the winter break in a perfectly sealed bottle, where no air can escape.


  • plants need to give animals/insects(crickets) glucose and oxygen. For plants to grow, we need sunlight, carbon dioxide and water. However, we decided to put it in the shadow because we thought that the sunlight can be too sunny for the cricket. However, we sprayed water, thus we can make sure it does photosynthesis.


  • Crickets like carrots, paprikas, apples
  • Crickets like to hope around and climb
  • Crickets love fish food! If possible, it will be better to put the water and food container in different parts of your cricket habitat so that they don’t mix.
  • If crickets live in a climate that is too moist, a fungus can begin to spread over their bodies. They tend to lay their eggs in moist areas, but they cannot live there for long. In experiments, they prefer an environment with grass and soil over one with pebbles and sand.
  • If crickets don't get enough food(proteins) they will eat each other.


  • 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?


  • 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

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)



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.



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.