Ecodome Project – Day 8

DAY 8

Leaving my second rebuild for over a day, my two crickets died, pictures of the failed Ecodome can be seen below. When I opened my Ecodome, the smell was unpleasing and disgusting, but the worst part is that the crickets are now in their afterlife. I checked the cricket the next day after the rebuild and it was dead! I was beyond confused and kind of disappointed because it worked really hard on the Ecodome. You can see that I placed and praying area, a grave for the dead crickets of the first rebuild, clean rocks to place food on, a colorful rocky area is a seating, resting area, there was a lot of effort for the Ecodome. After the failed Ecodome, I now know to place less water because the atmosphere was moist and there was huge water droplets stuck under the cap of the Ecodome. When I put less water, the food shouldn’t have mold, and everything shouldn’t be too wet. Just changing this one step could transform everything.

Pictures:

 The Two Shelters for the crickets

  The clean rocks for the food The plants that give oxygen The Ecodome (Bird’s view)

Changes made since the last one:

  • Added more plants
  • Removed the shallow pond
  • Added more brown dirt
  • Removed grass
Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Container N/A The container is the Ecodome. Water condensed on the sides but mostly on the top
Food 20.6g of bananas, 8.3g of tomatoes, 2.3g of cucumbers To prevent starving of the cricket Food rotten, probably not edible
Water 100ml + 30ml (Pond) Water for plants and crickets Water is evaporating and condenses at the top of the Ecodome.
Plant 5 To give oxygen to the cricket The plant turned brown when crickets died.
Cricket 2 To test my the Eco-Dome Both of them died on the the after the closing of the Ecodome.

Changes made:

  • Less water
  • Better choice of food like cabbage, carrots
  • Remove pond
  • Provide a roof for the cricket
  • Put more dirt

 

Video describing what happened to our first rebuild

Ecodome Project – Day 6

2ND POST

Ecodome Status: Failure

Leaving my Ecodome for more than a week, the Ecodome failed as seen in the picture below, everything has fallen because we often checked the Ecodome by holding it up. Opening my Ecodome, the smell was terrible but more importantly, the crickets died.  The cricket hasn’t move for days and the plants started dying, probably from the lack of carbon. Now I know that I have things that I definitely need to improve on.I found the food to be spreaded everywhere and the water from the pond evaporated away into the atmosphere, condensing huge amounts of water on the top, so much that it feels like a storm inside the Ecodome as you can see from the huge amount of water I placed in Ecodome I mentioned in my observations.

We started rebuilding, I decided to put less water since the last one was very condensed and was terribly wet. Since we had tomatoes

Pictures:

Overview of Ecodome                            Tomatoes on the grave area

 

Video describing what happened to our original build

 

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Container N/A The container is the housing for the crickets, it being the Ecodome. Water condensed on the sides but mostly on the top
Food 20.6g of bananas, 8.3g of tomatoes, 2.3g of cucumbers The food is to prevent the crickets to starve, without food the bigger cricket will be force to eat the smaller one to prevent death Food rotten, probably not edible
Water 100ml + 30ml (Pond) Water for plants and crickets, and pond. The water is there to help water the plants, replicating rain in real life. Water is evaporating and condenses at the top of the Ecodome.
Plant 1 The plant is here to give the crickets oxygen, without it, the crickets will not have enough oxygen to breathe in and will die. The plant turned brown when crickets died.
Cricket 2 I placed two to see if they will both still be alive, or even reproduce! Both of them died on the the after the closing of the Ecodome.

Next steps:

  • Less water
  • More food
  • Put sponge in
  • Remove pond
  • Provide a roof for the cricket
  • Put more dirt

https://www.wikihow.com/Keep-Crickets-Alive

The website also recommended us to place in wet towels instead of water because crickets have the tendency to drown. We will also need to need to place a roof over the cricket as a place for it to hide.

Changes made since the last one

  • We put 70ml less water
  • We tried new food: Tomatoes and Bananas
  • We only put 1 plant
  • We added Jesus and a grave

Ecodome Project – Day 1

DAY 1

On the first day, my partner Mia and I worked with each other to plan out our Ecodome, a paradise/hell for our crickets. Our plan was to successfully let our cricket(s) survive over winter break.

Questions:

  • How much will be too much water?
  • What does the cricket consume?
  • Are crickets claustrophobic?
  • Do we need to prepare food beforehand?

Components:

  • 5-6 plants
  • 200 ml of water
  • 6.1g of apples
  • 4.4g of carrots
  • Soil/Dirt Enough to cover the bottom and reach a height of 0.75 in
  • Grass
  • Rock
  • 2 crickets

Pictures:

Overview of Ecodome                            Carrots on the dirt

Drawing of the Ecodome when planning the Ecodome

Observations:

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Container N/A The container is the Eco-dome. This is where the crickets will spend the rest of their life in, to see of the Ecodome works. Water condensed on the sides but mostly on the top
Food 6.1g of apples and 4.4g of carrots The food is to prevent the crickets to starve, without food the bigger cricket will be force to eat the smaller one to prevent death, Mold is growing on the food
Water 200ml Water for plants and crickets, and pond. The water is there to help water the plants, replicating rain in real life. Water is evaporating and condenses at the top of the Ecodome.
Plant 5-6 Plants are here to give the crickets oxygen, without plants, the crickets will not have enough oxygen to breathe in and will die. The plant is alright
Cricket 2 I placed two to see if they will both still be alive, or even reproduce! One became missing and the other one was active

Gap Minder Activity

  1. The ‘Don’t Panic’ Video is a video talking about the data of poverty today and how might the United Nations end poverty by 2030. The video also included some interesting graphs that’s different than what we are used to.
  2. I loved the visuals he showed us, they were very professionally made. I think it’s because of his voice and his different kinds of charts.
  3. In the future, I could use this video to show my audience my purpose using the new charts and get some tactics from him like using something different and engaging with the audience.
  4. After watching the video, the only question I had was ‘How do I make the charts?’

 

Swimming ?‍♀️

Uh, please don’t judge my swimming ?

Freestyle: When my hands enter the water, I think it should hit softer rather than smashing the water. You know, water have feelings too ?. My shoulders should rotate a bit more and I think my arms should be higher avoiding the water to drag my arms wasting energy. Another thing with my arm is it looks a bit floppy, weak. I need to keep it straight to maintain the direction I want to go in. I also should let my arms and legs let my body glide before swinging them again to save energy because after the first 10 seconds, I can clearly see the massive lost of energy. I think my legs should swing slower and try to keep them underwater for effect. That also saves water from spilling out of the pool and people walking on the side.

Breaststroke: My legs are clearly not working together, they push and swing at different times. I should also try to do less of the freestyle push because it’s not correct and wasting energy even though I do it because it pushes me when I breathe.

Backstroke: Man those floppy arms are terrifying. They flop and 100% messes up my direction. They’re so bad it looks like I’m doing it on purpose. I think I need to try to let my arms touch my ears every time I swing so that I know it’s straight. My chins definitely needs to be up, and arms needs to enter the water softer so I wouldn’t look like I’m drowning from the splashes. My shoulders rotating needs to be more, smooth. It kind of looks like stop motion, they look like I’m trying to raise my shoulders to touch my face. I think a bit more smooth rotation would be perfect.

 

Thank you for not watching the video ?

 

 

Water Filters Reflection

During the last few weeks, we have been working on building a water filter to make water drinkable. Objectives were to remove salt, sediments, copper and lower the pH to around 6 to 8. We had some restrictions though making it more challenging. Our build needs to be a low budget filter, no need of complex maintenance and one simple-to-use product.

From our first prototype, we placed cloth at the end of the filter to help with sediment and a rubber band to keep it in place with sand on top and gravel topping it off. Our prior results had a pH of 3, 600 ppm (Copper), a low amount of sediment, and around 60% of salt. New results gave a pH of 3, 350 ppm (Copper), barely any sediment (Lower than low) and around 50% salt.

In the second prototype, we changed the design. With cloth at the end like the first prototype and held in place with a rubber band, we put a mixture of gravel and sand on top of the cloth. We also welcomed charcoal as a part of the filter, placing it on top of the gravel and sand. The top layer is another mixture of sand and gravel. So the second prototype looks like a charcoal sandwich with gravel and sand buns. Our prior results had a pH of 3, 450-600 ppm (Copper), a turbidity of medium and around 60% of salt. Our new results had a pH of 3, 100-200 ppm (Copper) and an incredibly low sediment level. Even lower than the lowest testing water there is! In the salt test, the new results has a 60% to 75%. The salt took more area because there was more water in the petri dish but our salt was significantly smaller than the prior results.

In conclusion, our water filter is undrinkable due to high acidity (pH), salt, sediment and copper. We still have many work to do.

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First Prototype Sketch/Design ??

Second Prototype Sketch/Design ??

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A Part Of My Pixelated Life

In writing, we are told to make a video about one of our poems we made during class. Of course, it was a bit of challenge with time and power. I just didn’t have time editing for a minute of video. I took a stopwatch and timed my editing period. The final time was roughly 8 hours… for one minute of video. Power didn’t help too. It was like a hurricane most of the time! It keeps shutting down, power keeps cutting off because of how lightning stroke. Some unsaved progress disappeared but that was pretty hard remaking everything. I feel like I chose the music well, the tune, beat and ending were near perfection. My voice, music, and editing helped me to show my ideas and voice and pace so it sounds more, like what I had in my mind. My voice was one of the most important parts, though. I attempted to emphasize my voice, the pace, speed and pretty much everything. It went out pretty well even if I sounded weird. I would change my voice, I feel like my voice is the furthest from perfection even if it seemed good, just a little adjustment. An advice when doing this is to not even think about 2 minutes. Don’t talk slow, fast just normal like how you want it. Like mine, 1 minute when recommendation tells me to have 2. Turns out mine seems natural and normal.

Explain Everything.

 

In this sketchnote, I did some drawing and made some boxes. With that, I also used colors to make the sketchnote pop out. Making it very colorful. My sketchnote is sadly note perfect though. The boxes look confusing, and drawings are confusing. Next time, I will make rectangle/square boxes and use less drawings that are unnecessary.

Poetry Reflection

The past quarter, we were focusing on poetry. We made several poems about ‘conflict’ or ‘theme’ or overall just free verse. Over the unit, I learned about line breaks and white space. Line breaks are pauses, making a stanza. While white space is the white space around the poem. For example, I’m F                                                                                                                                            A                                                                                                                                            L                                                                                                                                            L                                                                                                                                            I                                                                                                                                             N                                                                                                                                            G.                                                                                        Using both of those we made our poems more fun. After learning and making poems, I still wouldn’t consider myself a poet, though. I make a lot of mistakes, received loads of comments telling me to fix this and that and overall just awful. Another reason why I wouldn’t be a poet is my lack of vocabulary and terrible grammar.  In the future, I can see myself writing poems occasionally, not regularly. Bummer. Sometimes I write, I don’t see many interesting points of poetry. It’s fun at times but I wouldn’t consider it my hobby or something I like doing. Overall, my experience with poetry has been incredibly interesting, but not enough to drag me to into it but on the other side, I feel like I have definitely grown as a writer :D. That is my experience with the poetry unit.