Ecodome 2nd Rebuild

  Component/Element Success or Failure Details Water system Failure The removal of the half aquafina water bottle may have messed up the water system leading to the crickets death Food Succes? The food we gave the cricket is not completely eaten so I don’t believe that the cricket died of starvation Plant Failure As you can see in the picture above the top of the plant rotted which may have been the reason the cricket died. We think the plant rotted because the plant was too large.   New plant 2 These plants were used by some of our classmates who had more successful results than us so we thought we would give them a try The plants seem to be in good condition, no rot. Half of an aquafina water bottle 1 We decided to reintroduce this to the eco dome because removing it seemed to have a negative impact The water level has not dropped nearly as much as it did in our first ecodome which is a good sign. The cricket drowned in the container again due to the water level being too low for it to reach. In the picture below you can see just how low the water level is relative to the ground. Clingwrap 1 To drip the water into the container The clingwrap is intact and water level is looking good so the clingwrap is doing its job The clingwrap managed to stay intact the entire time and trapped the evaporated water well Cricket 1 Cricket seems to be alive and well. The cricket drowned itself, most likely while trying to reach the low water level as you can see below. Carrots 250g We are unsure if our previous died of cricket died of hunger or dehydration so to be on the safe side we put a fair amount of carrots as you can see in the picture Cricket has been eating the carrots so if it dies we should be able safely to say it won’t die of starvation Loamy soil 4in Once again we’ll use loamy soil since there have been no problems with it. Soil looks fairly damp which is good for our plants Layer of sand and charcoal 1 in together After doing some research online we found a guide which said to put a layer of sand and charcoal on the bottom of our eco dome. I don’t have any observations fo this component as it doesn’t have any visible effects. Overall there were some positive notes, such as the fact that there was no foul smell, and that the plants were in top...

My Week Without Walls Reflection

Last week we went on our school ‘Week Without Walls’ trip and it was a ton of fun. I feel like during this trip I did well in, trying to get along with all of my roommates even if I didn’t know them that well, sharing the snacks I brought fairly, and not excluding anyone. Things I could improve for the future was being okay with not getting a chance to sit with/ hang out with my close friends and organizing my stuff better so that I don’t create a huge mess. The things about the trip I enjoyed the most was the high ropes course, the dodgeball, and the marshmallow roasting. The things about this trip which I did not enjoy was not getting a chance to sit with my friends at breakfast/lunch/dinner, not being able to enter other people’s cabins, and the long periods of time where there was nothing to do but sit in our bungalow. Maybe next year, during free time, people could choose to go to a common area, such as the restaurant, to play things like board...

Ecodome 1st Rebuild

    Component/Element Success or Failure Details Water System (Clingwrap+Aquafina Bottle Failure There was a rip in the cling wrap which meant all the water vapor escaped and so the water level in the container dropped until it was too far for the cricket to reach and the cricket drowned. Oxygen Plants Success The cricket did not die of lack of oxygen so the plants did their job and the plants managed to hold out for a long time despite the water system being faulty. Food: Fruit/Plant Failure/Success The plants and fruits rotted and died quickly so we might need a different idea for the crickets food source, however the cricket did not starve so maybe they did their job? Mold/ Amount of water Success The amount of mold was minimal so we should stick with a similar amount of water to what we used.   Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations Loamy Soil 6 in We used it last time and the plants did well Soil did not look dehydrated so water system might have worked. No Half of an aquafina plastic water bottle 1 The aquafina bottle didn’t seem to make much of a difference and the cricket should be able to drink the water on the side of the container Our container was too big so the evaporation was spread out, meaning the Plant 1 4 These plants held up well last time and provided enough oxygen for the cricket The plant survived and the cause of death for the cricket didn’t seem to be a lack of oxygen. Leafy plant 2 As the other plants are required for oxygen and don’t have many leaves we’ll use this to feed the cricket. As you can see in the picture this plants leaves have a much greater area than that of the previous plant. The plant died pretty quickly so I don’t think we were careful enough when uprooting it Clingwrap sheet 1 The clingwrap will be placed at the lid of the container and will collect the evaporated water and drop it back onto the soil. Can’t tell if it has been ripped until we open the...

Day 1 Ecodome

Problem Me and Phuong have to build an Ecodome completely sealed up which can keep a cricket alive over winter break.   Here are some examples of components: Amount of soil Type of soil Number of plants Type of plants Number of crickets Other types of animals Amount of water Food amount Etc.   Observations Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations Loamy Soil 6 in Loamy soil absorbs water the best and is the best for growing plants according to our research and the roots of our plants are quite long so we need a lot of soil. The soil seems to still be wet which should be a good sign for our plants. The soil seems to still be wet which should be a good sign for our plants. Half of an aquafina plastic water bottle 1 The aquafina bottle has a nice basin shape and we will be using it to store water and distribute water to the plants The water level has dropped a bit which is somewhat concerning as that would mean our clingwrap rain system doesn’t seem to be working. Plant 4 When we went to find plants these plants seemed to be able to grown in even the driest places so we think it should be able to survive the best. All of these plants seem to be holding up well and thriving. The plants seem a little worse of wear but they look like they’ll survive. Leafy plant 1 The other plants we chose aren’t very leafy so we put this one in to give the cricket more food. The plant seems to have died but the cricket seems to be eating the leaves anyway. There aren’t many of the leaves left Clingwrap sheet 1 We covered the opening of the container with clingwrap and placed rocks on it so that when water condenses it will drip into the aquafina bottle bottom. There isn’t much condensation on the clingwrap which could mean that we need to improve our ‘water cycle’...

Journalism Reflection

The hardest part about this unit in journalism was writing in a journalistic format. There were other things which I found difficult but having to focus on writing in a journalistic format. Every time I started a new paragraph I had to remind myself not to turn it into an essay. I feel like managing to stick to the journalistic format was my greatest achievement in this unit because I was able to prove to myself that I could write more than just...

Tutorial video and Reflection

In language arts we made tutorial videos on the Dragon’s Apprentice which was a large project we had last year in 6th grade. We made these videos to help the 6th graders who will be having their own Dragons Apprentice project this year. Our tutorial videos were videos that would help and guide the 6th graders through Dragon’s Apprentice. My groups tutorial video was on how to be unique with your project and how to stand out from everybody else. We focused on telling people how to spice up their presentations and pitches, and how to know if their product was unique and interesting. To make our point we gave them some examples from last year and showed them how people might think that their idea is unique when in reality it isn’t. Making the tutorial video reminded me of the dragons apprentice and I was able to draw on my experiences to give advice and guidance in the tutorial video. For example when we decided to go with food we realized how tough it was to get a food product approved so we added into the script a part about staying away from the easy to make food products and making something more...

Medieval Europe Best Summary

There were many different beliefs about the cause of the black death amongst the townspeople. Many of these beliefs were superstitions, like how people believed that the plague was god’s wrath and his way of punishing them for their sins. Another example would be people believed you could catch the plague if you looked at someone who had it or you could catch it if you had bad blood. However, not everyone used superstition to explain the plague, some people looked for more reasonable ways to explain the plague. Most doctors believed the plague was caused by the filthiness of the cities. Other reasonings were that the plague was caused by poisonous gases that got out from within the earth, or they blamed the jews for poisoning the wells. The closest they ever got to the truth was when they thought that dogs and cats were the cause of the plague but they were targeting the wrong animals because it was the rats which caused plague. The fact that it was rats, or more specifically their fleas, which caused the plague was not discovered until 1894 by swiss scientist Alexandre Yersin, 500 years after the plague terrorized Europe. Alexandre Yersin discovered that the disease was caused by bacteria that infected rats and rat fleas. The disease then spread because to people either when they were bitten by the fleas or when they breathed in droplets of moisture coughed up by infected people. In the end the black death was a disease which was to advanced and evolved for the middle ages and people just couldn’t understand how to fight it or what caused it, leaving them in a perpetual state of fear and confusion. PLAGUE: DANCE OF THE RATS – during plague time. Oil on canvas, c1800.. Fine Art. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/140_1634778/1/140_1634778/cite. Accessed 15 Feb...

Social studies Explain everything- The Black Death