So Pedro and I are rebuilding our ecodome for the second time.

Our Failed Ecodome

All 2 of our crickets have been dead.  Even after cutting the water in the soil and the cup by a lot, the container is still too wet. The food was on the ground for the crickets but the cup for the water was too high up for the crickets. The food have definitely rotten from the smell. The green plant was almost yellow in color because of the lack of CO2 and sunlight.

This time in our rebuild we are still using the black soil with 2.5cm but we are adding only 1 tablespoon of water in the soil because it was too damp last time. Because the cup was so high up, we are using a bottle cap and filling it with water for the cricket to drink. We add a bigger plant for the crickets so they can get oxygen. We are keeping the banana peels in the soil because the plant was healthy and green. The biggest change is how we are cutting their food sources from 3 veggies and fruits (carrots, cabbages and apples) to one source being apple because a lot of varieties of food didn't really matter because the crickets ate the apple the most. We also finely chopped up the apples so the crickets can eat it easily.

This is our video on how we are improving our ecodome this third time:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S3m07N5kvWypD32nVoCCUYKjhRIfFa9R/view

Problem: Too wet again, no oxygen, water for the crickets

This is the second build Pedro and my ecodome.

Observations

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Water 1 tbsp So the plants grow and the container doesn't stay too dry I think there was too much in the soil itself
Dirt 2.5 cm So the plants can be stabilized and soak up water Too wet
Cricket 2 Lol xD They died because they didn't get oxygen and water.
Apple half food Eaten
Banana Peel 2 tbsp Compost for the plant The banana soil kept the plant safe and healthy because it did not die.
Grass Handful So there is oxygen for the crickets The plant was barely alive so we needed a healthier, bigger one
Water 1 bottle cap So the crickets can drink The crickets won't drink it because it was too high up so we changed it.

We filled the container with 2.5 cm of black soil and added 1 tbsp of water into it so the plant can stay alive and the container doesn't dry out. We mixed chopped up banana peels like last time and mixed it with the soil for the soil to stay healthy for the plant. We took a plant from the HS Gym and rooted it in the soil. We minced apples into almost like a paste and added it to the ecodome so the crickets can eat the apples easier. We poured water into the bottle cap and put it in the middle of the ecodome so the crickets can drink water anytime. Last;y, we have added 2 crickets into the ecodome. I guess we have to wait for what's about to happen.

So Pedro and I are rebuilding our ecodome.

Our Failed Ecodome

All 3 of our crickets have been dead. The container is too wet. The cups with water and the food were too high for the crickets to reach. The fruits and veggies definitely have rotten from the smell and the water is too deep for the crickets. The plant inside our ecodome was very healthy as it was green and strong on its own. It lasted for four days.

So we are using the same black soil with 2.5 cm and 2.5 tablespoons of water in the soil because it was too wet last time. We have 3cm of water in a cup and will be making a hill or make the cup's boundary lower so the crickets can reach it this time. We are keeping the banana peels in the soil because the plant was healthy and green. The big change though is that we are going to put the food on the soil in the container so the crickets have access to food anytime.

This is our video on how we are improving our ecodome this time:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NifOoifGl3YWvbUJdyGWRLURkxkIDvls/view?usp=sharing

Problem: Too wet again and no oxygen

This is the first build Pedro and my ecodome.

Observations

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Water 2.5 tbsp So the plants grow I think there was too much in the soil itself
Dirt 2.5 cm So the plants can be stabilized and soak up water Too wet
Cricket 2 Lol xD They died because they didn't get oxygen.
Carrots 5 slices Food Eaten
Apple half food Eaten
Cabbage 1 leaf Food Eaten
Banana Peel 2 tbsp Compost for the plant The banana soil kept the plant safe and healthy because it did not die.
Grass Handful So there is oxygen for the crickets The plant is still healthy and it did not die but we need more oxygen.
Water 3 cm So the crickets can drink It got dirty and there is still a lot

We filled our ecodome with 2.5cm of soil covering the bed of the container this time. Inside the container, we had a little plant rooted in the soil. Then we added about 2.5 tablespoons of water into the soil so it becomes moist for the plants to grow and stay healthy so it creates oxygen for the cricket to breathe in but not be too wet at the same time. We chopped up rotten banana peels so it works as a compost for the plant. Pedro and I brought in carrots, apples and a cabbage for the cricket's food, chopped it up and put it in a cup. We had one cup of water for the crickets to drink. And of course, the crickets. We have put in 2 crickets into the experiment. Guess we have to see what happens again.

Problem: Too wet and the cricket couldn’t reach the container with water and food.

This is the first build Pedro and my ecodome.

Sketch of the ecodome

Our first Ecodome

Observations

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Water 8 tbsp So the plants grow I think there was too much in the soil itself
Dirt 3cm So the plants can be stabilized and soak up water Too wet
Cricket 3 Lol xD They died because i don’t think they could reach the food and i don’t think there was too much plants
Carrots 5 slices Food Not a lot eaten because cannot reach
Apple half food Not a lot eaten because cannot reach
Cabbage 1 leaf Food Not a lot eaten because cannot reach
Banana Peel 2 tbsp Compost for the plant The banana soil kept the plant safe and healthy because it did not die.
Grass 2 handful So there is oxygen for the crickets The plant is still healthy and it did not die
Water 1 cup So the crickets can drink It got dirty and there is still a lot

First, we filled our ecodome with 3cm of soil covering the bed of the container. Inside the container, we had a plant rooted into the soil. Then we added about 8 tablespoons of water into the soil so it becomes moist for the plants to grow and stay healthy so it creates oxygen for the cricket to breathe in. We chopped up rotten banana peels so it works as a compost for the plant. Pedro and I brought in carrots, apples and a cabbage for the cricket's food, chopped it up and put it in a cup. We had one cup of water for the crickets to drink. And of course, the crickets. We have put in 3 crickets into the experiment. Guess we have to see what happens.

Today, on our last day of the Building Project in Art, we finished our facade. We finally glued everything onto our base. We've stuck the window on the top of the main facade, instead of making it a plain, old, usual window frame. To support the frames, we've painted two pillars that would make the windows stand. Lastly, to cover up the cubed box behind for the entrance of the building, we've added walls covering 3 sides of the facade.

Today, we finished the main base of the facade. We finished the 2nd layer of our wall painting, added decorations like buttons and glued everything to the base of our building. Next class we have to add pillar and add our window. The problem today was some of us were slacking off and off-task because we went outside for a school photo and we had a substitute.

What did you do today? How?

I finished working on my window frames.

How do you think your group members went?

I think we did okay and we're on-task.

What do you think of your process so far? Why?

I think I am okay since I am managing time and worked on a lot of stuffs.

What is your group plan for the next 5 classes?

To paint and finish the window and assemble the base.

 

I am Brandon from Block A PE and recently we had swimming in our swimming class.

Here are the links to my video:

Freestyle:

Breaststroke:

Backstroke:

My motorboat kicks were the best thing I did in my freestyle swimming. In breaststroke, my synchronized arm and feet movement was pretty okay. I think in backstroke the ONLY good thing I did was putting my chin up.

I think my breathing and arm rotation in freestyle was terrible. In breaststroke, I rushed a little bit. My backstroke was all messed up. I really have to try to improve my arm rotations.

How have you assessed your prototype's effectiveness?

We added water on top of the water filter so that we can test the effectiveness of the prototype and the water would be purified.

What are the results of tests done?

We got a terrible result of pH level of 4 and almost 300 ppm of copper in our

What do you need to do to improve your prototype?

I think we need to boil our water to get a more neutralized pH level and less copper

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In Exploratory Writing, the whole Grade 7 made digital poems with the poems we made previously in Writing.

Here's the video:

It was hard finding images with CC attributions and most of them were copyrighted, which took me a long time.  Putting subtitles and attributions took me long enough. Video rendering and publish also wasted a lot of my time. The biggest problem for me was time management. Or was it just because I was impatient?

I think I found good images suiting my poem and video. I also used my own pictures I actually took from the experience I was writing about, which was special to me.

The video had to include my voice of reading my poem and I realised my voice really needed some tunes. It helped me express the theme of my poem.

I tried to imagine me being there a long time ago with the atmosphere near me. It felt like I was the only one complaining and others were having a great time in the boat.

I would like to manage my time much more wisely. The lack of time made me work less efficiently and made me do work just looking at the clock.

So if you were to do this in the future, manage YOUR TIME!!! DO NOT get off task. NEVER delay your work. Just focus on your work and when you complete it, that's when you can do what you want to do.