Science Ecodome Project: Trial #3

3rd Trial:

Failed Ecodome Video:

Observations:

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
1. Rich dark, decomposing fibrous soil 3cm to 6cm To keep the plants alive. Provide moisture/water  Still appears to be damp, some leaves rotting
2. Plants-grasses, flower, fern? 4 grass plants, To make oxygen for cricket Still alive, molding around the edges
4. 2 crickets One small, one large  1 dead, one hidden
5. Apple One medium slice, cut into tiny cubes Give them nutrients  Soggy, molding, causing things to rot
6. 5 small pieces of charcoals 6.8g Give them necessary amount of carbon Some buried under soil
8. Small Rocks 15 rocks Provide shelter and nutrients, more carbon?  ” “
9. Water 10 sprays onto dark soil Moisture to keep plants alive and help give oxygen  Some build up on walls, less than previous

Pictures of new ecodome:

Above, the pictures show that we did make some noticeable changes to our ecodome including adding food and using less water. Though adding food could be a benefit, I also worry that it will mold. 

Science Ecodome Project: Trial #2

Trial #2:

Failed Ecodome 1 Video:

Observations

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
1. Rich dark soil and  Fine, decomposing fibrous soil 5cm and 1cm layer To keep the plants alive. Provide moisture/water Still moist, tread on
2. Plant-grass 2 grass plants, To make oxygen for cricket. Wilted but not dead
4. 2 crickets Both alive and roaming

Update: one eaten?

5.Decomposing leaves and sand 1 cm on-top of dark soil Could have bacteria that give nitrates to the plant Pressed down by moisture
6. 2 pieces of charcoals 6.6g Could have bacteria that give nitrates to the plant Same, crickets like to climb
8. Small Rocks 15 rocks Provide shelter and nutrients, more carbon? Burrowed in soil
9. Water 40 sprays onto dark soil Moisture to keep plants alive and help give oxygen Collected (large droplets) on walls

Pictures of new Ecodome (Taken on November 13):

Above and below, there is an inside view of our new ecodome and the two crickets that we will put into the habitat.

 

Science Quarter 2: Ecodome Project Trial #1

Original Ecodome- Trial 1

Problem: Create a habitable eco-dome for crickets without external oxygen, water, etc. (sealed environment)

Observations

ATTEMPT 1: Failed

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
1. Rich dark soil
5cm To keep the plants alive. Provide moisture/water LOTS of condensation on walls of bottle
2. Plant-grass and small flowers(rose moss) 3 flower plants, 2 grass plants, To make oxygen for cricket. Flowers bloomed
3. Carrots and cabbage A small handful To give a cricket nutrients. Shriveled, but not eaten; turning moldy?
4. Two crickets Could result in cannibalistic behavior, but one could survive because of that Only one left. 

UPDATE: both crickets died possibly from too much water

5. Fine, decomposing fibrous soil 1 cm on-top of dark soil Could have bacteria that give nitrates to the plant  Now wet and sand-like texture
6. Decomposing leaves and grass (on top of dark soil) 1 cm layer Could have bacteria that give nitrates to the plant  Smushed down, tread on 
7. Charcoal Log 12 cm long

About 40g

Pure carbon could help with the carbon cycle inside our ecodome (plants use carbon and release oxygen) The same, crickets have climbed on it
8. Rocks and charcoal piece A dozen Provide shelter and nutrients, more carbon?  Did not move and/or change

Photos after opening, observing why crickets died. 

(Taken on November 7)

    

Pictures above- photos taken immediately after opening eco-dome and removing dead crickets. Shows lots of condensation built up on the side and the flowers that bloomed.

ELA Q1 Reflection

This quarter, the hardest part about our Journalism project was surprisingly not the writing part, but the formatting of our newspaper article. This proved to be so difficult because not only did we have to be creative about how to fit the articles in a neat fashion, but my group also had to make it look as close to a newspaper article as possible. This whole project required a lot of planning and preparation so that the final product would look neat, well put-together, and overall enjoyable to read.

Overall this quarter, I think my greatest achievement was the Journalism Project itself. I took my time and put a lot of work into finding lots reputable facts and evidence, all the while interviewing people for good quotes to put in my article. I was really proud of my ending article and happy that I now know how to properly write a Journalistic paper.

Dragon’s Witness Newspaper

For the 2nd Quarter in school life in general, I want to want to work on how I do my homework and start procrastinating less. This has always been my goal, but I want to make this year the year that I see a lot of improvement. I think this can start with cutting out distractions and relaxing after I do all my work.

Social Studies Q1 Reflection

10 Questions Project

For me, the hardest part of this project was coming up with good, educational questions that I could answer by doing a little bit of research. This part was most challenging because it meant that I had to find questions that couldn’t be easily typed into Google and found out. Along with this, I had to find questions relevant to the history of my book and not things about the book plot itself. This proved quite difficult because you had to read between the lines and pick out small parts where the characters talk about the political problems their country was facing.

My greatest achievement in this class so far was probably my debate and how hard my group and I worked on it. It was our biggest project yet, and my group and I wanted to do well on it, making sure we knew our facts and were ready to go against another strong team. When it was time for the debate, I made sure that I was calm and ready to give my part of the speech. Not only this, but I tried to make my speech as effective and well -said as possible. My group ended up winning the debate, which I was very happy about.

For the 2nd Quarter in school life in general, I want to want to work on how I do my homework and start procrastinating less. This has always been my goal, but I want to make this year the year that I see a lot of improvement. I think this can start with cutting out distractions and relaxing after I do all my work.

Banking/Trade Renaissance Faire Reflection

For my project, I created a fun, interactive board game that viewers could play after listening to some bits of information that I gave at the beginning. They would have to listen carefully to what I was saying so that if they landed on a question, they would know how to answer the “quest cards” on the board. If the kids needed help/guidance in answering the question cards, they could flip the little information flaps on the sides of my poster game. In my game, the goal was to get to Florence, which was the center of trade during this time and you would roll the dice to advance. For the littler kids, I adjusted my mini-presentation at the beginning so that it was easier to understand. I asked more questions like: Do you know where Italy is? Have you ever been in a bank? so that they would get interested and know how this relates to their life a bit. This project and presentation taught mea lot about flexibility   and being able to change something quickly if it doesn’t match or mak sense to the audience in front of you.

Role-playing Game Reflection

My goal as a Dominican Friar is to find followers who have same views as me and go against our materialistic world! I believe that my city Florence has strayed too far from the religious path and I think we must return to it. What I did during the game was find people who felt the same way I did, often times these were people that were less fortunate and also felt that the way the Medicis ran things was not right. Sometimes my persuasions didn’t bode well for me, and how well I persuaded someone to join me depended on the probability dice that was rolled every time I made an offer to someone.

During this activity, I learned a lot about the day to day life of a person that lived in Florence during the Renaissance. I saw what it was like to be wealthy during this time and how it gave one a lot of advantages. I also became more educated on the guilds and how they played a major part in someone’s life. One thing I didn’t know before was that there were Major, Middle, and Minor Guilds and how much say you got in government decisions depended on where you which guild you were in. Something that I got a lot of insight in whilst playing this game was the market life and how people bought things/dealt with the busyness of the market. Often times, people with a higher social ranking or a servant working for them got to be heard first and usually could get to the front of shop lines much easier. Another thing that was new and interesting to me was how they had a government and even court back then, just like we do now. While playing this game, I saw a little how things ran in court and with the government. What shocked me was how similar the law was back then to how it is now. Overall, this activity was not only very enjoyable and fun, it was also very educational and I really liked how we got kind of an “inside perspective” on the daily life or people in the Renaissance.

 

Water Filter Design Cycle Relfection

In this project, we had to successfully produce at least 15 mL of water that is completely rid of all contaminants (salt, copper acidity, turbidity etc.) We also had to use materials that could be accessed in rural villages (no high-tech gear). At first, my group decided we were going to make a water filter out of a big water bottle. Inside there would be sand, rocks, and gravel which would catch sediment flowing through a strainer. This brainstorming idea also turned into our first prototype. Contaminants would cling to our filter and would come out at lot cleaner (from a rusty red color to a blue-ish clear). After we did some tests, we realized that not all contaminants were out (i.e salt, acidity). This meant we either needed a new idea or we needed to add onto our filter. My group researched a little more and found out that you can filter salt out by boiling water and using condensation from a pot lid and also you can neutralize the water by adding baking soda. This was a little difficult because our water would get so hot to the point where it would completely evaporate. After a couple of failed attempt, we realized all we needed to do was to use the condensation from the pot lid and drip it into a beaker or concentrated cylinder. If I were to do this again, I would try and collect more water to test, because this is one thing my group struggled with. Overall, this was quite a fun and very educational project. I liked that it set us up for instances later in life where we will have to be independent. This was both a positive and negative because since it was so independent, we needed to plan our time very wisely to make sure we get everything done. In the end, many groups were a little rushed. Other than this, I really liked this creative project.