In our third build for our ecodom, we decided to reduce the amount of water going inside the ecodom due to the condensation blocking the sun from shining through the dom and in our third build we tried to keep our plants and food alive so that the cricket can have  food to live. Our third ecodom had not much condensation compared to last time and the plants stayed alive, however our cricket died due to the lack of oxygen and there were so much condensation that the cricket suffocated. These are what we included in our 3rd build. As you can see there's a lot of condensation happening in our ecodom which was a huge part of why the cricket died, in our next one we can reduce the amount of water that goes into the ecodom. In our ecodom we always included little shelter that we built since our first ecodom; we decided to keep this because it was a shelter that provided shade for our cricket and the cricket seems to enjoy the shelter that we provided. One of our big goals were to keep our plants healthy so that it could  provide oxygen to our cricket which is what our cricket needs the most; oxygen. In our research we learned that plants give out good oxygen and if we had a lot of them and kept it alive, the cricket will have enough oxygen to survive. However again, the condensation created too much water causing for the cricket to die and I also learned that too much water can kill off the plant, so reducing the amount of water will be key in our next ecodom

Observations

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Dirt 2 centimeter above bottom The less dirt we put in, the more “breathing space” there will be for the crickets as well as the plants and we hypothesize that this will keep the cricket alive. I think that the more dirt we put in, the less oxygen will be able to be held in the small amount of space. So this time we are going to be putting around half the dirt or just enough dirt to be able to hold the water for the plants and keep the plant’s roots buried in.
Plants 4-5  plant We need to create more oxygen for our cricket by adding more plants in our ecodom because last time our cricket didn’t survive due to the lack of oxygen inside the ecodom.    The plants didn’t die out fast compared to our last ecodommyy
Water 70ml for plants and soil 40 ml for drinking purposes The water will make the soil moist and damp sot that the cricket can survive. The water evaporated on the first day but since there was an air tight seal, the water stayed inside the
Paper Towel rolls 1 This acts as a little housing for the crickets so that they can have somewhere to hide from the heat and sleep The cricket loves to hide inside the paper towel roll and uses it as a way to hide from the intense sun.
Bowls for food and water 2 (one for water and one for food) We need this because the water would just spill everywhere and we do not want to crowd the crickets with extra food that will disturb their daily lives The cricket seems to drink from the bowl of water and eat from the bowl of food once every couple days.
Apple A couple for eating (depending on amount of crickets) This will be their main source of food because fruits will provide all the basic vitamins for staying alive. The apples had mold on them after a couple days and was inedible for the crickets

 

As you can see there's a lot of condensation happening in our ecodom which was a huge part of why the cricket died
Condensation happening due to too much water in our ecodom
A little shelter that we built since our first ecodom; we decided to keep this because it was a shelter that provided shade for our cricket
Our plants are kept healthy

From our observations, we have noticed that our plants have died out before our cricket did and also our food that we gave our cricket got old and soggy; making it quite dangerous to eat. To fix that we added more soil for the plant to stay alive a bit longer, we added a lot of water inside the soil so that the water can water the plants slowly by slowly. However after a few days or so, we saw condensation happening in our ecodom, we believe this is caused by the amount of water we included in this build of our ecodom. The condensation filled our ecodom with water and fog making for the plant to get no sunlight. We need for our plants to survive because that's the only oxygen source we can get from this ecodom. As you can see in the picture, we managed to keep our plants alive, however too much water caused condensation to happen as you can see in the second picture. We can see the water bubbles stuck onto the container. In our next build we can definitely reduce the amount of water from 70ml to 40 to even 50ml, although we need water for the plants to stay alive, if we can use the right amount of water we can reduce condensation and keep our plants alive at the same time.

Observations

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Dirt 2 inches above bottom Dirt will house the plants and give a soft area for the crickets to walk and jump around on The dirt held all the nutrients and water for the plants to survive but after a couple days, the plants died and we are not sure why this happened.
Plants 1-2 plant We only need a couple plants for oxygen and maybe the crickets will feed on the plants for extra food The plants seemed to help the cricket but they died after a couple days which meant there was no more oxygen for the cricket to take in.
Water 70ml for plants and soil 40 ml for drinking purposes The water will make the soil moist and damp sot that the cricket can survive. The water evaporated on the first day but since there was an air tight seal, the water stayed inside the
Paper Towel rolls 1 This acts as a little housing for the crickets so that they can have somewhere to hide from the heat and sleep The cricket loves to hide inside the paper towel roll and uses it as a way to hide from the intense sun.
Bowls for food and water 2 (one for water and one for food) We need this because the water would just spill everywhere and we do not want to crowd the crickets with extra food that will disturb their daily lives The cricket seems to drink from the bowl of water and eat from the bowl of food once every couple days.
Apple A couple for eating (depending on amount of crickets) This will be their main source of food because fruits will provide all the basic vitamins for staying alive. The apples had mold on them after a couple days and was inedible for the crickets
Inside of our edcodom
condensation happening in our ecodom
The inside of our ecodom: we added more plants than last time.

 

In sciecne, we are starting to create our ecodoms. We are applying what we've learned about the nutrient cycle and the atmosphere and much more to our ecodom to make our cricket survive in a sealed container with plants, water, food and etc. We are placing insects such as crickets to a air sealed container with materials such as soil, plants food and water. In our ecodom we have used 1-2 plants, 2 inches amount of dirt, 70ml of water for moisturization and drinking, paper towel rolls for shelter and apple as our source of food. We had a shelter made out with a paper towel holder to give the crickets shade in day time, we included apples for the cricket to eat, we gave enough water in the petri dish for the cricket to drink from and we included plants to provide oxygen to our crickets. Our cricket survived for 2 weeks but our plants and food died over the past week and another big issue was that when water from the drinking dish evaporated, it caused condensation to occur which fogged up our ecodom, we're going to reduce the amount of water in our ecodom for our next one.

Our sketch of our ideal ecodom
The outisde of our ecodom. We have a plastic box with air tight seal adn all our materials are inside

Observations

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Dirt 2 inches above bottom Dirt will house the plants and give a soft area for the crickets to walk and jump around on The dirt held all the nutrients and water for the plants to survive but after a couple days, the plants died and we are not sure why this happened.
Plants 1-2 plant We only need a couple plants for oxygen and maybe the crickets will feed on the plants for extra food The plants seemed to help the cricket but they died after a couple days which meant there was no more oxygen for the cricket to take in.
Water 70ml for plants and soil 40 ml for drinking purposes The water will make the soil moist and damp so that the cricket can survive. The water evaporated on the first day but since there was an airtight seal, the water stayed inside the
Paper Towel rolls 1 This acts as a little housing for the crickets so that they can have somewhere to hide from the heat and sleep The cricket loves to hide inside the paper towel roll and uses it as a way to hide from the intense sun.
Bowls for food and water 2 (one for water and one for food) We need this because the water would just spill everywhere and we do not want to crowd the crickets with extra food that will disturb their daily lives The cricket seems to drink from the bowl of water and eat from the bowl of food once every couple days.
Apple A couple for eating (depending on the amount of crickets) This will be their main source of food because fruits will provide all the basic vitamins for staying alive. The apples had mold on them after a couple days and was inedible for the crickets

THINGS TO CHANGE

  • Plants should be alive not dead
  • The foods we provide to the crickets should stay fresh
  • The shelter should not get destroyed due to the moist

The Renaissance Faire was an event where students would choose their topic related to the Renaissance, expand it to form a interactive and a informative presentation which would be presented to students. For my Renaissance Faire project, I chose the topic of the Medici family.

Informative Piece

For my informative piece about the Medici Family, I made a google slide explaining who the Medici Family were, what made them so famous and how they impacted society ( Florence to be specific). My first two slides contained informations about the Medici family. Some informations I included in the first two slides: "The Medici family were a powerful banker family who also ruled Florence for a long time". "Due to their wealth they would help the development of Florence in an economical and an educational way".  The halfway mark of the google slide was about the famous Medici family members who have helped out the family the most. For example, I included Giovanni de' Medici who was the founder of the Medici Bank and Cosimo de' Medici the successor of Giovanni who would expand the bank even more. The google slide ended with a description of other key members of the Medici family.

Interactive Piece

For my interactive piece for the presentation, I made a monopoly based on the Medici Family. The setting was set in Italy and the players were part of the Medici Family. It was basic monopoly rule and money was the currency. My idea was to explain the informative piece first and then we play the game, however the kids were dying to play the game so I had no choice but to let them. During their gameplay they would ask me questions which were in the slides, so I showed them the slides while they were playing so that they can have fun and learn something at the same time. My game included a mystery card and a chest card which would be a random card giving you benefits and disadvantages. Places like Genoa, Milan, Florence and many more Italian cities were involved in the game. Buying and developing the bought land was just like the Medici family, which is why I chose to make a monopoly game about it.

Role playing: Renaissance 

In Social Studies class, we got to do a role playing  at the time of the renaissance. Each individual would get a job, for instance a tailor or a woodcarver. We would be given a random situation, from meeting different students(the people playing the role play) to making decision that would help you make money. The role play was taken in the city of Florence, a well known city during the Renaissance. Many guilds existed in the Renaissance, helping each other's for benefits. In this role play I was a woodcarver/ stone mason. I started with no job, so I would go out to the market and look for one.  Then I saw a sad looking mad, I felt worried for him, so I decided to talk to him. The guy had some issues with his business and needed my help to reinforce his work place. I was willing to help but denying was the answer for me. I wanted to look for more. As I was walking by I saw the same man, it had to be some sort of destiny. So I walked up to him and ask for a reconsider for the job he offered. He replied with a delightful yes. I would get 40% of his income for running a business with him and fixing his damaged materials. This was my part of the role-play. In the end, the role play taught me that life hits you unexpectedly, you either take the risk or not. The role play was a really cool way to learn what was life at the Renaissance like by reenacting the guilds and the workers at that time.

In Math class, we were watching a video dealing with the topic poverty, income per person and much more. In this video, I have found that people live with an income of one dollar a day, eating food and attending to school. Later in life, this would help me how to save up money and use it wisely. For example, even people with the lowest income can live quite happily. Finally my question for this is what are some people's job that leads them to earning an income of a dollar or two?

For this project, we pretended we were an association working to filter out materials that makes a water dirty. We were supposed to design a water filtering system that will result a filtered water which could include neutral pH level, low turbidity and low copper level (PPM). First our brainstorm Ideas were putting layers of rocks, sand, gravel and much more. Additionally, we thought of an idea which we had to put layers of rock on top of each other and that would filter out the turbidity.  Our first prototype was the JRE (Jake, Riko and Erik). We used tiny rocks as our base line and on top of that we included charcoal, we repeated that process and would add cotton in the middle of those two materials. On top we had sand and pebbles on top of that. Somethings that went really well was that we filtered out the turbidity and the PPM well resulting a low percentage of those two materials in that water. Some changes we have decided as a group for our JRE was to not include sand, since sand would constantly mix with the water.

Our second prototype was the JRE 2, where we did not use sand and only use charcoal rocks and cloth to filter out the turbidity. We had small rocks as our bottom like the last one, charcoal like usual and cotton and to top everything up we put a gigantic rock. The good results that happened was the same. Low turbidity and low PPM. However our group failed to manage the pH level. The water would constantly get mixed with charcoal dust. In conclusion, due to the results, we decided not to put charcoal near the bottom and use sand again since the fist JRE prototype had better results.

The best part about this project was that we could work as a team and learn to communicate with each other. The most challenging part in this project was to lay out the materials. For instance, we had a hard time where to put charcoal and sand so that it won't mix with the water getting filtered out. In conclusion, I believe this project was amazing in many ways. From developing our prototypes to communicating with friends to accomplish the goal, the Water Filter Project was a big success.

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