Day 3

       Closeups of my ecodome 

far away view of my ecodome

 

Equipment reason observations
1 plant I put 2 plants in there because the cricket will need some oxygen to breathe in an airtight container. Also, if one plant dies , then the other one will have a chance to survive. The plant is growing alive and well
1 cricket I put a cricket in there because this is part The cricket sheds it’s skin immediately after it’s been put into the ecodome. While I am writing this blog, the cricket is still shedding it’s skin. The skin grows in incredibly quick.
2 sponges To let the cricket stay hydrated, I will put a wet sponge so it would have water to drink. The sponge will have water, but not enough water for it to drown in. The sponge looks completely normal.
 1 stick I put a stick inside my ecodome to mimic what a forest would be like. The stick just looks the same.
5 cm of soil I put a soil in there so the plant could grow. The soil is helping the plant grow, as you can see from the picture.

Things I changed this time:

This time around I got a bigger container, Instead of only putting one sponge, so I put 2 instead. This time around, I cut the carrots into thinner strips, so it would be more edible.As you can see from the picture, I also put a stick into my ecodome, so the cricket could get some exercise.

Result:

After 2 days, my cricket was still alive, but after 1 week, it was immobile. I think it did not survive because I think my plant did not provide enough oxygen, or maybe it was old. I think the cricket shedding it's skin has something to do with it not surviving, but I am not sure. From what I can see in the ecodome, the carrots are strewn everywhere, the plant has withered, and was not standing upright, and the was condensation  in my ecodome. Maybe it was to humid for the cricket.

Day 2 of ecodome:

 pictures of my ecodome

 

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Carrots 50g the crickets need food, so I put some in there. I cut the carrots into some pieces, and it seems un eaten.
Plant 1 The cricket need some oxygen and if the carrots ran out, then it could eat the plant. The plant is still growing healthily.
rock 2 The crickets could imagine it as in the wild, so it could climb on it and exercise. The rock is still completely normal.
cricket 1 The cricket is put in there because it is my project to see how long it lives in the ecodome. The cricket is dead, because the carrots looks like it was uneaten (probably because it's too big) and there was not enough water inside the ecodome.

The carrots in there rot. But, the plant is still growing very healthily. As you can see in the picture, you could see that the carrots were not eaten because the pieces of it are too big. I think that the rocks are maybe too big because the ecodome doesn't have much space. I think that next time, I will get a bigger ecodome.

here is the video

Day 1

The plan                                                                                                            Actual ecodome

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
soil 5cm of soil The crickets don’t need that much soil, but the plants need some soil to grow. The soil was very moist.
carrots 9.5 g The cricket need to eat some food, so I put some carrots in there so it would have a nutritious diet. The carrots did not look eaten and was starting to rot and grow mold.
2 rocks  As you can see form the picture, I tried to  make the ecodome look like the wild, I put 2 rocks in there for it to crawl and exercise.. The rock is still inside the soil and looks completely normal
plant A plant Since the cricket is sealed inside a jar, it needs a plant to provide it oxygen. If the carrots run out, the plant can also be it’s food. The plant is green and still growing like normal and seems like it is providing oxygen.
Cricket 1 I will only put a cricket inside my ecodome because my ecodome is really small and I do not want my cricket to resort to cannibalism. The cricket is not moving and seems like it did not eat my food.

Changes I will make next time:

I will add more food, and chop them into smaller pieces so it would be chewable. I will wet a sponge so the cricket will stay hydrated but would not drown. I will plant a plant properly so there would be air for the cricket, and it won't die of suffocation.

 

 

For my presentation I made an infographic about Leonardo Da Vinci's science inventions. I would explain to them about his inventions. After I finished explaining, I have a quiz prepared for them and they would answer them. I had an A2 paper with lines on it, and I also had a Picture of an airplane . If the kids get a question right, then the airplane would move up. If the kids answer most of my questions right, then I would give them a jelly bean as a reward for working so hard.

Here is my infographic

 

The merchant:

I am preparing a wedding for my lovely daughter. So, I would have to find someone to bake a wedding cake for me,  labourers to prepare everything for the wedding such, a butcher who could prepare the meat, and also a chef who could prepare wonderful and delicious dishes. I then went out and found a skilled labourers that would help me find a wedding cake and buy some meat. After all of that was done, I then went to find a painter that would paint a painting for my daughter. Fortunately a young man named Leonardo Da Vinci came and asked for canvas, and in exchange, he would paint a painting of my daughter. There are so much things to do!

What I learned:

This activity was very fun, and I would love to do this again. I learned a lot of surprising things that I did not learned before, such as how in florence there were many guilds and how there are major, minor and middle guilds. The thing I also found surprising was that artists were not allowed to form guilds even though art in the renaissance was a really big thing back then. I also learned that the Medici family was extremely powerful force but was eventually overthrown. Overall, I learned a lot of things hope that we could do something just like this again in the future.

Don't panic is about a professor from Sweden who talks about how the UN plans to end all extreme poverty, and he showed everyone in the audience the stages of poverty, and the economic growth of the world. From "Don't panic", I learned that extreme poverty are for people who earn less than I dollar a day. I also learned that in order to make a country better, the people in the country has to have a good education. This video has inspired me to help people who are in need and it helped me broaden my vision of my world. There are also some questions I had from watching the video, such as "Who managed to collect all the data? " and also did the professor donate any money for the poor people in the video?

We were assigned a task to make a video about advising what the 6th graders should do in the dragon’s apprentice. We were supposed to be working in a group of 3, but then we decided to have 4 people in our group, because the more the merrier! After a bit of thinking and deciding what our topic should be  , we decided to do disagreements. 3 of us in the group were new, so it was a bit challenging to make the video. We tried to make the video as as interesting as we could, and in the video, we told the 6th graders that in order to make a good team, you must not take sides, and see which person has the better idea… and so on. Overall, I think we did a good job!

Here is our video:

 

 

 

our water filter
our water filter
  1. We cut some small pieces of cotton and put it at the bottom of the bottle.
  2.  Next, we put sand with gravel.
  3.  Then, we charcoal on top.
  4.  After that, we put another layer of cotton.

The results were pretty good:

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Copper: slightly less than 100 ppm (not good)

Turbidity: very clear

salt: There is still a lot salt.

What would I change next time?

Next time we would need to add another layer of cotton between the sand and gravel. We would also need to separate the charcoal and gravel. Our group would also need to find away to low the amount of copper and salt.

 

What is a Passion Project?

A passion project is a project that you could anything you love. For example, a person who loves fashion could design some clothes,  a person who love shoes could make a model of a shoe. Things like that.

How do you feel about this unit?

I really like this project because  instead of being given a task, I could follow my passion and do what I desire and love.

What is your project?

My project is to make a clay dinosaur.

The steps that I need to complete this are:

  1. First, I would look at some dinosaurs for inspiration
  2. Look at some clay techniques so I could draw out the design of my dinosaur.
  3. I would have to start my mini version of my dinosaur.
  4. Then, I would test out the dinosaur and start the final version
  5. I would make 2 dinosaurs in stop motion
  6. I would fire the 2 dinosaurs.
  7. After that, I would glaze the dinosaur and I would be complete.

 

Blog post 1

What did you achieve today?

Today I looked at some videos of some clay making techniques. I also started my plan of my dinosaur right in the dinsaur. I also learned some valuable info about clay making such as coiling and moulding simple shapes.

What went well and what needs to change next class?

The thing that went well was that I did 2 tasks today, and I drew out my plan for my project. I also managed to look at some techniques. Even though I did some research about making clay, I need to actually start to make the clay sculpture next class.

What did you learn today?

Today, I learned that while moulding, if the clay gets to dry  then you should spray water on your hands and use your hands to mould the clay. I also learnt that in order to know how to make something, you must research (becuase I not sure that I have researched enough).

What are your next steps?

My next steps:

Next class, I will complete my design and start making the mini version of my dinosaur. I will test the mini version of my dinosaur and see how to change it. After testing the mini version of the dinosaur, I'll start the final piece. I'll fire the clay dinosaur and then glaze it.

If you got teacher feedback please explain it here.

 

 

Blog post 2

 

What did I achieve today? I managed to draw out my plan, and also some close view of the dinosaur's head.

What went well and what needs to change next class?

The thing that went will was that  I managed to draw out my plan, and even looked at some tutorials. The things that need to change next class is instead of planning, I will have to actually create my prototype. Also, I would have to concentrate more so I could speed up the process of my work.

What did you learn today? Today, I learned how to make a dinosaur out of clay by rolling the legs, attaching the body and shaping the head.

Lesson 2: I drew out what I was was going to do next class, and I also drew some close ups of some animals. I also managed to watch some tutorials of some clay techniques and also how to make clay animals.photo-on-14-11-2016-at-9-51-am

Lesson 3: I'll look over my plan and start making a smaller version of my dinosaur (like in the video above). I'll then see fi it will work or not.

 

 

Today, I looked at this video (above) that showed how to make simple objects out of clay, after that, I proceeded to making a clay dinosaur . So here is what I made today:

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The thing that went well was that I learned how to attach body different dinosaur body parts right onto the  body. The other thing that went well was that I finished half of the dinosaur and it is a huge accomplishment for me.managed to learn some new clay techniques, after that managed to make half a dinosaur.

Lesson 4: Creating a clay dinosaur and look at some tutorials.

Lesson 5: Finishing my dinosaur and smoothen it out.

Blog post 7: Absent

Blog post number 8

What did you achieve today?

Today I managed to make a dinosaur. I made the dinosaur by some easy steps. So first, Create the body. I looked at pictures of dinosaurs on the internet for inspiration so I have a pretty good idea of what a dinosaur's head looked like. Then, I would start cuttting pieces of clay and moulding into different  body parts of the dinosaur, such as the head, tail, legs..etc. After that, I would attach them onto the main body.

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What went well and what needs to change next class?

The thing that went well was that today, I managed to mould my dinosaur into the shape that I actually wanted. Also, another thing that went well was that the other body parts of the dinosaur that I joined up with the main body of the dinosaur seem pretty intact and did not seem to be falling off (because normally they do). I think that the thing that I need to change next class is the tail. I would have to make the tail droop down so I could make it look more realistic and decrease the chances of the tai falling off again.

What did you learn today?

Today, I learned that in order to attach different body parts onto the dinosaur, I must make the joints very thick and intact. The other thing I learned was that in order to make the dinosaur look realistic, I must mould the body correctly and cut the clay at a precise size.

 

What are your next steps?

Lesson 9: In lesson 9, if the body parts of my dinosaur I made this lesson stay intact, then I would proceed to firing the dinosaur and glazing it. But if my dinosaur does not survive and breaks apart, I would have to make 1 or 2 dinosaur and glaze the dinosaur another time.

 

 

Blog post 9

What did you achieve today? 

Today in this class, I managed to make a clay dinosaur. I shaped out the head, body,

What went well and what needs to change next class?

What did you learn today?

What are your next steps? 

If you got teacher feedback please explain it here.

This is my digital poem, and it's called the ocean. The only challenge that I face while making this video was the audio. When I recorded the audio, the audio was either too small, too big, or unclear. I think I've done well with my pictures and subtitles. My pictures are in good resolution, and my subtitles are contrast with my background picture which makes my subtitles really clear. The video helped let me see the bigger picture of my theme. In some parts of my video, I spoke slowly, but in some parts I sped up. If I could do this again, I would use my time more wisely and make it more longer. My advice students who are doing this in the future is spend you time wisely and do a little bit everyday!