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Earthquake PBL

The Earthquake PBL was a project where we would work together in our teams, and construct a house for Tony Stark. We had to build a 2-story house that could withstand seismic activity using a limited amount of popsicle sticks, toothpicks, clay, straws, and string. The driving question was: How can we, as structural engineers, construct a 2-story house in California for Tony Stark that will withstand seismic activity?

My team's design was a basic, yet protective house design. Using "X-shaped" supports on all of the walls on both of the two stories, we constructed the main walls. We made a normal triangle-shaped roof with more supports. Our strong and safe design withstood seismic activity. No part of the model home was damaged.

Some main points I learned through this project were getting to learn more about earthquakes, learning building structures, having a chance to be creative, and helping myself and others get better at working together as a group. I also learned how building isn't just putting a structure down and, boom, there is a perfect building, but to build that building, you have to make sure it will be safe because the lives of many people are depending on you.

Invention Convention- OIELLE

The invironmental problem OIELLE solves is that oil is being spilled across the ocean which is causing pollution and harming sea animals' ecosystems. My team and I believe we can help this problem. According to an article, oil that spills coats everything it touches. This becomes an, "unwelcome but long-term part of every ecosystem it enters."

OIELLE works to help this problem by sucking up the oil in the ocean and storing it in the oil containers. This helps ecosystems stay cleaner. Also, it gives us excersise. OIELLE will help organisms that live in the sea live longer and not get destroyed. The tubes on the float-bikes suck up oil using the solar power energy which is collected at the top of the bike.

Atmosphere and Human Impacts- 30Hands

While doing the 30Hands project, I learned about the atmosphere and how we impact the Earth. Global warming is being caused because of us. I learned that vehicles, factories, or anything that pollutes the atmosphere causes the Earth to heat up. The pollution we release into the atmosphere gets trapped and stays with us on Earth's surface. This pollution causes the Earth to slowly heat up. I also learned what global warming does that has a negative impact on us and other creatures. For example, the newly added heat is melting the homes of animals that have to adapt and live in very cold temperatures in their environments.

I enjoyed the 30Hands project because even though this was a big project, we used fun apps to reduce the stress. For example, we used Pic Collage to make our slides. Although the project was time consuming and required a lot of work, it was a fun project. Instead of making a poster and presenting it to the class, student by student, we just had to listen to a video.

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What is your favorite Unit in Science so far?

So far, my favorite Unit in Science was the Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition. The Weathering part of that Unit was my most favorite, though. Learning Mechanical and Chemical weathering was really fun. I don't know why, but Weathering got stuck in my head once we learned it. Some days, I would find myself in bed thinking about everything I learned in class that day. One time, I remeber going over the Chemical and Mechanical weathering paper in my head. Another time, doing a Pop Quiz, all I had to do was memorize a certain worksheet I did in class and I was fine. Other than that, the Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition Unit was just fun!

What was your favorite activity or lab you did in your favrite Unit?

My favorite activity we did in the Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition Unit was the Types of Chemical and Mechanical Weathering. I enjoyed this activity because the pictures helped me understand the different types of Weathering. The paper showed each type of weathering in colored, labled pictures that were easy to understand. I think this was because the pictures we drew were easy to remember and understand. Like other activities, I just remembered the worksheet in my head to help with quizes and journal prompts. My favorite activity was the Types of Chemical and Mechanical Weathering worksheet.