- This year was not my finest effort in biochem, I did not apply myself and ended up regretting it in the end. In the final quarter, our group slacked off and sealed our own fate. We were given ample time to recover our grades but never took advantage off it. I came into this year expecting to progress logically from the biochem we took in ninth grade. I was excited at the promise of more fun science and figuring out how to solve problems in a creative way. Although my year was plagued with some bad assignments and missed deadlines, I was fairly proud of my first quarter project with Mia Weathers Fowler. We completed our macromolecules portfolio and slideshow with all checkpoints completed and making all deadlines.
- At Sla we learn to work in accordance to the core values. Inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation, and reflection. The macromolecule portfolio, although deviating slightly from the other projects in the class, followed fairly closely to the core values. The values are not only a recommendation or a system designed to get your grades up, in fact they actually influence your experimenting and researching to point of genuine intrigue. By the end of our portfolio I was fully invested in finishing it to the best of my ability. I wanted to finish it correctly.
- Inquiry: We were tasked with the assignment to figure out the purposes of various macromolecules. We had a daunting task ahead of us and needed to go at it with the right mindset.
- Research: We divided the work up as evenly as possible and set off to work. The key here was to chose the topics we each identified with. Something I think severely affected my performance in the later quarters was my lack of engagement. I never took the time to connect with a project; at least enough to put in a satisfying amount of effort. Without proper research, your project will crumble quickly.
- Collaboration: Working with Mia was one of the highlights of the project. She rallied the group to go above and beyond and essentially lead us to make the best project we could. The key to collaboration is not to ever carry anyone’s weight. Once you start vouching for a fellow teammate and taking hits for them, their requirement to contribute lessens and the workload will inevitably become unbalanced. I think that since we were all so invested in project from the get-go collaboration came naturally.
- Presentation: Our presentation worked well in adding to the project while never bogging it down. I think it is difficult to strike a balance between a good design and an informative one. I don’t think our presentation ever became an issue and in the end, I would wager it was one of the strongest points of our entire project.
- Reflection: I think if I could go back, I would just add a general level of polish to the whole experiment and make up for the time I could have spent more efficiently towards the beginning. I should have been ready to go right out of the gate but instead, I ended up not putting in 100% until we already off the ground. Hopefully my performance in the later stages of the project justified it.
- Conclusion: I really wish I had taken advantage of my opportunities this year and really stepped into my own fate. I guess I will learn from this and come into junior year ready to give it my all.
I wanted to know the which terrain between sand, dirt, concrete, and clay would be able to absorb the most and the least amount of water.
I reviewed the roughness of the terrain, and I also found the densities of the materials to have most of the factors taken into account.
I worked with the many people, my science teacher Mr. Sherif, an intern from Drexel Ms. Kelly Brandt, and my father Dell Meriwether. I also practiced by presenting to other students in SLA, they gave me the feedback I needed to grow and explain my project much better.
They way I presented left an early understanding about how this project can be used to help the environment.
I feel that the modifications necessary for this project are both a need for more realistic situation for this project. I feel that the materials I used a very small amount of the amount of the items that might have worked in the real world, If I could I would try using many more materials and testing different outcomes.
My project :
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Inquiry: We wanted to learn about the stress in fruit flies caused by humans.
Research: My partner and I researched out information on the internet from reliable, scientific sources.
Collaboration: We were part of a community because we shared our information to the rest of our class and teachers.
Presentation: We knew what we were telling everyone and tried to bring comparisons between people and the stress that fruit flies had.
Reflection: I guess I would focus on continuing this project to other animals.
Inquiry: How to find spring constants and what effect they had on spring expansion.
Research: We read things online
Collaboration: I worked with a classmate and we got help from Ms. Echols.
Presentation: We made a board and presented at the science fair.
Reflection: We could find the same things but look at spring contraction.
Mini Capstone: DNA
Inquiry: I wanted to know DNA patterns.
Research: I researched DNA online and DNA structure.
Collaboration: Me and a bunch of my classmates showed off our DNA projects.
Presentation: My presentation was a 4ft model of DNA made of candy. It actually was the reason I got an A on the project.
Reflection: I wish I would have made the model sturdier.
Inquiry- I wanted to know more about Pollution and how it affects the world in different ways so I could prove it’s existence to people who think it’s not a serious problem.
Research- We gathered information by using resources like the internet and teachers who knew about this topic.
Collaboration- Since focusing on a problem like pollution we were a part of the community because if we don’t do something about our polluted climate soon there will be no community at all.
Presentation- We both took turns speaking and tried to be loud and keep people interested. We were also well prepared when answering questions.
Reflection- I would’ve made our project more complex, for example, during the experiment we could’ve used different amounts of octane, types of gases, and types of plants.
My most intriguing project of the year would be burning glass in order to make it bend. I had never done it and never thought it could be done. I still remember what I had made.
I wanted to know why does that type of glass is able to be bent when heated, would other class have the same ability to? When I was doing the experiment, I did gather and organize some data. Such as how long it took to actually be able to bend the glass, compared with the timing of my partner’s, Miranda Abazoski. I was part of a great community, which is my class for bio, we help each other, and just support each other when needed. Such as sharing samples, data, etc. I didn’t really do a presentation with that project, it was more of a discussed type of presentation if you want to say it. I enjoyed it, it was one of the first experiments I had done here at SLA, thanks to Mr.Sherif! What I would do differently would be to leave the glass longer in the flames so I can easily bend it more, I noticed that I had to put much force into bending it, because I had took it out too quick.
Overall the experience was great! Throughout the year, almost all the experiments I really did enjoyed.