One of my favorite capstones from this year is the Q1 genetics
BM. During this project I discovered the innards of how genetics works.
Our team studied Leukemia. Leukemia is a term that originates from
the greek roots leukos, meaning white, and aima, meaning blood.
This condition can be critical because it is a cancer that harms
the flow of your white blood cells. White blood cells are necessary for
maintaining a healthy immune system. So this issue is of extreme
concern to me.
During the Q1 semester we learned various other topic on
genetics. I learned how to read and create a punnett square. I learned
about dominance and recessive; co-dominance and hereditary traits;
Our team had questions on genetics and on how leukemia worked.
I wanted to learn more about leukemia, so my team and I
researched what it was and what it did.
The team I worked with collaborated to discover the various
properties on Leukemia and genetics as a whole.
After our research was complete, we felt obligated to present our
research to the class.
Our classmates gave us generous feedback in which we added to our
knowledge of genetics as a whole.
Inquiry - I wanted to know some disease of the eye. We chose to study Glaucoma
Research - we had a classmate in our group that actually has glaucoma, so we got most of the information from her.
Collaboration - We assigned to each member of our group what exactly we had to research, and then we put it all together in our final presentation.
Presentation - We took turns explaining each slide, with our classmate explaining exactly what glaucoma is and her experience.
Reflection - I would probably go to one of my doctors and ask for more information to make the research more primary rather than finding the information online.
Inquiry- What did you want to know?
In the dissection portfolio we first learned the dissection process. Using those processes we compared pig anatomy to cricket anatomy. Finally we would do online research to compare human and earthworm anatomy to that of the cricket and pig.
Research- How did you gather data?
First we gathered data in the dissection process. Then we got more data from online sources such as innerbody.com, University of Pennsylvania, and the Middle School Food and Agricultural Literacy Curriculum.
Collaboration- How were you part of a community?
I worked in a community with Gabby Cromley, Kayla Cassumba, and Kiamesso DaSilva. We worked with are classmates in the dissection processes sharing the most efficient processes. These methods created another larger community outside of ours.
Presentation- What was effective about your presentation strategy?
The simplicity and organization of the data made the presentation much more efficient, because it allowed the viewer to comprehend and understand our data and therefore our conclusions with much more ease.
Reflection- What would you do differently?My one regret is some of the sloppy mistakes made in the dissection process. Many parts of the processes where unnecessarily destructive. This destruction ruined some of the organs and ruined some data.
Energy in Nuts Project
Inquiry: During this particular project, I wanted to figure out if nuts were as healthy as projected on packaging and on the article
Research: I looked up caloric content of the nuts. Also, I experimented by burning the nuts and adding kilocalorie for each degree.
Collaboration: I collaborated with a few students, as they helped me measure and also provided me with new nuts to try out.
Presentation: I created a trifold board. The effectiveness was the engagement of the board as well as the design.
Reflection: What I would do differently is try a different food and compare the findings to a different set of food.
The Alchemy Lab
Inquiry: Before beginning this experiment, Mr. Sherif told us that we will be making gold by using copper. I was excited and wanted to know how copper could be turned into gold.
Research: First we found out what we had to mix for the chemicals to turn the copper gold. We used a lab write up written by our teacher and found out that we needed to heat up salt water, sodium hydroxide, zinc, and copper pennies.
Collaboration: In the beginning, most of the students failed into turning their pennies gold. Therefore we decided to work together and try to correct each other's mistakes.
Presentation: After the lab, we did not really present our gold pennies. The most that we did was show them to peers and compare our gold pennies and how we went through the process of creating them.
Reflection: If I were to do this differently, I would follow the instructions correctly to in order to get the best results that I could get.
Project-Science Fair Project
Research- We used websites that gave information about how to clean your phone and what type of bacteria can be found on phones.
Collaboration- Imani and I worked together on doing the experiment and creating the board. Also, by doing the science fair we got our information out to our peers.
Presentation- I think just our project was effective because teens could relate. Pretty much all teens have cell phones that they use all the time, so it makes people curious about what’s on their phones.
Reflection- If I was to do this project again I would do more trials. I think it would have been cool to see if the trend that was happening continued.
Inquiry- We were comparing the body ratio of organisms
Research- a frog and grasshopper were dissected to measure the different body systems to find the ratio.
Collaboration- I worked on the project with Isabel Medlock and Dejah Smith
Presentation- We presented the project in a slideshow and we used carp to organize everything.
Reflection- Some of the slides seemed a bit crowded so if I were to do it again I would put in a way on the slide so that it didn't seem so crowded.
I think the project that I enjoyed the most is the project where we turn a penny to gold by boiling it in sodium hydroxide and zinc, then burning it to make it gold.
Inquiry: In this project, we simply wanted to turn a penny gold. WIth that explained, our abstract for this project was to test out alchemy.
Research: We first studied about the definition of alchemy and what it is. Then, we got a guideline for the experiment and we read over it. Finally, we did the experiment to see how alchemy really works.
Collaboration: For this project, I worked with Ishmael. We helped each other by setting up the experiment because there were a lot of steps.
Presentation: Our project was very effective because we successfully made a penny gold. The guideline helped us out a lot because it gave us the steps to the experiment.Reflection: If I were to do this experiment again, I would read the directions more carefully because we didn’t have a control and a experimental 1 when we were suppose to.
Inquiry - I wanted to know more about Protein, Lipids, Carbohydrates and DNA and what they’re made up of.
Research - We research mostly through the internet and organized what we found through in a Google Presentation with a dedicated section for each marcomolecule
Collaboration - I worked in collaboration with three other people of my table group and the four of us took upon one of the four macromolecules.
Presentation - Our Google Presentation was very simple, repeated and designed in the same way for each macromolecule and it was effective in this way.
Reflection - Add more information, graphs if possible and make sure we all had similar points in the information we presented.
Intriguing Project: DNA Construction
Inquiry: I wanted to know what was the building blocks in DNA
Research: I went on the internet and research building blocks of DNA.
Collaboration: I was working with another person to make this project happen.
Presentation: We used bright colors.
Reflection: I won’t hot glue candy together next time.
Intriguing Science Fair-Project:
DNA Construction Project
I had wanted to know what DNA was made of.
I recorded info on a Google Doc.
I was part of a team.
My presentation was colorful.
I would have worked with a partner.
Project: Periodic Table Scavenger Hunt
- For this project I wanted to know what exactly nickel was and what where it’s uses and properties. I also wanted know why it was called Nickel and who discovered it.
- To gather information I researched my element online and I also used the periodic table.
- In this project we had to compare some of our element’s properties to others. By doing this we collaborated to learn more about other elements. Other people also helped me learn how to make the graphs for the wikispace.
- For my presentation I included some pictures so that people would be more interested in reading my project. Also I used CARP and made sure all the font and alignment was appealing.
Reflection:- Next time I would add more pictures. I would also add more details about how it was discovered and how it was named.
I wanted to know how DNA works and affects the human body.
I gathered and organized information by using useful sources and knowledge that I’ve learned in class.
I worked together with my partner and would collaborate with my classmates sometimes, when I needed information I did not know.
Our presentation was a DNA structure sample made out of pipe cleaners. They were color coded according to their part.
- What I would do differently is time management. Everything was done last minute really and if there was more time, maybe there would've been more thought into the presentation.