Monday, November 7, 2011

Cells Final Project : ZOINKS

Cells Final Project : ZOINKS
Project Goal :
The goal for this project was to show our teacher that we did really learn what she taught us about nutrients and cells. By doing this project we were supposed to do a story, game or any other entertainment way to help a teacher to teach her students in a funner and easy way.

My Goal :
My goal was to make a fun game, that would make the students interested and want to play the game. So they would learn in a fun way, which would be a b
etter way for them to remember what they learned.

I planned to make a board game. I wanted to make a board game, where various students would play the game at the same time. They would be asking questions to each other and the person who got the most answers right, and got to the end first would win the game. There would have two piles of flashcards, one pile of flashcards would be about Nutrients and the other pile about Cells. Each "house" of the board game would be written Nutrients or Cells, and they would have to pick a card from the corresponding pile of flashcards. Therfore, in some "houses" there would be ?? marks, which would be like a surprise card, which would give a present to the player giving an object of experiment. So the player that collected more objects would receive extra points in the end.

In the past 3 weeks, I had to make some changes. I decided that in my game, there wouldn't have the experiment objects, the reason was that, it w
ould be too complicated to find the tiny objects and to make it would be really hard. So I decided that, instead of the objects, the cards would give surpises like going steps foward or backwards. So it could be a postive or negative result, that would make the players more entertained and anxious. There was another change that I had to make in  my project. My teacher said that, if we were going to make board games, the games couldn't be question and answer. So I decided that I would gice tips in each paper, give tips about what i was talkin
g about, so I would show my teacher that I learned things. So in each paper, it had tips to the player get to the right answer. When it was the turn to the player 1, the player 2 would read the flashcards, so the player 1 wouldn't see the answer at the bottom of the flashcard.

How My Game Works?
1. The 2 or more players, will roll the dice to decide who starts the game, the one who gets the highest number will start the game.

2. The player will roll the dice again, and the number that comes out s/he will walk the steps and get to a 'home'. There will be written Nutrients or Cells, or ??. They will get the card according to the image.

3. The player 2 will read the back of the flashcard for the player 1, the back of the flashcards will have some bullet points giving tips of what is the answer.

4. In the bottom of the flashcard, it was written the answer. If the player got it right, he would stay where he was. If they didn't get it right, they would go back to where they started. 

5. The same would happen to the player 2, and the one who got first to the end, would win the game.

If you want to watch the video of my project, explaining how it works and showing you my board game, you can click to this link :

Self - Evaluation
In my point of view, my project wasn't that bad, but still was not the best I could do. I think my project was really simple and not very interesting. Another thing that I thought could be a problem is that I Butdidn't five enough tips in my flashcards. But overall, I thought that it wasn't so bad, I would play that game, therefore I wouldn't buy it. But if I was a teacher, I would play this game with my students, and if they had any questions answer them while playing, I think they would learn more easily. A point of my project that I liked was the board, I think I did a good work on doing the board. It took some time, but I gave my best to getting it pretty cool.

Friday, September 30, 2011



In the science class, I am learning about the transportations like passive and active. To learn more about these two transportations we did an egg lab. From which we were supposed to use two different liquids and let the egg inside of a bottle with the egg, and see the differences in the egg. Our goal was to see the way of transportation like diffusion, osmosis or facilitated diffusion and the transportation by the inside and outside of the egg.

In the beginning of the lab, we made predictions of what was going to happen with the eggs. So we chose two liquids that one was Alcohol and the other was Distilled water. We predicted that for the Alcohol the egg would shrink and for the Distilled Water the egg would grew.    

In all 3 days we took notes of the egg, analyzing it trying to look for any changes.
·         First day :
We chose the eggs that we were going to use to our lab. Those two eggs stayed in vinegar for 24hours so that the shell would be dissolved and only the membrane would last. In the first day, we took notes of the egg; we measured the egg’s circumference, mass and the quantity of liquid that was going in the bottle. We took notes of what the egg looked like, and we putted the egg inside of the bottle with the liquid.
·         Second day:
In the second day, we took the eggs out of the bottle carefully, and measured it again. To see if it happened something different with the egg and we took more notes of how the egg looked like. Then we putted the egg back again.
·         Third day:
In the third day, we did the same. We took out the eggs and measured it and took notes of the egg. After we cut both eggs to see how was inside of it.

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Distilled Water
Distilled Water
Distilled Water
Volume of solution(ml)


Possible Errors
·         Procedure:
-We putted the eggs in the plastic cup; it was a bad choice because the cup is open on the top. So maybe the liquid could have dissolved by the air. Next time we should get a container that is closed so we don’t get to risk the liquid from evaporating.
-When we were cleaning the bottles that had the liquids measured we always washed it before using it for the other liquid. Therefore, when putting the liquid out maybe some liquid could have stayed in the bottle, and liquid may have been wasted. Next time we have to be more careful and make sure all the liquid from the battle went out of it. 

·         Materials:
- We putted the eggs in a cup of plastic, and by that cup we couldn’t really see the egg, just the top. So it was hard to take some observations. So we couldn’t know if the egg was floating or not, and that would even had made an impact in the results. Next time we should use a transparent wide bottle, so the egg will fit in it and we will be able to see the egg and make some observations.
-When using the paper to clean and dry the egg, maybe in one of the eggs there was more liquid “attached” to it, so we may have wasted more water in the paper, by cleaning it. Next time we should make sure that the most possible amount of liquid from the egg was taken out before cleaning it. 

When water is used to balance the outside and the inside of the cell.
When whatever liquid is used to balance both outside and inside the cell, expect water.


·         The egg became really soft, but with a hard think inside, which was the yolk.
·         When we opened the egg, it was like a boiled egg, it was solid.
·         The egg was yellowish and hard, it seemed really full.
·         When we opened the egg, it “exploded” but we saw that it was liquid, like a normal egg but was more yellowish.

         My group expected reactions to each egg. We expected that the egg that was kept in the Alcohol would shrink and the egg in the Distilled Water the egg’s volume would increase. We were not sure; we guessed what would have happened. As a whole class, we discovered that the egg in the Alcohol was supposed to become solid and get smaller, the volume was supposed to each time decrease. The egg that was in the Distilled Water was supposed to get larger and the volume of the solution was supposed to decrease. Therefore; my group was a kind of different, because in the Alcohol instead of our egg’s circumference decrease till the end, our egg decreased but after it increased again. That was really confusing, and we had to think a lot about that, find some error that we did in the middle of the procedure. We got into a conclusion that we expect that the H2O found in the egg white would have been transported to the outside of the egg, which would be an osmosis, but the alcohol from the outside went into the egg by diffusion. So that impacted the egg by making it “grow” back again. In distilled water we got what we were supposed to get according to the class’ conclusion. In the Distilled Water the egg got really full, and yellowish. When we opened it, we could see that didn’t have changed a lot according to a normal egg. It was still liquid, but I think the egg might have exchanged liquids with the liquid outside of the cell.

         In my opinion, I really liked this lab, because we had the opportunity to learn a lot easier the types and functions of the transportations. It was even better because we learned by the fun way. I liked my team, because we helped each other, therefore; there were some things that we did wrong. Because we gave the part of taking notes just to one of the teammates, and I think that was wrong. But the other processes we worked in team, like measuring etc. I think I did help, but I did at the same time be a distraction in the team, even though I did help a lot in other aspects. 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Centrious - Speech

Hey Guys, 
I am the centrioles of our cell. I am really important because I am the organelle that makes fiber and replicates cells. The organelle centrioles produces fiber, which sustains and connects the proteins to each other. Fiber is the one that makes the inside of the cell more organized, by putting them together like buildings and holding them up.  This is really important, because if fiber didn't hold up the proteins, the inside of a cell would be totally disorganized and confusing.The fiber has another function, which is to "cut" the nucleus of the cell so the cell will replicate. This is really an important function because if the fiber didn't divide the nucleus, the cells would never replicate, and organism would never form. So the eukaryotic animal cells really do need me, I am really important.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

"What Kind of Cell Would You Like to Be and Why?"

What type of cell, and why?
Types of cell :
  • Prokaryotic: Are cells that has no nucleus, has no organelles and are really tiny, it is single celled. An example of prokaryotic cells is bacteria. 

1.Plasma membrane
3.cell membrane
4.DNA (which has the nucleoid region)
5. Ribosomes

  • Eukaryotic: Are cells that has a nucleus, and has organelles, they are tiny, but a little bigger than Porkaryotic cells. 
            There are two types of eukaryotic cells, one is animal and the other is plant
The animal cell reproduces by sexual reproduction, while plant cells reproduce by photosynthesis, which is a process where the plant absorbs light and is able to make the photosynthesis, by herself. 

My opinion - 
In my opinion, if I could choose which one I would like to be, I would choose to be a Prokariotic cell. 
Some positive things of being a Prokaryotic cell  is that you will be really protected, because you have the Capsule, then the Cell Wall, then the Cell Membrane. So if you are a bacteria, you are always very well protected. That's why sometimes is hard killing the bacterias inside of you, and you get sick. Another positive point of view of being a Prokariotic cell is that you can move! Because Prokariotic cells have flagellum, which are tail-like projections that are made for locomotion. It helps the cell to move, to go where it wants to.
Therefor, there is a negative point on being a Prokariotic cell, you will always be single celled, which mean you will always be alone. You will never join with other cells to make a bigger particle, you will always be by yourself. Forever alone. This is a negative point of view, because I would prefer having companies than being alone.  

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Meals on Wheels Project power point

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Meals on Wheels Project

Meals on Wheels Project

Last week, we worked in a project called "Meals on Wheels". In this project we were supposed to form teams, and each them would analyse 3 different diet menus, all the groups had the same menus. In the project, we were pretending we were nutritionists. We were hired by the company, called "Meals on Wheels" and we had to choose 2 of the 3 menus that they gave us. Explain why we thought these two menus were the best ones for diet. 

To be able to complete these project, we had to know all the nutrients our body needs, their functions and know in which food we could find each nutrient. So we could know what the menu's food contained. 

  • 1st day of project 
In the first day, we were separated into groups. I was in the Yellow team, and other 3 members, however one of the members was absent the whole week. So, we had 3 people in the group. In the first day, we had to plan how we were going to run this project. We divided each menu, for each one. So each one had a menu, and from that menu you had to analyze it, and research the foods in the menu. Each person had to discover if it was a long-term or shot-term diet menu, also know if the menu was healthy, and search more facts about the menu. For example: Know what the menu had cut from the nutrients.
After that, we planned that we were going to make a power point presentation, and a poster. We made a plan of how organizing the power point and the poster. That's all we did in the first day, we planned our project. 

  • 2nd day of project 
In the second day, we went to the library and used the computer to search information of our menu. Each one had their way to search it, and my way was to research each food in the meals and see what nutrient was in that food. In the end, I discovered that my diet menu was a type of menu that took out a lot of nutrients. It was a menu that didn't have much nutrients, like fat, proteins. It had other nutrients like carbohydrates, a lot of water, vitamins and minerals. It had a lot of water because every lunch and dinner you had to eat Cabbage soup, and you could drink water or juice. This diet was and still is recommended only for those who wants to lose a lot of weight in a short-period of time. My type of diet menu, you can't  work it like a long-term diet because it lacks a lot of nutrients, and its not healthy to stay a long time without the essential nutrients that we need in our body.
Each one discovered new things about their diet, we took notes, and the class ended this way.

  • 3rd day of project
In the third day of the project we combined all the information we had and started doing the power point. While one person was writing their part on the power point, the other was starting to do the poster and the other was  searching pictures for our power point and poster. We worked hard, like a team. Each one always had a work to do. Then we changed places, one went to the computer to do the power point, while the other was finishing the poster and the other looking for more pictures. The third day passed really fast, and didn' have finished our work, that meant we would have to finish for homework. That's what we did, in the weekend one person finished the poster, while the other finished the power point and the other printed the pictures for the poster.
Monday was the day of the presentation, and we weren't done, but in break time we met together and glued the pictures and we were done with our project. 

What I learned -
While doing this project, I revised a lot of information about the nutrients, for example : that carbohydrates were the main source of energy, that fat insulated and protected our organs, even though it's not good to have too much fat, that can turn out to be a problem, like a disease. Therefore, I did not only revise, but I learned new things too. For example : that carbohydrates were the first nutrient to be digested in our system, and other things too. 
This project didn't only give me knowledge of the subject, but gave me life lessons too, like teamwork and organization. Because we always worked like a team, so we could do this project in a way that everyone would be pleased. We tried to use our time wisely, and divide works so we could finish it faster. We were organized, because we made a plan in the beginning, and that's the plan we had till the end. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

“What was the purpose of these first two days of school and what are my plans for this year?”

First Days

Day 1
In the first day os school, we did some different things than the other usual classes. In Integrated Science 3 we did the Marshmallow Challenge. We were separated into groups of four and the challenge was to contruct the highest freestanding structure with a marshmallow on top of it, in 18 minutes. She gave us some objects that we could use and it was :

- 1yard string
- 1yard tape
- 1 marshmallow
- 20 sticks of spaghetti

Most of the groups failed to do it, and only 2 groups made it. It was hard because we had made it in the wrong way. We should had putted the Marshmallow first and try to do the tower with the marshmallow, but most of the teams made all the tower and in putted the marshmallow, so the weight wasn't balanced and most of the tower got destroyed in the last minute, because everyone wasin a rush trying to make the tower stay still.

After this we watched a video, and it showed how the kindergarden kids were better than the teenagers and some adults. Because they always did all the proccess with the Marshmallow on top of it. Therefore the teenagers and some adults tries planning everything first, but the kids don't really think that way. They just try, try and try to make the tower stay up. However, they showed the enginners and the arquitets doing it too, of course they were good at that, and they made the tower stay up, because it is their job and hopefully they knew how to do it. Another reason is because they have more knowledge and experience than us.

Day 2
In the second day, we talked about some artists that were really famous, and still is. We talked about how the practiced and putted a lot of effort on what they wanted to do. That's why they became so famous and succesful on what they did. We read articles about artists like Beatles, Bill Gates etc. Because they really spent a lot of time practicing on what they wanted to do; We learned that is not that someone borns succesful but, they try hard and puts a lot of effort on what they like. You have to at least practice it 10,000 hours to become succesful on something. That's what we did on the second day.

I made some plans for this year, which are: 
1. I want to study harder, because it starts counting on my college application.
2. Give my best in all projects and homeworks, so I can keep all my grades above B. 
3. Pay attention in the classes, and participate more in class discussions.
4. But at the same time,participate in various after school or extra activities.