November 19

Current from the kitchen


The orange will produce the most electric voltage because it is very acidic which will have the effect of adding to the electric voltage.



The orange created the greatest electric voltage out of all the fruits and vegetables we experimented on.  The reason why fruits that are acidic gain more current electricity is because when a metal connects to any acidic material the electrons are given up by the atom. The acids benefit the battery in the circuit so the electrons flow nicely. The other fruits were very close in having the same reaction but the orange had more voltage by only a few segments. The apple had the least amount of electric voltage only by a few segments on the volt meter.


First we did the experiment on the yam and attached copper and a nail and stuck them into the yam. We hooked the wires up so they were attached to the two variables. During this experiment we realized that the experiment worked best on the the fruits and vegetables that were the most acidic. We tested a yam, orange and an apple. For the yam and the apple the volt meter did not move as much as it did when we created a  circuit with the orange. The reason why fruits that are acidic gain more current electricity is because when a metal connects to any acidic material the electrons are given up by the atom.




Q. a) If your bulb doesn’t glow, how can you find out if electrons are flowing?

b) If your bulb doesn’t glow, why not?

Q. How can we modify our experiment to improve our results?

Q. What is causing electrons to flow in this experiment?





Ans. a) Even though the bulb will not light up, we noticed that the voltmeter  would move either forward or backwards showing that the electrons were flowing.

b) Th reason the bulb did not glow was because there are not enough electrons flowing for fruits and vegetables to turn on a light bulb.

Ans.  A way to modify the experiment is to add more acidic acids into the fruit to receive a better result.

Ans. The acids in the fruit and the chemicals in a battery are similar, most of the time the battery is the conductor in the circuit which causes the electrons to flow so the acidic acids in a fruit or vegetable causes the electrons to flow in this experiment.



My prediction was correct, the orange produced the most electric voltage. I was not expecting how close all of the results would be but the orange did produce the most electric voltage. Our most important finding was the yam and the orange had similar results but the orange had one more segment on the volt meter than the yam. I found this experiment interesting because it showed me that the more acidic a fruit or vegetable is the more electric voltage there will be. If we were to do this experiment again I would like to answer my question of does the temperature of the fruit or vegetable effect the results shown on a volt meter?



November 11

SSEP Final Reflection

Home – School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

SD43 to send student-designed experiment to space

SD43 to send student-designed experiment to space

Defining our problem

My group has been working on an experiment for the SSEP experimental space launch. Our group had many ideas for our experiment but the final one we had narrowed it down to was an experiment about bacteria. Our problem we are trying to solve is to see if we are able to kill bacteria in microgravity as easily as it is done on Earth. We came up with this experiment hoping to help the astronauts up in space so they can have better hygiene. My group and I started thinking about how the astronauts live in microgravity. We thought maybe they would feel more comfortable having a product that was able to kill bacteria                                                  quickly in space. By killing the bacteria in space we were planing to mix hand sanitizer with rubbing alcohol to kill the bacteria which would be placed on agar. Although our experiment did not get selected to launch up to space, this experiment was fun, hard work and it taught me a lot.

Microgravity is a very weak gravity, it is for orbiting spaceships. An experimental groups is the group that receives the variable, which is the material in the experiment that is always changing. The controlled group in an experiment is the group that does not receive the variable or any research from the experimental group. Since the controlled group does not receive any variables this group is used to be compared agains the other experiments tested.

Discovering research used for the experiment

I was able to bring back a few ideas from Heritage Woods Secondary school. There were a lot of interesting stations at the high school that were not only fun to see but were also helpful towards logo_heritagewoodsour experiment. The next day at school I had brought back all of my notes I had taken while being at Heritage Woods and I explained to my other group members what I had learned. We discussed many ideas on what experiment we where going to do, then we finally came up with the thought to do a bacteria lab. Everyone in my group agreed on what we where going to do so we started.

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Dreaming of possible ideas for the experiment

One of the very fhyaluronic-acidirst assignments we had this year was looking in to prevues SSEP wining experiments. My group was doing research on a grade 6 class from Santa Anna,California in 2015.   The students hypothesis was “Does microgravity affect the water absorption of Hyaluronic Acid (sodium hyaluronic)?” When astronauts are in space they tend to get very dry and itchy skin, this grade 6 class wanted to create a product that would help cure the dry and itchiness of astronauts so they would be more comfortable in space. In the students research they found that hyaluronic acid heals wounds, soothes burns and makes your skin moist. The reason why the astronauts became so itchy and have dry skin is because the aging process increases    while in space. I believe that the grade 6 class won due to their thoughtfulness towards the astronauts needs while in space.

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We are trying to solve the problem of killing bacteria in space. We came up with many ideas for our SSEP experiment but decided to go with our original thought on bacteria because we found it was the most interesting one to look into. Other thoughts we had for experiments were “how long will it take for a piece of cheese to mold in microgravity compared to on Earth?” We made this a possible experiment because we were curious to know. The reason why we did not end up doing our experiment on the molding time of cheese is because we figured that it might start to smell and we came up with the killing bacteria experiment instead. Besides the idea of  cheese mold time we had came up with many ideas such as plant, fish and animal growth in microgravity. We were also researching whether centipedes would be able to help the soil grow in space compared to how they help the soil grow on Earth. Personally I found this experiment very interesting but we did not end up doing it because we were not sure how we would be able to test the experiment on Earth as well as in space. Members in my group did not show any interest for doing an experiment on centipedes so we decided to see if we would be able to kill bacteria in space as easily as it is done on Earth.

Designing and Delivering our proposal summary

Writing our proposal summary for our SSEP bacterial experiment was a very long process. We started screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-10-16-36-pmout assigning different parts of the proposal to every person in the group so every one would do an equal amount of work. We quickly realized that we all had different strengths. A few people wrote the summary including myself then I edited the entire proposal because I had the strongest writing skills in the group. I found the proposal summary frustrating to take on because there was a lot of work to do with not many people working on it. To create the best proposal we could I spent lunch hours and my own time correcting all  the wording from the paragraphs written. When our proposal summary rough draft was finished all members of the group had re-read the entire proposal so everyone agreed on the final product.

The most important part of the whole SSEP experiment was physically doing it with all of the materials (hand fullsizerendersanitizer, agar with bacteria on it and rubbing alcohol). The first step we did was mix and poor the hand sanitizer with rubbing alcohol into a beaker. Then we dipped a piece of hole punched filter paper confetti in the liquid and finally placed it on the bacteria plate. We did this three times, once with only using hand sanitizer, another with only using rubbing alcohol and the third time using both hand sanitizer and rubbing alcohol. It was very interesting to see the results and know how much bacteria was killed. The end results of this experiment was the mix of both hand sanitizer and rubbing alcohol which killed the most bacteria. Knowing our experiment could potentially be brought up .   . …                                                                  into space made me want to work as hard as I could on this project.

Debrief on how the experiment went

img_6714 Personally I believe that all members in my group did well with communicating with each other, such as letting each other know if we did not understand a part of the assignment. Whenever we had a question we where not afraid to ask to make sure we had full control and completely new what we where being assessed on. Outside of school I had been connecting with my group members and we had been helping each other out for different sections of the assignment.

Something I wish we had done better was if everyone in the group would have done an equal amount of work. I found that a couple of people in the group hardly participated and did not show an interest in doing the work. When we assigned different parts of the proposal to every person in the group and some people decided not to do the work, it was very frustrating having to do an extra part your teammate was supposed to do, in order to finish the proposal.

For the most part I feel that this experiment went well. I put in a huge effort and worked to the best of my abilities. I know our experiment was not as good as other SSEP experiments but my group tried our best and worked as well as we could with each other.

-Angie Johnston

November 10

COL science app assignment

fullsizerenderThe app I have download is called ”Quick Periodic Table of the Elements”. I have chosen this app to help users find quick information on the periodic table. If you are curios or confused about the periodic table than you can quickly open the app to have a full visual of the periodic table. Not only does this app show you all of the elements but it will also give you the option to click on any one of the elements to see all information on it, such as molar mass, ionic charge, electronic configuration and much more.

I would recommend this app to others because it is very easy to use and does not require a lot of figuring out. This app is colour-coated with four different visuals of the periodic table each with different perspectives.                                                                        —-

The first visual on the right hand side  focuses on all of the different families of the elements. The families of the periodic table are Alkali Metals, Alkaline Earth Metals, Halogens, Noble Gasses, transition Metals, Lanthanides and Actinides.

img_6746In the first picture the elements are grouped into seven chemical categories. 



The second visual on the right focuses on the  MetalsMetalloids and    Nonmetals.




The third display to the left is about the Representative and  Transition ElementsThe two groups are the main groups of the periodic table. They are separated according to valence electron configuration.



The fourth and final diagram shown on the left hand side, the periodic table is shown in parts of blocks such as                   S Block, d Block, p Block and f Block.

 ——————————————————————————————————As shown in the fourth diagram above the      —————————————————————————————————-elements are grouped  according to the ————————————————————————————————————highest-energy occupied orbital.

This app has taught me the methods there are for every element. “QuickElem” shows four different properties (Chemical Properties, Atomic Properties, Mechanical Properties and Physical Properties). I had already learned a little bit about all of these properties but this app has given me a better understanding of what they all mean.

One of my favourite things about this app is that it is very handy when you are in a rush to just pull your device out of your pocket, the application is easly understood and does not require a lot of instructions to use. One thing about the app that is to a disadvantage to myself and other users is when you click on an element the information given is a little complicated with some big words that I am unfamiliar with.

A common problem found with the subject science (Chemistry) is often people/students are trying to figure out a formula but do not have a periodic table with them. To solve this problem I have searched for an app that is of the periodic table with all of the elements so when a student needs a periodic table in class, they are then able to quickly pull one up on there cellular device. This application is extremely helpful and simple to use. The app ”QuickElem” has multiple displays of the periodic table.

My dream in making my own science application would be an app that is able to show you how to solve any formula from the periodic table that you type into the app. I feel that it would be very helpful because if you are unsure how to solve the formula than it would be able to give you all the steps towards solving it. The app would only provide the answer with a password so the teacher knows you are not just copping the answer and you are actually doing the work.

Angie Johnston

November 4

Electricity mind map




  1. How much electricity is consumed in one day?
  2. How many electrons complete a 1 coulomb with an equal charge?
  3. what is used as the pathway for the flow of electricity?
  4. What provides the energy used for a lightbulb?
  5. How does lightning build up so much energy?
  6. How do you eliminate static electricity?
  7. what happens when static electricity shocks you?
  8. What is the difference between parallel and series circuits?