The Life of a Genetic Mutation

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part 1

Hi, I am trisomy 21, also known as down syndrome.

I result from trisomy 21, which means each cell in my body has three copies of chromosome 21 instead of the usual two copies. Let me break it down. Every human cell has 46 copies. Half of from your mom (23 chromosomes) and half from your dad (23 chromosomes). But what if one parent gives you an extra chromosome? Well, that’s where I step in, instead of having the regular 46 chromosome, I have 47.  My genes in chromosome 21 interferes with the course of normal development.

My effects start at birth, but sometimes I can start at adulthood. Here are some of my effects: hearing problems, congenital heart disease, eye problems, seizure disorders, bone, muscle, nerve, or joint problems, cancers, developmental delay, etc..

My host, Amanda, has down syndrome. I deal with her physical growth delay, facial appearance and other disabilities. But her abilities, strength and weaknesses are the same as everyone else. Although I am not curable, you’re going to have a long, happy life with me. I am easy to rear with and I make everyone with down syndrome unique.

part 2


  1. Effects of down syndrome/ what are the symptoms and side effects of down syndrome?
  2. Can down syndrome be cured?
  3. How does down syndrome effect the body?
  4. What are the advantages of down syndrome?
  5. What causes down syndrome?



I researched about down syndrome and I asked the people around me what they knew about it. I combined all my information to make this blog post.


I looked at different websites and compared my answers for the right information and I didn’t just depend on one website.


In the beginning, this assignment seemed very challenging and difficult for me to do. I thought I could never get through it. I think the process of completing this challenge was very straight forward and I was able to learn a lot from researching. But maybe I should have added more information and pictures than I should have to give a better understanding on down syndrome.




CBL Engineering Brightness Proposal

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My class and I skyped and talked to the staff members Eladio, Dennis and their students from the Dominican Republic. We also talked to Ian Fogarty and his class from New Brunswick, giving us information and ideas to move ahead with our class plans.  I think it was a very fun experience and a great way to learn more about the Dominican Republic. We got some great ideas from Mr. Fogarty. We were discussing about how we could make flash lights for those going through light poverty.
The ideas for connections me and my group have made was trying to raise money by fundraising to building flash lights. All the money would go to our teacher, Mr. Robinson and he would know what to do from there.
What I learned so far:
My class and I talked to Eladio, Dennis from the Dominican Republic and Mr. Fogarty and his class from New Brunswick.
I was very interested in knowing how the students from the Dominican Republic live without electricity half the time. Than it got my group and I thinking on how to help with that.
I felt that this experiment would be very challenging to do but at the end, it would be very helpful for those going through light poverty. Although I feel that my group and I might not go far with the fundraising, we will do the best we can.
The idea me and my group came up with was to make a fundraiser and raise money to make flashlights.
We have not done a lot so far, but we are thinking of connecting with city hall or Rapids change right here in Riverside to help spread the words about engineering brightness and maybe start fundraising. We hope that the rapid change is a big help with that.