Biotechnology Solution Fluency

TED Talk–The Science of Cells that Never get Old

Ethics and Biotechnology Template



Solution Fluency Presentation


After completing this project and presenting my research and solution to a small group I think I can say that me and my partner completed this project very well. We worked extremely well together and collaborated to come up with an end project that I believe we are both very proud of. Something that went well were the actual presentation itself, it went very smoothly and I believe that we bounced off of each others thoughts to create a full project. Something that I think could have been improved for the future is adding more visuals to our presentation, to clarify any confusing concepts. As a whole I think that this was one of the best and most successful projects I have done to date, probably from the extra guidance and help we received from the Solution Fluency presentation and teacher support.


“Are Telomeres the Key to Aging and Cancer.” Genetic Science Learning Center, 1 Mar. 2016,

Conger, Krista. “Telomere Extension Turns Back Aging Clock in Cultured Human Cells, Study Finds.” Stanford Medicine News Center, 7 July 2013,

Corbyn, Zoë. “Elizabeth Blackburn on the Telomere Effect: ‘It’s about Keeping Healthier for Longer’.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 29 Jan. 2017,


Shrinky Art – Scale Math Lab

Before Shrinking                            After Shrinking



Summary :

In this lab we were asked to design a shape made of plastic, take its measurements, and put it into the oven to hopefully result in a 70% reduction of the original plastic shape. After testing this for myself, I found that this experiment does not work as described on number 1 recyclable plastic. My plastic shape was quickly turned from being a flat, shiny rose into a curled, bumpy and quite dull image of the original. From my findings, the image did not reduce by 70% of the original even remotely, there is only a slight difference in length and width from the original, which could even be caused by how much it curled and deformed while baking. From what I saw from my peers work, many people had the same result. Most of us came out with bent and curled shapes that did not reflect the original piece whatsoever. For those who did succeed, I think that the biggest factor was the type of plastic they used. The higher numbers (for example 4-6) seemed to do much better in the oven and yield much higher quality results compared to those that used numbers 1-2 plastic. If I were to redo this experiment, I think that I would use a different type of plastic, which would hopefully result in much more satisfying results than mine did.




Novel Study Self-Assessment

Using the information provided in “Questioning Notes”, create 3 discussion questions for each section. Be mindful of using proper conventions.

Question: How are the police different in Canada compared to India and Nepal?


You will provide a thorough exploration of the main setting in your novel using the 5 senses (smell, sight, sound, touch, and taste). Choose a precise moment to immerse yourself in it (rather than doing a general description). You must include direct evidence from the text to support your description (2 quotations for each section/sense). You can be as creative as you like with the format! If you are stuck for format ideas, you may use the example handout and fill in the sections.

Core Competent Canadians

Question 1: What did you know about the core competencies before? What did you learn?

Before this activity I had a basic understanding of the core competencies and what they were. I knew what each of them meant and how to do a relatively shallow reflection but after doing this activity I feel like I have a deeper and more profound understanding of the competencies. A lot of Canadians in this activity could fit into multiple of the categories and that showed me how the Core Competencies are used in our everyday lives.

Question 2: How can your knowledge of the Core Competencies help you in your school/personal life?

The core competencies are essential very important skills that we use everyday and develop in our childhood, so having a good understanding of them is really important to my school and personal life. Communication, for example, is something we use every single day without fail as well as something that’s crucial to our futures. Having good communication skills is something that will push us further in our lives and being able to communicate well in school is very important for group projects, as well as speaking with your teachers and peers. All of the competencies play a role in our education and having a good grasp of them helps us to succeed.

Self Reflection & Thoughts:

This activity was an eye opener in the way of the Core Competencies. Being exposed to how they have an impact of some really famous and important Canadians in our society was really interesting and made me realize that the Core Competencies are more than just some simple activity that the school asks us to do and something that is going to benefit us in our future, and even in the rest of our schooling.