Semester Reflection – Tech Team

What are some things you have learned and/or tasks you have accomplished this semester? (Use videos, pictures, upload materials etc. as evidence of learning in your blog)

Throughout the past semester I have been given the chance to not only volunteer at the wave but also explore all the materials our school has access too. Near the beginning of the semester I learned many skills on how to simply fix computer glitched within a computer such as wifi or edublog logins ect.

Later on as a science co-op class we were able to explore more and more into the makers space ad were opened up to all of its tools. We learned how to use the green screen desk for our Newtons law video and were very pleased with how easily it was and how well it worked as well. With Mr. Ford we were introduced to even more microbit assignments. We learned not only how to use a bread board but were also able to explore into how to code in Java and block script. As we dove deeper into the microbits we learned how to code with a servo, a sensor and even a fan. As the entire tech team soon became experts on microbits we were able to learn a lot from each other, something even as cool as sending messages through a microbit! My experience with the microbits has always started out slightly overwhelmed because of the capacity of knowledge such a small device can hold. Once the instructions were clear and we began developing a basis of information the learning became easier and easier. Mr. Ford also helped us with our Science thermos project. We were assigned to create a thermos that loses the least amount of heat energy and through the connections we made with tech team we were able to reach out for help. With Move 4 Mana we got to discover more of the editing and social media side of the team. We saw as many of our own classmates created posters, stickers and buttons all from the makers space. We watched how easily things could be advertised through social media and the true benefits it had with getting our school involved. Lastly, within and externally from tech team Didi, Kelsey and I learned how to use the Cricut as we created fun vinyl stickers for our water-bottles and our computers as well. We used quite a bot of trial and error but in the end we created beautiful patterns and Kelsey even was able to make a Christmas gift out of one of our stickers.

 

As Riverside continues to immerse itself into innovation and technology, what do you think Riverside can do to provide support and help for teachers and students? (Provide specific examples)

I believe that as a Team we should begin to get more involve within the makers space. Once we become experts on the tools and machines in there we can then be more of a use for those who need help. We could start more advertisement on the makers space and make sure that teachers give time to their students to learn how to use these machines for projects. Once the space begins to get integrated into class time and projects we could create a schedule similar to the wave so that students could come for help.

Do you have any feedback or suggestions, as we move forward, that could help the Tech Team meet the needs of our school and staff / be more effective? (Provide specific examples)

I believe that one thing we need to advertise much better is how many tools the students have access too. Unless I was in Tech Team i would not know we even had the makers space or how o use any of the tools. I hope that within the next year we can make it known to more students that we have the space available for anyone to use. We could even incorporate “tutorials” so that anyone wanting to learn how to use the space could easily come to learn more about them and find new ways to incorporate our tools within their classes.

 

Blog Log #2

How our lengthy lives could be due to our change in sleep patterns – By Robby Berman

http://bigthink.com/robby-berman/for-1000s-of-years-we-went-to-bed-twice-a-night-2 

As I read through the content the author describes how we have severely changed how we as humankind naturally sleep. Since the 1500’s we slept in two segments, one was two get rest and then we had what is called a “the watching”. These hours around midnight were used to chop wood, do chores or to socialize with your neighbors. The last segment of sleep, also known as “morning sleep” occurred after the hours at midnight till morning. In modern times because we drain our bodies into exhaustion we tend not to sleep in two segments because we need to sleep for a full 7-9 hours. As the author conveyed the issues of our past routines he explained how in the 1500’s people died at the age of 40 while now with our full cycle of sleep we die closer to 80. One of the main connections I made was when he stated ” Timothy A. Connolly of Center of Sleep Medicine at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital” explained that waking up or sleeping in segments actually harms your body tissue. He establishes that when you disrupt the process of sleep you press “pause” on your rest harming your organs, muscle tissue and cells which can lead to serious health issues such as; heart disease, obesity, and strokes. I have heard many times that people have restless nights out of nowhere and Robby Berman could have found the reason; our ancestral habits. As we continue to grow we still have our inner instincts that could, in the end, be the reason we feel the need to be alert in the hours of midnight.

Edible DNA Model – Maya

(Maya and Kelsey)

What is DNA? It’s Function? :

DNA and where it is located it actually quite simple; Your DNA is found in your cell inside your nucleus. When you have arrived inside the nucleus you will  see 46 chromosomes (average person) and inside each little chromosome there are genes and DNA. A gene is what makes up your physical attributes, such as blue eyes or brown hair.  Physically DNA is a long thin strand of molecules made up of nucleotide’s, there are 4 types of nucleotide’s; A,T,C,G. DNA’s function is to code sequences into messages, this lets our bodies and organs function normally. The DNA gets created into RNA which is a copy or half of the original sequence. The RNA is then processed into specific proteins which actually do most of the work throughout our bodies.

In the pictures below you can see the DNA strand, a real strand from a human is approximately 3 meters or 6 feet when stretched out. Here we show a quick snap shot of the inside of a chromosome where you find DNA. You can see the nucleotide’s (4 different colored marshmallows) and the licorice (sugar phosphate backbone) were are material used. Then we created a simple DNA sequence using the RNA (TAC GTA TGA AAC), we found its assigned nucleotide using the pattern “A-T and G-C” go with each other.

Materials used in our lab:

(Marshmallows, toothpicks, licorice)

Our finished model:

DNA Model: (natural form)