Archive | December 2016

Mutation Story

Mutation Story           By: Sabrina Sharifzada

Part 1

Hello I’m Rose, I am also known as Cystic Fibrosis and my host’s name is Ashley. So I, Cystic Fibrosis am in Ashley’s body. Ashley has me because both of her parents had a defective gene in them which she inherited. In other words both of your parents would need to have a defective gene in order for their child to have Cystic Fibrosis.


Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease caused by mutations (changes) in a gene on chromosome 7, one of the 23 pairs of chromosomes that children inherit from their parents. CF occurs because of mutations in the gene that makes a protein called CFTR (cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator).” when a person has CF they create an abnormal CFTR or no CFTR protein which causes the thicker mucus.

“The defective gene codes for production of a protein that controls the flow of salt and water outside the organs, including the lungs and the pancreas.” which basically means that the defective gene messes up the production of the protein that controls the salt and the water located outside the organs. Which then the amount of salt and water becomes unbalanced. When that happens the mucus that is produced becomes much thicker than it should be and makes it harder for Ashley to breathe and cough the mucus out.

Since Ashley has Cystic Fibrosis (Me), she has a shorter life span than normal people. Ashley also has a higher chance of getting lung infections. Cystic Fibrosis can also create pancreas diseases which then your body wouldn’t be able to digest and receive nutrients that your body really needs access to, due to thick mucus.

There are many symptoms to Cystic Fibrosis but it isn’t always the same for all. It also depends on how severe their condition is. Some of the symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis are salty tasting skin, badly coughing, shortness of breath, and much more. In order to find out if they have Cystic Fibrosis (Me) they usually do sweat tests where they take a sample of your sweat and determine the level of salt (chloride) you have in your body. if someone has a high level that means that they have Cystic Fibrosis.

There isn’t a cure to Cystic Fibrosis but there treatment options such as Airway Clearance Techniques (ACT) where you are in a position where you can loosen mucus as well as using inhaled medication. However there are many more ways in treatment than just these two. You can prevent lung infections by washing your hands a lot, keeping away from people with contagious illnesses but the main idea is to keep yourself clean and away from things that can harm the body.

So now that we know more about Cystic Fibrosis let me talk about Ashley. My host, Ashley got me when she was a baby and now she is eleven years old. Ashley has become very weak and lost a lot of her weight over the years. She isn’t very healthy because her body can’t digest all the nutrients that she needs. She does take a lot of medication because Ashley’s condition is very severe. Over the years she has had many lung infections which took antibiotics and also staying in the hospital for long periods in order to recover. The doctors have said to her that she does have a good chance of living to her forties because of the developed technology.


Part 2- Making of the Mutation Story

  1. Some of the questions that I searched up to help me were:
  • what happened to you as a gene
  • What caused your mutation
  • What effects did the gene have on your hosts body
  • how was your host’s life affected? What was their story?
  • what causes Cystic Fibrosis
  • Effects on people with Cystic Fibrosis
  • what causes Cystic Fibrosis
           2.  I used Google, a three syndrome websites, and a YouTube video.
   3.  links to Syndrome websites:
YouTube Video that I used:
4. I verified by looking at more than one website as listed above. I checked if the other websites stated the same information.
5. I tried my best. I put a lot of detail, time and effort as I could to get this here. The process was good and I tried kept track of all my questions I searched and the links so that later on I could easily complete part two. I could have started earlier but other than that I like and enjoyed the project.







Engineering Brightness Reflection #1

Engineering Brightness Proposal

By: Sabrina Sharifzada

For the past few weeks our class has been working on a project called “Engineering Brightness”. Engineering Brightness is a project where students make flashlights to help people in other communities going through light poverty. We had a skype chat with Eladio and Dennis (two staff members of a private school) in the Dominican Republic. They shared with us the conditions that people are in without electricity. And our class got the chance to ask some questions that we were curious about. My question to them was how much of the population does not have electricity in the Dominican Republic. We also talked with Mr. Fogarty who is a teacher in a High School in New Brunswick. He gave us some good tips on how to ship, what not to ship, tips on fundraising, and many more. I really liked collaborating with different classes in the world. Not only did it help me but my whole class to think of ideas.

Skype chat with the Dominican

Skype chat with the Dominican

Skype chat

Skype chat

Mr. Robinson holding LED flashlight sent from New Brunswick

Mr. Robinson holding LED flashlight sent from New Brunswick

Another group in our class, creating flashlight model before 3D printing

Another group in our class, creating flashlight model before 3D printing

I’m in a group with Janna and Angie and our first idea was to buy flashlights but later on we thought that we don’t have enough time to fundraise and buy flashlights because winter break is almost here soon and then we only have another 3-4 weeks to do everything. So in respond to the light poverty that is going on in the Dominican Republic, me and my group are hoping to raise $1500 towards helping to build flashlights. So far me and my group have tried collaborating with Pitt River Middle School’s Leadership Team by emailing them and sending them a PowerPoint about what’s happening in the Dominican Republic. Janna’s sister and her friends are also in the leadership and are willing to help. We are hoping to fundraise by having a bake sale, having a contest, getting it through the announcements etc…. We also would like to talk to City hall after winter break to get our word on the SD43 school website if neccesary.

You can help donate on this website to support the Engineering Brightness Project

Video’s related to project:

  1. This is the full Skype chat with the Dominican Republic

2.   This is a shortened version of the Skype chat that we had with Mr. Fogarty’s class in New Brunswick and basically the founder of the Engineering Brightness Project.


Tuesday December 6 2016

So today me and my group got the chance to go to Pitt River Middle School in the morning before school to tell them what is going on in the Dominican Republic to the Leadership team. We were really excited to speak and come to the middle school we used to go to. When we told them about what the Engineering Brightness Project was and what is going on in the Dominican Republic, they were very passionate and enthusiastic and really wanted to help us fundraise. Everybody had ideas, some had connections to Kilmer Elementary School, District Leadership and much more. Our idea of getting Pitt River Leadership involved was a great one because before they didn’t really have a topic to fundraise towards but now they can help us and even continue fundraising until the end of the year if they wish to raise money for other classes who wants to make lights next semester. We told them that our goal was to raise about $1500 knowing that we need more materials later on. We couldn’t show them our PowerPoint on light poverty which was created by Janna one of my group members but I did create some posters which I gave to them to hang around the school. Overall I thought that this visit really helped us create more connections, improved our speaking skills and will help us reach our goals. We forgot to say a few things, like on the poster I mentioned that, “the rendezvous how donates the most money will get a PIZZA PARTY”. We also forgot to take a few photos with Pitt River Leadership team because we had so much to say and little time. We hope that we can go to Pitt River next week to see how things are going and maybe give some tips and take photos as well.

Fundraising Poster

Fundraising Poster

Light Poverty Power Point