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The article Becoming Greta: ‘Invisible Girl’ to Global Climate Activist, With Bumps Along the Way written by Somini Sengupta addresses the environmental issues our world is facing known as climate change, and how a mentally ill girl named Greta is demanding action on climate change. I was fascinated how a girl suffering from crippling depression was suddenly able to change and shame the world into addressing climate change. Climate change has never been addressed properly, most people know that the issue exists, but does not act upon it. On the other hand, others tend to go into complete denial when it comes to addressing this issue. The author’s writing really hooked my attention since she explains the story in detail from different perspectives, the crowd and Greta herself. Moreover, the author includes facts about climate change showing the impact it has on our environment. In the article, Greta said: “It’s sometimes annoying when people say, ‘Oh you children, you young people are the hope. You will save the world’… I think it would be helpful if you could help us just a little bit.” It shows the irony how adults are the ones warning us about climate change all the time, but they depend on us to act upon it. Although this article was just written recently, it seems climate change that is addressed in the article will become an even bigger issue in the future. The article portrays how humans are often in denial about things they do that has a negative effect. Instead of being in denial, people should accept what they have done and act upon the consequences. I think Greta is an inspiration for me to take responsibility upon my actions.
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For the first seven years of my life, I lived in China, and while living there I went through the Chinese education system, which is very different from what we do in Canada. Teachers would force students to copy entire sections and pages from textbooks to make them remember the information. This article I chose talks about how a Chinese girl uses a robot that mimicked her handwriting to cheat the system, which caught my eye because I can see myself in her shoes doing the same thing. The authors, Daniel Victor and Tiffany May, kept the information simple and showed many different opinions on the subject from different people. They also pointed out how it’s ironic that writing out texts repeatedly is a form of punishment in China, even though it’s supposed to help us learn. Although the robot that mimics handwriting was only created not too long ago, people have still found ways to cheat the Chinese education system before. Take me for example, when I was forced to copy phrases, I used to tie two pencils together to write twice as fast as one. This reveals the universality of this article, and how people may find even more ways to cheat in the future. Our world is becoming more and more dependent on technology and this article demonstrates how machines can be used to cheat. Personally, I don’t think the girl is doing the right thing by cheating, although I may do the same; but at the same time, Chinese education seems a bit extreme by going to such lengths forcing students to copy phrases over and over.
Charles Darwin was an English naturalist who is famous for his work on the theory of evolution. There was no proof that his theory was correct during that time, until the discovery of DNA came along and proved his theory true. While travelling on the ship called the HMS Beagle, Darwin noticed many features about the animals. He learned that even though the birds from the different islands are the same, they had different beaks because of the different environments that they lived in. Not only that, but the tortoises that had different patterned shells and colours depended on which islands they lived on. Thus, Darwin created a new theory called natural selection, meaning that organisms will evolve by gaining traits that fits them into their environment to survive.
The discovery of DNA allowed us to study the different organisms and how they are descendants from other organisms. This showed that different organisms were similar at one point until they adapted to the different environments that they lived in. For example, the bones inside a human ear are developed from fish gills, showing the little changes in the DNA bases can create large changes in different species. Nowadays, scientists know that there are parts of DNA called switches that turn on and off specific genes. This is how all forms of life are related in their early stages of life, but evolves to be different if put into different environments. This proves that it is possible for more complex organisms to be related to simpler organisms.
DNA showed us how organisms evolve and adapt, and with DNA, we can check the ancestry of organisms. In the future, we can use DNA to keep and get rid of specific genes. The more knowledge we find from DNA, the more knowledge we have on life and evolution.
Foods 11 Reflection
In this month of foods 11, I learned about the different types of waste and the different places they end up. What surprised me was how much damage wastes would do to our environment if they are not taken care properly. During the different labs, I learned about the different types of flour mixture and how they effect the product. The leavening agents play a big role on how the product rises, while the fat and other ingredients allow the product to have their unique texture and flavour. Liquid ingredients, like water and milk, are used to form the structure of the product. While knowing the different mixing methods, I had no idea on what role they play in creating the product. The mixing method is important in creating the product’s texture and how it rises. Many kitchen disasters can be caused by fires. The fireman taught me the different types of kitchen fire and how to put them out, and the danger it causes if not taken care of properly. Learning how to put out a fire is very important since you can prevent deaths and massive amounts of damage. There were also many other safety precautions to keep yourself safe in the kitchen that I learned. Besides kitchen safety, there were many food choices that affect your health, and many factors that influence your food choices. Being responsible for what you eat is important to keep a healthy lifestyle. Overall, I learned many methods on baking, and how to keep myself while cooking. The labs were fun and cooperation and consideration with your group members are important to get the job done.
Blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus) is a deep sea fish that looks like a gooey mess. It is able to swim and feeds on edible matter around it; therefore, putting it under the animalia kingdom.
Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus) is an Australian lizard that has spikes covering its entire body. It is able to hunt for ants as its diet and reproduce sexually, which puts them under the animalia kingdom.
Shy Plant (Mimosa pudica) is a plant that reacts when it’s touched. It is multi cellular and goes through photosynthesis, which puts them under the plantae kingdom.
Corpse Lily (Rafflesia arnoldii) is a flowering plant that produces the largest individual flowers in the world. The flower pollinates and goes through photosynthesis, which puts them under the plantae kingdom.
Green Pepe (Mycena chlorophos) is a fungi that glows in the dark. It is multi cellular and obtains food from parts of plants that are decaying in the soil, which puts them under the fungi kingdom.
Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus) is an edible mushroom that is found commonly around the world. It is multi cellular and obtains food from parts of plants that are decaying in the soil, which puts them under the fungi kingdom.
Marimo (Aegagropila linnaei) are moss balls found mostly in lakes. They are eukaryotes and prefer aquatic environments, which makes them protists.
Bladder Wrack (Fucus vesiculosus) is a seaweed commonly found on different sea coasts. They are eukaryotes and prefer aquatic environments, which makes them protists.
Blue-green bacteria (Cyanobacteria) are cyan coloured. They are prokaryotes and have a rigid cell wall, which makes them eubacteria.
Spirochaetes are prokaryotes and have a rigid cell wall, which makes them eubacteria.
Euryarchaeota are prokaryotes and reproduce asexually, which makes them archaebacteria.
Thaumarchaeota are prokaryotes and reproduce asexually, which makes them archaebacteria.
This essay wasn’t easy since I was behind on most of the work from missing school. Things that I think I did good with are applying the transition words and using the semicolons that I learned. I wanted to make the essay easy to read and understand because that’s what I would want to look for in an essay. I didn’t add enough evidence for my points and that was the biggest downfall of my essay, but overall I think I did a decent job.
- What questions did you need to research in order to research your topic?
I first needed to find out what black holes are, and what they are capable of. I found out that they can destroy information, which I researched about and found out more information related to that.
- What new or familiar digital tools did you try to use as you worked through this project?
I used the internet and PowerPoint. I tried using the school library but I just find that more troublesome to use. I mainly used the NASA websites to find information.
- What was the process you used to investigate the topic?
I needed a topic, my first topic was going to be about flat earth, but that won’t work. I decided to do something about black holes since everyone is doing it and seems interesting. I found out that black holes are the most powerful things in the universe, and I thought if they can destroy its own creator.
- How did you verify and cite the information you found?
The sites were mostly NASA websites and had .gov which are trustable sites.
- How did the process of completing this challenge go? What could you have done better?
The process didn’t take too long and I found trustable information quickly. I could have explained deeper components of this topic, but that would take up too much time to present.
I had some troubles making this rant. First, I didn’t know what topic to do, like every year, but after going out and thinking for a bit, I came up with this. I know it isn’t the best topic, since there isn’t scientific evidence, but I thought it would be fun to make something lighthearted. Two things I would change next year would not do this on the last night, and go over my rant a couple times so I know how I’m going to present it.