Archive of ‘Science 9’ category

Supernatural Riverside Project

A challenge that my group faced during this video is that one of our group members was gone on a trip during the period of the video making and due date. There was many Wi-Fi and electricity shortages on her trip that she didn’t expect. This led her to not being able to get her tasks finished. Unfortunately, there was only 2 days left until the due date. Me and the other group member started coming up with solutions to this problem. First, we set a date to meet up at lunch. Then we divided the work up into parts. Writing the script and editing the video. communicating and talking about the situation really helped us get through this problem and get the project finished in time. Making this video was really fun, because we got to research about something we were interested in and let others know about it. Some useful tips about how to make an amazing video are not leaving it till the last minute, communicating and planning with your group, using different sources to research about your topic, and having fun! Overall, I’m very happy with the way our video turned out in the end. Even though we had a few bumps along the road, I was still able to communicate with my group and solve the problem.

Climate Change Solutions

How can us as individuals help stop climate change from occurring?
Solution 1:
Climate change is occurring and we can’t ignore it, and believe it or not there is ways to help prevent climate change from happening. The first solution that we can contribute to as individuals is being more energy efficient. You can do this by turning off your lights when you don’t need them on. Also, make sure you change your lights to LEDs or compact fluorescents. Another way to be more energy efficient is if you unplug your phones, computers, Tv’s, and other electronic devices when you aren’t using them. Washing your clothes with warm or cold water instead of hot water will also help save a lot of energy as well. Also, if you can, try hang drying as much as possible. Dryers are big energy drainers, so hanging your clothes will really benefit you being energy efficient. Something else that will help you be more energy efficient is looking for the Energy Star label when your looking to buy appliances.

Solution 2:
Another major way to help prevent climate change from occurring is eating wisely. You can do this many ways. The first step to eating wisely is buying organic and locally grown foods. If you can’t buy everything organic, try to at least buy most of your grocery list in the organic section. If you can, try to grow your own fruits and vegetables in your garden. Try avoiding processed foods as much as you can. Eating low on the food chain also helps because 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from meat and dairy manufacturing.

Solution 3:
Something else that us as individuals can contribute to is trimming your waste. When garbage gets buried in landfills, it produces methane. Methane is a type of greenhouse gas. To reduce greenhouse gases into the air, you can start to do something that makes a difference for all of us. Make sure to keep stuff out of landfills. All you must do is simply start composting kitchen scraps and garden trimmings. Start recycling paper, plastic, metal, and glass if you aren’t already doing so.

If we all take responsibility and action towards climate change using these solutions, we can help save the world from climate change.
Cites: “Top 10 Ways You Can Stop Climate Change.” David Suzuki Foundation, http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/top-10-ways-you-can-stop-climate-change/.

Part 2:
1. What questions did you need to research to search your topic?
I found all my research for my topic using one source, and the question I searched was how to prevent climate change from happening as individuals?
2. What new or familiar digital tools did you try to use as you worked through this project?
The familiar digital tools that I used to work through this project was Google, Destiny, and Ebsco.
3. What was the process you used to investigate the topic?
The process I used to investigate my topic was the 4 a’s. Ask, acquire, analyze, asses.
4. How did you verify and cite the information you found?
The way I verified my information was to check if my source was credible. I searched up the name of the man that this website was created by and found that it was a credible source. I cited this information by using Easy bib, which I haven’t used before.
5. How did the process of completing this challenge go? What could you have done better?
I think that the process of completing this challenge went well because I found out about a lot of new sources that I can get credible information from when I’m researching. Something I could have done better on is using more sources.

Water Quality Testing/Inverdebrate Sampling

Introduction:

Last week during science we went outside to the Oxbow pond located on the Port Coquitlam trail, to test the water quality and find different invertebrate samplings. Each group was given a compound to test out during our time in the pond. The next day we headed out to the Coquitlam river to find invertebrate samplings.

Water Quality:
The compound that my group tested was nitrate, and the result that we got was 1.0 mg/L NO3. The overall water quality index value for the Oxbow pond is 82.24, and the water quality index value for the Coquitlam river is 89.43. These values tell us that the health of our pond is very good. This means that our pond is not harmful to any species around it, and is safe to be used from.

Invertebrates:
The various kinds of invertebrates that my group found in the Oxbow pond is the Dobsonfly and a fish. None of the other groups got what we got in the Oxbow pond. In the Coquitlam river we unfortunately only got one invertebrate, called the stonefly. Only one other group got the same invertebrate as my group. The sampling results at the two different sites don’t really compare because they aren’t the same invertebrate. But both the pond and the river have living invertebrates in them.

Water Quality/ Invertebrates:
The water quality in the Oxbow pond and the Coquitlam river is excellent, according to our overall water quality index values. This leads to a lot of invertebrates living In the water.

Reflection:
Going outside and doing these activities really helped me understand water qualities and invertebrates a lot better. I really liked being able to experience what a scientist actually does on a daily basis. Working in groups also helped me because, I was learning and having fun with friends at the same time.

By: Walwala Tata