Woodwork Challenge

While I was using the table saw to try to cut out my tenons, some of the pieces came out too thick and wouldn’t properly fit, while my first one was perfect. Turns out my wood was not fully straight and had a very slight slant causing the last few pieces to be thicker. Because of this I had to measure my wood then lower or raise the blade according to each piece. I had to adjust to each piece and use my eyes and would bring the blade up or down little bit little until each piece would fit in. This took me more then half the class to do, but I ended up making everything work out and each tenon fit into the legs perfectly. In the future I figured out that having a completely flat piece of wood really makes everything much easier.

Titrations

Titration is also known as titrimetry and it is a common method of quantitative chemicals analysis that is used to determine the unknown concentration of an identified analyte. The point of the lab was to titrate a hydrochloric acid solution of unknown concentration with sodium hydroxide and to utilize the titration date to calculate the molarity of the hydrochloric acid. This is what the titration was used for in this lab. The endpoint of a titration is when the indicator changes colour. We knew that we reached the end point because the liquid when from clear to a faint pink that lasted for about thirty seconds. Our results were a very faint pink and the final volume of the NaOH was 14.92, the initial volume was 0.13 and the volume used was 14.79.

Communication:

I listened to instructions in order to know the steps and what to properly do in order to complete the lab successfully. My partner and I communicated well, shared ideas and thoughts about each step before we did anything. We discussed what we would do before we did anything to ensure that there would be no errors made. We made sure to correct each other when it came to measurements or technique within the lab. We could easily ask each other to help with anything such as handing over a tool, wiping something with paper towel, or simply just adjusting the clamp.

Natural Selection Critical Thinking Self-Assessment

In this photo we used a timer to see how many “prey” (candy) I could pick up with my pinky and thumb which represented my beak

I demonstrated that I can collect and analyze evidence by taking photos and describing what is going on in the photos. I also recorded our data on the lab sheet as we were doing the lab, and was able to determine who collected most prey. As well as which coloured candy was collected most often. I recorded how much prey my partner and I got in the white background, black background, and red background. In the Feeding Frenzy lab I recorded the feeding tools and environment for each group member.

I demonstrated that I can collect evidence I collected to big ideas when I answered the discussion questions. They asked me to elaborate of what parts the activity demonstrated Darwin’s main points such as Genetic Variations, Changes in the Environment, Struggle for Survival, Over production of Offspring, Natural Selection. I was also asked to use a real life example of survival of the fittest.

I demonstrated that I can make predictions based on evidence when I predicted how the makeup of the population of insects change over successive generations in the black background environment as well as the white one. I explained that the insects in the black background should mate with the darker coloured ones to pass on that trait and eventually the offsprings will be darker and darker and will be able to blend into their environment to survive.

I demonstrated that I can draw reasoned conclusions because I learned that animals pass on favorable traits that allow them to better survive. I think it is interesting how that is just their instinct. They will choose a mate who is healthy and has the best genes to pass onto their offsprings.

My Virus Project

For my virus project in biology, I chose to research rabies. I used my creative thinking when figuring out how to build my virus model. I thought of a way to make my model stand out. So my partner and decided to use model clay that dries. Before it dried we made it into a shape of a virus, hollowed out the front, cut up pipe cleaners for the spikes of the rabies virus. We then made the made the proteins out of pipe cleaners and added them into the hollowed out front, then labeled the parts. We also designed the pamphlet to make it nice to look at. We found all the information needed, and added them neatly into the pamphlet.

What makes us who we are assignment

For this assignment, I decided to make my main dish a burger, the side dish fries, and the desert was chocolate chip cookies. I planned my meal to be flavourful, moist, sweet, and to smell yummy. My meal turned out the way I wanted to. It wasn’t dry, just sweet enough, and had lots of flavour. The qualities all turned out the same just as I imagined. I believe I showed strength with cutting the veggies for the burger and cooking the meat well. The meat wasn’t dry and it was cooked just right. This meal reflects who I am because I chose the right things. I chose a burger as the main meal because I am complicated and there are lots of parts to my personality. I chose fries as the side dish because they are simple and they remind me of being shy for some reason. I chose the chocolate chip cookies as the desert because they are sweet which reminds me of being kind.

Cooking at Home: Banana Bread

I decided to make banana bread. It turned out better than I thought that it would. It was moist and not dry, sweet but not too sweet, and had a sweet smell. If I were to make this dish again, I would add more chocolate chips because chocolate is good. A challenge that I had while making the banana bread was adding the right amount of chocolate chips and walnuts. My greatest success was that the banana bread was soft and moist instead of dry. I am most proud of having it turn out the way I wanted it to.

Cooking at Home

I made a traditional Romanian dish called Mamaliga cu Branza. We have it quite a bit. It tastes better than it looks. It is a quick meal to eat but it also tastes good. We often have it on Sundays. Both my parents had it when they were growing up in Romania. We want to keep preparing Romanian foods and we don’t want to forget all the things my family went through back in Romania. My family has always been preparing this dish, so I don’t know when the tradition started. The best part of this tradition is that my family gathers together to have a meal that we all enjoy eating. A challenge that I had when making this dish was having to constantly stir the cornmeal in the water so that it didn’t become clumpy. The greatest success was having it taste the same as when my mom or grandma makes it. I am proud that I made it smooth just the way my family likes it.

Cinnamon Rolls

I decided to make cinnamon rolls. They were sweet but not too sweet, they were moist and they had a slightly sweet smell. If I were to make this dish again, I would take them out of the oven quicker. A problem that I had was that I rolled them from the wrong side. I fixed this by just unrolling it and wiping all of the butter off of the sides. My greatest success with this dish is that my whole family likes them. I am most proud of how they looked. I thought that they looked pretty good for the first time making cinnamon rolls.

Buddha Bowl

While making this dish, my greatest success was looking through my house and seeing what I already had that I could use for the Buddha bowl. I used the sauce and the vegetables that I already had at home. A challenge that I had was probably making sure everything was as neat as possible. I over came this challenge by taking as much time as I needed. I feel like I tried my best and made it as organized as I could. There were many flavours and it looks pretty colourful and neat.

Cooking at Home: Banana Bread Muffins

I decided to make banana bread muffins for this home lab. They were soft, tasted sweet, and had a nice smell. I used the same recipe that we used in class. If I were to make these muffins again, I would add chocolate chips next time. A problem that I had was that the recipe didn’t make enough for my family to all have a few, so I doubled the recipe. My greatest success with this dish was that the muffins weren’t dry. I am most proud at the fact that I didn’t need help, and I didn’t feel worried at all while making them.