Climate Change Project:
1. What is Climate change and how is it different from global warming?
Climate change is when a global or regional area is affected by a drastic or abnormal change. That drastic change is usually temperature.If you look at last year and this year's winter, there is a big difference. Last february, we had a lot more snow, it was cold and it still looked like winter. This winter, in late february, it was in the 40’s and 50’s, and it was slushy snow. Global warming is different. The earth naturally has stages of warming and cooling. These stages may happen over a long period of time. The difference between climate change in global warming is the the overall long term of a certain area, and how quickly a change can affect that area.
2. Why should we care about climate change, now, when it’s been happening naturally since the earth began?
We need to care about climate change now because of how badly humans have affected it. Humans have dramatically sped up climate change. We have been affecting our climate through greenhouse gases, methane, and other dangerous emissions. We need to care now and start doing everything we can because the future is at risk. One of the scariest things to me about climate change is the drastic warming. This warming has melted many of the global ice caps. The melting of these ice caps will eventually “erase” many coastal cities. While the earth will continue to warm, we should care about climate change now by cutting down on emissions and greenhouse gasses, and finding ways to make our everyday lives more eco friendly.
3. How does your project demonstrate your understanding of climate change?
My project was focused on learning how climate change affects an environment. My project was creating an enclosed ecosystem, and then eventually turning up the temperature and seeing how the ecosystem reacted. From our experiment, I can demonstrate my understanding of climate change because I learned that when you change something in an environment, in this case being the temperature, over a long period of time, the environment may have time to adapt. But linking this back to climate change, if you change something in an environment very quickly and drastically, the environment doesn’t have time to adapt. Climate change is happening at a growing and quick rate, so if it keeps speeding up, humans, animals, ecosystems, might not have time to adapt and make the changes in order to survive.
4. What was your biggest area of growth in this project?
For me, I really could’ve worked on time management more. Whether that be planning out what we needed to do and when we needed to do it, as well as trying to stay on task and get work done. In the beginning of this project we were to plan out what our tasks would be weekly. We did some planning but looking back at it, I feel that we could’ve had a lot more to actually do if we thought things through more. This lack of planning then leads to not doing anything. The tough part about our project was that it took very little time to set up and we couldn’t do much to it because it was a self sustaining ecosystem. In the time that we couldn’t do anything to it, instead of thinking of something to do, we mostly just ended up messing around and not being very productive.
5. What was your greatest strength during this project?
My biggest strength in this project was probably problem solving. In the beginning of our project, we set up our ecosystem. We had to clean the water, and collect all the materials needed. But when we put everything into our environment after a day they died. We had to solve the problem why everything died. We thought that maybe they were too cold, maybe they didn’t have enough sunlight. Then we thought that the water solution we used could’ve used more time to set and that was what killed the animals. So the second time around, we used the water solution, and let it wait for a while longer before putting life back into our environment. It ended working, when we let it sit for longer.
My miniature ecosystem:
In this project we learned about the biological needs of adolescents and applied our knowledge into an infographic. Each student student a sub topic among the lines of adolescence. We made two different infographics, the first one was to learn about the technology and get a feel for the research. The second infographic was our final draft, which we made with the guiding question as "what are the biological needs of adolescents?" I felt that it was good for me to learn how to make infographics because I feel like it is something that I could work with later in life.
- My biggest struggle in this project was finding interest in our work. I think a place I really struggled with in this project was the infographics. Even though I thought it was important, I did not enjoy putting my knowledge into an infographic. I felt that we could've used our knowledge in research in another way.
- My biggest success in this project was the knowledge I gained about adolescents in the biology side of things. I learned a lot, but I think some of the most interesting knowledge I gained was how teenage males have a lot higher chance of dying in a car crash than any other time in their life. I think that the knowledge that we learned was interesting.
- If I was to do this project again, the biggest change I would make would be to advocate for a different final product. I think If I was to speak up and say that there could be better ways to show our knowledge then infographics, I could've enjoyed this project way more. I also would have chosen different topics for my infographics. The topics that I chose didn't have the most interesting data and that definitely showed in my infographics.