Chicken Wing Dissection

In class, we dissected a chicken wing. We took off the skin and observed the muscles, ligaments, and tendons.


The chicken and human both have some similarities when it comes to the arm. Both have the same type of joints in the arm. Both have ball in socket joints for the shoulder and hinge joints for the elbow.

One other similarity between the human and chicken arm is the way the muscles work. When the arm of a chicken contracts, then the bicep gets bigger and hard, while the tricep relaxes. When the arm of the chicken stretches, the bicep and tricep pretty much switch what they do, because the bicep relaxes and the tricep gets harder and bigger.


There are not many differences between the human arm and the chicken arm. One of the main differences is that for the wrists, chickens have hinge joints whereas we have ball in socket joints.

Here is a timelapse and some photos from the dissection:

Bee Pollen Research Project – Science

What nutrients are in your superfood and what do they do?

The superfood that I chose was bee pollen. Bee pollen contains a lot of protein, approximately 24.1 grams of protein per 100g. Bee pollen also contains 314 calories per 100g, 4.9g of fat, and 43.5g carbohydrates per 100g. Most of these nutrients can do a good job of feeding your body energy. Carbohydrates are the main nutrients in bee pollen, so that is what I will be focusing on. Carbohydrates are not only used for feeding your body energy, but they are also for helping your different cells in your body recognise each other which will keep your body working together in a smooth way. Some problems with eating too much carbohydrates is that you will consume too many calories and then if you either eat too much or don’t exercise, that will turn into fat. Another problem with carbohydrates, is that, if you eat too much, it will drastically increase your blood sugar levels, and have an increased risk to develop type 2 diabetes, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. Without enough carbohydrates, you will start losing weight, if you do not eat enough carbohydrates for a long amount of time, you will become very skinny. Sometimes losing parts of your muscles.

What are some other foods that contain similar nutrients?

I compared bee pollen with oats, because they are both high in protein and carbohydrates, and low in fats. They both have under 7 grams of fat, bee pollen having 4.9 and oats having 6.9. they both also have under 400 calories, bee pollen having 314 calories and oats having 389 calories. Although bee pollen has 43.5 grams of carbohydrates and oats have 66.27 grams of carbohydrates, they are both over 50% protein and they are both very high in carbohydrates. Same with protein. Bee pollen has 24.1 grams of protein while oats have 16.89 grams of protein but, protein is in both, their second highest ingredient, excluding sugar, which oats do not have.

For my second food, I compared bee pollen with 100% whole wheat bread, because they both have very similar nutrients when it comes to fats and carbohydrates. For fats, 100% whole wheat bread has 4.2 grams of fat while bee pollen has 4.9 grams. When it comes to carbohydrates, 100% whole wheat bread has 46.1 grams of carbohydrates while bee pollen has 43.5 grams. The prices aren’t so equal. A loaf 100% whole wheat bread (400g) is around 0.56 dollars which for 100 grams is approximately 0.14 dollars, this is extremely cheap. For the bee pollen, 100 grams is $4.48. A you can see, bee pollen has more protein and and fat, but also costs more, so it basically choosing from nutrients or prices.

What are some issues with Bee Pollen?

I learned that bee pollen has a lot of sugars. I know what you are thinking. Sugars are in everything and they do me no harm. The problem is that too much sugar is that they will make you gain a lot of weight if you do not burn it off by exercising. If you eat too much sugar without burning it off, you can become obese, and increase your blood sugars, which could cause type 2 diabetes. Too much sugar can also damage and dirty your teeth, according to Wellness Mama, the the American public spends more than 54 million dollars per year on dental care, and contributing to this, is too much sugar in our diets. Also, people that are allergic to pollen, can have allergic reactions that can sometimes be severe, which can include having a hard time breathing.

What is wrong with the term ‘superfood’?

I believe that the term ‘superfood’ is more about selling you a product than actually being amazingly healthy. Some foods have better nutrients than others and they still aren’t considered ‘superfoods’. For example, kale is a superfood and still there are many other foods that have better nutrients than kale such as collard greens. People may not notice this but there are many other examples just like this, and this means that we could be getting ripped off because ‘superfoods’ typically cost more than any other food. I would recommend eating bee pollen over oats because the oats have too much carbohydrates. I would also recommend eating bee pollen over 100% whole wheat bread because bee pollen and 100% whole wheat bread have around the same ingredients, except the bee pollen has a lot more protein and I do believe that this is what made me choose bee pollen over whole wheat bread, because protein is an important nutrient that builds up your body.


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Adam Turner, a successful lawyer, believes that child labour is a major problem in our society today in history. “In these factories, children are being forced to spend almost 24 hours working the machines which are extremely dangerous and can cause many injuries, in some cases, fatal. Child labour will hurt the next generation, because these poor children will not have time to go to school, and therefore not learn life’s valuable lessons.”


I believe that this case is especially important because I strongly believe that if these poor children keep working in these dangerous factories, they will be truly traumatised because of many kids dying right in front of their faces. People tell me that these kids can learn how to be responsible through these factories, but I strongly disagree with this. School both gives us knowledge, but also teaches us life lessons. Although running these hard machines takes a lot of effort to run, and this makes them work their hardest, they are being forced to run these machines. I could imagine what these children are thinking, wanting to get out of the factories, and living life to it’s fullest. Although these factories are helping the economy, there will be NO economy because the children of our country are stuck in factories working, instead of learning how our country works.


Industrial Revolution – Causes and Effects

The industrial revolution was caused by many factors: coal extraction, agricultural production, iron smelting, the railways, steam power, and industrial production. All of these causes affected each other and played an important role in developing each factor, for example, coal extraction. Coal extraction allowed iron smelting to happen because the safety lamps, which used coal, helped people go deeper into caves because those lamps would not cause explosions which helped people not be as scared going deep into caves. The coal would also allow people to smelt iron into new tools, which would make mining much more efficient. Also, iron could be used to make steam engines which could be used in new types of transportation, such as the steam train. The newly found train forced people to make something that the train could travel on like the railways. The steam power could also be used to power the agricultural machines which allowed less people to be working on a farm at a time. Those people needed new jobs, to get money so they used the steam train and the railways to travel into the cities and work in the factories. In conclusion, all of these effects have a very important role in the development of the industrial revolution, and all of these effects play important roles in developing each other, and the industrial revolution.

Puppetry With Lee Randall

In drama class, we had a session with Lee Randall to learn and do puppetry. I learned many things from him including how to use and manipulate a puppet in a way that It will feel alive to you and the audience.

One thing that I learned is that the eyes are the most important part of a puppet. This is because they draw the most focus. The lead puppeteer is always the person controlling the head because that changes where they are looking and sometimes the puppet’s facial expressions. Another important part of making a puppet look alive is controlling the puppet’s breaths. People do this by exaggerating the breath so that the audience will notice it more and that will lead them into believing that the puppet is real.

Before this opportunity, we had a chance to practice for this. For example, before Lee Randall came, we got into threes, one person would be the puppet and the other two would manipulate the puppet. In PE we learned about using levels to get more attention. We used this in puppetry because you have to use levels to make it more obvious about what the puppet is doing and to get to know the puppet’s weight.

Here are some photos of when and before Lee Randall came:

SLC ATL Skills – Grade 7


We have had quite a bit of collaborative assignments, and I think that I demonstrated collaboration well in many of them. For example, Sophie and I had a presentation on Spain’s influence on Cuba. During this project, Sophie and I evenly split the work and got it done much more efficiently than we would have done if we worked on and researched the same things. Another example of collaboration is during the Two Weeks With The Queen video in English. We would split up the roles, what we wrote on the doc, and adding notes to the script.  I still believe that I can improve on my collaboration skills. I could do this by working with other people than I usually do and that will lead to expanding my comfort zone.




I think that I have showed good communication skills in many subjects. One project to show this, would be in drama where he had to mime a story of our own. Charlie and I chose the story of Harambe because we felt like this would be an interesting story to mime. During the performance, we would have little keys as a marker for when someone would do something. We would both expect it to be coming so we were always prepared. Another example of communication is through the dance in P.E, when we had to create a little dance for 40 seconds, we had to communicate when we taught each other our made up dances, we would also have markers for when to do things in the music.




Many projects this year have required research in order to get it done. For example, in science, we had to research what materials are used in technology, and where and how they were used. I did my blogpost on the iPhone 6s. In order to collect useful information, it was key to find reliable websites. Since you use these websites, it was required to cite these sources fully. I think that I could even further develop my research skills by using a wider range of sources than mostly School EB. I feel like I did a good job on that during this project because there was nothing like it on School EB.


Self Management 

I believe that I showed good self management skills in music for the practice journals. Every week we had to do 2 practice journals showing what you practiced, including the warmup, and an exercise you can pick from youtube or a book. I also showed good self management skills in Japanese and math. In both of these subjects we used charts. In Japanese, we would get a sticker if we didn’t speak a lot of English in that class. If we got 10 stickers, we get a period to do whatever we want. In math, we had a chart showing which subjects on algebra we completed. If we ever didn’t know what to do, we could just look at the chart and that would show what to do next.





I  think that I showed thinking skills during design’s criterion A. I think this because criterion A required you to think about what key features make a character good and acceptable to their audiences. I think that I can improve on this because I will often not be creative with the way I present information. I think that I can think of new and different ways to present my information, that will be more interesting.


Eye Dissection

In science we dissected a pig’s eye. Here are the parts of the eye that we found:

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Here is a basic explanation of how the eye works:

The light comes in through the Cornea, then the lens bends the light. The light then goes into the Pupil. When the light hits the Retina at the back of the eye, the Retina , makes the image into a signal that can be sent through the optic nerve, and into the Brain where the image is translated from the little signals into the image that you actually see. The Brain also flips the image from upside down, when it enters the Brain, to right side up.

What Elements are in iPhones?

People use a lot of technology in this time of history. Many types of technology are used such as phones, computers, T.Vs or even video game consoles, but what we all want to know is what is in an iPhone? A huge part of any piece of technology are four elements which are Tungsten, Tin, Tantalum, and Gold. Those elements are also called the 3TG’s. Basically, there are things called conflict minerals which are mostly mined in the DRC (the Democratic Republic of the Congo). Conflict minerals are pretty much exactly how they sound: minerals and elements that cause conflict. The DRC is the most mineral rich country in the world. On the other hand, the DRC is also one of the most war-torn and dangerous countries in the world. This is mostly because of conflict minerals which are forced to be mined in terrible conditions and also without much pay. The rebels as well as the government force the residents of the DRC to mine in terrible conditions with the threat of violence such as rape and murder to themselves and their family in their mind.


Gold is used in the iPhone circuit boards. This is because gold can conduct electrons which make electricity very easily. Gold also has a very low electrical resistance so that it doesn’t destroy or damage as quickly as other metals. Gold’s atomic number is 79. On the periodic table, gold’s symbol is Au. Gold’s melting point is at 1,064ºC. Gold is also the most expensive metal used in all iPhones. Gold is found and mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Tantalum is used as the camera lens in an iPhone. This is because when Tantalum is refined it can become a heat resistant material specifically a powder. Tantalum is also used in the iPhone because Tantalum can hold a high electrical charge. As of February 2014, Apple guaranteed the use of conflict free Tantalum. Tantalum’s atomic number is 73. On the periodic table, tantalum’s symbol is Ta. Tantalum has a melting point of 3,020ºC. Tantalum is found and mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Tin is used as a Solder for electric wire boards inside an iPhone. Tin is also used to solder wires of different properties together. This is because Tin can melt and solder wires of different properties together without breaking the wires. This is because Tin’s melting point is 231.9ºC. Tin’s atomic number is 50. On the periodic table, tin’s symbol is Sn. Tin is mostly found in China but Tin can also be found in Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Tungsten in an iPhone is the most common material used in an iPhone vibration unit. This is because Tungsten is a very dense metal. If an iPhone didn’t have Tungsten in it, then the iPhone would fall silent. Tungsten is also used in the wire boards. Tungsten’s melting point is 3422ºC. Tungsten’s atomic number is 74. On the periodic table, Tungsten’s symbol is W. Tungsten is mostly found and mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but it can also be found and mined in Canada.


A safety issue with these minerals is about the miners that mine for these elements. The miners are forced to mine for these materials by the rebels or the DRC Government. They are forced to work very long hours with little to no pay in very dangerous conditions such as having very old and non efficient tools to mine these elements. If the miners refuse to do their work, major damages will be done to themselves and their family such as murder and rape. The rebels also have very advanced guns that they use to threaten families to work.

A financial issue is that the miners are barely paid in very harsh conditions. However, the military troops that own the mine benefit greatly by smuggling the conflict minerals to the east coast of Africa to be shipped to factories that make electronics. The military troops then gain a lot of money through trade with other countries and also by taxing the miners for living in the militias territory. The militias then spend the money they gain through their trade with other countries on guns, bombs, and whatever else they can use to intimidate the miners into working harder to get more conflict minerals and elements that they can use to gain more money through trade.

An ethical issue with mining conflict minerals is the harsh conditions that miners have to mine in. The miners have to mine the conflict minerals with very old and rusted tools. Another ethical issue is that the miners have to mine long hours with little to no pay. If the miners refuse to do the work that the militias force them to do, they and their family gets punished. The number continuing to grow every day, over 5.4 million people have died while mining conflict minerals. That is more than the US Revolution, the US Civil War, the Vietnam war and, the Korean war.


We could inform Apple about all the terrible things that is happening in the DRC. Since Apple already guaranteed conflict free Tantalum as of February 2014, we could take that one step farther and inform Apple about other conflict minerals such as Tin, Tungsten, and Gold in which Apple uses in all of it’s electronics. We could also inform apple about the terrible conditions the people who mine conflict minerals in. If they don’t do work, their family gets punished by rape, and murder. This intimidates their family so that they will do the work with rape and murder as a punishment in their minds. This could work because if Apple just recognises how terrible conflict minerals are, they might make a difference in what they put into their electronic

We could inform our school about conflict minerals, how they work and the terrible conditions of the workers in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. We could do this via the MS Daily or the HS Daily. This would inform everybody about the terrible things that happen in Eastern Congo such as the terrible pay, and the punishments for the people that refuse to do the work that they are forced to do. This could make people really think about the type of electronics they are getting and maybe make different choices than they would’ve done.


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Expedition Reflection – November

Two weeks ago we went on the 7th Grade Expedition. Here is my reflection.

I enjoyed many things during Expedition including hanging out talking late night in our room. I think that I did well on talking to many people that I don’t usually hang out with. I think some challenges I faced are that I didn’t get to talk to my close friends very often because most of the time we were split up into other groups. I think some of my favourite parts was the mountain biking and the hiking. I think that this is because I had earlier experience on it before. Overall I think that expeditions went well.