CLIMATE CHANGE PROJECT
What is climate change and how is it different from global warming?
Often, people think that climate change and global warming are the same thing. Global warming is only one part of climate change. Climate change refers to the change in temperature and humidity. This doesn't mean that climate change has to mean global warming.
Why should we be worrying about climate change, now, when it's been happening naturally since the earth began?
Climate change and global warming are a natural process that the globe goes through. Millions of years ago, this is something that was out of control and life was able to adapt to the fluxuations. Now, due to different types of air and water pollution, we are speeding up the process. Why is this a problem? Well, smaller species and animals/plants aren't able to adapt to these changes and are dying off. Not only is this unethical, it is affecting the oxygen production and the food chain.
How does this project demonstrate your understanding of climate change?
In order to represent my knowledge of climate change in my project, me and my partner decided that we wanted to convey a message. There are a few main types of pollution, the main two being water and air, which go hand in hand. We decided to go in depth on water pollution and how it is related to climate change. SWhen micro-trassh and plastics get put into different bodies of water, particularly the ocean, the base-line of the food chain (Micro-organisms/phytoplankton) consume the trash and die off. Not only is this kill of other fish, it is putting a dent into the amount of oxygen that is being produced. As temperatures change, permafrost and ice is melting, which actually produces carbon and becomes part of air pollution. This creates a cycle. We found that, on average, one individual uses and creates 4.4 pounds of trash, which a portion of that gets dumped into the ocean. If you picture that on a global scale, imagine how many organisms will be killed as a result. This is why we decided to build a jellyfish out of a few pounds of trash; to show people how much trash is actually being produced by humans.
What was your largest area of growth during this project?
One challenge for me during this project was being able to construct my final product. We had a lot of ideas about what we wanted to do, but due to time constraints, we had to quickly put it together. This did not allow a lot of room for proper structural support or refinement. Because we did not have enough time, we had to collaborate and formulate creative ways that we could assemble the project. We ended up designing it so that it was time efficient, and detachable so that we could easily move it around. Though it was a major challenge to compromise with my partner and build it in a short amount of time, we finished it and made it refined. We were able to grow through that.
What was your biggest strength during this project?
My greatest strength during this project was independence. I have had many projects where I have had to research on my own and be self-reliant, which is usually something that I don't struggle with, especially in this project. I found it to be relieving to be able to guide my own project. Because I am already interested in the topic of climate change and have previous knowledge surrounding it, it made the work time and research time we had more engang. I also find that when I am passionate and engaged in what I'm doing, it is easy for me to take the reigns and collaborate.
This project was about finding the root of some adolescent stereotypes and behaviors and how to deliver that information on an info graphic. We developed creative technological skills in order to create and properly deliver the piece. We were told to chose one specific topic based on adolescence and the causes of those sub-topics. My topic was the higher rate of deaths caused by car accidents in adolescence.
- What was your biggest challenge during this project?
2. What was your greatest success during this project?
I believe that my biggest success in this project was making the initial refinements on my very first draft. The original info graphic I made was not very interesting and didn't deliver much information. After receiving helpful feedback, I believe that I made significant improvements on my info graphic. After doing so, I actually felt proud of it and felt that it delivered the right amount of information.
3. If you were to do this project again, and/or could make refinements to your current work, what would you do differently?
I don't think I would change much about my final product. Though, I think that I maybe should have focused more on the information first and then making the visuals; rather than focusing on a single topic and then sticking to it. I Wish I could have learned more about actual biology of the adolescent brain in my independent research.