Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Final Reflection

            Taking an experiment course was something I never thought I would do. I honestly at first only wanted to take the class to have the requirement to graduation but I’m really glad I stuck it out the entire time and got to experience something like this. Coming into this class I had absolutely no idea about plants or transpiration. It took a lot of research and reading to even understand a little bit. I felt like I was constantly behind unless I was reading and doing research. I also enjoyed not having a set in stone class like every other class at the university. It was fun knowing I could come into class every day and not know what we were going to be doing. Everything was at our own pace and it worked out well for most of us.
            Besides learning about plants and transpiration I also enjoyed learning about new tools that I can use in the future as well. I never would have imaged printing something in 3D and I did and it actually turned out pretty well. I also love telling people that I once drew with pretty much a robot. Even if it only was a simple design and took only 5 minutes to do, it was a great experience.
            For the design part of the class, I felt like it was the hardest. With not a great background in that stuff as well as my two other group members we had a really hard time coming up with what we thought would be a good design. When we finally came up with something we had no idea at all how to get to our end product. Supplies were going to be the hardest part because since we had so many places to connect things we were not sure how to make the connectors. I think if we were able to make the thing and pull it off to how we actually wanted it to turn out then it would have worked exactly how we wanted it too.

            There was never a dull moment this semester. We as a class had lots of laughs, many interesting conversations, and not that I can remember but no tears which is also a good thing. I was able to participate in my first student show (which was an awesome experience) and I was able to get to know a few amazing students who also study at UWF. It is a class I will never forgot and something Ill always be able to bring back up in the future. Thank you for a great semester and see you soon!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Weekly blog post for jan 30 - feb 3

Was a very interesting week with the show opening.
It was good to finally see a piece actually hanging and in action.
The opening of the show was a lot of fun as well as the speakers before.

This is the model of one of our ideas for our plant

Monday, January 23, 2017

DIY photometer

So I did the research on the diy photometer and this is what I came up with. 

To make one you need to :
  1. Cut a leafy shoot for a plant and plunge its base into water. This allows the xylem from taking up any air. Wetting the leaves themselves will alter the rate of transpiration.
  2. Immerse the whole of the potometer into the sink. Move it about until all the air bubbles come out.
  3. Recut the shoot's stem underwater. Put it into the bung; grease the bung with plenty of petroleum jelly (Vaseline) if it doesn't stay and then put the bung into the potometer.
  4. Make sure the tap is closed, then lift the whole assembly out of the water.
  5. Leave the end of the capillary tube out of the water until an air bubble forms then put the end into a beaker of water.
I also read that it is recommended to make your own photometer then store bought because it gives a better reading, the materials are often times better, and it comes out to be cheaper as well. 

Heres a video that shows how to use an at home photometer

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Weekly Post

Well now that the week is coming to an end heres a little summary of this week..
Tuesday we had a lecture from our science friends which was really helpful. It make me start thinking about other ways to start construct our bag. We also worked with ironing plastic and learning how to attach our tubes.

Thursday we came up with a schedule and talked about the grant that we are trying to receive for our class. My part was to research DIY photometers and I learned that its best to make your own rather then store buying because the materials are better, they give a better reading and then often come out cheaper then store bought ones. In class on thursday too we starting bagging our plants. Since a group member of mine wasn't present we just watched other team members and thought of ways of how we wanted to bag our plant (we finally named her Sophie). We took Sophie home with us and got together on saturday morning to bag her and get her back to the greenhouse with all of her other plant friends. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Grant Notes

We need to credit Dr.Fox with botany
We are researching the feasibility of build art and architecture that could facilitate the collection water from transpiration of plants
You will be building there prototypes using fabrication laboratory at the art department
We need drawings (one or two)
We need as estimate that the materials will run at least 200 per team and that you will self fund any overages.
Finished sculptures will be in the pop up show

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

in class notes

Movement of water through a place
Xylem vascular tissue which vary the water and dissolve the minerals
Cohesion molecular attraction by which the particles of a body are united throughout the mass
Adhesion molecular attraction exerted between the surface


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