Created by Rahul Rajesh
Many people living in Africa do not have sufficient food for them to survive. Not only this, but there is many water problems such as water scarcity and water pollution. This is not a good thing because many people have to travel far distances just to get a few amount of food and water. Also, because many people don't have lots of food or water, many of the kids have to skip school so that they can go and get water for their family. Also, many people are poor so there are many financial challenges. This may allow individuals not to have a meal. When on a global basis environmental concern which is water pollution and water scarcity can greatly change everything. Also, food can lead to malnutrition that can finally lead to DEATH!!!!!!!!!
For this quarters science part of the PBL project, we had to grow a radish. We were growing radishes because we had noticed that around the world and in many of the states, there are many food problems. When we noticed it, we decided to see if we can maintain the radish and see if it is easy to be grow. We were doing it because we wanted to see how much time it will be taking us to be growing the radish itself. Surprisingly, it was a hard process. The main part was that we wanted to see if we grow it, what is the sunlight needed, how to grow it and if it is quite easy to grow it. We were also doing it because we wanted to see what is the best light for us to be growing the radishes in.It may seem easy, but it was not. We learned a lot from it.
So there were many challenges that we faced when we were making this whole entire experiment come true. First mistake was that when we first got the plants, it was supposed to be germinated. Unfourtunately, it was not germinated. Because of this, we had to water it once and we were waiting until the plant got germinated. Problem with us waiting was that we had to wait a long time for the plants to be germinated. Some groups germinated very fast while others germinated at most in 2 weeks. Next challenge that we faced was the part of watering the plants. We noticed that the plats were growing good so most everyone had given the plants lots of water. Problem with lots of water is that it can start to make the plant wilt. Many plants though grew for like 6 days with a good growth record and then started decreasing. We thought that the plants were dying, but really it happens when the plant gets way to heavy.
Another challenge that we faced was the thanksgiving break. Because the plants took a long time to germinate, we started a little later. Because of that, most the plants still had to be watered in thanksgiving break. Problem is that first of all, the amount of water that some of the teachers gave our plants was not recorded and the second problem was that it was watered twice for the whole week that we were gone for. Because of that when we came back, most of the plants actually died with the stem breaking and basically having no more radishes. Another challenge that we faced was that we had placed the plants in different light bulbs. The group of plants next to the door had used red light. Problem is that out of the 3 teams in 7th grade, there class actually grew the most. Our experiment went wrong because we believe that those plants were getting extra white light from outside when the people opened the door. These challenges made it very hard for us to be growing these radishes.
From this lesson, we learned that it is very hard to be growing these radishes. When you have to grow fruits or vegetables or anything, you need to be taking great care of that crop. Spend time almost everyday giving the crop a good amount of water, not too less or too much. Also, make sure that the water amount is consistent. Make sure that the plant gets a good amount of sunlight. It was very hard because there were many things that went wrong for us like the wrong seed, wrong amount of light, wrong amount of water and many more. Planting a garden takes precision and timing. This will relate to local and global food shortages because if people who are facing food problems learn how to properly farm and grow crops, they can finally get some food to eat and they can sell some remaining crops as a cash crop. Growing a garden can change a lot for food problems.
In this whole entire huge experiment, I learned many things. Photosynthesis is the way that the plants make food. This whole entire starts with the raw energy, which is carbon dioxide and water. The carbon dioxide enters through the stomata and it is formed when the animals and humans breathe out the air. Also, the water enters the plant through the roots. A major part of photosynthesis is the sunlight. To be making the food, you need sunlight. The sunlight reflects from the chloroplast. The green color reflects of the chloroplast, which contains the chlorophyll. This is quite important because this helps make food for the plant to be using. The product of this is creating oxygen and also glucose. The oxygen is used for animals and humans to breathe.
For the next question, I did find a relationship between the amount of water and also the plant growth. We noticed that if you gave your plant too little water, it started to start wilting. We also noticed that if you give the plant too much water, the plant started to bend and then it started to die. This is very important because the amount of water can make a very big difference when you are planting a garden. The wrong amount of water can change everything and you can be wasting lots of money to build a garden that dies. This is why taking care of plants by putting a right amount of water is good. That is why it is important to be putting a right amount of water.
For the last question to answer, yes I did find a relationship between the light and the plant. We figured out that best light color was supposed to be red and blue. Problem is that when we actually did the experiment, the white light has the best product. Really, they started kind of late and the class who has the plants under the white bulb started one week before most of the other classes. We learned from the experiment that the plants under blue and red were expected to be grown the most and have the biggest radish. When we did the experiment, we noticed that the plants under the green bulb light died very fast and did not do that well. From this whole entire experiment, we learned that the different light bulbs gave different results for the growth of the plant.
So basically this whole entire project started for us by us going outside and measuring the garden which we have in the school. When we were doing this, we were trying to figure out if the people of Africa and other countries which are facing food shortages can use this method known and farming and to be growing their own food. Once we measured the garden, we got a math packet. The math packet was there because that is what we used to be figuring out how much material we needed for one of our planters which we are growing radishes and also the cost.Theen we figured out the cost of growing a garden and we figured out the cost of it in Sahel and countries in Africa. We also used the packet to list out the different materials that was needed to be growing a garden.
We did many different types of math problems in this PBL project. For example, we had to figure out the unit rate of an item. If for example, a pack of 50 seeds may cost $3.97. We did unit rate and figured out how much one seed costs. Also, we had to use diameter and radius to be figuring out the circumference of the garden that was in a circular shape. There were many math topics in this one little project. I discovered that building a garden requires lots of time and energy. Also, there are many items that you need and it costs quite a lot of money to be making a garden. As though it costs a lot of money, the garden will provide lost of food for people to be eating. So to answer our driving question, how can we as CMS students demonstrate how to solve food challenges in our local and global communities, I figured out that we can help teach people how to farm and that we can help support them by providing some materials so that if they do learn, they can live a better life instead of living in hunger.
While flying above Africa on a grand tour, my friends and I were busy playing in the kings cup, practicing for the actual kings cup with the best gamers in Los Angles. When flying over Africa, our pilot was too busy looking at the scores for soccer game that his hand left the handle bar. Without even noticing, our plane started drifting downwards and we crashed on the ground. When we crashed into the ground, everything in our plane had totally died but the location grid. When I looked at it, our coordinate was 30.04N latitude and 31.23E longitude. When looking around, I had noticed that we had landed in Egypt. EYGYPT!!!!!!!!!! Based on the coordinates, I later learned that we were in Cairo. Cairo is the capital of Egypt. Also, Egypt is located in the Sahara, which is a huge desert. When spending time there, we started to get hungry. As we walked around, we noticed many poor people not able to get any food. When looking at this, it made me feel sad because I never really thought how lucky we were to get food everyday. My crew and I had decided that we were going to help them. We will teach them the important plants and teach them farming so that they can live life like us.
Ethnic Groups Encountered
In Egypt, there is one main ethnic group that you will find. They are the arabs. Arabic people live on the northern part of Africa. Some countries which is in the north is Sudan, Algeria, Libya and Egypt. This is not all of the countries that they are located in Africa and there are a lot more northern countries of Africa where they live in. Their main language is Arabic. The religion that they believe in is islam. Islam is a religion where they have a god named Allah and they also worship a prophet known as Mohammed. There are strict rules and laws that they have to follow and women's have a lot of strict laws that they have to follow. They use their holy book, Quran to help them live a good life. Their life begins when the arab people began to spread to North Africa in the late 600s AD. From North Arica, Arab traders came south of the Sahara desert for the gold and salt trade. Some of the customs an traditions that they do is that. Arabic is necessary if one was able to read the Quran. Also, they married local women and the process of blending cultures and religions began.