21st Century Learning
We are going West to find good farmland. I don't know why. Can't we just teleport to 2150, most likely we have the tech for it. After all it is 2150 tech. Why bother farming, let's change history! Abe Lincoln was alive, let's mess with him! Or Ulysses S Grant. After all, we are from the future... Ah in other news I am pretty excited just to learn, I love nature and everything in it. Nature isn't that deadly, more Vending Machines kill people per year than SHARKS. Other people are going for the gold rush, if only I could tell them the likely outcome. Being from the future can give you a BIGGGGG advantage when it comes to making decisions. If I make it back to 2150, I'm going to have a career in History. Hmmm, I wonder if we age on the trail...
Where did all the water that you poured into your cup go?
The water pooled into the bottom, and stopped at "bedrock (bottom of the cup)
How does this model simulate what really happens to groundwater in the world? (How does water get underground? Where is water stored underground?)
It simulates by the water finding passageways to bedrock, dropping the water and watching it pass the layers.
Based on this experiment, what can happen to a drop of water after it falls on the ground?
It will pass the layers, until it hits bedrock, or is absorbed by the humus. (not food)
Do you think humans use groundwater? If so, what do we use groundwater for?
Yes humans on the Oregon trail sometimes needed to dig wells.
How do humans get groundwater to the surface? Is this easy to do?
Kinda. Dig a well, and suck up all the water so you can use it
Do you think groundwater can move anywhere else? Where? How does it move?
Rain can move water, the current can move water, we can move water. Where? Anywhere!
How have your ideas about what happens to a drop of water changed since you started learning more about groundwater?
So much. I always wondered how water got back to the sky once it was consumed. Now I know.
Alcove Spring Stay
Ive never been so full in my life. We stayed in the beautiful Alcove Spring. About a hundred miles from the fort. It was amazing! I washed my clothes, for the first time in forever I felt clean and fresh. We swam and swam and swam until lunch, ahhh lunch. We had jerky and breads and apple cobbler. Oh my the apple cobbler. It was so amazing, it felt like home again. In 2150, where we have pop tarts. Thats it! Apple cobbler tasted like a pop tart. Well thats of my back now. We slept that night under the stars, the cattle was rested and behaving, so the night was really smooth. No coyotes or wolves, just rest.
I woke up the next morning to a crack of thunder and the sound of rice spilling down on the treetop we rested under. The cattle was scared and were going insane in their wagon cage. One unlucky one managed to escape, and wandered into the pond, just as lightning struck it. Lets just say we had beef for lunch. Since the alcove was pretty wet and dangerous the pioneers, not us, started a fire with some dry wood and sang songs. I snuck off into the woods with my iPad and laptop. I used my build-a-shelter app to help me build a shelter and hung out there for the day. There I looked up tips for help, so glad we have self charging technology from 2150 with us. I found out how to make a harmonica using wood, and pretty much nailed it, I went back to camp to get the party started. The rest of the day we laughed, sang, and danced.
The next morning our last day, I helped with chores in the other wagons for pretty much useless junk. Or thats what they thought, I snuck off again with some leftover jerky and built some other stuff, I had worked for string and buffalo fat, not that gross surprisingly. I took an axe with me and claimed to go get more fire wood, which I used an app for, but I also used the internet to find out the making of a fiddle, I attempted to rub the fat to make the sounds work, and use the axe to get wood for the body, it was slightly squeaky, but it worked for about an hour, and again we had a blast. We slept the night and left the next morning.
Watery Earth Lesson 3
Please note, some of these videos are not mine. They got lost. Thanks to Jack Drew and Sam/Sean for the videos!
Watery Earth Lesson 5
Q: Do people really struggle to find clean drinking water
A: Yeah, most places girls are sent to find water, rather than school. Most of the scarce water that IS found, is nasty and contaminated with mercury. Getting there is tiring, so you want water, but you cant, it's poison.
What percent of the Earths water is Salt?
What percent is in the air ground ice and surface?
Air Ground Surface Ice
5% 2% 6.3% 4%
I feel bad now.
Hogging almost all the drinkable water.
In just 1 lake.
1 billion people suffer from water shortage. Contaminated with mercury, sewage, animals, bugs. People are looking for a drink while I'm busy at the pool, or beach, or in the shower. Wasting what could save a life. Could. Girls rather than discovering new things or going to school, they trudge, pots on their head, to a most likely deadly water stop. I do have a solution. NO MORE SHOWERS.
What I learned was so amazing. I love geysers and how they work. I think it is so amazing that our earth can make a hose, and natural hot tubs.I think this Skype was valuable because we just learned more facts. This will totally help in the future if we ever study rocks and minerals. Or even Yellowstone in general.
Screen Shots of my Answers Below
We found so many but a few were, lakes, channels, bays, and oceans
Yes. I cant name them name for name, but the ones that only appeared on the AH map were small, and not well known as some of the others.
Yes, same as the last one, they aren't really well known and kinda small compared to many others.
We identified lots and lots. Such as channels, inlets, bays, oceans, lakes, and rivers. And those, are only a couple of 'em
Today we decided everything to bring on the Oregon trail!
I plan to bring small portions of my stuff, I only have 1 personal item to carry and the rest is supplies. My personal item? HA obviously my iPad mini. We are already bringing our laptops, so more tech! Since it's from 2150 we have self charging, wifi, endless data, and so much more! If we had set off on our own, rather than 74 others, we could get to Oregon with in a month I bet, in modern 2150, an hour! But it's not 2150, we have so much to bring,and so little money. We have so much to do and learn on the way to Oregon, not just arithmetic, but life skills, to actually help in real situations. If someone gets injured, its basically simple addition to them, 1+1 to them, not a matter of life and death. Speaking of life and death the next fort? 300 miles away. A pea compared to the pod, that seems far, but not at all to the 2000 miles we will journey. Ughh stupid Einstein laws of time and speed.
We are bringing the following,
2. Flour and wheat
3. 1 personal item
4. Dutch ovens
5. Covered wagons, (prairie schooners)
See the rest on our Google doc
Science Fair Before and After
Science Fair - First Draft
Science Fair - Improved Version