Friday, March 31, 2017

Weekly Reflection of March 27-31

This week in Biology we worked a great deal with fruit flies and doing different tests on their inheritance patterns. We were able to use a virtual lab that allowed for the creation of the next generation much faster in a matter of seconds rather than waiting for our own flies to reproduce. This was really cool because we were able to cross flies with different traits and based on the generations later produced we had to conclude the type of gene (Dominant/recessive) and the type of inheritance (Sexual linked or Autosomal). Then based on our outcomes we had to calculate the critical values and see if this would reject the null hypothesis or not. The upside of this experiment is that it took a fraction of the time and effort it would normally to breed the flies and have them grow and yet it still gave us accurate results. I personally find inheritance very interesting and like how predictable it is, given there is not some environmental force acting on the situation. We ended the week with some AP test prep which is really helpful. I like the idea of working with some of the material before we actually have to take the test because I think it will make it all feel more comfortable when it comes down to having to take it. Also I liked how I noticed some of the questions that are on our tests and quizzes come from the AP practice test and that gives me more confidence going into the test knowing that I will be more familiar with the material. This week wasn't at all overwhelming and I feel like I handled the material really well. I look forward to dealing more with inheritance. Overall, I believe that this week went really smoothly and I feel that I have ample time to prepare for our up coming quiz that was moved to Monday due to so many of our students being on a Key Club trip.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Weekly Reflection 3/20-3/24

This week in Biology we did a lot of work with Chi-squares and working with inheritance patterns. This was an extremely effective packet because I really liked how it broke down the process. Some of the language was a little confusing like when it was talking about Critical value and the P value but luckily my group figured it out. It was good to practice different ways that we can analyze data and take information and determine if something is significant or not. It is really important that we can not only conduct the experiments and collect data but that we can also interpret what it all means and showcase the information in such a way that other people could understand it.
On Monday of last week, we were also able to wrap up our cancer activity. I really enjoyed the cancer activity because I believe that it is incredibly relevant and I find the growth of tumor pretty interesting. As far as workload, for this previous week I believed it was pretty light which was pretty amazing and made it really possible to take our time and absorb the knowledge as we did it. There was still enough to keep us busy but not so much that you had to spend hours on it. Personally, I believe this was a good week for me, I feel like I absorbed the work really well and feel really confident moving forward. Also, Nina and I were able to finish the mini lab on Friday which always gives you a boost of confidence if you can accomplish all the work in class. Onto the virtual Fly lab for this week!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Cancer Activity Reflection Questions 3-2-1

3) three things you learned from the activity:
I learned that there are only 9 genes associated with genome maintenance. I learned that there are multiple gene mutations that can lead to the same type of cancer and different numbers of mutations that can cause the same type of cancer. I also learned that there was a great deal that we do not know about the Chromosomes (when we colored in the chromosomes there were some chromosomes that we only knew one gene on).
2) two things that surprised or interested you:
I was surprised there were so few genes that coded for genome maintenance. I was also interested in the similarities and also what appeared to be a lack of similarities of patients suffering from the same type of cancer. None of my group with the same type of cancer shared all of the same mutation. Some of our mutations were found on the same chromosome but if they were they weren't in the same location (which surprised and interested me a great deal).
1) one question you still have:
 Does the number of mutated genes a patient has have an effect on their cancer? If someone with Lung cancer that has four gene mutations have a more severe cancer than someone with only two gene mutations?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Weekly Reflection

This past week was pretty short with a group of us missing Monday for an NHIA Scholar-Athlete awards meeting in Concord and then have a Snow day Tuesday and no school Friday for a Teacher workshop, However, we were able to do some work on Activity with Cancer which so far is pretty interesting. I like how it incorporates our new found knowledge involving inhibitors and accelerators. It also makes it interesting the fact that Cancer is so common nowadays and knowing more about it interests me deeply. The other class day was used to take our Test. The Test multiple choice seemed pretty straight forward, I felt extremely confident with my answers. However, I can not say the same about the Open Response section of the test. I'll be honest and say that for part of it I straight up was guessing and trying to sound intelligent. I hate when that happens because then for the rest of the day I spend thinking about it and wondering what the right answer was. That being said having the snow day to study was very helpful. I wish I had more storage on my phone so I could have downloaded the hangout app and been part of the class discussion that took place over it (Hint to my mother that I need a new phone). Overall, it was a nice short week in Bio but  I look forward to finishing the cancer lab.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Weekly reflection 2/27-3/3

This week in biology we have been working with Biotechnology and PCR. The vodcast about Biotechnology was another long one. However, I liked that it took the time to explain how everything worked. I actually really liked how the vodcast was broken down. At the same time, it was a lot of information and not the kind of information I feel as though can be easily remembered at least not for me. For this reason, I know that this particular vodcast on Biotechnology is going to be one that I will need to visit a few times. In class, we started a lab using PCR. This is really cool because we got to test our DNA to see if we have a certain gene ( a gene that apparently does nothing). The fact that we did this lab virtually before we actually did the physical lab was extremely helpful because it made it feel as though this lab was nothing but review which is always helpful. It was fun seeing how my DNA compared to other peoples in the class. My group was lucky in the fact that our DNA strands showed up very well in the gel with the dye. The other cool thing was that I was one of two people in the class that was heterozygous for the gene. Weirdly enough there was no one that was homozygous positive for the gene. I wonder if this has to do with the location of our community. Also the fact that a few years ago the only person who was homozygous positive was Herr Wong and Herr Wong is not from the community. It would be really cool to see if there is a higher concentration of homozygous positive kids in Kennett if they are not originally from the valley. I wonder what would play the main role in removing this gene from our DNA seeing as it as it doesn't code for anything.   I really like doing labs especially when they are as engaging as this lab was because I always tend to retain the information for so much longer. Overall I believe that this was a good week in Bio and I look forward to wrapping up this lab with a lab report.