Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Past, Present, and Future

The Past, Present, and Future -Science                                                           By: Karen Smith

1.) The invention of a piece of technology is the pen.

 2.) The design in the past was the quill. It is a writing implement made from a light feather of a large bird. Quills were used for writing with ink before the invention of the dip pen. Quills were the writing instrument in the Western World from the 6th to the 19th century.

3.) The quill looks exactly of the picture above. There is feathers on the top of where you hold and where you write on the bottom. The ink is on the side of where you dip from. 

4.) The "pen" version is the past (the quill) in the past was used for a writing instrument. The process of how to use it is made from feathers on the top from a bird for where to hold and to write you dip it in ink. Each part of the ink will hold a certain amount to write. When you run out, you dip for more. 

5.) This process of technology has changed in a good way. There is a large difference between the quill and the pen. Of course, with the research of today present is better than the past and the future will be better than the present. The pen has better ink inside and you will not need to keep dipping for ink. Therefore, the pen is the better writing instrument and will write faster.

                      turned into ->

6.) Through time, the change of the quill turned into something better, a pen. It takes longer and is more frustrating to write with the quill because you have to keep dipping ink to write and it will take a while. But with the pen, it takes less time because you have to keep dipping for ink, it is already held in the pen.

7.)  The first pen was introduced in 1945.

8.) Just like other inventions (for example) the washing machine was once used to wash clothes in lakes for the past and now it turned better into the present as the washing machine. Just like the pen and quill, the pen changed into something better from the past and present, and will continue better into the future. I think as more inventions came out, it was easier to invent more inventions.

9.) I think the pen invention will change into where you speak what you want to write on the paper, and the special future invention will write it for you.

10.) This future invention will include a machine with a holder of where the pen will go. The machine will move to write the words. You can speak, and it will do the job for you.

11.) The futuristic design is better than the current technology because it will make things faster and easier. Instead of writing on your own, this machine will do it for you. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Cloning Story

Attack of the Clones                                                        By: Karen Smith

                                                                                                             5/18/2014    period 5/8 "A"

              It was a bright sunny day when my sister and I decided to go to the boardwalk. When we arrived, we bought tickets to go on the rides. I could tell it was going to be a fun day. 
            When we went on the first ride, we noticed something peculiar. I looked around and I was shocked.                         "Do you notice that---why does everyone look exactly like us?," I asked my sister acting confused.
                      "It's like everyone is a clone of us", she told me.
                Everywhere we looked there were people who looked exactly like the both of us. All we could think of was to ask someone what was going on. 
             "Who are you, why do you people look exactly like my sister and I?," I asked someone.

             They told me that my sister and I were a clone of everyone and it was legal by the government. We looked at each other annoyed and confused. But before we could say anything, I heard a beeping sound. 

           BEEP BEEP, goes my alarm clock. I opened my eyes with lots of things on my mind.
                "Time for breakfast!," my mom called.

             I noticed that all of that was just a crazy dream. With a smile on my face, I walked toward the table and told my family all about my dream. Also, I told them it was a bad dream because it would of been an overpopulation of us like an "attack of the clones". They looked at me like I was crazy, but we all laughed together and ate our breakfast. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Car Engineering!        By: Karen Smith

1.) Explain in your own words how car engineering works.
              Car engineering is almost like a human body. A human needs lots of energy and water, like the car needs oil and liquids, and needs motion to keep going. If you don't take care of the car, then it will break down. Car engineering is very important and useful to many people.

2.) How is your K'Nex car similar to a real car?
             The K'Nex car is very similar to the regular car. It may look different, but you definitely need to build it the same. Everything needs to be perfect on the car, for it to drive and work. You need to make the sure the balance and weight is good, you have a strong engine, and everything works successfully.

3.) How can you improve your K'Nex engine so that is more similar to a real car engine?
            You can improve the K'Nex engine to make it like the real car engine is if you take your time and make the weight equal. I think that is what my problem was, there was different weight on different spots, that's why we didn't do it correctly. 

4.) Discuss ways to improve either the design of the real car engine themselves or how we can use new fuels in the future to make cars better.
             You can improve new fuels in the future to make cars better if maybe if the car engineer workers make the fuels last longer. Instead of about 2 years, maybe they can work on making the engine/fuels last 5 years. Then, people would have their cars longer.

5.) Provide links to any research you looked at for help.

(picture of K'Nex car on upper right and pictures of car engines on left and right)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Bridge Blog Post!

           The Golden Gate Bridge takes place in San Francisco, California. It is the entrance to the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. This bridge is approximately three - miles long by one - mile wide and opened in 1937.  The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, and the United States. The travel guide considers the Golden Gate Bridge "possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed in the world." This is considered as a suspension bridge.

            Civil Engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works like roads, bridges, canals, dams, and bridges. I think civil engineering seems very interesting. What I like about it is, that it's amazing how some can sketch a design, and then to create it. 

                                                       By: Karen 


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Kepler and Newton!     By: Karen Smith

1.) What evidence in Kepler's life showed that he marched to the beat of a different drummer?

My Answer: Kepler's life is different than others because he is an important one. He was the inventor of glasses and he helped give a better understanding of the world. He also had major contributions of being an astronomer and a mathematician. Even when his parents were poor, he kept going with his accomplishments in life. He showed his success and kept going and his life showed that he marched to the beat of a different drummer.

2.) Summarize Kepler's three laws of motions.

My Answer: First, the orbits of the planets are ellipses with the Sun at one focus. The second law describes how a planet travels faster along its elliptical path when it gets closer to the sun. Last, the third law gives a precise relation between the size of a planet's orbit and the length of time that planet takes to orbit the sun.

3.) Add a picture of Kepler and a picture of something that represents him or his ideas. 

4.) What evidence in Newton's life showed that he marched of a different drummer? 

My Answer: Newton's life is different than others because he is also an important one. He was the inventor of gravity and had a great scientific mind. Also, he was a mathematician, alchemist, physicist, and astronomer, considering himself a natural philosopher. Isaac Newton invented what is known as today as calculus. His calculations completely changed the way people looked at the universe. He showed lots of success and showed that he marched to the beat of a different drummer.

5.) Summarize Newton's three laws of motion.

My Answer: The first law says that unless something is pushed or pulled, it will continue in a straight line or stay stopped. (inertia) The second law says that pushing or pulling on something affects on how it will react. Last, the third law says that if something is pushed or pulled, it will push or pull in the opposite way.

6.) Add a picture of Newton and a picture of something that represents him or his ideas.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Nuclear Science Presentation Link ^

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

(My opinion is that I'm against it) -opposite on the article                                                 10/30/2013
                                                                                                                                  By: Karen Smith

                                                         Nucleur Power is Good

In Defense of Nucleur Energy:

                      Having nucleur power is good because.....

  • most efficient power source
  • clean energy source (no smog)
  • doesn't deplete fossil fuels (coals,oil)
  • most powerful way to produce electricity
  • many reactors can be built in the same location
  • makes a lot of money everyday
  • energy resources are available to supply the world's expanding needs
  • wastes remain a major consideration whether they are released to the environment or not
Energy demand:

A number of factors are widely agreed. The world's population will continue to grow for at least several decades. Energy demand is likely to increase even faster, and the proportion supplied by electricity will also grow faster. Much demand is continuous, reliable supply of electricity on a large scale, and this will continue to dominate. The key question is how we generate the electricity. Today, worldwide 68% comes from fossil fuels (41% coal, 21% gas, 5.5% oil), 13.4% from nucleur fission, and 19% from hydrogen and other renewable sources. There is no prospect that we can do without any of these.

Energy resources:

There is an abundant coal in many parts of the world, but the constraints concerned by global warning, it is likely to increase as its large scale for its electricity production to scale down. Current proposals for "clean coal" will also change its outlook. Elements of the technology are proven but the challenge is to actually commercialize it and bring down the cost to complete with nucleur power. 
Another, is natural gas that is also abundant. It is valuable for direct use on its large scale use for power makes little sense. This is an important resource of generating electricity in some places.
Last, is a fuel for nucleur power is abundant, and even available from sea water at cost will have little impact on electricity prices. It is well proven that the neutron reactor technology is used, and the supply is limitless.


The safety of nucleur energy has been well - demonstrated. The only serious accident that occured was to a Western plant in over 30 years that had a tsunami at Fukushima in March 2011. 25,000 people were killed by the tsunami. There is probably no large - scale technology used worldwide for the safety record. Safety is a big thing because it was given a very high priority from the energy program. The safety programs include a series of physical barriers between the hot radioactive reactor core and the environment. Safety is very important.