For this WDYL (What did you learn) video we talked about the line of best and how to find the LSRL. I feel that this was a good test of our knowledge for this and that make group was good. We gave out the work evenly and gave each other the proper roles. There was only one problem with the group, one of my members said he could edit it well, but he really couldn’t. it isn’t his fault completely because his normal editing software didn’t work so he had to use iMovie. I got mad at first because he could of asked me for help, but the vieo isn’t completely awful.
For this experiment we had 3 pieces of paper, each piece of paper had a certain taste if you had a certain gene. If you could taste it, it meant that you were a super taster for that flavor/compound. I personally think that this is my favorite experiment of the entire year. For the experiment I only reacted to the third one and two and one I didn’t taste anything. Even though I was very involved in it, I could guess have bad they tasted off of my friend’s facial expressions.
For this project we had to to compare chromosomes and see if the person had a chromosomal mutation. I thought this project was cool at first, but after putting on and comparing the first five stickers it got really boring after that. Even though this was not the most exciting project we did, it definitely has helped me the most this year.
For This project we had to do DNA transcription and RNA translation. We were given a Mrna to translate and see what body features our aliens had. I personally loved this project, it really propelled my understanding of translating and was really fun. For me though it was really easy, I was done by the time most of the other people were half way done.
Before the Interim trip, my own values were that we need to help people in any way we can. Now my values are that we need to find the real problem that needs to fixed and not just what we think needs to be fixed. Before my trip, I assumed that Costa Rica was a dirt poor place where everyone was barely getting along. But after the trip I learned that my assumption was wrong, everyone in Costa Rica is nice and welcoming. While there living conditions aren’t the best, they all gave us whatever they had. There really was no bias that I had towards Costa Rica that I did not understand.
I have gained many new insights and understandings of the culture from the trip. One new insight I learned was that everyone there respects the land and the animals in the land. Daniel, A farmer we met there, was one person who really exemplified this. He used to be a worker who destroyed countless environments, and because of that work he wanted to help the environment and built an Eco-friendly farm. The new understandings I have from this trip and of their culture is that everyone takes care of each other. I learned this from the home stay lunches that we attended. We were strangers and the hosts took us into their homes and gave us everything they could.
I learned many new things that could be put to use from the communities with values, cultures, and skill sets that are very different from my own. One thing that I learned that was different is that they live with the environment and not on it. Everyone we met was very concerned about the environment and didn’t want to harm it. A new Skill set that I learned was how to open a coconut and how to play soccer better. Before I came to Costa Rica I was awful at soccer but now I am decent and can play with my friends more, Also I had never opened a coconut before.