If I had to sum up teamwork in a gif, it’d probably be this:


All joking aside, I believe our team showed good communication and teamwork skills, though we’ve had our ups and downs and arguments, we worked out fine.

Good teamworks usually is displayed as lots of clear communication, good collaboration, and very few to no arguments. Everyone’s voice is heard and everyone’s ideas are acknowledged. Of course, this is very unrealistic because it is human nature to argue and to stick to your own idea rather then listen to others. Still, I think we did a pretty good job.

I learned a lot about my classmates during this project, because most of them were people I haven’t interacted with before (except Annie, but I learned a bit more about her while working with her) and so it was nice to get to know more people. I also learned that patience is not my best skill and that sometimes, if you want something to stop, you have to say so really loudly.

I usually don’t like working with others as much because you have more control over what you’re doing when you work alone rather than with others, and sometimes other people have ideas you think aren’t going to work out but you don’t want to say so. And you usually can’t help but blame someone else when something goes wrong.

Anyways. I liked this project overall, though! It was a nice experience and it was fun to work with new people.

The Final Reflective PBL Post!

Our models are finally-finally-done. Here’s a picture of our final products:

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Photo on 11-3-15 at 10.04 AM

Building the models were not very easy. Since Annie and I worked together on building the alveoli model, I’m going to talk about that one. If you want an analyses of the lung model one, visit Ryan or Brandon’s blog.

When building this, we faced difficulties such as ‘how are we going to make a model that represents an alveoli and have others understand?’ to ‘how are you going to make this interactive?’ to ‘which wire will let us put the clay balls in?’ and, the most frustrating question: ‘how am I going to finish this without killing all of my classmates?’

I think, though, the most difficult problem was trying to get the clay balls in the tube. We were going to put clay balls on a wire, and pull them through a tube. This would represent blood cells going through the capillary. But the thing is, when we did it, the clay kept sticking to the sides of the wall and never moved. We tried this several times, until at some point there was clay blocking up the tube so we had to fill it with water and bang it against a trash can to loosen the clay and get it out.  The design and material was a bit difficult to work with, so.

We ended up solving it by waiting to let the clay balls dry before putting them on the wire, and surrounding them with glue (that idea is thanks to Mr. Wylie) so they wouldn’t move.


We tested ours many times (usually mostly with the tubes) and with our clay alveoli. I think we had around 3-5 tests before we came to our result.  Our changes were not too drastic from the design, though. They usually followed the original design plan.


In conclusion, I feel like this project has brought a new perspective of teamwork. I’ve learned communication is essential to working with others, and that if you do not like something, you must voice your opinion. Creativity is hard in this project, because our system is specific. Even so, I think we were creative with our alveoli model. Also, even if you hit a brick wall, you CAN go around it. We faced many problems, but we managed to get around them. Overall, this was a fun project and a nice experience.



Would you look at that? Another PBL Reflection post! :)

Currently, our team is split into 2 groups: Annie and I are working on the alveoli project, and Jeffery, Ryan and Brandon on the lung model.

Annie and I have made good progress. We’ve finished the interactive capillary and we’ve just finished the alveoli by wrapping a lot of newspaper in clay. We just need to fit everything together and we’re finished.

As for the others, I think their progress is good. They’ve just finished the lungs and putting on the diaphragm, so I think we’re all good. Just tie up some loose ends and we’re good to go.

(Yet Another) PBL Reflection Post

1.) My group has finished planning the design and the materials we need to build our two models: a healthy respiratory system and a close up look at alveoli. We’re thinking about doing a unhealthy model, too, if we have the time.


2.) hAHAHAHAH. Our group fights a lot, over plans and materials and how interactive our models are and how productive some of us are. We sit around and laugh and do nothing, at points. And sometimes some people (no names, of course) keep screwing up and messing around with the google doc that lists all the materials we need, and we keep blocking them and having to re-start. I find myself yelling. A lot.

Otherwise, though, I think we’re good.


3.) I’m bringing a shoebox tomorrow, along with balloons at some point, if no one else is. Annie and I were also thinking about getting transparent colored paper at an art shop later, if we cannot borrow any from Mr. Lee.