The B-Team: The A-Team was Busy

 

Six men in suits sitting on chairs, smiling and laughing.

Scientists of the Manhattan Project Image Source: Wikipedia

Science itself, is a very social subject. Sometimes experiments are being conducted by teams of Scientists, pushing the boundaries of science itself. Those are the A-Teams of Science. Most scientists are those B-Listers. And by that, I mean no disrespect. I simply mean that many scientists, if not the majority of them, shall not receive massive recognition. Me and my group would be considered B-List scientists if not lower. But that doesn’t stop us from doing science, no matter how flawed or bad out methods may be. And with that ringing endorsement, we move on to my main idea: That Science is far more efficient and is done much better when working with other scientists.

As I stated above, science in and of itself is a very social subject. You see it all the time on the silver screen. There is always a group of scientists that create some sort of horrible virus or monster. The experiment we were told to conduct by our Teacher could not have been accomplished by just one person. To do it by yourself would not only take forever, but it would at times be extremely frustrating. Imagine if the Manhattan Project was only one scientist. He would’ve gone nuts! Think how long it would’ve taken for one man to come up with all the calculations for the Large Hadron Collider! Science always needs more than one pair of eyes, it just depends on when the eyes see it. Like, you can do small scale experiments by yourself (does water clean better than olive oil, etc.), but then you have to present your findings to a group. That way they can conduct their own experiments and further solidify or disprove you hypothesis or theory.

But then there are large scale experiments that may require a small group of perhaps five people. If four scientists agree on something, the fifth may see something the others don’t. That’s the beauty of working as a group; More brains, double the eyes. More brains equals more ideas, more eyes means more mistakes are seen and rectified. This adds to the efficiency of the experiment, and can add to its accuracy. This happened several times in my group during our experiment. When I would get confused, or if another member wasn’t sure on how we would do things, one or all of us would explain to the odd man out and we were able to push on with our worm collection.

 

 

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Plastic Eco Towers

In Mr. Long’s field science class we have a done a lot of projects, one of them was making an eco tower out of old two liter bottles we brought from home. The eco towers took us about an hour to assemble, and after that we went deep into the Washtenaw Community College Hardwoods, by the ponds, to collect organisms to inhabit our eco tower.

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This is the model ecosystem, Eco Tower, that we built on class

 

 

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The Small Ones

I’ve always loved frogs. A lot of people do. After all, what’s there not to like about them? They’re fascinating creatures, and are fun to observe. Especially the small ones, because nothing can melt a person’s heart like a tiny animal. But what would you do if you killed one, even on accident? Even if it was unavoidable, and was in fact the way nature intended it to be? My group found out the hard way, on a rainy spring afternoon on the WCC campus.

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Antagonizing Worms for Science

On a hot spring day, a group of my classmates and I stepped outside  Each of us had some materials in hand, and I thought to myself that this was gonna be such a drag. The weather was very hot and humid, and the study plot was relatively far away. Honestly, what could be so important about field science to have an entire class dedicated to it? At least that was what I thought before we began to conduct our field study.

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One of the larger worms we found in the Hardwoods.

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The Bowl: Good for Lunch, Not for Worm-Catching

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“The Bowl” on WCC Campus

Over these past few weeks, our science class had broken into groups and performed an experiment designed to catch and count worms. The goal of this experiment was to compare the worm population at two different spots on the WCC campus. We chose The Pinewoods and The Bowl for our two sampling spots. One area worked and one didn’t. Continue reading

The Thing About Worms…

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 A few worms found on the WCC campus.

What do most people think of when it comes to worms? Typically, there’s nothing but good things to say about worms. The main thing is that they’re great for fertilizing the soil to produce better crops. Other than that, they’re basically harmless. At least that’s what I thought at first. Upon further research, I’ve learned that worms are not as harmless as they are said to be.

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Where on Earth are the Worms?

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Picture of worms extracted from the field.

“Careful! Watch out for lightning.” These were that last words you got from your teacher before you went outside to do your experiment. You want to find out if worms are most commonly found in a hardwoods forest or a patch of lawn on a field on the WCC campus, but guess what? It starts to rain. You know from prior knowledge that worms like moist soil but, like you were supposed to, you do the experiment anyway. The problem is that the rain was only spread on to the field and not the area where you were in the hardwoods. The different areas can have different events affect their worm quantity. Continue reading