1. Now that it’s over, what are my first thoughts about this overall project? Are they mostly positive or negative? Be specific
My overall thoughts about this project are mostly positive, since we were given the opportunity to learn more about issues relating to climate change. The project gave us more freedom than we had in the past, which forced us to take initiative and complete the project in our own time, with good time management.
2. What were some of the most interesting discoveries I made while working on this project? About the problem? About myself?
I found that ocean acidification is more of a problem than I realised. It has many consequences such as loss of marine life, loss of biodiversity, and negative impacts on human health and economy. I also discovered that ocean acidification was caused by the ocean absorbing carbon dioxide, rather than plastic and chemicals being released into the ocean like I believed before. Personally, I realised that I should work on my time management. With the freedom within the project, I learned that I should plan and set a date for individual assignments in order to maintain a smooth and stress-free outcome.
3. What were some of my most challenging moments and what made them so?
My most challenging moment was finding a definitive solution to ocean acidification. There is no direct solution to “de-acidify” the ocean, at least none that I could do myself. I therefore had to find an indirect solution that prevents further ocean acidification rather than solve the issue outright. Since ocean acidification is the absorption of carbon dioxide, solutions that help resolve that would be ideal for a solution for ocean acidification. After this realisation, finding a solution became easier, since the difficult part was discovering that there was no direct solution.
4. What were some of my most powerful learning moments and what made them so?
My most powerful learning moment was when I realised how climate change and the release of carbon dioxide into the air seriously affects our everyday life. The research I have done about climate change showed many negative consequences of climate change that will severely degrade our planet’s sustainability in the near future if not addressed.
5. What is the most important thing I learned personally?
The most important thing I learned personally was what I could do to help resolve climate change and the other issues it encompasses. For example, reducing plastic consumption and production would reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the air during the manufacturing process. There are many solutions that can be done in a small scale environment that would gradually help resolve the issue of climate change.
6. What most got in the way of my progress, if anything?
I think what got in the way of my progress the most was my bad time management. I could have finished some things earlier if I had put more time into them which would have reduced my overall workload.
7. If in a team, how well did I and my team communicate overall?
8. What did I learn were my greatest strengths? My biggest areas for improvement?
I think my biggest strength was that I was able to alter my presentation based on the audience. With older audiences, I presented the full scientific concepts. With younger audiences, I simplified many of the concepts and terminology which (hopefully) prevented them from getting bored or confused. My biggest area for improvement would be the infographic. I feel that it could have been organised better, as it was really long. Some more graphs would have made the infographic better as well. The statistics about climate change and carbon emissions could have been better, as I feel that it didn’t truly capture how serious the issue of climate change is. I also could have made the concept of energy transfer more clear on my poster, even though I tried to include it in my video.
9. What would I do differently if I were to approach the same problem again?
As mentioned above, I would re-organise my infographic to make it more concise and easier to read. I would also try to reduce the amount of text in the infographic, since a lot of text leads to a lower probability that someone will actually want to read it.
10. What moments was I most proud of my efforts?
I think my proudest moment was when my video turned out to be find and without any major errors. I am usually really bad at things related to design and film, so the fact that I was able to learn new features with filmmaking and that the video turned out to be fine was a happy moment for me.