Kylie Fung

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Huntington Library Trip<p>Kylie Fung<p>Period 2<p>My experience with the Huntington Library was extraordinary. Everything that are seen in photos were right …

Summer Reading: Before I entered high school, we were required to read a book for biology and do a summary about it. I read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”. After reading this book, I learned the importance of bioethics and regenerating cells. Learning about cancer cells is interesting and I want to maybe find a vaccine for cancer.

Scientific Thinking: Since gaining more knowledge as I’m taking Honors Biology, I began to be more curious. For example, when I went to Huntington Library, I saw Koi fishes. I thought to myself, “ Since respiration and photosynthesis work together to produce needs we need, is there a similar concept with water and the Koi fish?” Honors Biology triggered my brain to be curious about what will be an outcome of a lab to being curious about my daily life.

Respiration: I am very fascinated on how respiration and how we take part in it. We take in oxygen provided by plants and breathe out carbon dioxide. Learning about this topic was a bit confusing but once I got it, it felt like I knew the world inside-out. This had me thinking of living organisms living in place other than Earth.

Technology Skill: In the beginning of the year, we were assigned to make a trailer about the book we read in the summer. We used a website called animoto. Making the trailer was easier than I thought. All you had to do was to insert pictures and captions and get your timing right. I felt very proud after watching the finishing project.

Huntington Library: On this self-field trip, I learned the importance and beauty of plants. This gave me a better understanding of why our environment should be protected.


Scientific Communication and Writing: I have been writing lab reports since 8th grade. They were always full of fluff to fill up the space. My lab reports were also very repetitive. I would use the same word structure. In Honors Biology, Mrs. Diver taught us how to scientifically and properly write a lab report. I learned how write qualitative details to quantitative details about our labs. Practicing this through labs and labs made writing a report not the hardest part of the lab.

Collaboration/Teamwork I feel like I improved in my collaboration since coming to Honors Biology. Since we have many labs to do, teamwork is vital. I learned how to distribute parts of the lab to my teammates so we can get work down faster. Trusting your teammates is also important. You have to trust the picture taker to share the photos.

I have a passion of how cell is functioned and structured. It is fascinating that the tiny organelle parts work together to keep living organisms alive. Seeing these parts fighting illnesses and diseases encouraged me to learn more about them and how to prevent it.

My new note taking skills is something I’m proud of. Back in middle school, note taking was nothing but a pain to me. I would never use them because they were poorly made. Using the textbook was an option, but did not hit the key points. Now in high school, I learned the importance of them and properly utilize them for labs, tests, and finals. I do chapter maps, Things I already knew/ Things I didn’t know, and more. Using these notes helped me gain knowledge faster and easier rather than only using a textbook.

Microscopy Observing is the most important part of science. Using the microscope for the first time was amazing. It took observing to a whole new level. We got to see the cells that make up the elodea plant. Learning how to use a microscope and properly prepare it for labs made me feel like a step closer to my dream job.

Back in 5th grade when we started to learn photosynthesis, my knowledge was very limited compared to now. I went from knowing what is needed for photosynthesis to occur (water, energy, and carbon dioxide) to knowing the little steps of photosynthesis.

My Reflection of Honors Biology.