Hi there! I’m back! In this post, I’ll be talking about my most recent project in Scimatics, called Chemistry Stories. This was a very anticipated project as I have always had a love for chemistry and have considered going into some field of bio-engineering as a career. We started this project just over halfway through November. We started it as usual, by making a mind map. Here is mine:
Next, we did a chemistry lab, where we got to work with hyrochloric acid, which was really fun.
We first poured the acid into a small test tube. We then put some zinc in the test tube and waited for about five minutes whilst holding another test tube upside down on top of the one with the HCl and the zinc inside. When hydrochloric acid reacts with zinc, it produces hydrogen gas. The gas rises into the top test tube. We then lit a wooden splint on fire and held it under the inverted test tube. There was an audible pop when the hydrogen gas combusted, which was really cool.
Throughout this project we also did a lot of work in textbooks and workbooks.
The whole goal of this project was to create an animation that demonstrates covalent and ionic bonding. If I’m being entirely honest, I didn’t really love the rest of this project. I just kind of felt like we spent more time on our animated videos and presenting our learning than we did actually making sure we understood our learning. Maybe it was just me, but I felt like there was more emphasis on making sure we knew how present our learning than actually doing the learning. We just could’ve gone way more in depth if we hadn’t used that time for animating a video. It was definitely a good learning opportunity and I feel like it did advance my knowledge of chemistry quite a bit.
On the upside, I did learn a lot on this project. I really enjoyed learning about covalent and ionic bonding and the experiment we did in the start of this project was a lot of fun, as previously stated.
I tried my best to stay focused and on task in this project but found it to be a little difficult at times because I wasn’t really enjoying some of the stuff that we were doing. It just seemed kind of redundant.
Anyways, here’s my final animated video.
I hope you enjoyed all 426 words of this blog post and I’ll see you next time!