John Maxwell Reflection

After reading John C. Maxwell’s Developing the Leaders Around You, there are a couple points he talked about that particularly stood out to me, and I would like to elaborate on them:

  1. “Can [the apprentice] do what is required? Will he or she do what is required?” (Maxwell, 2014). This is one of the most important considerations for a mentor-apprentice relationship to work effectively. If the apprentice does not have the commitment to do what is required, then the relationship will turn into one almost completely based around the mentor, and the apprentice will not be involved enough to learn well. Even if the apprentice is fully committed, sometimes they will just be incapable at doing the tasks at hand. In this case, the learning process also falls apart. Even though this idea is so simple, I think it is still one of the most overlooked. If this principle is not considered right from the beginning, then the apprentice may not learn effectively, and the result will be wasted effort and time. In order for the grade nines to make the most out of the leadership projects and adventure trips, I can make an effort to specifically tailor tasks (for the leadership projects) and learning opportunities (for the adventure trips) based on their capacity and commitment. For example, if a grade nine is finding a task overwhelmingly difficult or does not have the preliminary knowledge to do the task, I may find another simpler task that is on the level of the grade nine’s capacity level.
  2. “Nothing is more confusing than people who give good advice and set bad examples.” (Peale, n.d.). Leading by example is one of the most important elements of being a good leader. As a learner myself, there have been numerous times when adults around me set bad examples and unknowingly followed them. Often, in real life situations, there is no one around you to correct these mistakes learned this way. However, the opposite is also true: Modeling can be a powerful tool for leaders when used in a positive way to support the other elements of leadership. It is also important that we recognize when we make mistakes and correct our apprentices’ mistakes in order to avoid developing bad habits. During the leadership projects and adventure trips, the grade nines, being younger and more inexperienced, will likely take in a lot just by watching more experienced people doing tasks. For example, if we are working on the leadership projects and some of the grade tens get distracted from their work, the grade nines will likely follow and be unproductive. Even if grade nines are told to stay on task, they may still think it is okay to fool around because they look up to the grade tens and feel they cannot get in trouble if they are just “following.” To avoid making mistakes, it is important that we pay special attention to what we do and ask Ms. Mulder or other teachers whenever we are unsure of anything.
  3. Maxwell says that an effective mentor must have the characteristics of self-disclosure and being able to keep things confidential. A mentor-apprentice relationship works best if both people are completely comfortable sharing all their thoughts. Learning is hindered when a person hesitates to ask questions; failure is a natural part of learning. This allows for insightful and engaging learning, as well as a deep connection between the people. Although it is possible to learn without such a connection, thorough learning requires it. The mentor must be able to put himself/herself down onto the level of the apprentice to the point where they know each other well. The TALONS program puts emphasis on this and encourages friendship between all students. For example, it is always fun when students share funny past failures and mistakes in their leadership lessons, which are used so the mistakes are never made again. Everyone usually listens well, and the process is much more engaging. It will be beneficial if I can make more grade nine friends during the leadership projects and the adventure trips, so that we can engage during activities like hikes and paddling together later during the adventure trips. It is also important that I remain open and honest throughout the whole process. Interestingly, having grade nine friends is also beneficial for me outside of TALONS, apart from the consideration that it allows for gathering and further learning outside of school.

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Eminent person practice interview reflection

To practice for our eminent person interviews, I interviewed a classmate about their life and their experiences in Talons. The interview went fairly smoothly, but based on the feedback I got, there are several improvements I could make.

At first, I was a little unprepared for the interview and I was quite nervous when trying to engage in conversation. However, I found it much easier to talk once I started off the interview by getting to know Clara better. I think it would be a good idea to start off the real interview like this as well. Nonetheless, I still think I need to get much more experience interviewing people to make the process more natural. My parents are a great choice for practicing my interviewing skills because they will probably be willing to be my interviewee and there is no risk in interviewing them. To add variety to my interviewees, I may also try interviewing some of my classmates again if I still need more practice.

Another problem I had during the interview was my unpreparedness. Although most of my questions were strong and had purpose, some of them were quite unnecessary or poorly timed because I was desperately trying to ask all ten of my prepared questions. I will definitely try to prepare at least 15-20 questions for the real interview so that I can have more flexibility with my choice of questions, and I won’t have to ask all of them. I can even prepare follow-up questions for expected responses to help guide the interview, so the questions follow a logical order. Hopefully, this will make it more comfortable for the interviewee. It will also allow me to ask deeper questions and obtain information that I cannot get anywhere else.

Even though the interview went well, I don’t feel very satisfied with the information that I obtained. I didn’t really have much intention or goals in mind heading into the interview, which I can improve on. If I go into the real interview with an idea of the specific information I want to obtain from the interview, I will be able to keep my questions more relevant and avoid wasting the interviewee’s time on unnecessary questions.

The last improvement I could make is to speak more loudly and clear, as well as keep better eye contact instead of looking at my notes the whole time. As an interviewee, it seems much more like a waste of your time if the interviewer talks in a monotone voice and doesn’t seem to care about the interview very much. As I practice interviewing my parents, I will pay special attention to the way I speak, and I think I will naturally get better at it.

Interviewing my classmate was not nearly as stressful as the real interview will be, but I feel it was an important experience that helped me determine my strengths and weaknesses that I need to work on. I hope that with some changes, my eminent person interview will go even smoother than my practice one.

 

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Eminent Blog Post Comment Reflection

I was able to gain a lot of information by going through everyone else’s blog posts. First, I noticed that many people had quite loosely structured posts, but they were still very easy to understand. Some people’s posts were just one paragraph, but were surprisingly easy to read. In the future, I think it’s more important that I put my time into doing more research instead of putting most of my time into producing the polished product, which doesn’t seem to matter as much as I originally thought it did. Secondly, I noticed that people were very specific in the challenges that their chosen people faced. Doing more research into Tezuka’s challenges instead of achievements will definitely help me get a more thorough perspective on his life, instead of only focusing on his “good side.” Detailed research is also a good way of getting good examples for future sharing of information. I came across quite a few good examples on people’s posts that really helped strengthen their arguments. I will make sure to try to gather some of these through my interview and include them on the future stages of eminent. Overall, everyone had very interesting people to share about and it was well worth my time to read their posts.

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Eminent Person Introductory Post

“Coincidence doesn’t happen a third time.” – Osamu Tezuka.

This year, I chose to research Osamu Tezuka, one of the pioneers of the manga industry.

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Osamu Tezuka pioneered techniques that revolutionized the manga art style

Tezuka first used many of the drawing techniques that we see in manga today, making manga a much better experience for the reader. In order to make the content further accessible to the consumer, he introduced the idea of adapting manga into anime, and then even distributing it around the world. This is important for the anime industry because many popular anime series rely on the original manga for the story. The anime industry today would not have been nearly as big if it weren’t for Tezuka’s ideas. Being one of the first manga artists to have such success, Tezuka proved that the profession can be financially rewarding. Today, there are over 3000 professional manga artists, whose manga are being translated and read by people all around the world. All of this is thanks to Tezuka’s contributions, which will be remembered for as long as the manga/anime industry exists.

Tezuka didn’t become successful in one day, though. Before Tezuka, being a manga artist wasn’t nearly the respected and rewarding profession it is today. Manga wasn’t as popular back then, so it must have been hard to get his work published. Tezuka had to take huge risks, such as giving up becoming a doctor, to pursue manga, which was not very reliable. Later, Tezuka didn’t have much time for manga again because he had to help with the World War II efforts. Nevertheless, he stayed confident and worked hard to rise to eminence.

Learning about Tezuka’s life story is not only important for manga readers, but also for anyone who enjoys animations and movies. Tezuka’s contributions are so significant that they have spread well outside of the industries he worked in. The insight we gain by learning about him will help us better appreciate any manga, animation, or movie. Being a pioneer of so many manga techniques with such a successful life, most other influential manga artists would not have been successful either, making Tezuka arguably more important than them.

Personal Connections

About a year ago, I started getting into anime and it became an important part of my life. Since then, my interests have expanded into manga and light novels as well. However, I never set aside the time to think about and appreciate the hours of work that manga artists put into their work. I think the Eminent Project is a great way to do this. Since Osamu Tezuka was one of the “pioneers” of manga, I hope to gain some insight into the life of a manga artist and the industry.

Both Tezuka’s and my parents are very supportive of our passions. In Tezuka’s case, his parents were willing to buy art supplies and sketchbooks for him to draw. Although are interests are different other than manga and anime, my parents are also supportive of me in my interests. My mom lets me use her programming books when I want to. If it weren’t for our parents, there is no way that we could develop our passions to the way they are now.

One quality Tezuka and I share in common is our attention to detail. We also both can work hard when we need to. Once we find something interesting to do, we devote all our time and effort to it. However, the difference is that I often lose interest in the tasks that I do after a while. The motivation to keep persevering even when something is boring is a quality that I would like to emulate from Tezuka. Tezuka’s motivation, along with his confidence to take risks, are qualities that were necessary for him to become eminent.

A goal that I had when joining Talons is to find opportunities to make contributions to society. Other people are what give me purpose in life, and it benefits everyone the more we give to each other. Tezuka demonstrated this very well and left an impact on the world for at least many decades.

For the next phase of my research (the next week or two), I will look deeper into his childhood and the specific ideas that he introduced to the manga industry. I will also find someone to interview to find out more about him.

 

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References

 

Osamu Tezuka Quotes. (n.d.). Goodreads. https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/29482.Osamu_Tezuka

McCarthy, H. (2006). Manga: A Brief History. 500 Manga Heroes & Villains. Hauppauge, New York, USA: Chrysalis Book Group.

About Tezuka Osamu. (n.d.). Tezuka Osamu Official. https://tezukaosamu.net/en/about/1920.html

Romano, A. (2016). Osamu Tezuka was the “Walt Disney of Japan.” His beautiful manga biography shows why. Vox. https://www.vox.com/2016/8/2/12244368/osamu-tezuka-story-explained

Online Learning and Digital Project Reflection

Hybrid learning this year has completely changed what school is like for me. Of course, there are many cases where online learning will never be able to fully live up to the standards of in-person learning, even with the best technology, and for this reason I still prefer in-person learning in most cases. For example, this year we couldn’t do a lot of science experiments online because most of us didn’t have the necessary equipment at home. This slowed down our science class a bit. Also, there’s just something about MS Teams meetings that makes me feel very “disconnected” from the other people in the meeting, making the environment feel oddly formal to the point where I become much more hesitant to speak. However, there definitely are some advantages of online learning and lessons that the pandemic has taught us.

Managing my work digitally is almost always much easier for me than having to keep track of lots of papers; everything is just really easy to access with a couple clicks of a mouse, and typing is at least two or three times as fast as writing on paper. When working independently, my productivity is much higher using a laptop.

Even when working with other people, I find it really helpful to be able to send messages to my classmates outside of school time through email and MS Teams. Nevertheless, in terms of productivity, nothing compares to working with my classmates in-person; it’s just much easier and more effective to talk in real life than to talk in a virtual meeting.

I also find it very easy to get distracted by YouTube or other activities when working on a laptop, which is one of the disadvantages of having everything at your fingertips. I tend to get stuck staring at a screen for long periods of time without moving around, which is probably not the best for my eyes or for my health in general.

I found technology to be really useful for my in-depth project this year. It was really helpful for communication between me and my mentor. It was extremely effective because my topic was learning how to code. Zoom allowed me and my mentor to share our screens with each other and show our code. We also used GitHub to upload code to a remote repository where both of us could easily access it, which allowed us to collaborate well. For this project, there really was no need for anything in-person.

I also used technology a lot for group presentations I did with other classmates in marketing/business class in term 3. We usually talked together in call while working on the PowerPoint together. Since the group was usually only three for four people, we didn’t really have to worry about muting our mics, so we just left them on all the time. We were able to meet on the weekends, outside of school, which was really useful because the due dates of the projects were usually on Tuesdays.

Hybrid learning has taught us many lessons and has given us the opportunity to try out new technology. After school returns to normal, I think it is a good idea to keep using our laptops and to do most our work digitally whenever possible. I also think it would be beneficial to continue using technology to communicate with my friends and classmates outside of school, but only when necessary, as I find I sometimes get distracted from my work.

Social Studies Final Project

Here are some photographs of the creative component that I made for my Social Studies Final Project. For this creative component, I decided to create a piece that is more dynamic due to my theme being a very dynamic one. The paper section in the middle of the box rotates and shifts, showing how identity changes gradually throughout constantly changing power relationships. Here are some photos in case anyone missed this part of my presentation:

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The Golden Spruce: An Insight from the Eyes of Grant Hadwin

July 17th, 1971

At last, I finally think I found my true calling. This is where I belong; in the woods, by myself, just me against nature. My chance to be at the frontier; the frontier of tall, looming trees and filtered sunlight. This landscape of looming behemoths; behemoths that heed the words of no man. Although it pains me to see these once glorious mountainsides and valleys stripped down to bare rock, it is wonderful compared to becoming a worker, forever chained to a desk, with no challenges to overcome. Anyways, it’s not like the forest could ever run out of trees, right? I have the freedom to do whatever I want; take a detour to a neighbouring mountain, or hike along a wooded river. There is nothing that I can fear here; not even the wild cougars and grizzlies can defeat me; I am in my element, as naturally a bird in the air.

 

May 21st, 1979

Is cutting down all of these trees really the right thing? All of my doubts that I have been harbouring over the past years are slowly welling forth, eating away at my resolve. Who am I to be cutting down these these trees that have been here for hundreds of years? I have razed countless forests and valleys, leaving them dead and devoid of life. The tree-eating beast that is society is slowly killing this land and everything within it – with no concern whatsoever. But what can I do about it? All of my complaints to my manager in my reports, my attempt to make him aware of what his company was doing, so far have all been ignored and thrown away, never to be brought up again. There’s no use- I suppose I can do nothing but accept the inevitable destruction of nature.

 

October 11th, 1983

I quit. I want nothing more to do with this company that has no more concern for what they are doing to a land than a lion with a flea. I’ll devote my time towards using my skills to help the forest, using only salvaged trees to make a living. My conscience has finally driven me to act. No longer will I pretend that my job isn’t harming the very environment we live in. I was the last person to ever see some of the most beautiful places in the world, before they were cut down by these two filthy hands of mine. However much I love my job, I can’t keep going on like this, the destroyer of my own utopia.

 

April 3rd, 1993

What have I done? I am now facing probation, like a dog on a leash. That one moment of rage and anger bursting out from within me has caused me to become an caged man, with my every move watched and noted. They’re out to get me… I know this as a fact. I’ve been going to more protests more recently, trying to make as much of a difference as possible to save the forests that I know and love. No matter how many letters and faxes I have sent, and no matter how many people I talk to, I can’t seem to be able to get my message across. Although they have been mostly unsuccessful so far, I still cling to the hope that maybe, just maybe, all of this is doing something. If it wasn’t… the past year of my life would have no meaning at all.

 

July 14th, 1996

Cora is truly the only person I can confide in. Ever since I met her, I she’s the only one I’ve been able to talk to. Those days of us playing cribbage in the yard while laughing together are cherished memories of mine. As I walk along one of the many islands of Haida Gwaii, with Cora, a yellow shape, stretching up into the sky starts to appear. A tree. Except a tree unlike any other. I hear Cora gasp in wonder at what we were seeing. I gasp; but gasped instead in horror.

 

The tree was a sickly yellow, from the bottom to the very tip of the tree. An abomination of nature is the only way I could describe it. The tree defied order, proclaiming its uniqueness openly, for all to see. All around, I could see the stumps of those trees that had been standing there for hundreds of years, only to be cut down, with the golden spruce and the trees around it left behind as an awkward attempt to assuage the doubts of those who opposed the logging industry. As if leaving behind a patch of trees to please a few tourists dropping by in their air-conditioned tour buses would make a difference! Rage started to well up inside me; rage at the companies that ignored what they were doing to the environment while their executives raked in money; rage at those who stand by and do nothing about the destruction of the world around them; rage at the golden spruce. Something had to change, and only I could do anything to make that happen.

 

January 22nd, 1997

The wind is strong as I make my way across the dark landscape, with the expanse of blackened sky looming overhead, like a hole in the heavens. All my my worldly possessions were on me, with everything else given away without a second thought. I was ready to make a difference. Ready to right a fundamental wrong in this world. Ready to cut down the very symbol of the hypocrisy and ignorance of the logging industry: the Golden Spruce.

 

I started my chainsaw. As I start to slide it into the tree, the blade passes by hundreds and hundreds of years of history. The life of the tree, from birth to death. From its beginnings as an object of worship of the Haida, to the landing of the first Europeans, to a simple tourist attraction in the present day. This was no wrong- this was the only option to save our beautiful landscapes that are our forests. Even though cutting down this tree may be  With every cut of my blade, I am one step closer to opening the eyes of British Columbians across the province. One step closer to kick-starting the change that will keep our forests intact. And one step closer to preserving the natural paradise that I know and love for future generations to come.

Found Poem

For my found poem, I decided to use page 60 of The Golden Spruce. The poem ended up as follows:

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Then, disappear, as if jerked away by an unseen string.

Voices rose into the air, resonating with grief;

As the flames rise around the people, some cracks begin to show.

The people break out of the flames and suddenly stare out,

Engulfed and yet untouched by the fire,

As flames burst, weeping molten tears.

When I was reading through the book, this page jumped out at me in particular with its strong, vivid imagery, and flowing paragraphs that transitioned very smoothly. I then thought about how I could use fire to represent something that I wanted to talk about in the poem.

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In this poem, I used fire as a metaphor, and chose an image of a flame blazing away in the night for my image. I tried to use fire in this poem to represent the swallowing of Aboriginal and First Nations culture by the west, and how the traces of First Nations culture became burnt away, replaced with something completely different, ending in sadness, weeping molten tears.

 

 

 

In-Depth Post #6: A Bit of Polishing

In the past two weeks, I have managed to meet with Peter two times to play badminton. The last time I went with him, we worked improving my hits overall in general. He told me that he had noticed that I had been swinging my arms out wildly before I hit the birdie, which may cause me to lose balance or not be able to react quickly enough in time. That is mainly what I worked on for the past two sessions, since at this point there aren’t really any new moves for me to learn, and I am mostly working on polishing the ones that I do know, for the saying, “Jack of all trades, master of none” is not the point of this project.

While I was taking photos for this blog post, I realized that taking photos of a sport, especially a sport such as badminton, is very difficult. As you can see from the photo below, if you just pose and don’t move for a photo that looks very unnatural as well. As a result, for my learning centre, if I wish to have media or some sort of representation of myself playing badminton, I will take a video instead of pictures.

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In regards to concepts I learned in my recent sessions with my mentor, one concept that I learned have had drilled into my head from day one of this project in January is the concept of being ready at all times to hit the birdie. From the start, one is taught to always return to the centre of the court after hitting the birdie, and not stop to admire your own shot. This ties into the concept of always ready and supports it as well. Another part of the concept of being ready is to always be in a stance that easily allows you to spring forward or backward to receive a shot at any moment, with your knees bent. A final action that ties into this concept that I sometimes don’t do and am working on is having your racquet raised and pulled back to allow for a controlled and precise swing instead of just raising your racquet randomly, which also supports the concept of being ready. Another concept that I learned was the concept of forcing your opponent to do what you want instead of the other way around. This can be done by purposefully making a shot difficult to receive for the other side by placing it in a far corner or side of the court, which may cause the opponent to hit it in a very easy way to receive or not hit it at all.

One alternative that my mentor has offered me is the alternative to learn different or new moves instead of polishing the ones I knew, but I chose to polish the ones I knew because of the limited five month time frame of the In-Depth project. I decided to be better at a few moves, instead of being average in a lot of moves, which may impact my playing negatively or positively. Another alternative that was offered to me was the alternative of playing a lot of games instead of practicing moves one by one, in which I decided to practice all of the different moves at the start but then move towards playing more games towards the end of the project.

I believe that if I had a different mentor, my playing style may have been different as I would have had a different role model to try to copy and learn from, as I may have had a mentor that focuses more on theory and strategies instead of focusing on getting moves down and perfecting my motions. This would have resulted in me having worse movements but being better at strategizing.

I am looking forward to In-Depth Night very much after the adventure trip, and will be excited to present and showcase everything I have learned then.

Chemistry Independent Investigation: Hatchery

For my chemistry inquiry, I had wanted to look into the involvement of chemistry with nature and therefore decided to go to a hatchery to look into how chemistry was involved there. A week ago, on a rainy Saturday, I went to the Hoy Creek Hatchery to learn more about the involvement of chemicals in the operations of the Hatchery. I had emailed the Hoy Creek Hatchery Organization, which then gave me the contact information of the hatchery manager. I then contacted the hatchery manager, Rodney Lee, in advance and arranged for him to give me a tour of the facilities and an in-depth explanation of the things that go on there. After spending a few hours there, I returned home with thirteen pages full of notes in my Rite in the Rain notebook for me to review and share. He offered to email me the Metro Vancouver guide for different hatchery water testing procedures, of which I gladly accepted that offer. I referred to that guide when writing this blog post to ensure that I hadn’t made any mistakes with my notes or writing this post.

When I arrived, I was greeted by Rodney in front of the hatchery. He immediately took me inside to show me what went on in the hatchery. First, he talked about water testing done by major hatcheries around BC. The main things that are tested in streams near the hatchery are the pH level, the water temperature, the dissolved oxygen levels, and the turbidity of the water.

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Attached to the side of this tank is a tool that measures water temperature, pH, and oxygen levels.

The pH of the water must be closely monitored as aquatic life, especially young aquatic life, can be sensitive to changes in pH. One thing that Rodney also mentioned was that they couldn’t just take into account the sensitivity to changes in pH of just the fish, but also all of the rest of the aquatic food chain as well. As such, the current provincial guideline that the pH levels of water must stay within are between 6.5 and 9.0.

The water temperature must also be tested because ideally, the temperature of the water should be 12 degrees Celcius or less. If the water temperature becomes any higher than this, the fish will be less likely to be able to survive.

The amount of dissolimg_20170401_120728786ved oxygen goes hand in hand with water temperature, due to the fact that as the temperature of the water increases, the amount of oxygen that can be dissolved in the water decreases. If the water temperature starts to increase to 15-20 degrees Celcius, there can be major issues with the breathing of the fish. If the fish don’t receive enough oxygen, of course, they will die at a certain point.

The final testing that is done to the water is testing the turbidity of the water. Turbidity is essentially how murky the water is, or how much sediment is in it. If there is too much sediment in the water, there is a possibility that the fish eggs could get smothered. In Metro Vancouver Hatcheries, there is no exact unit that I know of that is used to measure turbidity, but hatchery managers still keep a close eye on how turbid the water is in Metro Vancouver.

There are many other factors that are looked at, such as if there are livestock living nearby which release fecal matter, farming operations that use pesticides or fertilizers that contain phosphates, E. Coli, or metals in the water which Rodney mentioned briefly.

When water is brought in from the creek for the various pools and hatching areas inside the hatchery, the water first goes through a particulate filter which filters out particulates such as small rocks and such, and then goes under a UV lightbulb, at which point the water is ready for use by the hatchery.

After that, Rodney showed me some of the various chemicals that are used in the hatchery. The first chemical that he showed me was called Ovadine. Ovadine is used for both egg surface disinfection, to kill bacteria or other contaminants, as well as equipment disinfection. Ovadine should be diluted to 10 mL/L for egg surface disinfection and 25 mL/L for equipment disinfection. The active ingredient in Ovadine is iodine, and Ovadine is a “polyvinylpyrrolidone iodine complex”.

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Ovadine
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All of the various chemicals used

The next chemical that Rodney showed me was Vitalife. Vitalife helps promote a protective layer of slime in fish, and essentially makes them more slippery.

The next chemical that Rodney showed me as Virkon, which contains oxone (potassium peroxymonosulfate), sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate, sulfamic acid, and inorganic buffers. Virkon is not used on the fish, but is important for washing off the boots of people working at the hatchery as well as inspectors who visit the hatchery. This way, spread of diseases from other hatcheries can be prevented, as young aquatic life can be especially susceptible to disease.

I was surprised at first when Rodney showed me that he had plain baking soda and vinegar, but I soon realized why. Rodney explained to me how those can be used to adjust the pH of water when transporting fish, due to the fact that, of course, vinegar is acidic and baking soda is basic. There was also another use for vinegar in addition to this.

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Eggs are translucent in this picture but become opaque when dead

Apparently, when a fertilized fish egg dies prematurely, the egg turns opaque, a milky white colour, which Rodney showed me a picture of. However, when vinegar is applied to the egg, the egg becomes transparent or translucent again, allowing one to find the cause of death for the egg.

 

 

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Sodium Thiosulfate

The final chemical that Rodney showed me was Sodium Thiosulfate. Sodium thiosulfate is used to neutralize Ovadine, and can be used to neutralize chlorine. This is very important because Ovadine is very toxic to fish, so one must ensure that there are no traces of ovadine in the water when adding fish.

 

At the end, he talked to me about factors affecting how the amount of water in the streams can vary. Because glaciers on mountains melt at a fairly steady rate, the water flow from just glaciers and snow is fairly constant within each season. However, in Coquitlam, we have drains on our roads that drain directly into streams and rivers. Unlike a glacier melting, when there is a lot of rain one one day, the water all instantly flows its way into rivers and streams, without that slow release of water. This means that if there was suddenly a very rainy day here in Coquitlam, the streams would rise much more drastically than a stream in the middle of the wilderness. Unfortunately, if the water in a stream rises or falls too drastically and has a very varied amount of water coming through, it is not good for the fish either. I never actually thought too much about something as simple as drainage could affect the habitats of hundreds of different organisms, but it’s true.

 

In the end, I managed to learn a lot about not just chemistry, but the environment too. I managed to expand my learning about chemistry beyond the confines of the Chemistry 11 curriculum, and learn about a subject that I personally was interested in. I was surprised at how many things in the hatchery related back to chemistry, from pH levels to neutralization of chemicals. I was unsure about if I would actually be able to learn anything useful, but then after going I realized that I had learned so much, simply from being at the hatchery for a few hours and hearing Rodney talk. I realized how much more you can learn by learning from a first-hand source, and got a lot more than chemistry out of this project as well. I am very glad that I decided to do this as my chemistry project!