During the class of Chemistry and Agriscience, the learning objectives were to understand the structure of an atom, know how to use the Periodic Table, be able to convert from atomic mass to particles and volume using conversion equations and to understand scientific notation. Skills and knowledge acquired in the “Adopt an Element” project are valuable to my future because they reflect on the objectives needed to complete this class. The project that I am submitting as an artifact for Chemistry required us to become familiar with atomic structure and the Periodic Table, research a chosen element, and find an agricultural use of that element. From this project, I learned that the atomic structure consists of three basic particles; protons, electrons, and neutrons. On a periodic table, this information is written as the atomic number and the atomic mass. Many of those elements have benefits that can also be used in agriculture.
The project “Adopt an Element” required us to choose an element that is used in agriculture and research its benefits. I chose Sodium. The first step of the project was to find as many facts and information about the element as possible and list them on a google document with their citations. Then we had to create an infographic or an “advertisement” promoting the elements use in agriculture. The final step was to write a google document about the element’s use in an essay form with a minimum of 300 words. Throughout this process listed above, I have realized that I now understand more about agriculture and how they use elements to improve crops. I am also more familiar with using a periodic table than I was before I started the project. Growing in those skills was all a part of the Adopt an Element project. To complete all of the steps, I paid attention to the deadlines and used up all of my class time working. This tells me that I am an organized learner.
I have demonstrated the School-Wide Learning Outcome (SLO) of applying technological skills for the 21st century by knowing how to effectively use google classroom, docs, and slides. This is important because those skills will be used all throughout my education and career. I also demonstrated the SLO of a self-directed learner who communicates effectively in this project by productively using my class time and completing the project on the day it was due. This is important because being organized is one of the most important skills with any project. I could have improved my work on this project by choosing a better element than sodium since it is mainly harmful to the crops and dries them out. I was still able to find some benefits but they weren’t as significant to the plant growth.
In conclusion, this project helped me meet the objectives of this class by helping me further understand the skills needed such as being familiar with a periodic table and the structure of an element. It helped me understand how complex agriculture is and how knowing the elements and its benefits or disadvantages is crucial. Overall, this project was beneficial to my learning in Chemistry and Agriscience.