Monday, May 25, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Science in the Valley

"Life Through a Looking Glass" is a Home Learners Biology workshop run by Trinity Western University. I had the opportunity to play cell biologist and learn to use a compound microscope.

I learned about the five kingdoms of nature: Kingdom Animalia, Kingdom Plantae, Kingdom Monera, Kingdom Protista, and Kingdom Fungi.

Kingdom Animalia includes all animals and humans. Kingdom Plantae includes all plants, veggies and fruits. Kingdom Monera includes, well, monera! Monera are one cell creatures that have no nucleus. Kingdom Protista includes a large and diverse group of eukaryotic microorganisms including algae, amoeba, paramecium, and euglena. (Whew!) Kingdom Fungi includes varieties of fungi and mold. (Fun guys not included!)

So that's that. I haven't even covered half of what I learned!!!! Let's see, microscopes have an eyepiece, a stage, lenses....

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

16th Annual Delta Triathlon

This was my first Delta KOS Triathlon, but I've done the Templeton triathlon 3 times before. I was a bit nervous at the beginning. The Delta triathlon has a timing band for each athlete and a speaker that announces your name at the finish line - like a real professional triathlon!

The swim was 100 metres and I did it in 2:27. The swim was great but I got a bit tired at the last lap. I was the fourth swimmer into the pool so it's nice to not get stuck with a bunch of other swimmers!

Cycling is always my favourite part because I feel more relaxed. There's not so much pressure as in the pool when everyone's splashing around you. I did my 3.75 km bike ride in 14:51.

Running is my least favourite part of the triathlon! It's the last stage and I'm already tired from swimming & biking! I did my 1 km in 5:53, bringing my total time to 23:11. I came in 11th place among 36 girls in my category!