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Students! Enter progress (2-3 sentences) in your own blog after every Genius Hour Session.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Declaration of Independence MODEL. DO NOT USE MY STUFF.


LIFE



Certain species of animals, plants, insects and other organisms, including microorganisms, are not allowed into California. For those that are allowed, an import permit and/or health certificate or phytosanitary certificate may be required to legally enter into the state of California.

cdfa.ca.gov/plant/pe/transport_animals_plants.html

To get an import permit, health certificate or phytosanitary certificate growers have to have inspections of their nurseries.  If someone sends plant material into California that has not been inspected, the plant material might bring in bacteria, fungus or other living organisms (like insects) that could severely damage California's crops, like oranges and lemons.  If the crops are damaged, people would lose their jobs.  No jobs means no money for food, shelter or medicines.  This could cost people their lives.

LIBERTY



California has a "Basic Speed Law." This law means that you may never drive faster than is safe for current conditions. For example, if you are driving 45 mph in a 55 mph speed zone during a dense fog, you could be cited for driving "too fast for conditions."

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/pubs/hdbk/speed_limits

I appreciate it when law enforcement officers give tickets to people who are driving in an unsafe manner (such as too fast on a wet road)  because I know that I am safer on the roads.


PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS



The [Pitkins Bridge and Rain Rocks Rock Shed] project was programmed in the 2004 State Highway Operation and Protection Program with $24,039,000 of construction funds for the 2007-2008 fiscal year.  This project will be funded through the Makpr Damage Restoration Program (201.130) of the 2006 State Highway Operation and Protection Program, which adopted total construction funding of $34,461,000 for teh 2009-2010 fiscal year.  The project has been assigned the Project Development Procession Category 4B.


http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/projects/pitkins/feir_web.pdf



One of the places where I am most happy is driving up Pacific Coast Highway 1 at Big Sur.  The new Rain Rocks Rain Shed will divert rocks in a landslide (which happen there almost every year) over the road, potentially saving human lives. However, before the project could move ahead, an environmental study had to be completed to make sure it would not have a negative effect on the environment of the area.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Declaration of Independence - Natural Rights of Man


LIFE


I grow a group of plants called brugmansias.  The common name is "Angel's Trumpets."  I have friends all over the world who grow these, and they grow easily from cuttings.  In California it is hard to find colors in nurseries other then yellow or white, but my friends in the Southeast United States grow them in pinks, salmons, peaches and oranges.  In the fall they cut back their plants and sell parts of the branches as cuttings for other growers to root.  I would like to order some cuttings from my friends, but I know California has laws about bringing plant materials into the state.  I think I'd better find out if it's legal to bring these in.

Here is what I learned on the California Food and Agriculture site:


Certain species of animals, plants, insects and other organisms, including microorganisms, are not allowed into California. For those that are allowed, an import permit and/or health certificate or phytosanitary certificate may be required to legally enter into the state of California.

cdfa.ca.gov/plant/pe/transport_animals_plants.html

That's disappointing.  It means I probably cannot order from my friends unless they have a permit (and most of them don't).  But I understand the reason for this law.

To get an import permit, health certificate or phytosanitary certificate growers have to have inspections of their nurseries.  If someone sends plant material into California that has not been inspected, the plant material might bring in bacteria, fungus or other living organisms (like insects) that could severely damage California's crops, like oranges and lemons.  If the crops are damaged, people would lose their jobs.  No jobs means no money for food, shelter or medicines.  This could cost people their lives.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

First Genius Hour Blog Assignment

Friday, February 27, 2015


Today and every Genius Hour session you are to post a two-to-three sentence report on your progress on your GENIUS HOUR PROJECT.  What did you research?  What did you add?  What did you consider adding but are not sure about?

Make sure you use the label function to label it GRADEME so that I know it is the report.

New Post (or click on pencil)
Label
Type #grademe into the box
Done
Title your post
Write your post
Publish

Be careful!  I am not interested in what you did to your blog.  I am interested in what you did on your Genius Hour Project.

You may use this blog to store pieces that you are considering.  BE SURE TO INCLUDE THE CITATION.  To cite an internet source, use this format:

Author (if given).  "Title of Web Page."  Title of Website.  Date last updated.  Name of organization that sponsors the site.  Date accessed <URL link>.

Examples:

Walker, Gary.  "The Effects of Radiation."  Hiroshima Atom Bomb.  15 Mar. 2000.  Los Alamos Research Facility.  14 Oct 2008.  http://www.larf.org/hiroshima/radiationeffects.htm.

Flannery O'Connor Collection.  7 July 2006.  Georgia College and State University.  31 August 2006.  http://library.gcsu.edu/~sc/foc/htm.


Note that the author in the second example is not given.  It is sometimes very difficult to find all of the information you need to make a proper citation for a website.  Try to find as much information as possible.

My thanks to Mr. Kaio for sharing his "WORKS CITED CHEAT SHEET.  (KEEP THIS FOREVER!) with me.  I hope you still have yours.  Forever is now.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Clarification:

In your final Genius Hour presentation, you must explain how the federal government is involved in your topic.

THIS MUST BE SPECIFIC!

For example, "the federal government gives money to it" is too general.  Be specific – EXACTLY how does the government give money?  What is the name of the grant? When was it started?  How much do they give?

"The federal government taxes it" is also too general, too vague.  What is the tax?  How much is it?  How is it collected?

"The federal government regulates it."  TOO GENERAL.  TOO VAGUE.  What, exactly, are the regulations?  There are HUNDREDS of regulations on cars, for instance.  And imports even more than domestic.  Give specific examples and explain how they affect the performance of the car.

February 20, 2015