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Aine keaveney

by aine keaveney

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Apple Investigation
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Week 3
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Picking our apple and excpectations
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Progress after week one
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Progress after 3 weeks
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After 3 weeks the apple has become a lot more frail in texture , it has soft sports with dents in them . The colour on the other hand has remained very similar to the colour when I initially received the apple.
The very small lighter spots on the apple have become more prominent and noticeable .I have never observed an apple in this great detail and I was curious as to what these dots were . Following some research I found out these spots are called lenticels and allow the apple to ' breath ' . Through these holes , the apple can absorb carbon dioxide and release oxgen.
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Day 1
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When we were told about this specific investigation I was quite excited .To first of all see if I would be able to mind this one apple for 63 days and wondered 'Would the apple not be completely mouldy by then?'
We began by first picking the apples for our inquiry based investigation , I lined all the options up first and chose the one which looked the most vibrant and in my eyes the most 'fresh' .
I feel having the most fresh and largest apple would yield a more favourable and slower rate of rotting in comparison to the very small , already rotting apples up for selection.
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On day one our apple which I have named 'Patrick ' is a bright red colour , he also has a yellow patch .The apple is medium size but has no soft spots .

Inquiry
Thinking about 63 days is a long time , I don't eat apples myself usually but comparing to a banana , I don't know if it will have grown mould by November 21st . Leading on from this inquiry I researched the life span of an apple .From my findings I found a crucial piece of information that I didn't think about .Apples last 3-5 days when cute but last 4-6 weeks when refrigerated . So I came to the conclusion that the skin of the apple provides a barrier to prevent or at least slow down the decomposing process
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Conditions
I decided to keep the chosen apple in the side pocket of the car , there were many benefits to this . First of all it is one place it would never be moved from so I would never lose it allowing me to document the entire journey .
The car also provided an ideal environment for the apple , as I said the apple would last the longest when kept in refrigerated conditions , and what is the closet to that , Dublin in November! I feel this made a big difference in preserving the apple in it's optimum condition for as long as possible . The car was also ideal as the apple may potentially have been slightly moving however the apple was not thrown anywhere or it did not fall .Therefore the chances of the apple developing any bruises , blemishes or exposed cuts were slim.
There was little change this week , a slight change in colour but nothing too drastic , I feel the apple is still in the height of freshness but this will change quickly overtime in the coming weeks


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Conclusion
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The photo above is of the apple on the 1st of December , 75 days later and the change is extremely noticeable . The lenticels are far more prominent at the end of this experiment and the apple has almost shrunk . Potentially losing water and becoming dehydrated ? The apple as a whole is soft , no hard patches like we saw in the middle of our investigation.
I then began to take notice of other fruits in my house and how they preserved / appeared .I noticed that avocados also have lenticels and are in theory very similar to apples , have an outer layer and possess seed(s) at the centre.
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Other Inquiry Investigations!
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Patterns and concepts
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Concepts
According to Erikson (2011) , a concept is something that is a mental construct or organised idea . These are normally timeless , universal , abstract and represented by 1 or 2 words .

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What is a pattern?
A pattern is , by definition is a repeated decorative design . However there is many different definitions so no exact one is correct .This shows patterns come in a wide range of concepts and appearances .We see it it abundance every single day , it is only when you stop and look around for it you will notice patterns.































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Photo below shows a visual of the investigation we completed in class involving the pipe pieces and ball
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The pipe investigation
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Conceptual lenses
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Explained
Today we conducted an investigated in groups of 8 , each person held a portion of a plastic pipe .We all stood in a line and the person at the top had a tennis ball , the aim of this activity was to get the tennis all from the first person in the line to the last and into a bucket without it falling on the ground .The one challenge was that none of the pipes were allowed to touch , this provided a significant barrier for us to deal with but provided a stimulus for us to discuss.
We had to determine a few things before each try and the only way we found these out was by using a 'trial and error' approach .Noticing something each attempt and fixing this mistake for the next time , by this we became better each time and after a few tries we succeeded . Some of the improvement we made each time were the pipe angles , the speed of the ball and the final location of the bucket .In this activity the skill of communication was for me a leading factor however the skill of observation was very important also , once this observation was done we made conclusions as to whether this was efficient or not .We used almost every basic step of IBL during this task

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