Project 3 Idea

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For project 3 I want to use the system I created for project to a make an interactive game about ecosystems. To make it more interesting when an animal dies out a passive aggressive message will appear on screen.

I’m hoping to wither use a Makey Makey or an Arduino as a control panel for the user.



Project 2 In-progress



For project 2 I decided to try to simulate the ecosystem of Yellowstone national park specifically how the wolf population effects the other animals and wildlife.

Here is the link to the article I found all the information from

Here is a link to a google slides presentation of the history of wolfs and how the hunting of them effected America.

For the NetLogo simulation I am going to base it off of the Predator Prey simulation in the models library and the sheep eating grass simulation we did in class.

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In the end the simulation should be similar to the one above but more in depth. I’m planning on having sliders for each animal I include in the system so the user can see what the outcome will be.

Self Directed: The Restaurant Kitchen

I worked in a restaurant my last two years of high school so I became well versed in the inner working of the kitchen.


  • The order
  • Chefs
  • The customer


The interconnections in a restaurant’s kitchen are a vital part to correctly cooking the oder and gaining customer satisfaction. Below I made a simple diagram showing the interconnections. First the order comes into the kitchen, this is where the cook assembly line comes in. One cook will cook the main dish while another focuses on sauces and side dishes. Once the dish is complete the souse chef looks over the dish, if it satisfactory it moves on to the chef, if it isn’t it goes back to the assembly line cooks. If the dish passes the inspection of the head chef it’s sent out to the customer, if not, then like before it is sent back to the cooks. Now when the dish arrives to the customer and they like it the system ends, but if they are not satisfied the dish gets sent back and the process repeats.



In a kitchen every step relies on the last for the dish to come out perfectly. If one of the cooks is too slow then the orders pile up and customers have to wait. If one is too fast the food has to wait, make the food cold by the time it goes out.


The purpose of a restaurant kitchen is to make good for in a quick and organized manner for customers to enjoy. There’s this thought for some people that when they go out they expect and amazing meal, and the kitchen staff have to fulfill that.

Biological System: The Respiratory system

Breathing is essential to staying alive, making the respiratory system a vital system in our body. Because this system is very large and in depth I’m going to focus on just a part of it, the lungs.


  • Bronchi
  • Bronchioles
  • Lungs
  • Oxygen
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Alveolus


When the oxygen enters you lungs in goes in through the bronchi on each side. The bronchi split into thousands of tiny tubes called bronchioles. These tubes run throughout both sides of your lungs. At the end of each bronchiole there is an Alveolus, it’s an air sack covered in capillaries of red blood cells with hemoglobin. Because of diffusion the carbon dioxide rich capillaries and the alveolus filled with oxygen exchange their gasses. Each gas wants to be where there is less of it. The oxygen then gets transferred throughout your body through the blood stream while our lungs exhale the carbon dioxide.lungs_172_ec4718ad9fc6fbe4b74ed22b9ef8e5f0d313cde7


In the respiratory system a major control/feedback would be the amount of CO2 that is in your blood. If you have too much CO2 the it is harder for you to breath.


Breathing is vital, making the lungs very important. They are there to get the oxygen needed for our bodies.

Industrial System: Sewer Treatment

Where does all of our sewer and dirty water go? Well it ends up at a sewer treatment plant where is goes through many stages of treatment before it is clean and can be used again. This is a complex system with many elements and steps to it.


  • Dirty water
  • Waste
  • Headworks
  • Treatments
  • Chlorination
  • Drinking water


The interconnections of the sewer system are complex. For the most part it’s a liner system, there are just many steps involved. First waste dirty water from homes and business travel through a networks of pipes. It ends up at the sewer headworks where the cleaning process can begin. The treatments start with the preliminary treatment. Here large waste is filtered out. In the primary treatment hydrogen peroxide is added to the dirty water and waste settles to the bottom of the tank where it is filtered out. Next, in the secondary treatment oxygen is added to the water and smaller waste particles are filtered out. Before the water gets to the chlorination stage a disinfectant is added to the water. During chlorination chlorine is added to the water to completely clean out all waste particles and to disinfect the water. After that a dechlorinator is added to the water to bring the chlorine levels down and ta da you have clean drinking water!

Sewer treatment


The different treatment areas act as the control for the system. If the water doesn’t read levels of clean water, it won’t get sent on to the next step. This prevents dirty water from ending up in clean water.


Drinking dirty water is extremely bad for your health and life threatening. With systems like sewer treatment we are able to disinfect dirty water to use as clean drinking water. It’s a big recycling precess that is essential to everyone.

Control System: ETC (Electronic Toll Collection)

Growing up near the horrific traffic of i35, toll roads are near and dear to my heart. For just a couple dollars I’m able to skip rush hour traffic and drive 85 mph. But I always wondered how the toll cameras knew when to toll me and how much, and how the sensed my car. Oh and incase you think that by going fast enough you can skip the toll, you can’t. Here’s a 700 hp Hennessey Corvette going 200 mph, and the toll cameras still manage to get a picture of the plate: Toll Road Corvette


  • Car
  • Camera
  • Automated vehicle identification (AVI)
  • Transaction processing


Since toll road systems are different from state to state, here are the basics on the the toll booth scans and charges cars. ETC starts with automated vehicle identification. Each vehicle going through the toll booth must have a tag with a RFID chip in it in place on the dashboard or window. The AVI sends out a signal looking for this chip. As a car drives through the booth a camera takes a picture of the car’s license plate to get information on the driver and car. If the AVI found a toll tag on the vehicle the charge is sent to the driver (via the information from the toll tag account). If a toll tag is not found then using the picture of the license plate a bill for the toll plus a fee for not having a tag is sent to the driver through the mail.



The main control/feed back in an electronic toll collection system is wether the car has the proper RFID chip as a toll tag. That’s the deciding factor on how much the driver/owner of the car has to pay.


The purpose of the ETC is to cause less traffic on toll roads. before these systems were put into place a car would have to stop and wait to physically pay the toll at a real booth, causing traffic and slowdowns. Since people are already paying to drive on the road, there should be no traffic. By using ETC you get rid of stopping all together, insuring less traffic.

Environmental System: The Water Cycle

From a young age I have always been interested in weather and the patterns it has. I always know the forecast for the week and I try to predict what the outcomes will actually better than meteorologists. Because of this I picked the water cycle to analyze. To get you thinking about the water cycle here’s a throwback Bill Nye video explaining the system: Bill Nye the Science Guy


  • The Sun
  • Water
  • Clouds
  • Precipitation
  • Runoff
  • Bodies of water


This system is a cycle where all the different parts depend on one each other to work and to repeat. In the diagram below I have create a simple picture showing the flow of water through the cycle. Water from the Ocean is turned into water vapor from the heat of the sun and then is evaporated into the atmosphere. From there the water vapor condenses into water droplets high in the air and forms clouds of condensation. The clouds then begin to precipitate in the form of either rain or snow. When the precipitation hits the ground it either soaks in or accumulates into runoff and eventually ends up back into a body of water where it waits to be evaporated again.

water cycle


The water cycle is a system that relies heavily of the different elements for the cycle to work properly. The main dependent is water, without the cycle can’t begin. Without water there would be no evaporation, causing rain/snow clouds not to form. When the clouds don’t form there is no precipitation. Likewise, if the ground is dry and soaks up all the precipitation then there is no standing water to be evaporated.


The purpose of the water cycle is to constantly replenish water all over the Earth. Water is a necessity to live making it very important that the water cycle is functioning properly.

Sociological System: The Inner workings of Instagram

Instagram, we all know and love it. But how exactly does it work? The basic operations and outcomes of posting on the site is a basic system that has different outcomes depending on how well your post does.


  • Instagram
  • Posts
  • Followers
  • Likes


Instagram is a system full of interconnections. In the diagram below I’ve created a way to visually take a look at them. It’s a cycle, where each step depends on the other. By posting on the site you gain followers, those followers then like your posts and that gives you fulfillment and the confidence to keep posting. As you keep posting your follower count grows and the number of likes you get increases giving you even more happiness. The cycle however can be broken. If you post and it doesn’t get a satisfactory number of likes, it leaves you feeling sad and wonder why no one likes it, leading you to not post as often.



While using Instagram, for a lot of people (especially people aspiring for fame) the number of likes they get when they post a picture correlates to whether they post again soon. You’re feedback is the number of likes you get on the photo or video you post.


There is no purpose for Instagram except to show off moments of your life to friends and others. You could say the the function is to gain followers and likes, which increases your self confidence.


The Urinary Tract

There is some bad stuff in the body. The parts of the body are a family; they wrap through the body in a weird way and clean the bad stuff out so you can feel good. They police everything that comes in and out to make sure nothing is crazy. One of these parts looks like a food we usually eat and cleans the blood. This is called a kid knee. There are two of them, married, a wife and a wife (you should be open minded and like their relationship). They work together but you can live if you just have one. It would be sad for the old wife though as she would be alone and have to work harder.

The bad stuff in the blood hurries through the two kid knees, then goes down the body hallway and sits inside the cup that holds water stuff. This water stuff is not blue, not red, and not green, but a different normal color that starts with the letter ‘why’ and is like hello. This color is called ‘why hello.’ The bad stuff gets taken out of the body: you’re like “oh…surprise… I have to go.” You put the why hello bad water stuff through your body into the bathroom with some clear water and it all goes away.Screen Shot 2017-04-07 at 3.28.47 PMurinary-system-diagram