Day 21: Science Journal

Today for science we were instructed to write a blog entry about 3 things. Firstly we are required to write about  observations of the second “common” sphere – the hydrosphere. Secondly we are required to write about observations of current local practices/alterations to the hydrosphere. The last thing that we were required to write about was observations of the student’s personal use and long-term effects of different day-to-day choices. 

The hydrosphere plays a very big part in the life's of the people in XiZhou. XiZhou is well known for lake Erhai which is one of the biggest lakes in China. Lake Erahi has aqueducts that stretch from the lake and from the mountain to the village. the water is then distributed all around the village. While on our hike we noticed many aqueducts the bring water from the springs down to the village. On the hike our first major stop was at a white house. This  white house was a house that is provided for a group of people that manage the run off from the mountains. 

The people of XiZhou use the hydrosphere for many things in their daily life. You can mostly find the water on the farmlands. XiZhou is very particular about farming. When learning the history of XiZhou you will learn that XiZhou at one point encountered a 100-200 year period of starvations. In order to not have to experience this again a lot of the water is used for farming their GM crops. The water is constantly flowing down the mountains to the village. In order make life easier there are currently water pipes being constructed in XiZhou.

The long term affect that we use water for is hydration. In order to stay hydrated we all drink plenty of water that we are receiving from the water filters. We are also using the water for food, bathroom uses and other things. Being in XiZhou has opened my eyes up to all of my surroundings and I am constantly finding new things that are related to science.


My name is Aniketh. I am a 12-year-old eight grade student from SASPD, and this is my second year living in Shanghai. I have one little brother named Abhinav who is currently going to 3rd grade. My first year of living in Shanghai has been very exciting, because I have been given many more opportunities to learn and improve my skills as a student and as a person. I have already learnt more about the Chinese culture and heritage. A little bit about myself, I am very interested in sports and in education. I play soccer, football, and street hockey. When it comes to education I am very interested in politics and what goes on around the world, therefore I am currently apart of MUN. I am also interested in Music, I play the violin in the Intermezzo orchestra. I am very happy to have gone to XiZhou and experience the Microcampus program. I hope that future Microcampus groups will enjoy this village just as much as we all did.