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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Water Rocket goes rogue!

This morning we tried launching our rockets with water!  It was hilarious because it went rogue!  It shot all over the place and actually went backwards!  




It was really surprising that all the water shot out so fast!  There was literally nothing left!  



Friday, May 22, 2020

Rocket Straw Games

Remember those rocket straws?  Well today we printed out the games we made up and played them together! 



It was a great end to a fun 1st week back!  We really enjoyed being together this week and catching up with each other.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

TED Lab - Tawhirimatea Engineering and Design Lab

Today we met Danielle for the first time in person!  She spoke to us about her job and how important it is to be able to work in a team with a diverse range of people and skills.  We really enjoyed hearing some of her stories and ideas! 




We formed teams of 3-5 people and. researched our roles within the team. This was really interesting - who knew that rocket teams need a meteorologist?  Or even a biologist?



We finished our session outside shooting our first raw PET bottle to see how the machine works!  Gee we are so excited to be designing, building and launching rockets!  


We can't wait until next week!  




Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Kotahi Raranga - Weaving together our lockdown experiences...

We have been remembering the people in our bubbles and activities that helped us to get through the 8 weeks of lockdown: 
Figuring it out.

We each made an aho (warp thread) of the people in our bubble and a whenu (weft thread) of the activities we enjoyed for the weaving and then joined them together with groups.  This has shown us how experiences can be similar and yet different. 

We are now going to look at the centre 9 squares and create a lockdown dance to interpret our raranga!  Watch this space for the video!  




Monday, May 18, 2020

Math thinking during distance learning...

We were using our online co-operative strategies with Mrs Mill over distance learning.  Each week we had a 3 parted problem to help us develop our thinking and understanding of what was going on in the problem. 

During the week we could see each other's thoughts and develop our understanding.  

This problem is about airplanes and using arrays to show multiplication and work out how many seats there are: 



This problem is the toothpick pattern and sequence activity. We had to try and find the patterns and rules - what would the 27th term in the pattern be? 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Clean Air around my house?


This week we have been looking at how clean the air is around our houses.  It is very interesting how far dust travels!  

Putting up the tape on the Trampoline

Peek - a - boo!

Curious Jono has been helping out and trying to be a scientist!  He has got into a bit of mischief but here is his map to show the data collection: 





Hero's Engine, class data.

Last week we studied Hero of Alexandria and his invention the Aeolipile. 
We made some out of soda cans and tested to see if we could get the maximum number of revolutions out of a can full of water!  



Here is our class data.  The most common number of holes was 5 and the highest number of spins for 5 holes was 18!  

Wow I wonder how Libby made her Hero Engine get 81 revolutions!  Head to her blog and find out!  

What other results in our class data surprised you?