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Science Fair 2018

This morning we were very fortunate to hold our first ever Science Fair. We opened our door at 9:10am to let our parents and families into our classroom and learn about what we have been doing in our classroom this term. Our CBL Big Idea for term 3 was Power and our challenge was to “Share the Power of Science”.

Children showcased scientists who’s inventions and discoveries have changed over time. We build prototypes of the inventions and compared them to the 2018 version as well.

 

While we were showcasing our learning we were collecting feedback from our parents and families who visited us. Here is some of the feedback we received:

  • You were more confident than last time.
  • Very successful because these kind of showcases give confidence to kids to present and utilise their creativity and critical thinking.
  • It was very informative.
  • Very successful, very innovative and creative presentation

Some feedback we got to raise the temperature and improve was:

  • More written description would be good.
  • Add some live models of the inventions

 

We want to thank all our amazing parents, carers and families for coming into our classroom this morning!

Science Fair Projects

Over the last couple of weeks we have been looking at scientists and what they have discovered/invented over time. We have been working together as a team to build, create and develop our solutions. We have been using MacBooks to help us discover new information about Science that is powerful. 

On Wednesday the 19th of September 2018, 3F will be showcasing our learning at our Science Fair. We will be providing you with some information about Scientists we have researched. 

Where: ACPS, Room 36

Time: 9:10am  – 10:00am 

Be prepared for the best Science Fair you have ever seen!! 

Book Week Dress Up

On  Tuesday the 4th of September, students at ACPS participated in the Book Week Dress Up Day!

It was fantastic to see the creativity of students across the school and their connections to iconic book characters.

We had so much fun dressing up! Take a look at our costumes!

 

eSmart Debate

Today we chose two topics to focus on for our eSmart debate. Half of our class did one topic and half did the other. In our groups we needed to decide who agreed with the topic and who disagreed with the topic.

Topic 1: Children are better at using technology than adults.

For: 

  • Children use technology more than adults do during the day – Azra
  • Kids are good at using technology because adults didn’t have them when they were growing up  – Chloe
  • I agree because we know about tablets, iPads and iPhones because children are good at technology since we use it more often – japnoor/fatimah
  • We have had them for more time – Charlotte
  • We have more access to it over adults – Oliver
  • I agree because I play games better – Abdul

Against:

  • I disagree because adults use tech more – Maha
  • I disagree because kids muck around with technology – Mahnoor
  • Adults use it everyday – Krew
  • Adults know more about it  – Joann

Topic 2: Technology should be banned at school.

For:

  • Jack – technology should be banned because people do the wrong thing on it at school
  • Elenice – iPads should be banned so Miss Alebakis doesn’t have to put anything on showbie,
  • Sanjay – iPads should be banned because people download things, watch videos, look at videos and play games when they aren’t supposed to
  • Virraj – people do bad stuff on them and not what they are supposed to
  • Lily M – miss alebakis should put it as homework instead.

Against:

  • Manaal  – i disagree because if kids need to research something for CBL they can find it
  • Lilly y – I disagree because if you have a spelling mistake you can look it up on the dictionary
  • Evangeline – I disagree because if the teacher wanted to show videos about things they cans see on laptop and apple TV
  • Farwa – I disagree because you can use iPads so you don’t have to waste paper
  • Riaz – I disagree because kids are old enough to use iPads, they will not search something bad.
  • Zain – I disagree because then we cannot have printers, toys,  cars and batteries.

 

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree?

Forces

In the past two weeks we have been exploring different types of Forces through CBL. We watched a BrainPop video that taught us about Gravity, Pushes and Pulls. After the video we were able to come up with a few definitions of words connected to Force. They are:

Force:  A force can make an object move fast, slow, stay in place and change shape. It is a push or a pull.

Friction: Friction is the resistance of motion when one object is rubbed against another object.

Mass: A measure of how much matter is in an object.

Motion: Motion is movement. It is a change in position compared to a place or object that is not moving.

Gravity: Gravity is a force which tries to pull two objects towards each other. Anything that has mass has a gravitational pull.

In order to see how these forces act upon us in real life we made Catapults. We needed to follow a procedure that showed us how to make a Catapult.

Here is what we noticed:

Jack: “It was exciting because you and your partner had to use rubber bands to connect sticks. Sometimes it was tricky doing one of the loops”.

Lilly: “I learnt that the stronger/tighter the elastics were tied, the further the pompom went”.

Chloe: “I learnt the harder you pull the spoon the further the pompom flies”.

Riaz: “Saad and I came second place in our challenge”.

 

Chemical Science Incursion

On the 13th of August we had an incursion at ACPS. In our first activity we need to sort solids, liquids and gases. A solid is hard like a metals, rocks and stones. A liquid takes the shape of any container but does not change volume. Gas is everywhere and is in your body. We sorted objects into those three categories.

Lucie modelled to us an experiment that involved dry ice, food colouring and hot water. When the dry ice was put into the hot water it caused the water to bubble with smoke coming out. We copied this experiment but we also added liquid detergent.

There was another science experiment with dry ice, a candle and hot water. Lucie from Mad about Science came around and gave us hot water and lit our candle. The candle went into the beaker of hot water. When the dry ice touched the hot water it created Carbon Dioxide which caused the candle to go out. We completed this experiment again but instead of using dry ice and water we used baking soda and vinegar. We noticed that it had the same effect and the candle went out without us touching it.

Did you know Putty can be both a solid and a liquid? Lucie took out some putty and said “There are many different types of putty and they are made in a special way’. If you make a ball out of your putty and leave it to the side it will start to flatten on its own. Lucie left it out for over 15 minutes and it began to melt.

Here is what we thought about our incursion:

  • Ayaan: “It was really fun and we got to learn about solids, liquids and gases. I learnt that liquids can be turned into both a solid and a gas”.
  • Virraj: “We had an activity when we had to sort out solids, liquids and gases. They were inside balloons”.
  • Fatimah: “I learnt that when you put dry ice in lots of things it makes a cool effect”.
  • Zain:”I learnt that dry ice can burn your skin”.
  • Jack: “I learnt that dry is so cold that if you touch it, it will burn you. Also, if you put putty into a ball it will melt”.
  • Lily M: “Dry ice can be used to get warts off your skin”.
  • Riaz: “I learnt that matter can also be energy”.
  • Azra: “I learnt that you could make fog out of dry ice, hot water and detergent”.
  • Saad; ” I learnt that dry ice has to be made at a temperature of -78 degrees”.
  • Oliver: “I found out that hot water, baking soda and dry ice can make a candle blow out”.
  • Lilly Y: “I learnt that matter can be solid, liquid and gas”.
  • Maha: “I thought the incursion was excellent and I learnt a lot about science”.
  • Manaal: “I learnt that if you add detergent, dry ice and hot water together makes bubbles. When you squash them fog comes out”.

For more information take a look at the Mad About Science websitte: https://www.madaboutscience.com.au/shop/

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein is known for many theories as a Scientists and is consistently labelled as genius in the world of theoretical physics.

This week we have been researching information about Einstein and have found a few interesting facts:

  • He was expelled from a school when he was younger.
  • He did not talk until he was 4 years old.
  • Einstein was born in Germany and moved to Italy, Switzerland and the US.
  • When he was young his teachers at school didn’t think he was smart.

Einstein had a theory that light moves as a wave and as a particle at the same time. We thought we would test his theory and attempt to bend light.

The materials we needed for this experiment was a plastic transparent cup, water and a pencil. Take a look at what we saw!

How do you think this happened???

Comment your prediction.

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Skype with a Scientist

We had so much fun skyping with an amazing scientist. Her name was Kerrie and she was an Industrial Chemist and a Forensic Scientist. Kerrie’s role was to work with different types of chemicals to test if food was safe from bacteria and good for the public to eat.

Baani: “The answers that Kerrie gave us were really detailed so we could understand her”.

Manaal: “It was very interesting to learn about her as a scientist”.

Mia: ” It was exciting to have an interview with a real scientist”.

Jack: “Kerrie gave us good information about science”.

Mason: “When we asked Kerrie questions we received good information.”

Ayaan: “I enjoyed the information Kerrie gave us because it helped us realise what it was like to be a scientist”.

Aekam: “I think it was nice because we got to learn more information to help us understand science”.

Did you know?

  • There is lots of different types of scientists.
  • A scientist is more than just working in a lab with chemicals.
  • Water is a chemical.
  • A Chemist works with chemistry.
  • The most dangerous chemical Kerrie worked with was Benzine, and strong acids that would burn you if you weren’t safe.
  • Kerrie studied for 3 years at university.

Written by 3B & 3F

Lego Education in the Classroom

On Monday the 23rd of July,  we borrowed the LEGO Education kits. Some LEGO pieces were hard to find in each set so we needed to talk to our classmates and ask permission to borrow from them. The LEGO Education kits come with power functions, which is an electric motor to move your amazing creation.

Before we made our own creations we had a conversation about all the different things we could make. Some options were, cars, bikes, helicopters, animals, people holding press conference, humans, lawn mowers and more.

Take a look at some of our creations:

   

Zain: “Thank you LEGO for making these kits, next time can we have some more instruction to help beginners build things, or a controller instead of an app.”

Azra: “I thought it was a bit challenging to build something at first because there was so many pieces and I didn’t know what to build.”

Charlotte: “I thought this was challenging because sometimes when I added a piece to my collection another piece would break.”

Virraj: “I thought to add wheels that it would be easy but it turned out to be difficult.”

Lilly.Y: ” When I was looking at the pieces I was confused because there was so many possibilities for things I could make.”

Ayaan:” I loved it because you could use your mind and create what you wanted. Maybe next time we can have some rounded edge pieces.”

Manaal: ” Thank you for making LEGO education! I thought the kit would have everything we needed but it didn’t.”

Thank you for having a look at our blog and all the things we have done. LEGO Education is amazing and we are very lucky to get to make all these different creations.

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3F’S Discovery Showcase

Throughout this term we have been working towards completing the challenge, ‘Discover our Australian History’. 3F have been working extremely hard on our big idea and we decided to open our classroom up to our families to investigate Australian History, like we did.

While parents were walking around we asked for some feedback on our showcase. This was great for us as we got to reflect on our strengths and areas to improve on. Here are our positives:

  • Families thought our showcase was a success
  • We were able to share our learning
  • Parents and families learnt something new
  • We spoke well

Things we can improve on:

  • Having more space for our showcase
  • Being confident with ourselves
  • Speaking louder so everyone can hear what we are presenting
  • Everyone saying something

We absolutely loved sharing our learning with you all and cannot wait to do it again soon!