October 25

Science is Eggsellent!

eggToday was the day we finally were able to test our designs for our Egg Drop Experiment. Students have been busy working in their small groups to design and build a protective barrier for their egg.

Problem:    A local sports store “Eggactly Sports” are needing new ideas to help improve their line of protective gear such as helmets. They are looking to young, innovative kids to help design inexpensive protection that could inspire the store to make new gear.

Solution: Design safety equipment that will protect your egg from a drop of at least 1 m.

 

Last week, students began with a deep discussion around what materials to use to help cushion the egg from the impact of hitting the ground, how many different materials should be used, how to slow the drop of the egg (e.g. making a parachute), and so on.

Here are some of the students building their design. You can see sponges, knee pads, and styrofoam bowls being used:

All of these ideas created the basis for the wonderfully creative designs that each group put to the test today.

Yes, there were a few groups who found a runny mess when they peeked inside their design, while other groups found an intact egg. Either way, congratulations to ALL groups for your creativity, thinking, and for having fun along the way!

We’ll continue our discussion tomorrow and link it back to our unit on Forces.

Egg Drop Experiment from MrsS on Vimeo.

 

What forces do you think were at play in this Egg Drop Experiment?

 

 

 

October 11

May the FORCE Be With You

We’ve been learning about FORCES in Science class.

What is a force?

What are different types of forces?

A force is a Push or a Pull on an object. We see forces in our every day lives. A few weeks ago we combined drama class and Science and were asked to demonstrate in our Teams some of the types of forces we’ve been learning about.

  1. Friction
  2. Tension
  3. Gravity
  4. Compression
  5. Magnetic
  6. Muscular

Today, we were looking specifically at MAGNETIC force. We talked about where we use magnetic force in our lives…this is what we came up with:

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We tested various objects in our classroom to see whether they were magnetic or not. We also learned about a really cool train in China that uses magnetic force in a unique way. Have a look at the video below to learn a little bit about the MagLev Train. MagLev means Magnetic Levitation.

Pretty cool, huh?

What type of FORCE do you think you use the most in your life?

May 11

Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

 Photo Credit: obaxterlovo via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: obaxterlovo via Compfight cc

In Social Studies, we’ve been learning about Canada’s involvement in world trade. We’ve studied imports, exports, goods and services, manufactured goods versus raw materials, and we’ve learned how Canada is involved in international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization.

The students have been asked to research an NGO--a not-for-profit organization, primarily a voluntary citizens’ group that operates at local, national, and international levels. Here are some helpful websites about the NGOs the students will be researching about:

  1.  Canadian Red Cross
  2. Habitat for Humanity
  3. Free the Children
  4. Goodwill Industries
  5. Doctors Without Borders
  6. Salvation Army
  7. Ryan’s Well Foundation
  8. World Wide Fund for Nature

 

April 18

Conserving Energy Rap #6

The grade 6 culminating task was to design a rap that demonstrated the students’ knowledge and understanding of conserving energy. Some groups talked about biomass energy, turning off lights, and ultimately what can happen if we’re not stewards of the earth!

Earth Day is this Friday…what are YOU doing to help Mother Earth stay healthy? Do you recycle? Do you bike to school? Comment below and tell us your story of how YOU are a steward of the earth.