Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Science Roadshow

The Science Roadshow

The clock ticked past nine and it was time to head to Tamaki College for the Science Roadshow. We headed out the door excited and ready for a fun time we lined up with class 2 and started our long walk to Tamaki College. Suddenly we stopped at the crossing in front of the school gates there was too much traffic going past so we decided to wait it out. With all the cars gone it was time to go inside the auditorium for the Science Roadshow. When we got up in front of the main doors to the auditorium a man stepped out and introduced us to the show but most  importantly himself. Shane walked us in and told us to take a seat in front of the smartboard. Then the other scientist came out and introduced themselves they us about how our body works and how the muscles work in pairs to make body parts go opposite directions.

Than he pulled out a slideshow of our senses and if we don't use them we can make dumb decisions. So we got a test dummy from the crowd for the experiment first he asked to put on a blindfold and he did so and then he placed two ordinary trays of fruit into our dummy’s hand but one wasn’t ordinary it had brains bones and body parts in it. Luckily the dummy chose the right tray of food. Than he put two pictures of a lion and a crocodile and then he chose the lion so after that suggestion it was time for the last suggestion but this one was a trick the other scientist put on a scary gorilla mask the gorilla put each of his hands in our test dummies hands and then he was commanded to take of the blindfold. When he did the big scary gorilla gave a big yell and our test dummy jumped in fear as he saw a big gorilla in front of his face.

After another short demonstration from the scientist about how much air we can hold in our lungs shane came out and asked us to be careful with the exhibits and leave them as they were before you touched it so the next person who comes along can try it. Up and down the mini air balloon went our heads racing as we tried to figure out how that mini balloon could float by heat and stay in one exact position. When we found out how it worked we started to think if any of the other exhibits were going just as much work. So we headed towards a small wooden pole and beside that pole were six metal bars with a round ball on the tip the trick was that we had to try and balance all six poles on the wooden pole. It was harder than it looked we had to try and figure out how one pole could balance with the other five sticking out of it. “Crash” was all you could hear we couldn’t find out how it worked so we gave up and headed up on the stage to check out the other exhibits.

Luckily those exhibits were not brain tickling they were about how science can be fun. Touching walking feeling and smelling we each used those four things to finish the exhibits on top of the stage. I spotted something on the side of my eye it was a exhibit in the hallway we walked out quietly to check it out me and a couple of boys crawled underneath the exhibit and as we stood up it was like we saw five reflections of ourselves. Sadly we saw another school lined up outside ready for their turn to see all the different experiments me and the boys all walked into the hall as everyone was seated ready to make our way back to school.

But then suddenly they announced that we were going to stay in our seats for one more show with the other school. They showed us how liquid nitrogen can blow a balloon from the outside. Our eyes widened as we saw something really unusual but then one of the scientist gave all the teachers ear muffs and the kids were told to block their ears. They pulled out a balloon with a paper tied to the bottom so they carefully lit the paper and moved out of harms way “BANG” the crowed amazed that a balloon can make such a loud noise. But then they pulled out another balloon but twice the size as the other one , we all covered our ears ready for another big bang.  “KABOOOM” the shock up and across our bodys everyone shook. We all let our hands off our ears and it was time to head back to school. Ready for the next lesson.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Science Match the Sound Activity

I learnt a lot from this game like the more wider the sound wave the lower the sound is and the more that the closer together that the sound waves are that the higher the sound. On this game we had to try and match the sounds. We had to play different sounds and on each level it got. There are only five different levels that you can do and this is a pretty good science experiment. As you can see in the picture you have to move the string at the bottom and play the string to try and match the sound waves.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Our Badminton Session

Our Badminton Session
The clock ticked past nine and it was time to head for our first badminton session. As we walked through the hall doors we saw our mentor standing in front of the stage. Headed straight to him he asked if we could just sit down in front of him so we did as he said. Once we sat down he started to introduce himself first he said his name Robbie then he commanded us to line up in a single file line and we did he then handed out a rack and shuttle each. We all spreaded out all over the hall. We practised our two grips our fore hand and our backhand first we practised our fore hand just hitting the shuttle up into the air and hitting it again and again. After a few minutes Robbie stopped us to teach us how to do our back hand.

After he taught us how to do our backhand grip we all rushed to our places and started to practise our backhand up and down we hit the shuttle consistently until we missed and then it hit the floor. After five minutes of practising he called us in to have a little team chat. Agreeing to the challenge from robbie that we would use both our grips to hit the shuttle up and down. It seemed that it was harder than it looked. Robbie gave us a couple of extra minutes to practise our grips , after all the time vanished it was time for a team drill.

He demanded us to get a partner and hit it back and forth to each other so we did as he said and kept practising and practising up down back and forth but suddenly Robbie interrupted and said that we were going to have a little competition. "Which two partners can hit the shuttle back and forth" said Robbie so we all lined up in our lines and then we started serving then hitting it as close to each other as possible so we could hit it straight back. When the last pair was still standing Robbie called for another round. 

So we all got up and started swinging surprisingly in the end it was me and my partner that were the last standing. Robbie called off the challenge and told us to come sit in front of him ready to go back to class. We all waved and said goodbye to Robbie as we headed out the door. We were all anxious for our next session.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Term 2 Immersion Assembly

I Like to move it move it

Entering the hall with a high expectation for the teachers performances surprisingly there was balloons everywhere lined up perfectly it was a very different immersion assembly to everyone. First up was team 1 there video was of them going to the zoo and they were going to study about the zoo on how things work around the zoo area then Mr Burt announced that it was time for team 2 but first he showed us a picture of a flying house tied to thousands of balloons from the movie Up. So we had a try to see how many balloons would it take to try and carry up a little squishy taxi toy. He tied on the first five and nothing happened everyone was astonished that even with five balloons a little toy car could not float.

So then they tied on another five which made ten we had a breakthrough it floated but then it came back down again everybody scratched their heads in amazement that a little toy car could cause this much effort. So then Mr Burt announced that it was time for another five balloons he suddenly it started to float all the little kids were amazed as they saw something really different. The amazement was gone after a few minutes than Mr Burt quickly said “Team 2 everyone” everybody erupted with happiness. Team 2 came on there theme was airplanes in how they work and what they need in order to work. As team 2 was coming off Mr Burt interrupted and started throwing little squishy rugby balls towards us.  

Jumping everywhere everybody wanted a ball but there was only a little amount so when all the balls were gone there were no more. “Its time for Team 3” shouted Mr Burt. We all cheered and clapped them as they went on the stage, They were dressed in many different colours green red blue yellow they were almost the rainbow their theme for the term was about colours to reflect onto other colours to see a different colour. “Confused” Mrs Barks said everybody sat in silence as they were confused. Than Mr Burt interrupted again and started throwing more squishy white rugby balls.

The teachers of team 3 quickly hopped off and went to their seats “Its time for ?” yelled Mr Burt “Team 4” everybody shouted back team 4 confidently walked on the stage with pirate costumes and fishermen gear their video was about buoyancy and how water works in many different ways and how stuff can float. “Teaaaaam 5” screamed Mr Burt team 5 quickly ran to the front of the stage with weird things suddenly they blowed banged and threw things and they made noises all the little kids were amazed it was like a very own teacher school band. The end music played and off everyone went to their class.