2014 Cockburn Central Inter-School Science Challenge

This year was the second annual Cockburn Central Education Network Inter-School Science Challenge! Students from Beeliar, Harmony Jandakot, Aubin Grove and Atwell all gathered at Harmony Primary School on Friday the 5th of September to showcase their amazing Science inventions.

The competing students had each taken out one of the following awards at their own school and were keen to step up into the inter-school arena:

Years 1-3 “Up in the Air”
– Prize for keeping a ping pong ball in the air the longest
– Award for Scientific Understanding
– “Thinking Outside the Box” prize for ingenuity

Years 4-6 Catapult Challenge
– Prize for keeping a ping pong ball in the air the longest
– Award for Scientific Understanding
– “Thinking Outside the Box” prize for ingenuity

The overall inter-school winners were:
Years 1- 3 “Up in the Air”
ELISSA ROBERTS OF AUBIN GROVE PRIMARY SCHOOL – AWARD FOR LONGEST AIR TIME WITH A TIME OF 5 MINUTES 40 SECONDS
JESSICA LEE OF HARMONY PRIMARY SCHOOL – AWARD FOR SCIENTIFIC UNDERSTANDING
STEPHANIE KING OF JANDAKOT PRIMARY SCHOOL – AWARD FOR THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

Years 4 – 6 “Catapult Challenge”
TIONI PAPASERGIO OF HARMONY PRIMARY SCHOOL – AWARD FOR FURTHEST DISTANCE AND STRAIGHTNESS WITH A DISTANCE OF 14.1 METRES
ALBIE HILL OF ATWELL PRIMARY SCHOOL – AWARD FOR SCIENTIFIC UNDERSTANDING
MATTEO CASCILOI OF AUBIN GROVE PRIMARY SCHOOL – AWARD FOR SCIENTIFIC UNDERSTANDING

Congratulations to all participants, check out the photos below from the day!

2014 Harmony Science Challenge

The annual Harmony Science Challenge has continued to grow and this year students were presented with all new challenges. Years 1-3 students participated in the “Up in the Air” challenge, where they competed to see who could keep a ping pong ball off the ground the longest.  We saw rockets, parachutes and all types of other fantastic invententions.

When you hear the word “catapult”, you might think of devices used during battles in the Middle Ages. A catapult is a device used to launch or throw something a great distance without electricity. In the Years 4-6 challenge this year, students designed a catapult that would launch a ping-pong ball the straightest and furthest distance!

This Year there was also the addition of the “Award for Scientific Understanding”.
This was awarded to the students who could explain the Science behind their entry to the competition judges.  To be eligible, Years 1-3 students had to clearly explain how they kept the ping-pong ball in the air, using some scientific vocabulary.  For the catapult challenge, students had to use Science concepts and vocabulary and be prepared to answer questions about the Physical Science involved in their project.

Another addition to the awards this year was the “Thinking Outside the Box Award for Ingenuity”.  This prize was decided upon by the judges and was awarded to the person whose project was the most original and innovative.

Congratulations to all entrants and especially to our award winners below, who represented Harmony in the Cockburn Central Education Network Inter-School Competition!

Years 1- 3 Up in the Air

Longest Time in the Air: Natalia Smithers (LA 15) 27 seconds

Award for Scientific Understanding: Jessica Lee (LA 16)

Thinking Outside the Box Award for Innovation: Jaime Osborne (LA 7)
Years 4 – 6 Catapult Challenge

Longest Distance: Ebony Carne(LA 22)

Award for Scientific Understanding: Rebecca Schulz (LA 20)

Thinking Outside the Box Award for Innovation: Ella Hackett (LA 22)

LA 10 Under the Microscope

This term in LA10 we have been focusing on chemical sciences. We have been looking at how different substances can and can’t mix together.

First, we did some ‘creative cooking’. We got to mix together icing sugar, cocoa powder and rice bubbles! We observed the mixtures to see what they looked like and felt them with our hands. We described the mixtures as feeling soft, powdery, lumpy, smooth, rough, gritty, hard and dry. All of our amazing describing words are up on our Science word wall!

We have also made SLIME! We made this using cornflour, water and red food colouring. It got a bit messy! We took turns putting in the ingredients and mixing them together. The mixture turned into slime when some of the cornflour dissolved into the water. We got to feel the slime with our hands. The slime was watery, mushy, gooey, sticky and wet!

During our lesson last week, we experimented with water, oil and dishwashing detergent. We predicted what would happen when each of these substances were mixed together. We observed how oil and water can’t mix together. Then we observed how dishwashing detergent can mix with both oil and water. When all three substances were put into a cup, they all mixed together. This is because dishwashing detergent is partly like water and partly like oil. It helped the oil and the water to mix. This is why we use it to wash dishes that are oily!

LA 26 Under the Microscope

This term we have been learning about electricity and electrical circuits. We made our own electrical circuits using wire, a battery and a globe. We then experimented with little motors and tried to make our own fans. It was a lot of fun.

We learnt that electrons flow around the circuit, and if there is a break in the circuit the globe or motor will stop working. We then constructed parallel circuits so that we could have more than one light working independently of each other.

We will be using these skills in T & E where we will be constructing our own room with a light and a fan.

LA 20 Year 5 Under the Microscope

This term the students in LA 20 are learning about the physics of light.  We’ve begun to engage in the topic by discussing what we already know about light and generating questions about what we would like to find out over the term.  We’ve been nearly completely paperless too, as we’re using an ebook with interactive activities and worksheets!  Yesterday we investigated “peek boxes” so that we can draw ray diagrams to describe how light travels.