Zhihao’s Semester 1 Work Experience Reflection

Semester 1 Year 3 Science Club

The first thing we did was recruit Year 3s for our science club. We got 19 kids for the club.

The first experiment we did was paper-mâché volcanoes. The first thing we did was split the group into three smaller groups, one group for each of my work experience teammates. We started to make our volcanoes by taping scrunched up pieces of newspaper together with tape, that took a long time. There was a day where Jack was so sick that he had to stay home, lucky for him. Or was it? By the time he got back, his group had completely torn up his volcano. That what you get for slacking off!  So he had to join his volcano with mine and make a double volcano.After that we started to put the paper-mâché on the volcano. It really stank. So most of the kids were like “ewwwwww” and “that is so disgusting!” When the paper-mâché got put on we painted the volcanoes. I painted my volcano brown, yellow, green, red and orange.

When we made it explode, we used baking soda, vinegar, dish-washing liquid and food colouring. We coloured the vinegar until we had the colour we want and then we waited. And waited. Until … It was very anti-climactic. It was like toothpaste been squeezed very slowly. It wasn’t even in colour!

For our next experiment we made oobleck. Which is a substance which is in a solid state if you punch it and a liquid state it you put your fingers through it. You make it using dyed water and corn flour. You mix water into the flour so it is not too thick and not too thin. The kids were very excited to play with the oobleck. We let them take home in a bag and put in fridge. We lost a camera in the experiment but eventually we found it.

The next we did an experiment it was trapping some smog (greenhouse gas) in a jar. We first wet the inside of a jar. Then we lit a piece of paper on fire and dropped it in. Next we sealed the jar with tinfoil and out some ice cubes on top. It took a few tries but eventually we did it. The smog just like smoke but a bit darker. We quizzed them on the dangers of pollution and greenhouse gases to the environment and the human body. One boy got all answers and put his hand up so we gave him a prize. It was a fluorescent dinosaur.

The very last experiment we did was a hovercraft. That may sound very futuristic and all, but it was made with a pipe, balloon and a disc. you start by cut a two inch length of pipe and put it through the hole in the middle of the disc them you attach the balloon to the pipe. Reinforce with sticky tape if necessary. Then blow the balloon up through the pipe and let it go. It should move around a air hockey puck.

That was every experiment we did in semester one. The end.

 

Jack’s Semester 1 Work Experience Reflection

Semester 1 Year3 Science Club

 

On the first week of science club we started building paper-mache volcanoes with the year threes. It took a very long time. First we split into three groups, then started to tape scrunched up newspaper and made the base of the volcano. Then I was sick one week, when I came back my volcano was viciously ripped up so I teamed up with Zhihao’s group to make a big double crater volcano. So we scrunched up more and stuck them down and did that for a long time. After a while it started to take it’s shape. Then we used paper-mache to make the outer body of the volcano. Most of the kids were like “eeewww it stinks!” but we told them its not that disgusting. So we had a lot of fun with the paper-mache,sticking it on the volcano. After that we started to paint.THEN it was explosion day, we put the stuff that makes it explode. BUT IT TOOK SUPER LONG.

Next we all decided that we were to make oobleck. You need a cornflower,water and food die.Mix together until it is green then test it by punching it. If it is hard then try slowly pushing it. If it is soft it is perfect, then we let the kids take it home in a little bag. We lost the camera in the experiment but later on we found it.

Our next experiment we made smog (greenhouse gas)in a jar. The first thing we did was wet the inside of the jar. Then we lit a piece of paper and dropped it into the jar. Then we covered the top of the jar with tin foil and put ice cubes on top. the inside of the jar was now full of smog (greenhouse gas). We then quizzed the kids on the dangers of pollution and greenhouse gasses. One boy in the group won a fluorescent  dinosaur for getting the correct answer.

The last experiment we did was making hovercrafts, no not real ones, but ones out of balloons and CDs. We started cutting 2 inch pieces of pipe and inserted them into the hole in the middle if the CD. Then you attach the balloon to the pipe. Use sticky tape to keep the balloon in place. Then blow the balloon up through the pipe and let it go. It should move around like a puck on the ice.

That was every experiment that we did in semester 1. The End.

Andrew’s Semester 1 Work Experience Reflection

Semester 1. Year 3 Science club

 

The first week we made paper- mashe

volcanoes and we put scrunched up newspaper and taped them to a bottle. The next lessen we gust finished the scrunching up the news paper. The next lessen we put paper – mashe on the scrunched up news paper. Every one love the paper- mashe part. The week before we painted it ,we finished of the paper –mashe part. Then we put a cote of paint on, and just before the eruption day we used mentos and coca to make it erupt and it we made the coca go very high and then it was eruption day and we had a lot of fun but the eruption was SUPER slow.

Next we did oobleck and we used corn flour and water you must mix until all lumps are gone and you can use any colour. The children took the oobleck home.

The next experiment we did SMOGA IN A BOTTLE we first put ice in a glass and rolled up paper and light it and wahla  SMOGA.

THIS IS THE LAST THIS WE DID with the year 3. BILING A HOVER CRAFT. We first got a CD, a pice of pipe and a balloon you cut the pipe into a 2 inch pice and put it through the hole in the CD and you tape it together and you attach  the balloon to the pipe and blow it up then let it go. IT should move like an air hockey puck.

THAT WAS OUR LAST LESSON WITH THE YEAR THREES

BY Andrew

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!