Just before Spring Break the students all participated in our school science fair. This is always a wonderful day where we get to share our learning with our friends, families and the community. The students have an opportunity to complete a study or experiment on a topic that they are interested in. Take a look at some of the fantastic projects below:
Thursday afternoon we let our imaginations run wild as we created our own inventions. We brought in the big cart of materials for the first time this year and boy was it fun! There were so many odds and ends to choose from and we also got to use the glue guns and the Little Bits. Take a look at the fun we had!
Last Friday, we got a very special package in the mail! You may remember that in the new year our class won a prize from Brilliant Labs for participating in the Hour of Code. We got to choose $2000 worth of technology-based resources for our classroom. When we opened the box we found Makey Makeys and several Little Bits kits (the Lego Wedo is still to come).
We have spent two afternoons exploring the Little Bits kits and brought out one of the Makey Makeys this afternoon as well. We started with some of the suggested projects in the manuals, but then did some inventing of our own.
We would like to thank Brilliant Labs for this amazing prize and can’t wait to share our learning with everyone!
Q’uen-Thank you so much they are awesome!
Melliah-Thank you for the stuff you bought us. We had a lot of fun with it.
Sierra-I made an invention with it. I put the finger sensor at the end and the roll wheel think in the third spot and my battery before it. I pressed the wheel and the vibration sensor bounced around.
Owen-I really like how you got us all of these parts. I think I am going to try and change the calendar into a keyboard.
Kaydan-Thank you for this awesome stuff. I made something called a Wiggle Light.
Alexandra-It was very nice of you to give us all these fancy things.
Ava-I really like the invention that I made. Thank you for giving us them. I made a really cool invention with Alexandra. I gave her the other light so she could make two lights.
Cherish-I really like them. I like the pressure sensor.
UVIC Students from the Science Venture program visited our school again this year. Meera and Morgan presented workshops to the K-3s and the 4-7s. The primary workshop was called Force and Motion and the intermediate workshop was all about weather.
In our class we went on a force and motion picnic, and learned all about forces and friction. The students had fun exploring the friction boards and they all got to make helicopters to take home.
The Science Fair was a huge success. Every student in the school spent several weeks studying a topic of their choice. Some of the students did studies and some did experiments. Most of the students in the primary class decided to share their animal studies.
In the morning each student got a chance to talk about their project with the judges and in the afternoon the community was invited to come and share in our learning.
Some of the students are already talking about what they would like to learn about next year!
Big buddies sure are great! We would like to thank our grade 6/7 buddies who helped us with our animal research projects. The grade 6/7s helped us with the reading, and also helped us write down our ideas if we needed it. It was so much fun learning about our animals with our buddies. We think they might have learned some cool facts too!
Hour of Code is a one hour introduction to coding designed to teach children of all ages the basics of computer science. This week children around the world are participating in coding activities. Today the K/1/2/3s completed the first 12 Frozen inspired challenges. They learned to make Anna and Elsa move forward, move backward, and turn. They also learned how to use repeat loops. Many of the students wanted a link to the challenges so that they can code at home as well. Click here to give the challenges a try yourself!
In science today we reviewed what plants need in preparation for a new science experiment. The students knew that plants need space to grow, air (Carbon Dioxide was mentioned specifically), sun, water, and nutrients from the soil. We then got busy preparing an experiment that will allow us to watch a seed as it grows into a seedling and then a plant.
Each day we will make observations, watching for signs of change. The students have estimated that it may take between 3 and 7 days before their seeds start to germinate.