Emma Chittick, who is a STEM Engagement Advisor for Skills Development Scotland, came in to help us with another STEM wind turbine challenge., but this time we used LEGO!
She set a competition to see which design could generate the most power. The tricky part was trying to build a strong structure to set the turbine on. The class also had to consider how they attached their blades and in which direction they were facing.
Everyone was so engaged and worked well on their own or with a partner to complete the task.
Rachel won the Pudsey Bear Design a Bandana Competition which was judged by Mainlands Mini Market. Well done! Here she is with her prize and her cupcake, kindly made by the Pupil Council. Thank you for all your Children in Need donations and colouring entries!
As part of our topic work, we have been learning about Renewable and Non Renewable energy sources. We discussed the advantages and disadvantages of these and which ones would work best in Shetland.
Last week, we worked in teams to design and create a wind turbine using a selection of materials. The turbine had to turn when we used a hair dryer on it and it also had to lift a plastic cup! Lots of things to consider in their designs!
It was lovely to watch everyone interacting and taking turns to contribute. Everyone showed consideration towards the ideas shared and compromises were made as to what the design would look like and how it would work.
It was important to try little tests now and again, to check if any changes needed to be made. Some groups found that when the hair dryer was switched on, the blades of their turbine were not strong enough and required further reinforcement. Some found that there blades were the wrong size or shape and some discovered that they needed to attach their cup differently so that it would lift without getting tangled in the turbine blades. Lots of learning going on!
We tested all the designs and everyone had the chance to add their thoughts on what they thought had worked well and what could be done to improve their designs further. I was impressed with how the children were able to make suggestions in a such a positive, caring and considerate way. Look out world…some future engineers here!
We hope you like the new image on our P4/5/6 Blog page! What a motley crew we are! We had a great time celebrating Halloween in class. We made toilet roll tube characters, wrote spooky story starters, created a pastel crayon bat picture, enjoyed a special Halloween themed lunch in the canteen and took part in a co-ordinates Trick or Trick game in the afternoon.
We have had a super last day of term! Here’s what P4/5/6 have been kept busy with!
First thing, we all did a Double Doodle Soft Start activity. Double Doodling is a great way to be creative, relax and stay in the present moment, only concentrating on where you want to guide your two pens. You draw with a pen in each hand and use them simultaneously. What one pen draws, the other mirrors. This activity is a fantastic way to engage both sides of the brain so is particularly useful before written or reading tasks. Why not watch the clip in the link and try this at home too!
On Monday we had a “Time Scavenger Hunt” for our Maths session. Some helpers hid various time cards around the playground for others to find. Everyone had to work out the time shown on their sheets and look for the matching time in the playground.
On each time card was a letter. When all of the letters were found, we were able to work out the secret message!
On Tuesday it was so sunny and warm outside our classroom that some of the children wanted to work outside on their multiplication problems.
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