Little Bits has landed…

We are thrilled at GWPS to be using the wonderfully innovative and creative electronics prototyping resources called Little Bits.

Little Bits is the easiest way to prototype and learn with electronics. Its an ever growing library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets so you can invent anything.

They are building blocks that blink, beep and teach – and everyone in our community are welcome to use them to invent anything.

The students are using them in science class and general classrooms, there will be lunchtime MakerTime and community MakerNights – so stay tuned.

In the meantime i’d love you to watch the CEO of Little Bits’ Ted Talk here

And you can check out all the excitement of Little Bits on their wonderful website www.littlebits.cc

In Science at our school, your only limitation is your imagination – so start inventing!

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Home Volcano Ideas!

There has been LOTS of interest around our HOME VOLCANO CHALLENGE but here are some more helpful ides to get you on your way.

Please remember, this is a FAMILY project to do at HOME and your model volcano is not required to come to school until the last week of this term, for our MASS ERUPTION on Thursday September 18th!

We’re excited – are you ready to erupt?

 

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Here are some useful video links as well…

http://shows.howstuffworks.com/stuff-to-blow-your-mind/stuff-to-blow-your-kids-mind-videos-playlist.htm

 

 

Good Luck –

HOME VOLCANO COMPETITION

During Term 3, all students will be learning about Earth and Space Science. As part of the study on Earth, we have designed a HOME VOLCANO CHALLENGE!

This is an exciting opportunity to link the learning we do at school, with our students and families at home.

Students will have all term to work on their VOLCANO AT HOME, with the chance to display them during Science Week – which is the last week of this term.

There will be a MASS ERUPTION of all Volcanoes in the Science Room.

Siblings can work together, or individually, to produce a working model of a volcano.

Students will bring along their model, plus a container of vinegar and bi-carb soda to ERUPT their model in the Science Room as part of the competition.

There are MAJOR prizes to be won! So get studying, thinking and creating – and don’t forget to test your Volcano at home before the competition!

 

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Good luck!

Can you find our new celebrity phasmids?

Over the recent break, our family of phasmids has grown… not only in size, but in number! We now are the proud carers of 6 beautiful Stick Insects… Can you find them?

Secret Stick Insects

 

Trust us, there are 6 Stick Insects in this photograph. If you can find them, point them out to Mrs Gardiner then you can win 100 house points for your house.

And because i’m feeling kind, i’ll give you a little hint… one stick insect looks like this…

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She’s our baby – only 9 wks old! Isn’t she beautiful! See if you can find her in the photograph above!

Good Luck!

Exoskeleton Microscope Challenge!

Today, during JPOD science, Charlie came in with an extremely interesting exoskeleton for everyone to look at. All the JPOD children know what this is – but can you figure it out by looking at the photographs that our digital microscope took?

Any comments (that aren’t from the JPOD) that are correct will earn house points! And, we are getting to the end of Term 2 so this could make all the difference with a house party!

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Good luck guessing…

The Science of Toys – House point challenge!

In the junior area we are currently discovering physics by playing  with toys! The children think it is exciting to come along to science and play with toys to learn new things!

We have talked about different movements in our world, and through this we have discovered there are forces in action, such as push and pull!

The preps have been able to sort their ideas using Venn Diagrams!

the Jpod students have been able to see Gravity in action and will be on the look out for ‘The Force’…

Can you find out what forces are in action with some of your toys at home? For anyone that comments on our blog about a force in action in their home, there will be house points up for grabs!

 

Our Beautiful Phasmids

Fantastic Phasmids

Did you know that the exoskeleton of a Phasmid is camouflaged to its surrounding habitat?

And that Phasmids have anatomical similarities to ants?

Well, the 1/2 students certainly know this and many more wonderful facts about Phasmids because we have been given two female Phasmids by Asha and Levi.

These intriguing additions to our Science family are more commonly known as spiny leaf, or stick insects. They live in a terrarium in the Science room and casually feed on gum leaves. They require a spritz ing of water two times a day and are very social insects. They love to explore their world and are handled easily.

Do you know anything about Phasmids?

 

 

Code for Caring

With such an increase in curiosity, our students have embraced science of the natural world. We ensure our children follow our Code for Caring both at school, and out in the wonderful wide world! You can too – simply remember to leave things where they are, take photographs to share and if you are with an adult who has a bug viewer, you may observe the insect for a brief time, returning it to where you found it as soon as you’ve photographed it. Everything in our world has an important job to do, so let them get back to it!

Mrs G

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