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Welcome and contraptions!

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Thanks for visiting our brand new class blog! This is a space where the students will be sharing their learning with our community and other students from around the world. If you have dropped in to have a peek, it would be great if you could let the students know you've been here by leaving a quick comment below.

Our very first post is to revisit the forces topic we did last term. As part of that topic, the students created their very own contraptions that had to follow the following guidelines:

Your team should design a contraption that contains a minimum of four steps. A step in the machine is a transfer of energy from one action to another action. You also need to include at least three types of simple machines such as ramps, funnels, pulleys, levers, pipes, pendulums and catapults. You should also be able to talk about how your machine shows Newton’s three laws.

The video below shows their completed contraptions in action. Enjoy!


Sharon Harper said...

Congratulations on some great contraptions kids! I will be sharing our International Day here in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi on soon and my students would love to hear from you too - all the way on the other side of the world. :)

Sharon Harper said... Here is our day today at our school, I hope you enjoy it - we did!

Anonymous said...

I loved watching your video. I liked the way you combined the different parts to make it interesting. I bet you had lots of fun working together and trialling your contraptions.



Kirstin Anderson-McGhie (Keamac) said...

Room 13 your contraptions are AMAZING! I bet you had to use lots of problem solving strategies in order to make them work. Well done everyone. I'm going to show your video to my Year 6 class later on today.

Mrs McGhie

Marnie said...

Wow, what amazing contraptions. My 2 year old son and I loved watching them. We think you are very clever inventors!

Catriona Pene said...

Wow what great fun your learning around forces looks to be! I worked with your fabulous teacher last year and I am really excited to be able to share in your learning journey with her, by following your blog.

Ian Wallace said...

Awesome stuff guys!

Anonymous said...

What a lot of fun the contraptions night was. Great to see these videos because I never got to see them all on the night.

Anonymous said...

We loved seeing these contraptions! Lots of awesome learning happening here - well done Room 13... Annette and Emlyn Christchurch

Anonymous said...

Wow room 13, what great creators you are. I loved seeing your contraptions and all the different ideas you have. I can't wait to see what you will post next.

Siegrun Borrmeister said...

Hi, dear students of room 13!
I am the german-grandmother of Tara from Dresden (East-Germany).I want you say your blog is so marvellous !!! Everyone can see, that is for you a lot of communication with the students world wide. Then Susie has for you all so so good formulate what you wish you with all students of the world.I am proud,that is Tara a girl of you! Good luck Siegrun

Anonymous said...

Great blog Room 13,
Really nice to see the highlights of the contraptions. Looking forward to seeing more content on the blog!
Michelle Vaughan

Nicky Holland said...

Awesome to see the contraptions again on your blog...but I did really enjoy seeing them at the big "reveal" and experiencing the excitement (and nervousness!) of everyone as they set them off for the audience. Well done everyone :)