Wednesday, August 16, 2017

PUKEKO TEAM, AWE AND WONDERMENT – SCIENCE SHOW 

WARNING, NO CHILD WAS HARMED IN ANY OF THESE EXPERIMENTS AND SAFETY WAS PARAMOUNT!!



Today, Room 12 was turned into a Science Lab.  We hosted the Pukeko Team to a science show by Yandri’s Poppa and his colleague, Igor, who work for Fisher and Paykel Healthcare. We are very thankful that these gentlemen kindly donated their time to capture the minds of the Junior Scientist in the Pukeko Team.

The Pukeko Team witnessed science at a level they have not seen before, there was FOG, POP, FIZZ and BANG!

                                             








The Pukeko Team saw a banana turning into a hammer, fog arising in our room, lids from jars popping and whizzing everywhere, blown up balloons reducing down to nothing, and then re-inflating by themselves.


This is just a taster of what occurred. Watch this space Children’s recounts will appear with their version of the science show.






Saturday, August 12, 2017

Better Late Than Never - Cross Country Week 1.

The first Friday of Term 3 dawned overcast and the children of Room 12 woke up knowing their  recent efforts with cross country training were about to be tested this afternoon!

As the Room 12 children entered the classroom there was a myraid of colour with each child wearing their house colour at the centre.

After lunch, Room 12 children prepared to race and race they did.  They ran with all their effort and might through mud and slush to the cheers of the crowds and the Teachers.

There was much excitement as Yandri (Room 12) and Sarah (Room 14) ran past me on the field toe to toe, it was a close one....

Well done to all Room 12 children who completed in the Cross Country.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Energetic Rasins



Once again, Room 12 was full of fun and happy Scientists.

Today's science experiment created bouncing raisins.

Equipment needed for this experiment:

  • Funnel
  • Teaspoons
  • Jug of warm water
  • White Vinegar
  • Tarpaulin
  • Baking soda
  • Recording book
  • Containers
  • Raisins

Vishnu, Korben Tayla's group recorded the following:
Firstly, we put warm water into the container. Next we put two level teaspoons of baking soda into the warm water.  Then we put 3 raisins into the water and after that we filled the whole container with vinegar and it exploded like a volcano.  Then our raisins started bouncing straight away.  The raisins bounced for 20 minutes, they were still bouncing when we went to morning tea.
Caleb, Ryan Stutter,  Alex, Cole and Zoe:
Firstly, we filled the container to the half way mark with warm water, added 2 big teaspoons of baking soda, 3 raisins and lastly, we put white vinegar in the container.   The liquid exploded like a VOLCANO!   Just before morning tea our raisins in the container started to bounce.
When we came back from morning tea one was still bouncing.
Ryan, Simarpreet, Cody, Jade and Lochie:
Before morning tea we followed the same method as the other groups, however, we only added 1 raisin to start with.  After about 10 seconds the raisin started bouncing. Next we put three more raisins in and nothing was happening, so, we put more baking soda then the raisins started bouncing like mad.  This was before morning tea and when we came back from morning tea they were still bouncing.  It is now midday and as we are writing our part of this blog, two raisins are still bouncing.



Vincent  and Leikahr:
We put the warm water into a container followed by 4 raisins, next we put two level teaspoons of baking soda and lastly we filled the container up to the top with vinegar.  WOW, the raisins started bouncing straight away.  In the first experiment the raisins bounced for about 20 minutes.  We repeated this experiment and added less raisins and more vinegar and an hour and 15 minutes later they are still bouncing.




Caleb, Ryan Stutter,  Alex, Cole and Zoe:

Firstly, we filled the container to the half way mark with warm water, then added 2 big teaspoons of baking soda, 3 raisins and lastly, we put white vinegar in the container.   The liquid exploded like a VOLCANO!   Just before morning tea our raisins in the container started to bounce and when we came back from 
 morning tea one raisin was still bouncing.




Hamish Yash,  Naesha, Shivali, Nandini and Yandri.
This group recorded two experiments:

First experiment:
Firstly we poured warm water to the half way point in the container,  we measured two level teaspoons of baking soda into the water.  Next, we put one raisin in the container, we filled the container with the vinegar and bubbles formed and attached themselves to the raisins which made the raisins start to bounce.  

Second experiment :

We used warmer water, 2 raisins, approximately 3 teaspoons of baking soda in the water and poured the vinegar up to the top of the bottle.  Bubbles formed and attached themselves to the raisins and the result was that the raisins bounced faster.



The group believe that adding warmer water, more baking soda and less vinegar made this experiment's raisins bounce faster.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Room 12 are Scientist for the morning!

This morning Room 12 was full of Scientists, fizz and fun! 

As part of our science learning this term we are learning about chemical reactions.

Today we experimented with what happens when we combine vinegar, baking soda and balloons. 

Here is how we did it and what the result was.
We needed:
• baking soda
• balloon
• plastic bottles
• vinegar
• funnels 
• Tarpaulins 

Method:
1. Pour some vinegar into a plastic bottle.
2. Use a funnel and add 4 desert spoons of baking soda to the balloon.
3. Quickly place the neck of the balloon over the end of the bottle.
4. Watch what happens.

Why is this happening:
Baking soda is a substance called a base. Vinegar is a substance called an acid. When bases and acids combine they create new substance. In this experiment carbon dioxide is created. Carbon dioxide is a gas; the gas leaves the bottle and inflates the balloon.

As a result of our enthusiasm the surrounding classes must have learned about our science experiment.




We are stating hypothesis... (predicting)

               So much laughter in Room 12 saw Miss               Chalmers coming to check out the fun.
 Celebration - the balloon inflated!
 The carbon dioxide is starting to fill the balloon an as a result it inflates.






Sunday, May 28, 2017

Court Case in Room 12

Room 12 were so excited to see Judge Pac. She came to school to help us debate whether we should learn inside or outside. We had so much fun that room 11 decided that they would like to do the same thing this coming week. Keep an eye out to see the debate we will be having on Teachers vs Chromebooks. 

In the meantime check out our photos! :) 














Saturday, May 20, 2017

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday, thanks for sharing some delicious cake with us! 

Jump Jam



We have such a fun time during Jump Jam. It's really cool how the teachers pick different students to lead us.