1st and 2nd class became scientists and engineers this week. We had a great time performing a number of experiments and investigations. There will be a few scientists in this room yet!
During one such experiment, we investigated absorption and how liquids can move even if it goes against gravity!
We also got to make slime. (This was a messy one!) We mixed cornflour with water and some food colouring and were fascinated when we made a very strange substance. It could be both hard and soft at the same time depending on how much force was applied. Wow!
For some of us, the next activity was our favourite! We put on our engineering hats and in groups, had to design and construct a boat. Not only that, but the boat had to be able to float AND you had to be able to move it with wind! A big task you may think? Not for the boys and girls of Ms Curran's class!
First, we had to design our boat and decide on what materials we wanted to use. This took time, but once we had our plans made and materials gathered; we got to work.
There were cardboard boxes and plastic bottles everywhere! Ms Curran's classroom became a construction site for awhile but it was certainly worth it in the end. We performed plenty tests to make sure that our boats would float and we also learned the importance of materials that were waterproof.
Once our boats were constructed, we were ready to investigate. We created a small pool outside and waved a book to create wind. Our boats passed the test. Mission accomplished!