Week one

This week we discovered a “Makey Makey”. A Makey Makey is a piece of equipment (this part is called the “Mother Board”) that you can use to create all sorts of things. Here is a picture of it.

The silver strip at the bottom of the Makey Makey is called “earth”. Earth is basically a place where you put the alligator clip, and you either hold the other end if the clip, or you put it on something that conducts electricity; and it creates a circuit.

You can put an alligator clip on the silver circle that says “Space”, and all you have to do is connect the other side of the clip to something that conducts electricity, say a leaf,¬†and when you touch the¬†leaf it will be like clicking the space bar. That is the same with the “Click” and the up, down, left and right arrow keys.

Here is the back of a Makey Makey.

If you can see on the very sides, there are little black buttons and next to them say the letters of the alphabet. We haven’t really learnt about what they mean yet.

In the Makey Makey set, it comes with the alligator clips that I was talking about. Here is what they look like.

There is also a laptop cord that you use to plug into your laptop, so that something can happen on your laptop, like the space bar can play a song. Here is what one looks like.

You can plug it into your Makey Makey like this.

Week 2

It also comes with instructions on how to build certain things, and what a Makey Makey is. They showed a website that has videos of people creating thing with the Makey Makey, that we can try to.

My partner and I chose the vegie piano. It is basically a piano made of vegies, and when you touch the plant it plays a note off the piano. This was quite easy, considering they showed a whole video on how to do it.

However, we still struggled to find plants (from the Enviro) that conducted electricity. Some of the leaves that we chose were so thin that the clip when right through it, with another, the leaf had a fluffy layer, so it didn’t work, and with another one, we clipped the clip onto the stem, and then touched the leaf but it didn’t make a sound because the electricity ran through the stem, not the leafy part. Here is the leaf.

Here is a recording of me explaining how we built it, and our findings.

Week 3

Today my partner and I started something new. From the knowledge that we had from the veggie piano, we decided to do this: When someone opens the door, a song comes on. Here is a short movie about it.

Week 4

P U L L    A P A R T

This week my partner and I started a pull apart here is what we wanted to pull apart.

So we started to unscrew the back so that we could take off the back and look inside.

We did a screw each, and the we revealed the inside.

There was a lot of tiny screws holding down the mother board, and there was lot of little spikes sticking up. We thought that they might be for signal.

Next we moved onto unscrewing this bit.

There were small screws right down in it¬†and we¬†couldn’t get the screwdriver on an angle to unscrew them. So we moved onto trying to take off the side. Along the slide there was a lot of tight screws that we had trouble getting undone, and they kept losing their shape.

Week 5

This week my partner and I started a new pull apart.

A telephone. There wasn’t many screws, so we managed to get the top of the telephone box off.

Here is what we thought would come out when we lifted the green motherboard up.

And here are some other things that we found.

Then we deconstructed all of the parts that were screwed on. And there were parts that we didn’t expect, like all of the batteries (that we thought was to power it all). We were left with a blank canvas, so we decided to put some colour in it and spray paint it.

Then we had to think of ideas of what we could remake out of what we had. One of ideas was to make an inspirational quote machine. I suggested that we could make a spinner, have numbers around it, and whatever number the spinner landed on, you would have to look at that number on the phone.

We were going to pit inspirational words on the buttons circled in pink, put a phrase on the buttons circled in blue (the smallest button in blue would have an “&” sign on it).

So we got started on the spinner.

Where to next? – Next I am going to stick on the spinner and hopefully print out the numbers and inspirational quotes.

Week 6

This week we started acting on our idea. First we stuck the spinner on, and put some hot glue on the top so that the spinner wouldn’t come off.

The next time that wee looked at out phone, the original spinner had come off. So we used another one that spun better.

We were going to right some instructions on a word document so that you know what to do. Here is what we have on the word document so far.

We went to get two pieces of cardboard to glue the phone onto, and for the instructions, but we could find two art folios.

We added little blobs of glue for grip and to higher the folios.

Week 7

This week I manly did blogging.

Week 8

This week my friends made music video, and my partner and I helped with filming from different angles and the choreography. I don’t have any footage right now because we haven’t finished all the shots.

Week 9

Monday – Today I was absent

Tuesday – Today I was also absent





Session 1

Session 2


Session 3

Session 4

In this session of scratch, we were introduced to “parallel programing”, which is basically where you have one sprite, and two programs on it. The sprite¬†might be doing two things, in two programs, on the one sprite. I used two sprites. These are my programs.

I need to divide/add a new program to the first program.

We were told to print out our scripts and write what bricks we used. Here is mine.




After that, we briefly were introduced to “build a band”, and we were going to learn more about that next session.

Session 5

For the rest of the week we continued on with “build a band”. First we had a look at some of the other build a band studios. Here¬†are some good¬†ones I found.

With this one, they list the songs in the instructions, and ask you which song you want to here.

With this one, you click on the instrument, and it makes a sound. For example, if you click the drum, it makes a drumming sound.

This one is the same as the previous one, except it has a wider variety of instruments and sounds. They also explain the instructions in the project itself.

Session 6

For my build a band project, the programming was quite easy, all I had to do was download the songs onto Scratch, and then make them play when something was clicked. This was just my project, there were many other ideas. Here is a photo of my program.

Here is the background of my project.

It displays all of the songs that I have chosen, and witch number key to press if you want a song.

Here is my finished build a band.

We also had a brief introduction to “It’s Alive” witch is where you pick a sprite with several costumes and make them repeat so that it looks like it’s alive.

Session 7

I made a story with my build a band. Here it is.

I made a story with mine. Here it is.

Session 8

Today in design I started to complete the “Debug It” projects. We had to choose one to record in our books.

The first one I did the problem was that the scratch cat was growing a little and moved to the side, and then when the green flag was clicked, it stayed there and that size, and I kept getting bigger and moving to one side until in eventually stoped growing and moving. So we had to make the scratch cat go back to his start position and size when the green flag was clicked.

I started the cat in the original spot and size, and added these blocks.

This is what the project looks like now.

This is the problem for the next one I did.

This project was quite easy. All I did was move the “next costume” brick into the repeat so that it would all end together.








Micro Worlds

Session 1

For a few sessions in maths we have been focusing on micro worlds.

I know somethings about micro worlds because that was our main focus in last years maths. For instants, I know most of the commands like, RT (right turn), LT(left turn) FD (forward).

At the start of each lesson, we would all sit in a circle and the teachers would pick one person to be the turtle. We would draw either a quadrilateral or a triangle with chalk on the carpet, and we would have to work out what the angle was, wether we were to measure it from the inside or the outside, and how we would get the turtle to do what we wanted. I found that the easiest way to work it out was to draw a 90 degree line from the corner and work out the difference from there. On the forth time it was easier because it was just what was left over to equal 360 degrees. That helped us understand more about what and how we were going to accomplish a shape.

I was trying to make a simple triangle. I managed that just fine because of the warm up we had just done, but then I started playing around with repeating. This is what came out of it.

Session 2

Today in micro worlds we were set a challenge. We had to try and create our initials as a procedure. Mine first letter was a¬†B, and I new that a B had a semi circle in it, so that’s what I started with.

This is the procedure for it.

So, to start off with I positioned the turtle in the right spot. I made sure¬†I put the pen up so that when the turtle positions it self, it didn’t¬†leave a line.

Here is the procedure for it.

Then after that, I started on the shape of the B. Here is the procedure for that.

Here is a video of my B working.







The Blackwater reflections and questions

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Will Brodie get punished for what he did, or will people forgive him and let it go?

Will Alex keep living with Brodie, or will he go back to his parents?

What will Otis’s mum and Pauline’s mum say when the found out what really happened, or will no-one tell them?

Reflections, thoughts and predictions

I expected that Hannah wrote the note and left the towels, but I thought that she would hate Brodie for hiding the truth…But she still likes him after what he’s done!

To be honest, I expected a bigger ending, it left me hanging and it didn’t give a punch to the end of the book.

I predicted that Otis would be alive, and come back to Brodie for revenge

Rube Goldberg

Session 1

In this session of design we started the big challenge of making our own Rube Goldberg machines. In our contraptions, we had to include at least 3 simple machines, and our machines had to be portable. We got into our groups, and started to discuss the what simple machines we would put in our machines, how it would work and what materials we were going to use. Here is a picture of some of my groups ideas.

This session was a shorter lesson so we only had time to put down a few ideas.

Where next?

Next lesson I am going to keep listing down possible ideas and then put them in a design.

Session 2

Today I started my design for the Rube Goldberg machines. One of my group members wasn’t here so we would have to fill them in on our ideas and decisions. We did this the whole session, as well as fine lining when we thought we had listed all of the ideas for our machines. Here is a video of me discussing and drawing most of¬†my design.

Where to next?

Next lesson I am going to continue on doing my design and start fine lining it.

Session 3

In this session I completed my design. Here is a picture of my finished design.

I included how it works. This is how it works:

You pull down a lever (lever) that tilts (inclined plane), causing the two marbles that were on it to roll

into the pulley (pulley), and the weight of the marbles makes the other side of the pulley come up, and that hits a hot wheels car that is slightly off the edge of the ottoman/box, and the car rolls on a how wheels track, leading to the computer, and because the space bar is such a big target, the car rolls onto the space bar and makes a video play.

Our machine includes 3 simple machines so far.

Where to next?

Next lesson my group will hopefully start building our machine.

Session 4

I was away for this session, so my group will have to fill me in on what they have completed.

Session 5

Today I came back and my group had built a pulley out of KNEX. Here is what it looks like.

And they had also made an inclined plane/lever.

You pull the string down and then the paper tilts, creating an inclined plane, which lets the marbles roll down.

Our aim was to, make the pulley (after the marbles had rolled into it and the other side had gone up) hit a toy car and then the car would roll down the hot wheels track.



Building and editing (session 6)

Today we were playing around with the pulley. Here is some of the resalts.

Attempt 1

Attempt 2

So, here is our solution.

Where to next?

Me and my group are going to fix the problem, and sort out the solution.

Session 7

Today in design, we tried the machine with the ping pong ball, and this is what happened.

The reason that this didn’t work was because at the end of the hot wheels track, it sloped upwards, and the ping pong ball didn’t have enough momentum¬†to get up the slope. So that’s when we decided to tape the hot wheels track to the cardboard box, so that it would if anything, slope down. So we tried it again, and the ping pong ball hit the keyboard, but it didn’t hit do anything, meaning it didn’t have enough weight to actually hit the button, and make a letter come up on the screen.

So we tried to making the ping pong ball hit a marble, and here is what happened.

I thought that the ping pong ball didn’t hit the marble because the marble was on the side of the hot wheels track, so the ping pong ball stopped because the marble was in the way. But what really happened was that the ping pong ball didn’t have enough force to hit the marble.

To solve the problem that I thought was true, we tried two marbles, and this is what happened.

Where next?

Next lesson we are going to find something else to use to hit the button, something heavier.

Session 8

This session was the last session of Rube Goldberg. Last lesson, we had the problem of the ping pong ball not being heavy enough to make a letter come up on the screen.

So, my team had an idea. We decided to use a golf ball instead. It was the same shape, except heavier. It was perfect. We tried, and tried, but it just wouldn’t press the button. We were sure that the spacebar on our laptops was lighter and easier to press that most of the keys.

The problem was that the golf ball didn’t land on the target (spacebar), so we decided to use some books to guide the golf ball. We tried it again, but the ball went off sidewards, so we added some staplers on the sides. As we kept trying, one of the many attempts worked! Here is a video of it working.

After it had succeeded many times, we were told to make a video about how we think our team worked together, what we learnt, most of the attempts and why they didn’t work, what our aim was and¬†a video of it finally working.

I really enjoyed the Rube Goldberg unit, and it has taught me how to agree, and disagree without causing an argument. Teamwork was definitely a big and important skill to have when we were discussing ideas, and I think our team succeeded in that. I learnt more about Rube Goldberg machines, and more about Rube Goldberg himself. This was one of my favourite units and I discovered lots of facts.






Session 1

Today we started our design for our EV3 robots. We had to sketch the robot from 2 different angles. and then had to name each part and say what they did, and why they were are there. Here is my completed design.

Session 2

In this lesson we started to play around with the programing.

Session 3

Session 4

Here is a video of my move forward seconds.

And here is my program for it.

Next lesson I am going to continue on with the challenge and hopefully complete degrees and rotations.

Session 5

Here is a video of my move forward degrees.

And here is my program for it.

Here is a video of my move forward rotations.


Session 6

Today in design I added all my “move forward” programs together and this is what it looks like.

Here is a video of it working.

Session 7

Today we were set a new challenge. It was called the baseball challenge.

Here are the rulers I used.

Here is a video of it, without the rulers.

Session 8

Here is a photo of the sensor.

Session 9


Here is a video of it working.

Here is a video of it working.

Session 10

Here is a video of it working.

Todays lesson was interrupted by the fire drill.

Session 11

Here is a video of it working.

Here is a video of it working.








Rube Goldberg mini lessons

Session 1 (mini lesson)

In this session of design, we were split into class groups to complete the simple machine mini lessons. This would help us to understand what and how we could use simple machines in our term long Rube Goldberg machines.

First, 5A went to the KNEX station. We had a book to choose out what we were going to build, and there were big tubs of KNEX to choose from. Depending on what your instructions said, determents what pieces you use. My group chose a scale. It was a big tower with a horizontal structure at the top, and two small platforms hanging off the structure to weigh things on. Here is a video of my group building the scale.





I think I could use this simple machine in my Rube Goldberg machine by making it start off my machine. I would put something light on one end, (the one continuing on to the rest of the machine) and drop something heavy on the other end, which would cause the light thing to fling off, hopefully hitting something else, and so on.

Where next?

In the next session, I am going to move to the next simple machine station, which is making a fully functioning pulley. I am really enjoying this so far!

Session 2 (mini lesson)

Today, 5A moved on to the pulley activity. We paired up, and discussed how we were going to build the pulleys. There was a single pulley, a double pulley, and a quadruple pulley. Each one was slightly different, but the only thing that parted them would be the direction of the rope that we used to connect it all together. We were told to keep in mind that we would have to find a place to hang the simple machine.

We had some wire, a plastic cup and some rollers. The wire was very soft, so it was easy to bend.

Here are some videos of me and my group building the pulley, we also built the double pulley. You will have to press open on the note at the bottom of your screen.

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I think I could use this simple machine in my Rube Goldberg machine by making something like a golf ball roll into it, and the other side would lift up, and maybe hit a lever and fulcrum., that would set something else off.

Where next?

In the next lesson of design, we will be moving on to the Lego simple machine station.

Session 3 (mini lesson)

This session was the last mini lesson of the simple machine set. Again, we paired up with different people, and got one persons laptop. The instructions were on a file on our laptops. Because there were two groups before us, there weren’t many exact¬†Lego pieces. Most of the groups spent quite a while looking for the right pieces, especially my group. Because we couldn’t find most of the pieces, we didn’t get to finish our build,¬†we only got to¬†briefly start he simple machine.

At the end, everyone was hoping to¬†connect all of our simple machines (only the Lego) to make a big Rube Goldberg machine. But unfortunately, we didn’t get up to that.

I really enjoyed the simple machines mini lessons, and I felt it help me understand how and why we need simple machines.


Angles Investigation

In todays math lesson we discovered a variety of new angles using two programs, Random Angles and Angles On A Line.

Angles On A Line

In this program we had to grab a partner to play against, and one laptop. You could either be red or blue. On the line, there was a semicircle, one half red, one half blue. A vertical line in the middle of the semicircle separated the different colours. The line was also used to move side to side to create different angles. Each player took turns to move the line, and guess what the degree was. The answers were covered up with a white board, and to revile them you would just click on the board. Here are some photos of our work.

Random Angles

This program was a bit more challenging because we didn’t get to choose the degrees of the angles. At¬†the bottom of the screen, there were seven different buttons. Each button determines what unmount of degree you would get.¬†On the¬†buttons there were numbers: 0-90¬†¬† 90-180¬†¬† 180-270¬†¬† 270-360¬†¬† 0-180¬†¬† 0-270¬†¬†¬†0-360.

Depending on which button you press, depends on what angle you get. Again, we had to try and work out what the degree was, and to check the answer we clicked on the white board, which had the answer hidden behind it. Instead of checking the answer that way, we were also able to access a protractor, witch also helped us get to the answer.

Here are some pictures of some of the rounds.

I really enjoyed expanding my knowledge of angles and degrees, and I hope we will continue on this unit.

Mr Mosely

Mr Mosely isn’t a pedigree¬†dog,¬†but he is just the dog Corey and his family want: he is loyal, protective and loving. And he is much more than that. He might well be the one thing that holds the all together.

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This term, we have been reading this emotional, heart warming novel, Just A Dog, by Michael Gerard Bauer. This entrancing book is about a cheeky Dalmatian pup,¬†who goes on all types of adventures. Corey,¬†Mr Mosely’s¬†favourite kid, started a journal about all of¬†the memories him, and the rest of his family have had with Mr Mosely, even the ones he wished¬†hadn’t¬†happened…

I had tears in my eyes and I was able to connect with some of my personal experiences. This book will give you a gleeful grin, and put a tear in you eye. I loved this emotional book and rate it 10/10 because of all the moments I could connect with. People who are a big fan of animals, and love a sad and joyful book all at the same time will enjoy this book.









Centripetal force


Today I was amazed by something called centripetal force. As you can see in the video was circling my arm, holding a bucket, and I tipped the bucket at the end to show that there was water in it.

Well, to explain it more, you know the spinning equipment in the playground? Its¬†pretty much the same as that.¬†At the playground when you are in the spinning¬†equipment,¬†even if you try, it’s very hard to push¬†inwards while your on the ride. So,¬†the force pushes outward coming from my shoulder in this case. My shoulder is the centre of the circulation that’s pushing out.

I learnt that bending your elbow, breaks the circulation and stops the force from pushing outwards, so the water falls out. This also happens if you go to slow, the gravity lets the water fall out. I really enjoyed watching and doing this amazing force trick. I was delighted to learn so many new things about centripetal force.

I hope you learnt something new as well!‚ėļ