For this terms passion project I am doing it about our trip to Darwin. I have almost finished the film have had trouble getting all of the footage onto my laptop as there were some footage taken on phones and the file was to big to put onto the computer. I have also found some music that I thought would fit the film. I thought that this was a good film idea as I really enjoyed this holiday and have had a good time looking back through the photos. I will have finished y film soon.
In Project maths we have been looking at billiard ball bounces. This means it is like a pool table with only 4 holes in each corner instead of 6 holes. We first tested out with the whole class using string to show where the ball was going. The ball had to travel at a 45° angle and then will bounce to either another side or will go into the hole. Our challenge was to find a pattern to figure out how many bounces it would take to get the ball in the hole without drawing or using the app. This required a lot trial and error. I worked with Sienna. S and Kate We found 2 answers at first and then we tested them with the app maths 300 and figured that it only worked with a few answers. We found a answer in the end that was [length + width ÷ common factor= number of bounces]. Then we were asked to find how to figure out what whole the ball would land in. We thought we found an that we thought worked but tested larger numbers and came out with the result that it did not work we then tried another answer but that did not work either. The strategies we used were trial and error look for a patter and guess and check.
We are going to the zoo to choose a SOS 10 animal to give our voice to that animal for the day and try and spread the word to keep this animal from becoming extinct and explaining why they are becoming extinct. I have chosen the gorilla because they are they share 99% of our DNA and are the closest animal to human they are critically endangered and I thought would be a great animal to talk about. I am hoping to get a panning shot of the gorillas and a close up of them in there enclosure at the zoo.
When you go to the zoo and see this wonderful animal, hitting there chest, having fun in this place not harming anyone do you ever think that they are amazing and magnificent. ]
PTC: Well the Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered, they have four species and have thought to be 100,000 of them left on earth and it is because of us.
Gorillas are being poached for meat, skulls, fur, magical charms and medicine. Wealthy People also put gorillas on walls, or use them as trophies. Poaching is illegal but it still happens to these amazing animals And they did not do anything wrong at least 300 western lowland gorillas are killed each year and if this keeps these extraordinary, animals will become extinct faster than we think. Put it this way these animals share 99% of our DNA they are the closest animals to human so it is like losing 300 cousins each year what would that be like for you?
These gorillas are also losing their homes due to mining and a jungle is being made into carparks and factories. The trees have also been cut down for timer and this making way for palm oil plantation. But here’s a question have you noticed a pattern? We are taking their homes killing them all for the benefits of us.
The biggest threat for gorillas is bush meat. This means that the gorillas are taken killed and then sold as meat. This is illegal in a few country’s but it still happens to these innocent creatures. Even though gorillas are, only a small group of all animals killed in bushed meat trade they are easy targets for hunters and in many areas, gorillas are favoured for hunting because of the weight and how much they sell for. Imagine you as a baby and then getting taken away from your mother or father and never seeing them again because they have been killed.
Do you now realise how close these magnificent animals are to becoming extinct. Well if you do here’s how you can help please put old phones in the boxes you see around the zoo, Know where your food is coming from and what is in it and just by donating or adopting this animal will play a part in keeping these gorillas from becoming extinct. THEY’RE CALLING ON YOU. So are you choosing to help?
It is the last term of 2017 and it is the last term we have to create passion projects so for this term I am doing it on our holiday to Darwin and Kakadu National Park. This was a great holiday and there was a lot of driving and sightseeing as well as a lot of swimming. This holiday we had to be extremely careful where we swimming and how close we stood to the water because of the salt water crocodiles. We visited many water holes but my favourite water hole was Maguk falls I enjoyed jumping from the rocks into the water and I also enjoyed the plunge pools that were at the top of the waterfall. I think I am going to make a film and use the photos that we took and add it into the movie as well as show a map and maybe narrate what we did when we were in Darwin. I am looking forward to creating this project so that I can remember this holiday from the photos we took. I have enjoyed creating these projects to see what other people have made and to look back at things I have done in the past.
In Project Maths we have been focusing on building views. This meant we had to build the building off what the sheet said and what the picture looked like. So we had to transform it from a 2D shape into a 3D I worked with Sienna and Kate. We were asked to build the building with small wooden blocks. For the first sheet we were transferring numbers in the 2D representation into the blocks on the grid and creating a 3D model. This was a simple task and involved following instructions and placing the blocks on the 4×4 building grid witch we placed our blocks on to create our building . We recorded our working out using the grid in our book and drawing what the front view and the side view looked like in each building. Except for building 5 we had to visualise what the building looked like instead of making the building on the grid. The second sheet we had to figure where everything went so the views could be the same. We first had to use 15 blocks at first so we could then find the maximum witch is how many blocks we could add and still have the same views, we then did the minimum witch is what is the least amount of blocks that you can use to keep the same views. The last thing we had to do was the variations witch is how many blocks can you swap around to make different variations. I used the guess and check strategy and also check all possible solutions I found that this worked because there were no other solutions after this s we found them all. I found challenging trying to find all of the variations because I did not know how to find them all. I learnt that we have to record your working out from the start.
In Year 6 we have been asked to choose a country and learn about the culture of that country. I chose Estonia. The purpose of choosing a country and learning about there culture is so that we can learn, respect and accept them.
In Geelong we have a range of different cultures as we are multi cultural country and we play a wide variety of sports like aussie rules football, netball, hockey and rugby. In Estonia there main sports are basketball, soccer and Skiing. Also here in Geelong we do not have any order of who we need to greet first but in Estonia there is a certain order like males greet women first and young people greet elders first. Also our colours on the Australian flag is different to Estonians. Our traditional dressing colours here in Australia is green and gold while the Estonians colours are Black, Red, Orange and sometimes yellow. In Australia and Estonia we both like skiing, soccer and Basketball and we also have some of the same foods. Women also do gardening in Australia as well as Estonia. It is also common in both country’s for both the husband and wife to work. We also celebrate Christmas. If I lived in Estonia I would like the food and the clothing but it would be hard to learn the language and getting used to telling the half hour before the hour.
So far we have done one passion project and this is our second. My first passion project was a film on hockey and my second passion project is on a dog bed. It is not a dog bed it is a frame for a dog bed so that it sits off the ground and it wont get wet. The reason I wanted to make this is because our dog bed used to get wet and it would take a while to dry. At first I started using screws to add all of the pieces together but when we went to put on the last piece it would not fit. We went onto using nails so that if it happens again we would be easy to take apart. We put it all together and then I worked out where the slats would go so that it would be even. We then sanded it so that it will be nice and smooth. I then went onto the painting process and added 2 coats. I am happy with the way it turned out and I am glad that I chose to paint it black.
This is our second passion project this year. The first passion project that I did was on hockey and now I am making something. I am building a dog bed frame out of wood so that the dog bed does not sit on the ground. This way the dog bed does not get wet when it rains and it will be dry. I have stated on my passion project and I am enjoying making it. I have put most of the screws in and I have done all of the measuring. So I hope I can start painting it soon. I am hoping I can paint it black so that it will blend in with the dogs pillow and also blend in with some of the house. I have got some pictures and some videos that I’m going to put into a film so that it shows the process that happened.
In year 6 inquiry we are doing a topic on our town through time. This means creating a documentary film that has Geelong’s history. But in Geelong there is so much history so we were asked to choose one topic on what we would like to create our documentary on. I have chosen to do surf history. But for the main topic in my documentary is going to be Rip curls surf history.
Here is some things that I have found out about Rip curls surf history.
Two friends in march 1969 Doug Wabrick and Brain singer were walking down Gilbert street in Torquay. Then Doug asked Brian if he would like to make surf boards. This was how Rip curl was made.
At first they were making surfboards in an old garage that looked like this
This Garage was at 35 Great Ocean road near Jan Juc. In April 1969 the first surfboards were made.
They kept going through winter as they had enough work to get done. In November the same year they decided they needed a better place to build there surfboards. They went on to find the old Torquay bakery at 5 Boston road. They found out that they only had to pay 1$10 a week for rent so they then moved in. Inside they set up everything that they needed to make the surfboards and was able then to make 12 boards a week. this is what the bakery looked like.
Still in December 1969 another surfer that lived near the Torquay community. Alan Green joined. Rip curl started making wet suites. Alan had spent some time working for a diving company and they found a sewing machine a “Pffaf 138 zig zag” that worked on thick rubber and was great for sewing wet suits. Alan left Rip curl in April 1970.
Pretty soon more and more people kept coming into Rip curl and in 1980 the move was made to Rip curl HQ at 101 surf coast Highway, Torquay.
I think my story is worth telling because people know about rip curl but do not know what actually happened before now. I think we could do a interview with the now owner of rip curl or interview someone with he knowledge of what happened before now.
This book is about a boy called Albert and a Dad called Pye. When Pye was a 12 year old boy when he was riding on a go kart. He came of the go Kart and ended up getting a metal piece stuck near his brain. So when he got older it was killing him. and he died. Before he died he was creating a time machine and he made the time machine work. Albert was set a task to remove the things that made Pye crash when he was little but when he did much more happened. I liked this book as it had great emotion and adventure.