Melting pot is an awesome book about a kid called Edward and his father is Chinese and his mother is European. He has a hard time at school being picked on by bigger kids because how he looks different and because the other kids parents are ignorant and that means that they don’t get what the Chinese ways are. But when his cousin Elizabeth comes over to do the jobs around the house it all gets worse for him. she is being racist and mean because he is half-Chinese. But then Edward finds out that she is parroting the words of her father he is really surprised. Her father does not accept Chinese and say they “should not be here because they are not good enough” and their are better people. the immigration law is a rule that not naturalised Australians can’t come from China his father is trying to change it. Edward has to go to china to meet the rest of his family but will he be able to return? This is a great book and can teach you a lot about foreign country’s like China. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about another country. out of 5 stars I rate this book 4.
Today 14 of June 5c had to make and Origami fraction pinwheel. What is an Origami pinwheel ? An Origami pinwheel is a square with some fractions and it had 3 different colours Yellow, Red and blue . In it and we had to find what fractions each colour has. We can fold the quarters to make different patterns with different fractions of each colour. Here is my origami pinwheel:
Here are my other folds I did:
here is a link to a video of the top image and each fraction and colour:
I learnt that there are a lot of ways to make equivalent fractions and 1 simple fold can change a lot of numbers. I loved making Origami pinwheels although they where a bit tough to make I love playing around and learning fractions at the same time.
Today Monday the 29th of may year 5 where taken on a great trip to the Keith Humble centre to share our musical instrument most of us started a new instrument at the start of the yet but some of us had already learnt and have private lessons. We could chose from trumpet, trombone, clarinet and flute I started learning the flute at the start of the year and I have had a great time so far.
It was a great day and all the parents where invited to watch us play our instruments. Most of the day was spent rehearsing and practicing. We all did great performance and had a great time playing our chosen instruments. The day started by us rehearsing and then we went out for recess. Then more practising and then we played a game with our instruments where each instrument had a different rhythm. We had to listen then place the cards with the beat and with do, ray, mi, so, and la and we had a scoreboard. The winners where the flutes so we won.
Today year 5 were given the challenge to get into a partner and to find the degrees of each angle of a kite.
Here is a video of our kites investigation:
I learnt that 2 45 degrees angles = a right angle which is 90 degrees.I learnt that in a kite the obtuse angle is 110 degrees. I also learnt that the top angle is 90 degrees angle is a right angle. I learnt that all quadrilaterals angles have to = up to 360 degrees.
What is a program? A program is a script that you can teach a robot to do. For example, I made a script for a robot to perform a hi-five. The script looks like this – elevate right leg 10 cm, move right leg forwards 20 cm then lower right leg 10 cm then instead of doing it over and over and over again you could change the right leg to left leg then repeat. Then the script would say elevate right arm 90 degrees and step.
Then we were put into groups and taught about the building of the Lego Robot and that the most important piece was the piece that you would put the script in with the battery that we would need to charge each night. Mr McKie taught us about the program and that we would need to build a Lego car to perform the program. My group are nearly done building the car to program. I learnt a lot from the first session, like how to program and that you could even program Lego to move. It was a great first session and I can’t wait until the next.
Here is a link to a time lapse of us building the car:
How will robots help us in 20 years?
Today year 5 was given the challenge to use the three ways of moving our lego robots between 2 lines and back. The three ways are seconds, rotation and degrees. seconds is that you tell the robot for example to go forwards for 3 seconds and then turn for 1 second and go forwards for 3 again. Degrees is how much your wheel spins for example 1 spin is 360 and 2 wheel spins are 720. The other way of movement is Rotation is the same as degrees but you write how many time you want the wheel to rotate for example rotate 4 times and then turn left for 1 rotation.
here is my program
The first yellow block is the start block that you need for the robot to start. The red motor is what type of motor you are using. The arrow is what degrees its going at. The speedometer is how fast it goes. And because I have it set on seconds the timer is how long it goes for. The play button means that it will stop after its done. The B+C in the top right are wich cable points the cables have to go in. I found out why it wasn’t working it wasn’t because of the degrees of the turn but because I had it set on that the wheel would turn but I was supposed to have it set on seconds. So I changed it and it worked.
Today Friday the 9th of June in design year 5 where introduced to the 4 sensors on our lego ev3 robot The first one was the touch sensor, The ultrasonic sensor, The light sensor and the gyroscope sensor. The touch sensor works if you put it on your robot and connect it to it when it hits something it will do something for example when it hit a wall I will turn 90 degrees then go forwards. the ultrasonic sensor sends sound waves and when they come back to it. It measures the distance away from the robot. For example I could say that when it get 3cm away from an object turn left 60 degrees then go backwards for 3 seconds. The light sensor is a sensor that detects how much light frequencies come back because it sends light out and detects how much comes back for example if the colour its on is dark like black not as much frequencies come back because dark colours like black absorbs the light so not as much come back but a bright colour like yellow reflects the light and more frequencies come back. The gyroscope sensor for lego robotics is a sensor that can measure the degrees of fall from -440 to +440. For example when it get to a 20 degree fall slow down from 100-50 so it doesn’t tip over. Like when you are walking down a hill you slow down so you can keep balanced and not tip. Here is a video of my first attempt of the light sensor:
It didn’t work because I had it set on seconds which means that the robot goes for a set amount of seconds but then I found that I didn’t work because I needed to set it just to on so it goes for ever till it hits that colour and then does the next think I programmed it to. I also learnt a new block to use it’s called the wait block it’s when it hit the colour it will wait then do something. I finished the around the table and around the stool I also needed to finish one where I had to do to 2 on the baseball diamond and back to 1. I finished them all. Here is a link to the half way and back to 1:
Here is a link to the whole baseball diamond:
Today I started with new sensor it is called the touch sensor. The touch sensor works if you put it on your robot and connect it to it when it hits something it will do something for example when it hit a wall I will turn 90 degrees then go forwards. our first challenge was to make it goo forwards hit the wall and then stop we had to use the wait block this time.
here is my programme for the hit the wall and stop challenge :
here is a link to a screen cast on what all the parts do:
so I completed the first challenge and here is my robot doing it:
I also completed another challenge which was one where I had to programme it to hit a wall go backwards and then right turn 90 degrees. I finished that one but didn’t get a video of it working.
I loved learning about a new sensor and I am loving learning new stuff to do in ev3 Lego robotics. I am loving ev3 Lego robotics so far and cant wait till next lesson.
this session we where introduced into a new sensor the ultrasonic sensor sends light waves out and when they come back to it. It measures the distance away from the robot. For example I could say that when it get 3 cm away from an object turn left 60 degrees then go backwards for 3 seconds. The challenge was to get 10 cm away and then come back so here is my programme:
Today year 5 was given the task to make a small Rube Goldberg Machine. What is a Rube Goldberg machine? A Rube Goldberg Machine is a chain reaction of simple machines which is complicated to do something simple. We had to put paper in the bin. We were split into groups and had to plan, design and build a complicated Machine. My group had some ideas like a bucket on a pulley or some dominoes. We didn’t finish in the time limit but we had 2 simple machines. They were an inclined plane and a pulley. The marble went from a ramp to a pulley and then hit the paper into the bin. I learnt that an incline plane, a pulley, a lever and a fulcrum is a simple machine and I learnt that a Rube Goldberg machine often never works on the first time and can get really frustrating.
Today the first of May, 5c had to make some pulleys to lift some marbles which will help us to put in our Rube Goldberg machines. We where put into partners and was given the challenge to build a pulley and it had to lift 5 marbles. What is a pulley? A pulley is a simple machine lice a inclined slope or a lever. it is like a winch and is used to lift thing that are too heavy for humans. Here is a image of the pulley we made.
It is made of string a thread ,metal and a yogurt tubs or aplastic cup.
I learnt that a pulley is in a lot of everyday things like a blind or a flag pole. it was fun creating pulleys and seeing witch one of the three types of pulleys most easily lifted the 5 marbles. we only did the single and the double and didn’t have time to finish the quad pulley. It was a great learning experience and I thing it will greatly help us in our rube Goldberg Machines.
Today the 2nd of may 5c did another mini activity to help our Rube Goldberg machines. Today we where using Lego to build a chain reaction of simple machines like inclined plane and lever. we where in groups of 3 and had our own part separated throughout the class. Our group where given the task to build the Zigzag part of the Rube Goldberg Machine. Here is a link to a Times laps of us building the Zigzag part.
I learnt that Lego could be made into a awesome Rube Goldberg machine. It was a awesome time building the lego to help our knowledge in Rube Goldberg machines.
Today year 5 did another simple machines activity this time it was K’nex and we got a book and had to pick what to build. My group was going to build a conveyer belt. It looked hard and it was but once we finished we where really happy. it was really fun and we had some great ideas to take into our Rube Goldberg projects. I was proud that we finished and was raring put some ideas into our Rube Goldberg machines.
Here is a image of our K’neks conveyer belt :
It was awesome and I learnt a lot that you can do with K’nex and that they can be great to use in Rube Goldberg machines.
Here is a time laps of us building:
Today we had to join our three simple machines together to build a Rube Goldberg machine. we put our Lego Zigzag at the start because we thought that it would be better to start high to gain more momentum to go into the machine. we noticed that we couldn’t use the conveyer because it didn’t work by its self and we needed something that would walk by it’s self. We changed it into a dump truck so we could use the front to hit something and the wheels will help it roll. we thought that it could start at the Lego Zigzag into the dump truck which bumps into a marble which then dropped into a pulley which lifts a marble and the marble rolls over the finish line. We didn’t finish but we only needed to build the pulley. it was great to try joining our simple machines.
This session we started designing our Rube Goldberg machines. Our groups aim is to put the marble away into a box. Our three simple machines are a pulley, wheel and axel and inclined plain. We explained what all the parts we need and why we needed them and also where it goes and what it does. We also designed what it will hopefully look like the finished product. The explanation is what it will do. The explanation is We push the wheel and axel down a tube and it hits 3 dominoes which hits a marble into a pulley which comes up to hit 3 more dominoes which hits another marble into a box.
Today my group started building our Rube Goldberg machine. It was fun and exiting to start building our Rube Goldberg machine and the first thing we built was the inclined plane. We use thesauruses and had a cardboard roll we cut in half to use as an inclined plane. We also built the wheel and axel to roll down the inclined plane which hit some dominoes into a golf ball.
Today the 29th of May We continued on with our Rube Goldberg machine. We built the pulley with tin cans and string. We Also got the rest of the dominoes. We placed our inclined plane then we placed the pulley between the two tables and made it so when the golf ball in the pulley it will move and set dominoes.
Today we had to move because the tables we where using where used for something else so we moved tables but didn’t have to change our machine. We sat the 4 dominoes from the pulley on the pipe to the come around and go into the box so when the golf ball goes into the pulley and the pipe moves across a bit and hits the dominoes. Here is a link to a video of our Rube Goldberg machine working:
The next thing we hope we are going to do is finish our designs.
Today was the FINAL day of Rube Goldberg and we had to finalise our design and make a final video about our whole project. First I finished the design which I redid to fix it to the actual build. Then it was onto our final video. We put lots of photos, videos, captions and effort into the video. Here is a link to our final video:
I learnt a lot from this unit like what simple machines are, what Rube Goldberg Machines are, who is Rube Goldberg and lots more. Here is a link to who Rube Goldberg is :
Once we were finished our machine we had to show it to our parents and to a year 4 class. I loved the Rube Goldberg Machines unit and learnt a lot which will help me at lots of things like building and forces.
Would I recommend who am I? Today 5c finished a book called who am I. I loved it.It was a great experience learning about aboriginals.
Today the 20th of the 3rd 2017 5c had an incursion to the year 6 classes and we met a man there his name was Anatoli he said that we where going to do some woodwork we all got exited. He showed us a fake tree he said represented paper, clean air and tools. He also showed us some tools like a cope saw, vice, circular saw, hammer, pliers, screw driver, sand paper, workbench and spanner. He said we had to pick a car from a lot different cars like Lamborghini, Ferrari and Porsche. I chose a Porsche. He gave us a coping saw, sand paper, pencil, small safety glasses and a work bench. We had to trace and then cut the wood. Then Anatoli glued some wheels and then a friction motor the motor needs to go on carpet because it cant get enough friction on the wood.
I learnt that you have to cut the wood down hill and you have to spin a lot to keep the cope saw going down hill. Then we had to trace and cut a person or animal to make as they where riding the car. I chose a bear and then Anatoli Glued my bear to the car and then it was ready to go. When we get home
Here is a image of our cars:
The most challenging thing was cutting on the lines and keeping 3 finger space so the thin wood doesn’t snap in half.
It was a great experience I learnt to keep 3 finger gap so that the thin wood doesn’t snap
Here is a link to my car working:
Today the 31st of march Year 5c started investigating how far our car would go on the three different surfaces .we had to say the things that would change a question and what I will observe. The three surfaces we where testing on where Flexi pave which is tennis court, grass and Carpet. My car went the furthest on the carpet. The car went 5.59 m on the carpet, 5.5 meters on the tennis court and 3.65 on the oval grass. We also had to do a barograph in our maths book the distance the car travelled. We had to colour and rule the Barograph in our maths book.
I learnt that the car travels best on carpet.
Today the 1st of march 5C played a game called Addo we had to try to create a undefeatable board. You have to draw 2 cards and add them up. The highest number you can get is 20 which is 10+10 the smallest is 0+0. So you had to get 3 in a row. If you both get 3 in a row at the same time its a draw. I played it on maths 300 and simulated 1000 games VS Xavier. I won a few and lost a few of the 1000s.we had to find the most common number which is 11 I put in the middle and 2nd and 3rd most common which is 10, 12 ,9, and 13. I learnt that the most common number from 0+0 to 10+10 is 11. I also learnt that you have to learn tactics like which common number to put in in a row for more chance of winning loved playing Addo and learning tactics.
Ceres the ultimate sustainability place. Thursday the 3rd of November year 4 went to Ceres in east Brunswick Melbourne. did you know Ceres was built on a old rubbish tip. I learnt They had interesting activities like how to build and what you need to have a affordable, comforting and environmentally friendly home. Daniel the guide explained the things you need like solar panels bay windows and water tank. Do you know if there is anything thing else you need for a sustainable house? I think Ceres is awesome at reusing,recycling and maintaining resources like fuels and glass bottles because bottles take 10,000 years to break down and we will eventually run out of fuels. Ceres was a allround great experience. I loved it and I learnt a lot.