Melting Pot Review

The Melting Pot is a book about a boy whoes mum is Australian and dad Chinese. Edward/Chek Chee writes a diary about his life. He doesn’t know who he balongs with. The Chinese. Or the Australians. He has lot’s of troubles in his life like being bullied, being called names, ignorance and Racism. And when his annoying cousin comes over she doesn’t help. All she does is makes fun of him and his family. This book shows how wrong people were about the Chinese causing trouble.

I would recommend this book to year 1-2’s.

I would rate it 3 stars

Cuisenaire fractions

Session 1

Today in maths we did maths sticks. First we got a pile of coloured wooden stcks and were given five minutes to build something with it. I built a stick figure person in a box. To be honest it didn’t look very good. After our five minutes of building we made fractions out of them.We did stuff like 3 greens equal a white, or 2 thirds of orange is red. Once we made our fractions with the maths sticks we put all our data onto a presentation. This is my video of what fractions I made.

 

Oragami Fraction Wheels

Session 1

Today we made oragami fraction wheels. We got a peice of coloured paper and some instructions of how to make a pinwheel. The aim is to make three fractions that the teachers set for us, and some of your own. I made one of my own and all three of the ones that the teachers set up. Then we figured out what fractions they were.

Session 2

This session we continued with the pinwheels except only this time we just made our own fractions. Here is a video of the fractions that i made.

I have enjoyed doing this i think it has helped my fractions alot.

Microworlds

Turtle And Geometry

Session 1

This session we wrote a code to write our initials. We learnt a new command called the ‘setpos’ command. It puts your turtle where you want it to go. An example is setpos [ -47 98]. In the end managed to draw my initials in bubble writing. This is a picture of my code.

And this is a picture of what it draws.   

Session 2

This session we made 4 shapes using microworlds.The shapes that I made were a square, a circle, an octagon and a triangle. This is a picture of the code I used and a video of it working.

The shapes were pretty easy to make. The hardest one to make would probably be the octagon because I kept making my turtle not turn enough.

Allegro Day

Today we went down to senior school to perform the songs that we have been learning in our allegro instrument groups to our parents. After homeroom we caught a bus down to senior school. Next we were divided into our instruments groups. I am in the alleretto group. The Allegretto Group is made up of students who play an instrumentThen we went and did a rehearsal in our groups. Then we had recess. After recess we did rehearsals until lunch and then we rehearsed with all the other groups until the parents came in to watch the performance. The first song we played was allegro conbrio and I was one of the eight improvisors. We chose the improvisors by drawing their names out of a hat and my name was the first one to be drawn. Next each group played a different song. The song that my group played was swing low and I was one of the improvisors. Then we played our final song called Go, Go Allegro.

I really enjoyed the allegro day because we got to play our instruments all day and I think that it has helped me a bit with my playing,

kites investigation

Kites Investigation

Session one

Today we got two A5 peices of paper and folded them into kites using the instructions on the whiteboard. Next we had to try and find out a way to find the degrees of the angles on it.

Session two

This session we tried to find another way to find out the degrees of the angles of our kites. In this video I will be showing my two ways to find the degrees of the angles of the kites.

Robot Questions

Today the teachers asked us to answer these four questions. What is a robot? What is needed to make a robot work? Why do you think people invented robots? What is a programme? In this blog post I will be telling you the answers to these four questions. What is a robot? A robot is a machine that can be programmed or manualy controlled to do a certain task. What is needed to make a robot work? metal, wires, an on switch, wheels/feet, a battery/something that gives it power, a programme or controller, and much much more. Why do you think people invented robots? I think people made robots to do thongs that we can’t do without risking our lives like detecting where bombs are or going onto a volcano to get something. What is a programme? A programme is something that  a human has made to make something do something. A programme is mostly used on robots but it can do other stuff. A programme also has many other names like coding, javascript, python, pseudocode and much more.

Robotics

Robotics

Session 1

Today we began robotics. This session we began coding. We wrote a code on a peice of paper. If a person were to follow the code then it would have to make them do a certain thing. My code makes a person sit down on a chair. After we wrote our code we had to write them with letters representing the word. EG. If a part of the code was elevate right leg 20cm, we might shorten it to ELV_RL_20. This is called pseudocode.

Session 2

This session we began building our lego mindstorm robots. We were put in groups of three and it was really hard because the peices that you need to find are really small and it takes ages to find a piece. Here are some pictures.

Session 3

This session we finished building our robots but I don’t have any pictures of it because I forgot my computer. I will try to take some pictures when I have my computer.

Session 4

I still don’t have my computer because this is the same day as session 3. But in this session we began programming and I made a program on one of my partners computersto make my robot go forward at 100 speed for 10 seconds. It was fun and we only got to use the green types of bricks. Maybe next session we will learn about the other coloured blocks.

Session 5

I have missed a few sessions so I needed to catch up with everyone else. First I had to make my robot move from a piece of tape and back using three different ways. Wheel rotations, wheel degrees and seconds. It took 5 rotations of the robots wheel to get to the piece of tape and -5 rotations to get it back. It took 2.3 seconds to get the robot to the piece of tape at 100 speed and 2.3 seconds on speed -100 to get the robot back. It took 1800 degrees to get the robot to the piece of tape and -1800 to get it back. This is a video of the program working.

Next I had to find out the two ways that the EV3’s can turn. They can turn with one wheel moving and one wheel not or they can turn by both wheels going at the same time but one goes faster than the other.

Session 6

This session I made my robot go around a blue ottoman. To do this I had my right wheel was on speed 100 and my left wheel was on speed 75. This is a screen snip of my program and a video of it working. 

Session 8

This session we built another part onto our robot. It is called the colour sensor. This block enables your robot to do something every time it sees a certain colour. This is a picture of the robot with the colour sensor. 

In my program the robot goes forward for 3 seconds onto a blue piece of paper. When it sees the blue it goes backwards for 3 seconds so that the colour sensor is on the red. When the robot sees red it goes -11 degrees for 2 seconds onto yellow. This is a screen snip of the program i made and a video of it working. 

I haven’t finished the program yet so maybe I can finish it next session. Also the Early Learning Centre 4 came over to have a look at our robotics. There was more robotics groups than children so unfortunately my group didn’t get to talk to one of the them about our robot.

Session 9

This session we learnt about and built two new sensors. The first sensor we built was the touch sensor. Our first challenge for the touch sensor was to try and make it work. I got mine to work. If it’s sensor hits the wall the the robot goes back at -100 speed for a second. The second challenge was when the robot hits a wall it goes backward and turns 90 degrees. That was the end of the challenges for the touch sensor. Next i built the ultrasonic sensor or the look sensor. It measures the distance between an object. For instance a program might be if further than 20cm from an object then go forward. And if closer than 20cm from solid block move backwards. This is a picture of my robot with the two sensors on it.

Sesion 10

This session my robot didn’t work so I couldn’t do anything. I think it might be a battery fault. Because my robot didn’t work I built another sensor. I don’t know what it’s called though. This is a picture of my robot with the new sensor.

Rube Golberg

Rube Goldberg parts

Session 1

Today we made Rube Goldbergs. The aim was to make a peice of paper go in the bin and you had to have at least three parts. We only had two hours. First the teachers paired us up in groups of three that had one person from each class in it. Then they gave each group an A3 peice of paper to draw their plan on and fifteen minutes to plan. When the fifteen minutes was up we started to build our rube goldbergs. We nearly COMPLETELY changed out first plan. In my group’s rube golberg we used a golfball, a small yoghurt cup, a pipe, tape, string, a peice of paper and a wooden train track. What happens is the golf ball rolls down the train track into a tube and then knocks the cup with paper in it off into the bin.

Session 2

Today we started learning about the parts of a rube goldberg. This session we started pulleys. We got a bendable wire, some string, a plastic thing that the string goes on, a yoghurt cup and marbles. First we got the piece that the string goes on (it has a hole in the middle) and put it through the bendable wire. Then we bended the bendable wire into what looked like a clothes hanger. Then we get the yoghurt cup and put the bendable wire through it to make a handle. Next we tied one end of the string onto the handle and put the other half over the piece that holds he string. To finish it, we put some marbles into the yoghurt cup. Here is a picture of the finished product. 

Session 3

Today we made parts of a rube goldberg in lego. I did a kind of lever. How you start it is you knock a dominoe which pulls a piece out which enables another piece to swing around and hit the ball which makes the ball go down the ramp. I didn’t get it finished though.

 

Session 4

This session we worked on knex. My group and I made a dump truck. This is what it looks like. 

Session 5

This session we were supposed to put all our Rube goldberg parts together but I didn’t have time because I needed to finish building my lego. This is what it looks like now. 

Rube Goldberg

Session 1

This session we began planning our Rube Goldberg machines. First we were placed into groups of three. Next we came up with what we want our Rube Goldberg machine to do. Our machine will make a lolly go in someones hand. Yummy. Then we started to plan. My group planned about what materials and simple machines and objects that we might use. We didn’t get much down though because we only had five minutes.

Session 2

This session we began planning in our design books. I planned about the materials, the simple machines and the objects.

Session 3

This session my group and I drew a plan of our Rube Goldberg. Then we wrote what will happen and label the stuff we are using. Then we got a little more specific and wrote what the parts of the Rube Goldberg will be made out of. Next we drew and labeled a picture of each part. After that we decided who will bring what. I have to bring a see saw, wood and

Session 4

This session we didn’t do much. We changed our plan a little bit and started to build a pulley.

Session 5

This session we finished building the pulley and we built something to hold it up. We haven’t got a ramp yet so we used a tube for the start. A marble goes down the tube and hits some dominoes. The dominoes fall into one end of the pulley and the other end goes up and hits a lever (a see saw). This session was very succesful.

Session 6

This session we got our Rube Goldberg to work! One of the teachers drilled a hole in one end of the lever so that when the pulley comes up and hits one end of the lever the other end goes down and knocks the marble out of the hole which knocks a lolly off a table into someones hand. This is a video of our attempts, pictures, and our success. Our rube goldberg worked on attempt 10.

We had two attempt 11’s beause the first one didn’t even hit the dominoes. We are lucky that we have finished our rube goldberg so early because now we can add more parts to it.

Session 7

This session we didn’t do much except for re-design. We had a few attempts but none worked.

Session 8 (the last session

This session we were very successful. We got it to work two out of three times, two times in a row. The reason our machine doesn’t work 100% of the time is because the see saw doesn’t egect the marble fast enough. This is a video of what we have done throughout the rube goldberg unit.

 

Angles Investigation

Angles Investigation

Session 1

Today on the 20/4/2017 we used something on our computer called maths pack 1 to enhance our learning of angles.We played two maths games. One was two played and the other one was one played. In the first game (The two played one), before you play you have to click on the little rectangles underneath both of the scale numbers to cover them. Then you drag the line that is facing up to either the left or the right. Player one needs to guess the angle that is on the left and player 2 has to guess the angle on the right side. When you have finished guessing click the box that is covering the scale numbers to reveal what scale degree the angles are. Here are some of my games.

In the second game (the one played one) you have an angle that you need to guess. Like the other game, you need to click the box underneath the scale degree number before you play to cover them up. In this game you don’t get to choose what angle you want. What we did was use protractor to find the scale degree. Then we clicked on the box to reveal the scale degree to see if we got it right. Here is a picture of what I did.

Session 2

Today we did more work on scales. What we had to do was draw a triangle and use a protractor to find out what the scale degree the angles are. Here is some pictures of what I did. 

In these two sessions I have learnts two things. One, that the scale degrees in a triangles angles adds up to one hundred and eighty and two, how to use a protractor a bit better.

Session 3

Today we did some more work on angles. First we cut a 360 degree cirle. Then we cut the circle in half and cut the half into three bits. Next we measured the degree numbers of all the sides