Maker Day

Today we had a Maker Day it went all day. The activities I did were bottle rockets and solar boats. First I had bottle rockets, the first step I had to do was build the rocket, to do this I taped a tennis ball to the back of a bottle to add weight to the rocket so it flew smootherIMG_0295

Then I cut four fins and stuck them on, there job is to keep the bottle straight. It’s important to put your fins towards the bottom of the bottle. The lower the fins are on the bottle the straighter it will glide. It is also important to space your fins evenly so the bottle doesn’t rear to the side.

When it was time to launch our rockets we went out to the oval and one at a time we placed our rockets on launcher, we had to try and get our rocket in a bin on the other side of the oval . The launcher had a compass and a petractor  attached to it so you could set where your rocket would go. When is was my turn I set the angle to 60, the compass on 80 and the pressure on 60, my rocket flew straight but there was not enough pressure so the rocket fell short.

The next activity was solar boats the first step for this was to build a boat, we came up with a design and got the parts we needed.IMG_2444

We decided to get two thin pieces of wood and two milk cartons, the wood was a platform for the solar panel and the milk cartons made the boat float, we used wood to make a platform for the solar panel so the propeller was low enough to reach the water. Then we went to the pool our goal was to get the boat across the pool. When our boat started moving the boat curved, this happened because the propeller stuck out of the water too much, we fixed this by sticking a piece of wood on the back of the boat adding more weight pushing the propeller deeper into the water.


My suggestions for Maker Day are : plastic tubs to make fins for the rockets because plastic fins is more rigid and will stay straight in the air and extra materials to build the solar boats like fiber glass and specially cut wood so we can make different types of boats..


Year 5 Camp

First Day

First half

On Tuesday the 1st of September all of year 5 started camp. The first day was an incursion there were three activities Billy Carts, Tinkering and Trust and Initiative. The first activity my group did was tinkering. In tinkering we built circuit’s and took apart electronics. In this activity I learnt how to build circuit’s, I learnt that for a circuit to be complete is has to be a loop, I learnt that you have to cover all the wires so you can’t get shocked and I learnt that I could use these skills in many jobs such as an electrician or a computer repairer. On a battery there is a positive and a negative side the red wires connect to the positive side and the black wires connect to negative side if you don’t do this the circuit will not work.

The next activity was Billy Carts. In Billy Carts the activity I enjoyed the most was building, in building there were blocks of wood with holes down the side, nuts, bolts and washers. I decided to make a roller skate, first I got a piece of wood, four wheels, nuts, bolts and washers. Second I threaded a wheel and a washer onto the bolt, you need washers in between the nut and wood because it spreads the pressure out over a bigger area of wood preventing the wood from splitting. Then you stick the nut through the holes in the wood add another washer and wheel, the bolt acts as a axel holding the two wheels in place. After that you thread on a nut holding every thing in place. Finally you repeat this process on the opposite side of the wood.

After these two activities it was time for lunch.