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We had a Science show in the morning where we were able to watch different experiments involving carbon dioxide and how it is affecting the ocean. We enjoyed watching the sea water change colour as it became more acidic. Later on in the afternoon, we carried out an experiment which would help us decide what material would be best to make a satellite with, so it doesn't overheat if it gets too close to the sun. We used special lamps to act as the sun.
In session 2, we used laptops, microbits and a speaker to create a coding sequence which would make a warning sound and also used the LEDs on the microbits to make a picture or a pattern.
In the afternoon, we had another workshop to create our own rocket ship which we would launch across the playground. We used K-Nex to build the rocket with a waterbottle as the fuel tank. When we tested it, we pumped air into the bottle until the pressure in the bottle was too large and the rocket launched across the playground.
For this week, we were tasked with creating our own satelittes. We have been using a variety of recycling materials brought in from home and tin foil, glue and paint from school. We were given a criteria that our design had to follow and we all had time to design our own.
Take a look at the photos from this session below.
Today was the final session and celebration of the Winchester Science Centre Project. The children took part in various testing stages during the morning. They focused on how sturdy their satellite was on a shaking table and whether they would reflect the heat from the sun. During the afternoon, they were able to share their satellites with year 6 and council members, as part of a Science Fair.
Take a look below at a video of the shaking table in action. It had 20 settings and some of the satelittes made it up to level 20!