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  • Alien Technology (reverse design)

    Posted by Kurt Sherman on 4/2/2018

    Second-year math students deconstruct "alien" technology into individual components.  These parts are weighed, categorised and described as fractions, decimals, and percentages of the whole device.  

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  • science fair time

    Posted by Kurt Sherman on 3/19/2018 8:00:00 AM

    Classes from 3-6 are beginning science fair projects.  We will be working on this continuously until our evening community presentation on 19 April.

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  • Science Fair Planning

    Posted by Kurt Sherman on 3/7/2018 9:00:00 AM

    science fair Science students are preparing to engage in an annual science fair project.  They are reviewing possibilities as well view video footage on the proper way to engage in a science fair learning experience. This work will culminate in the presentation of projects on 19 April in the Westford School gymnasium.

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  • Weather the weather be fair, or whether the weather be fowl, we'll weather the weather, whatever the weather, whether we like it or not!

    Posted by Kurt Sherman on 2/1/2018

    weather device For our study of atmospheric pressure and how weather is created, we'll research and build simple weather stations.  Humidity, rain amounts, dew point, temperature, wind speed, hygrometers and atmospheric pressure are all options to incorporate (2 devices minimum) for each weather station.  These prototypes must hold up to five days of weather testing the week before our February recess.

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  • Atmospheric pressure

    Posted by Kurt Sherman on 1/26/2018

    Atmospheric Pressure  Our focus on Pascal and how pressure works makes a natural connection to weather and how air, air movement, and air pressure affects our daily lives.  To "set the hook" we'll investigate "weird" weather events.  Who would have thought that lightning can form inside a volcano? That fresh water could leach out of salt water...then change to ice before our eyes in the ocean? Say, what?

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  • Maglev and Bernoulli's Challenge

    Posted by Kurt Sherman on 1/11/2018 10:00:00 AM

    Hogwarts wizards are investigating Bernoulli's Principle in developing a "ship" that will successfully navigate the length of a magnetic levitation track.  This design tech challenge pits mass and how it reacts when Newton #3 occurs against design ideas.Bernoulli's Principle

    Magnetic Monkeys Team - 5.59 seconds down track.

    Levitating Lizards Team - 7.43 seconds down track.

    Float Boats Team - 17.19 seconds down track.

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  • Fat Quarters Geometry

    Posted by Kurt Sherman on 12/15/2017

    Second Years are studying quilt patterns in their investigations of surface area and volume.  They are calculating the fraction/decimal portions of quilt colours.  Culminating this work is creation of a paper "quilt" reflecting an Ohio Star" design.Ohio Star Pattern

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  • Pascal's Principle

    Posted by Kurt Sherman on 12/11/2017

    Hogwarts students are studying how robotic arms can use hydraulic systems based on syringes and water can be used to do work.  Pascal's Principle (along with a bit of Newton number Three help.) learn how machines master work loads in an efficient manner.robotic arm

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  • Foil Buoyancy

    Posted by Kurt Sherman on 12/2/2017 8:00:00 PM

    Will it sink or float? Study of density and buoyancy is being studied in the form of a challenge to teams of students.  Designing coracles, canoes and raft hull designs, students attempt to use their knowledge of the buoyant force in carrying a maximum "cargo" of metal washers.  All of these relate back to Newton's Third Law of action-reaction. 

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  • Using Geometry in the Water!

    Posted by Kurt Sherman on 12/2/2017

    Second-years have been studying areas of geomtric figures such as parallelograms, rectangles, circles and triangles.  This work has led to an investigation of model boats planned for our science buoyancy study.  The final stage of this inquiry will to take the areas of two dimensional pictures, estimate volumentric amounts based on these, then scale up (proportional reasoning) these to arrive at an actual figure for a full-sized boat.

    Row Mateys!

     

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