STEM – Egg Drop Finale

 

The aim was to create a crumple zone to absorb the force of the drop. The group was split into four teams and each team fired their own protection invention up and over a variety of different sized walls. Once the egg (and its crumple zone) had been fired, it would ‘safely’ land on a board that represented a target. The teams were:

Team Ben 10:

Ben I , Theo E, Jack C and Lewis D with a total of 6 points.

Team Aaron Baron:

Aaron B, James D-B, Matt P, Alex B with a total of 32 points

Team Deep Space 9:

Luke M, Joe B, Jack S, Charlie C, with a total of 68

Team Gravity

Rose S, Tess W, Mia E-M,Georgia H with a total of 34

The prize was a bag of Randoms each for the winning team!

 

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Humanities – Our Beliefs

In this lesson, the group participated in many activates to do with their views of why we are here. They were learning about there views of space and giving an argument on how. In Ben Maclean’s work, he said,

“I believe that space is just there, but there is one thing out there that will be explorable, we just haven’t found it yet.When we do, it will, it will be a massive achievement for man kind.”

After this, they had to form a constructive argument about the subject and if people can counter argue against that.

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Humanities – Lost on the Moon

The task in this lesson was  a scenario. Your spaceship crash landed 200m away from the research centre on the moon and you only had 15 supplies. You were asked to rank the 15 objects in order of importance. This task was done in groups. We interviewed Emy Lockwood and asked if she was in enjoying the activity and why:

“Yes, I am enjoying this lesson so far because it makes you think about what would happen if you were actually in that situation”.

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English-journalism

Throughout these two days, we have been interviewing and finding out about all the lessons that other groups have been doing. We have been writing up blogs on the project infinity website.We have extracted information from different classrooms to use for the blog. We have found out many new things going round classes. We asked Taran Mann, Have you enjoyed this experience? He replied

“Yes, I have because I have been able to learn from each individual lesson rather just one. I have especially liked going round different classrooms because I get to look at everyones work to see how they are doing and watching the science experiments.”

 

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STEM – Egg Preparation Part II

In the second part of the egg preparation, they got an objective of what to do. This is making protection out of a certain amount of materials. We asked Jack Sawford if he is enjoying what he is doing and why? His reply was,

“Yes because it is an interesting twist to this activity which I have done many times before.”

“What is the twist?” We asked.

“We have to get the egg over the barrier into a target without it breaking.”

Alex Bell has made a straw sponge so it protects the egg from landing with force.

 

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Humanities – Sociology

On Wednesday morning, the first lesson for humanities was sociology. It was about finding if they think that there is any other life form in this solar system. First of all, they watched a 5 minute clip about a police officer who has claimed to have sighted a UFO. After they had done this they had a case of a suspected alien who had qualities to survive. Then they designed their own alien which had certain qualities depending on what environment they wanted it to be in.

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Music – Wipeout Rehearsal

The music group were working on their Wipeout piece. They have been doing this for one hour and fifteen minutes and is the groups favourite activity so far. We asked Lyle Burton  a few questions about working on the piece: “This is definitely my favourite activity so far”. Conor also told us “I found it partly difficult. I wouldn’t change anything as it is very good!”

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Humanities – Space Race

The next part of humanities is called the Space Race. This was when Russia and America ware in a race to get to space first. Russia actually got to space first but a few years later  Neil Armstrong, form America, was the first person to land on the moon. After this, they both shook hands to show peace. During this lesson, there were different activities on 5 tables, one of them was to match up dates. after 10 minutes the groups of 4 moved to a different table where they would complete the activities set.

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STEM – Cosmic Egg Drop Preparation

The STEM group moved onto design this morning, with Mr Grimadell and Mr Burns. They were learning about crumple zones and preparing for the egg drop. They learnt about techniques by watching  car test crash. The task for this morning was to test if you could hold a students weight by standing on many tubes of rolled up paper to demonstrate reinforcement.

 

 

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STEM – Science – Dry ice and boiling water experiment

During this lesson, Mrs Green demonstrated an experiment which involved pouring two kettles full of boiling water onto a tray full of dry ice. The reaction and result of the experiment was this…

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Music – Reason Software

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In order to advance their composition work, the group used a software called Reason. This is a visual synthesiser. This uses the midi keyboard to test out them to use as an addition to the space music. On the programme reason, they used ADSR to make the music sound more supernatural. The A stands for attack. This is about how fast the music played comes in. The R stands for release, this is how fast it comes out. The D stands for decay. This is when the music fades out, in order to give it more suspense. Finally, the S stands for sustain. This is when the music fades in. It has the same effect has decay.

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Humanities – Psychology and living in space

The aim of this lesson was to find out how psychology can effect people living in space and how it would change their behaviour. They found that depression was a common psychological problem for astronauts. They also tried to understand the mental state of an astronaut in space and which factors could affect it.

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STEM Science Experiments

IN the afternoon, The STEM group did three exciting experiments involving methane. In the first experiment, Aaron Brown covered his hands in methane bubbles after washing them in water. Once he had done that, Mrs Green used a match to set fire to his hands. As a result to this it went up in flames. The second experiment is called methane bubbles. Mrs Green she filled a plastic tray with methane and gas. This created bubbles in the tray. She then put a match in it and caused the bubbles to go up into flames. The last experiment was called the whoosh bottle. This was when Mrs Green had a bottle that contained carbon dioxide. She then dropped a match into it and it made it make a loud noise and a multi coloured flame. The three experiments are in the video below.

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Humanities – Geography

The humanities group are researching the geography of mars on the computers. They are then going to use this information to compare the earths geography to the geography of mars which they will present on a poster done in partners. They are doing this to realise the difference between the two planets. Ben M said, ” I enjoy using the computers to find new information about mars as a group.” Emy Lockwood said “It is interesting to find out about the geography of different planets rather than just Earth.” Emy and her partner have found out a lot of new information.

 

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Music – Composition

The students were asked to compose a piece of music to a video without sound, the theme is space. They were split into groups of 4-5 to do this, they had to use 3 melodic instruments to complete this task. We asked Elliot Baker if he enjoyed doing it and why?

“Yes it has been really fun we’ve been composing our own music. My favourite part is playing songs with the whole group as an orchestra.” Here are some of the groups work so far……

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STEM-science

The stem group worked on the science and bonding elements. They did this by making models of molecules to show and discover the structure of a comet. They used plastic model making kits to represent the molecules within a comet. The plastic balls represented elements such as: carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen which are all found in a comet.

During this lesson they started a competitive activity which involved going back to back with their partner. One member then instructed the other how to make molecules from the modelling kit using a set of instructions and formulas.

Alex Bell found the lesson enjoyable, he quoted: “I am enjoying these lessons as they are a fun and interactive way of learning about the general knowledge of space and comets.”

Rose Stacey said, “The activity is exciting and competitive!”

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Humanities Introduction to tides

On an early Tuesday morning, Project Infinity is taking place at Robert Smyth Academy. One of the subjects is Humanities which Mr Davids was taking. In the lesson, the students learnt about two different types of tides. Emy Lockwood told us,

“We have been learning about tides. About how the sun and moon affects the tides, also we have been learning about the difference between Neap and Spring tides. We’ve been learning about how gravity affects the tides and we’ve been learning about inertia too.”

We then asked students if they were enjoying the lesson. Ben Maclean gave us his opinion,

“I am enjoying this lesson because it is something that I have never learnt before and the teacher is really nice.”

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An introduction to Music

The music group are aiming to play ‘Wipeout’ which is a music piece from ‘The Return To The Forbidden Planet’. Each person is playing their chosen instrument, which showcases their talent, to compose the piece altogether. These instruments include: bass guitar, keyboard, grand piano, drum kit, saxophone and many more! During this musical activity, they will play two set pieces and will compose a piece together as a group. These will be performed in front of an audience.

We interviewed a few of the group members to find out about their experience. Lyle Burton, who plays the keyboard told us: “This musical experience will help my musical ability as we will be able to play a stage piece in front of an audience.”

We also interviewed Elliot Baker, who plays the bass guitar, who said, “We are enjoying it as there are more new and different types of musical experiences!”

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Ready for takeoff, 2014!

Very soon we’ll be blogging about Project Infinity 2014. Stand by for transmission…

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It finally arrived!

The dry ice needed for Monday’s comet-making arrived in time for Mrs Green to finish the experiment. Here are some suitably dramatic photographs of science in action:

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