Room 17 Science Investigation
Room 17 students usually do a lot of collaboration with various community groups and investigation out in the community, so we have been adjusting to new ways of operating, recently. Our school camp, our ongoing relationship with elderly residents of Oaklands Lodge, projects with Natural Resource Management and our Innovative Languages program with visitors who speak languages other than English are all events or projects that have been put on hold over the last couple of months.
However, we have been able to enjoy collaborating with the students of Room 16 on science investigations quite regularly. Our focus has been upon predicting how an investigation may unfold and then, afterwards, comparing results with our predictions. Our most recent get-together involved having tug-of-wars with skipping ropes, but, beforehand, planning different stances that might help us exert the strongest pull on the rope.
After partnerships had trialled different positions, large teams of children planned stances to be used with a huge, authentic tug-of-war rope. Then, the competition was on! This activity was related to our Physical Sciences unit.
Related to this activity, all students will soon have the chance to initiate their own science investigation, as part of the upcoming Oliphant Science Awards. Last year, four of our class members had success in this competition and subsequently had their entries automatically referred to the National BHP Science and Engineering Awards.
Room 17’s Innovative Languages project may resume online shortly. If you are interested in being involved, please let us know!