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Thursday, 7 September 2017

Camp 2017

Hi everyone,

Have you ever been on a school camp, and it would always seem as if YOU were the one that couldn't get to sleep? Well that's me who can never get to sleep at camp during bedtime. We had arrived at our camp for the two nights staying at the Wainui YMCA. We were not even thinking about the activities but only BEDTIME, well for me at least. We started the first couple of activities before dinner and that kept my mind onto something else. Even know we had only arrived at camp during lunch time, we got a lot done during that period. It was finally time for bed and I knew that that was only the beginning for me to be awake for a long time, at least midnight because that's what happened at my last camp with school.

We were all ready and tucked up in our sleeping bags all ready chatting away when the teachers had just LEFT our cabin, obviously!
At about 9:30, half an hour after sleep time none of us were asleep but chatting instead, lots and lots of chatting, UNTIL… one angry parent walked into our cabin saying “you boys should be asleep it's 11:36 and all the parents next door to you can hear every single word you yap, now be quiet and go to sleep. I wanted to go to sleep but as soon the door clicked shut all the yapping began to start again. 
At about 12:00 and lots more before than, more and more angry parents and teachers walked into our cabin to obviously say not very positive things…… “FOR THE 100th TIME, BE QUIET!! Other wise we will send whoever is making most of the noise back to school tomorrow and will be sent to the principle” After all of that we were all sure to be quiet and it worked everyone quickly went to sleep and it was about 1:50 AM. I was the only one awake while everyone else was asleep. I started to get very bored and a bit worried with no one to talk to. One of the parents came in once again only to see that everyone was asleep, and snoring like a chainsaw. She was looking around the room at every bunk. I was still awake unlike everyone else as I have always had sleeping problems especially at camp as you know. The parent creeped out of the cabin and then I heard the door click shut quietly. I was asleep in no time, well it was about 2:33 in the morning and I was bound to be sleeping just like everyone else. 

The early morning went on and I didn't get much sleep and and everyone in our whole cabin had to clean the toilets, the boys and girls toilets for a punishment for keeping all the teachers and parents awake most of the night talking. I was tired, so tired but the day went on faster than I thought and I had a better sleep the next night with EVERYONE sleeping this time, and not talking. It was the next morning and was finally time to go back to school and I was sure that everyone on the two busses including me were ALL in a bad tired mood. Also hearing the teachers telling us off more than normal just made me know that everyone was tired from the previous nights especially from OUR cabin, the BOYS cabin! 
After all the chaotic nights in our cabin specifically and for the teachers too we were all finally packed up and back at school and we were all sure that the teachers and parents were totally relieved after the CRAZY nights in our cabin!

So if you are a crazy sleeper and you are going on a school camp with all your friends then also try and convince you teachers to place you in the cabin with people who DON’T create chaos in their cabin.

Thanks everyone.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Science Journal

Week 1 2017: Slime
This week we were experimenting with slime. I saw that the slime was very sticky and thick, I think this is because they used cornflour, water and food colouring to make the slime. Later that morning we used our slime to tip on Mr Anderson’s head. I was wondering whether or not Mr Anderson would slip over the slippery slime. I think I am multi structural because I have lots of ideas.

Week 2: Balloon Rocket
In week 2 we explored forces with balloon rockets. To create this we used string, balloons and straws. We were experimenting how far the balloons would go on the string. While we were doing this activity we were observing the forces and variables of air pressure, different gradients, and drag. I wonder why sometimes the balloon would slide straight and sometimes it would just spin around? I think I am multistructural because I can share my ideas with others. 

Week 3
In week 3 we did the same thing but used straws for our balloon experience. The straws were used for the balloon to drag smoothly on the string causing less friction. I filled my balloon rocket with water but when I attached it to the straw it just broke the string and did not slide. I think this happened because the water was too heavy for the string. My goal was to stay on task.

Week 4: Trebuchet 
We used the trebuchet to experiment how far the ball would fly in the air. I now know from what I recorded


Week 9 Science Journal

Thursday 29th June 2017                                                  Ben Paterson
During week 9 we made from a variety of different items like modelling sticks, masking tape, paper and straws. We were in different groups and each group made different things then moved on to the next group until each group eventually completed the different activities. The activities were make a rocket, make a jumping frog and using the angle launcher.

The Rockets:
We used rubber bands to add onto our rockets to make it shoot further and faster. The rubber bands were used to create elastic potential energy which makes it go further and faster. I used a smaller rubber band to make just that little bit more elastic potential energy.

The Flipping Frogs:
We also used rubber bands to create our flipping frogs. The rubber bands were used to add the jump to our frogs. I found that my frog broke after a large number of usages because the cardboard we used for our main base of frogs was a little bit thin but still thick cardboard.

The Angle Launcher:
We used the angle launcher to shoot balls out of it and to measure how far they would shoot. We had to insert a small steel pole to set the the ball to fire. The angle launcher would only shoot one ball at a time but was still pretty fun to use. We could set the launcher to shoot on higher of lower distances. 45 degrees

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Week 8: Onager vs Trebuchet

Week 8: Onager vs Trebuchet
This week we learned about two different catapults. One was the trebuchet and the other was the onager. We recorded that the trebuchet fires further than the onager as the trebuchet is larger and has more power in the pull. The other catapult is smaller and uses force to fire the ball. It uses torsion and that is when something is constantly twisted and when it can't hold anymore the twisted object lets go and uses its pressure to fire the inserted ball on the onager. I enjoy watching the two catapults in use because I like recording and putting them into  a slow motion film.

Week: 8 Onager vs Trebuchet
This term we are learning about two catapults. The Onager and the Trebuchet work differently, the Onager uses the thrust of the stick to swing the ball through the air. The Trebuchet uses the weight of the metal weights to swing the arm around then it thrusts the ball out of the sling. The Onager and the Trebuchet were made to hit buildings/castles. The Onager has a shorter arm then the Trebuchet. Something I noticed that was the same is that both are made of wood. The Onager has a higher flight of the ball but the Trebuchet only fires ahead.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Hide in Seek

You can hear footsteps going past you hideout and you hope not to get found and you're hiding in a hidden scratchy uncomfortable hedge and you are thinking will the teacher find me will I be next so I heard people yelling just like they were just trying to get us all caught and we couldn't help making lots of noise by just trying to get comfortable but I still tell everyone to be quiet but they just wouldn't stop talking so I decided to move away to a more quiet place to not get caught but until the teacher saw the rest of the kids and worked her way along the bush looking for people hiding just like me then 1.2.3 I got found to I slowly walked to base.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Rubbish at School

We read an article about a fleet of research waka which spent two years criss crossing the Pacific ocean, observing rubbish in the Pacific Ocean.   They noticed that if they found rubbish in the ocean, it usually meant they were getting close to land.  Because of this, we infer that most rubbish in the ocean comes from land.

We wondered if the rubbish in our playground might have a similar trend.   We decided, before lunch on Wednesday last week, to go and find out.

We split the school into 12 sections on a map.  Each section had a group of scientist (us!) to make observations and inferences.

We put a red dot on the map wherever we found a piece of rubbish and collected all the rubbish.
After lunch we went back, and noted with a blue dot, any new rubbish found in our area.  We also collected this rubbish.   This is our map, showing where we found rubbish, both times.

We also classified the rubbish we found into types of rubbish and displayed this into this graph. 

Our observations and inferences:
We observed that the red dot rubbish (we picked up before lunch) is around buildings, near fences, and in bushes, especially tussock bushes and in the ditch.
We think this because when the wind blows it carries the rubbish from on the ground into the bushes, and gets trapped in the spikes on the plants and can't get back out.
We also think that when the wind blows it blows the rubbish from on the field into the ditch, and when it's in the ditch it's trapped and can't get out again.
With the fences we think that the wind blows and when the Rubbish hits the fence the fence trapped the Rubbish. We observed that the Rubbish under the classrooms are usually empty yogurt packets and yogurt lids. The other Rubbish under the classes might've blown up against the  and classes and then when the wind blows again in goes through the gaps in the classes.

As you can see not all parts of the map are the same. Most of the rubbish again is near the classes, bushes and around the sides of the field. Mostly around Daren's shed there is a lot of rubbish, and in the forest near Daren's shed as well.

We think that parts of the map are different because people might sometimes purposely drop rubbish in the bushes and underneath the classes. People do this because they either can't be bothered to put their rubbish in the bin, or they think that if they put the rubbish there no one will find their rubbish.

Another reason could be the wind could just blow the rubbish under the classes.Their might be not that much rubbish in the middle of the field because… People might have rubbish in their pockets and then the rubbish flies out the falls onto the ground. The the wind blows the goes near the fences and in the dich.

As we said in the second paragraph usually the rubbish underneath the classrooms are yogurt packets and lids from yogurt packets. Sometimes it's glad wrap. The rubbish up against the fence are usually foil chip-packets and glad wrap.   

We think because glad wrap is probably easier and lighter to fly with the wind. If the rubbish is flying low it might get caught in the bushes or the classes/fences might trap the rubbish. Especially if the bush is a tussock the rubbish will be completely trapped in the spiky leaves and unable to get out of the bush.

We probably  made some mistakes with our data because we may have missed some pieces when observing them. Also we might need to pick up more rubbish on a different day in the same areas, to see if we pick up the same amount as we did last.Some groups were looking closely at the rubbish and some weren't.

The wind might pick up the rubbish where the rubbish originally was at dropped, and taken it somewhere else. Then that might keep happening until that area is loaded with rubbish.

We have learnt that there's more rubbish than we thought there was going to be. We also learned that we dropped most of the rubbish by Darren’s workshop when no one goes there. But the wind must blow it there because no one picks it up.

To try to fix this we could pick up rubbish each week as a school.
People are very lazy because they want to play instead of walking to the
bin, and drop their rubbish. We could put our rubbish in the bin to make the school more tidy.


After we made these observations and inferences, we were left with questions as to why people in our school failed to put their rubbish in the bins! Why does so much end up back around the school after one break time? Maybe it is falling out of people's pockets? Perhaps it's the winds fault? Or maybe the students of Waimairi school are dropping it on purpose?

Since then, we have recorded how rubbish was dropped at morning tea and lunch. Basically, we spied on the school! We, as scientists, have completed an investigation into why rubbish is ending up on the ground. On Thursday the 18th of August, we went out at morning tea and lunchtime to make observations of you all, collecting data to find out how rubbish gets on the ground.

We split up into 12 groups. At morning tea we spread ourselves around the whole school to observe. At lunchtime we spread the 12 groups around the lunch eating areas and observed what happened to the rubbish.
We have made inferences from our observations and here is what we found:



At morning tea time, Waimairi school dropped 205 pieces of rubbish. That's 2 out of 5 people on average who dropped rubbish. 110 pieces of rubbish were dropped on purpose, which is more than half of the rubbish we observed being dropped. We also saw 46 pieces of rubbish dropped without the person realising that they had dropped it, often as they were walking.We also saw rubbish being dropped from pockets.

The places we found that rubbish had been dropped the most, were the Te Puna block, the walkway down to Ara Atu and the playground behind room 13. We think this might be because people playing in these areas may not understand why it is important to put rubbish in the bin. We also inferred that since there's big bushes at Ara Atu, people think they can hide their rubbish there.

Also, there is no rubbish bin in sight of the playground in these areas, so people lazily drop it instead. We think that most people do this because they think that they can hide it, or can get away with dropping it, even when they know it is wrong. And they do get away with it! Why don't people take a little walk over to the bin to put their rubbish where it belongs?



At lunchtime, 219 pieces of rubbish were dropped throughout the school JUST during lunch eating time. That's 2 out of every 5 people in the school on average. that is a large amount of people to be dropping rubbish.
From what we saw, 79 pieces of rubbish were dropped on purpose, and 44 were left where people were eating.

Just like at morning tea time, we think that around the school most of the people drop the rubbish because there's not enough rubbish bins around. Although there are already some bins, there only a few, and sometimes not in the best places.
We also think that some children might not be able to reach the bins because we observed the bins are quite a bit taller than some junior children. Younger students also may not understand why it is bad to leave rubbish on the ground.

We could maybe get more and smaller bins to show others that bins are valued around the school but we think most of the kids already know about why we shouldn't  drop rubbish - because it will cause lots of problems for the animals in our environment and make our school look messy.

We spotted some differences between Morning Tea and Lunchtime. At lunch-eating time, more pieces of rubbish were dropped than the whole of morning tea time, even though morning tea is longer than lunch eating time. We think that more rubbish was dropped at lunch because more food is eaten at lunchtime and there would be a bigger chance of rubbish flying out of their lunchboxes. Lunch food is also more likely to have wrappers. However we also inferred that people might deliberately litter so that they don’t get in trouble for walking to the bin - as we are not allowed to stand up during lunch eating time.

Under the classroom is also a common place to put rubbish. But the reason  that people drop rubbish there is because they think no one will notice. But we did! But if you think that you get away with it, then you are wrong because we see rubbish everywhere, even in sneaky places where people will think you can't see it.

Overall, 424 pieces of rubbish were dropped in the 45 minutes we were observing that day. That’s almost one piece of rubbish per person. If nobody ever picks this rubbish up, then by the end of the week there would be 2120 pieces of rubbish floating around the school.  Many people dropped their rubbish on purpose, but also accidentally, leaving it where they ate or hiding it.

We think if we all work together our school can be cleaner by just simply walking  to the bin, because just doing a simple thing like that will help to make a big difference. But we also think that during lunch eating time we should be allowed to stand up to walk to the bin to put our rubbish in it. We will be discussing this with the teachers. This means people will be less likely to throw it in the bushes, under the buildings, leave it where they were eating or just throw it on the ground.

We also plan to write to the board of trustees to see if we can have more bins built permanently into the areas that we’ve observed to gather the most rubbish. We also need bins that are the right size for younger kids as well.

So what is the most important thing for you to remember from today? Do not drop rubbish on purpose. It’s pretty simple.  Please walk the few metres to the bins, otherwise we will all be swimming in a pool of rubbish.