Level 4 - Deakin Science

 

In Term Three, Level Four have been doing Deakin Science with the student teachers from Deakin University. In Deakin Science, we learn all about science and we do all kinds of different experiments.

 

Here are some things my group did in Deakin Science:

On the first day, we split up into groups, got to know our instructors and they got to know us. My group had a piece of paper on the table and we drew a type of scientist. Everyone chose a different scientist and afterwards we were put in groups of two and were given a specific type of scientist and we were told to write down everything we knew about that scientist.

 

Then we learnt about saturation, dissolving and other scientific terms. Along with that, we did an experiment with some jars of water and we mixed ingredients into each one. We had to measure how much to put in of each ingredient.

 

Then we did another experiment and we used detergent, corn flour and food dye. Again, we had to measure out the ingredients and mix them together. Everyone had gloves on so it wouldn’t get on our hands. We found out that when you have the mixture in your hands it falls apart but if you keep rolling it in your hands, the mixture doesn’t fall apart. The mixture was called Oobleck.

 

In the last few weeks of Deakin Science, my group were working on rockets. First we had to work out what materials we needed and had to start creating our rocket. We were put into four groups and went to start working. There were a few trials where we had to test our rocket and see if it would pop and launch. My group’s rocket didn’t work the first time but the next few times it did. We had to use different substances in our rocket to make it pop. We all used some Bi-Carb Soda, Vinegar and Water, but we had to have something to delay the substances mixing together and exploding before everyone got out of the way.

 

Overall, I had a lot of fun during Deakin Science and my favourite part was making the rockets.

 

By Danah O (6A)

Yesterday was our last Deakin Science lesson, and without a doubt the best. From launching mini rockets to pretending to be a reporter, the Deakin Science program has been one to remember. Let’s blast off and see what we did!

 

During previous weeks, we got into groups of two and three and planned out a mini rocket on paper. The idea was that the fuel put into it would lift it off the ground and into the air. There was a safety precaution that the rocket would need to incorporate a time delay system.

 

Once we had planned the rocket, we reached the building stage. This was NOT easy! We decided that if bi-carb soda was stored in a balloon and held down over a tube with a hole in the bottom, covered by a piece of card, facing up and full of vinegar, when the balloon was let go, the bi-carb soda would fall into the vinegar, causing pressure to rise and when we pulled out the card, would go blasting off into the air – but this wasn’t all we had to consider. We needed to tape the balloon onto the tube to secure it, and from failed previous tests, we did not use normal sticky tape! We used thick duct tape to properly secure it on. We also had to consider inflating the balloon to help the bi-carb soda escape, but then again this could cause the bi-carb soda to clump together because of the moisture in our breath when it was blown up.

 

So, we tried everything to get our rocket to blast off, but it just didn’t. Half the time we stood there holding a soggy balloon with wet bi-carb soda streaming out, but we tried our best and had fun being scientists!

 

Then, it came to the filming stage. My partner pretended to be the news reporter as I rebuilt the rocket one last time. I was pretending to be the professor that created the rocket. Because of all the previous failed attempts, we named our rocket “Failure 2.0!” As we expected, it failed miserably, but leaving behind an undoubtedly hilarious piece of footage showing the procedure for our project! Even though the rocket didn’t exactly blast off, we had a great time and the result was undeniably funny!

 

Throughout our weeks at Deakin Science, we have learnt about the various chemicals that can mix together to make arguably weird substances, such as the Oobleck which is a non-newthonian – a solid and a liquid, or a colloid, which is a solid, liquid and a gas!

 

By Mason M (6A)

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