Science Week 2015

Melinda Sipthorpe - Science Coordinator

We have come to the end of Science Week with the questioning, “Are we doing science?” being heard echoing throughout the Learning Centres. Lots of interesting and exciting learning has happened around the school. The students have been exploring light, the way it moves, how it reflects, refracts and splits into the light spectrum. They have had the opportunity to see how the different colours of the light spectrum travel at different rates and can be separated out of white light. The students have used cellophane to make coloured light, investigated how the eye sees light and looked for rainbows in bubbles. The fun activities have inspired the students to ask questions and want to further investigate what they have been learning.

Year 3

Having fun making bubble snakes!

Year 4

During Science week the Year 4s learnt about light. The theme for this year was called Making Waves – the Science of Light.

They learnt that there are many colours in a spectrum and that those colours make the acronym ROY G BIV!

R                             Red

O                             Orange

Y                              Yellow

G                             Green

B                             Blue

I                               Indigo

V                             Violet

 

The experiment that the students most enjoyed was the snake bubbles experiment.

The materials required were socks, detergent and plastic water bottles with the bottom cut out.

After they threaded the sock onto the bottle they dipped the sock end into the detergent and blew. As a result a long snake bubble appeared. This experiment was performed outside so that the sunlight could shine through the bubbles and the students could search for the colours of the spectrum.

Reflections from 5/6A:

 

Jessie I enjoyed learning about how the eye works. I also enjoyed using Encarta because it had most of the information. I would have liked it better if we had more time to do our experiments. I thought it was interesting learning about the rods and cones and what different colours they see. I enjoyed doing a different activity each day for science.

 

 

Jarli I have a better understanding of how eyes work and what is inside an eyeball. I would have liked it better if we had more weeks to do more science. I thought that was interesting to learn about all the things in your eyes to help you see. I enjoyed doing a different experiment each day of the week.

 

 

Chloe P I enjoyed watching the videos about the eye because I learnt heaps from them. I also liked the bubbles experiment because it was very unexpected what would happen. The experiments were quite rushed and we didn’t get enough time to examine the experiments. Also I think we should do more hands-on experiments as we only did 2. I thought it was interesting how different wavelengths come off different colours. I think Science week was a really good idea and we should continue doing it but with more hands-on experiments.

 

 

Oisin I enjoyed the bubbles experiment because we were very involved and it was a lot of fun, I also liked finding out about how the eye work. I wish we could do more hands on experiments because I really enjoyed doing them they were a lot of fun, I also would like more time to do the experiments because we didn’t get much time. I thought it was interesting to learn about the eye and how it works because I never really thought twice about it before. I really enjoyed science week it was a lot of fun and I would like to say thanks.

 

Reflections from 6A:

Eve I now know a lot about how we see light! I also know that when you mix colours with light and when you mix paint you don’t get the same results. I would have liked more time to learn about how we see and how our eye works. I think learning about the eye was very interesting because I knew nothing about the eye! I don’t normally like doing science but I thought it was very fun working with everyone and learning new things.

 

 

Mitchell It was fun to experiment with the colours and the Encarta article & YouTube videos were informative I would have liked to do more hands-on activities/experiments because the torch one was super fun. The Encarta article and YouTube video was interesting and even the diagram alone improved my knowledge of the eye SCIENCE WEEK IS COOL

 

 

Gabi I have a better understanding of the eye and how we see light. I also enjoyed watching the videos on light. I would of liked to learn more about why the eye can only see a small amount of light I found it interesting that when you mix colours like paint you get black but if you mix colours through light you get white I really enjoyed learning about light and eyes

 

 

Charlotte I have better knowledge about eyes and how they work, I know new things about lights and how we see them, what rods and cones are and the colours our eyes are sensitive to. I know a lot about what parts of the eyes are such as retina and iris. I would like to know more about what colours we are not able to see with our eyes and why our eyes change with our emotions. I found interesting that we can’t actually see all the colours of the spectrum and how our rods and cones judge light and colours. We should have science weeks more often.

 

 

Eve I now know a lot about how we see light! I also know that when you mix colours with light and when you mix paint you don’t get the same results. I would have liked more time to learn about how we see and how our eye works. I think learning about the eye was very interesting because I knew nothing about the eye! I don’t normally like doing science but I thought it was very fun working with everyone and learning new things.

 

 

Mitchell It was fun to experiment with the colours and the Encarta article & YouTube videos were informative I would have liked to do more hands-on activities/experiments because the torch one was super fun. The Encarta article and YouTube video was interesting and even the diagram alone improved my knowledge of the eye SCIENCE WEEK IS COOL

 

 

Gabi I have a better understanding of the eye and how we see light. I also enjoyed watching the videos on light. I would of liked to learn more about why the eye can only see a small amount of light I found it interesting that when you mix colours like paint you get black but if you mix colours through light you get white I really enjoyed learning about light and eyes

 

 

Charlotte I have better knowledge about eyes and how they work, I know new things about lights and how we see them, what rods and cones are and the colours our eyes are sensitive to. I know a lot about what parts of the eyes are such as retina and iris. I would like to know more about what colours we are not able to see with our eyes and why our eyes change with our emotions. I found interesting that we can’t actually see all the colours of the spectrum and how our rods and cones judge light and colours. We should have science weeks more often.

 

 

 

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