Term 3 compliment goal = 35. By the 16th of September we had reached 41 compliments until this happened . . .
We set up our very own Science Fair in the foyer outside our classroom. We invited the school community and each and EVERY one of them showed up to view our extraordinary experiments and displays. Then the compliments started to flow and our total blew out to the amazing total that you just saw! The Science Fair was a hit and this is why . . .
From lemon energy, food colouring experiments, exploding volcanoes, bubble machines, electromagnets to wind turbines and solar powered cars, we had it all. Great job S23K, you worked so hard and your hard work paid off!
Today we had a visit from Ruben Meerman, otherwise known as "The Surfing Scientist" from ABC3! Where do we start? Such an amazing show, filled with fascinating information, captivating science experiments and lots of fun to make us laugh!
Ruben experimented with liquid nitrogen, frozen shrinking balloons, freezing water, exploding balloons, fog and tumblewing gliders! Is there anything Ruben doesn't know about science?
In another one of his experiments with plastic (polyethylene), he highlighted what an amazing product humans have created which has unfortunately also become one of the largest polluters in our precious environment. You can practise this amazing experiment HERE.
Ruben showed us some photographs of deceased seabirds, some of those birds had up to 30 plastic bottle caps in their stomach. These birds died from malnutrition because they had no room left for fish amongst all the plastic in their belly. As we are currently studying seabirds as part of our literacy and integrated unit, the information and images he presented were highly informative and relevant to our learning. We also heard about a scientist and marine expert called Dr jennifer Lavers, who also has a keen interest in saving our seabirds. We'll be keeping a close eye on her research and website for information to enhance our learning.
The following video is confronting, but it is important to understand the impact that plastic has on our environment and our wildlife. As citizen scientists, we are responsible for our local and global environment. We just never know where the piece of rubbish we drop today will end up tomorrow.
Thankyou Ruben for an amazing show and for linking with us on Twitter and through our blog. We're looking forward to sharing our learning journey with you and working together to spread the conservation message!
This term, we are studying the text "Pannikin and Pinta" by Colin Thiele. In keeping with the themes of one of his most famous books 'Storm Boy', Pannikin and Pinta is also about Australian pelicans and our fragile ecosystem.
During Week 3, we started to build our background knowledge about Australian aquatic birds and the environment in which they live. We discovered that pelicans (NOT penguins as Mrs G is always accidently saying!) live on every continent of the world, except for Antarctica. Australian pelicans are plentiful on the Central Coast of NSW, so we are very fortunate to be able to study them in their natural environment.
Mrs Gennari linked up with Australian Seabird Rescue on Twitter and they have recruited us for scientific research! They would like us to take notice of tagged pelicans in the local environment and report back to them about when and where we see them! We are now real life environmental scientists!
Jordan played photographer and spotted these pelicans last week down at The Entrance, including a few tagged pelicans and a pelican with unusual yellow rings around its eyes. The students of S23K researched the reason why some pelicans have these yellow rings and they discovered that older, non breeding pelicans have this feature! Great research everyone!
We'd love for you to join our scientific journey - if you see any pelicans, be sure to email Mrs Gennari some photos if you can and make a comment about your sightings in the comments on this post!
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