Last Friday the year 6 girls had a a Robogals incursion. Robogals offers technology workshops free-of-charge in their local communities, focusing on encouraging girls from primary to secondary school to explore an interest, as well as cultivate self-confidence, in these areas. Introducing female engineering students to girls at a young age also provides visibility to female role models, of which there is a significant deficit in the STEM field.
Aaron and Kim arrived with a case full of Lego Mindstorms robots and laptops. The session started with a presentation from Aaron about Robogals, STEM and the need in the community for females to study STEM courses. Then Kim explained to the girls about how to use ‘code’ to operate and control their robot.
The students made up teams of three and collected their equipment.
Our first challenge was to make the robot travel in a square.
Some of the students took the task seriously and even drew a rough plan.
Our Year 6 girls requested a group photo with Aaron and Kim from Robogals and with their robots. Mrs Cogger and the girls throughly enjoyed the incursion. We are sure that the visit has ‘sparked’ some interest in the girls considering STEM courses for a future career.
Ava and Mia created this iMovie about the incursion. Click on the link below.
There is evidence in our school bushland that a Southern Brown Bandicoot maybe using our school bushland as a habitat. Mrs Cogger invited some friends, who are wildlife and fauna enthusiasts, to come to St Emilie’s and investigate this further with her.
Mrs Cogger has made an imovie documenting the investigation. Please click on the link below to see what we discovered…..
The Year 6 Science inquiry students met with Mr Sayer this week for a most interesting task – dissembling an engine. Firstly Mr Sayer explained the difference between a 2 stroke and a 4 stroke engine. For todays activity we were just going to focus on the 2 stroke engine.
We started out with a brainstorm about ‘combustion’ which means the burning of any fuel. The students understood that for combustion to occur there must be three elements –
Then Mr Sayer slowly pulled apart the engine of a weed trimmer taking care to explain each component and it’s role in the engine system.
Here are a few photos with supporting facts to show what we learned about 2 stroke engines.
SPARK PLUG: Ignites fuel air mixture above the piston to cause the fuel to burn (combustion)
CRANKSHAFT: Converts up/down motion of piston to rotary motion.
MAGNETO: Electric generator to create spark at correct moment in the cycle.
PISTON & CONNECTING ROD: Gas at high pressure forces piston down.
FUEL TANK: holds petrol and oil mixture.
AIR FILTER: prevents dirt and dust entering engine and causing wear.
CARBURETTOR: mixes fuel into air in correct proportions and controls amount of fuel entering engine to control power output.
CORD PULL STARTER: provides initial rotation to start engine.
We thank Mr Sayer for providing such an interesting activity with an accompanying powerpoint to help explain all the important facts.
We have accumulated A LOT of lost items over the term. Here are a just few photos of what has been placed in the lost property box. I will be placing the box outside admin this week. If you see something that belongs to your family please claim it ASAP. By the end of the school year the items will need to be disposed of. I will continue to update this post over the next week as this post only shows a few of the items in the Lost Property box.
The above school jacket is in a small size.
Small sized school jacket with these little toys in the pocket (how cute and sweet). Probably belongs to a girl. But no name on the label!!!
Please see below for the Term 3 Newsletter outlining some important information and events for this term.
Please note that the Year Two Library Day has changed from Friday to Thursday.Therefore children will now need to have their library bag and book ready to exchange each Thursday. Health will now be on Friday.
In 2B we have been learning how to write a procedure.
We have explored several different types of procedures, including recipes and sets of instructions, and discovered that procedures need some important parts. A title, list of materials and ingredients, a method and some illustrations or photos.
Earlier in the week we followed a set of instructions to make our own ‘Iced Biscuits’. They were delicious!
We then wrote our very own procedure based on our biscuit-making experience, remembering to include all the important parts.
Learning to write a procedure is part of the Western Australian Curriculum outcome: Create short imaginative, informative and persuasive texts using growing knowledge of text structures and language features for familiar and some less familiar audiences, selecting print and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose.