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Friday, October 16, 2009

technology week

In week 8 for Grey Lynn School we had technology week. Our first activity was to make bird houses in groups. My group was me, Susanna, Jeremiah and Emily. We didn't have enough time because we kept on making mistakes. Our Bird house was ok, even though we only had 35 minutes. Any way the next day we went to room 12 to make bridges. We were only allowed to use 50 straws, string, cardboard and sellotape. Our bridge was so good that we have to share it at assembly on Friday. Our bridge held 3kgs. The day after that we made cars. My car had a wind screen, a spoiler and wheels. Our last activity was snail traps. Our snail trap wasn't as we planned because we cut it in the wrong place so we taped it all around the entry and it didn't work. My favourite activity was the cars because it was interesting.


Technology week

On Monday 7th of September we started Technology week. I was in Burt Munroe. We started off in room 15 by getting our topic after morning tea. In room 15 we made puff mobiles. We had 4 cheerios, 3 straws, 2 paper clips and a piece of paper. We had races and we had sections, big and small. I came 3rd place. The next day we moved to room 13 we made bird houses. We had 2 A4 papers, a piece of A4 plastic, 4 straws, 20 sheets of newspaper and a roll of tape. Our bird house bailed on the water test. On Wednesday we moved to room 12. We made bridges and all we had was a roll of tape, 50 straws, a piece of card board and 50 ice block sticks. The bridges had to hold 4 kg but I think that our bridge could have held more than 4 kg. Then the test - every one was nervous. Our group was celebrating after our bridge held 4 kg. On the last day we made snail traps in room 16. We had 30 straws,one roll of tape and 1 cup. Our groups trap name was called "Snail be gone".


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Technology Week

My favorite part of technology week was making puff mobiles. We were only allowed to use 3 straws, 4 Cheerios (not the sausages the cereal),2 paperclips,1 A5 piece of paper, and 50 cm of tape. The catch is you can't touch it you need to blow on it. Mine was an origami box with an axle with wheels and a sail. I think it is always best to keep it low to the ground.

My least favorite part was making bird feeders. We were only allowed to use 20 A3 pieces of news paper, 2 pieces of normal A4 paper, 1 piece of A4 plastic, a role of selo-tape and 4 straws. The rules are:

* the platform must be 60 cm off the ground.
* it can hold water and food.
* it has a roof.
* it can't be taped to the ground.
Ours was good at looking good, but bad at staying up. Here is a tip. It's not so much about the strength of the poles holding it up (although that might help), it's more to do with the way they are held together.

Technology Week was great because we learnt tons of new stuff!

by Freeman('_')

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

This week was technology week. It was fun, awesome, and challenging. It went on for 4 days. Everyone got split into 4 groups, Hamilton, Pearse, Britten and Munroe. I was in Hamilton.

Monday: on the first day for technology week I went to room 13 (my class) with the rest of the Hamilton group. We made bird feeders. It needed to have a flat form with a roof. The flat form had to be 60cm off the ground. We got split into groups to make the bird feeders. James,Louie,and Charlie were in my group. We got 20 sheets of newspaper, 4 straws, 1 A4 piece of paper, 1 A4 piece of plastic and 2 meters of string. We needed to have a cup for food and a cup for the water. It was fun and hard but we used team work to get the job done.

Tuesday: on Tuesday Hamilton went to Room 12. We made bridges. We had to use 50 straws, 10 Popsicle sticks, 1 card board, 2m string and 1 roll of tape. As usual we got split into groups. I was with Tiari, Franky,and Daniel.V. My job was to cut the tape. It was too slow to cut it so I just bit it. Our bridge had to hold 4kgs.I n the end our bridge only held 3.5kgs.

Wednesday:on my favourite day of the week (Wednesday) Hamilton went to room 16,and we made snail traps, and as always we made them in groups. I was with James, Jeremiah, Joshua and we built our snail trap with 30 straws and 1 roll of sellotape. I had to do the tape. It was good that everyone participated.

Thursday: on the last day of technology week Hamilton went to room 15 to make puff-mobiles but this time we made them individually. Everyone had a bag that included 3 straws, 4 Cheerios, 1 piece of paper, 2 paper clips and 50cm of tape. After that we race them, and the only way you could make them move was to blow them. Mine didn't go very far.

Technology week was VERY challenging but VERY fun,i still miss it.

For technology week we got into groups and went to a different class every day to do a different activity . In room 12 we made bridges, in room 16 we made snail catchers,in room 15 we made puff-mobiles and in room 13 we made bird feeders.

The first classroom I went to was room 12. In room 12 we got 50 straws, a strip of cardboard, some popsicle sticks, and a roll of sellotape. You had to construct a bridge between 2 desks and it had to be a metre long. My group used a whole roll of sellotape but it wasn't a bad thing because our bridge held 4 kgs.

In room 16 we made snail catchers and the materials were 30 straws, a small plastic cup, and a roll of sellotape. Our groups design was a bit too complicated so our snail catcher didn't trap anything. The next class was room 15 and and in room 15 we made puff-mobiles. To make puff-mobiles we had a sheet of A5 paper, 4 cheerios, 2 paper clips and 4 straws. A puff-mobile is like a car and some people made really good ones that went really far. My puff-mobile wasn't that good but it was okay. When I blew it it bumped into someone else's.

The last classroom I went to was my own, Room 13. In my class we made bird feeders. We used 20 sheets of newspaper, 2 A4 sheets of paper,1 A4 sheet of plastic and a roll of sellotape. The bird feeders had to be 60 cm off the ground, hold water and hold food. Our bird feeder was really unstable so it didn't pass the test. In our classroom alone we also did a technology project. We made bird scarers. To make our bird scarers we had to make them a metre on all sides and it had to scare birds away from the scrap bin. You also needed to be able to easily get the materials from home or school without having to buy them. My idea was that if I used shiny things like cds then it might hurt their eyes and they would fly away. Lots of other people in the class had the same idea. My bird scarer turned out to be quite good and it seemed to work as well. The scarer also had cans and bottle tops and I used fishing line to tie it all up. I really enjoyed technology week and my favourite part was the bird scarers. I hope that I will be able to do it again some time.