Grade 6 Explores All-Things Science
Where did you go?
The Grade 6s, along with Mr Kennedy, Ms O'Neil, Mr Currie, Ms Campbell and Mrs Reis, travelled to Science World - Telus World of Science. Here, the students were able to explore exhibits and galleries that highlights areas of Physics, Biology, Environmental Sciences and Chemistry. Depending on the exhibit, students were about to gain hands on experiences exploring and trying out various stations that engaged their learning and curiosity for science.
What did you do?
Students were given free time during the first portion of the morning to explore the exhibits. The exhibits included :
Our World: BMO Sustainability Gallery
Eureka! Gallery (Physics)
Sara Stern Gallery
Mid day, the Meadowridge group met at the centre stage for the "Fire" show, highlighting key elements of fire, its properties and its ability to change colour when fuelled with different compounds.
"My highlight for Science World was when my group went to Eureka. I enjoyed experimenting how we pull ourselves, different illusions and experiment the shadow pictures. I learned how hard it is to use a pulley to pull ourselves and how illusions work."
Aarshia J. (Grade 6)
In the afternoon, the group watched "A Beautiful Planet" in the largest theatre in North America, the OMNImax Theatre. This documentary offered an out of world perspective on the beauty this world has to offer, as well as the challenges of living up in space. This was a great tie in to the concepts of Physics (Gravity and Inertia) that the students are currently learning in Science 6.
What was the group's favourite part of the day?
According the a number of the students, the favoured exhibit was Eureka! According to Aarshia J: "My highlight for Science World was when my group went to Eureka. I enjoyed experimenting how we pull ourselves, different illusions and experiment the shadow pictures. I learned how hard it is to use a pulley to pull ourselves and how illusions work."
Best story from the day.
During the Fire centre stage show, Carter G. was fortunate enough to be called up as a volunteer. He was a great sport, getting adorned in a big yellow rain hat and stuffed chicken. As the volunteer, he had to willingly stand under a large water balloon, with the potential of getting soaked! There was a moment of suspense as the Science World presenter attempted to burn a hole through the ballon, ultimately threatening to douse Carter with water. Thankfully, the students learnt that water has a high heat capacity, which meant the water absorbed the heat from the flame, thus resulting in a perfectly upheld balloon. Water crisis adverted!
What one thing were students surprised to learn?
Bodyworks (Biology) was another noted highlight of the day, throwing a number of questions at the chaperoning teachers. This was the intent of bring the students to Science World, and that is to peak their curiosity and intrigue! According to Leia O, "[in] the body sense exhibit, there we learned about how to detect emotions and what we would look like in our old ages. Did you know skin is the heaviest organ! Once we finished that exhibit, we went in the tinkering room. There we built structures out of pieces of wood, some of us were very good at this. Once we finished there we went to see the fire show. There we saw amazing demonstrations, one of us even got to go onstage. After the show we had our lunches, (and maybe got ourselves a milkshake.) Once we finished lunches we went to the IMAX called beautiful planet and saw the earth from the astronaut's point of view and learned about rising issues, such as pollution."