Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Earthquake Tower Challenge

Earthquake  Tower Challenge

We had to design and construct a 2-story building using the following materials:
-30 Straws
-1 cardboard base (25 cm by 25 cm)
-30 Straws
-100 paper clips (one box)
-20 pins
-2 meter of strings

During construction, what strategies did you use to strengthen  the weaker areas? Why?
-We pinned more pins to the building to make it more stiff so that the sandbag will ly on the building without collapsing.

During construction, how did you test the strength and stability of your structure?
-We tested it by laying a sandbag on the building and it was 250g

What are the strongest parts of your building and Why?
-The base was the strongest part of the building because it help hold the tower in place!

What are the weakest parts of your building? Why?
-Walls and corners because it kept on bending and leaning to the side which caused it to collapse

Where did you use the string in your structure? Why?
-Mostly the corners because it helped make the corners more stable

Where did you use the pins for the structure? Why?
-We used the pins to pin down the tower to the base.We also used it to help the straw connect with the other straws that haven’t been done

If you had 5 straws, where would you put it? Why?
-If we had 5 more straws then we would put it on the weakest part of our building which is the corners or sides.

Monday, 24 July 2017



Science Intensive : Molecules made out of Marshmallows

In our class we made molecules/atoms out of Marshmallow. In the photo you can see 2 pink marshmallows on the top which are the Hydrogen atoms and the one white marshmallow is the Oxygen atom. The 2 pink marshmallows are bit smaller than the white because they have less protons than the white one. That is why it looks a bit like mickey mouse. 

Science Experiment

Today in room 8 we have been learning about the three states of matter which is Solid, Liquid and Gas. Our teacher (Miss Stone) gave us a piping bag filled with melted chocolate and we got to pipe it into to any design we wanted. When we finished, 2 or 3 minutes later it started to dry up really fast. So first the chocolate was a liquid when is was melted and soon turned into a solid as it cooled down. Here is a photo below

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Day #7 Keep New Zealand Beautiful

Dawn breaks on Day #7 – the final day of your Great Kiwi Road Trip. You wake up early, ready to make the long trek back to Auckland. Along the way, Curious Kiwi stops at two beautiful places, Taupo and Rotorua, for you to get out and walk around.
Activity 1: While in Taupo, you go for a walk around the lake and you notice pieces of rubbish floating in the water. You also notice that there is rubbish on the footpath. As you know, it is really important to put rubbish in the bin and keep New Zealand clean and beautiful for generations to come. C:\Users\rwil313\Desktop\NZ Map - Schematic.png
With that in mind, it is time think about what you can do to keep New Zealand beautiful. Use your imagination and come up with three things that you could do to make your neighbourhood more beautiful. Post your list on your blog ☺
Here are some of my ideas…
  • Put some posters up
  • Pick up as much rubbish as I can once a week
Then  I would make an advertisement on SAVING OUR EARTH. After that I would make a website saying “Call this number *******, then come and help pick up as much rubbish as you can.” If that is a success then we will do more of that, maybe once a week in different cities or maybe even the whole entire WORLD. I will work my hardest to keep NZ or anywhere else as tidy as can be.

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So that is my Idea :)
Activity 2: After you have finished up in Taupo, it is time to hop back in the car and head for Rotorua – a town where will have the chance for some much needed rest and relaxation. In fact, you will visit the Tarawera Bush Pool – a geothermal hot pool that is located in the middle of a forest. The warm water in the pool comes from underneath the ground. After a few hours in the pool you feel really relaxed.
On your blog, post a picture of yourself doing something relaxing. I find reading really relaxing. Here is a picture of me reading one of my favourite books!
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After a long soak in the natural hot pools, it is time to get back home. Your family and friends can’t wait to see you and they can’t wait to hear all about your adventures. Take a moment to think about what you have seen and done over the past week.

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As you can see, I am dead asleep. Yes you are correct. Over the past few holidays all I have been doing is sleeping. That is what I enjoy the most. It gives me the chance to dream and rest for the next busy day. Also you can sleep anytime you want. Whether you're at the movies, your family's house and even in the car. If I wasn’t sleeping I would be reading a book or watching TV. Again… sleeping is what I enjoy doing the most. :) 🇿🇿🇿🇿🇿🇿🇿🇿🇿🇿🇿🇿
Bonus Activity: On your blog, post a video or write a description about your week. What have you learned? What did you like about the trip? What didn’t you like? Was there anything that surprised you?
To earn full points for this activity, you must talk about what you learned, what you liked and what you about your great kiwi road trip.

Bonus Activity: 12 points

Well, New Zealand truly is a stunning country, isn’t it? I think that we are so lucky to call it home! Let’s make sure that we do everything we can to keep the country safe and clean for future generations…

During the journey I have learnt so many things about NZ that I have never known. I learnt about our native bird (Brown Kiwi or a Kiwi), predators, a cool movie that was very interesting and I learnt more about Matariki and the events that they do.

My favourite part of this journey is the travelling part. I learnt more about the cities here in NZ. Not only did I have fun I got to share this with family and friends and tell them what I have learnt. Taking part in this programme made me gain loads of knowledge and like I said before I have learnt so much. Thank You to Rachel (for setting the programme up) and those who have commented on my blog. Best wishes to you all. :)

#Keep New Zealand beautiful!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Day #6: Native Aotearoa

Day 6!
Welcome to Day #6 of your journey and the last day in the south island. You are going to start the day by traveling 63 km north up State Highway 1 from Dunedin to a place called ‘Shag Point.’ Shag Point is one of five places in the south island where the Maori arrived hundreds of years ago to settle in New Zealand. They arrived at Shag Point in large canoes called ‘wakas.’ For more information on Shag Point and other Maori landing places, go to the Waka landing places website.

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Activity 1: Let’s imagine that you were on the first waka to arrive at Shag Point. You had never been to New Zealand before and you had no idea what to expect. Write a poem describing how you would have felt when you arrived in New Zealand. Would you have been excited or scared? I would have felt pretty nervous, I reckon…

Wow! Look at this place
You can see all the trees and the lovely nature
But also, its new so I feel like i’m in danger
I love all the trees and the beautiful flowing water
You can swim in water as you get hotter and hotter
I am really excited to see what else is new
I’m just looking at the water it's so nice and blue
Also worried and nervous of the creatures out there
Is there a lion?, is there a rhino or is a ferocious huge bear
This place is giving me spooky thoughts

Please oh please make this be a beautiful home for us. :)
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Activity 2: After visiting Shag Point, you hop back in the van and drive all the way up the east coast of the south island until you reach the town of Picton. You get out of the van and onto the Interislander ferry. It travels back across the Cook Strait to Wellington. Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand and every winter the city hosts a huge Matariki festival to celebrate the Maori New Year. This year part of the festival is being held at Te Papa, a big museum in Wellington.
Read about the Matariki festival at Te Papa.  There are so many different things to see and do at the festival this year. On your blog, tell us about three of the events. You can choose any three events that you wish.
3 Activities
Star Weave Jam - This event is when everyone collaborates with each other and help to create 1 million stars before July 2017. These stars are being used in an installation at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
Matariki Lecture - This is basically just a guy that has researched Matariki for over 20 years now and he will be sharing a Maori perspective on the astronomical and cosmological link relevant to Matariki. The guys name is Professor Dr Rangi Mataamua
Heaven and Earth - Based and formed around Matariki, Maori New Year, Heaven and Earth transports its audience to a world beyond. Talented cast members will use black lights along with small and large scale puppets to tell this amazing story.

Sadly I have never been to any of these events and hope that one day I will.

Bonus Activity: As part of the Matariki festival, there is a two day Kapa Haka competition. The haka is a traditional war dance that Maori performed before going into battle. The haka is now performed by children/adults in the community and by professional sporting teams, including our national rugby team, the ‘All Blacks.’  The All Blacks have performed various haka over the years. Watch the following three haka videos (1 – 3) and, on your blog, list the haka videos in order from best (#1) to worst (#3). There are no right or wrong answers ☺
Number one was my least favourite. Look, I had choose one and this is the one. I picked up a few mistakes and made it my least favourite. Obviously I had to play the video over and over again so i’d find those.

#2. All Blacks vs South Africa 2016
Number 2 was my favourite. It looked so good from all angles. They were all in synch and they did such a great job performing the haka.
Last of all, this one was an ok haka. It wasn’t bad and it wasn’t great, it was good. Again they did wonderful.
At the end of your day at Te Papa, you head to your hotel in the centre of Wellington. You are staying on Cuba Street, one of the coolest streets in the city.

Bonus Activity: 8 points

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Day #5: One Step at a Time…

After a long day at the beach, it is now time to move away from the water and drive inland, through the middle of the south island. You are going to start in Nelson and drive south before crossing a huge mountain range called the ‘Southern Alps.’ The scenery is going to be amazing!
Activity 1: After a few hours in the car, you, your group and Curious Kiwi arrive at your first stop – The Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve. It is a beautiful, regional park located at the base of the Southern Alps. You and your group get out of the van and follow Curious Kiwi. He is going to lead you on a short walk through the park. As you start walking, you notice a really cool looking tree on the side of the trail and you stop to take a closer look. When you turn back, the group (and Curious Kiwi) is nowhere to be found. Eek! You are all alone in the middle of a strange forest.
For this activity write a short story (8-10 sentences) about what might happen next. Please be sure to include lots of details about what you might be feeling, seeing and doing after you realise that you are all alone in the forest…

“Where did you go” I said as it echoed throughout the whole forest. I was scared to death and was really worried. It began to get colder and colder as I walked through the path. I tried my hardest to find my way out but there was no possible way to get out. At that point I gave up and tried to get some rest for the next day. The next day I tried to find some food but there was nothing edible. I began to get thirsty. “I am never gonna get out of this forest” I said. That was when I really gave up and had no more hope. I took a deep breath and said to myself “I am going to get out of here no matter what happens or no matter what hits me. I am GOING TO LEAVE!” I climbed up a tree and saw the exit. “THERE IT IS”. I ran towards the exit and saw Curious Kiwi. “We were looking for you” said Curious Kiwi. I was so happy. :). As soon as I found my way out I drank a huge amount of water and ate huge amount of food.

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Activity 2: After the adventure at The Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve, you are pretty happy to get back into the shuttle van and continue with your road trip. Over the next few hours you travel up and over the Southern Alps, arriving in the city of Christchurch to eat lunch. You have a delicious meal at a café downtown and then hop back into the van to travel to Twizel, a small town at the base of Aoraki-Mt Cook. Mt Cook is the largest mountain in New Zealand. It is also the mountain where Sir Edmund Hillary trained for his climb up Mt Everest the tallest mountain in the world. Sir Edmund Hillary is very famous because he was the first person to ever reach the top of Mt Everest!

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Now it is your turn to learn about a famous New Zealander. Use Google to research one famous person from New Zealand and then create a DLO and post it on your blog. Be sure to include: 1. The name of the famous person, 2. Where they were born, 3. Why they are famous, and 4. Two other interesting facts about them.

Paris Global

She is a Singer, Dancer, Choreographer, Actress and a Director. She is in a dance Crew called The Royal Family and has won the World Hip Hop competition three times. Paris was born and raised in Manurewa, Auckland Nz, the youngest out of 4 children. Goebel attended  Auckland Girls Grammar but soon left to concentrate on her dancing courier.
She has worked with many artist including Little Mix, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, BLACK PINK, Big Bang and many more. She choreographed the music video for the song Sorry by Justin Bieber which was a huge hit in 2016. Here is the Video. Paris and her father which is also her manager now runs a dance studio called “The Palace Dance Studio” in Auckland.
Bonus Activity: You and your tour group have enjoyed your day in the mountains but you’re ready for a change of scenery. You ask Curious Kiwi to take you to Central Otago, a region of the south island with lots of rolling hills and flat, brown grasslands. While in Central Otago, you decide to join the Otago Central Rail Trail – a 150 km long cycle trail. Curious Kiwi and I (Rachel) cycled the Rail Trail in April and we loved it!
On your blog, tell us whether you would like to cycle the Otago Rail Trail one day. Does it sound like fun? Why or why not?

Hmmmm. I would love to go to Otago Rail Trail one day. It will definitely get me fitter.I think it would be fun because I love riding bikes and exploring new places around Nz or around the World. I would also bring some of my friends and family to make it challenging and more fun for me.
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Rachel on the Otago Rail Trail, April 2017
Bonus Activity: 10 points
Whew! It has been quite the day of sightseeing. You reach your hotel in Dunedin tired but excited. Tomorrow you are going to visit a very special and important place in the south island before you drive back to Auckland…