CHALLENGE: Float Your Boat

CHALLENGE: Float Your Boat

Both the grade 7+8 AND 9+10 students got started in Science class this year with a challenge. They had to design and construct a boat that could hold as many dry beansĀ (or marbles) as possible without sinking. They could use a limited amount of aluminum foil and duct...
A New Home for the Whiteboards

A New Home for the Whiteboards

There was a lot of material left over from the construction of 4 sports nets that I built last year for recess/phys ed games, so I decided to use it for making a storage shelf for the science classroom whiteboards. You can’t be too organized – and it seems...
The Science Panel

The Science Panel

Each of the three new science classes began the year by designing and creating a ‘panel’ to represent their class and subject. It was a fun activity for the beginning of the year and they came up with some interesting ideas. This could be something that we...
Newspaper Towers

Newspaper Towers

Similar to last year’s ‘Spaghetti Towers‘ challenge, the Grade 11+12 class has 10 minutes to design and build the tallest tower they could using newspaper, string and scissors. Neither group was able to come up with a tower that stood on it’s...
Heisz Nation Theatre receives upgrade

Heisz Nation Theatre receives upgrade

When I heard that this set of sound equipment was on its way out to the dumpster, you can be sure I jumped all over the chance to bring it into the science room! It’s old, it’s big, heavy, bulky… and awesome. Two giant Yamaha monitor speakers, a...
Classroom City

Classroom City

Construction is complete on the new engineering marvel ‘Post-It Tower’ and the Nation Chopper is about to take off from the...
Marshmallow Towers

Marshmallow Towers

The Physics class got started this year with an 18-minute construction assignment. Using pasta, tape and string they were challenged to build a structure that would hold the marshmallow as high as possible. [*note: the availability of large size marshmallows in Japan...
Mission: Hanging Herb Garden

Mission: Hanging Herb Garden

Grade 7+8 got the project off the ground and planted their herb seeds in starter soil before the weekend. They came in Monday and found the thyme had started to sprout. Must have been due to their consistent watering! The other seeds may take a little longer. More...