Thursday, 27 July 2017

Glen Innes

NZ Architecture

 NZ Architecture

I have made a diagram about  NZ Architecture. On the left
is Maori Architecture and on the right is English  Tudor
Buildings Architecture . We had to notice the differences
between the Architectures.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Science Intensive: 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

Marshmallow Molecules

Science Intensive: Marshmallow Molecules

This is my water molecule. It has 1 hydrogen and 2 oxygen! 

My class have made molecues using marshmallows. The two pink marshmallows are Hydrogen and the white marshmallow is Oxygen. 

States of matter

States of matter

Today we have been learning about the three states of matter (solid, liquid and gas) and the changes of matter. In this experiment we first melted some chocolate and we poured the chocolate into any design we wanted. Then we waited for the chocolate to set. This meant that the chocolate changed from a liquid to a solid.

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Day 7: Keep New Zealand Beautiful

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.
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 ☺
Well the first thing that came to my mind was to have a bunch of pictures that look like this
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and next to it saying "Do you want our neighbourhood to look like this?". Link to pic
Next I would get some chalk and draw fishes or turtles around the drains that would say something like "Stop feeding me trash". This idea actually came from my teacher because at the time we were learning about Water Pollution and we decided to draw fishes saying "Help" or " Respect the ocean ". It would look like this.

Lastly I would advertise about how important NZ is and that we have to keep it clean. 
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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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I also love reading so here I am reading too even though you can't see my face.
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.
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.
Well I learnt a lot of new things like
  • Laura Dekker
  • Possums
  • Hector's Dolphins
  • Whale Rider
  • Farewell Spit
  • Otago Rail trail
  • And lootttss more!
My favourite part about this trip was learning about my beautiful country. I now know more about NZ. Other than that I enjoyed the activities. Hopefully when I go back to school I am a little smarter.
I'll also like to thank those who commented on my blog and to Rachel for organising this.

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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…

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Day 6: Native Aotearoa

Day 6: Native Aotearoa

Welcome to Day #6 of your journey and the last day in the south island. You are going to start the day by travelling 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.
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…
I wanna explore this place even more
I'm so excited I can barely touch the floor
I feel kinda afraid
But lucky me, I got a spade
Life on here would be pretty great
Now all I need is a mate
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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.
1) There will be a kapa haka performance by 500 Māori elders
2) Secondly there will be a ritual
3) Lastly  Mātauranga Māori knowledge and science panel discussion  will be held
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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 ☺
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.
#1 = #2
#2 = #1
#3 = #3

So I chose #2 has the best one because they were very fierce and in sync.   
And #1 because it was short but also loud
Lastly I chose #3 as my last option because they looked a bit messy and they weren't in sync
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