March 23

Innovation Day

Innovation Day

Research shows that we are producing 50 billion tonnes of CO 2 per year so if we are to save the world then we really have to help. In our project we made a park using solar electricity and hydro electricity. We set out on our quest to find ECO friendly energy sources. Throughout the quest we found out that hydro power was first used to grind grain into flour and that John Herschel invented the solar oven. Solar panels can use three types of sunlight: ultraviolet, infra red, and the spectrum that we humans are used to seeing. UV light powers solar panels, In the equator the sun provides 1000 watts per square meter, and that solar energy comes from the sun. Did you know that Albert Einstein came up with solar panels? Even the international space station uses solar panels. These are just a few examples of the amazing research we did on our quest for eco friendly energy. 

EMPATHISE

The pandemic has affected us in many ways. We learned how to distance ourselves, we learned how to restrain ourselves and we learned that the world is not full of rainbows. With good comes bad, we can’t see family and friends and it has affected many people’s mental health. What has also been hardest for families with little children is that they have to stay at home for long periods of time, and that they can’t see all their friends they get to regularly see in school. I worry that some families can’t afford someone to take care of their kids while they are working. But even though this is hard when this is over we will appreciate our friends more. We wanted to do something to help immediately though, so that’s why we decided to make this park. It has all sorts of electrical generators and we added all these cool features in our park so that parents can take some breaks and so kids can see their friends (from far) and they can start having more fun. The greatest thing is that it will use ECO friendly electricity using solar panels and water wheels. Over the winter all the energy will be stored in batteries to heat and light up the area. So people don’t freeze.

IDEATE

We came up with some crazy ideas. We didn’t do all of them but we would like to share them with you:

 

The roofs of the playground can have solar panels with glass under so you can see the panels. We can make a human sized hamster wheel and it can generate electricity. There can be heating shelters that can help people if they are freezing. There can be slides that have a summertime switch and a colder switch, the cold switch is just a regular slide and the summer switch is a water slide. Don’t worry the water goes into a chamber and it gets reused and filtered. We will have a river around the park with a water wheel that powers a hydro generator which creates electricity.There can be special monkey bars that sprout water during the summer. We can add a jungle gym shaped like a submarine and it can have solar panels on top.There will be a crazy water slide that the floor drops beneath your feet and you go through a dinosaur’s body and there will be many mini scary dinosaurs in it. The slide is also see through. The person who introduces you to the park and gives you a tour is a robot. The slide has solar panels on it. There is a pool with solar heating.

Aren’t those some crazy ideas, I sure think so. That’s why our park turned out so good.

 

POWER

For our power sources we used hydro power and solar power. We really liked solar energy because it is pretty permanent and solar panels can stay on your house for a long time, and they produce eco friendly energy(if there’s light).We did hydroelectricity because you can get energy from the river any day any weather. Even if there is a rain storm because the river will flow faster and it will make more energy. So with these two together we can get energy 24 hours in a day and 7 days of a week. So that’s why we chose two.

 

We made a video of our park that we would like to share with you.

 

Bibliography

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January 24

As a MATTER of fact

This week for science class we got to do an experiment. Dana who works at Scientists in the school came to our class to show us a cool experiment on Matter. We got many ingredients such as Vitamin C, Flour, Baking Soda, Water and Cabbage Powder. The main goal is that we need to figure out what the mystery ingredient is. It can either be Flour, Epsom Salt or Baking Soda or a mix. We learn that a physical change is when the look or outside of something is changed. A chemical change is when it becomes a whole new thing. First we figured out that if you mix Baking Soda with Vitamin C and add Purple Cabbage Water as the liquid it starts to fizz up. Second if you mix Epsom Salt with Vitamin C and add Purple cabbage water it turns red. The way we figured out the mystery ingredient that we added vitamin C and cabbage water and it fizzed up and it was powdery so it was baking soda and flour. My favourite part was when we added Cabbage Water to the Baking Soda and the Vitamin C it fizzed. At the end when I mixed all the things together it started to fizz. Overall Scientists In The School was was super fun and we were still learning things. Isn’t that amazing.