Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment

Tawhio and I enjoyed watching the children from Rangatahi start their first science experiment.

This is a cross post from Rangatahi’s Blog. Please leave a comment here.
We’ve been learning about the reaction between baking soda and vinegar and today we mixed the two in a bag to see what happened.

We thought the bag would maybe explode but it didn’t. The reason the bag blew up big is because of the gas made when they react.

Here are some pictures to show what happened.

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Piwakawaka Love Dinosaurs!

Dinosaur Mural

Dinosaur Mural

As part of our learning about dinosaurs and dragon, we painted a life sized Coelophysis and a T Rex leg on the ball wall at the end of the courts. Coelophysis is a meat eater and fossils of it have been found with smaller Coelphysis in their stomachs, meaning that they ate their own kind. There is also a life sized 5 year old and a life sized adult on the wall in red, for comparison.

Waiouru School Science Fair

Well today has been a very busy science day. Our displays have been set up in the hall and will be open to public viewing once the judging is complete. There has been a lot of work put into our science fair, both at home and at school. Thank you to all of our families for supporting our students with their learning. Kim Basse the principal of Ruapehu College, came over this morning to help us with judging our science fair. She was very impressed with the calibre of our displays and experiments and wanted me to pass on a few words.

Mrs Basse: I can see that a lot of work has gone into these displays. It is great to see that students had help from parents, especially to purchase materials. It is good to see what the students were interested in and how they were researching. It is obvious that some Waiouru School students are budding scientists, which is fantastic as science is such an important part of school and learning.

I am pleased to announce our Science Fair Winners for 2013.

The Year 7 & 8 Category:

Overall Winner: Avalon Beker
Finalists: William Smith, Annalise Ziarno, Warren Williams and Kenneth Long

The Year 5 & 6 Category:

Overall Winner: Johnny Bosmann
Finalists: George Alabaster, Te Taumata Nelio, Jabez Tupouohomohema, Marcus Garven

The Year 3 & 4 Category:

Overall Winner: Kade Gates
Finalists: Harrison Walker, Kayla Jordan, Marghret Dekaetavara, Silas McNaught

The Year 1 & 2 Category:

Winners: Kayshana Rapana-Phillips and Mereana Wharewera
Kayleb Stevens and Linkin Harding-Gray

The Highly Commended Category:

Nani Fifita
Isabella Tweeddale
Orton Long
Sandar Beker
Anthony Tupouohomohema
Chelsea Masada
Elaina Vine
Romeo Oldehaver

Piwakawaka Are Chicken Scientists

Piwakawaka's Chickens Piwakawaka, thanks to a huge amount of help from their parents, have built a school chicken coop. We have kindly been donated five chickens from the Walker family, and now our little guys have their own chicken farming enterprise!! The chickens will be feed with food scraps, and supplemented with chicken feed. Eggs will be sold at the office to pay for the chicken feed. Now I was a little sceptical that the chicken would lay (I thought the move and getting used to 86 children staring at them might put them off), but low and behold, Piwakawaka came in to show me TWO EGGs!! they had gathered this morning! Well done Piwakawaka and helpers. On a side note, Katrina told me that they are actually ex-battery farm chickens who didn’t have any feathers and were too afraid to leave their house. Doesn’t it feel good to give these creatures and good home, and to provide the kids in our community with such a powerful learning opportunity.Feeding The Chickens