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1/07/2016

YEAR 7 - DOWN TO EARTH FOCUS

What a fantastic term we have had, and what amazing work has been produced!!
Our research journey has seen students learn many aspects of how our solar phenomenon occurs and what impact it has here on planet earth.
They have also studied the effects seasons have on us and just how seasons are created in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
All of this learning had to be showcased on an end of term visual model or poster.
We have been blown away by the fantastic work produced.
Congratulations Year 7 for all your fine work. Let’s see if you can raise the bar further next term.
 

EXPLORING RUBE GOLDBERG CONCEPTS

A Rube Goldberg machine is a contraption, invention, device, or apparatus that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task in a complicated fashion, generally including a chain reaction.

The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg. Reuben "Rube" Goldberg (1883-1970) was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer and inventor.

He is well known for a series of popular cartoons depicting complicated gadgets that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways. He is the inspiration for various international competitions, known as Rube Goldberg Machine Contests, which challenge participants to make a complicated machine to perform a simple task.

 

Our Year 8 scientists have spent some time gaining an understanding of the Rube Goldberg concept and designing their own contraptions in small groups. To conclude the focus, Mrs Parry requested that her whole class prepare a Rube Goldberg Machine together which was a significant undertaking of team work, problem solving and strategic thinking.
Check out our gallery to view the whole of class effort.