Matter Chef Post By Amy

Last term, 3/4W participated in an activity called Matter Chef. It was just like Master Chef. We had a mystery ingredient which was an egg. We had 5 minutes at the pantry, 10 minutes to put together our ingredients, and 10 minutes at the Matter chef frying pan. We had judges taste our food, which was delicious. We made food like pancakes and toast, with toppings of peaches and chocolate. Here are some photos of 3/4W making their dessert:

What was your favourite part of Matter Chef and why?

Or if you didn’t participate,

What do you think  you would have most enjoyed?

State of Change

This term, our inquiry unit is called ‘State of Change’. We are learning about the states of matter and doing different science experiments. We have learnt that the different states include solids, liquids and gases. Solids are usually hard and don’t change shape. Liquids can change shape and they can be poured but they can’t change size. Gases are usually not visible and they can change shape and they take all the room that they are given.

Some experiments we have completed include:

  • Making popcorn
  • Making a volcano
  • Making sherbert
  • Making invisible ink
  • Melting chocolate

This is a video of one of our science experiments.

What has been your favourite experiment and what did you learn? Or what other science experiments do you know?

Super Scienceworks

This term 3/4W went on an excursion to Scienceworks located in Spotswood. Some of our highlights were:

  • Visiting the planetarium and seeing the movie where we saw the night sky and the movie Tilt. We learnt why we have seasons on earth.
  • Learning how big our earth is compared to the sun. If the sun was gym ball, the earth would be a tiny bead.
  • The Think Ahead exhibition where we learnt about the future. Some things we saw were video games that were controlled by your hands, things were controlled with your eyes, how to be eco friendly, what the past, present and future looked like.

Here are some of the future cars we designed at Think Ahead:

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What was your highlight at Scienceworks and why? What questions do you have about 3/4W’s highlights?

3/4W’s Awesome Science Experiments

This term, 3/4W have been doing a variety of experiments. At the start of the term we did an experiment with ice to see how long it would take to melt. We then did this experiment again because we found that when we first did it, it was not a fair test.

This is some of our reflections after doing the first ice experiment:

The ice melting experiment number 1

It’s not fair because some people got the ice before others.

It’s not fair because some people got bigger bits or more ice than others.

It’s not fair because some people did different things with the ice like putting it on the finger, the hand or sucking it.

It’s not fair because some people were in the shade and some people were in the sun.

How could we make it a fair test?

Start at the same time by taking the ice at exactly the same time. We will put ice on the table so that everyone can get it at the same time.

Getting ice of the same size.

Making sure people are in the same environment or place or weather.

Everyone put the ice on your palm. If people are putting it on different areas of their body or hand than the ice might melt quicker or slower.

We will have only one person to do the timer and we will use an online stopwatch.

We found out that most ice blocks melted after 9 minutes. However, another class found most of theirs melted after 5 minutes. We think this might be due to the weather.

Something that is difficult to change

Everyone’s hands are different temperatures.

These are some pictures and steps for our other experiments.

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Making Fizzy Sherbert

Volcanic Eruption

Making Ooblek

Do you know any other science experiments? If so, please tell us about them. What did you learn from these experiments? Which one is your favourite experiment and why?

Hands on Science

In Term 2, 3/4W had two sessions of Hands on Science. We explored different science activities and learnt about different states of matter including gases, liquids and solids. Some highlights include:

  • Touching balloons with gas, solids and liquids.
  • Doing experiments with liquids. We waved glycerin and purple crystals on top of flame.
  • We learnt what happens when you wave citric acid over a flame.
  • Touching the strange dough like object made out of hair conditioner, baby oil and corn flour.
  • Seeing which melted first out of chocolate and wax. What do you think melted first?
  • Seeing what happens when we leave water and mentholated spirits on a lid.
  • Putting yeast in different jars, all with different temperatures, then putting balloons over the jar and seeing what happened.

Have a look at our photos below.

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What do you know about solids, liquids and gases?