Week 2. 5/8/14
The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them. – Albert Einstein
This week as I was walking to the library I met a delightful lady called Kat, who is also completing her Master of Primary Teaching at Bankstown Campus. We talked about our workload and what units we were completing this semester and it turns out that we are in the same tutorial for Science and Technology! ( We both think like Penny from The Big Bang Theory! ) So, we talked about the group task where I told Kat, I’d just met Daniel (Who’s a thinker like Sheldon) and that I want to ask Daniel to join our group. Kat said she also met a girl called Ashley, and she would be in our group. This worked out well for us all, so we can basically get started in week 3 to discuss our assignment task.
We watched a video in the lecture on Sheldon’s take on electricity to get us all engaged with our students. Because, when you are learning through experimenting you also need to evaluate your learning as well as share your knowledge. That is, children must construct their knowledge and discuss what they have learnt socially. This is what we as students will be demonstrating in week 6 during our group presentations. This is important because Science and Technology K-6 lays the foundations for children to embark on later work in Science.
Within the syllabus look at: Page 13 ( Learning across the Curriculum) p.15-16 Incorporating Science and Technology.
Also, Children bring with them to school a range of prior knowledge, understanding and skills.
The AIM of the Syllabus:
Develop students’ competence and creativity in applying the processes of Working Scientifically and Working Technologically to appreciate and understand the Natural Environment and Made Environment.
Within the Syllabus p.16 A teacher should:
- Provide a sense of wonder and expand their natural curiosity
- Allow students to become competent through creativity
- Enhance students confidence.
- Enable students to confidently respond to needs.
TUTORIAL 2. 5/8/14 CONSTRUCT A MODEL CAR Our Team: Ashley, Daniel, Kat, and Suzette “Go Gadget Go!”
Materials: Carton, wheels, axel, straws, and glue gun,
We had to make a simple rolling car using these resources. Then we took turns rolling the car down a ramp to see how far it travels. Then if needed we had to modify our design in order to make it travel as far as possible. The cars are finally tested and measured and the measurements of the distances travelled are recorded in a number of ways appropriate to the situation: ie, they can vary from K-6.
I enjoyed constructing a model car because we got to experience hands on how to make a car and then test it out. As a group, we exerienced trouble with the wheels turning, this was because the glue was stopping the axel from spinning. Hence, this is why our car didn’t travel very far. However, we gained valuable knowledge by discussing with one another ways to fix our “Go Gadget Go!” car. This involved re-thinking and investigating our options of what to do to make the car go faster.
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. Thomas Alva Edison