Year 10 Chemistry Challenge - Report from Ms Cheng

The Science Department organised a Chemistry Challenge for Year 10 students as a post-exam activity.  28 enthusiastic students signed up for the event.  It was an encouraging response as the students represented a good cross-section of the cohort, with teams coming from a wide mix of ability.  The primary aim was to have fun with Chemistry and the participants embraced the spirit with aplomb.

First off was the Photo Hunt. Given a set of clues, the teams dashed around the school to look for the specified items. The teams next tried to outdo each other in their race to build molecular models.  Finally there was an exciting Kahoot session where the teams were asked questions that involved lateral thinking and general knowledge. The teams generally scored well in questions that were more academic in nature.  Not surprisingly then, the question that stumped all the teams was "What was the invention that won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry?"  

There were 3 teams that finished neck and neck after the 3 activities. Even a tie-breaker could not pick out a clear winner. At the end of the day, all the participants agreed that everyone was a winner, having spent a fun and  productive morning. 

By the way, the invention that won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry was the molecular machine, the world's smallest machine.  Anyone interested to find out more can refer to this youtube video "Molecular Machines Explained".

Architecture Club
- Report from Adelaine

For this lesson, their task was to design and build a shelter from newspapers and masking tape only.  

The aim of the project is for them to think creatively in terms of structural stability, practicality in terms of usage and design while encouraging teamwork.  The shelter had to be large enough to fit the team members.  The students came up with very interesting structures, they certainly had lots of fun while learning.  Ultimately, they were able to accomplish the aim of sheltering all members while displaying their own unique solution.

I make it a point to introduce STEM exercises in their lessons as Architecture is all about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (Although I see it more of being STEAM -  an additional A for Art).

Next week we will be visiting another architectural practice in the city.  These visits provide the students a first hand view of the workings of an Architect's office where they are briefed on current projects and are shown presentations and models. 

Future events:

4 November - KLISS Cross Country, Nexus 
7 - 9 November - Transition week (Primary to Secondary)
15 - 18 November - Discovery Camps