Science in STEM week

Lara BEALE and Keely BURTON

This week we are blogging about our science class with Mr. Canavan. Due to it being STEM week (science technology engineering and maths) we have been having a week of building a little car in groups.

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In science we have all been working hard to build unique and moving mini cars. The objective of this was to see which car could go farthest down the court with a Barbie doll in it.

In our class we had a wide range of ideas for cars, some being a watering can for the build, a corn flakes box and one group even decided to try using a coke and mentos for the power!

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By the end of the week we had a competition to test out our cars and, as a matter of fact, ours won! We were very proud and really enjoyed STEM week as a whole as we did things like this in other subjects like, maths, computing and geography. We can’t wait for it to come around again next year.

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However, in a normal science lesson we love both practical and academic work as our teacher makes it interesting as we have massive class discussions, which is where Sir answers all the questions we have. We feel that science is a very difficult and challenging subject which really tests us to our limits, but we also think it is a quite creative subject where you can explore different things to an extent where only your imagination can take you. 

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In our overall opinion science is an interesting class which we really enjoy leaning about and we both can’t wait to study it over the next few years!

Computing – Stem Week

blog1This week in computing we got to use the micro:bit computers. These are tiny little computers that have 2 buttons on them and some LED lights that light up. Our first task was to create a program that could make the micro:bit make a smiley face when button a was pressed and a sad face when button b was pressed. Once we created the program, it could then be down loaded to the micro:bit that was attached to our computers.

Blog 2The next task was to create a compass, the micro:bit has a compass built in and was able to work out which way was north. We had to make the code that told the micro:bit what angle was north, east south and west. Some of us, also managed to make it show North East, South East, South West and North West.

 

Once we did this, we were allowed to go online to the micro:bit website and choose our own program to code. Some of us chose to make a rock paper scissors game where you shake the micro:bit and it chose your shape to show at random, a few students also made a score system that let you know how many points you had.

On Thursday we got to show parents and guests to the school what we had been doing in the STEM classes. One of the stands was about our computing lessons, we had pictures showing students working, there were students programming and we had a table full of working micro:bits that were attached to battery packs which students had programmed.

Most people liked the “rock paper scissor” game, the compass feature and finally the love meter where you got to see how much two people loved each other, this gave a random answer, but was still good fun.

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We can’t wait to this again, it has been a really good fun week.

Meet a Teacher – Mrs Isham

Mrs Isham – Drama Teacher

Q1. What interests you in the subject youEIs teach and why did you want to teach it?

“I have always been interested in theatre right from the beginning. It’s always been a passion and hobby of mine. So it’s really interesting and exciting that I can pass my hobby onto other young people of today.”

Q2. How long have you wanted to be a teacher and how long have you been teaching?

“I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was about 16, I am quite old (!) and have been teaching at the school for 15 years and I taught for 2 and a half years before that so I’ve been teaching for about 18 years now.”

Q3. Is teaching your first major profession?

“Yes, teaching is indeed my first major profession.”

Q4. Do you have any advice for people who want to or are doing your subject as a GCSE?

“Just enjoy it; work hard, try hard and you won’t go wrong!”

Q5. Do you see yourself continuing being a teacher in the future?

“Yes, I can’t see myself doing anything else.”

Q6. How do you try to make your lessons interesting for students who may not have an interest in your subject you teach?

“I try to choose really relevant, interesting topics and concepts so that even if students aren’t enjoying the performance aspect they’ll still be learning something about the wider world within my lessons.”

Q7. What inspired you to start teaching?

“Throughout my life I’ve had lots and lots of inspirational teachers and I suppose it was them who inspired me to want to make a difference to students just as they have made a difference to me!”

Q8. What other things do you do to improve/help our school be better in your spare time? (E.g. clubs, extra-curricular activities etc.)

“I feel like within my subjects it is a necessity to provide extracurricular, so obviously Rock Challenge is one of my biggest highlights of the school calendar, we do really really well and have been really successful in that. I also enjoy creating and working on musical productions, concerts, and cabaret evenings. I try to do as much extracurricular as I can, to give as many children as possible an opportunity to perform.

You can see more info on the Rock Challenge journey by clicking on this link: http://www.durringtonhigh.w-sussex.sch.uk/wordpress/tag/rock-challenge/