It’s 2015 and We Are Reaching For The STARS

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WELCOME to the 2015 school year.

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This term we will be exploring Outer Space and Chemical Science. We are endeavoring to answer the question

“How can Scientific innovations inspire the possibility of future inventions?”

So come along and share the journey of our learning as we blast off into 2015 and reach for the STARS.

In the clouds of Rho Ophiuchi Adam Evans via Compfight

 

 

How does our Solar System work?

Through personalised inquiries the students have been teaching and learning about Space, the Planets and our Solar System. During the afternoons the students have begun sharing their presentations. They have not only benefited from the peer tutoring but they are developing their Public Speaking skills also. It has been a fantastic collaborative activity.
Riley chose to investigate the planets and their role in our Solar System.

Students discover the Planets

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What are the features of Mercury?
Mercury is a very interesting planet. Mercury is the smallest of all the planets in our Solar System and it is the fastest moving planet. Mercury rotates every 88 earth days and rotates every 48 km around the sun. Mercury is one of the hottest planets in the solar system as it is closest to the sun. It is up to about 450 degrees C.
Mercury has a rocky landscape and it’s made out of rock. Even though mercury is the smallest of all plants it’s a very heavy planet. Scientists think it’s because it’s made of iron in the centre of the planet. This planet has huge cliffs and scientists thought they had found ice on Mercury but they are not sure they did. Mercury has a huge crater on its surface.
Mercury was named after the ancient Greek god Hermes but the Romans later named it after their God, Mercury.
Mercury is easy to see in the early morning and it’s easy to see at night too. It is a fascinating planet and it is wonderful to see.
by Hailey

Starlab Incursion


Today the CSIRO came to our school and brought the Starlab. It was an amazing big black bubble which we all had to enter. Once inside we sat down and above us shone the stars from the Milky Way. They explained all about the planets, the stars, the sun and our galaxy.

-The Sun is called Sol. It is a Latin word.
-The sun has black spots which are the coldest parts.
-The sun is a star that rises in the East and sets in the West.
-The earth rotates around the sun.
-There are 8 planets in our Solar System.
-Pluto is no longer a planet as there are asteroids that are bigger than it.
-Pluto and the large asteroids are now called Dwarf Planets.
-A constellation is a group of stars.
-The constellations make 88 different pictures in our night sky.
-There are 12 Star signs in the constellations.
-The Southern Cross is a constellation of 5 stars that is near the 2 Pointer Stars.