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



What would happen if a meteorite hit the earth?

The students have set their own Inquiry by choosing a topic about space then researching a Rich Question. James wanted to find out more about Meteors and the effects of a meteor hit on earth. It has been fantastic to see the students involved in personal investigations, setting their own challenges and the excitement about discovering the answers to their own questions. We are looking forward to all their presenatations later in the week.

Students discover the Planets
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

Mars Rover Landing

For many years I have been wondering if Aliens existed. I am about to tell you what they have recently discovered on Mars.
On August 5th 2012, NASA sent a Rover to Mars to discover if there is life, take photos and collect samples from the ground to see what it is made of. The shuttle that took the Rover there travelled at 13,200 miles per hour and it took over 8 months to get there.
The Rover was powered by nuclear power and it landed safely inside a crater on mars called the Gale crater. The Odyssey satellite was there also and sent pictures back to earth to show its safe arrival.
It was a great mission but I am still wondering whether they will ever find life on Mars.
by Fintan