Archive for April, 2011

Homework: Desalination

April 28, 2011 39 comments

Hi Guys,

After many discussions today on various scientific processes, it was clear that the meaning of ‘desalination’ needed clarification. For homework, I thought it would be a good idea if we further investigated the meaning of ‘desalination’ and how this scientific process helps the world we live in. Research, read or listen to any recent newspaper article, blog or you tube video about ‘desalination’ and post a comment about any ‘new learning’ that occurred for you. Please make sure you don’t simply  define ‘desalination’ in your blog post, as we already talked about this in class today.

Thanks guys for being a  great and confident bunch of students to work with.  Hopefully I get to have you again soon!

Miss Jacqui 🙂


Homework: Being scientists with the future in mind…

April 27, 2011 46 comments

This is  Paula’s comment from yesterday’s homework.

  • What do you think of what she is saying?
  • Can you think of examples of inventions that do seem to “think” about the future?
  • Can you think of a way to make something so that it is not harmful to our world in the future?

shark fin soup poster

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

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Comics about bullying

April 27, 2011 1 comment

This is my comics from the exibition.

Homework: Science’s effect on our planet

April 26, 2011 31 comments

Watch this clip from the movie called “Manufactured Landscapes”.

Make comments to tell us what responsibility you think scientists have and how you think humans could use their scientific knowledge.


April 26, 2011 1 comment

This holiday, I went to Australia it was really great. I went to see loads of beautiful mountains with beautiful sights and forests. I find that Australia is a country with a lot of nature, trees, rainforests. Beaches and Surfing are great fun too, once I was walking on the beach and I saw these surfers on sea doing these amazing tricks where they would shoot up on the air and then go back down. There were also wind surfers which I also found really cool. My family went on so much walks, in the mountains, forests and in the beach. Walks were great because you were always surrounded by nature and it felt great to be able to climb trees again. Though I found the temperature quite cold in Australia because I have lived so long in warm countries like Thailand and India. We were in Australia for a whole 15 days. We rented a big campimg van where you can actually live in with the beds, toilets, showers and even a proper kitchen. Australia is great fun you should go some time.

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How can science make you wise?

April 25, 2011 24 comments

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Our guest speaker, Thom Henley, said this:

“We are educating kids to be smart, but we’re not educating kids to become wise.”

I think that the difference between smart and wise is : being smart involves knowing things, but being wise is being able to use what you know in order to improve your life.

Thom told us the story of how people who pass their stories on orally (by the elders telling them to the young people) all survived the 2004 Tsunami because they knew what to do. Meanwhile, lots of very “smart” people died because they did the opposite!

How can knowing about science help you to improve your life? Give us some examples.