Into the Classroom Y6 – Cow eye dissection

In order to react, communicate, and keep the body healthy and safe, the nervous system must receive and process information about the world outside. The five senses are responsable for translating the outside world into a language that the brain can understand for processing and reacting.

This information comes through the sensory organs: the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin. The eye is one of the most complex and its in charge of translating the light into image signals.

We went Into the Classroom of Year 6 students and watched how they performed a dissection of a cow eye were they manage to explore the different parts of it, observing first hand the common eye features humans share with cows and relating the experiment the study of interactions between the nervous system and the eye.

 

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Y8 students find inspiration in Joana Biarnés exhibition

Joana Biarnés is considered the first female photojournalist in Spain and last week our year 8 students couldn’t miss the opportunity to go to Palau Robert to see her exhibition “A Contracorrent”. The exhibition holds around 90 pictures taken by Joana during her career at El Pueblo newspaper during the post war.

At expo the students analysed some of Joana´s pictures and then in a field practise tried  to emulate her compositions and the techniques that she used.  It was a very fun day and an awesome exhibition!

 

Identifying the presence of Glucose

Our year 9 students in Biotech class were identifying the presence of Glucose in different kinds of food.

They took samples of Oranges, Bananas, Pears, Salty cookies and Starch and Glucose has a control samples. Those samples were mixed with Benedict solution which is used to test for the presence of monosaccharides; then, the samples were exposed to hot water.

If the colour changes,  it means that you found the Glucose!!!

Our first Photography exhibition

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“Miradas propias” is the title of the exhibition organised by @photolab_club

After the first three months of our @photolab_club, the 19 students who decided to take their camera, mobile phone and computer to enrol the Photography class in 2nd of ESO are now much more aware of what it means to be a photographer.

First, we learned that we need to look at the world with brand new eyes. Second, we understood that we need to get to know our gears and technical concepts such as Aperture, Shutter-speed, ISO or focus. Third, we learned basic rules of composition: rule of thirds, contrast, lines, frames, angles… And finally, the most important thing: we needed to take pictures, lots of pictures. Because practise makes perfect.

And that is what these 19 students have been doing. They have taken lots of pictures. At the beginning of December we decided to look backwards and make a selection of our best pics. The goal: to plan our first exhibition. The students wrote their own lines for it, decided the colour of the background and edited the best photos to improve them.

You can see the outcome at Reception. We are all very proud of how much we have learned.

For further details of our @photolab_club you can follow the class blog on https://photolabclub.tumblr.com where the students publish their works, and their instagram account @photolab_club

Our Drone Experience

Last Thursday and Friday, the students in Year 9 (3rd of ESO) could enjoy a real Drone Experience. They spent two days at Barcelona Drone Center, near Moià, building, programing and piloting real drones at BCN Drone Center. They learned about remote sensing principles, collected and analysed data and finally managed to make decisions based on their understanding of the situation. They also could practise with and advanced simulator. Not bad for a first experience!!

Building our own and unique Fairgrounds

We have been really busy in Year 6 from the beginning of the year exploring the science and engineering behind fairgrounds.

When we first presented the topic, the children asked themselves why fairgrounds are built. That made them realise that behind fairground rides there are a lot of forces and energy transformations taking place. As a result, they could see that fairgrounds are complex systems and you need to understand the science and technology that it entails.

During various investigations with lego robotics, marble ramps and loop de loops, students tried to answer the following questions:

  • Which forces come to play?
  • In terms of energy, which forms allow the rides to work?
  • Once they identified the types of energy, what transformations took place?

It was a pleasure to see them all investigating, building, and collaborating while they were having fun. A fairground topic wouldn’t be complete without the popular loop de loop and of course, Mr. Mauri. He was invited into Year 6 to deepen students’ knowledge about gears.

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As the students started gaining understanding and confidence in their skill set, they planned and started designing their own fairground rides and labelling the forces and types of energy they have learned previously.  They drew 3 fairground designs improving one after the other as they developed their STEM skills.

Beside the STEM related material, the students have really progressed when collaborating and communicating with their peers. But above all, they discovered their willingness to learn.

Becoming an app creator

The students that have chosen app creation in year 8  are starting to learn about Swift. This is an Apple developed programming language that is used to create  Apps. Some of the first challenges are learning commands and sequences and thinking like a detective while debugging a program.

Creating a real app is not an easy task and it can be quite challenging because involves problem solving and requieres an analytical mindset in order to solve some of the codes, but our students had been successful so far!

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