Another Successful Rocket Mission by Our Grade 8 Scientists
In the last couple of weeks our Science 8 students have been hard at work putting their critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration skills into practice as they designed and built their own water bottle rockets! Working in groups of three, students tried to create a rocket design that would yield the best flight time and landing accuracy. This was the culminating activity of our Fluids and Dynamics unit, in which students have been learning about how forces, pressure, and other factors impact the behaviour of fluids. Congratulations to the groups from each class who were able to create the best-performing rocket! Mr. Finch and Mrs. Jenden were very impressed by the creativity and perseverance shown by our Grade 8 scientists. Also, there are rumors that the students may have actually had fun as well…
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Planetarium Field Trip
Everyone had a blast using Newton’s laws of motion to build bottle rockets and launch them into the sky. Our space center guides taught us how to apply trigonometry to measure the height of each launch. The highest launch was an astronomical 25m! The rest of the day was spent exploring extreme environments in the 360-degree Planetarium star theatre, and learning about the future of space travel at the “Power the Future” show. Overall, a very exciting day!
This month we learned about geometry in motion. Students explored the math concept by using their bodies to represent the vertices of a shape. A piece of sting joined them together and their shapes came to life! The lines on our atrium floor were the perfect surface to practice moving shapes on a gridded plane. Students practiced translations (slides), reflections (flips), and rotations (turns) in life size, learning that each move affects the location of the shape but does not change the dimensions.
Grade 8 Café Days
Last week the Grade 8 students served the Grade 6 students authentic French Food from around the world during their café days. Everyone enjoyed some tasty treats while practicing their conversational French in a café setting.
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Grade 7 Science
Gr 7 Science students paid a visit to the Little Campbell River watershed in South Surrey. Frist stop was the Semiahmoo Fish hatchery, where students learnt about the local Salmon enhancement programs and stream conservation-habitat restoration undertaken by the hatchery volunteers.
Second stop was the A Rocha field study site just upstream. A Rocha is a Christian Conservation society, operating in counties all over the world, focusing on creation care, habitat restoration, sustainable land use and environment education programs. Their Brooksdale Farm field study site allows Ecology students to investigate invasive plant and animal species, as well as energy transfer in food chains and predator/prey relationships in food webs.
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“Team Jayden” @ 2015 ChildRun
Jayden Pun is a Grade 8 student at our Middle Campus. He was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2008. Thanks to the excellent care of BC Children’s Hospital, it has now been almost 3½ years since Jayden has completed his 3½ years of chemotherapy treatment.
This year is the 7th year that “Team Jayden” participates at this fun-filled and meaningful event. Please join “Team Jayden” in the fight against childhood cancer! Thank you!