The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

6.1S Sensational Science

Have you ever found yourself asking any of the following questions;

Can fruit and vegetables power a light globe?
Does acidity influence the sweetness of fruit?

What makes someone a super taster?

These are just a few of the ideas that 6.1S have been exploring using the Scientific Method this term. After visiting the labs and generating an aim, hypothesis and method boys practiced the skills needed to conduct thoroughly planned, fair and accurate trials. Our first investigation aimed to find out which brand of paper towel was the strongest; Viva, Handee or Black and Gold. A focus on observing and reflecting led to some interesting conclusions.

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As a part of our Interdisciplinary unit the class have started to put their understandings and inquiry skills to the test by planning and conducting their own experiment with a focus on measuring a dependent variable related to chemistry, biology or physics. Boys are currently drawing their conclusions and getting ready to share their findings at the Year 6 Science Fair, part of Science Week in the Middle School.

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If you would like to find out more about the questions above or see what the boys have been exploring, the Science Fair will be held between 10.30am - 11.30am on Thursday 16 August in the Middle School. 6S cannot wait!

Mr Justin Shaw
6.1S Homeroom Teacher