On Tuesday, 21 November Year 3 students from the Kyiv Nivki Primary campus attended the Experimentanium to learn in more depth about forces and motion, which is what their current Unit of Inquiry focuses on. The children were able to see first hand the effects of gravity, friction and magnetism through demonstrations and by conducting their own experiments.
While exploring the Unit of inquiry about forces, students learn what the different types of forces are, what experimenting is and how we do it properly, which forces affect our everyday lives and what conclusions we can draw about forces.
During previous lessons students carried out investigations such as making paper aeroplanes to investigate air resistance and gravity, along with an investigation into how to minimise the effects of gravity through the egg drop experiment. Students had to design a device which would protect an egg from breaking when dropped from 20 feet and use what they had learned about forces to design and make the device. Children also carried out an investigation into how different surfaces provide different amounts of friction by using ramps and toy cars.
Throughout these investigations students have been learning to predict, make conclusions and how to conduct a fair test by changing only one variable.