Date: 13th Mar 2020 @ 1:44pm
We dedicated Wednesday 11th March 2020 to national science week and took part in lots of fun activities. 2020 marks the 200th anniversary of the first sighting of Antarctica. Since then it has been a destination for explorers and scientists whose voyages help inform us of the role this continent plays in our world. As a class we made our science day into ‘SURVIVING ANTARTICA’!
In the morning we researched Edward Bransfield’s first trip to Antarctica, we discovered the types of animals he would have come across, items he will have taken to help him survive the journey and of course the sights he will have seen when it made it to this brand new continent.
In the afternoon we prepared ourselves for the trip of a lifetime; designing our own coats (some with electrical heaters inside) that we would make to take with us and we even discovered how to make a torch (using electric circuits). We wanted to ensure we would be safe in the night time when taking a nap in our tents so we used light and shadows to discover when a polar bear may be too close to us. Our discoveries proved that if the shadow on the side of the tent was getting bigger-then polar bears would be dangerously close and we would need to escape!
We learnt lots of new things and had a lot of fun, some of us have even decided that we might like to be scientists when we grow up!