Congratulations to all POD 3 students on your efforts this term in the STEaM room. We have worked hard to develop our scientific and engineering understandings around electricity and the design process.
The day at Earth Ed was a highlight for me and it was great to see you all embrace the opportunity of learning in a different setting.
To finish off the term I would like to get some feedback on how you are feeling about STEM learning. Can you please complete this quick 10 question survey. Thank you
Last week (wk3) we made Yellow Curry Paste, which we used to make Vegetarian Thai yellow curry, with either rice sticks or rice and we also made our own Roti Bread.
This week we made an Indian breakfast pancake called Dosa, which we filled with a yummy curried potato mixture.
“Mac is the Master Slider and I’m the Master Flipper!” Lachlan R, grade 6. While making the crepe like Dosa!
Each week students from POD 3 do some ‘real life math’ in our kitchen. The mathematical connections made in these learning opportunities are amazing. It’s when the kids are back in the classroom or out in the yard and you hear comment like, “it’s like what we did in cooking, a half a cup and and a quarter of a cup is the same as 3/4’s of a cup”.
Another conversation was about eggs and the depth of thought and reasoning was pretty amazing. When you think about the ‘chicken and the egg’ scenario, that is which comes first…one of our students said,”all the eggs must be girls”, so this led to the opportunity to ask the question, “Where do the roosters come from?” The surprise and conversations that arose out of this discussion was an opportunity to talk about averages and that approximately 50% or 1/2 of the eggs must potentially be male.
These are the ‘wow’ moments and are celebrated by the kids and the staff.
There will be a Battle of the Bands (girls vs. boys) fundraiser to help the costs for Pod3 camps and excursion’s so they are not so expensive.
DATE: Friday 22nd March
TIME: 12-1pm SAUSAGE SIZZLE AND DONUTS
There will be face painting and live music.
FACE PAINT COSTS
$1.00 for 2 colours
$1.50 for 3 colours
Over the last few weeks students in POD 3 have been working on passion projects…tuning in, finding out, sorting out and taking action in their area of research.
Each week they have been conferencing with their assigned teacher to keep track of where they are up to, what they need to do next, how they will take the next steps in their projects and who they might need to help them.
One of the main areas of the project is to present their learning in some form to the pod. The choice of presentation is pretty open and is really up to the creativity of the students. Last year we saw many students choosing to present their learning using Powerpoint.
Powerpoint can be a great tool to share an ideas, but I have to tell you, I’ve sat through some pretty boring powerpoints in my time.
So, what makes a good presentation and what does not.
Watch these video and share what you have learnt by leaving a comment below.
Yuille Park Pod 3 Style is a parody about our class using Psy’s Gangnam-Style. Thanks to Fitzy & Wippa for the inspiration of Aussie Battler Style, JibJab for the Elf Yourself moments and to the staff and students in Pod 3 at Yuille Park Community College in Ballarat.
Lyrics: Yuille Park Pod 3 Style Pod 3 Style We have teachers who work hard to help us learn Workforce placement’s great but we never earn When cooking food with Nat, it’s yum and never burned We camp at Cottage By The Sea We’ve been known to swear For bad language we get punished If we stuff up in class There’s a block we’ll go sit on it Love our dodgeball games But not when balls smack into my face Think we’re pretty tough. Please don’t use the scruff. We run assembly Sing Happy Birthdee We run the Caff YEAH We’re never naff YEAH Play sports with Grillsy Use all our energy We never cheat YEAH Quick on our feet YEAH We go hard which is why we’re rarely beat. Chorus: Yuille Park Pod 3 Style Pod 3 Style Yuille Park Pod 3 Style Pod 3 Style Yuille Park Pod 3 Style Heeeyyyy Mr Cowan Yuille Park Pod 3 Style Heeeeyyyyy Mrs Ellis Got slow netbooks, always lagging during Minecraft Need some new ones, never freezing when they’re loading Navy tracky pants with windcheater & logo. Hats, Terms 1 & 4 Mac’s armpit’s great for farts when standing behind teachers Like the Visual Arts But more a fan doing runners Free choice projects fun Though our work’s not done Do experiments Blow stuff through the vents In RACV We pedal quickly Go round the court YEAH We’re rarely caught YEAH We’re always leavin’ With class mate Stephen Off to news YEAH With Liz & Jane YEAH And you know that we’ll never misbehave. Chorus: Yuille Park Pod 3 Style Pod 3 Style Yuille Park Pod 3 Style Pod 3 Style Heeeyyyy Odd socks with Westy Yuille Park Pod 3 Style Heeeeyyyyy Wrestles with Jeffrey Yuille Park Pod 3 Style