Posted on July 20, 2016
Gravity, Newtons, friction and magnetism have all been part of the Forces unit Year 7 students are currently covering in Science. A real-world application of this topic is investigating how the shape of the wing of an aeroplane enables it to fly. To assist with our learning, all students made a standard ‘robocopter’. They then chose one aspect of their robocopter to change (their variable), built their new robocopter then tested them under controlled conditions. This activity is a very accurate example of how scientists work – making observations, putting forward an hypothesis, testing their hypothesis while controlling variables, and accurately recording their results in a written report. While the boys had fun, they were learning through hands-on experience.
by Anthea Watkins, Year 7 Co-ordinator