ACE Challenge (Issue 4 2017)
Written on the 29 June 2017
ACE Challenge in Term 2
The ACE Challenge group, who meet on Tuesday afternoons from 3.15- 4.15pm, have worked through several activities in the pursuit of problem solving and critical thinking skills. This term, the group's investigations started with the creation of a kinetic sculpture with the purpose of designing and making an aesthetically pleasing sculpture that was powered by the wind. It was to have several components that moved independently of each other.
The next activity involved creating a 'boat' with sail, that could move accurately and for a long distance across a flat surface when powered by an electric fan. After this was achieved, the next step was to make the' boat' waterproof so that it could be moved across water and hold a 'cargo' of weights. Accuracy and buoyancy were measured.
The last few weeks of term, shorter one afternoon challenges have been set. Last week, jelly bean towers, were the activity. Students worked in competition to design a tower from jellybeans and toothpicks that would hold the weight of two heavy text books for a set period of time. Success was varied but I think the biggest motivator was the final consumption of the jellybeans after judging!
If you would like to join ACE Challenge in Term 3 or 4, please come along on Tuesday afternoons in the Science Labs.