On Thursday 22nd of March all the P7s went to Edinburgh College for a STEM transition.
At the start we were all split up into different teams at the start I was in a team with Brenan, Cameron and a pupil from Sanderson’s Wynd. The first thing we did was making rocket cars we made them out of large foam rectangles that we drew the shape that we wanted the car to be then we went to the hot wire cutter and got the man there to cut it out. The way hot wire cutters work is the wire gets really hot and it melts through the foam and shapes it.
After we had it cut we coloured it in and then added the wheels and the bit that keeps it on the track.
After that the people who helped us took them to the track and then added the rockets. Once all the rockets were added they were put on the track then raced all the cars went over 70mph and my groups can went 74mph.
Yesterday the P7s went to Edinburgh college for a STEM experience. If you don’t know already STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths which are all the things we did at the college. My favourite thing that we did was building model rocket cars that actually WORKED! Every P7 from every school got put into teams and Lewis, Eden and me were on a team with two other people(our team was called Scooby).
Our teams rocket car went 72 mph but the fastest team’s car went 80 MPH. The cars were made out of a foam block that we drew on to get the shape that we wanted the car to be and then we took it to a wire cutter and one of the adults cut it. I learned that when plastic burns it smells horrible.
Once we had finished, the adults put rockets inside them and then used a 12 volt battery to set them off so they went flying down the wire they were attached to (so they don’t turn) and made a cloud of smoke that smelled like rotten egg. I learned that when sulphur is burned it smells like rotten egg, it smells like egg because eggs also have sulphur in them.
On Thursday p7 went to the stem challenge in Edinburgh College to do some transition for going to Ross High. When we got there we got into teams with other p7s from Elphinstone and St Martins. I was in team Shaggy with Cameron and Connor and a girl called Abby. We made rocket cars first out of foam. We cut the foam into a shape and put in some wheels and a jet engine. Our car went at 78 mph – we called our team the rocket riders
My favourite part was the rocket cars and I like going to places to meet other people for transition to go to Ross.
On Thursday p7s had to be at school for 8:10am! When we got on the bus we scored back seats. When we were at the college we got told our teams, Flynn and I were in Scooby. Next we went to a work shop and made our own cars out of foam. After that we took our cars out to race and they put mini jet engines in them. Flynn and my car went 72mph, the record was 87mph which is quite fast. I learned that a mini car can go that fast.
When we had break we went to our tables which had our names on them. Mrs Nicol was at our table, some people were very talkative in a good way – just getting to know people.
My favourite part was all the p7s were together and I think we should do more trips together.
On Wednesday Lewis and I went to Ross High to meet other children going to Ross after the summer. We were in a group with children from Elphinstone Primary. There were 7 groups, we were in group 1 in the morning and group 7 after lunch. We did basketball, curling, art, food, Young Scot, meditation, exercise and sports games. I enjoyed trying the paninis from the kitchen at Ross High and am looking forward to going to Ross after the summer holidays.
On Wednesday 7th February David Gilmore the IT guy came in to show us some of the features of the new chrome books. He showed us how Google drive works, he showed us how more than 1 person can work on Google docs at one time by sharing with someone, he showed us that you can voice type through the chrome books and it can listen for different languages but there can still be a bit of glitches because when we were trying it out on French we ended up with: furious pomme de tere avec fromage! Haricot depecher!
He showed us the various app you can get on your chrome books.
All East Lothian Council schools will be remain closed on Friday, 2nd of March due to adverse weather conditions. Please check the East Lothian Council website for further information. Please check our Twitter feed and your email for World Book Day, World Maths Day and STEM Challenge learning opportunities to take part in at home.