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STEM at the college (rockets)

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.

by Connor

P7 trip to Edinburgh College / STEM

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.

By Lewis Myles , P7

Exciting Electricity

This Monday Saltoun P5/6/7 started a new topic, electricity. We started off with some videos about what electricity is and then came my favourite bit – the circuits! We got to use small electrical wires to connect small bulbs, switches and batteries to make little electrical circuits. I found out that if you plug a wire in over the lamp it cancels the electricity going to the lamp and carries on going around the circuit. On Thursday this week we learnt what electricity is in a more active way. We all got hats with signs on. Most of the class had electrons on their hats but some of us had either a battery or a bulb. The people as electrons would walk around in a circle and every time they passed a battery they would collect a card that said energy. Every time you passed a bulb you had to hand your card to them and they would throw it up showing that the bulb was lighting up.

What I just described was a basic explanation of what electricity is and how it works .

I hope you enjoyed my post and I hope you also learned something . So thank you and GOODBYE!!

By Flynn Bronsdon


Science Week Success

A huge thank you to the following people for volunteering their services and time

Proffessor Bob Kibble and 7 of his students from Edin Uni, Jill Jeans (Maggie mum), Lee Young (Edens mum), Jim, engineer extraordinaire, Rowena, Melody’s mum (nursery). 

Thanks to all the parents and carers who supported the pupils in their science endeavours and supporting their science showcase today.  Hopefully we will also win something in the National Competition with our Global, All-Terrain, eco friendly vehicles. 

Thanks to the staff for all their hard work and extra hours they put in this week to inspire their pupils.

Here are a few comments from our tickled pink, green for growth comments wall:

“Fraser’s volcano looked awesome”  Catherine P3

“We got to look in the microscope, it was massive”  Hamish P1

“Great to see everyone excited about science and excited about others inventions.”  Fiona (parent)

“The children seem to understand the principles well”  Parent with smiley face!

“I liked seeing the children explaining their experiments to different audiences, they ARE real scientists.”  Staff Member

“There were too many people” Pupil  (Perhaps we could have it in a bigger venue-Mrs Currie)

“It was wonderful to see the children’s pride in their work and the range that it covered.”  Sarah  (Parent)

Science Week 2012 on PhotoPeach

Science Report Thursday

Nursery had Eden’s mum in and they did a balloon and yeast experiment. But in p 3\4 Eden’s mum did an experiment about seed dispersion with paper helicopters.  Up in p4\5\6\7 we did seed identification, that’s matching the seed to the food. Whilst in p1\2 they saw flowers as a bee would see them and learned how plants germinate.

By Gabriel, Eloise and Jay

Sciene Report Wednesday

What p1/2 did on science HATS 

P1/2   made spiders in a web to learn about vibrations. Then they planted tomato seeds to help them learn about plants. Later that day Mrs daily help the p1/2 make optical illusions and explored lots of different animations. After that  they used the force to knock humpty dumpty when they were finished  they did a plant survey. At the end they made balloon powered vehicles they said it was great fun.


On Wednesday the nursery had a bubbly bloom day.  Which is a day when you make bubbles and make a yeasty bloom. They made a yeast bloom with a bottle, some yeast, a balloon and air. They also made small bubbles, and big bubbles in the garden. They thought it was great fun and hope to do it again.

Hats day

Eight people from  the Edinburgh University  came to Saltoun .They took the classes told them about science and showed us  some stuff about chemistry. We also did some activities with Mrs Birrle, Mrs Ritchie and some of the other teachers.

By Dylan ,Sarah and Naomi

Science Report Tuesday

Science in classes

P1/2 used microscopes to look closely at their finger marks to see what type they are. They are making blue prints for vechiles and making strong structures from triangle shapes.

Nursery made little paper snakes and put stings on them and learnt about magnetism and sinking and floating in the water tray.

P3/4  made a K’nex model that can hold a pencil pot as well as looking at bugs that they caught in the min beast garden

Drying the pen samples

In P4567 we did some investigation when we had to find out: “Who ate all the    Biscuits?” We found out by splitting colour how to discover which pen the culprit used.  We also looked at fingerprints and matched all the staff to the culprits.  We used a microscope to find out the hairs that matched.

This morning we heard about science in the news, this happened in all the classes.

At lunch time we made paper aeroplanes there were 5 designs to choose from.  We could also play with propeller toys.

Reported by Ewan Mitchell P6, Sascha P5, Felix P5

Science Day Monday

Science week

Today p1/2 have been learning about engineering and building Lego cars and Matthew N brought a science experiment in.

P3/4 have built some boats out of Lego and were Learning about how when runners run they get more thinner and healthy.

Nursery where putting things in piles of plants and animals and people which they found very hard.

P4/7 were learning about the strategies you need to use to build a car out of k’nex.  The car that was the fastest and strongest was Jay and Ryans.

Our cars

By Science Reporters: Euan, Ryan and Jessica

Science Week Coming to Saltoun

Saltoun and Humbie are taking part in National Science Week. 

The British Science Association theme for National Science and Engineering week is OUR WORLD IN MOTION, this will be our theme too. We are looking forward to a visit from scientists at Edinburgh Uni, guest speakers, a whole week of activities, quizzes, competitions and a special science showcase.   We will be taking part in a national competition: Global Adventure.  This is where we design an all terrain vechile powered by renewable enegy.  Every pupil will have a chance to do this in school.

The children are being asked to engage with science in the home and bring back to school something they have discovered or made. They could perform a simple experiment, make an object or perhaps research a scientist or invention, you could even create your own invention. Bring your completed project, item, photo, picture into school, any day during science week but at least by Thursday 15th March.  There are ideas of science activities on the science noticeboard and a link here on the blog.

We will be holding our science showcase on Friday 16th March so the whole school, parents, family and community can see all your wonderful science projects.

This week we will have our next HATS* day, which will involve all things sciencetoo!

On the Move Science Ideas  DOWNLOAD HERE

*Humbie Are Together with Saltoun