BTN – Electricity

The video we watched.

Facts

Understanding

Questions

About 300 years ago, Stephen Gray an astronomer, held an experiment to do with electricity. He made a very important discovery. He placed a boy on 2 swings, held by a wooden frame with silk rope. He had a Hauksbee machine that generated static electricity. He generated the electricity which charged through the boy, using a connecting rod. The boy had a plate of gold leaf in front of him, and when the electricity was generated the gold leaves rose to his fingers. That’s when Stephen Gray made the discovery that electricity passes through some things and some things hold the electricity inside them. These are called insulators and conductors. Insulators hold the electricity or electric chage and the conductors let it flow within them. The silk ropes were insulators whereas the boy was a conductor. This knowledge is still used today with electricity towers. Certain things need the electricity to flow through them and some things need to stop it.

I understand that this was a very important discovery in history and that we may not have very important things like electricity lines and towers if it was never made. I wonder how this would actually effect our lives? I know that we might not have electricity but what other things could this seriously effect? Also, how would it feel to have electricity charged through you so that you could do what the boy did?

100 WC – Artist

“So what lies ahead of you?” My Mother asked me crossing her arms. “What will your future be like? She didn’t give me a minute to think before she opened her mouth again. I noticed bright red lipstick smeared on her teeth. “You’d be an amazing lawyer, Peach.”

“Well I want to be an artist,” I snapped. “You can’t change that.” We had this conversation almost everyday I mentioned going to Art School. I got sick of it so long ago that arguing doesn’t seem worth it. I will never change her mind, and she will never change mine.

BTN – Zombie Apocalypse

Facts.

Understandings.

Questions.

This BTN was about a school that turned the subject Science into a zombie apocalypse game for their students.

The aim was to find a kidnapped scientist who might have the cure to a zombie virus outbreak. Teachers set up loads of stuff for their students to use as evidence such as liquids, hands, fingers, bite marks, etc. Not only was it a fun science activity but it forced the students to work together to find clues and do experiments. It also had certain aspects of science hidden inside of it.

One thing I thought that was it’s a good idea to disguise science into something fun, but something too fun or extreme could confuse kids about what their really doing and learning.

Two questions were, how long did it take the teachers to set up the subject? Also, what did the students end up doing the best on with science?

 

100 WC – Down the Rabbit Hole

Luke placed a foot over the wet grass, trying to walk through the woods to his Aunt’s house. Suddenly, the dirt gave in, sending him spiraling down a deep dark hole. He screamed but the sound only echoed through the hole. After a few seconds of screaming and panicking he gave up. The hole seemed to be never ending. He looked up, still falling, and noticed that the top of the hole was covered. Luke looked down, still falling, when he relised that his fall may never end.

“Help!” He called, but there was of course, no answer.

100 WC – The next act.

As the crowd’s eyes stared at us I took a deep breath ready to introduce the act me and my sister were going to do. I looked down at her and she smiled. I opened my mouth to speak when it suddenly whent dark.

Everyone was silent for a few seconds until a ear piercing scream rippled in the air. I could tell it was in the crowd but it felt right in my ear. The lights flashed back and I looked down at my sister. She was fine but someone in the crowd was lying down surrounded by a puddle of red.

100 WC – Witch

Every year that tall lady in the cloak and  pointu hat with bags under her eyes visited the seal on his rock. She strolled over clutching her wand tightly.

“Hello Seal,” She said in her usual raspy voice. “Have you been behaving?”

The seal started to laugh. He laughed so much, he flopped over on his back on the grey rock and started to roll over.

“Witch?” He asked now so serious it looked as though it never happened.”You turned me into a seal? How much worse can it get?

100 WC – Cushion, Scarlet, Annoying, Watered, Violin

Riley sat down on one of Mrs Smith’s strange patterned scarlet cushions. The girl looked around. A violin case near the front door. A purple potted plant sat on the table seperating them. Suddenly Mrs Smith’s annoying voice boomed so loud it felt as if it was right in Riley’s ear.

“Thanks for stopping by to drop of these cookies Riley.”

Riley faked a smile and quickly looked out the window to see if Riley’s Father was coming to pick her up. Instead she saw him across the road watering his garden.

Riley couldn’t take it anymore.

“Can I go?”

100 WC – Everyday vampire

“What are you a vampire?” Teased Andy. I knew I made a mistake, inviting him to my house. All he was going to do was touture me like usual.

The room was pitch black, like I loved it. Sunlight burned my pale skin even through windows. Andy placed his hand on the string to pull up the curtains. He grinned.

“Wait!” I screamed. The flash of ligh, as he pulled the string, made me fall, hitting my head on the table. Tears started to pour down my face as the pain started to register.

Andy squealed and ran away, leaving my by myself to squirm on the floor in pain.

BTN – Plastic bag bin

This BTN was about single use plastic bags in shops like Coles and Woolworths. Meg has been campaigning to get rid of these plastic bags for five years now, from writing to politics to setting up a petition to get rid of them for good in all of Australia.

The first fact was that plastic bags take 1000 years to decompose or breakdown and most of these plastic bags end up in the ocean. This means that these bags have been floating around in our ocean for years and will still be. Over 5 trillion pieces of plastic end up in our ocean. If that isn’t crazy enough, 80% of those pieces of trash are plastic bags.

Turtles actually think that these plastic bags are jelly fish. Floating in the water, it’s pretty understandable that these creatures would think they are actually edible, but the point is, that they end up trying to eat the plastic and end up choking and dying.

Coles and Woolworths are getting rid of their plastic bags all together, which means that customers will have to bring reusable bags to put their groceries in. This is really good to hear, because first of all, it’s less rubbish to go in the ocean, and second off all it might inspire other stores to ditch the plastic bags too.

An insight is that, if people spread the word of plastic bags, more people will try to make an effort to stop using them and buy resusable ones. Because of this, you need to try your best and tell people you know about it. It may not seem like a lot, just telling some people, but the cool thing is that they might tell other people too who will tell other people.

A question was, what is the rest of the world doing about plastic bags? Another one was, how long do experts think it might take for all plastic bags in Australia to be gone?

100 WC – Magic Show

We watched as the magician twirled his wand in his hand. He held a top hat and stared at us with a michevious grin. I rolled my eyes. What’s he going to do? Pull a rabbit out of a hat? I watched as my little sister leaned forward, her eyes wide, when all of a sudden she lept out of her seat, walked a bit, and climbed onto the stage!

“Susie!” I called. “You can’t do that!” She ran over to the magician and stuck her hand in his hat.

“Don’t do that!” The magician yelled.