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Science Blast Question

posted Feb 17, 2020, 5:33 AM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Feb 18, 2020, 5:41 AM ]

Following on from a successful brainstorming session last week, the class today decided on what question to pose for our science blast project. 

A group from the class had performed a simple experiment during Science Week that measured someones lung capacity. Some pupils thought it would be interesting to see if exercise affected this lung capacity. 

Initial thoughts
  • Some pupils thought performing exercise would change our lung capacity over the short term.
  • some pupils thought exercise would not affect lung capacity in the short term but it may affect it over the long term.
  • some pupils thought exercise would make no difference to our lung capacity
  • lung capacity is related to someones size and not how fit they are
We planned to test lung capacity of each pupil before exercise and compare it with after exercise to see if it changed. If the lung capacity stayed the same, we would try and exercise every day and to see if long term exercise changed our lung capacity. We would also research online and using books to determine how our lungs work.

Brainstorming for Science Blast

posted Feb 17, 2020, 4:57 AM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Feb 17, 2020, 4:57 AM ]

16th Jan 2020 - Brainstorming

Pupils from both 5th classes got together to brainstorm ideas for Science Blast. Mr Breslin and Ms McElduff explained what was required and introduced the process from the Science Blast resources. Pupils from last years class spoke to pupils from both classes about science blast. 
After discussing some sample questions with the pupils, we let the class work in small groups to brainstorm for suitable questions. The following is a sample of the questions that our pupils thought of:
  • Aeroplane - if a paper aeroplane was subjected to two opposing fans, could it manage to stay up in the air?
  • Does the heat of a battery affect how it works?
  • Does the size of a font make any difference to how fast you can read?
  • Does the colour of a room affect your mood?
  • Does weather have any effect your mood?
  • What material would be the best insulator to keep a container of water warm?
  • Does the size of a hurl effect how far you can puck a ball?
  • Does the shape of a car affect how fast it can go?

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