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Our challenge is to build a moon buggy which is motorised and that will also use some kind of solar energy. Watch 'Liam' the avatar who helped set our challenge.

We investigated making axles and selecting the best axle for our purpose. We explored circuits with motors and batteries. We harnessed solar power with an LED light powered by a solar panel.

This project was dominated by problem solving, perseverance, helping others to understand and manipulate their materials.

We explored forces acting on the moon buggy as well as circuitry.

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Picture 1 Investigating motors and pulleys
Picture 2 Making a circuit with a motor and battery
Picture 3 Exploring the position of motor and pulley
Picture 4 Investigating axle with larger pulley
Picture 5 Investigating which axle design is best
Picture 6 Which axle design cuts down friction?
Picture 7 Perseverance pays off
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Picture 1 Jamielee's finished buggy
Picture 2 Nicole's finished buggy
Picture 3 Deniss was the class overall winner
Picture 4 'Yoda''s finished 6 wheeled buggy
Picture 5 Finishing touches
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SPACE PROJECT - Does the height from which a meteorite falls affect the crater made?

Class 11 have investigated how craters are made on a planet. For this first experiment we changed only one variable - the height from which we dropped the meteorite. All the other variables such as the meteorite we kept the same for this investigation.

Our results were unusual! Most of us had predicted that the higher the fall would result in the largest craters. This did happen in the main, but the craters were not dramatically larger e.g. 20 cm compared to 100 cm fall was on average only affected the crater made by a couple of cms deeper or wider.


With unusual results, our scientists reacted like professional scientists and repeated the investigation.


Superb teamwork was shown and many children were able to record and analyse their results and form their own conclusions.

Picture 1 Measuring the depth and width of the crater
Picture 2 Teamwork
Picture 3 Dropping the meteorite into sand
Picture 4 Recording our results in a table



Class 11 used toilet paper and fruit to represent the solar system to understand the enormous distances between the sun and the planets. The fruit helped us to understand how the size of the planets also varies so much. For example, Jupiter was represented by a watermelon compared to Pluto which was a tiny blueberry. Earth and Venus are similar in size so we used an apple.


The scale used for the toilet paper was; 1 sheet of toilet paper represented 25 million km in space. We used in total 236 pieces and Leah worked out the total distance!


We were amazed at the size of our universe!

Picture 1 The inner planets nearest to the sun
Picture 2 Jupiter the watermelon!
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Picture 6 Pluto - so far away from the sun
Picture 7 Blueberries as the kuiper asteroid belt
Picture 8 Leah's calculation