Monday, 5 July 2010

Super Seed Spinners Workshop

Year 5 have been looking at the importance of seeds in the life cycle of plants.Using Newport's garden and wonderful flower packed linkway, the pupils have been able to observe nature's wonders at first hand. However this week pupils have been trying to improve on mother nature and carry out experiments to find the ideal seed spinner design.

Pupils designed their own seed spinners and tested which had the longest flight time in the air. Experiments were then carried out on the playground and coping with unexpected summer breezes proved no problem as Year 5 tried to keep the seed testing conditions under control.They quickly repeated the tests if the breeze became too strong. Groups tested different shaped spinner wings, different wing widths and length wings as well as spinners made from different materials!

The practical morning session ended with lots of interesting discussions about the spinner results and comparing our initial predictions with our final conclusions.

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