Building a time machine

Year 9 Half Day School are looking at Time as a concept and a theme (and an abstract concept as far as getting out of bed at the weekend goes!) Here they are making a time machine (that measures exactly 20 seconds) using the Engineering Design Process

  • Define the problem
  • Do the background research
  • Specify requirements
  • Create alternative solutions
  • Choose best solution
  • Do development work
  • Build prototype
  • Test and redesign

Designers frequently jump around the design process and going back to earlier steps is common and expected. This is called iteration. The time machine must measure 20 seconds three times, so Habit of Mind “accuracy and precision” is key here.

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NZ International Poetry competition

After Liz the poet came in to support, offer advice, critique and suggest poetic things to year 9 Half Day School, the really hard work started. The result? Entries of villanelles. sonnets and haiku for the NZ International poetry competition. And a lot of pride in their efforts.

Below is Tegan’s villanelle.

Turning Turtle 

Innocent and oblivious the turtle swims free

Feeding on Neptune’s Necklace, swaying gently

Gliding through still water of the emerald sea

The tidal rip drags plastics swiftly

out into the sea, unintentionally.

Innocent, oblivious, the turtle swims free.

Plastic is all around; makes the water blurry.

It floats green, yellow and clear, mimicking algae,

drifting through still water of the emerald sea.

Ocean currents converge, spiralling with debris.

Debris from our beautiful coastline and scenery.

Innocent and oblivious the turtle swims free.

Millions of years from now, we might see

our oceans blackened, empty of life.

Waves undulating weakly.

Silence glides through still water of the once emerald sea.

 

Or Ella’s

Tolerance is overrated

I’d like to smack you in the face

With a steel-legged chair

You make my emotions race 

You brag about your running pace

I don’t care, like, I don’t care

I’d like to smack you in the face 

If your existence was erased

I’d breathe a fresher breath of air

You make my emotions race 

Perhaps I should give you some space

Or let my soul lay bare

I’d like to smack you in the face 

My thoughts I need to retrace

and sanity I need repair

You make my emotions race

A better me should embrace

you as you are, but to be fair

I’d like to smack you in the face

You make my emotions race