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Rube Goldberg and the LEX@R Kids

Who is Rube Goldberg, you may ask? Goldberg was a cartoonist in the 1930s and 40s, famous for “inventing” complicated machines designed to do extremely simple tasks. His cartoon drawings were popular in newspapers and the game Mousetrap is a good example of a Rube Goldberg machine.

Year 5-6 Learning Extension (LEX@R) students have been learning about work and simple machines. We have examined God’s plan for work, as well…

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Pandemonia and da Vinci in the LEX@R Classroom!

In Week 3, a group of students began work in the LEX@R classroom by visiting the fictitious planet of Pandemonia and helping to write their national song, describing the wondrous lives of those who inhabit Pandemonia! Some of the performances were very adventurous!

Last week we spent a day in Fremantle, exploring the machines, drawings, and inventions of Leonardo da Vinci. Many of them we were able to try out and see how they worked.…

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LEX@R – Tournament of Minds

The Learning Extension classroom has been very busy in the last few weeks. Students have been busy preparing for the Tournament of Minds; making costumes, painting a replica of the Mona Lisa (go Leonardo!), rehearsing lines, and making an invisible contraption while practising for the spontaneous challenge.

Students went to ECU Joondalup on Saturday, 29 August to perform in front of the judges. Despite their nerves and some significant technical difficulties, both teams got brilliant…

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Testing Bridges

Our learning extension students have seen a busy two weeks of designing, building, and testing bridges. Having designed and tested our bridges to try and make them strong enough to carry a 1kg weight, the engineers in the LEX@R classroom faced the rigours of the Year 12 Physics students.  The Year 12s tested the weight bearing capacity of our designs, but also made insightful comments on the strengths and weaknesses of each design.

They awarded…

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Ripper River Bridge

Last week the LEX@R students began the task of building a scale model of a bridge to help the citizens of Whitetooth and Wobbegong connect across the Ripper River.

We have spent many weeks doing some research and inquiry into different bridges and designs and their benefits. It proved to be a challenge to work out the correct scale for the model and design a bridge to fit one of two possible sites as well…

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Bridging the Gap

“Bridging the Gap” is the theme for the Year 7/8 LEX@R Program in Term 2. Students will be building their own bridge and having it tested by the Year 12 Physics students for strength and load bearing capacity. Later we will consider some metaphorical bridges, debating their existence and usefulness. Part of the Research and Design process for our bridge building has been to look at different bridge designs, the forces acting upon a bridge structure, and…

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Einstein and the Cook

Every Friday morning, students and teachers sniff the air as the smell of delicious food wafts along the verandah. Where is that lovely aroma coming from?

From the wonderful LEX@R students, of course!  This Term, Year 5 and 6 students who are part of our Kenwick and Wilson Learning Extension at Rehoboth (LEX@R) Program, have been learning food chemistry basics. They have had an overview of basic chemistry – atoms, molecules, the periodic table, bonds…

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