Category: 6th grade technology

Technology Post #6

Making an electroscope…

Materials Needed

1. One ballon

2. A large paper clip

3. A clear glass cup

4. A small piece of cardboard

5. a small piece of tin foil

6. A sweater

7. Scissors

How to make it….

1. Use the clear glass cup to draw a small circle on the cardboard

2. Cut out the circle on the cardboard

3. Cut a line in the middle of the circle but only reach the middle

4. Unfold the paper clip but leave a hook

5. Put the unfolded paper clip threw the line cut threw the cardboard

6. Get a piece of tin foil and fold it

7. Cut out a shape of a rain drop

8. Unfold the rain drop ( so there should be two rain drops )

9. But both raindrop shaped pieces of tin foil threw the paper clip           hook

10. But the cardboard circle on top of the glass cup

11. Rub the sweater against the ballon for 5 seconds

12. Put the ballon close to the paper clip sticking out and watch the magic happen.

The little rain dropped shaped tin foil pieces should appear to move as you bring the rubbed ballon close to the antenna.

heres a video of how it worked out for me.


Technology Post #5

So far Online school has been ok. I’ve loved Mr.Calvert’s class so far because he has used edpuzzle to make learning easier and fun! With edpuzzle I understand atoms better than if I just watched a YouTube video or asked a friend. The only thing I dont like about edpuzzle is that it is basically a test to see if you are paying attention. That bugs me because if I get something wrong it goes directly to my grade.

What I’ve learned about atoms so far has been very interesting and amazing. I thought that If you wanted to see an atom inside a grape fruit (the size of a Football) you had to make it as big as a house, but guess what!?! You have to make the grape fruit as big as the earth to see the billions of atoms in it! Now guess how big each atom of that grape fruit would be if it was the size of the earth, I guessed as big as a football  field… but no no no each atom on the earth sized grapefruit would be as big as a tiny tiny blueberry… INCREDIBLE!!!

I now appreciate how incredibly small an atom is. And hope for future online classes on edpuzzle.

Technology Post #3

It all started when I wanted to impress my dads friends…

But how it finished turned out good… This is how my creation/invention was created and was made.

When I went to a friends house in her basement I noticed that she had made many things made out of foam, wood and other materials she found. I asked her to show her some of her inventions and she showed me a foam and pipe cleaner couch with pillows for her, It was small but she could sit on it without it breaking. She told me that ever time her dad goes down the basement he gets impressed. That gave me an idea! Since it was a Friday my dads friends were coming over for poker, I wanted to impress his friends and make an invention just as my friend did.

I started of with planning what I was going to make. It was a simple sketch of what my ideas were. These were my ideas, a mini elevator, a mini trampoline or, a maze for my guinea pig.

I ended up choosing the mini elevator. I used the sketch to find out what materials would fit best. I wanted to use string but my dad had a better idea, he had a thick string connected with two black things that would work really well as an elevator.

after I got everything set I got a small cardboard box connected it with the thick stick and attached it to my stair case. Wooo I did it!

The elevator turned out great and when I got two guinea pigs I obviously but them in the elevator. It worked! My dads friends looked impressed (even though not all of them were really impressed) and it looked great! heres the video of how it turned out IMG_1611

6th grade TECHNOLOGY POST #1

We played escape room in technology yesterday and tried to get
some glasses Mr.Calvert locked in a box with three locks….





Charlie started us off with the first clue and that clue was really helpful. The clue showed a path and, some rules were right and some were wrong we figured out that the right rules must be the path since Mr.Calvert wants us to be safe around dangerous machines. So that unlocked the path lock and now we had two locks left to go!




Next we asked Mr.Calvert for a hint… we asked him if an essay we found lying around was a clue to unlock another lock.Which was the number lock He said YES! He told us to read it over and over very carefully and soon we will unlock another lock. After reading the essay 6 times we finally unlocked the number lock.

When we had one lock left to go we asked Mr.Calvert to our last hint and he said it was somewhere on the wall so after looking around we found it and one of our teammates unlocked the last one. Both the teams tied! Hooray!

When doing this activity I learned that working together can make things move faster and that you have to listen to everyone’s idea because the quietest person has the best ideas so always listen to everyone and dont leave anyone out.

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