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Farsley Farfield Primary visit Lego Centre

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On Tuesday we had a super time at the Lego Education Centre at Crawshaw Academy. We used a whole range of skills during the morning. We had to follow instructions closely to build several different Lego models. Working in pairs, we had to use our collaborative team working skills and practical problem solving skills.

The main activity was to make a Lego spinner. Once we had accomplished this, we tested it by having a ‘spin off’ with other teams. Competition was fierce and it led to lots of excellent conversations around science and design. After each failed spin off, teams went back to the ‘pits’ in order to modify their designs and learn from their perceived mistakes. Charlie and Alex were the ultimate champions. They won every single spin off!

What we learned:

  • The scientific skill of hypothesising is very important as it helps you to focus your ideas and test out whether your idea is correct or not. A definition of the word ‘hypothesis’ is, ‘to make an educated guess.’ Some of our hypotheses included:
  • “A tall spinner will not spin for long because it is unbalanced.”
  • “A lightweight spinner will spin quickly, but will spin out of control more easily”
  • “A heavier spinner will spin in a more stable position.”
  • “A bigger gear will turn a smaller gear more quickly so the spinner will spin for longer.”

Other things we learned:

  • A bigger gear will turn a smaller gear more quickly.
  • It takes more force and a longer time to get a bigger gear spinning at full speed
  • The surface that the spinner spins on is important. The gaffer tape on the table created additional friction for some of the spinners. This made some of the spin off competitions unfair.