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Year 9 Science Project

THE SCIENCE OF TOYS

Science toys being a source of entertainment, also can plant the seeds for future scientific exploration and even a career in the sciences. In addition to being very educational, the right toy can mesmerize a child for hours as they learn how it works and figures out the nuances of its operation. It can definitely help give them that all-important head starts in school as they begin their studies in science. Science-based toys are a great way to learn and understand basic scientific principles.

The science of toys mini-expo is a year-end project for Year 9 students. This mini-expo is an online activity where students will showcase their understanding of scientific principles and science processes using the best toys of their choice. This PBL activity is unique as students will be doing their project presentations with their virtual audience.

FROM A STUDENT: (Hyerim Yun, Y9A)

We started this project by choosing a toy (we could choose the toy that we have at home), then we had to create a Google presentation to present. The points that we must include in the presentation were the name and picture of the toy, our name and class, background of the particular toy, the reason why we chose that toy, how it works, the science processes or scientific principle behind the toy, and references and online resources. The guideline was kindly given by Mr. Joel for us to work more smoothly. Also, the presentation had to be eye-catching and colourful, but not too wordy for the audience.

Our presentation should be a minimum of 8 minutes and a maximum of 10 minutes. Therefore, we had to be experts in the toy that we chose and perfectly understand it. There are 13 students total in our class, so we had to divide the group into 3, which means we took 3 days to finish the presentation. Moreover, we were asked to wear the school uniform as it was a formal project. Some other teachers joined the class and watched our presentation as well. The students who had their toys at home, we could show and explain about them to help other students’ understanding. While one student was presenting, the others had to listen to him/her, and we were allowed to ask questions after the presentation was over.

Lastly, the teachers, Mr. Joel for 9A and Ms. Leballo for 9B, monitored the progress of the presentation. They gave us specific feedback about how we can improve and form better work. They marked our final work during the presentation based on the following criteria: Background of the toy and the reason why we chose → 5 marks, How the toy works → 5 marks, science processes and scientific principle behind the toy → 10 marks, communication skill → 5 marks.

This research project, ‘Science of Toys’, helped the students to learn that science is deeply involved in our lives, and there are scientific principles behind a simple toy that we use a lot. It was a very useful project. It taught us how to be good communicators because we need to present our project to the whole class. It was a good experience for all of us.


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