Engineer Rich visited us!

Rich is the winning civil engineer from I’m An Engineer Get Me Out Of Here – he engineers the sound and light for buildings and he visited years 5 and 6 on 5th January.

He talked to us about the importance of the light, temperature and sound in the classroom/school and how engineers design the optimum teaching & learning environment. He brought in his Lux Meter to measure light levels and confirmed that the classroom light levels and wall colours were optimum for our learning. (Pastel colours, especially blues and greens are the best). We talked about different colours of light and how they triggered melatonin release in humans which made them sleepy or active (a good opportunity for us to discuss screen time (blue light) late at night!). He emphasised how important maths is to science and told us he used maths 95% of the time in his job. He also talked about STEM generally and the types of engineering jobs.

I was so impressed with some of the questions year 5 children asked (& also impressed at how much they already knew!). I wasn’t present at the Year 6 session so maybe you could fill me in about any extra discussions in the comments section? 

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Year 5 had a great discussion about how we hear sound (echoes, vibrations, shape of the ear etc) and we thought we should find out more about this. There is some information on BBC Bitesize here .

Can you do some extra research to find out answers to the following:

  • How does sound travel?
  • How can we make our classroom or school quieter? (Apart from the obvious way. Shhh!)
  • Why is the human ear such a funny shape?
  • What other areas could a sound and light engineer help with?

Google keeps all your voice recordings

Mark sent me a link to an article in the Independent online, which I have copied part of below so you don’t need to go to the web page (which contains a lot of rubbish and unsuitable material.)

Google could have a record of everything you have said around it for years, and you can listen to it yourself. The company quietly records many of the conversations that people have around its products.

The feature works as a way of letting people search with their voice, and storing those recordings presumably lets Google improve its language recognition tools as well as the results that it gives to people. But it also comes with an easy way of listening to and deleting all of the information that it collects. That’s done through a special page that brings together the information that Google has on you.

It’s found by heading to Google’s history page and looking at the long list of recordings. The company has a specific audio page and another for activity on the web, which will show you everywhere Google has a record of you being on the internet.

To delete particular files, you can click the check box on the left and then move back to the top of the page and select “delete”. To get rid of everything, you can press the “More” button, select “Delete options” and then “Advanced” and click through.

The easiest way to stop Google recording everything is to turn off the virtual assistant and never to use voice search. But that solution also gets at the central problem of much privacy and data use today – doing so cuts off one of the most useful things about having an Android phone or using Google search.” Independent online Wed 1 June 2016

London Fireworks 360

I thought the New Year’s fireworks in London were spectacular!

I just watched this 360degree video on my VR headset and it worked really well – you could try it at home if you have a VR headset/ Google cardboard etc. I recommend plugging some headphones in so you get good sound as well – have a good look around you! If you don’t have a headset at home then come and see me at break time and I’ll get the school ones out.

The fireworks start about 10 minutes into the video and you can use your computer mouse to drag the video and see 360 deg (or swipe on a touchscreen).

Hope you enjoy, let me know.

Tip:

Make sure you activate the Google Cardboard version at the bottom of the Youtube screen (see pic below), or you’ll need to watch with one eye closed!

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Year 3 Christmas Scratch projects

Look out Year 6 Code Clubbers, Year 3 are snapping at your heels!

Aren’t these amazing? A huge “Well Done!” to Aimee and Isabelle, with some help from Charlie.

 
Awesome! By Isabelle (you need to wait a little bit at the beginning)

Press flag then space bar in this project by Isabelle & Aimee for Christ-tastic action!

Penguin Party By Aimee – what do you think is happening inside the house at the end?