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Social Sciences Year 8 Giant Junk Challenge

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In week 6, the Social Sciences faculty arranged for Conscious Kids to run their ‘Junky Monkeys’ programme for all of Year 8. This involved a truck-load of giant junk and loose parts along with hammers, saws, screw drivers, cable ties, duct tape, electric drills and other equipment being set up at the school. The steep hill by the Berdinner Road entrance to the school was chosen as the best location to add gravity to the challenge. After a safety briefing, each class had open access to the equipment to explore and create whatever they wanted. This provided an exciting learning opportunity to extend their thinking about the industrial revolution and the development of technology, that they are currently learning about in Social Sciences. The learners’ enthusiasm, creativity and innovation was awesome to see – with a pirate ship, a giant marble run, musical instruments, a metal detector, various vehicles to zoom down the hill, plus much more being experimented with. The feedback from the Year 8’s was overwhelmingly positive, with learners from 8HGG commenting that they “liked rolling down the hill” and “we got to build whatever we wanted” and “it was fun”.

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