Reflection about your Solar Boat experience

We will be able to follow a criteria.

We will be able to write an honest reflection.

I can ensure my book has the required elements to be successful.

I can use the 6 thinking hats and group pie graph to guide my reflection


6 Hats Reflection:

White/information/facts: If you were to do this project again, what information would you like to have before you begin?

Red/feelings: what emotions did you feel and why? Choose 3. What events contributed to these feelings?

Yellow/positives: What did you enjoy about Solar Boats, what were the great/fun/interesting things?

Black/negatives: What things did you find difficult/challenging about Solar Boats and why?

Green/changes: If you were to do Solar Boats again, what would you change? How would you like to prepare grade 5 students for Solar Boats?

Blue/ summaries/conclusions: This is a section for you to add your final thoughts about solar boats.


Series and Parallel… What’s the difference?

In order to successfully wire your Solar Boat, you will need to use one or both of these types of circuits. They have different functions, wiring and situations when it would be better to use a series or a parallel circuit.

Understanding the difference is one of the most challenging aspects of Solar Boats.

I will understand the difference between series and parallel circuits

I will be able to explain the difference to my other team members. 

I will be able to wire my boat using series and parallel circuits.

Have a look at this link.

Here’s a video you can watch on my computer or at home (it’s on YouTube :()

Solar Boat design research

Today we began investigating boat and hull design. We were using Cornell notes to collect our information.

We will be able to collect information about boat hull design.

I can use Cornell notes to record information about hull design. 

We looked at Google images and got some good ideas and we also had a quick look at boat safe, which had kid friendly language.

The website that had the most useful information was this one: johnnosscience

when you are researching, please take the time to watch the videos and to click on the links and then the links on the links!

Record any new words, terms, language in your Cornell notes. Remember you can add images, sketches, diagrams and definitions of new words also.

Alternative Energy Sources

Here are some resources which you may find useful when beginning your research on your alternative energy project.

Racing Day is Here!

Congratulations 6C, after 4 long, hard weeks of preparation, Solar Boats race day is finally here. I am so proud of each of you for the persistence, dedication, organisation and getting along skills that you have shown over this project.

During races, only 2 people from your team are required. Make sure you take turns, so everyone has a chance to race your boat. You must have a table in your maths book to record the times for each race and any alterations that you make to your boat. Everyone in your team needs this table.
During a race, one person will put the boat in, the other person will take pictures or videos.

You may also be asked to assist with timing with Mr Bell.

In addition to racing today, there are number of other tasks that MUST be completed. They are listed below.

  • Race Day blog post, include:
    6 images in a gallery with captions. You can use the gallery option through insert media, or investigate a website to use to create a gallery and insert it into your blog post.
    A video of your boat during a race heat.
    A reflection tool from my blog page. You MUST select a tool that requires you to respond in FULL detailed sentences.
    A table or graph showing your 10 trial race times
    A visual poetry word cloud. This is a free app, search ‘visual poetry’. If you have access to the app store, you can create one of these. If not, have a go at using something like pic collage to arrange some solar boat words.
  • Near Pod Survey. Access Near Pod through a Safari search. The code is: GITWC
    When you ‘sign in’ please use your proper name and an initial if there are multiples of your name.
  • Best poster vote. Following the prompts, write a short paragraph on which poster you think is the best poster. You cannot vote for your own poster.

Good Luck, may the best boat win!