January Field Trip Part 1 – BC Sports Hall of Fame

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We learned about the importance of:



Positive Attitude

Social Responsibility



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The highlight, next to meeting an Olympian, was the participation zone. Everyone enjoyed running around, exploring the exhibits and trying different sports.IMG_3852 IMG_3854 IMG_3859 IMG_3861 IMG_3863 IMG_3869 IMG_3874 IMG_3878 IMG_3881 IMG_3883   IMG_3887 IMG_3888 IMG_3890 IMG_3901 IMG_3903 IMG_3904 IMG_3905  IMG_3919



“I feel like Santa. Giving makes me feel warm inside.” – Jo. Li

We were inspired by Kid President and our virtue of generosity to give this month.

1) We sponsored a toy drive! All our toys were donated to the Salvation Army.




and after!!!


Thanks to Ms. Gil’s class who helped us collect all the toys!

2) We collected supplies for the Lookout Society. They provide assistance to the homeless on the downtown east side of Vancouver.

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Homelessness happens year-round. Donations can be made throughout the year!

3) Knitting! We took on the task of knitting scarves for the homeless. We will also donate these to the Lookout Society!

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This would not have been possible without the huge donation of yarn from sweetgeorgia yarns.

A big thank you to the sweetgeorgia crew who stayed at work late to help me choose yarns, who wound the yarn into kid friendly balls and who supplied us with extra boxes for our toy drive!

“There is no distinction

between the one who gives,

the one who receives,

and the gift itself.”

– thich nhat hanh

Going Out to the Orchestra~

Our adventure began with the bus.




*The photo may be fuzzy but they were having fun!

Once downtown, we started our going out experience with an exploration of the lines and shapes found in the Vancouver Public Library.


After some quick sketching, we walked through the building to experience the architecture. One of the students in my group thought that it felt like an airport.

We stopped for a bite to eat.

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Then it was off to the Orpheum for the Orchestra!

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The performance ended too soon. Before we knew it, we were headed back to the Canada Line and on our way back to school.




Destination Imagination!

We are so excited about Destination Imagination!

We began our challenge exploration with some basic team challenges.

First, take a piece of paper. Fold it into a shape. Now, take all of the pieces of paper in your group and create a tall structure.

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For our next challenge, the students were given a bag of items. They had to select 8 items from this bag to create a tall structure that could hold a ping pong ball.

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Then, from the same collection of items, they had to choose 12 items to help them build a bridge between two chairs that would transport the ping pong ball from one side to the other.

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The final challenge, create an obstacle course that would have the ping pong ball go over, under, through and down.



Now we’re ready to tackle the big challenge!


Halloween is a time for candy and SCIENCE!

First, we challenged ourselves to build a tall and sturdy structure out of spaghetti and marshmallows.

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Then we did a little experiment. We tried to predict which candy or chocolate bar was the most dense. We tested Twix, Mars, Kit Kat, Coffee Crisp and Fruit Gummies. Surprisingly, the Fruit Gummy sank the fastest!IMG_3431

Then we asked ourselves, will Smarties and M&Ms melt faster in warm or hot water?

We discovered that they melt faster in warm water but we were fascinated to see that the S’s and M’s from the candies came off and floated to the surface in the cold water! Can you see them?


Next came the Pop Rocks test! Which liquid will make the rocks “pop”?

Water or vinegar?

Answer: Water!


Finally, we did a candy acid test. We filled several small bowls with water and some candy. To demonstrate what happens when baking soda meets an acid, we put some vinegar in a jar and added the baking soda…boom! Instant reaction! Bubbles came flowing out of the jar. Next, we added baking soda to the candy water to test which ones were acidic. The most acidic were Sour Skittles! IMG_3437

Our afternoon ended with board games, music and lots of chatter.


Our candy science experiments were from the site Candy Experiments.


Critical Creative Thinking Challenges

We stretched our brains the other day with these challenges.

1) Make the tallest free standing structure you can using masking tape and newspaper.


2) Make a structure that is at least 46 cm long using 3 pieces of dry spaghetti and an index card. There were some interesting interpretations on what a structure was…

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