Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Space Bikes

We wanted to find out how long it would take us to ride our bikes from the sun to the planet we are studying.

  1. Renee, Abby and Emily measured out a 1000m course on our playing field.
  2. Then we each shared a bike with the great kids who bought them in - Caleb, Emily, Sam and Renee.
  3. Next we went out to the our course and worked out our average time to ride 1000m/1km on the bikes. We needed stopwatches and record sheets to write times for everyone.
  4. Last of all we all worked out a formula to calculate our kilometres per hour. Then we used calculators to work out how long it would take us to ride from the sun to our planet. It seems our calculators wouldn't hold the massive figures. We found an online calculator and quickly realised no one would survive the trip.

Now we are wandering how long it would take us to drive dad's car????????

Better not!

We will use our formula to figure it out with the speed of 100km hour.

Will we survive that trip?

As junior scientists we have discovered that the distances between us, the sun and our planets is enormous.

Keep watching for our Space reports we are recording and publishing with Voicethread.

1 comment:

  1. I really like the post because of the depth of it. If I was a student or a teacher who wanted to carry out this task in the classroom then all the information that I would need is available from here. I really like the idea, I think its clever and it would be a great idea for the students to understand how far the different planets are from each other. Impressive work yet again.
    Mr Webb, Room 8, Melville Intermediate School, Hamilton, Waikato.