Grade 5 Field Trip
On October 17th, 2019, the Grade 5 class took a field trip to the National Science Museum in Pathum Thani. On this trip we were able to visit 2 out of the 3 buildings; the Science Building and the Information Technology Building.
Grade 5 had already completed a unit on ecosystems and biodiversity, and had moved on to studying different forms of energy. Therefore, we saw many examples of lesson material we had encountered in the classroom throughout the Science building. There were numerous different hands-on activities and demonstrations that allowed students to interact with science in action. Some relevant experiments involved electrical energy, light and sound, which we have been covering in class. These experiments helped students complete their scavenger-hunt style worksheets they were given at the start of the day.
The highlight of this trip was the Information Technology building. There were so many fun experiences there, like Virtual Reality goggles, virtual pizza making, kinetic sand combined with VR technology, and drivers ed in a model car. However, the real favorite was the Clay Car Race. Students were able to design race cars out of clay and a computer would scan these race cars and create virtual versions of them. The students were then able to watch these cars race, and the winner was the car that was designed most aerodynamically. The students enjoyed this activity so much because they were able to create something with their hands and immediately have it replicated and tested on the virtual race track. Though not exactly in line with our current unit, I think this provided an excellent and enjoyable learning experience.
Overall, the students seemed to really enjoy their experience at the National Science Museum!