We are the robots (II)

Everything started with Christos’ idea for a “rain-robot”. But what is the robot; Our hypotheses were verified by watching videos with robots in school ‘s projector room.

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We copied the moves of the robots

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We made the faces of the robots from recycled material

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We became the robots by wearing tin uniforms

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We split into groups and played a board game, cutting parts for a robot’s body

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We rolled the dice, found the corresponding member of the robot’s body and stuck it on the paper

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And so we made our robots!

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(by Eleni Triantafyllopoulou, teacher in post-toddlers’ class in Athens)

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Learning about Darth Vader in school bus

Who doesn’t know about Darth Vader? The answer is me. This was true, until the day children in the school bus taught me everything about him…

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Whoever believes adults have nothing to learn from children, makes a big mistake! Consider me, for example. I learned so much about Darth, even where he lives. Next day I even had the chance to meet him!

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It was a little daunting at first, but it is so interesting to become a child again and see the world through their eyes….

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As always, the game was so creative. They told me, “We made our own monsters”.

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(by Eleni Triantafyllopoulou, teacher in post-toddlers class in Athens)

How does it rain? Let’s experiment!

In school bus kids started a discussion about how does water gets included into the clouds and where does it come from?

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First, we noted on paper our thoughts and thought about the continuous circular movement of water. We talked about the global water cycle and wrote down the phrase, in Greek.

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Afterwards, we experimented over the phenomenon of condensation and found out that our breath is hot air. Blurring the windows of the school bus with our breaths, helped us realize how air changes into liquid.

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Then we played by creating patterns on the windows. Some children recognized the same happens in their bathroom.

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The experimentation thrilled children and their interest continued at home. So, Despina brought us a photo she took out of the experiment she made in home with a glass and ice cubes.

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We also studied the opposite phenomenon, evaporation, in which water is converted into air. We all remembered, from our daily life, when mom spreads out wet clothes to dry. At the same time we threw water on our trousers to see what happens and how quickly it dries.

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Back in class, school bus children continued to experiment on evaporation during cleaning the blackboard with a wet sponge. They wrote something on the board using the wet sponge and shortly after it was lost! Rest children of the class liked the experiment and asked to write with a wet sponge, too. As you can imagine, we ended having the cleanest blackboard in school!!

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(by Eleni Triantafyllopoulou, bus school teacher in Athens)

Bus time is questions’ time!

Dimitris asked a question in school bus: “what happens when we mix red and blue color?” So, the experiment began!

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We mixed red and blue color with water, separately, in two different cups.

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Then, we made a “paper bridge” for each cup, which transported red and blue into a third cup!

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Next day we observed the results of the experiment. Now we had blue, red and a third color!

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Then we used all three colors to paint!

(by Eleni Triantafyllopoulou, teacher and bus escort in Athens school)