Monday, 25 February 2013

Do you Miss Hearing the Birds Sing?

On Friday 22nd February it struck me that this was the day I was going to speak to the first Canadian Commander of the International Space station. I felt wonderful and a little bit nervous all at one time.

As I entered the gymnasium at Uplands school in Penticton, I felt nervous. My question for Mr Hadfield was written on a card. It said "Do you miss hearing the birds sing?".

After quite a while we got to ask our questions. Claudio in Italy helped connect us to the ISS with Ham radio signals. I was so relieved to hear Mr. Hadfield's first words, because after waiting so long I was thinking I would not be able to speak to him after all. I asked my question and his reply was that his friend had made MP3s of the birds singing and when he felt homesick he could just turn on one of the recordings.

This was a once in a life time opportunity to talk to someone in Space and I will never forget it.

~ Charlotte, G.2

Monday, 18 February 2013

Creative Journaling

This is my invention journal. In it I write down my ideas for possible inventions. I started this journal so that when I see something that gives me an idea, or when one just pops into my head, I have somewhere to write it down before I forget it. What I like most about having this journal is reading it to people and reviewing the ideas that I have thought of. I think that by the time I am 20 I will probably be on invention #106.

~ Silas

Monday, 11 February 2013

Music’s Many Forms

In October, I began bagpipe lessons with a Pipe Major named Geordie. I am learning on a 'practice chanter'. The bagpipes are supposedly the hardest instrument to learn, and have 8 holes to cover while playing the notes. I am only on my second song, but that is considerably far for only being a few months into lessons. I hope to master the bagpipes so that I can travel the world like my teacher. (He has been to Japan twice, Hong Kong, Europe, Australia and more.) There are a lot of opportunities to be had if you can play the bagpipes, and if I decide to join Cadets like my brother, I will have a great start if I join their Pipes & Drums band.

~ Cole, grade 7

Monday, 4 February 2013

Multimedia Workshops

On Tuesday I went to Coworks in Penticton. We learned about Pixlr, which is an online photo editing program. We learned lots of different things like how to change the color and the brightness of a picture. We learned how to whiten teeth and cover up pimples. My favorite part was being able to shrink, enlarge, and push whatever I wanted to on the picture. I can't wait until the next Cowork class.

~ Kaelan, gr. 7