Articles by: Maria Els

Grade 12 Physical Science Practical

Grade 12 Physical Science Practical

The Grade 12 Physical Science class had a Chemistry Practical last week. This practical ended being very well remembered as the smells produced during it, as well as the general smells of the chemicals used, remained hanging around the class for almost two days afterwards! We had to have a few outdoor classes while we waited for the stench to dissipate! Nevertheless, it was[Read More…]

by August 29, 2016 Physical Science
Grade 10 Liver Dissection

Grade 10 Liver Dissection

The Grade 10 Life Science students did a practical dissection task with liver this week. The aim of the experiment was to investigate the efficiency of catalase in various conditions. Chicken liver was used during the experiment and the whole class was very excited. One of the students was particularly excited and took the lead with getting the investigation underway.[Read More…]

by August 18, 2016 Life Science
Repro!? DUCTION!

Repro!? DUCTION!

Last term the Grade 12 Life Science class went to a Human Reproduction Workshop at Elkanah House. The head of Life Science at Elkanah, Mr Pete Le Roux, offered valuable insight on the topic. It was an informative and interesting talk. The matrics were focused throughout and learned so much. This workshop has given all of us a brand new[Read More…]

by July 27, 2016 Life Science
The Power of Poison

The Power of Poison

Last week the Grade 11 Life Science and Physical Science students went to The Power of Poison exhibition at the Waterfront in Cape Town. This exhibition included everything from tiny frogs, to explanations of the intensities and sources of the strongest poisons, to explaining how poison has played an inseparable part in fairy tales and novels. There were even opportunities[Read More…]

by June 1, 2016 Life Science, Physical Science
Mouse Dissection!!

Mouse Dissection!!

This week two mice were spared from becoming snake food, however, they ended up under the blade! A Grade 10 student arranged to get two frozen mice from a friend that has a mice-eating snake. As the dissection progressed the whole class’ interest in biology was stimulated and I was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and interest evident during this, at times, gruesome task. I[Read More…]

by April 19, 2016 Life Science
Work = Applied Force x Displacement

Work = Applied Force x Displacement

As we are heading towards the end of the term with great velocity, we have covered quite a bit of distance. This distance was not directionless though, but was only heading forward, thus termed displacement. We admit that there has been some friction along the road, but we are positive that putting enough energy into the system will maintain the[Read More…]

by March 3, 2016 Life Science, Physical Science
Welcome to Physical and Life Sciences

Welcome to Physical and Life Sciences

All of the Silvermine Academy Physical Science learners have been working very hard and, at times (on tired days), we had to apply a ‘net force’ in order to accelerate. A lot of energy has thus gone into our work and accelerate we have…  The Grade 11s have already finished their mechanics unit and are now applying their knowledge to problems to[Read More…]

by February 5, 2016 Life Science, Physical Science