Technology

Bridging the Gap in Grade 9 Technology!

Bridging the Gap in Grade 9 Technology!

The Community of Jabulani live on the far side of the Umzinduzi River and have no real access to the city. The Grade 9’s have been tasked to build a bridge in order to help the Jabulani community access the city for work and school purposes. The competition is real. Only one bridge will be accepted by the council. We are[Read More…]

by September 1, 2017 High School, Technology
Pumping through Grade 9!

Pumping through Grade 9!

When Miss Cloete announced to the Grade 9s, “Today we are going to learn about Hydraulics and Pneumatics.”, she was met with silence and blank stares… “Have any of you ever seen a jackhammer breaking up concrete or tar? Have any of you ever been in a car when the breaks are used? Does your blood circulate around your body?[Read More…]

by August 23, 2016 Technology
The Lights are On… Grade 9’s are Home!

The Lights are On… Grade 9’s are Home!

The Grade 9s decided to show Eskom a thing or two! They were tasked with making an electric circuit that needed to contain a power source, conductor, switch and a light bulb… that had to glow! Other than those specifications, they were allowed to create whatever captured their imaginations. We had soccer fields, night clubs, American football fields, fire places and ferris[Read More…]

by May 20, 2016 High School, Technology
Grade 8s Planning and Building Bridges

Grade 8s Planning and Building Bridges

This enthusiastic class of Grade 8s are being introduced to ‘engineering’ through a hands-on approach and design experience. We are exploring many different types of bridges: Suspension; Cantilever; Draw; Arch; Cable Stay; Truss etc… from all over the the world. The groups also have to keep a diary, albeit text ,videos or photos of their progress, as well as present[Read More…]

by February 5, 2016 Technology
Up, Up, and Away !

Up, Up, and Away !

For the past 3 weeks the Grade 8s have been working as engineering teams, designing and creating model Hot Air Balloons using plastic drinking straws and plastic bags as their construction materials. Their goal is to ensure that their hot air balloon is able to fly, while meeting the design criteria and constraints. They have been experimenting with different plastic bags and[Read More…]

by August 7, 2015 Technology
Building Bridges in Technology

Building Bridges in Technology

Working as engineering teams, the Grade 8’s have to design and create model beam bridges using plastic drinking straws and tape as their construction materials. Their goal is to build the strongest bridge, while meeting the design criteria and constraints.                   I am looking forward to see how their bridges turn out! Watch this space.

by February 11, 2015 Technology
eish… technology

eish… technology

Having a Coffee… Get together in a restaurant… Enjoying the beauty in a Museum… Pleasantly Chatting in a cafe … Enjoying a day at the Beach…  At the Stadium supporting the team… Having fun with the girlfriend… Appreciating the Town in a convertible .. After two days without the Internet, I was feeling rather shaky and cut-off and I was reminded of this[Read More…]

by October 17, 2012 Technology
The Suez Canal

The Suez Canal

The Suez Canal (also known as the ‘Highway to India’ for the link between Europe and the Asian continent it creates, is surely one of the technological marvels of the modern age.  It was opened in November 1869 following 10 years of construction.  Initially the canal was 164km long and 8m deep.  As demands for improvements mounted, the canal was[Read More…]

by July 19, 2012 Social Science, Technology
How Hydraulics Work

How Hydraulics Work

Hydraulics refers to the applied science and engineering topic of using a liquid to transmit power through pressure.  The principles are simple.  Pressure applied to one end of a tube that contains a liquid will be transmitted equally to the other end of the tube. Liquid cannot be easily compressed, meaning the power going in will equal the power coming[Read More…]

by June 19, 2012 Technology
Akashi Kaikyō Bridge

Akashi Kaikyō Bridge

The Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge (in Japanese: 明石海峡大橋 Akashi Kaikyō Ō-hashi), which is also known as the Pearl Bridge, has the longest suspended span of 1991 metres and is 3911 metres long.  It links the two Japanese cities of Kobe to Iwaya across the Akashi Strait. Suspension bridges make use of suspension cables, which are attached to vertical pillars, and the deck[Read More…]

by June 6, 2012 Technology