In March, our Grade 6 class spent a week at the U of A in a program called U School. Our week at U School was an astonishing experience.
On the first day of U School we went to the observatory and learned about the sun and stars! We look through a huge telescope and it was so cool. We looked at hot spots on the sun and different layers of the sun. We also went to a humongous computer lab and made up codes and made different shapes using a program called Python.
The second day we did an air pressure project. We made a balloon pig with our group! It was supposed to fly to one end of a string to the other. Ours went the fastest! We also had an awesome time visiting our friend Jayden, who is in the hospital battling cancer. When we got back we interviewed some U of A students.
On the third day we did photography, we went around campus and took beautiful pictures! Some were outside and some inside. Some photos were just of anything you want! We learned about what made pictures look a lot better like… texture, shapes, shadows and many more awesome things! After we took all our photos we got to edit them. Amissa taught us how to cut distractions out, get different filters and use different websites for editing.
On the fourth day we went to see the big library called the Rutherford and we watched the short movie of the hockey sweater. After we went and found the tape that goes with the story and we figured out some things that we didn’t really realize while we were watching it! We were trying to figure out how much the sweater cost that his mom bought him in the story. So we went through the catalogue and found the prices of some old stuff from the video! Also we went and saw a little book museum and saw the smallest book ever made along with some super old books! It was so cool and I think everyone had a great time. We also got an amazing presentation by Roy. He taught us about glaciers and the Arctic. He told us some stories about his experiences and how he got into studying the Arctic.
On the fifth day we went to a museum with fossils and old rocks. First we went on a scavenger hunt to find different bones and fossils. We almost found all of the fossils. We also needed to find how old they were. Then we went to another room and our presenter was telling us all about the rocks. Then she took us into a dark room and turned on a certain light. Suddenly alll of the rocks started to naturally glow with very bright neon colours! Some of the rocks were cut in half so we could see what they looked like inside. Some were really rough and some were really smooth. Right when we walked in the rock museum there was a huge chunk of copper that was twice the size of me!!!!
We’ve learned so much that we are really excited to go to University when we get older. Our class learned so many different careers, we are looking forward to picking a faculty for University.