BTN- Mars experiment

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This video was about people set up in a dome to try to simulate what it would be like living on Mars. A small group of people were set up in an 11 metre- wide dome to see what it would be like living on Mars. They have hardly any privacy, and not much entertainment. But if they are able to get through this and the 1-3 year journey to Mars then it will open up many possibilities. When will humans travel to Mars? Could you survive in this dome? It would be very hard and you would get bored super easily.

By Hamish Talko

100 word challenge: Bricks Gorilla Yellow Running Pretty

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Well, here I am. Billy the dancing gorilla, performing for my first time at the Da Silva circus. Whoo, boy. Here we go. I have to dance across the tight rope, with no harness, no nothing, just a pretty little pink tutu. If a fall, it’s a 100 metre drop onto solid yellow bricks. I would definitely perish. Ok. Let’s do this. I climb up the ladder and start taking deep breaths. Ok. I can do this. No I can’t. Yes I can. No I actually can’t. I climb down the ladder as fast as I can and see two big emu guards coming. Oh crap. This is the time to start running. So I do.

100 wc- … because I said so…

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“O’ mighty Oracle, tell us the answer to life, tell us the answer to the universe, and tell us the answer to everything and everything! Tell us the answer to the question that people have pondered for millions of years! Tell us the ultimate answer!” Says Fredougle the third.

“Ok,” Says the Oracle in a deep, raspy voice. “The answer to the question of life, the universe, everything and anything, the answer to the question that people have pondered forever. The answer to this question is…”

“Yes?”

“Cheeze doodles.”

“WHAT? Why is the answer?”

“Because I said so.”

Stupid space thing that made me stay in at recess

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This video was about the planets in the solar system. Jupiter is the largest planet. There are four terrestrial planets and four gas giants, not including Pluto. Earth is the only inhabitable planet. Why did I have to stay in at recess when I already watched the video? When will all the planets die? When the sun swallows Earth, I wonder if we will have already moved to another planet by then.

Mars rover BTN

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This video was about how NASA has sent a Mars rover to Mars. It is currently on Mars, gathering information. It was sent up in 2012. It has lots of high tech equipment such as lasers. NASA was extremely happy when the landing was a success. How long until the rover runs out of charge? Is it solar-powered? Scientists predict that in about 40 years humans will have landed on Mars.

Video reflection: The ancient study of astronomy

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This video was about astronomy and who uses it. The Babylonians, Mayans and ancient Greeks all used astronomy. The Babylonians and Mayans created calendars and used them to plan important things. The Babylonians used astronomy mainly for astrology and horoscopic purposes. What other races used astronomy? How did they write that let them record huge masses of astronomy? Astronomy has been around for centuries.

100 word challenge: …it reminded me of a time when…

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My first ever bungee jumping. Hoo boy. I’m so scared. Actually no, more than that. I’m horrified. I’m 100% petrified. What if the bungee line breaks? What if I fall off the bridge before the guy has even tied the know around my ankles? It’s not too late to back out. The guy is still doing up the ropes around my ankle. He is almost finished and… Yep, now its too late. I can’t back out. Strangely, this reminds me of a time previously, like I’ve done this before. Weird, It’s like Deja Vu, but stranger. And then the guy pushed me off the edge.

My Goals

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So far this semester I have achieved being able to write more complex stories. I have been able to plan realistic and appropriate ways of testing chemical and physical reactions in science. Finally, I have had a positive attitude towards lessons and have not distracted others or gotten distracted as much.

I have not yet managed to earn how to divide with decimals but I am suspecting it is the same as just dividing normal numbers.

During this term, I am hoping to know more about the solar system and also clauses and sentences structure. I am already pretty good at poetry but maybe I could get better at writing different styles.

The Opzone

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“Run!” I yell to my friends. “We have to get out of here!” We sprint down one of the many hallways of the Opzone, frantically trying to find a way out. Then I see a door at the end of the corridor that leads outside. If we could just make it to that door then we can hide in the forest.

“Rammy! Can you barricade the hallway?” I shout. Rammy doesn’t reply, but turns around while still running and raises his hands. Behind us, in between the SciProfs and our clan, appears a wall made out of scattered papers and files. Yep, that’s right, Rammy can control paper, which is kind of cool but not very helpful. The paper wall does not stop the SciProfs. They keep chasing after us and shooting tranquilizer guns. Finally, we made it. We burst out the doors and sprinted into the forest. Safe, but not for long. I wish that we could just grab the crystal and live and free life.

As we made our way back to our hideout, we recounted on what had happened. “That was too close, guys. We almost got caught. Who knows what they’d do to us?” I said. But they were all too exhausted to reply. Here, let me introduce you to the clan. We are a bunch of kids taken away from our parents and given powers by a place called the Opzone, run by SciProfs (Science Professors). My name is Durn, I’m the oldest, 15 years old, and I can sense and control water, but only a little. Adge, the second oldest, 13 years, can make people have dreams of whatever she chooses. Rammy, aged 10, can control paper, like I told you before, and Maddy and Bud, Brothers and sister, aged 7 and 8, can communicate telepathically. And that’s our clan. Basically, we do all we can to stay alive. However, we do have one objective. To find and steal the Zarkall crystal.

“Wake up guys! Come on!” I yell, and pull everyone out of their beds. “We have a big day ahead of us!” I say. “Today is the day we must steal that’s crystal. You know the deal.” The deal is, in fact, that we MUST have that crystal, otherwise we will die when we turn 16. That was the flaw when the Opzone gave us our powers. We need that crystal to survive. You see, when we were all at the Opzone, the crystal was in close proximity to us, so we were fine. But then they started treating us badly, hurting us, so we decided to break out and escape. Oh and guess what? I’m 15 and my birthday is in a month. That could turn into one month to live if we don’t get that crystal.

I lay out a piece of A2 paper across the table. “So, guys, any ideas?” I say. “Well, we have the secret entrance that only we know about.” Says Adge.

“Yes, we can use that, but it’s a long way away from the crystal room.” I say, putting a dot where our secret entrance is. “Durn?” says Maddy. “Yes?” I say.

“Adge made me have a bad dream.” Says Maddy.

“Come on, Adge, don’t do that.” I say. Age suppressed a laugh but agreed. Adge can be like that sometimes. Cheeky, sneaky and a bit naughty. But that’s just who she is. “Any other ideas?” I ask.

Bud starts to say something. “Well, one of us could create a distraction…” he says “while the others go to the crystal room.” Says Maddy, finishing Bud’s sentence.

“Yes, we could do that, but it’s risky.” I say.

“And I’ll give the guards good dreams all good dreams so that they stay asleep.” Says Adge.

“Okay, I think we have a pretty good plan. But we still need a plan for how to escape.” I say.

“You can make a distraction somehow with your water abilities while I create a barricade in case the guards wake up.” Says Rammy.

“Yes! Good thinking!” I say. “We execute our plan tonight.”

It was 12:00 when we arrived at the Opzone. It was nearly pitch black. Perfect! We crept round the back of the building to our secret entrance.

“Ok, I reckon Maddy should create the distraction for the patrol guards in case one comes down into our area, so that Bud can read her mind and report back to us.” I say.

“On it.” Says Maddy as she disappears down the corridor.

“Adge, can you make sure all the guards in the crystal room stay asleep?” I ask and Adge nods and closes her eyes, concentrating. When she’s done, I motion to the group to start walking. We creep down the long corridors and eventually arrive at the crystal room. We open the door slowly, and creep inside. All of the guards are asleep, as we expected, but there is a ring of fire around the crystal. I’m wondering what to do when I get an idea.

“Guys, I’ve got this.” I say in case they were about to try something. I close my eyes and concentrate as hard as I can. Slowly but surely, the coffee from all the guards coffee cups begins to rise up into a big swirling ball of coffee, which I release onto the fire. The fire goes out instantly. Rammy reaches out and grabs the jewel. About a second after he takes it, alarms go off. Of course! Of course they would have an alarm system!

As soon as we heard that alarm, we bolted.

“Maddy is waiting for us at the end of the corridor.” Bud say, and he’s right. We caught up with Maddy, and then turned a corner.

“Did I distract the guards good?” Asks Maddy.

“Yes, you did a great job, Maddy.” I say. “Not even one patrol guard came close to the crystal room.”

“Guys, no time for chatter. We gotta bust outta this joint.” Says Adge.

“Rammy, can you create another barricade at the guard’s room?” I ask as we blot down yet another hallway. Rammy nods and concentrates for second, then comes back into focus. I look behind us. Crap, About 30 guards are rushing down the hallway… and they’re armed. I look in front of us. Yes! This is the home stretch! The last corridor! If we can just make it to the doors… We reach the doors with bullets whizzing past us and burst out into the forest, but we don’t stop running. We keep running for about five minutes until we’re sure that we’ve lost them. Yes! We’ve escaped, and we have the crystal!

As we make our way back home, I look around at the clan. This has been the happiest they’ve been in years! No more getting chased by SciProfs, no more breaking in, no more running away. We finally have a free life. We have the crystal, so now all we need to worry about is putting as much distance between us and the Opzone.

100 word challenge: Tug of war

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The epic 30 kilometer long tug of war between Australia and America. Every single person in Australia and America is here. Babies, old ladies, pregnant mothers, overweight fathers, even Donald Trump is here (though he is surrounded by security guards). The tug of war started half an hour ago, and no progress has been made. Oh? What’s this? I am getting reports that the rope is starting to break! It’s down to three strands! Two strands! The last strand! And the rope has broken and everyone competing has now fallen backwards onto their heads and is now dead. So all the other countries built a memorial to commemorate the loss of the entire Australia and America.