Thursday, 1 September 2016

Zombie Apocalypse Drills

Have you noticed something, we have fire drills, tsunami drills, and earthquake drills, yet we have never, ever had a drill for a Zombie Apocalypse. A zombie apocalypse is 5X more likely to happen than the labour party winning the next election

Firstly, the practice of these drills is not that hard. You just have to find a high enough place, buy a sawed-off shotgun for every 2 people and enough ammo to save Shane from walking dead. R.I.P Shane.

Secondly, as an alternative, we could prevent the zombie apocalypse in the first place by
A: Cremating people. Ashes can't eat people, corpses can.
B: Tying their shoelaces together. “Zombies can't undo shoelaces.”  -times magazine

Finally, the chances are extremely high that this is going to happen. You are more likely to see Donald Trump naked eating a hen than surviving a zombie apocalypse without these drills. Zombies walk on 2 legs, and you know who else walks on 2 legs, Hitler. Meaning that without these drills we are going to be taken over by Nazi Zombies.
Simple as that.

So there you have it, we should have zombie drills, it is an easy thing to do,
the chances are higher than getting sick
off Havelock North’s water, and it could've saved Shane. #saveshane

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

My Essay On The Magnus Effect

Magnus Effect:

Hello there. Have you ever been playing football or baseball and you wanted to curve the ball. So you tried to put a bit of spin on the ball and it was probably the worst throw that you ever delivered. What you were trying to do to the ball would’ve used the Magnus Effect.  

The Magnus Effect is, in simple terms, backspin. When spherical shapes are thrown with backspin, it means that they will go off course from the direction in which they were thrown. For example when someone throws a curveball in baseball, the ball goes off course from the direction that it was originally thrown. That action uses none other, than the magnus effect.

The Magnus Effect has a surprisingly large amount of uses in today’s world, particularly the world’s most elite athletes. It’s not just for making basketball’s fly away. It is used by baseball pitchers when they throw curveballs, sliders, screwballs, and knuckleballs. Soccer players in free kicks and corners. Table Tennis, Tennis and Volleyball players use the magnus effect to make the ball suddenly drop when in mid-air. Back in the early 1900’s, people designed a plane that could be powered by the magnus effect. This crashed after its first flight, so I guess you could say that that was a definite fail. Although that wasn’t the end of magnus-effect powered transportation A boat, designed by Anton Flettner had 4 huge columns that rotated enough so that they could push the ship across the sea. Even though there were a few crashes, it is still used today as a way to move ships across the water.

The Magnus Effect was discovered by Heinrich Gustav Magnus (Formerly Known As Gustav Magnus.) A man who was off wealthy jewish descent and was strictly an experimenter, not a theoretician. He was born in Berlin on the 2nd of May, 1802, and he died in Berlin on the 4th of April 1870, making him 67 at the time of his death.  He was not just famous for discovering the magnus effect though. He also discovered stuff about the absorption in gases in blood, the expansion of of gases by heat, electromagnetic conduction of induction, absorption and conduction of gases by heat and polarization in gases.

Me and Jacob Fowler attempted to do some tests that would show the magnus effect, but none of us could adopt the right technique to throw a curveball. This just goes to show that if you want to do something that involves the magnus effect, you have to be an elite athlete.

The magnus effect comes under the science umbrella of physics. It works air on the front side of the ball is spinning in the same direction as the ball therefore being pushed back. The air on the back then acts as a wall and the forward air then pushes the back of the ball forward. That might have been complicated so I copied this diagram from Wikipedia to help you out

So that is my project on the magnus effect. A simple idea discovered by a top scientist that has a HUGE impact on today’s world.

Monday, 30 May 2016

National Young Leaders Day

Yesterday was National Young Leaders Day. This has been going on since 2001, and has been attended by over 110,000 people. It was really interesting and there were a lot of interesting speakers. They taught you things like, not comparing yourself to others, never giving up when things don't go your way and always look at things from other people's perspective.
It really taught me a lot and it really inspired me, and it was a lot of fun.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Doing stuff in reverse

This is a video of me doing stuff in reverse. The dark one is of me jumping in a puddle at night time.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Catholic Schools Day

Yesterday was in a way anything but school work.
It started off with the Year 8's playing some games with the younger kids.
 Then while Joe and I set up the PowerPoint for the following mass, 
our class let off baking soda and vinegar rockets. 
After that St Kevin's and St Joseph's filed into the church.  
There was little to no room on the seats, 
which meant that there were a lot of junior kids on the ground.
But overall it was a fun day.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Yeah! Highlanders!

In class today we have been having a fierce debate about whether the highlanders are better than the Crusaders. Lachlan and Mrs. Pratt disagree, so they need some educating. Maybe a video of us singing about how good the highlanders are, or two ex-pupils in blue and gold or 3 awesome teachers with 2 awesome players.