Friday, 25 May 2018

Rube Goldberg Machines - Grade 9

The  Grade 9s have been working on an Interdisciplinary Unit  (IDU) this term, Science and Design.  We covered Newton's Laws in Science and in Design they used these to design a Rube- Goldberg Machine (a contrapation to complete a simple task in a complicated manner).  Today the nachines were presented and there were some great machines - one with a Star Wars theme, another with a social media theme  and two with a bathroom theme - to put toothpaste on a tooth brush.

Here are some of my wonderul Grade 9 boys - Maxime, Harren and EJ with their multi stage contraption ready to put toothpaste on a brush via a vice triggered by a series of balls running down ramps and up pulleys.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Last Minute Visits - Haw Pha Kaeo

As I prepare to leave Laos I am visiting places that " I have meant to visit, but haven't quite made it".

The first of these was Haw Pha Kaeo.  I ride past the temple every time I come back from the downtown area, but have not stopped to look at the temple.  It has had a recent renovation so looks shiny and new, but in fact dates back to 1565 when I temple was first built on the location to house the Emerald Buddha.

The Emerald Buddha is a very small Buddha statue, now in a temple in the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

The temple was destroyed by the Thais in 1779 ( the year Captain Cook met his demise in Hawaii), and the statue taken to Bangkok. The current temple was rebuilt by the French between 1936 - 1942).

Buddha on a Diet

The Buddha statues at Haw Pha Kaeo were old and unusual.  They were extremely skinny and had pointy noses and extra long ears.

Many statues of Buddha have long ears.  It can signify many things, all linked to compassion.  He has the ability to hear the  sound of the world.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Bomb of a Barbeque


A very Laos scene.  Yesterday I stopped to stretch and rest a shady sala on the banks of the Mekong.  This is a very Laos scene - a bomb casing set up as a BBQ grill, the florescent light attached to the tree limb with the wires strung from tree to tree, a concrete picnic setting and men in the background working under a small shed, building rockets.

Monday, 21 May 2018

A good use of polypipe.

At the end of my bike ride this morning, I stopped to rest and stretch in the shade behind a temple on the banks of the Mekong.  A group of locals were there working on their rockets.  Gold foil polypipe - ready for gunpowder! From what I could understand I think the rocket festival will be next week.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Staff vs Student Basketball

Another event this week was the staff vs student basketball game, which the staff won. Here are the teams in their pre game poses. Notice Adam the English Science teacher in the background - not a player!

Friday, 18 May 2018

Grimm Tales

From my posts it may seem that I haven't been in Vientiane, but I have had a busy few weeks at school.  One highlight last week was the Envision Community Theartre play "Grimm Tales" based on a modern interpretation of the Grimms Tales by an English playright.  The kids (and two parents) were fantastic, (awesome to quote the US teachers).  Great acting, very atmospheric and owning their characters.