What a great morning we shared with other junior classes from Waihi! Big thanks to St Josephs for hosting all of us and to their amazing senior students for helping our guys have a great day! Here is a short video of the day put together by Lexie and Chevelle.
Today Room 2 were lucky enough to have three amazing ladies from the Athenree Spinners and Weavers Group come to share what they do from fleece to yarn. We learnt about different types of yarn, wool, alpaca, cotton and silk. In Amber's words "there is so much interesting stuff to know!"
Spinning turns animal and sometimes plant fibre into yarn that we can use to make fabric. There are a few different ways to spin and today we got to try them. Using the wheel wasn't as easy as we had thought it might be, there was lots to concentrate on!
Kim made two drop spinners using dowel, an old CD and a cup hook and gravity was used to help spin the wool.
Kim also shared some Alpaca fibre which was lovely and soft. And some silk, we played with 'silk handkerchieves' and learned that silk comes from a type of chrysalis. It was amazingly strong and much harder to break than wool. It is so fine, we can see why silk is so expensive!
Kim told us about growing cotton at home. We all think it would be a great crop to have here at school!
Thank you so much to our visitors. What a great introduction to another fantastic resource, natural fibres. We can't wait to let you know what else we learn and how our adventures in dying go.
Less than 24 hours later and the modifications have begun! How can we use what we know about the sun and solar energy to get more heat into our ovens? Here's a quick video with 3 out of 4 groups sharing their ideas, group number 4 have a secret plan!