Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 5th 2014 Contents the fuses. (When this cube was opened after its return
to earth, no fuses were burnt. So the students learned
about the scientific method: you can never know a
hypothesis will work, unless you test it!)
Excitement in learning
Would the students do this again?
They replied with a resounding "Yes!"
"I learned a lot about the ionosphere," said Shanade
Ali. "I really didn t know much about it or the many
layers there...Also, we had to put a lot of time into
the experiment, even though we had only a short
time to build it, so we had to have good teamwork:
people had to depend on other people to get the
Head of NorthGate College s Math Department,
Ruth Rudden said they found out about the contest
through the Bright Path Foundation (a friend of
NorthGate College). The college then threw it open
to any students interested---to a great response.
Rudden said, "idoodle, a Canadian company, was
the main brain behind the competition. They covered
some costs. Total costs were about US$100... idoodle
really tried to make it accessible to students every-
where; it was not a First World competition.
"These students really learned a lot from the exper-
iment...including how to solder," she commented.
"We learned patience," quipped one student. "And
the need to have confidence in what we re doing,
even though we re just a small school in Trinidad!"
"Our school declaration says: We accept no lim-
itation except those given to us by God. We try to
be a global school...And being global does not start
when you step onto a plane. It starts in your mentality,
in your heart," said Rudden.
"I would love to see in the school system, starting
from the preschool to the primary school and up,
that we understand education is about learning. It s
OK to fail---as long as you don t stop at the failure.
I think there s a general malaise in our school system
that arises from everyone wanting to get it right,
to pass an exam, as opposed to: What can I learn
from this to apply to life?... Yes, we operate inside
of an examination system academically; but we are
far more than people being trained to sit an exam;
we are human beings being trained to live life and
to make a valid, measurable contribution."
What did the students think was the most impor-
tant thing about the Cubes in Space project?
"It was fun!"
Making education interesting, motivating and rel-
evant---now, there s a great lesson.
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completely change their original design to
fit into the cube, shared Conrad Taitt and
Jenae Williams. So they had to write to the
contest organisers and re-submit a whole
new proposal. They learned that failures are
often necessary on the path to a successful
experiment---and they put their heads
together to find a solution, adjusting their
They made two cubes testing the same
idea. The first (main) cube contained a
microcomputer which was attached to cop-
per wire and a voltmeter. (A voltmeter is an
instrument used for measuring electrical
potential difference between two points in
an electric circuit.)
Students explained that when copper wire
passes through an electrical field, a current
is induced in the wire. "Information from
the voltmeter would be measured by the
microcomputer and stored on an SD card.
So that was the main cube experiment,"
said a student. (This cube hasn t been opened
since its June rocket trip yet---students are
waiting on one of their science mentors to
help them decode the data.)
The second cube they put together was
simpler: it had no microcomputer, just a
fuse attached to copper wires. So if there
were indeed electrical charges up there, the
current would go through the wire and blow
Being global starts in
your mentality and heart
From Page B1
Front row, from left, Jenae Edwards, Chaela Wooding, Charise Laveau and Shanade Ali.
Second row, from left, Daniel Harper, Arendel Owen, James Mohammed and Brian Ripoll.
Third row, from left, Zachary Joel, Deron Khelawan, Nicholas Mohammed and Conrad
Taitt. Fourth row, from left, Brandon Wooding, Sebastian Rudden and Ethan Joel.
Back row, from left, Jeanelle Looby, Yolande LaPierre and Ruth Rudden.
PHOTOS: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
From left, Jeanelle Looby (head of the science
department), Yolande LaPierre (director of
NorthGate College) and Ruth Rudden (head of the
math department), three dedicated members of
NorthGate College who helped their students to
channel their curiosity, imagination and learning in
the successful team project Cubes in Space.
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