If your students told you what we did yesterday, there is a chance you may think I’m crazy. Yes, we were supposed to go to City Hall. Yes, we did postpone that trip because of the weather forecast. (Which hopefully wasn’t a surprise to you because you got my note on this blog; see below if you did not).
But everything turns out! Because we didn’t go to City Hall I got to say “yes” to a local walking trip that I had said “no” to because we were going to City Hall! (You signed permission for local walking trips back in September. Thanks for your trust).
Built in the Sixties, the Queen’s University Coastal Engineering Lab is located in a big warehouse building near Richardson Stadium–we can see it from the schoolyard but would never have know what was going on in there. Then Melissa Hudson from Centennial’s Parent Council showed me an article about the place and said, “It’s right over there!” So I called Geof Hall and after many emails (and a couple of phone calls before school in the morning) we went.
Aside from how totally cool the place was, it was very cool to meet and hear from actual scientists doing actual applied research–on preventing the effects of a future Hurricane Katrina; on tsunamis; on oil spills in rivers–in a laboratory that doesn’t look like what we think a laboratory looks like. People who live inquiry: asking questions; working with others to find answers; discovering new questions.
Here are some of the student reflections from the outing, and lots of pictures that follow.
|Today we went to the coastal research lab. While we were there we learned about rivers and coastlines. In one spot we saw a beach on a lower scale that they would continually spray water on to see how long it would take to break the beach.
After we went to the beach wrecking place we went to a river simulator. There we experimented with what would happen if you put your finger in it. Someone put their finger in and it jumped up (the water jumped). Then we saw what happens when you raise a jump at the end of the simulator. When it was raised it made the water jump up into the air to get over the wall.
Then we went to an oil spill simulator that simulated an oil spill. While there we saw that when you put dye into the rocks at the bottom of the river the dye would float straight up through the rocks and down the river’s current. – Jacob. G
| Queens Coastal Engineering Lab
This tuesday our class’ trip to the City Hall was postponed since we thought there would be inclement weather during that day. Turns out, there wasn’t.
The city hall trip now moved to next week’s tuesday. So today, since the trip is moved, we went to the coastal research lab at the back of the school on the other side of the street. Mr. Geof Hall was our guide through the lab. There, we saw simulators that copied things that the ocean did but in a smaller scale.
One simulator would show us what would happen in a tsunami but in a smaller size. There were tons of machines that we tested with. In the middle of the lab was a sand molded coastal line. In front of it were these huge machines that made tiny little waves and sometimes big waves that were a reasonable size for the coastal line. They used this space to analyze if the buildings and homes near the shore were good enough for the waves and if they could use improvement.
Another machines showed us what would happen to the water if there was an oil spill. One thing that I have learned during our field trip was that, rivers couldn’t be on a straight line. If a river was on a straight line, over the years the river would get kind of curvy.
-Geoilli Catedrilla (*^*)
|Today we went to the coastal research lab and the people there were working and studying on how oceans and lakes work. And they were also studying on how to help stop tsunamis.
We also looked at how rivers work they had simulations of all sorts and that is what I remember. -vagn
|The first thing we did we looked at balls that resembled Gravel. Did you now that if the side of the Ocean (the coast) collapses if it might create a Tsunami? They put a load of gravel up in the box and when it is dumped down it hits the water and makes a tsunami. We went to a thing that looks like a fish tank. The water went down and it made a diamond shape and when I got to the end it made a wave when we can put our hands in it. After we went to another thing that look like a fish tank too and it had rocks in the bottom and tubing and a person put dye in it and then it was imitating oil. And Geof Hall told us everything.
Hope orr :3
|A Field Trip April 17/2018
We went to a science lab. The scientists do stuff with water. They want to fix the water in the ocean and lake. Geof Hall told us about the water. He was working with a river simulator. When you turn a crank the blocker goes up and the water goes wavy. One of the tanks we went to the water went up and down. But we learn about rivers. If you put the river straight it doesn’t want to be straight; it wants to move in a snake’s way.
Hailie lynn Mahoney
|A Unexpected Trip
On Tuesday April 17, we were surprised to see “Field Trip Queens Coastal Research Lab” On the daily board at noon, we walked over to the Queens Coastal Lab. It took us about 4 mins. to get there because it was right beside Richardson Stadium.
When we walked in the building it was big and dusty: exactly what I expected. Jeff the tour guide took us upstairs and brought us to a classroom upstairs where we could look down and see the whole building and so many pipes. Upstairs we all took a seat and he talked about the machines. We could see and he talked to us about how rivers and coastlines don’t run straight.
Then he brought us downstairs to the tsunami machine. It was basically a long diagonal stripe from the ceiling down and at the top was a metal box which they would fill it with rocks and dirt. At the bottom of diagonal piece was a long glass piece running down the the lab, and it was also filled with rocks, and when it was in use it was filled with water and it would come tumbling down making a mini tsunami.
He brought us to another glass piece that did not have a lid on the top and he filled it with water. And there was a hole in the ground where the water got pushed in to and there was a piece of metal at the end that you can lower and raise, and when we raised it the water tank would raise with a slower flow and when we lowered it the water ran faster and lowered the water.
Then he brought us upstairs and showed us a room we could not go in, but there was a window hole we could look through and it was a pipe room representing the city pipes and how they would look. We could not go in there because it was to loud and very cold.
So he took us to another long tank which had a ton of rocks in it and there were small little tubes on the bottom side of the tank and the lady inserted blue food colouring with a syringe and that represented oil spills and how to clean up the spills in ways and see how the oil moved around. This was a great
|Today we went to the water place, there we learned about drinking water, how water flows and river things. At the start we went up to this little building and we learnt that rivers do not flow straight they go in curvy lines, like a snake. Then we went to a place where they make mini tsunamis. We could not see it in action because it takes along time to get ready. Next we learned about coastal lines. The people who run the place don’t use it much but it will make certain sizes. Then they sculpted a beach made out of sand and the waves will come at it.
Next we did this thing where water will rush and we would use this thing and it will go high and low. If it was low it would go fast if high it will go slow. We saw something called a water vortex.
We did more than this and I had a good time.
|Today, we were supposed to go to City Hall for our field trip but sadly canceled because of the weather . But when we saw what was on the schedule it blew my mind!!…
It took us about 5 min. to get to the research centre to get started for experiments. The first thing that happened was we met a guy named Geof Hall that would be our guide, first we explored the river and how no river could be straight. Then we looked at tsunamis and things to do with waves. At the end we had questions and answers. And that was the best trip.
|Today we went to the coastal research lab as a field trip. In the lab we were looking at water facteris with pipes and water systems with geoff hall. What we learned is that water never flows in a strait line it will always be in separate lines. And what apart of there job was is to find out why it will never flow in a strait line. I thought that it was cool that they were able to control the water with the machine. I also thought it was cool that they understand so much about the very important element water.
Here are my questions for you [Geof]:
from kayden roker
|On April 17 my class went to an unexpected trip to Queen’s Coastal Engineering Research Lab. It was a very short walk. When we got there we met Geof Hall a scientist at the lab. We went in the building and it was nothing like the lab you would imagine when someone said “lab”. He talked about what they were doing and trying to figure out. They were trying to figure out why water doesn’t stay in straight line and go in curves.
They did big experiments with huge machines. There was a tsunami type creating machine. We looked in a room that was the water pipes in Kingston. He asked us do ever think about the water that you drink straight from the tap. The pipes that send the water can have bad thing growing in it.
We went to an river simulator. The water had a pattern. When someone put their finger the water bounced off the finger. There was turning wheel that made the water go higher into a wave type. After that we went to a oil spill simulator. There was rocks and gravel. There was dye in the water to show you what would happen if there was an oil spill. The dye would go straight up and go with the current of the “river”. Then we went back to school.
|We went to coastal research lab and there we learned about rivers, oil spill’s, and drinking water. The man that planned this is named Geof Hall is nice, he taught me on many many things. We learned about water pressure and other things like oil spills. We learned a lot from this. I had lots of fun and I’m pretty sure it was lots of fun for the rest of the class. I hope we can go again someday. We learned a lot and we had lots of fun.
| Today we were surprised of the sudden cancellation of the city hall field trip. fortunately we had the field trip replaced with another trip this time it was local,the trip is to the queens coastal research laboratory where we were going to meet the professor who took us in a tour around the research center.
We first started in a room with desks and boards I think it was a room for lectures and to share ideas after an experiment,at first it did not seem like I had thought I thought it will be like the ones in the California institute and Florida university,Geoff Hall the professor talked about how water and soil could deform the shape of the river next he showed us a machine that simulates the conditions of a real river and right next to it is a machine that simulates conditions of a tsunami and left of it was scale simulation of a beach it is used to simulate tsunamis ,flooding and landslides the break that was made out of calcium, just above it was a place where they were seeing how build ups occurred in our tapes and how effect the and more effective ways to treat it another room right next to it was simulating the chemical build up in a tape.
We spent the final bunch of our time making coastal experiments the first experiment was to see how pressure affects fluid flow speeds significantly we first started with a big glass tank that simulates water pressure the more water in it the more pressure, then there was a narrower quadrilateral glass tube a little gate connected those two tubes when we open the gate the water races out the speed and the force of the water depends on the pressure of the water in the first tank the third gate can adjust a metal plate to distribute the water by letting the water bounce of the plate to make it flow upstream which makes a big wave that surprisingly flows upstream instead of towards the gate,the next experiment was about extracting oil from a river incase of a oil spill but we did not use real oil in the experiment, in a calm lake\river we realized that the oil\chemical was making the water flow more chaotic and that the chemical was all together because oil did not interact with water much it seemed as if it was flowing upstream and the gravel was being picked up by the stream.
After that we had time for questions at the lecture room and then the trip was over but enjoyed it very much and it was just behind the richardson stadium and hope we could visit another time.
|Today we went to the Queen’s and after we came we saw water. And we saw water go fast because the man pressed the button and turned the river on. We see a rock and sometimes the water went very fast and the rock moved. I saw and my class saw it and the water was very cold and fast.
|We went to the queens coastal lab we got told a lot about water presure river, and oil spills. But first we were trying to figure out why rivers curve and don’t go straight.
We looked in a room full of pipes .we did not go in it because it was to loud. Geof hills asked us about drinking from the tap. The pipes can have bad stuff growing in side of them.
After we went to the river simulator and when you put your hand in the long tube not that full of water behind your hand goes a wave. And there is a wheel that controls the water. Then after we went to the oil spill simulator in the bottom of the tank there was sand and rocks. there was blue dye to show you what would happen if there was an oil spill. The dye would go to the top to go with the current of the river after that we walked back to school.
|We went to A place called the queen’s coastal laboratory, it was pretty cool to see the really big machines do the really weird research on rivers.The hydraulic jump thing that controlled the water was cool when the water came high enough to touch. The water bounced off of are hands!
The next thing we saw was a landslide or tsunami simulator, what it did was it simulated a tsunami or a landslide by filling a big box with small bags of sand and pebble witch when to much was applied a sorta piston would fall and would fall down.The next thing would simulate Hurricanes.
|April 17 2018
Today at the Queens coastal research lab we learned about tsunamis and we learned about underwater earthquakes and so many interesting things about water it was awesome because they do water tests to find out why water does not like! to go in a straight line and we learned that they simulate tsunamis and huge water tornados and that they are trying to find a way to pick up oil more efficiently with food dye i had so much fun there i want to go again sometime.
-Edan A.J Chase.
|Today we went to the Queen Coastal Laboratory and learned about how rivers move. First we sat down in a room Above all the water equipment and talk about how rivers never stay in a Straight line. After that we went down to look at all of the equipment. The first thing we looked at were these balls that were replacing the gravel and rocks.
Then went and looked at a fake beach were they would have this machine that would send out waves.
After that we went up in a room and looked through a window where we say a bunch of pipes we couldn’t go in the room because it was really cold. Then we went and look at river convention where we controlled how fast and slow it went and we gotta control a wave which was really cool after that went and say how die and oil moves around in water. After that we went back up above all equipment and asked some questions.
| Today we went to a Coastal Research Lab. When we got in, Mr. Caldwell brought us up the stairs to a little classroom. When we sat down, a guy (Geof Hall) told us about if you made a straight river =, it would turn into a curved river ≈ because rivers don’t like to be straight (that’s one of the things they’re researching) and the current would change the height and shape at the bottom of the river (rocks and sand) so the water height and shape would change. There was also a mini tsunami maker we couldn’t watch because, it would take to long to set up.
The next thing we looked at was a big area that had a recreation of a mini bay/shoreline and a machine that created waves but, there was no water in it because it would be like a tropical climate. Next we looked at a room through a door window of a mini pipe recreation of Kingston. We weren’t allowed to go inside because, it was dangerous and cold. After, we went to a straight glass container thing that was about 7 meters long. A guy flowed fast water into it and the water bounced off the glass walls to create a kind of a pattern. The guy put his finger in the water, and the water just shot up around his finger and then back down. Then he went to the back of the glass thing and cranked a gear and then a small wall came up and instead of the water stopping and rising higher, it bounced back and ran over top of the water the opposite way of the current. Some people got to crank it to. After that, we looked at what oil spills would look like with food colouring in another glass tank with water and rocks.
|A Great Field Trip
By: Brian Murphy
I loved the trip to queens. They had a ladder to climb to the tsunami tank. They had a pump to blow the water to the valve. The water went very fast into a tank. The water got really high. They closed the tank door a little to make the water in a connected tube go higher. The water was making waves going back and forth. My favourite part was the pump when it made the startup sound. It wasn’t loud at all.
| Today we went on a surprise field trip to the coastal research lab. We learned lots of new things. We were shown things we did not know. We had time to look around and time to talk in a little upstairs area. We saw things that recreated a replica of things that involve water and the way water affects other things.
The first thing we talked about was the way a straight river would move the dirt or the stone and make it curved. They didn’t turn on the system that showed that but Geof Hall the guy that walked us around and showed us some stuff explained it enough that I understood it without the system that showed it.
The next thing we checked out was a mini version of a beach that showed the effect of waves on sand. We couldn’t be shown that he said that it was not used often and when it was used it was only for big projects.
After that we checked out a little recreation of the piping we have in kingston it was in a little room that we were not aloud in because of dangerously cold temperatures.
then we went to this area that was a long narrow cubic tube that we made water come rushing through and there was a thing at the end that lifted a little wall that made the water tumble back over itself.
Then we checked out the area were someone put dye in through these tubes that led to the gravel that was in the tank with water and that dye came through in weird places.
|We went on the field trip to queens. They were studying water. They were studying ocean, lakes and rivers. They are doing tests with the water. They were adding blue dye into a river water to show what oil can do. I like the trip because it was by my house and I could walk there. Sitara|