Purpose: A Homeschool Science Fair
Hypothesis: We're too busy to participate!
Truth be told, my stomach developed a small pit when my girls informed me that they would be entering an exhibit in our area homeschool science fair. Gulp. I mean, science fairs are great and all, but I dare say we could certainly live without one. We are busy enough as it is! When would we possibly find the time to come up with a project, test it through experimentation and the scientific method, and then develop a concise board to summarize in 3 panels what we learned???
Materials: A board, some other stuff, and TIME!
All I have to say is....thank goodness for a perfectly-timed snow day! With our weekly co-op canceled, we were able to set all else aside and get to work on our project. Yes, even me...the Science Fair Grinch.
Procedure: (Ummm, I dunno...ask Dan and the kids.)
This was a family entry, and we all played a part. Dan and the kids did all the science-y stuff and conducted the experiment, and I got to be master designer of the board. (Which, in my non-scientific opinion, is by far the best part!) I have to hand it to my kiddos. They worked tirelessly and tediously on this project and offered up many suggestions about the experiment and results. (But my favorite was definitely their paper-pieced designs of baking soda, Borax, salt and sugar :)
Conclusion: Okay, okay. I guess the participation in the Science Fair is possible and even a little fun.
Results: We pulled it off!
My initial resistance was hardly warranted. Now we are the proud owners of the Best in Show mad scientist uniform. Long live the Science Fair!