A trip to the Exploratorium inspired us yet another family-bonding project by the toothpick artist, Scott Weaver. No, we’re not as ambitious as he, so we are just trying to have some fun and bring creativity to this project, with a little bit of our engineering skills. Here we are tempted to build a bridge.
My nephews and niece have already started on the project a couple of days ago.
This is science week for Ah Lo’s school. Throughout the week, each class displays scince-based projects outside of classrooms. Every year, I tried to go to see what great inspirations our lil scientists come up with. This year his class is studying magnetic fields. Parents are invited (between 2-4p) to see the sciece projects. He volunteered to stay after school to explain how magnetic fields work. Unfortunately, because of work, I had to miss it. There’s next year!
Here’s to another great year at the Science Festival, the largest science education event in the city. Again, the best part is that it’s free!
Another fun filled weekend with the kids. We’ve been to this science festival a couple of years, and it was very fun and informative. What so great about it was, well, it was free, plus the many hands on experiments for the kids (and adults) and a variety of exhibits of science, engineering, technology, robotics and mathematics. Any free event would always draw crowds, this was no different. However, because it was held at a ball park, it didn’t feel packed at all. This time we were smart enough to pack our lunch since I remembered the costly lunches we had last time. It was nice to sit on the field and enjoy our little picnic. Though this didn’t last long because he boys were anxious to roam around some more.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to stay the whole event. We had our usual basketball practice and swimming routines. Nevertheless, this was a great event to satisfy the kids’ sense of awe and curiosity.
I didn’t feel like cooking, so we basically grilled some patties and made our own sandwiches for the night…
“Today I am thankful for a free parking space…”
This week is Science week at the school. Fascinating Science experiments from each class were displayed in front of the class throughout the week. Today, parents were invited to take part as much as possible. Students were engaged in a range of scientific inquiries which were answered by students of the class.
Ah Lo’s class worked on the “Life Cycle of a Ladybug.”
Dai Bee’s class studied the two very important topics in the science of physics – Electricity and magnetism. Though this topic did not spark much interest of the younger children, he was ready to introduce the basic concept between the two to other students.
The school has the children’s science projects displayed this whole week. Parents are encouraged to stop by to “learn” a few things from our future scientists. Open viewing is after school today.
Dai Bee’s class worked on their animal projects and had neatly displayed outside the classroom.
The food chain was done by a group of 3rd graders caught Dai Bee’s attention. It was very well explained the different types of food and colorfully displayed! Wonderful job!
We also stopped by an invention by a 4th grader. He made a paper airplane and a gadget (from scraps) and explained to us the motion forces and energy. Some pretty tense stuff, I tell ya.
Here Ah Lo was interested to see the different minerals found in rocks. His question: “How do you tell the difference between a mineral and a rock?” The 4th grader was explaining to him in brief details. Boy, did she do her homework! Impressive.
Last but not least, Ah Lo’s class worked together on Wood and Paper project. He even gave me a pop quiz to distinguish the kinds of wood grown naturally or manmade. Nice!
“Today I am thankful to learn a few things here and there from these smart kids!”
Dai Bee is taking some science courses in summer camp and is totally lovin’ it! The first session of summer camp is about to end next week (how time flies!). He wants to continue with second session which I didn’t sign up for 😦 , maybe next year.
This is one of the experiment Dai Bee played with this past week learning about carbon dioxide. Here are the materials:
The mixing of vinegar and baking soda makes carbon dioxide which is a fire suppressant. Have an adult light up a couple of candles by the edge of a table. In an empty jar, scoop 5-6 tea spoons of baking soda, and pour 1/4 cup of vinegar.
Cover the jar up with hand. Once you feel the pressure, remove hand.
Hold the glass close to the candles. This should blow out the candles as if you are blowing it.
We’ve tried a couple of times but didn’t work. I’m guessing it’s because the baking soda is old and too chilled (I grabbed it from the frige)?
“Today I am thankful for the delicious fruits…”
Dai Bee has been bugging me about working on the next science project. We’ve been so busy that we just put it aside. Finally, today, with some time in the afternoon, he picked out one working with flowing patterns. I asked him to make sure that we have all the necessary materials in the house.
With the measurement spoons, Dai Bee scooped 6 teaspoons of cornstarch into the baking pan filled with water. Ah Lo did his best to carefully stir (without any spills).
Voila, with a drop of food coloring, the boys saw the different patterns flowing in the pan of water. They got creative with what they saw – a boat, an anaconda, a dragon, a goldfish, volcano eruption, etc.
“Today I am thankful for a slow peaceful day…”
After 3 weeks, we finally saw results! Nope, we didn’t get enough crystals to hang on the yarn, but they were forming like they were supposed to! The instructions told us to place this in a warm area, perhaps we should have done it during summer time. Now we move on to the next one…
“Today I am thankful the boys are playing so well together…”
Today was a perfect day to get some science projects going. It’s Dai Bee and my goal to work on one science project a week. This week he picked out Hanging Crystals. Conveniently, we happened to have these items in our house, so off to work he goes!
Here are what we need: baking soda, two glass jars, a strand of yarn, paper clips, a plate and measuring spoons.
After I set up the station (pouring hot water in the jars), Dai bee started scooping 6 teaspoons of baking soda in the jars.
Stir stir and stir until baking soda dissolves.
He then wrapped the paper clips around the yarn and placed it in the jar. In about a week, we should see results. We are to place this in a warm area. Unfortunately, we didn’t get much sun today, so the results might take longer than a week.
I gathered most of the items, and Dai Bee did pretty much everything (with this assistant – Ah Lo). It was a fun experience to watch how he put this together. He promised to do a log and keep a close watch at how the crystals form. What a great way to spend rainy days at home. I look forward to more science projects!
“Today I am thankful for the rain…”