Monday, January 21, 2008
Super Science Day
There is a school in Delaware that books us for "Super Science Day" every year. There are presenters for different types of science and math, discovery stations and the science fair going on all at the same time. The whole school does science all day long. It is really fun; plus, free lunch for the presenters. Going through an elementary science fair is an experience in and off itself. There are the obligatory paper mache volcanoes, fun with magnets, static electricity balloons, density bottles, tadpoles and models of our solar system. This year i saw a project i actually have never seen before: make your own lip balm. Twin sisters worked on various proportions of vegetable shortening, honey and kool-aid to get the right formula. The best parts were that they had "celebrity endorsements" as part of their backdrop and that we could make our own lip balm. Yum! The one thing that always makes me giggle at these events are the robots. They aren't working robots, mind you; instead, they are models made from trash that the kids have imagined what they could do, if they were real. I don't understand it, but it makes me smile.