Science Experiments

The months of February and March have been spent on following the experiment schedule from the following two guides: Tops Learning Systems GREEN THUMBS: Radishes #38 and Tops Learning Systems GREEN THUMBS: Corn and Beans #39.  We have not only enjoyed it but we learnt a lot.  I definitely recommend it.  I wish I had been taught this way.  Sorry, I didn’t take any photos.  I wish I had!

Also, the kids worked with Amit to prepare for PEAK Science Fair organized by Paula Cox.  Mr. Bob Swanson, Physics Instructor at ICC, was the chief guest at the PEAK Science Fair.

Arjun’s experiment was to find out which part of the hand had most germs left after washing.  We ordered Glo Germ Mini Kit for him.  Arjun had a great time doing the experiment.  I made him write instead of printing.  So, he practiced writing.  He learnt how to make graphs and learnt about scientific method.

Arjun's Experiment on Germs
Arjun’s Experiment on Germs

Kabir created a telegraph circuit.  At first Amit showed him how to do it and then he did it all by himself except when the wires needed to be stripped.  He learnt basic Morse Code and then did an experiment to find out if Morse Code is still useful in the modern world.  To do so, he compared it to modern technology – texting.

He wrote a paper – Morse Code: Is It Still Useful in Modern World.  Megan Ratts gave the idea of writing a paper.  This was just perfect for him because when he wrote it, he fell in love with his experiment all over again.  Heather Tate did the editing part.  He participated in MSEF Region 7 Science Fair – Lower Fair at Ole Miss and won the first prize for Class I (grades 1-3) in the category of physics.  We are thrilled about it.

This week, we made a periscope.  We followed the directions from the Exploratorium website and kids are having fun with this new toy now.


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