Posts Tagged ‘Science’

Have you ever used shaving cream for an art project?

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

When my brother wrote the poem “Children of The Sun,” we loved it so much that we wanted to get it illustrated. I really wanted to do the illustrations. So, my mother spoke to our art teacher, Ms. Vicki Farmer. She agreed and guided my brother and me in illustrating this poem. I was very excited when we started doing them. Here I’ll describe the steps of one of the illustrations done by me.

1. First I took a can of Barbasol shaving cream and sprayed it on a foil-covered tray.
2. Then I put dots of brown, gold, and blue acrylic paint all over the shaving cream.
3. Next I took a pencil and made swirls in the shaving cream.
4. Then I put a piece of paper on the shaving cream and pressed down lightly.
5. Next I took the paper off of the shaving cream and scraped the extra shaving cream off with a squeegee.
6. Finally I let it dry for one hour.

In all, this took half an hour for the creation and one hour for the drying. I hope you like my illustration, and feel free to try it out.

– Arjun Gupta (co-illustrator of Children of The Sun)

Please buy this book at Lulu.com (you should be able to find coupons).  It’s a 50-page full color book.  Here’s the Facebook page for Children of The Sun.

Science Fair 2018

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Boys participated in MSEF Region VII Lower Science Fair at Ole Miss.  Arjun won 2nd place in the category of Physics and Astronomy and Kabir won 1st place in the category of Engineering.  Also, Kabir’s project has been nominated for Broadcom Masters.

Arjun’s project was “Morse Code: Is it Still Useful in the Modern World?

The abstract of his project was:
Morse code is a form of communication made up of dots and dashes that grew popular in the 1800s. I wanted to know if Morse code was still useful in the modern world. I hypothesized that Morse code could still be used as a tool of communication. I created a telegraph and sent the same message to seven different people. I observed the time taken to send and understand the messages, and the accuracy of the sent and recieved messages. The original message was the word “AMERICA.” After performing this experiment and analyzing the results, I concluded that Morse code can still be used as an effective tool of communication, although text messaging is much faster and more accurate. However, Morse code can still be used by hobbyists and for fun (like sending secret messages to friends). Also, if people find themselves in an emergency situation and they don’t have modern means of communication, they will still be able to communicate using Morse code.

 

Kabir’s project was “Which Air Foil Creates the most Lift?

The abstract of his project was:
I asked a question: Which airfoil, or wing design, creates the most lift? I experimented with the shape of the airfoil, changing the upper and lower cambers, or curves, for six different wing designs. This was the only variable I tested. I hypothesized that the Thin Deep Camber airfoil would create the most lift. The Thick Deep Camber would be second, and the Low Camber would be third. The GA(W)-1 airfoil would be fourth, and the Symmetrical airfoil would be fifth. The Low Lift would be next. The plain block would create no or very little lift, putting it as the least. I researched and learnt about the forces of flight (lift, weight, thrust, and drag), the Bernoulli Principle and the Coand? effect, wing shapes and airfoil designs, and more. Then, I gathered my materials and conducted my experiment, which involved making airfoil templates, tracing airfoil designs onto styrofoam blocks, and using an electric foam cutting pen to cut out the airfoil. I repeated this for the other five designs on the remaining blocks. I used a fixed wind source and a weighing scale to find the lift (in grams) created by each airfoil design. My results showed that the Symmetrical airfoil created the most lift, followed by the Thin Deep Camber. Therefore, I concluded that my hypothesis was incorrect. However, there were several technical limitations to my experiment that may have affected the final results.

 

Oil Exploration with Arjun

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

After having read about oil exploration, we repeated the experiment that we had done with Kabir in 2014.  We filled a shoebox with sand and small stones and somewhere in between, I hid a small plastic box with green and blue colored dishwashing liquid to represent oil.  We taped a graph paper on top of the shoebox.  We marked the directions for North, South, East and West.  Then Arjun started exploring for oil by digging into our pretend earth with skewers.  When he hit the spot, we used a pipette to suck out the oil.  He had fun doing this.

Children of the Sun

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Kabir wrote a poem on the Solar system and then both Kabir and Arjun created illustrations with the help of Mrs. Vicki Farmer.  Here’s a little back-cover summary of the book.

Designed to introduce children to the solar system, this book attempts to teach facts about the planets around our sun, from Saturn’s Rings to Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. However, in this case the story goes a step further. What if… every planet wasn’t just a sphere of rock or gas? If they each had personalities, what would they be like? Here is one artist’s attempt to represent their unique personalities, each with his or her own distinctive qualities and behaviors, through The Children of the Sun. Follow this poem through our solar system, and read for yourself these special virtues of each of the children of the Sun. At the same time, readers can learn scientific facts about the solar system. We hope that you may enjoy this poem, written and illustrated by children.

Please buy this book at Lulu.com (you should be able to find coupons).  It’s a 50-page full color book.  Here’s the Facebook page for Children of The Sun.

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Here is an interesting article about the creation of this poem in this book: How a Literature-rich Homeschool Curriculum Inspired a Writer.

Below is the photo journal of our book readings:

 

 

US Space and Rocket Center

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Boys have attended and plan to attend most of the homeschool days at US Space and Rocket Center at Huntsville.  They absolutely love it!

Fall Homeschool Day: For Kabir, topics covered were history of Space race and America’s role in it and about ISS. Arjun learnt about ISS and first rockets in the world. Both of them participated in hands-on activities and made a model of Earth and moon.