Boys participated in Peak Science Fair and then they presented their projects at Region VII Lower Science Fair at Ole Miss. For Peak, they needed to create a hands-on stem activity. So, they studied and created geodesic domes. We took gumdrops and toothpicks so that each kid can create their own geodesic dome.
For Regional Science Fair, boys chose following projects. When Arjun read about how Thomas Alva Edison experimented with different filaments to create a light bulb, Arjun wanted to do the same. So, that’s exactly what he did. He tested different filaments such as hair, copper wire, iron wire, wood, pencil lead, and nichrome wire, to see if they will glow or not. He won 2nd place in the category of Physics and Astronomy in class I (1st – 3rd grades). If interested, you can view his paper on lightbulbs.
My kids do a short meditation everyday so Kabir wanted to do an experiment to see that if the same guided mental silence technique will make a difference to the stress level of elementary and middle school aged kids. He wanted to see if our method can be proven scientifically to be helpful in reducing the stress for his peers. We encouraged him to experiment with an open mind. He worked with 12 subjects (one of which was Arjun) for five consecutive days. This was first experience of meditation for eleven of the twelve subjects. He recorded the subject’s perceived stress score on the first day and then on the fifth day. The result showed reduction of stress by 40% on average by fifth day. Each day, he recorded their temperature, pulse and blood pressure. After that he lead his subject through a guided relaxation technique that involved relaxing instrumental music, slow breathing and saying positive affirmations. After the relaxation, he recorded the subject’s temperature, pulse and blood pressure again. He requested a written comment from the subject about the experience on the first day and then on the fifth day. Overall, it made a positive impact and showed that the relaxation technique did help in reduction of stress.
This experiment was so beneficial to him personally that hopefully, it will make an impact on him for life. He won 1st place in the category of Behavioral and Social Science and also, won the best project award for 4th – 6th grade category. If interested, you can view his paper on Mental Silence.
They also participated in “All About Space” organized by Peak Homeschoolers. Arjun did the research about space stations very enthusiastically. He did most of the work on his own. The topic was very dear to his heart. He created the Lego model of ISS. Kabir used the model of the solar system that he had made with clay couple of years ago and wrote a poem about the solar system.