I’m finally feeling well enough to put up pics of Tuesday’s science conference.
Here’s the lowdown….
The day started with a keynote presentation and lots of fun demonstrations that showed scientific ideas.
Check out what happened to his styrofoam head when he poured fingernail polish remover on it! Many of the kids were guessing that the marker would disappear, not the head! 🙂
(So is this a physical reaction or a chemical one? Answer at the end.)
Another fun reaction. It bubbled up and made quite a mess!
Then there was letting kids light hydrogen balloons on fire! He added different elements to each (like sulfur) to create different colors. This was a fraction of a second before the big burst of blue flame.
Then on to the classes!
Victoria started with lego robots. They used computer programming to tell the robots to knock over a colored block.
Anna had Che-Mystery, with the same scientist who did the keynote.
She got to make soda pop, see lots of cool experiments and even made her own bouncy ball to take home.
Then we broke for lunch (at 10:45!), which we ate downstairs with the same scientist who taught Anna’s class and gave the keynote speech. I asked him all sorts of questions about borax and polymers because it’s how I am. 😉
Then the girls headed to class number two.
Victoria had an orienteering scavenger hunt at “the interpretive center,” which turns out to be exactly the opposite direction the nice helpers in the orange vest tell you to go. We nearly gave up and certainly got our exercise hiking all over campus! Vitoria finally caught up with them and had a pretty good time, despite the fact that the campus had started a construction project on the scavenger hunt site and most of it had to be scrapped! 🙂
Meanwhile, Anna had a glowing germ class where she learned about proper food handling, germs and illness. There were several parts to her class, starting with a talk about food safety complete with glow-in-the-dark “germs” that were put on a tortilla and then passed around to show how germs spread.
Then she had glowing “germs” put on her hands, got to view them under blacklight and then went to the bathroom to wash her hands. After that, the kids went back to the blacklight room to see if they had really washed away all of the germs.
For the third class, Victoria had Chemistry SMELLS, which had lots of fun hands on stuff like how to test for acids and bases with purple cabbage and such. They were also given challenges, like making their solution turn a different color by adding something.
Anna ended the day with a class about how to be an inventor.
Both girls really enjoyed the conference, and I can’t wait until Jack is old enough to take part too. I know he’d love the experiments and such. It’s for 3rd grade and up so he has a couple of years yet.
I ended up running myself ragged trying to get the girls to all of their classes in all different buildings on campus (often up 3 flights of stairs to take one girl and then run down and dash to another building and up 2 more to take another in the small window of time) so I ended up really exhausting myself since I was newly over the flu. I’m so glad we went though, because it was a really educational and entertaining experience.
We’ll definitely make this a yearly event for our family. 🙂
PS It’s a physical reaction. Did you get it right?