Just after Ari started back to school this last January, his teacher handed out a piece of paper outlining this year’s school wide science fair project. I’ve talked before about what a wonderful and lasting effect the science fair had on my own life so I was excited to finally have the chance to share that joy with my own school-aged kid.
Olivia talked a few weeks ago about helping a fifth grader with his science project. Just to help any mom’s who may still be grappling with their own fears of science, here’s another story–how Ari and I put together his project.
The real problem we (I) had was coming up with a question worth answering. When I originally broached the subject, my ever-so-typical boy threw out the idea of farts, and testing what foods made him the fartiest. I’ll be honest–I thought it was a pretty cool project, but I wasn’t so sure his teachers would feel as I did. So we decided to do that one at home, and think of something else to take to school.
It took three weeks to come up with a new idea; I kept waiting for that spur-of-the-moment question; I kept listening for Ari to muse over some aspect of his daily life. Finally, as Ari was helping me wrap a birthday gift for Joe, that special moment happened. We were trying to wrap a box with a brown paper bag, and discovered that the tape we were using was horrible at holding it together. I think it took us about 18 pieces. At some point Ari said “I wonder if we have any stickier tape we could use.” (more…)