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. Â I’ve talked before about what a wonderful and lastingÂ effect the science fair had on my own lifeÂ so I was excitedÂ 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â Finally, as Ari was helping me wrap a birthday gift for Joe, that special moment happened. Â We were trying to wrap a box with a brown paper bag, andÂ discoveredÂ that the tape we were using was horrible at holding itÂ together. Â 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…)