Jacob and Julianna want to participate in their school's annual science fair. Those words, even as I type them, strike fear into the depths of my soul. I am no good at science. I am not interested in science. I am terrible at science. I scored a perfect score on the ACT portion of the exam that measured social sciences and a not so impressive score on the part that measures physical sciences. In short, science is not me.
I don't want my kids to grow up to be like me. I try to fake it. I really do. Julianna's entering an experiment that compares what a chunk of apple looks like that has been handled by clean, washed hands, verses unwashed hands. We did this when Rebekah was about her age. It's pretty amazing...and gross. So, Julianna's well taken care of.
Jacob? Not so much. I can not come up with an experiment that thrills him. He'd like to build an underwater volcano, or a baking soda/vinegar volcano. The problem is, with the underwater volcano, it requires hot water which we would not have access to on science fair night, it's pretty much a one-shot experiment, once you've done it, it's done. It does demonstrate that hot air rises, but...yawn. The other volcano experiment appeals to the messy little boy in him that would like to blow things up. Yes, we can make a volcano and fill it with baking soda. He can make it erupt by pouring vinegar into it, but...so what? What does that show? It certainly doesn't have anything to do with a real volcano. I'm stuck.
I need help. Because I am an awesome mom, I have procrastinated and procrastinated and we're really getting down to the wire on this one. Does anyone have any terrific science fair projects that are quick and easy, use basically household materials, how something to do with actual science--answering a question or demonstrating a scientific principal, that can actually be done in a week? Much appreciated.