Because some people are on record as questioning my ability to turn any conversation into a conversation about science:
“What do pirates have to do with science?”
What don’t pirates have to do with science?
Pirates! by Giovanni Caviezel. Illustrated by Cristina Mesturini.
Here is a brief list of scientific issues the younger Free-Ride offspring and I discussed (in varying levels of detail) on our first reading of this board-book about pirates.
- Why did pirates have to bring casks of drinking water with them when they were sailing on a sea of water? (And why is drinking salt water bad for you?)
- How do sails work? How is this different from how steamships work?
- Why would pirates bring hens on a voyage rather than just bringing eggs? (And, would this require bringing corn as well as the standard hardtack, dried meat, and citrus fruit?)
- Why did pirates bring a cat with them? (How is the pirate ship like an eco-system?)
- How are gemstones different from gold (even though, from a certain point of view, it’s all booty)?
- What kind of bones are those under the skull on the Jolly Rogers?
- How do compasses work? How do magnets work?
- How does celestial navigation work?
That all looks like science to me. Is it time to develop an all-pirates science curriculum?