Earlier this week, I got to judge projects at a Science Fair, which, as usual, was loads of fun.
This year, however, owing to budget cuts and staffing cuts and things like that, there will be no science fair at the sprogs’ elementary school. We are wistful about this, especially after the fun we had at their science fair last year. But just because there’s not a science fair this year doesn’t mean the sprogs are without questions they’d like to explore with science fair projects. As they were flitting about with their other activities, I got each of them to give me a list of three such questions.
From the elder Free-Ride offspring:
- What kind of soil do worms like best?
- What fruit makes the best battery?
- How does heat affect how fast a balloon deflates?
From the younger Free-Ride offspring:
- How did primates evolve into humans?
- How do you make pennies into green ones?
- Can people crawl into a volcano and come out alive?
Yes, some of these questions could use some refinement (and at least one looks like it could require approval of research with human subjects). But I’m having fun thinking about what kind of kid-ready experimental design could yield insight to some of these questions. (Also, thinking about the best metric for worm satisfaction.)