Martha Claire came home a few weeks ago with the school science fair application, determined to submit it. So determined, in fact, she had brought two of the application packets home, just in case the first one spontaneously caught on fire or got sucked into a crazy wind vortex before we had the opportunity to turn it in. She had also, on her own, checked out a book on magnetism and electricity with experiment ideas in it (with a little guidance from the science teacher).
The girl is in kindergarten.
She’s a little motivated.
We read the book together and she decided to build her own compass by magnetizing a needle and floating it on water. She did it all herself, and then dictated the procedure and results for us to type up. Then, she put her board together with glue and paper.
Caroline, however, made no mention of the Science Fair until the day the applications were due. Then, perhaps spurred on by the enthusiasm of her junior sister, she decided that she not only wanted to participate, but she wanted to be judged as well (which is an option for 4th and 5th graders). She chose her own project…shocker, it had to do with exploding sodas. She worked through the research and hypothesis on her own. Except for a little help during the procedure (luckily Dad stepped in to be the official bottle opener) she did the whole thing on her own. I am so proud of her, because she is her own girl, and very pre-adolescent, and she often struggles with motivation to go above and beyond what is required.
She had a lot of fun in the process.
Caroline struggled through some of the typing and creating the finished presentation, but she did the work, and…
She won first place!
I’m so proud of these mad scientists!