Friday, 10 August 2012

Stand Back, I’m about to try Science!

Littletree is quite the science-geek. She’s just always been that way inclined – since she was a wee sproglet she was fascinated with biology and astronomy and physics. At four she used to spend hours pouring over medical dictionaries and watching YouTube clips of surgeries, and she never lost interest (nostalgia post HERE).

So when I saw a school holiday science workshop advertised, with “Extract plant DNA, make polymers, experiment with acid/base reactions” on the bill, I signed her up – she’s always wishing we had more lab equipment…

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The set-up looked very cool to me, loads of equipment and chemicals and a scientist teacher in a lab coat.

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Littletree got to make some polymers

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She learned about DNA and extracted some from kiwi fruit

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They made bottle rockets

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And for fun did the good old “mentos in coke”, with valves so they could control the flow.

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She was really interested to get a bit more technical details, including the chemical formulas and scientific explanations for what they were doing and how it all worked (we took home stacks of notes that she goes over)

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But at the end of the day when I asked her what she thought of it, Littletree said “well, it was alright, but way too basic for my level. I already knew all that stuff. Can I go to a class that’s not for little kids?” Ummmm that was a class for 8-12 year olds. Okay, back to the lab…

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