This weekend we had the pleasure of attending the Celebrate Science Day at our state fairgrounds.
There were tons of booths filled with chemistry, biology, robotics, and forensic science demonstrations with hands on activities. The girls met astronaut Stephen K. Robinson ,who has flown on 4 space missions, one being the flight after the loss of Columbia, and got his autograph.
The girls also talked with a female forensic photographer . Miss Sky really took an interest here asking her lots of questions, (Miss Sky is not shy to ask about information that interests her) and even shook her hand and thanked her saying “it’s really nice to have people like you around”.
Next it was off to the Silly Safari stage show. This was by far the best part of the day for the girls, I personally loved seeing the high school robotics team competitions. Both girls got to go up and help with the animals.
Miss Sky with a hedgehog
and Little Sis being most brave petting a baby American crocodile.
Again Miss Sky went up after the show to ask , the very sweet lady, lots of questions about her job. She was not even scared petting a python snake and reassured all the other children that they were not poisonous “see how their head is round, a poisonous snake has a diamond-shaped head” (Thanks Doty :)). Then all the way home she talked about how this is what she would like to do when she gets bigger. “Mom I would LOVE to help rescue animals and get on stage to educate people about them”. She truly has a special place in her heart for animals.
We finished up the day at the chemistry booth with lots of hand on experiments, some being requested to try again once home.
(Miss Sky not happy with mom making her put on tight goggles “just” to take a picture.)
So today keeping my promise we recreated one of the chemistry experiments adding one more of our own.
Take 1 tbsp yeast in a plastic bag and add a few drops of food coloring of your choice.
Next add about 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide to the bag and close.
Then mix the 2 together with your hands watching it foam. You will also feel the mixture get hot while you are mixing it. Congratulations you just made a chemical reaction :).
Next we made egg geodes, a project that has been on “the list” for a while now.
All you need is Epsom salt, hot water, food coloring, clean egg shells and a refrigerator.
Oh yeah and some patience as the project needs to sit in the refrigerator for about 3 hours.
We had so much fun and I am really thankful for all the people who took time out of their day to help put this on in our city(did I mention it was free). I got to see Miss Sky’s love for science flourish. Now for them to have a mathematics and an art day to make Little Sis happy.
*Update* Our egg geodes. They turned out so cool. After pouring off the liquid let them dry overnight for best results.
Wishing everyone a great week!