Sunday, June 11, 2017

Science Fair...

Adam's school does a Science Fair each year as part of their STEAM night. Adam asked us if he could participate this year - yes, it's voluntary, and yes, he begged to do it - who is this kid?! As a family we had several meetings to discuss project ideas - and yes, they were meetings and yes, Adam would call for them to take place after dinner - in the family room - this was very serious business. 

The idea we all finally landed on was "How to Build a Better Campfire - Which Homemade Fire Starter Burns the Hottest." Since camping is such a big thing for our family it seemed like a great topic and while I'll admit I was a bit worried how the whole "playing with fire" bit would come across in a school setting - it turns out his project was a huge hit at school and everyone was coming by saying they'd heard about a really cool campfire project (phew!) 

Adam made a series of homemade fire starters using dryer lint, twigs, and bacon grease. We then tested the temperature of the fire before adding them, 30 seconds after adding them and again at the 2 minute mark. Adam used a really cool infrared thermometer to take his readings - allowing him to be at a safe distance from the fire - safety first right?! 

Adam then had to put a poster board together and while we obviously helped he did so much of the work - cutting out the stars, making the campfire decoration, and gluing everything onto the board. 

The night of the Science Fair I couldn't have been prouder of Adam. He stood by his project explaining his hypothesis, testing method and results to all the people that stopped by. He even got filmed and was included in a video about the STEAM Night (see here at the 1:12 mark). Best of all, the Principal, Mr. Wolf, stopped by and listened to Adam explain his project and asked some really great follow up questions - including "Aside from the results of your project what's something else you learned in doing this?" To which Adam responded without missing a beat "That there's always more than one way of doing things." Spot on Adam!!! 

So proud of our little scholar and we can only imagine what bright things are in store for him!

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