Mad Scientist

Homeschooling, Svara

I haven’t talked much about it, but I am homeschooling Svara this year.  It may continue next year and in the years to come, or we may decide on changes.  But for now, it’s homeschooling.  I plan on writing another post about our schedule, lessons, etc. but not yet.  Here I just want to share a little peek into one of Svara’s favorite activities – science!  Svara loves doing science experiments.   Sometimes we’ll do specific science experiments to find out particular things.  But sometimes she just likes to go ahead, mix things together, and see what happens.  One way to do this is to set up a “Mad Scientist” station.

Here is what we did for our latest “mad scientist” session:

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Here is the setup. In a 9 by 13″ baking pan I put a few little empty plastic clear cups, a larger clear container, a bowl of cornstarch, a bowl of baking powder, a cup of vinegar, cup of dishsoap, and cup of vegetable oil

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She started by taking out the containers she didn’t need right away. Here she is ready to scoop and mix!

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My mad scientist at work! Of course the best reaction is between the baking soda and vinegar which she found out quickly. But she also discovered that that reaction differs based on other ingredients you mix into it as well.

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Getting messier

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“What will happen if I add this?”

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And finally here is what happens when she starts running out of ingredients and just pours everything together (including extra cornstarch). Nothing is as fun as making a mess!

I admit that this isn’t the MOST educational of activities, but it’s a lot of fun and I think by having fun she’ll learn and remember what you get when you  mix things together. She has worked with all of these ingredients separately before (baking soda and vinegar together, that added with dishsoap, cornstarch and water together, etc.).  This was the first time she had a choice of many ingredients and could do what she wanted.  I didn’t take photos of all the little experiments she did.   My favorite was when she poured vinegar into a cup, then oil which floated on top of the vinegar.  Then scoop in some baking soda.  At first nothing happens.  But as the baking soda sinks through the oil and hits the vinegar, you get little explosions.  Very cool!

 

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