Have a science fair coming up?

Brad, over at The SkepDad Blog, has a post about the “Five Key Elements of a Science Fair Project.” They are great suggestions for anyone looking to participate in a science fair. However, even if you aren’t in need of a science fair project, the post is a good, basic summary of the scientific method that can really be used anytime. I’m guessing some of you teen skepchicks are babysitters, and one thing I love to do when I babysit is conduct some basic science experiments with the kids (yes, I am a big geek). It’s a lot of fun, gets the kids interested in science, AND usually makes the parents happy (as long as you clean up!). Anyway, Dr. FreeRide, over at Adventures in Ethics and Science also tends to have good suggestions for science experiments, so if you are looking for ideas check out her weekly Friday Sprog Blogs.

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  1. FFFearlesss
    December 3, 2008 at 10:17 am —

    I’m curious, what sorts of experiments do you do with the kids. I’m anxious to start doing some with my own daughter who is 4, and beyond mixing baking soda and vinegar, I got nothing.

  2. jackiestone
    December 3, 2008 at 11:09 pm —

    I will write a more indepth blog post about this tomorrow, but for now, here is a good one:

  3. December 7, 2008 at 2:09 am —

    With my little sister, I tested centripedal force by grabbing a cord, wrapping it on the handle of the bucket, filling it with water, and just swinging it in a circle. Trust me, the water won’t fall.

  4. December 7, 2008 at 2:14 am —

    Oh, and you could make a “Hero’s Engine” by grabbing a can, poking four holes with a nail in the bottom and bend it so that a water stream will go out sideways, 90 degrees from each other, tie the can opener with a thread, get a bowl of water, soak it in while grabbing the thread, and then let it rip. The can will rotate.

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