Archives for August 9, 2012

Summer Science

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So, I am a little deficient in the fun science experiment stuff department.  But, I’ve turned over a new leaf and that’s all changing.  It all started when my friend Annie sent me the Summer Science issue of Alphabet Glue.  I printed it, punched holes in the pages, and bound it in a folder.  My next step was to read through, and then request the “featured reads” at the library.  I knew my kids would especially enjoy Moonshot, a book for children about the flight of Apollo 11, and indeed they did play “rocketship” for hours after Jonny read it to them.  I made my guilty “oops” face though when I started reading about the experiment Annie details in the Summer Science issue to go with Moonshot.  She writes, “Alka Seltzer rockets might very well be the classic science experiment.”

I was a science geek in college.  My tutoring skills in organic chemistry were what I used to snare myself a husband.  (I am only slightly exaggerating there.  He says it was chem 2–whatever– we took both classes together.  It’s possible that we met during Chem 2 and were married the following semester halfway through organic chem.  Yes, it was that quick.)  However, I had never heard of Alka Seltzer rockets before last week.  Wanting to quickly make up for my deficiency, I went to the recommended Steve Spangler website (be careful there–don’t go without a list and then stick to it) and ordered the old school plastic film canisters necessary to make the rockets.  I managed to escape without ordering anything else except the crazy jelly marbles that you can see in my photos above.  My kids had a lot of fun playing with them (but keep them away from the baby!)

Back to the rockets, they are incredibly easy, really fun, and quite addictive.  I wonder if Costco sells giant packages of Alka Seltzer?  In an effort to provide more science fun, I’ve also added bothof Steve Spangler’s booksto my wishlist.  Do any of you have them?  Are they good?

I’m excited about this new path I’m on.  Up next, homemade lava lamps.