Nope. Not this week.
My first mistake was changing from our favorite tried and true science guru, Janice VanCleave, to something unfamiliar. While the Photon U book appeals to our sense of humor and desire for quick and easy demonstrations of scientific concepts, it does not seem to produce the same level of learning for my boys. Also, out of the five experiments we tried, only two gave anything close to the kind of results we were expecting. With the Janice VanCleave series, we have had a few experiments fizzle in the past, but it has been a very rare occurrence.
I guess I forgot that bit before we moved on to our next lesson.
Lenses were the next topic we covered. The book had a nice little model of a lens you could make using cardboard, tape, and saran wrap. Once you cut a round hole in your cardboard square, you covered the hole with saran wrap, secured it with the tape, and added water until you had a lens. Trying to get the perfect amount of water on that piece of saran wrap, that kept getting too wrinkly to see through, also turned out to be a bit of a flop. EM did enjoy pipetting water all over the classroom, so I guess it wasn't a total loss.
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