That is one of my sons’ favorite things to say when I ask a question about why something is the way it is, “Because SCIENCE, Mom!” They surpassed me in science knowledge years ago but that doesn’t mean I’ve given up learning more about the world around me and doing some experiments on my own.
When they were younger, we had a plastic tote (a big one) of materials for impromptu science projects. It was filled with straws, batteries, cardboard, tape, erasers, pens of different varieties, rubber bands, popsicle sticks, foil, plastic, etc. It also had a small postal scale, magnifying glass, multimeter, and wire. Anytime I found things that looked like trash but might be used for an experiment, I put it in that box. The box came out whenever they found something on tv, the internet, a magazine, or book that looked like it needed to be done at home. It was awesome because it was a mess and it usually was spread all over the table, kitchen floor, or (in the case of something that might cause smoke or overflow the table) the back yard but it was still easy to clean up at the end of the day without causing stress about losing something precious.
Today I found this gem of a list of science projects to tackle, “Boeing: 100 Days of Learning” and I was transported to those fun times. I immediately started to think of other people that might like to experiment like this and decided to share it here. I also thought it might be a fun thing to do with our group’s “Activity Club!” when it starts up again in the Fall. Who knows? Maybe my big teenagers would like to join in the fun! They’d probably even be able to answer the why questions way better than I did when they were little.