Science Questions I Asked My Kids

I’m going to tell this baseball story here. It was already on the radio, but I don’t think y’all listen to the the same radio station that I do.

Crash had a ball game last Monday and his coach sent another Dad and I a message asking if we’d coach in their place because they wouldn’t be able to make it. We’ve both played ball before. We have both coached before. We were confident we could this.

Anyway, the game was going well, albeit very slowly. Our pitcher was having a tough inning in the 3rd (it took an hour and half to get this far). Bad innings happen at any level. We certainly weren’t blaming him. The inning ended and our pitcher was mad, upset, near tears. The other Dad Coach did his coach thing and gave him a pep talk to channel his anger toward the ball during his next at bat.

So he gets up to bat and what does he do? He NAILS it. The ball goes sailing over the center fielder’s head! Did I mention the bases were loaded? He rounds first and Coach sends him to second. He rounds second and we’re all yelling “GO!” He rounds third and I wave him home. GRAND SLAM! However, in Mosquito League baseball there is a five run rule so only one run counted. But still… it was a grand slam! So what if we ended up losing the game by one run.

1. How do the automatic doors at the grocery store know when to open?

Crash: They have sensors above them and when they see you, they open.
Bang: There’s a camera inside the door and when the camera sees them they open.

2. Why do we have to brush our teeth?

Crash: So that we don’t get rotten teeth and cavities and get a needle and wooden teeth like George Washington.
Bang: So we don’t get gunks because the gunks make cavities.

3. Why is there a tornado when the water goes down the bathtub drain?

Crash: Because the water goes around in circles and then goes down.
Bang: It sucks all the things in and makes picture of a tornado.

4. Why are some eggs brown and some eggs white?

Crash: It’s the type of chicken.
Bang: The white ones are fresh and the brown ones are rotten, poopy eggs.

5. Where does the sun go at night?

Crash: Behind us, like behind the other side of the Earth. So when it’s night for our side it’s day for the other side.
Bang: Over far far far away to Canada.

6. How far away are stars?

Crash: Very. 56.7 million miles away.
Bang: thirteen thousand one thousand eighteen thousand miles away.

7. Why do we have to go to sleep?

Crash: So we don’t konk out in the middle of the day.
Bang: We’re hamsters and we have to sleep in the morning

8. Why are worms good for the garden?

Crash: They eat the soil and then poop and their poop is good for the plants.
Bang: They turn the compost into dirt.

9. Why do cows moo?

Crash: That’s how they communicate.
Bang: When they milk they moo.

10. Where do puddles go after it rains?

Crash: They dry up. They go underground. And if rains on plants it goes away almost instantly because the roots drink it up.
Bang: They get sucked into the sun and it makes night time.

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Science Questions I Asked My Kids

It’s a lazy Thursday. One kid is playing Lego Star Wars on the Wii. He’s still in his pajamas at 10 am. His little brother is playing with his garbage/recycling truck. He’s naked. We could have saved ourselves hundreds of dollars by not buying him all those clothes.

Did I mention that it’s raining? It’s been raining for two days now. Hence, it’s a lazy Thursday. I can’t mow. The boys can’t play outside. Though I’m sure they’ll be out puddle jumping later. Perhaps I’ll join them, lest I go shack wacky. Ah, to be a kid again. Sometimes you just need to let your inner kid out to play.

Last week’s science questions were a fairly big hit so I thought I’d try it again. Same as last week, if you aren’t enlightened hopefully you’ll be enlaughened.

1. Why do yellow dandelions turn into yellow puff balls?

Crash: Because the sun heats them up and makes them into puff balls.
Bang: Because the grass goblins eat it and make it white and use them for parachutes. And we wreck their parachutes.

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2. How do light bulbs work? (Thanks Nancy!)

Crash: They use electricity from the house and they light up
Bang: The electricity connects up to the house and makes electricity

3. Why are there no more dinosaurs? (Thanks Holly!)

Crash: Because a meteor hit the Earth and now they`re extinct.
Bang: Everyone shot them with a gun. even me!

4. How do seeds grow?

Crash: The water make them open up then they start to grow.
Bang: Because you water them and they grow and turn into broccoli and stuff

5. Why are there waves in the ocean?

Crash: Because it has something to do with the moon and also the wind blows the water around.
Bang: Because the seeds make the waves because they`re wave seeds and then the sharks eat the seeds and the waves go bye bye.

6. Why do magnets stick together?

Crash: I don`t know exactly but it`s some sort of electric force. The force pulls them together.
Bang: Because they’re one way. They can’t connect black to black. It can connect black to the back of the magnet because it’s sort of sticky so it sticks to the back.

7. Why do the seasons change?

Crash: If it was just winter we’d stay cold and we’d waste more energy on our heaters. But if the seasons change then that wouldn’t happen.
Bang: What are seasons? (I tell him spring, summer, fall and winter) Because when it comes to fall all the leaves land on the ground and make it change.

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8. Why do we have night and day?

Crash: So we don’t get extremely tired. (So I ask him what makes it night and day) The Earth is moving around the sun and while it’s rotating around the sun the Earth is spinning in circles.
Bang: The sharks eat the day and night seeds. When they eat the day seeds it’s night. When they eat the night seeds it night. And when the night seeds are all gone, then the morning seeds can stay.

9. What is steam?

Crash: Vaporization.
Bang: Steam is sorta like smoke from a train. What makes the steam is the coal. The coal make the steam because you don’t want smoke in your train because that would make you sick.

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10. Why does your belly growl when you’re hungry?

Crash: It’s telling you that it needs food and if you don’t feed it you’ll starve. And if you don’t eat for a long time you’ll die of starvation.
Bang: Because it wants food so it goes, “I WANT FOOD! GIVE ME SOME FOOD! I WANT BREAKFAST TIME! ARGHHHH!!!” It gets so angry. And the other side of my belly goes, “I’m hungry. Can I have some food, si vous plait”? Then when it gets it, it says, “Merci”.


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*As you can tell from the recurrence of sharks that it is “Shark Week” on the Discovery Channel. While he’s been paying attention, I guess he doesn’t quite understand exactly what sharks do.

**If you have a science question you think would be fun to hear their answer to please leave it in the comment section of this post.

***I am considering setting up the video camera and asking these questions so you can hear their responses. Sometimes there’s more to their answers than I can put into words. Would you like to see it?

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The Last Day

Well folks, it’s finally here. The Last Day. Thanks to Alice Cooper there’s a song for this day, actually. While most  considered last Friday to be The Last Day, today is REALLY The Last Day. Even if they are only there for an hour and half. Long enough to give a teacher a present, say see ya in Grade Four (4th grade) to their friends, then grab their report card and skedaddle for the summer.

We ran into a bit of a snag with his previous teacher (who left in March to begin maternity leave). A lack of communication is what it boiled down to. But that’s in the past and things have improved with her replacement. The report card comes home today. Crash has always done well. He always comes home with A and B’s. Smart like his parents (he does do dumb stuff like the generation of dads before him did when they were his age).

Anyway, this isn’t about the dumb acts of the invincible youth. I’m not even really sure what this is about today. I’m just spewing nonsense.

So I’ll keep it short and ask for you help. Tomorrow is “Questions I Ask My Kids” day. Last week’s science questions were a huge hit that I’d like to try to replicate. Their answers were hilarious! What I need some help with is the questions I should ask. You can read last week’s questions here.

What would be a good science question to ask a kid? 

Just leave your question(s) down in the comments and I’ll even give you a shout out tomorrow!

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Science Questions I Asked My Kids

Ahh… to view the world with child’s eyes. Nothing quite beats the imagination of our youth. The hows and the whys of our world might seem mind boggling. Except when viewed through the vision and mind of a child it’s all really quite simple. How else could one describe such complex intricacies so simply and so accurately.

I thought I’d try something a little different today. Normally, I ask my kids fun questions about life. Today’s questions are all sciencey (except for the dream question Bang was so eager to answer yesterday). This is their take on what happens in the world around them.

1. Did you have any dreams?

Bang: Yes. So like I don’t know where we were. It was sorta like the beach. It had lots and lots of sand but I don’t know where it was. There was a green train. It came toward us super fast. It didn’t need train tracks, it could go anywhere. On top of trees. In the water (the wheels go all gone and it rows). There was mean mom and she said “There goes your garbage”. I was swimming in the water and the train came on the sand. Then I woke up.

Crash: My friend and I were playing outside in the dark. Then someone jumped on my back. My friend was gone because he turned into a zombie Sponge Bob. So I ran away. A thing was hanging from a tree and it had a flashy button on it. I pushed the button and it exploded and I woke up.

2. Why does it rain?

Bang: Because the clouds go for a swim and suck up some water and when they go back in the sky the water comes out of little tiny holes and it rains.

Crash: Because when it gets hot some water from the oceans and stuff float up. It’s called vaporization. Then the clouds soak up the vaporization because they’re like sponges. They turn dark and the water falls out as rain and it all cycles through again and again.

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3. Why do bees make honey?

Bang: To make honey sandwiches, honey bread, honey toast, and honey strawberries (which are orange and taste like honey)

Crash: So we can eat it, obviously.

4. Why is it windy?

Bang: because wind clouds come and they make the wind blow around.

Crash: Because God blows through his mouth and makes it windy.

5. Why is the sun hot?

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: When you’re cooking something, the wires get hot so space gets hot and then the sun gets hot.

Crash: That’s an unanswerable question. Earth’s atmosphere is like a magnifying glass and the light from Earth heat up the sun.

 

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Bang: I would say a lot. I would say a really big number. 60 90 100

Crash: 163

7. What is the largest animal on Earth?

Bang: An elephant and rhino are bigger than all the animals.

Crash: The humpback whale. Whales are ginormous! Or is the beluga bigger?

8. Why is the sky blue?

Bang: Because there are blue snowballs that float in space and they make the sky blue.

Crash: Because of light. The sky is practically space, but the sun lights it up.

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9. What makes a rainbow?

Bang: There are invisible balls inside the blue sky and it makes a rainbow when it’s ready to make one.

Crash: Rain and sun. Obviously the sun heats up the water and somehow it makes a rainbow in the sky.

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10. How do airplanes stay up in the air?

Bang: They have 2 wings and really big propellers that spin super fast that they can stay up in the air when you count to a thousand.

Crash: Because they have turbines usually. And they have big gliding wings.

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Go Ask Your Father: Calories, Sphincters, Magnificent, and Boats

Welcome to Friday. Friday night, actually. It is here anyway.

Let me start again.

Welcome to Saturday! Saturday morning actually. It is here anyway. We haven’t been here for an entire week. Perhaps we need more Saturdays in the week.

So there I was yesterday, watching Curious George with Bang when it dawned on me. I could watch Curious George all day long. It’s the one show I don’t mind watching over and over and over. I can relate to the Man in the Yellow Hat. I know what it’s like to have monkeys. Especially curious ones.

It seems the questions are coming full blast now. While I’m loving answering their questions, I can’t keep up. I forget their questions before I get a chance to write them down. They ask while I’m driving. They ask while we’re laying in bed at night. They ask while we’re out for a bike ride. The most inopportune times to enter them into Wunderlist on the cell phone.

1. What are calories?

low-calorie1This arose from watching TV. A yogurt  commercial claimed to have just 80 calories. Inshort, a calorie is a unit of energy. Or at least that’s what I told Crash. His response was, “That yogurt has 80 units of energy.” You’ll find calories listed on all your food labels. Scientifically speaking, a food calorie is equivalent to the amount of energy required to raise one kilogram of water one degree Celsius. Your lifestyle can be a determinate on how many calories you need in a day. More sedentary lifestyles, as those of sloths and couch taters, require fewer calories. Those who lead active lifestyles, like athletes, require more calories. Kids require a million billion bajillion calories because they go and go and go and go and….

2. What’s an anal sphincter?

I don’t believe I had to answer this question. No questions are off limits. And thanks to Sheldon Cooper and The Big Bang Theory, here I am answering this. Here was the scene. Sheldon was trying to relax Leonard so Leonard wouldn’t get mad about not being mentioned in scientific journal article about a project he had worked on. So Sheldon was massaging Leonard’s shoulders and told him to relax all his muscles. Except his anal sphincter, don’t relax that. So if you had a map and a flashlight, where would you find an anal sphincter? You’re poop hole. Fun fact: sphincters are strong enough to restrict the passage of any fecal material but sensitive enough to differentiate between solid, liquid, and gas. Just like dad… strong yet sensitive. Eight year olds just LOVE that word, poop, too. So please don’t relax your sphincter. You’ll have a message of infantile proportions.

Note: I’m including pictures of anal sphincters. You can Google those on your own time.

3.What’s magnificent?

I am, son. Totally. Well, not so much magnificent as awesome or super or any other word that would describe a dad. Though, compared to mom words, these are mediocre descriptions. Thanks to “The Day The Crayons Came Home” the sequel to “The Day The Crayons Quit” we have the word magnificent. Poor Pea Green doesn’t like his name because nobody likes peas or pea green. So he changes it to Esteban the Magnificent. He goes off to explore the world, but since it’s rainy he decides to stay home where it’s nice and dry. Those are two great books to read. Kids love them and they’re not so bad if you have to read them 3 kajillion times.

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Bang’s Esteban

 

4. Why do boats float?

Because their hull pushes A LOT of water out of the way.

Pushing water out of the way is called displacement. Archimedes realized this when he took a bath. The water level in his tub rose after he got in. This was his body displacing water to make room for itself. If an object is lighter than the amount of water it displaces it will float. That’s why a small iron nail sinks while giant iron ship can float. The nail doesn’t have to displace much water to make room for itself while a ship displaces tons of water. In water, there are two forces acting upon the object. Gravity, which pulls downward and buoyancy which pushes upward. The more water an object displaces the more buoyant it is.  I, apparently, don’t displace much water because I can’t float. However, DW has two, built in flotation devices. So, should we ever go overboard, I’ll be clinging to her. Lest I become lobster bait.

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Go Ask Your Father: Prodigies, Screws, Rabbits, and Rocket Boosters

Racquetball is a fun sport. While living in Virginia I had a few racquetball buddies and I’d play 3-4 times a week for an hour or two. A couple years ago I discovered the racquetball court here in town. I haven’t met as many regulars, as many buddies, as I had down south. Plus, I don’t have as much time as did back then.

The kids discovered my racquetball equipment. “Can we go play racquetball?” was playing on repeat. I’m all for physical education and being fit and all, but I was kind of really nervous about putting two kids I call Crash and Bang in an enclosed room, arming them with rackets, and providing rubber balls for ammunition. I didn’t bode well.

So we played. Bang got hit once by Crash. Was just a tap and didn’t even leave a mark. I got hit in the back of the head. Again, just a tap (I’m familiar with the shots that leave bruises). Crash got hit on a butt cheek. That one left a little red mark and stung for a second.

One was mad because he kept missing the ball. The other was mad because the ball never came back to him and he didn’t want to go get it. These two are destined for desk jobs in a cubical where they don’t have to move all day.

1. What’s a prodigy?

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  1. a person, especially a young one, endowed with exceptional qualities or abilities.

We were watching a new show called Little Big Shots with Steve Harvey. I highly recommend it. It’s not a competition. It’s more like a talent show without judges. Anyway, one four year old, Evan, had been practising the piano for a few months. Yes. A few months. Needless to say, he had a knack for it. Or ear, rather. And fingers. He’s Bang’s age! I can’t even get mine to keep the Legos in the bag!

That is a prodigy.

2. What are twisted inclined planes?

Is it wrong of me to illicit questions? Crash picked up a screw and said, not surprisingly, “I found a screw”. So I said, “It’s a twisted inclined plane.” I provoked this question. I’m glad he asked. He passed the test.

6377First off, an inclined plane is a fancy name for a ramp. It’s one of a number of simple machines. Like the wheel and axle. Or a wedge. Or a pulley. Anyway, if you take that simple inclined plane and wrap it around something you get a screw. (Completely different than getting screwed. Noun vs. verb) Think spiral staircase. Or an actual screw. Or instead of the playground slide that goes straight, the slide that goes around and around around until you reach the bottom, dizzy and screwed.

3. Can we get a rabbit?

No.

We’re not rabbit people. We’re bird people. We’d be dog people if DW wasn’t so allergic. (I’m not blaming her. I’m blaming her allergies. Her allergies don’t care if I blame them) Once upon a time we were bearded dragon people. And turtle people. We’re not rabbit people. It’s one of those things the explanation is more difficult than it’s worth. Cats vs dogs. SUV vs Minivan. Superman vs Batman.

Plus we have a mean bird who would provide us with four lucky rabbit’s feet. Not sure why they’re considered lucky. I don’t imagine the rabbit feels the same way.

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Piper – The 8 inch tall bird that would eat the rabbit

4. What if a rocket booster fell in our backyard?

shuttleboostersFirst off, this will never happen. The Toronto Maple Leafs have slightly better odds at winning the Stanley Cup than a rocket booster landing on our trampoline. NASA launches their rockets over the water and because they’re way good at math, they know exactly where they’ll land. Usually, they’re recovered and used again. The main rocket booster hangs on longer and burns up in Earth’s atmosphere. The space shuttle launches ended in 2011, though. Astronauts now hitch hike with the Russians to get to the ISS upon the Soyez rockets. But the US still sends supply loads to the ISS and satellites into space so there is still use for solid rocket boosters to propel rockets through the first stage of their ascent. But I suppose if one did happen to fall in our yard we could attach them to our truck so the cops could never catch me! Then we’d be twisted inclined planed!

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The Roswell Ride

Imagine your little one, not even a year old yet, diagnosed with cancer. Retinoblastoma to be precise, a cancer of the eye. The only cure is remove the eye.

That is only the beginning of Melina’s story. Melina is who my brother rides in honor of this year.

Ride for Roswell is a bike ride ranging from 3 miles to 100. My br4rrother, his father-in-law, and our dad will be riding 44 for the seventh straight year. Part of their route will take them into Canada. For a few minutes we’ll be in the same country at the same time. However, more importantly, their ride is part of a fundraiser for Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

My brother’s goal is to raise $1,000 for this cause. The money raised will be used in researching the sciences in the treatment and prevention of cancer. Like shrinking lung cancer tumors with Vitamin D. Or researching a vaccine for glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor.  Or toward enhancing the treatments and therapies already in practice. Science in its purest form.

Cancer has touched us all in some way, shape or form. Perhaps you are a survivor. You know a survivor. You know someone fighting the battle right now. Or perhaps, sadly, you lost someone to cancer. We all understand the support that is required to beat it. Lets work together to kick cancer’s ass.

Please visit my brother’s page – Bradley Wood’s Fundraising Page. There you can read the rest of Melina’s story. Also, if you can spare a few dollars, help him reach his goal. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.

There is also a link in my sidebar to the right that will remain there until the ride in June. Help me help him spread the word and share any way you please.

My brother and Melina thank you.

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Brad (my brother) Bob (the father-in-law) Michael (our Dad)

STEM Girls

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My aunt posted this article, Why Girls Need Stem and Why Stem Needs Girls to her FB. I was intrigued. I knew I was going to write about this so I saved the link in my drafts. A week or so later I was watching TV.

Do you remember that show with Corey and Topanga- Boy meets world? Well, they made a sequel to it. Corey and Topanga grew up, got married and had two kids. One is a teenage girl. Hence, it’s called Girl Meets World.

I found myself watching an episode of it (again) the other night. It was my sign that it was time to write.

In this episode titled Girl Meets STEM (see the theme, now), Riley takes a stand when she notices that it’s just the boys who conduct the science experiments. The central problem of this episode revolves around the fact that the female characters were at the age when most girls start dropping out of STEM classes.

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These are the areas where the greatest developments occur. Marie Curie and her
radioactivity research. Sally Ride, the first woman in space. Antonia Coello Novello, the first female Surgeon General of the United States. Kari Byron, a co-host of Mythbusters. Ms. Frizzle.

Okay, so that next to last one doesn’t have the staggering STEM resume the others do. But, she is in the field of science working to make science exciting for teens. And the last one isn’t real. Still, I think girls appreciate the show just as much as the boys do.

The first article reports that about 10-30% of STEM occupations are female. A quick google search reveals very similar numbers for the number of males in the teaching profession between elementary and high school.

Why this odd imbalance? Historically speaking, that’s the way it’s always been. This is the 21st century. It doesn’t have to be like that any more. Women have proven over and over again, they are just as capable as men.

We need to rethink how we treat the girls in these classes when they are still young. Stop gender stereotyping and allow kids to explore, engineer, build, study, think whatever it is they can dream up. I’m certainly not saying take away their dolls – that how they learn to be mothers (just as our boys have Sweet Baby to practice caring for to be good dads). I’m saying give them that which they can discover and reinvent the world. Building blocks. Science kits. Solar powered robots. Lego is for everyone!

Allow them to explore the world and the world will be theirs.

Do with boys, too. They love it just as much.

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Photovoltaic Geeks

More sunlight hits the Earth in one day than every person on Earth could use in 27 years!

~Bill Nye

Today’s lesson is on Photovoltaic cell. Or for us normal people, solar cells.

I’m sure you’ve all seen them. Or at least a picture of them. Like these…

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They provide electricity at no cost. No fuel required. There are zero emissions, zero pollution, zero noise. So how do they work?

First, you already know electricity is the movement of electrons – those negatively charged particles of an atom. When they move, we get zapped.

Second, silicon is a metalloid  which means it’s sort of a metal. So it can sort of conduct electricity.

A solar panel is basically a silicon sandwich- negative and positive silicon (like peanut butter and jelly). Where they meet is where the action is. The trading of electrons could be described as some peanut butter getting in the jelly and some jelly getting in the peanut butter.

There’s a whole lot of science involved and I’m trying not to get too pvtechnical. But, to simplify it as much as I can; the negatively charged electrons join with the positively electrons in the middle of the sandwich. Sunlight then causes them split up again. When the panel is connected to a circuit the divided electrons flow through the circuit and meet up again in the “sandwich” and start the process all over.

When many panels are joined, you get an array, like the one shown in the first picture. These arrays can be used to power everything electrical in houses. If this house creates more electricity than it uses, that electricity is sent back to the power company. In many areas, power companies are required by law to pay the user for any electricity that is returned to them.

Most solar panels are only 11-15% efficient. This means that only 11-15% of the sunlight that hits the panel is converted into electricity. While this may sound low, it’s more than efficient for a few rooftop panels to create enough electricity for the house to be self sufficient.

Now let me entertain you. The reason for this science lesson is because Crash already got one, sort of. I haven’t really explained this all to him because I, myself, just learned it as I was typing this. Hence, I’m no expert.

Anyway, Crash received a solar power kit for Christmas. This thing can be built into 14 different robots and they all move of their own accord under the power of direct sunlight.

The first thing he wanted built was a car. But first we had to assemble the motor box (that’s the box under the solar panel “head”). It wasn’t easy because those parts were small. After we completed the motor we were supposed to test it. Unfortunately, it snowed for five days, so it sat for a while. We played in the snow in the meantime.

Anyway, when we had a sunny morning we opened the front door and direct sunlight beamed in. We grabbed the car and set it up and IT WENT BACKWARDS!

Crash and Bang laughed at that. I did too. I thought I put gears or the motor or something in backwards. Confused, I switched the positive and negative wires. Guess what? That made it run forwards. I seriously had no idea switching the wires would cause it run in the opposite direction. But now that I know how solar panels work, it makes sense. Those electrons are going to flow, unlike a battery, in the same direction (hence it’s called direct current). Switching the wires simply changes the direction of the flow.

Anyway, Crash and Bang played with it until the sun didn’t shine through the door anymore. And Bang was getting a kick out of cast a shadow on the panel to make the car stop.

We’re certainly not setting any land speed records here, but we are learning!

SCIENCE!

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Science on youtube

There are a couple Youtube channels I keep an eye on. They’re both science related.

One is Michael here Stevens of Vsauce. While not strictly science, his videos are highly educational and entertaining. He answers everything from why “bad words” are bad to “Is the Earth really flat?” With 9 and half million subscribers, He must be doing something right.

The other is Derek Muller’s Veritasium. Born in Australia, moved to Canada as a kid, then moved back to Australia to do his PhD at Sydney University. His videos are all based on science and engineering and are also very educational. He understands how we learn and his videos are conducive to the methods he studied in his PhD.  He has a following of nearly 3 million. He covers everything from the truth of the swirl in the southern hemisphere to explaining the magnus effect.

Crash and Bang are currently obsessed with Minecraft parodies. These silly songs are all about minecraft, however, they’re sung to the tune to currently popular songs. Like Maroon 5’s Animal becomes “Craftable”. Or Eminem’s Friends with a Monster becomes “Friends with a Creeper”. We (meaning I) put a few of them on the cell phone so the boys could listen to them in the truck. The tough part is checking them to make sure they’re okay. None of these songs have swear words. There was one song (The Creeper Rap) that sings of blowing up blocks like Al Qaeda and being a suicide bomber. That’s what a “Creeper” is in minecraft, but the boys don’t need to be hearing about such bombers. There’s a ban on that song in our house, now.

What do you watch on YouTube? Is there a particular channel you follow? Are you on YouTube? Feel free to leave a link to your channel in the comments for us to check out.