Alkalines, Acids and Beakers. Oh my.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

In the 5th grade, I got a "C" - in science.   This, my first "C" ever, was because I was never able to build a correct complex circuit thingie that would light up that darn little light bulb.

 Inductor with battery light bulb tutorial

Reading the directions now, I see that it's not that difficult.  In retrospect, my failing this project was likely due to spending my time talking to my friends in my lab group, rather than concentrating on the task at hand.

Regardless, that C in science in 5th grade set me on a course of avoiding science classes whenever possible.  After taking the required biology in 10th grade, I never again graced the inside of a science classroom.  Amen and Hallelujah.  

Alas....Ryan loves science! He names it as his favorite subject in school.  His Aunt Stephanie and Uncle Michael bought him a chemistry set for his *birthday, and he's had fun learning the basics of alkalines, acids, and the various fizzing, bubbling, color-changing reactions between them .  We've already sailed well beyond the limits of my chemistry knowledge, and now we're learning together.

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I told his Aunt Stephanie that any gift that comes with safety glasses, and no less than 18 safety notices on every page of the Experiment Guide is sure to be a hit!

*I think a science kit is a great item to add to your metal list of birthday gifts to buy for the 8 - 10 year old set.  Such a hard age to buy for! 


Blogger valerie in TX had this to say:

I love this idea! You're right - the 8-10 year old range is so hard to buy for (for me, anyway). I will definitely be looking at these next time I need a gift! I confess I loved science in school...but NOT chemistry. Life science all the way, baby. :)

July 7, 2010 at 11:42 AM 

Blogger StephCliff had this to say:

Fun! I always liked chemistry (nerd alert!) I wasn't a fan of biology - too much memorization. I'm glad he likes it!!

July 7, 2010 at 1:02 PM 

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