Turning My Girls Into Science Geeks

No Higher Form of Praise

When people call me a geek, I take the moniker with pride and own it. I can think of nothing nobler than having a passion towards science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). These are the fields upon which all of modern society is built, and all other fields obtain their advances.

I feel it is one of my core duties as a father to install that passion in my girls. I am exposing them to science, and technology at every opportunity. I also am proudly watching my oldest daughter obtain a healthy, natural talent for mathematics. My bubbly, glittery, overly-talkative 7 year old girl who was talking full sentences at 1 year old has been doing basic multiplication and division while she struggles with writing and reading. The complete opposite of what I envisioned her skillset to be.

She is well ahead of what they are teaching in class. I have been teaching her at home, and it’s a lot of fun watching her skills blossom.

Why Are Leaves Green in the Summer, but not in the Fall?

So today, we a starting the experiment that will teach them about chlorophyll and why leaves change colors in the fall.

Setup

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Mashing and Cutting

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Cooking

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Outcome

Ok, it ended in total failure, and I have no idea why. I remember doing this experiment as a child and it working perfectly. I set the jars out to let the alcohol dry, but when it was all said and done, all that was on the coffee filter strips was a thin green line. No yellow, no red… nothing else.

So we’ll try again next weekend and perhaps do a better job of mashing up the leaves. I just let the girls rip the leaves apart into tiny shards, but this time I’ll get them to mash it all up into a paste.

Regardless, they both had fun with the experiment and I at least got to explain to them why the coffee filter absorbed the green chlorophyll via the alcohol.

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