I never even try to pretend that we have a perfect homeschooling life. We don't. Almost every day involves some amount of complaining and frustration, and yet, in the midst of all that complaining and frustration, there are some really cool moments (usually completely unplanned) that make me smile and love our homeschooling life. Today featured one of those moments.
My younger son asked if he could do a science experiment. Honestly, science wasn't even on the agenda for today and I had already allowed (that doesn't seem like the right word!) them to watch a science program on T.V. earlier in the morning. But, I know, to some extent, I really need to go where the spirit leads them. So, I asked what he had in mind. He said that he wanted to see what temperature a Lego brick would melt at. He thought it would melt at 500 degrees. His brother was convinced that it wouldn't melt at all.
Hmmm . . . This was actually some valid scientific inquiry, complete with two competing hypotheses. I asked them how they would go about this experiment. They suggested starting at 350 degrees for eight minutes, then going up by 50 degree intervals for the same amount of time, until (if needed) we got to 500 degrees. Sounded like a good plan to me. Plus, to get even more educational mileage out of this experiment, I told them they could write up a short report about it, including photos, for their writing assignment today.
So, here were the results.
After eight minutes at 350 degrees:
After an additional eight minutes at 400 degrees:
After an additional eight minutes at 450 degrees:
Next week, they are already planning on melting a Mega Block to see how the lower-priced Lego competitor compares.