At the end of May, my third grader got this huge science project assigned to him. It was due Tuesday of last week and on Thursday, the kids all got to present their projects to their guests in the school library.
It was actually a huge project. The kids had to come up with an idea for something they’d like to compare or know more about, create a hypothesis, perform an experiment to see if their hypothesis was correct or incorrect and then create a presentation/display to show their results. Sounds like a lot of work, right? Well it was! I seriously have absolutely NO idea why teachers wait until the end of the school year to give the kids these huge assignments. It’s not fair to the kids who are already checked out by this point or the parents, who end up having to do their fair share of the work, but alas – this was a big part of their science grade, so they had to put a good amount of effort into it.
Ok, rant over.
My guy tested hot and cold water temperatures in different kinds of containers (glass, Styrofoam, ceramic and plastic) to see which kept their temperature better. Styrofoam won out by the way. Anyways, here he is in the school library last Thursday with his project and display board.
Here’s a better look at his display.
The parents were allotted a half hour to peruse all of the kids projects and I got a chance to see most, if not all, of the kids projects. I have to say that I was really impressed. Kids these days are so smart.
Before we went to the library, however, the kids got a chance to show off a science project that they worked on in class. A Power Point presentation. My son told me that they were working on it in school, so I was excited to see what he put together. I mean, imagine – learning Power Point in third grade! Wow. I can barely muddle though Power Point myself, and I am a grown woman.
My guy did a fantastic job on both projects. I am definitely a proud mama!