As a parent of two former students, I can remember my boys' excitement when they were drawn to be the Super Scientist of the Week. Each of them chose their own experiment and were so excited during each stage of the design process - even down to writing out the steps on the form. For our older son, he loved using technology to aid his experiment. For our middle son, spewing liquid all over our kitchen and dining room as he conducted multiple experiments to get the right amount of baking soda in his mixture was an added bonus! It'll be a few more years before our next Super Scientist reaches the 5th grade, but I'm sure he'll have just as much fun as his brothers did!
My son loved the week that he was picked to be the Super Scientist. He was so excited that we had to go buy the supplies that night so he could start practicing his experiment. This is a fun activity for the kids and a great way for them to get used to getting up in front of people.
It showed that your son had practiced his investigation when he presented it to his classmates. His original investigation had the balloon traveling down the fishing line 4 feet. We extended it to 12 feet and the class hypothesized whether they thought the balloon could travel that distance. They were amazed to see the balloon zip down the line that far.
Even though my daughters are now in middle school and high school, they still remember being the Super Scientist of the Week. There are so many skills the students practice, such as scientific inquiry, public speaking, and organization. It was fun to be able to work together with my girls to choose an experiment, find the supplies, and practice at home. What a great way to involve students in science!
I was glad Jack was given the opportunity to take ownership of his learning by presenting an experiment to the class. This activity allowed him to not only demonstrate his experiment, but he was required to explain the concepts behind it, thereby making learning more meaningful. Jack really enjoyed it and is lucky to have such an amazing science teacher!
What was so great about Jack's experiment is that every student in the class could try it for themselves. This provided Jack with an opportunity to teach the process to his classmates.
What a great learning experience for the kids, and in our case the parents too. We tried several different quanities of water before we found the one that worked. I love the hands on activities. Thank you for the time it takes to organize these.