Friday, January 29, 2010

Science Fair Winners

In honor of the International Year of Astronomy, Winger ordered a GalileoScope and put the kit together. He was hoping to see the four moons of Jupiter in January, like Galileo did 400 years ago. But our cloudy and foggy weather the past three weeks hampered his chance to test that hypothesis. He won 2nd place in the 6th grade division, just one point behind his twin brother!
Polar Bear created a 1st Place home-made sundial for Gr. Judy's garden (seen lower right in this picture). Gr. Gerald was a good assistant with the spray painting. We look for sundials in people's yards and community parks to see if they are accurate or simply decorative. Above all else, I LOVE the sundial and the fact that in late 1700s, all Americans knew how to create one for their own home or farm. This information is somewhat lost to us because of modern technology. But Gr. Gerald told us a sundial story from his younger years of farming with his own Grandfather and not having a watch. "I would shove a stick in the ground at the edge of the field so I would know when it was noon and time to go in for dinner," he said. Pretty clever!

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