The St. Brigid's Homeschooling Association had their Science Fair this past Sunday. They held it in the basement of the church. Since it was also Donut Sunday, I was there.
The projects were a pretty mixed bag. I think one kid intended to explain "genealogy." The family she chose was that of Therese Martin, known to the world as St. Therese of Lisuex. Since she and all her sisters became nuns, there was only one generation. Makes the project easier, I guess.
Another project was "Ice Fishing." No, really. A family took photos of their last ice fishing expedition. It listed the necessary equipment, including a drill to make a hole in he ice with, and their favorite lures.
You just don't see stuff like that on Long Island.
A girl came up with a display about the terracotta army from the tomb of Shi Huangdi, of the Qin dynasty. Money quote: "Shi Huangdi wanted China to become modern. He killed over 400 scholars to ensure modernization." Hm. Maybe he was onto something.
But the best project was the Potato Cannon. A couple of boys built a potato cannon, following instructions in "Backyard Ballistics." [You can find this homeschooling classic at www.backyard-ballistics.com.]
After listing a few important rules ("Never look down the barrel!"), the boys gave their mission statement.
"Why We Chose This Project: we like to shoot stuff and watch things explode."
A scientist should have clear goals.