As I lay thinking about what I had done yesterday (made some dead good dragsters using Starbucks plastic cup lids and tins), I came up with an idea, a BIG idea.
Around 6, I got up and sent the following email to a few friends whom, I hoped/knew, would be interested:
Last Wednesday, I had the first of my current round of science workshops in schools for parents and their young scientists. 30 kids and 25 parents came for a 90 minute 'hands on' workshop with me.
I'm running three classes in one school: first, 4/5 graders, then, this coming week, 2/3 graders, followed by 1st graders, then, in another school, an evening for all age kids.......THEN, three Saturday mornings in a local community center with all-comers plus parents.
The focus is getting parents to work WITH their kids on fun science ideas.
Yesterday, when preparing for the next class, I became so involved and had so much fun with new ideas using tin cans and plastic cups as the basis for making moveable 'dragsters'.
At 1.30 this morning, I was wide awake, my head buzzing with ideas.
Then, one idea grew and grew: I'm going to write/speak to a number of kids and ask them to 'test' my science ideas on their own and give me feedback. I'll start this with the 30 kids coming to this week's workshop.
I'm then, with parents permission, going to send the kids one idea at a time to test at home - and give me their feedback...DEASD GOOD, SO-SO, BORING...............
Goal - I'm going to put together a booklet of THE best ideas, voted by kids and parents.................
You came into my head:
Any chance I can send you the ideas, one a time, to test drive, either as an adult or as a partner with a young child (grandkids, for example?
What do you think?
Go on........you can do it, yes? :)
OK......let's see what happens.
Now I'm going to create the feedback letter for kids, photograph the sciency things i came up with yesterday, and .....drive Jeannine crazy!! :)