[ExI] 5th Grade Science Fair -- Evolution

Brent Allsop brent.allsop at canonizer.com
Sun Mar 25 06:15:29 UTC 2012

AHHHH!!!  Family talk!!

That's what I so love about the MTA, that seems to be so missing from 
most other ExI and Transhumanist forums.

Thanks!!  What great stories!!

Brent Allsop

On 3/24/2012 11:50 PM, spike wrote:
>> ... On Behalf Of Kelly Anderson
> Subject: [ExI] 5th Grade Science Fair -- Evolution
>> ...Friday, I went to my son's 5th grade science fair. It was really a lot
> of fun watching these young kids get excited about experimentation. My son
> was chosen to progress to the district (no surprise there, we have been
> working hard on our experiment) and is very excited by the prospect...-Kelly
> _______________________________________________
> Since Kelly talks about his son's science fair, I get to talk about mine.
> My son did a project on measuring the power from a solar panel we use to
> keep the batteries topped up on our camper.  The ad says it produces five
> watts peak, so we took him out with a digital meter, had him measure open
> loop voltage and short circuit current, then multiply those two to get
> power.  He got a little less than four watts peak in every case, under ideal
> conditions.
> He was the only kindergartner there, so we were not going to have him pitch.
> He had decided he didn't want to, when we got to the regional and there were
> about 600 or so people there.  So he and I went and listened to the pitches.
> He saw one kid after another pitch their projects, and several were doing
> something wrong, such as holding the mic too far from their mouth so we
> couldn't hear a word.  Others were facing away from the audience.  Others
> wandered off on some trivial detail.
> After watching a dozen of these, my son turned to me and said he wanted to
> pitch, so I signed up him.  He stood tall up there, held the mic right up to
> his mouth and spoke in clear, distinct, grammatically correct sentences,
> explained how he measured open voltage, short current, multiplied to get
> power, and found his panel came up a watt short.  He stayed right on topic,
> didn't wander, got right to the point, got off the stage.  Of course my
> father-figure buttons nearly off popped.  That's what my son calls me,
> father figure.  Heh, what a kid.
> I hope he becomes a science fair champion.
> spike
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