This post is sponsored by Galileo Camps but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. This Simple DIY Science Experiment Accidentally Turned a Social Hypothesis.
I’m really trying to expose my children to more science lessons in our day-to-day lives. This simple DIY science experiment seemed perfect since all the kids like to help me cook when I create all my delicious recipes. I figured that in addition to teaching them about density, I could show them that when cooking, there are good reasons why certain ingredients have to be used in a specific order. Texture, density, and chemical reactions change the way food looks, feels, and tastes. Our quick experiment was going well, and suddenly the conversation took an unexpected leap into social hypothesis. My six-year-old triplets came to the conclusion that it’s okay to be different, based on their hypothesis that people are like the water, oil, and food coloring. My kids are brilliant! Genius. Right?
This DIY Science Experiment was like all the water/oil/food coloring experiments.
We used three jars. One had water, another had oil, and the last had a combination of water and oil. We added food coloring to each, using different colors, for no particular reason. We stirred the contents with toothpicks, even added salt into each at one point, and finally starting pouring the contents of one jar into another. We learned about density, the weight of water vs. oil, that salt, like the food coloring, doesn’t mix as well with oil. We had fun. Then absolute genius struck the minds of my little ones. One of them said,
The water and oil don’t want to be friends! Why mommy?
Their hypothesis is that people (society) is like the jar that had equal parts water and oil, with food coloring mixed in. They are right. While I’d love a world where everyone mixed well together, that’s never going to happen. But, just because people don’t always mix well together, doesn’t mean they can’t coexist peacefully in the same space. This brought on discussion about school, bullying, family, what makes us feel like drops of food coloring in oil, and what makes us feel like fully blended drops of food coloring in water. Science just taught my children something I’ve never found the right words to explain. I’m more determined than ever to keep exposing my kids to science. People say, seeing is believing, but it’s more than that! It’s understanding and once we can do that, and apply critical thinking, the lessons that can be learned are infinite. During the Summer, I know just the place to take them to keep them interested in science, inspired to learn more, and thinking about things in a new way.
Just like Galileo Camps, I believe Mistakes are Marvelous:
Galileo embraces mistakes as we teach campers to create without the fear of making them. We earnestly believe that mistake-making leads to magical learning opportunities and children shouldn’t spend their time in fear of making them. (Grown-ups either for that matter). Craft your story around how you and your child approached a project or obstacle together excited to make a mistake and without the fear of failure and the difference you saw in your child throughout the process.
Making and creating with your kids builds their confidence especially when you approach projects using the GIA ® (Galileo Innovation Approach). It’s important me that Summer Camp includes a STEAM (STEM + Art) approach.
If you register your kids for Galileo RIGHT NOW, you can still take advantage of the $40 discount especially when combined with the Early Bird Savings being offered now through February 29th. Even if you aren’t quite ready to register, you can still learn more about Galileo Innovation Approach, and talk about it with your children!
What are some marvelous mistakes your children have made? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!
By: Alicia Gonzalez