- Chip(s) off the old Block
- May 22nd, 2009
The kids' elementary school held its annual Science Festival today. My wife helped out with the various stations around the gym (which, she informed me, were really cool) but the big event was the Egg Drop competition. This was a two stage event: a competition in each grade indoors, and the devices that worked indoors were sent outside for a drop off the two story school building with the entire elementary school in attendance.
Our oldest (she's in 4th Grade) and our middle kid (he's in 2nd Grade) decided to enter the competition this year. My daughter wanted to do the entire thing herself, so she went off and came up with a design that included a tissue box and packing peanuts. My son's design was similar, but he wanted styrofoam walls instead. (He also originally wanted a cloth interior, but I'm grateful he changed his mind.) I helped out my son a bit, particularly in the knife wielding and the usage of Gorilla Glue (it works great, but man is it a pain to get off of your hands), but the design was his.
We were able to test our daughter's design from 10 feet, and it worked at that distance. My son's, well... The glue wasn't dry yet, so we just kind of hoped it would work. This morning, their stuff got packed up and shipped off to school, and I sat down to work.
The entire gang (minus the Kindergartner, who arrived off the bus at lunchtime) returned about an hour ago with the news: our daughter's design didn't survive the inside drop (which turned out to be close to 20 feet rather than the 10 feet we tested), but our son's not only survived the inside drop but also the outside drop (which was over 30 feet).
To their father, a physics grad, it was one of those moments that set a silly grin on my face. I now know how my wife (a geology grad) feels when we're on a hike and one of them comes running up, holding a rock and saying, "Mom! Mom! Look! A brachiopod!"