Friday’s Factoid 4 (by Titus and Joel)

We are learning about the sun and tried to do some real science experiments but there has been lots of clouds and also Sam drank one of our control cups of water and spilled the egg we were cooking so those experiments didn’t work. We have a new pet duck and we got to burn one of his feathers with a magnifying glass. That was fun (by Joel,7).

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We also learned about thermonuclear fusion which are little explosions inside the sun
that make it burn. The sun is getting brighter and hotter. If the sun was really billions of years old then a long time ago it would not have been able to burn a feather or cook an egg or make plants grow or keep us warm (by Titus,8).

Teacher’s Two-Cents (by Mom)
So the solar science experiment kit I picked up at a garage sale was a bit of a disappointment. It was pretty chinsy to begin with but a series of cloudy days and an overly curious pre-schooler didn’t help. Just a heads up, I payed under a buck for the unopened kit but found the same thing on-line for $15-$25. Total rip-off. The same experiments can be performed with any-old thermometer, magnifying glass, and roll of tinfoil. Oh, and if you want to know more about the whole thermonuclear fusion thing and how it provides evidence for a young earth and solar system click on this article from ICR. 429

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