I need help with a science fair project.
Kiddo#1 knew in early December that he would have to do a science fair project. He said, “Something like watering a plant with sugar versus regular water to see how it grows.”
I went to a few websites and made a few dozen suggestions, and at the end of it, he decided to water some plants with sugar versus regular water to see how they grew.
(You can see where this is going, right?)
We planned to take 15 of the million offshoots of my spider plant and plant them in peat pots. Except that in the first week of January, he came home: we needed BEAN SEEDS and we needed to plant them TODAY!!!
(This is after, at the end of December, I said, “What do we need for your science fair project?” and he snarled, “I don’t need to do it YET!“)
Within a few days, we procured seeds. He got 15 little pots, measured in the soil, planted 15 seeds, labelled everything, and watered them with different solutions. And we waited for the sprouts. And waited. And waited.
After 10 days, I made him plant new seeds on the ground that the original seeds were never going to sprout. And of course, those aren’t sprouting either. Meanwhile, the high-sugar pots are growing a cotton-candy-like fuzz and they smell like vomit.
I’ve emailed his teacher for help. I’ve said, “Are you sure we can’t use actual plants?” I’ve said, “Can we do a different project that will prove something other than the fact that Kiddo#1 has inherited his mother’s inability to grow anything whatsoever?”
Here’s where I need help: the science fair is in six weeks. If the teacher says we can change midstream, what kind of project can you guys recommend that he can do in six weeks (preferably four weeks) that does not involve any kind of plant-life whatsoever? Have you or your kids done something tremendously fun that will tickle the geek in him?
He loves systems, games, and probability.
(Right now, the only thing I can think of that he can document is “How many times can his mother endure a full-on meltdown over these dumb seedlings before she has a nervous breakdown?” and I never signed a human research form. Which, yes, one of his friends sent us so he can experiment on Kiddo#1. I kid you not.)
Alternately, if you think it would be better for me to step back and let him suffer…tell me why. He did everything he should have.
Thanks, and wish us luck.
EDITED with an update: the science teacher wrote back and said that as long as it’s documented, any results are good results.
I think we’re going to try again with different seeds, different soil, and I hope a different outcome. I’m honestly beginning to think anyone with my genes could kill crab grass if we put it in a pot and tried to cultivate it.