Simon found the recipe in one of his chemistry booklets. We have used potato starch, vinegar, glycerine, food coloring and water. The most fun piece was the little blue squashy blob you can throw with and squeeze in your hands.
And getting starch all over yourself afterwards was fun too!
Simon was up to a new challenge and spent the whole day building circuits. Even during his Chinese lesson. We managed to finish 5 projects today:
Breezy Buddy (a fan)
Rotolamp (a disco lamp with a remote control to change it’s spinning speed)
Simon was doing most of the work himself (reading the instructions in English, assembling the circuits, pressing them on motherboards). The pressing bit required some help sometimes as well as securing the wires with tape. I made the paper templates, which Neva helped decorate.
She also made this cute evening video of the Rotolamp herself (she is singing a Russian lullaby, with modified lyrics):
The instructions are in English which doesn’t seem to pose any difficulty.
Simon is crazy about his “Proefjesboek” (a book on experiments). We absolutely had to bike to the store in pouring rain yesterday to get him some more vinegar.
During his French lessons Simon likes creating artsy posters, categorizing objects. When I ask him later what things are called in French he mostly recalls what he put down in his drawings.
Simon has been experimenting with light refraction: infrared emitting diodes (reflected by a mirror and visible via a smartphone camera)
and a self-made camera obscura.
The last couple of days have been dominated by the colours theme, that eventually ended up expressed in fractions (of how to mix the primary colours as in paints or the primary colours as in RGB light waves). In the artwork-like chart above Simon got all the shades by mixing the three primary colours. On the pictures with plastic cups he was trying to design a colour ‘genealogical tree’.
The tall beer glass has liquids of different density in it that don’t mix. He also experimented with different temperatures of water to see if the paints dissolve better in hot water. The straps of paper towel with colourful flames on them are the result of deconstructing felt pen inks. The next hypothesis (expressed here in fractions) that any colour can be created by simply adding up the necessary amount of the primary colours was experimentally tested as well. The last illustration is a scan of a text he wrote this morning (using nothing but his memory as resource) explaining how a human eye works and how the RGB light waves mix.
We have also watched a cartoon about the Indigofera and why there is so little blue in organic substances, experimented with trying to see infrared light (through a mobile phone camera) and read about how tiny the visible spectrum is. Simon’s maths teacher told him about how the same three RGB colours make up the three quarks in a proton!
Yesterday was Simon’s second day at GEMZ, the gifted club he attends once a week. I have received my belated Mom’s Day gift (bath salt bottle that Simon arranged in layers and has used for his own bath). He was also quite happy with the experiments they set, especially the balloon inflated by the gases from an acid-soda reaction.
We have baked our own bread and it no longer looked like a pile of mud!