Tuesday, July 21, 2009
In the Native hut, we saw many pelts that were curing. Victoria took the chance petting a skunk (she swears it didn't smell). Also, onsite, they had a trades/blacksmith building. The guides described the trades and how much training one had to have in order to perform a certain trade and earn a living. We also learned about tobacco: how to farm it and how to process it. Tobacco is still one of the largest cash crops coming out of Virginia, today. Last, we saw the colonial hospital and where colonists brewed medicines from herbs and plants. Victoria even tried her hand at using the mortar and pestle that were made from tree trunks.
The President starts by discarding his lowest card or pair of lowest cards. Play continues in this way down the ranks. The person who gets rid of their cards first is the new President. If only Democracy were so simple.
After a rousing game of Capitalism, we all had dinner with Mim and Pap...one of Mim's world-renown recipes (but Mom makes it better), Jan's Chicken. Mom made a new twist: Pete's Chicken, which is Jan's Chicken with Texas Pete's and Cayenne. Only Andy, Dad, and Mom DARED to try it. Once the holes in their tongues healed, they were able to say it was pretty good.
Matthew felt the movie wasn't as good as the book, unfortunately. They had to leave too much out of the movie to fit it into 2 hours. Victoria did figure out that RAB was Sirius Black's brother and that we'll be seeing him in the Deathly Hallows in a couple of years.
According to Brady, the movie could have gone into more detail but was pretty great anyway. Maybe they should hire back the Director who put together Azkban, that one was the best of the series.
Monday, July 20, 2009
We also learned about weather a little bit. I made a wind meter. Here's how you make it. You need 4 small Dixie cups. One of them different, 1 Styrofoam ball, a hot glue gun, 3 kaebob sticks, and lastly a straw. Gel 2 of the kaebob sticks and brake them in half. Poke all 4 pieces into the Styrofoam ball evenly. Then poke the sticks in the middle of the cup. Glue them securely in. Then get the big stick and poke it in on the bottom or top. Then glue it. Then put the straw on the long stick. Once your done with that its finished. Then go outside and measure the wind. Count the times the different cup passes you. 15x=1 mph, 30x=2 mph, 35x=3 mph, and 40x=4mph
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Our first experiment was the sediment tube. You make a sediment tube by filling a test tube halfway with dirt and the rest of the way with water. Then you cap it TIGHTLY and shake it up. Turn it upside down (rest on the cap) and watch the sediment and the water separate!
Then we learned about the layers of the Earth. There are 4: inner core, outer core, the mantel, and the crust. We live on the crust, it's too hot in the core and too hot in the mantel which is made of magma, not good for your hair.
We all dug holes out in Freedom Park (next to the Science Museum). The dirt in Freedom Park is over 100 years old. We were looking for different types of dirt.
Then we made edible dirt and it was YUMM-O! We used Oreos, vanilla pudding and gummy worms. Mr. Chris yelled "3-2-1 EAT IT!" and we all ate dirt.
In the afternoon we made a SIM. That stands for the Rock Cycle: Sedimentary, Igneous and Metamorphic. To make a SIM, you need a styrofoam cup, three rocks, glue, and googly eyes and feathers (if desired). First, put a Sedimentary rock in the bottom of the cup, then squeeze a good amount of glue on it. Add the Igneous rock next and the Metamorphic rock on top. Decorate the top rock if you like.
Day one of Science Camp was AWESOME!
Saturday, the boys took Mom put-putting. After the first 9 holes, Brady and Matthew were tied for first place and Andy and Mom were tied for second. That is, until Mom blew it up on the "back nine" taking the course mandated stoke limit of 5 on three holes (rather than the actuals of 7, 6, and 9).
Friday, July 10, 2009
Brady tried out some of the simulators while Andy tried to terrorize the simulated villagers with his lack of flying skills.
On the fourth of July we went to Dogwood Dell to watch fireworks. While we waited, we listened to some "rock n' roll" and watched what can only be decribed as a drunk woman dance in her own Independent way (get it, Independent??). Andy and Brady decided to rock their right to be different and had their fingernails painted blue while Matthew pigged out in the background. After 3 hours of waiting, we all enjoyed a fine display of fireworks and cannon fire.