"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up."

Deuteronomy 6:5-7

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What is Good Science?

We learned this week in our classical classes that good science is the constant search for accurate information.

So the boys and I set out to create a fun science project. And what better way to learn and have fun than by making rock candy?


We started out with empty glass jars and wooden skewers coated in sugar, cut to the length of each jar.


Next, we combined sugar and water at a 3:1 ratio in a saucepan over medium heat until it started bubbling. We I didn’t have the patience to wait for it to boil, and it still worked.  After the mixture cooled, we poured it into the individual jars and added food coloring.


Then came the technical part. We secured our wooden skewers in the sugar syrup with…clothes pins Smile It’s so technical, shirts aren’t required.


Then, we found a sunny spot for our jars and watched and waited.


Day One, not much happening. And I decided to cover them with coffee filters. The dust parts falling on the tops really bothered me. I’m crazy like that.

Day Three, large crystals begin to form.



Day Three, it’s really building up.


Big Finale, day seven.


I’d say this experiment is certainly considered good science!


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