Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Science Fair 2013!

Our girls participated in this year's Heartland Homeschoolers Science Fair.  Jocelyn has participated before, but this was Katelyn's first year participating.

Jocelyn's topic was to find out if people liked higher fat cookies over low-fat cookies.  She had 15 friends and family members taste test and rank 4 different kinds of cookies...she proved her hypothesis was correct...people do like higher fat cookies.  Surprise, surprise! 
For her presentation she talked about different types of fats and then went into her science experiment.
Overall she did a great job and was able to answer all of her judges questions.  In the end, she was part of a tie breaker for 2nd and 3rd place...and lost the tie breaker and got 3rd place and a purple ribbon.  She got a perfect score.  We are obviously very proud of her...but she is a bit bummed today.  Suck it up buttercup...can't win everything!  I know harsh...but I am not expecting my kids to always expect to be perfect.  Failure...which was not failure in this good sometimes.

Katelyn's experiment was to see what brand of popcorn popped the most kernels.  We popped 4 different types of popcorn three different times.  That is a lot of popcorn and counting!  I threw out most of it and made goodies for friends.  She found that between Trader Joes, Act II, Pop Secret, and Orville Redenbacher...Pop Secret popped the highest percentage of popcorn.
She did a really good job on her presentation.  She actually had it memorized, but was nervous and used her notecards as a crutch.  She stumbled on their questions and basically froze.  She was able to answer a few, but at times she said she didn't know...even though I know she knew the answer...but any how I think she did a great job.  She lost a few points due to not answering the judges questions.  I am very proud of her and she got a 2nd tiered ribbon-- blue!  She is a bit bummed today, because she doesn't like the color is a boy's color.  Purple is much prettier.

Here are a few pictures from the awards ceremony and the girls' with their ribbons!

**Thank you Rautenberg's, Reed's, Samson's, and my family for taste testing cookies!!**

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