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A Temporary Solution

This was our second year doing Science Fair. Kids don’t try this at home.

First, we found out about the science fair a little late. We scrambled to think of ideas since Allan and I were heading to Vegas for the weekend. We found a couple ideas on Pinterest, but nothing super exciting. One day, Cyan asked me, “Mama, when am I gonna take my tattoo off?”

Any parent of school aged children will tell you bandages and temporary tattoos are all the rage at first. Until it’s a couple days later and a sludge of dirt and lint has made a home on your child’s skin and you have to use sandpaper to get it off.

Eureka! That was Cyan’s project, What’s the best way to remove a temporary tattoo?. I volunteered to be her test subject because I love me some ink…temporary, glitter and henna that is. (Side note: Allan and I have no visible tattoos. I’m pretty sure we also have no invisible tattoos. I think this is rare among our set).

We placed three shamrock tattoos (that I found at Walgreens – again don’t wait until the last minute) on my arm. We mixed some liquid hand soap and water and grabbed bottles of rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) and makeup remover (Clinique). Cyan guessed that makeup remover would be best. Atticus was eager to help.

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We used a dropper to drop ten drops of each liquid into a cotton ball. Then we counted the number of times Cyan rubbed each tattoo to remove it. Makeup remover edged out rubbing alcohol and soap and water just did not did the trick.

All of this experimentation took place before our trip. While in Vegas, I uploaded the documentation photos from my phone up to Walgreens.com. When we came back we picked up a tri-fold board, the pics, and a glue stick to put it all together. I’d also ordered more temporary tattoos on Amazon Prime so anyone checking out the Science Fair could grab one.

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We went to the Science Fair tonight to check out the results and saw that Cy got first place for her grade. This is her second year taking first. I could tell she was proud and wanted people to take her tattoos. We are also proud of her. One component of the judging is the interview and I know our little scientist knows her stuff. Her prize is a cool t-shirt.  Allan headed back over to the Science Fair with Cy. I’m laying in bed with her lab assistant who is running a fever, but refusing medicine.

So we’ve now discovered a solution to a temporary problem. Get it? Temporary solution? See what I did there?  Slay.

As we drove away from school, Cyan said, “I think I know why I got first place.” I asked why. Her response: “I think it was because it was unique.” Love this kid.

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Science Kid

As a parent, I have learned that as often as you ask your children to tell you about their day, they rarely share the stuff you might find most interesting.  And that’s okay.  Sometimes you have to discover the highlight reel of their day by searching their backpacks.  Today was one of those days.

As I looked through Cyan’s backpack I discovered that she won first place for kindergarten in the science fair.  Heck yeah!

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The science fair took place last week.  After some research on Pinterest, we decided to explore Which color of M&M is most common?  (On a side note, I sure am glad to be parenting in the time of Pinterest.  I may not be a Pinterest bride, but a Pinterest mom is pretty darn close when it comes to copying other great ideas).

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Cyan’s guess was that red would be the most common color because it is bright.

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In the case of peanut M&Ms, her hypothesis was right.

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In the case of mini M&Ms, yellow edged out red by one M&M except for the fact that Cyan ate one of the yellow mini M&Ms.  I guess we may need to work on our scientific method.  But at least the success tasted sweet!

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Cyan’s project was judged along with other kinders and first graders.  They were all excellent.  These kids really blow my mind.  They grew crystals and plants, displayed prisms and the light spectrum, and put gummy bears in all kinds of solutions.

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Judges walked around interviewing the kiddos.  It was precious.

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At the science fair, I mentioned to Auntie Meg that sometimes kids win scholarships for their science fair projects.  I remembered this from my ridiculous turn at regionals in 7th grade.  I saw it as a chance to walk around UNM.  You could tell other kids had not half assed taken their project super serious and put in months of work.

Turns out there are even scholarships in elementary school.  Cyan received a scholarship to Camp Invention, a science camp at her school that takes place over summer break.

We’re super proud of this kid.  I think she may have a knack for this stuff.  She and Papa built some kind of electrical circuit toy a few weeks prior.  She also likes to watch Wild Kratts and Sid the Science Kid.

Backpack surprise #2 was that she also won a magnet set.

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And for the backpack hat trick, I found a Character Counts nomination from November.  She was recognized for her empathy.  In this day and age, when empathy seems to be lacking at every turn, it warms my heart to hear this kid is so caring and conscientious towards others.

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I am unabashedly bragging and so proud of our Cyan Rose.  I’m grateful for the PTO and volunteers who put together Science Night.  And most grateful for backpack surprises and science kids.