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Science Fair: Making Tie-Dye Milk & Going 104 Ft Up in the Air

Coin given to me on my last day of work

Heidelberg’s Army Child Youth & School Services held a science fair on April 20th at the middle school on Patrick Henry Village. Kids could go from booth to booth trying out different projects. Many of the booths were operated by staff from the PHV Child Development Center, including myself. While the turnout for the science fair was much smaller than we’d hoped, it was still a pretty cool day. I got exposed to a lot of interesting projects, some of which I’d never heard of before. And I got to do something I never expected to do: see Patrick Henry Village from above.

Among the projects were goo made with cornstarch, food coloring and borax; a ‘bouncy’ egg, which didn’t actually bounce but was ‘bouncy’ to the touch because it had been soaked in vinegar; making play dough; a demonstration of cleaning a penny with vinegar; and mixing powdered tempera and water and blowing bubbles while a paper was held over it to make a ‘bubble painting’. I was originally going to take over the penny project if the girl who was doing it couldn’t make it, but since she did I took over our trainer’s project, which I had never heard of until he told me about it: tie-dyed milk.

To make tie-dyed milk, you get a plate, pour some milk on it (we used skim but I don’t think it matters), arrange some drops of food coloring however you like and then add Dawn dish soap for a tie-dyed effect. When I first started the project, I was just putting a drop of soap in the center, and it spread out and changed it, which was cool. But a teacher came over with toothpicks and told us that you’re actually supposed to put the soap on a toothpick and then touch it to the milk. This did seem to yield more interesting results. She also said that Dawn dish soap is the best to use because of the grease-cutting agent in it which is what accounts for the effect. This picture is from someone who used the drop of soap in the middle of the milk method.

Tie dyed milk ended up being one of the more popular projects. Most of the staff loved it. A couple of girls at the fair did it several times and said it was the best thing they’d done there. The girls ended up taking two toothpicks each and experimenting with touching them in different places. Since it had been so popular, I decided to swap out an art activity I’d come up with for the tie dyed milk experience on my next lesson plan. Because I was working with toddlers, rather than trust them with tooth picks and dye, we just had them gather around to see the experiment in progress a couple of times and talked about the different colors.

Another feature of the fair was an egg drop where students brought previously made creations in which to put an egg and see if it would survive a fall. A man from the local fire department came with a firetruck and took the kids up in the lift so they could drop their eggs from what he said was 104 feet up in the air. Two students managed to make creations that spared their eggs a messy fate. The firefighter was gracious enough to allow the staff also to take trips up to see the view over Patrick Henry Village. Regrettably I had left my camera behind (you’d think I’d have learned not to do that in Germany because there’s always something cool to photograph). Fortunately, a friend had brought hers, and she went up with me to take photos, which she was kind enough to let me share with you.

This is a photo of the group before us up in the air.

Me and Billi about to head up in the air.

Me and Billi on our way up.

Looking over the middle school.

Looking over Patrick Henry Village.

Aaaah. We’re 104 feet up in the air!!!

Panorama view over the school. Click on it to see the full size.

Panorama view over Patrick Henry Village. Click on it to see the full size.

Of all the things I might have expected when I showed up to work the science fair, getting a view over Patrick Henry Village from a firetruck’s lift was not on the list. I guess it just goes to show that you never know when an opportunity for an adventure will present itself. Hopefully next time I’ll have a camera with me, but I’m glad that this time Billi did.

The Crafty Practitioner

I was already planning to share this post today, but since it happens to be Thursday and I learned how to make tie dyed milk and that I should always bring a camera with me, I thought it would make a good post for Live & Learn Thursday. If you want to share something you’ve learned, head over to The Crafty Practitioner and add your post to the link up.

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8 Thoughts on “Science Fair: Making Tie-Dye Milk & Going 104 Ft Up in the Air

  1. What a cool project, I’ve never heard of it before! Thanks for linking up! 🙂

  2. That’s such a neat project! I absolutely loved Science growing up and the Science Fairs were right up my alley! I can’t wait to have a child of my own and do all kinds of cool stuff together. Oh and going that high up in the air– it’s for the birds 😉

    • I don’t remember ever going to a science fair as a kid. There are definitely a lot of cool things you can do. Personally I’ll stick to doing cool stuff with other people’s kids lol. I can’t resist a view from up high, although normally it’s in a building or somewhere with a fence. This was a little intimidating, but I figured that guy does it on a daily basis so it’s probably pretty safe. That military installation was going to be closing down a few months later so I especially wanted to be able to see it from above while I had a chance to.

  3. That is so cool and fun! I may have to try that with my son when he is a little bit older (and won’t make a royal mess of that), haha!!! I never got to do science fair’s as a kid, wish I did, how fun would have have been! Thank you for linking up and I hope you will continue to join us on thursdays =)

    • Haha yeah it is kind of messy. I did it with toddlers but didn’t have them touch the dye lol. I don’t remember ever doing science fairs as a kid either. You’re welcome. I might 🙂

  4. I love science! Thanks for sharing! And your pictures are fantastic!
    Have a happy 2014 my friend!

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