Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Placing at the Science Fair

Last week was the Science Fair at my son's school. He spent a couple of weeks doing his project, working on the "procedure" part and gathering his data. It was a pretty fun project, where we all had fun with it. Last year at his first fair submission he received an honorable mention ribbon. He didn't think he'd get any recognition this year, but it turns out that he won 3rd place for his grade level!

 Top: 3rd place, Battery Life; 1st Place, Fat Free vs. Whole Milk
Bottom: Honorable Mention, How Greasy Are Your Chips?; The Recent CA Drought

My son's experiment was testing brand name versus generic alkaline batteries and seeing which would last longer. He tested four brands of batteries: Energizer, Duracell, Panasonic and Safeway Store Brand. His final results showed that brands do not matter. What really matters is the expiration date of the battery. So, when buying your batteries...Check for the expiration date rather than the price to get your money's worth.

I didn't get a chance to snap a shot of the 2nd place winner board, but I included this year's Honorable Mention Ribbon winner (I thought it was a great project! It was testing the greasiness of chips.) and another project that I thought was pretty cool because of all the time, research and effort that went into the project on the CA Drought.

Do you remember the Science Fair when you were a kid? 
I never placed, but I received an Honorable Mention Ribbon once. Just once. My daughter received Honorable Mentions as well. One time she created a weather map. I remember that one, because she hand-drew the map of the United States and added all hand-drawn graphics for the weather. It was great! Science Fairs area always fun.


I also get to announce a giveaway winner today! The Surprise for YOU Giveaway ended. BIG thanks to all of you entrants. Lisa and I are always happy to team up and offer you some great prizes. =0)

Megan won a crystal necklace and a crochet hair comb! Congrats, Megan!
Entries for the bonus prize were not used, so those particular bonus prizes may be up for grabs in the near future. 

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Memories for Life said...

Congrats to your son on his win! And it's great info to know about the batteries...thanks :)

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

Hooray for the win! I remember doing science fairs when I was younger and really enjoying them. We also did a State project that was set up in a similar way (with giant foam boards, etc.). That was probably my favorite project of all time.

Also, that's good to know about the batteries! I had no idea.

Marieken Hoefnagel said...

Congrats! We didn't have science fairs when I was a kid. I always thought they sound like fun :-)

Melissa at bubbyandbean.com said...

So cool! Congrats to your son! What a cool project. I loved Science Fairs. I won 3rd place twice in middle school, once for making a pin hole camera and once for a project on natural dyes. So fun.

Natalia Khon said...

Great info! Thank your son for me!

katiecupcakes said...

So cute! We never had science fairs at my grammar school.. I feel like I missed out!

Janine Huldie said...

Huge congrats to your son and I too never placed with the Science Fair as a kid. But loved his project and I totally going to take his advice and now make sure I check the expiration dates before buying batteries.

Erica D said...

I vaguely recall the fair...I think I made an apparatus that cracked eggs and separated the yolk lol. You must have been so proud!


Additionsstyle said...

Congrats to your son for placing 3rd! That is so awesome. What a great idea for an experiment, I always forget to check for the expiration dates. I will be checking them out now. My science fair was so long ago, I barely remember being in middle school;)
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Kristin Aquariann said...

Fun! We didn't have fairs, we had "Science Olympiad" instead where each kid could participate in a few of dozens of competitions, from naming insects to building Rube Goldberg contraptions.

Louida Martin said...

I don't really remember my Science Fairs when I was a child.

I knew there was no difference with battery brands. Thanks for letting me know to start checking the expiration date!