Thursday, April 5, 2012

Project Painted Lady Butterflies

In keeping with our annual tradition. We delivered Painted Lady Larvae to the first grade class room yesterday.

The larvae arrived in a small UPS package and when opened, the contents revealed:
1 paint brush
1 jar of food
30 small plastic cups and lids
1 jar of painted lady larvae

Zhen, being experienced from last year, was eager to get started filling cups with food and transferring one larvae at a time, via paintbrush, into their individual plastic home.

After a brief presentation to his fellow students, the larvae were left in the classroom to grow and become chrysalis in a week or so. It is exciting to see the rate of growth they have each day and when they emerge as butterflies the kids will be beyond excited. Happy Spring!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

General Lee

1st Grade Homework: Design a Stamp:

"Dad, what is a hero?" 7 year old 1st grader asks.

"Someone you think is awesome!" says Dad.

"Dad, why did General Robert E. Lee like slavery?"

"Not true Buddy, General Lee just loved Virginia more than he liked the Federal government telling him what to do about slavery in Virginia. He did not like slavery either and was asked by President Lincoln to lead the Northern military."

"Dad, whats the Federal government?"

"Washington DC, where President Obama lives and works, and Congress, and all the monuments and the IRS, and the Pentagon, and all those white buildings is the Federal government. Virginia has a state government in Richmond where it works."

Homework Result:

"My hero is... General Robert .e. lee. He tride to let state governments be abil to make thar own Dsishins."

"p.s that DiDent hapen. he lost."


So we have a little bit of clarification required, but I wasn't expecting my sword wielding lover of cavaliers and all things joustable to be delving into the finer distinctions of the American Civil War at 7 years of age. So we learn...


Monday, April 2, 2012

Dominion Power Robot Essay

[The following post is written by our 7 year old (1st grade) as part of a school competition run by kidOYO and the local school PTA to provide 10 scholarships to an after-school Lego Robotics program. Interested students were asked to research and answer the following question:]

How can robots be used by Dominion Virginia Power company?

Dominion makes power by smashing a neutron into a Uranium235 atom and turns it into Uranium236. The explosion releases heat and 3 more neutrons to create more explosions. The heat turns water into steam, which the steam turns a steam turbine which turns magnets in the generator to create electricity.

Some turbines are as big as trains!

I believe robots like this one could be used to check for radiation leaks, to video accidents, and help people do their jobs.

And best of all, robots never get tired, and thats why the power plants need them.

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