I’m guessing I was nine when I decided to invent a lock for my bedroom door. It involved a coat hanger and some strings. I really don’t remember what else. What I do remember was getting my brother to “test” the lock and him breaking the door. And getting in trouble.
And then there was the time (age 8 or 9?) that I had the scheme to make salt water drinkable. Baking soda was my go-to for some reason. We got in trouble of course. What I really don’t remember is who gave me the baking soda and what exactly did they think I was going to do with it given that we were at the boat harbor? I suspect that I might have said I was experimenting with it but not that we were drinking it....
Children are natural born scientists. I see it every day at work. It’s as simple as the infant or toddler that keeps dropping or dumping something so that they can see what happens. Cause and effect.
Curiosity and creativity go hand in hand for me. We need more of this in our world, not less. It’s something that needs to be supported in our schools as part of the curriculum and it needs to be supported by our society.
Science in action:
I wanted to test some fabric in a walnut dye bath and was hoping there was something salvageable from last fall. I'd left it outside with a piece of glass over the top (squirrels!). I shouldn't have been surprised that the water had evaporated out, leaving sludge behind.
I knew I would need to try painting it on fabric. Also tried stamping with a cork.
There was milk to use up this morning so I decided to make cheese. It's always amazing when that bit of vinegar in warm milk makes curds and whey.
And curds make cheese.
And if soy milk works as a mordant for dyeing fabric, what will whey do?
10 dandelions per container. Whey in one for the liquid, water in the other. I added cotton fabric.
While I was harvesting the dandelions I was thinking about how they close at night and then open again in the morning. There are an assortment of flowers that do this.
It's called nyctinasty and it still isn't known why plants do this.
All this science has me thinking about Thomas Dolby's song, "She blinded me with Science."
Happy Earth Day!