Homeschooling: Lessons in Energy

>> Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Alan's been teaching Jo about all kinds of energy this week. They've built a little windmill generator for wind power. They blasted the vanes of the same generator with the hose for hydroelectric power. Today they're learning about solar energy. By setting things on fire using a magnifying glass.

Fun times!

2 comments:

tanita davis October 1, 2009 at 6:42 AM  

Oh, see. I knew I should have been home schooled. When did we EVER get to set anything on fire!?? (Okay, outside of that one time in chemistry...)

Wendi October 1, 2009 at 9:11 AM  

Ha ha ha! That reminds me of the time I actually DID set something on fire in chemistry - my lab partner's hair! It was the beginning of the year and we were doing one of our first experiments - light a birthday candle, let it melt down and figure out if it was a chemical or physical change. Our candle was burning nicely - right in front of the gas spigot. I reached over to turn on the water and turned on the gas instead - the handles were RIGHT next to each other. WHOOSH! Huge gas flames were suddenly shooting across our lab bench - right into my partner's hair (she was bent over to measure something). We turned the flame off and got her hair put out quickly - and our teacher never again forgot to keep the master valve OFF when we weren't using the Bunsen burners. Fun times!

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