Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Physics: Quizshow!

This week the kids started to build quizboards.

What's a quizboard? A quizboard is a game in which you try to match up questions with the correct answers. If you succeed, a light bulb turns on, and if you get the question wrong, nothing happens.

Interesting child psychology fact: When I do this activity, it is almost always the case that kids suggest adding features to the quizboard that will punish players with a beep or even a shock for wrong answers. Not your kids! Not only do these guys understand electrical circuits, but you can rest easy knowing they are far more forgiving (read less cuckoo) than your average kid.

But, they do have their issues...I made the CATASTOPHIC mistake of saying, "We probably won't finish the experiment today," when what I meant to say was, "We will NOT finish the project today." The kids were a bit (and by a bit, I mean extremely) disappointed that we weren't able to complete the quizboards today. I guess this comes with the territory working with 8 super-smart and highly motivated kids... Please assure them that they will definitely come home next week with quizboards, and that it will be worth the wait.

Anyway, all psych experiments aside, with the exception of the last 5 minutes, the kids had a great time, and next week they'll be finishing up and bringing their quizboards home.

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