Blog Your Science Fair Project

What is a blog?

What is a blog? Blog is short form for Weblog and is a web page made up of usually short, frequently updated posts that are arranged chronologically. Thanks to modern-day technology, Jack and I will be “blogging” or sharing his daily progress (for the next 5 days) on a blog called Jack’s Science Fair Project.

A blog is a communication tool to keep everyone posted on topics of interest… especially when it comes to sharing your latest science fair project discovery!

Experiment Materials

  • This particular blog is hosted by Apple and it's through a feature called a (dot mac) .Mac account. I'm using shareware called iblog to actually post each entry. This is a fantastic solution for people who want to share pictures and video and have complete control over everything that is posted. Similar Windows-based solutions are also available. Check with your internet service provider for recommendations.
  • You'll also need a few Growing Alligators

Experiment

Click on Jack’s Science Fair Project to visit the blog. Several of the blog entries include video clips. You’ll need to have a high-speed connection and Quicktime to watch the video. Here’s an excerpt from Jack’s first entry…

My name is Jack Spangler and I’m in kindergarten at Wilder Elementary School. Mrs. Riscoe is my teacher and she said that we could do a science fair project. I have a toy called a growing alligator. The instructions tell you to put it in water and it will grow, but the instructions never tell you how big it gets. The instructions also do not tell you how big the container of water should be or what kind of water makes the alligator grow the biggest. So, for my science project I am going to conduct three experiments to find out how to make a growing alligator toy grow the best.

Okay, let’s be honest. I’m only 6 years old and I can’t really type this much stuff into our computer. My Dad asks me questions and then he types my answers into the computer. Today, we made a video of the first part of my project so you can see what I’m doing. Every day I will come back and tell you what I discovered… so keep reading… and keep watching.

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