Got Milk?

Got milk? Got pasteurized milk? You might want to thank God and Louis Pasteur, who died on this day in 1895. I like the quote of Pasteur at the bottom of this American minute below. I am so thankful to know that there is a loving Creator and that my life is not just a series of mere random events!

American Minute with Bill Federer

September 28

He developed vaccines for rabies and anthrax, revolutionized medicine
with his germ theory of disease, and laid the foundation for the
control of tuberculosis, cholera, diphtheria and tetanus.

While Dean of the Faculty of Sciences at Lille University in France,
he developed the process of “Pasteurization” of milk.

This was Louis Pasteur, who died SEPTEMBER 28, 1895.

President Eisenhower wrote January 8, 1954:

“Pasteurization of milk has prevented countless epidemics and saved
thousands of lives.”

President Johnson stated April 7, 1966:

“Years ago Louis Pasteur said, ‘I hold the unconquerable belief that
science and peace will triumph over ignorance and war; that nations
will come together not to destroy, but to construct; and that the
future belongs to those who accomplish most for humanity.'”

President George H.W. Bush stated February 13, 1989:

“You know, Louis Pasteur once said: ‘Chance favors only the prepared
mind.’…For America to be prepared for the future, our children must
be educated.”

Dr. Louis Pasteur wrote:

The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the

There is something in the depths of our souls which tells us that the
world may be more than a mere combination of events.”


Rocket Car Ready To Roll!

To go along with Paul’s unit study on Alan Shepard, we spent a little bit of time each day this week assembling this cool rocket car.  This was a birthday gift received from Uncle Bob last month.  We made a few mistakes puting it together and had to redo some parts, but we were able to finish it today.  We’re looking forward to loading this baby up with some baking soda and vinegar and launching it again and again next week. I like when we can do fun projects like this one.

Science Fair 2008

On Friday, April 25th, our homeschool support group held its’ 2nd annual science fair.  This year, my children participated along with about 33 other kids.  Each child had prepared a display board which told about their experiment, hypothesis, data, procedure and their conclusion.  First, second and third place awards were given for the various grade categories and each child received a special medal for their participation.  The special speaker this year was my husband whom I volunteered(okay, I asked him first if he wanted to do it before volunteering him)for the job.  In addition to being a pastor, he has his own business doing industrial hygiene consulting.  Most of what he does deals with infection control in hospitals.  He spoke for about 15 minutes on how science can be fun and shared some personal examples of how some of his work made a difference in people’s lives. (actually saving lives through some of his investigating).  It was a good time, and now that it’s all over, we’ll be working on converting our science lab back into a garage.  Here are just a few pictures from the science fair.


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Prelude To The Science Fair

This coming Friday, my kids, along with some other homeschooling families are going to be participating in a science fair. They still have a way to go on their projects, but I’m confident that they will be ready in time. I’m glad we’re all working on it together, because it’s actually kind of fun, and I am learning a few things myself in the process. As I was thinking about this upcoming event, I wrote this silly poem. After it’s all over, I’ll be more specific about their projects, and hopefully I’ll have some pictures to share too.

There’s Something Scientific Goin’ On

Oh my daughter she’s a spraying at our little pooch a bottle of perfume,
and that dog of ours is sniffing hard and rolling on the carpet in the room.
And I can’t be more specific
but there’s something scientific
Goin’ on.

My son sits at the table, to a mother’s heart this is all well and good
Quickly he’s assembling some gliders that are made with balsa wood.
And I can’t be more specific
but there’s something scientific
Goin’ on.

The metal tube that Papa built so capably, I’m sure it is the best
To ever be constructed for a child to perform the tunnel test.
And I can’t be more specific
but there’s something scientific
Goin’ on.

And Mama’s got the digital, it’s pointed at each canine volunteer
As they sniff of pheromonal scents that to their sensing sniffers linger near
And I can’t be more specific
but there’s something scientific
Goin’ on.

Science Fun With The Son

We are discovering that science is more fun with experiments and hands on activities.  Here are a few fun little science things we’ve done recently.


Did you know you can stack water?  We were able to stack 34 drops of water on this penny before it overflowed. 


We put a piece of tissue under a needle and laid it on top of the water.  The tissue sunk to the bottom, but the needle was able to float on top of the water.  Water has surface tension(kind of like a thin layer of Saran wrap), but the needle is too light to break through the surface tension.  Notice how you can see the needle print on the water?


This is a racedrop racetrack that I printed off a website.  You tape the racetrack to some carboard and then tape a piece of wax paper over the racetrack.  Then you get a waterdroplet on your finger and shake it onto the starting position on the track.  Now you’re all set to see how quickly you can get your racedrop around the course and to the finish.  Paul could do this a lot faster than I could.  Water on our waxy racetrack reacts the same way water does on a duck’s back.


With a few sponge pieces, salt, water and some Mrs.Stewart‘s bluing, we were able to start a little crystal garden.

We’re having a lot of fun with science.  I just can’t wait until we blow up the kitchen. (just kidding 😆 )

The Electric Racer


This is the electric racer that Paul completed from his Forces,Machines, Motion and Energy science unit.  I was proud of my hands on boy for completing this all by himself. I basically just sat there and watched him put it together.  We’ll be using it in our next few science lessons to conduct some experiments.  The race is on!