The Science Fair Surprise

Every year at Kennedy the Saturday Science Club hosts a science fair.  Unlike most, it’s not a competition, but more of an opportunity for the kids to show what they’ve learned through the year and share it with the other students.  Everyone was busy getting their displays together, and they all did a great job.

Zara and Christine decided to do theirs about chemistry and how you have to be very careful not to mix the wrong things together.  They even talked about how you have to be careful with household chemicals.  They did a couple of different experiments throughout the day.

Josh did a different kind of chemistry.  He showed how you could use basic household items to make your very own volcano!!  It was pretty cool when he got it to “erupt”–but I doubt it was much fun to clean up.

   

Cassandra decided to concentrate on biology.  She talked with students about a variety of subjects and showed them where their different internal organs are.  She also talked about DNA and how it contains all the information that makes us who we are.

Ryan and Shivan are both fans of astronomy so they decided to bring Ryan’s telescope and show the kids how it works.  Shivan worked with the kids while Ryan talked about the planets, stars and the various constellations.  It was all very interesting and they both knew a lot about the subject.

Everyone did a great job with their displays, but one in particular really caught everyone’s attention–Abby’s.  She decided to talk about forensic science.  And she did it up in style by dressing up as everyone’s favorite forensic scientist–Abby from NCIS!!!  She had a lot of fun with it and set up microscopes so that people could look at different things through them–a strand of hair, a footprint, a fingernail, and a finger print were just some of the things she had them look at.  Her display was the hit of the whole science fair!

   

I think everyone had a wonderful time and they learned something in the process!

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Thank you to Maggie from If Dolls Could Dream for making Abby’s awesome lab jacket, it was perfect!  She made the skirt too.  And check out the boots, I found those on Etsy, they are by American Fashion World.   Abby Sciuto has always been one of my favorite characters, I was very sad to hear that Pauley Perrette was going to leave at the end of the most recent season.  It won’t be the same without her.

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Book Group–Saige

It’s that time again, book group!  This will be the last one for a while, but I’m happy to say that for me, we are going out on a high note.  I LOVED “Saige”, I think it is now my favorite GOTY story.  I’ve said it before that she is my favorite Girl of the Year doll, and now I can honestly say that her story is my favorite too.

Saige and her story came out not long after I’d been to Albuquerque for the Balloon Fiesta and it really hit a soft spot for me.  Unfortunately the company my husband was working for at the time was on shaky ground so I couldn’t quite justify spending that kind of money on a doll.  However, here I am, 5 years down the road, a proud owner of Saige, Rembrandt and several of her outfits.

Which brings me to one thing I don’t quite understand.  Why, when American Girl released Saige and her collection did they name the dog Rembrandt???  That’s her grandmother’s dog!  Her dog is named Sam.  (Insert head scratch here.)  I still had to get one though as I’m a huge border collie fan.

Anyhow, on to the book!  I thought it was a great story that hit on a number of subjects that are relevant to not only current situations within schools (cutbacks to arts) as well as the problem of how to deal with changing friendships.  There is no real antagonist in the story, but Saige does reach a bit of a crossroad with her best friend.  I thought this was an incredibly realistic part of the story and something that many young people have to deal with over the course of time.  I liked how the author handled it the whole way around, I think it is a very relatable situation and the resolution was very well done.

I especially liked how Saige’s grandmother was portrayed.  I also liked how she and her new friend problem solved together.   As a horse lover, I liked the descriptions of not only the horses themselves, but the different items and techniques used to train the horse (and the dogs).  Plus how she and Gabi “saved the day” with their idea at the fund raiser.  And I would be horribly remiss not to mention the references to the balloon festival!

Albuquerque, New Mexico is considered one of the best places in the world for hot air ballooning.  On any given day (when the weather cooperates) you may see a balloon in the air.  I enjoyed how they mentioned that her dad owned a balloon and took people up in it periodically.  Each year Albuquerque hosts one of the biggest (if not the biggest) hot air ballooning event in October and let me just say, it is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever been to.  The year we were there they estimated at one of the mass ascensions (where large groups of balloons go up at one time) there were over 650 balloons launched in one morning! It was truly breathtaking, I highly recommend it as a place to visit if you can.  The only drawback is if Mother Nature doesn’t want to help–not just rain, but winds as low as 12mph can ground everything.  Lucky for us, we were there for 5 days, so we were able to get to see a mass ascension as well as balloons on other days just drifting around above the city.  I’m hoping at some point we get to go again.

I don’t want to go into too much detail in case I would spoil it for someone who hasn’t read it yet, but I think it’s a must read in the American Girl series.  Did you enjoy “Saige” as much as I did?

Since this is the last book group for a few months and it hits on a subject near and dear to me, I thought I’d share a few pics from our trip to the balloon festival:

 

 

Review of Kit’s Radio Set

It’s no secret that I love Kit and her collection.  I think I have more of her items than any other doll.  I liked the Radio Set, but I wasn’t wild about the price, especially considering how much plastic there was in it.  The AG Gods finally smiled on me though and marked it down to half price.  It’s a set that definitely was not worth $42, but for $21, I was willing to take a chance on it.  To sweeten the deal, I had a $10 off rewards coupon and since I only ordered two items, it was like getting this for $16, whoo hoo!

The set includes the radio, the book “Robin Hood”, a baseball pennant and a cable to connect the radio to your own electronic device.

The radio is very cute.  I just wish it wasn’t so much plastic.

The knob on the left is how you get the different sounds to play.  The one on the right is the volume.  When you turn the one on the left, it not only changes what sound comes out (ranging from music to news broadcasts) but it also makes the needle move.  And…

It lights up!!  I thought that was very authentic.  There is also a button on the back where you can shut it off so you don’t have to worry about the batteries running down in case something bumps the knob.

The book is really well done.  American Girl definitely does mini books better than anyone else in doll land, and this is no exception.

I didn’t take any more photos of the pennant because it’s, well, a pennant.  It’s nice, and it fits in with Kit’s character.

Overall, I give this set a B+.  The only reason I didn’t rate it higher is because of the radio being entirely of plastic.  It wouldn’t have been that difficult for them to have made it out of wood, I used to have a music box shaped like a radio that was about this size that was made out of wood, and I know I didn’t pay anywhere close to $42 for it.  I’m just glad I got this set on sale!