My kindergartner need to do a science project for school. The topic is "invention."
Anyone have any good suggestions?
Solar panel on a house (cardboard box)
Panel charges a small 12v battery in the "back yard"
House has lights on a switch powered by battery
Throw in a freedom garden and you're demonstrating some critical thinking and creativity.
dress the kid in a full on burkha for extra credits.
or invent a computer processor and solder it and stuff
In the UK, we have projects like this for tots, although it's more an assessment of parenting / parent cooperation than the child's ability.
OP is demonstrating his willingness / ability to help his child - good dad!
>not qualified for a job flipping burgers, putting a bolt in at a factory, or to plan their own finances after 12 years of education. Significant percentage is functionally illiterate.
I'll have you know they lead the world in shooting each other to bits.
Ethanol burner under a Sterling engine powered generator, that provides electricity to a small radio.
The innovation of the day is that patents have expiration dates.
Bonus points if something gets set on fire.
Mechanical engineering is all levers and wheels. Literally simple enough for a child to understand. Give kid a bunch of levers to demonstrate. Make a toy see saw, give them a nut cracker, a pair of pliers, scissors. Levers everywhere.
One of these mounted facing down on a wooden frame with a tea candle under it to make up draft. Make sure enough space not to burn the thing.
In Canada we also learn how to make letters at this stage, or at least we did when I went, not too sure what progressive crap their up to now. Probably learning how to speak and make letters of 10 different languages for inclusion and diversity reasons.
Anyway, I remember it as half work, half play. It only lasted for half the day too, which resulted in parents having to worry about finding babysitters for their kids.
So do they want them/you to invent something completely new? Or are you just suppose to do some half-fast imitation of something and give a little presentation?
Either way, I think you should post pics of your kid.
Get some scrap wood, marbles, string, etc.
Make a little 3-step rube-goldberg device that drops a coin into some makeshift piggy bank.
Your kid can glue and paint and put stickers on it...probably would be a couple hours of fun with your kid.
You're expected to be able to read sight words by the time you enter Kindergarten now. Even when I was a kid we did "science projects" shit like planting seeds and watching them grow. Watching celery change color from food dye. Making play-dough volcanoes and using baking soda and vinegar in them.
As for OP's question. Don't be the cunt parent who does the work for your kid. Ask her what she wants to make. Help her make it. It doesn't matter if she wants to make a unicorn tail braining device, it's not your job to try and convince her to make a working computer. That comes later in life after her childhood is crushed by puberty.
Fuckers need to change that battery.
I used to use an AM radio as a bug detector. Basically same principal but no calculator. The radio will pick up the EM emissions from the electronic devices.
>>I used to use an AM radio as a bug detector.
What the hell kind of life do you lead that you used an AM radio to check for bugs. If you are really concerned about bugs, wouldn't you invest in a device dedicated to that purpose?
This was when I was like 10 and had gotten a battery powered radio. I was not actually checking for bugs. I was not and have never been paranoid enough to think someone is actually spying on me.
Dress her in a toga and just have her go around spouting random shit about how democracy is a farce and we need some kind of automonarchtocracy or something of the sort and say she has invented a new kind of government and that plebeians wouldn't understand it because it's higher philosophy.
If anyone says anything, either have her reiterate that they won't understand it even if she explained because they're lower class and stupid, or just have her piss on them like good old Diogenes.
Whoah - don't just make whatever your daughter wants - I made my 6yo a wizard's staff that produced smoke and electric shocks.. it all ended in tears.
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Thanks for all the suggestions....finally decided on this instead.
I know OP is gone but damn did no one really suggest letting your kid do it on her own? The whole point of these kind of exercises is to develop some creative thinking skills and motor skills in the kid. Doesn't matter if it ends up a shit project or not it matters that your kid gets a bit of learning experience from it and learns to think on her own a little more and you fucked that up.
Tell me that isn't actually a picture of your kid
>posting your kid's picture on 4chan
I post her on other website too and my blog. What's the problem?
While /diy is typically amongst the most mature of boards, you must remember that this is still 4chan and things like identifying yourself for no reason, or even providing a vector through which it could be done, are never good ideas.
I hope the best for you and your child, but her picture and name were not relevant to the post. Do let us know how it goes.
>tfw my parents never helped me with any of my projects
>they never showed up to my presentations
>other parents would come up to me, congratulate me, and ask about my parents.
>"they must be very proud of you!"
>Show my parent my prize when they got home from work. Get pizza.
>expecting kindergarten age kids to read
Nigga what. Some kids can, but it's not an issue of they can.
My oldest son is 6. When he started school last year he couldn't read, and I remember his teacher making some comment about how it was going to be difficult, and that they really like kids to be reading before they start.
By the end of the year, many of the kids who went to the really structured daycares and whatnot were struggling to complete reading books. My lad had shot to the top of the class for reading, and absolutely loved it. Teach had actually run out of reading books for him and was getting more from other classes.
If you force your kids to tick boxes and have rigid structured learning too early, then they'll hate it and are likely to rail against it the moment you give them an ounce of freedom. Or they'll view things like reading or learning as dull chores, rather than something interesting.