Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Plant Science Camp

Today we changed the color of Zinnias by hanging them over a jar of ammonia. That was kind of cool. It was another pH reaction. The smell of ammonia brought back memories of when I used to color my hair. I don't do that anymore. It's been about 5 years since I've done anything to my hair color. I have accepted my brunetteness and have decided to go low maintenance. It still surprises me when my kids draw a picture of me with brown hair.

We also boiled some leaves and extracted the chlorophyll with alcohol. It didn't work quite how the book said it would. It said that the leaves would be transparent by the end. They were still green, but you could see the chlorophyll that leached into the alcohol.

That's about all that was exciting today.


  1. I am very impressed with all of your science activities; it reminds me that I need to get off of my duff and do more. Lately, I have just been surviving; Rich was out of town last week and this week. I need to use your blog as inspiration!

  2. Hooray science! That zinnia experiment looks really cool.

    If it helps, I always thought of your hair being dark blonde, not brunette.

  3. Carrie - you've been plenty busy and your son went to real school all year. My Science Camp is just my compensation for the lack of science all year long and I think it actually entertains me more then the kids. Don't let my blog deceive you. I don't always show what the other 95% of our time is spent doing. I don't know how you survive without cable! Somedays I feel like I'm just surviving too.

    Chera - Thank you. I've been trying to tell David that I'm a dark blonde the past five years and he mocks it despite the fact that my arm hairs are still blonde. I think he's just jealous because he getting grey hairs.