My first science fair project...
When this memory came to me at work today I laughed out loud. When I was in 6th grade, I had to participate in the science fair. It was my first year at this new magnet school in Memphis. I was excited because I had never done a science project before and I really wanted to do something cool. My teacher had told us to pick something that was of interest to us personally, not just something that was cliche like volcanoes. What was the subject of my experiment? Bubble gum.
Of course I had other interests at that age, but I had waited until the very last minute, to get the project done (although I was in a school for the "academically talented", I had always been a procrastinator, it's what worked for me). I think I only gave myself a day to pull the whole thing together. I had to keep it simple. So, I decided I was going to test my groundbreaking hypothesis that... the higher the sugar content of gum, the quicker it lost it's flavor. Profound, I know...and very interesting to 11 year-olds. So, I went to the corner store and bought every different type of gum there was. Anyway, I proceeded to chew one of each of the different gums and time how long it took for the flavor to leave. I think my brother helped me on this...I'm not sure.
For the presentation, I put the leftover gum out for my teacher and classmates to enjoy and fixed the wrappers to a peg board. I made cool looking charts with times and sugar content. I even drew a picture of a face blowing a bubble. My color scheme was all pink and blue and yellow. Very artistic.
It was such a last minute thing, but I managed to do a pretty good job of documenting everything and making a real live science project out of it. I can't remember what grade I got on it. I don't have any terrible memories about it, so I think it went over pretty well...unless it didn't and I've blocked it out of my mind to protect myself from the agony.