Awesome Moms

The Great What-If…

Do you feel intimidated by the idea of teaching science to your student? Is your student turned off by science?

If so, a little re-framing is in order.

Science is hands down the most exciting and fun part of learning, plus it encompasses all the other disciplines (reading, writing, math, statistics, history, life skills, geography, and on and on). Science is the study of The Great What-If.

Every person has What-If moments, and the lucky ones get to try them out, a.k.a., experiment with their ideas.

  • Science What-Ifs stimulate the imagination and lead to creative writing (science fiction) and exploratory reading.
  • Science What-Ifs involve the 5 senses.

What-If I change the spices in this recipe?
What-If I put my cell phone into different containers while it’s playing music?
What-If I shine a light on my closed eyes and then open them in the dark?
What-If someone lights a match in another room instead of the same room I’m in?
What-If I put my hands in cold water, and then put them in room temperature water?

  • What-Ifs get things built, and are the precursor to all inventions.

Please share a school project or idea that excited your child (with age included).

  • Here are some popular activities from when I was a science teacher:
    The Egg Drop: What-If I wrapped up an egg before dropping it? Design packaging around a hard boiled egg to protect it from falls. Pick a height to drop the egg and see if the packaging worked. Record the height into a data chart. Increase the height of the drop and test again. When the packaging fails, and the egg cracks, enjoy an egg salad sandwich!
  • Build a Solar Cooker: What-If I used the heat of the sun to cook? You can find directions on the internet at sites such as Test it with a glass of water and a meat thermometer. Enter “time” and “temperature” into a data chart.
    This is your baseline data. Then you can experiment with how the time of day, or cloud cover, or wind, etc., affect the Solar Cooker’s efficiency. Plus, you get to reuse some of those cardboard boxes.
  • Build a rollercoaster for a marble: What-If the ramp was higher, or smoother, or wider, or harder? Calculate the speed (distance divided by time) to see how fast you can get the marble to travel. That will unleash the imagination!

If you are looking for more ideas, head to the Emergent Design Studio at or email me ( with the age of your child and the type of science (physical, life, biology, etc.), and I’ll send you some ideas.

What projects have stimulated your child?

Walking the Walk

Back In the Beginning…

Lately, I’ve been sharing my view that the “new normal” is simply Change, and lots of it. If we wait around for the dust to settle, we’ll get no traction, and we’ll waste valuable living-life time.

Instead, I recommend we:

  • let go of trying to establish permanent solutions
  • accept the temporary solutions and get back to living your changing life
  • expect things to change again
  • roll with the changes as they come

Depending on your personality type, that will be easier for some than for others, but in the long run, it will make your entire existence easier.

In honor of this being the Birthday Month of one of my Young Adult novels, Fairly Certain, I’m revisiting interview questions posed back then about me as an author. That was a period of huge change and uncertainty for me, but I learned early on, it’s all how you Choose to look at it. It was 2015…

“Where and what did you teach? Because I’m an author, the common assumption is that I taught English or language arts. Surprise! I’ve been a Science Geek since before the word “Geek” was even invented. I taught mostly Environmental Science, Biology and Earth Science for twenty-seven glorious years. I taught in Georgia, Massachusetts and Connecticut, from seventh graders to seniors, in affluent communities and inner city. Do I miss it? You bet I do!

Where do you get your story ideas?  I first began writing around an idea developed from a song when I was ill. I stopped writing that story when I attended my first Renaissance Faire, which inspired another story, which eventually became my first published book. I finally returned to the first story and published it about a year later.

My non-fiction work came as a byproduct from trying to help some former students with their relationships. They’re the ones who encouraged me to put our work into a book so it could benefit others girls. But, at the time, I wasn’t a writer.

Now, I am.

When did you begin writing? Teaching science was my first love, but when Lyme disease affected my heart, it stopped me in my tracks. While waiting to recuperate so I could return to teaching, I was seriously bored. Too tired to watch TV, I listened to music, making up stories in my head. As I regained my strength, I wrote down some of the ideas. After returning to teaching, I spent my summers writing, just for fun. At one point, I suddenly realized I had the makings of a full blown book. The rest is history.”

As you can see from these interview questions, life steered a course I wasn’t expecting, just like it’s doing to the world right now. At the time, I didn’t recognize that a new path was before me, but it became clearer as time went on.

Has your next path is been revealed yet? Don’t worry. It will be. A few years from now, you’ll look back – like I am now – and you’ll see you were right were you were supposed to be.

So, enjoy the journey. Relax and roll with the changes.  You Got This!

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Wishing you health and happiness,

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