Many of you know that I was working hard to get Dan to put up a bulletin board. Some of you may know that Dan is the king of dinner explanations. The kids will ask a question which will launch Dan into a long explanation of “you name it”. Sometimes I can’t take it and I’ll say the answer quickly to end it before he starts it! Trust me…if you have anything similar at your house, this action would tempt you as well.
Last night, I8 was telling us about a story he heard at his Pioneer Living class about a man who was hauling logs in the winter and when two of the logs fell, they rolled down a hill and over some lake ice and up the other side and the logs did this over and over. Dan said it remind him of a Perpetual Motion Machine and that was it. The questions started and we began talking about “Perpetual Motion Machines”. I was only half paying attention and asked, “Why would anyone think that would work?” You know…because of my awesome physics prowess from college, this made no sense to me! But the kids were hanging on his every word and as things got going Dan said, “Now if this thing were a white board, I’d be all over it!” He is referring to my bulletin board there. So, he quickly asked if I had push pins for it and a moment later he came back with a piece of butcher paper and a Sharpie.
I want to officially say, this took his dinner time teaching moment to a whole new level.
|Everyone listens as Dan begins to illustrate one of the ideas for a perpetual motion machine|
|His drawing is really going now…all eyes still peeled and everyone asking engaging questions.|
|By the time he was done, he had covered a lot of ground. We’ve got the machine, friction, vectors…|