Archive for January, 2012

Atom Model

Jan 15

In science class, Gabrielle was supposed to build a model of an atom; she was assigned Helium.

Gabrielle and dad spent time on Friday, all of Saturday and a little time on Sunday working on the project.

Instead of making the regular foam model, Gabrielle thought it would be cooler to incorporate lights.  Dad got a controller card and other supplies at Radio Shack.

The end result is a model of helium that appears to have moving electrons.

Gabrielle did everything except soldering wires and programming the controller card.

In the end, Gabrielle ended up learning more about circuits, resistors and LEDs than Helium, but she has an awesome project and will never forget how many protons, neutrons and electrons are in a helium atom.

It should go without saying, but Gabrielle had a lot of fun.

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Granite City

Jan 13

Today the girls went out to Granite City for dinner.  We weren’t too optimistic, but it ended up being much better than we thought.

While at the restaurant, the girls saw their old Spanish teacher.

The girls had fun.

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Wisconsin Dells

Jan 02

This weekend the girls spent New Years at the Chula Vista resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI.  There we met up with the girls’ cousins, Marco and Leo.

In addition to chatting, playing games, shopping and water slides, our New Years eve was interrupted with a fire alarm sending us into the cold parking lot (for a few seconds).

The girls stayed busy and had a lot of fun.

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