Today was a really fun day! I taught the students about how to write an experimental plan (materials, procedures, data collection, etc.) and showed some of my past projects as examples. We also practiced by conducting an experiment about surface tension: fill a pan with water and cut a small "boat" out of cardboard with a notch in the back of the boat. Float the boat on top of the water, and place a drop of dish detergent in the notch of the boat. This causes the boat to shoot forward! (The dish soap disrupts the surface tension of the water by "stealing" bonds with other water molecules. This puts a force imbalance on the boat, causing it to move.) The kids loved it, and we tried dish detergent, shampoo, and conditioner. It's challenging, but really fun to think of fun science experiments that I can show them with very limited supplies. I also really enjoyed teaching the students some rocket science today - we derived the rocket equation and learned about the components of a rocket. I even got some delicious chocolates from some of my students today! I was so touched :)
After class, Nikhil and I played ping pong for a few minutes with our fellow teachers. Then, we met other students (10th grade, but not in our classes) for a Q&A session. They asked great questions about MIT, life in America, and the application process.
In the evening, we were invited to go bowling with several students and parents. It was a great time talking with the students outside of class, showing off my horrible bowling skills (but I did get a few strikes!) and eating a nice simple dinner.
Sorry for not having many pictures the past couple days - I will be better about taking/posting pictures!
The kids loved the soap-powered boat experiment!
I am a junior studying AeroAstro at MIT. I love rockets, airplanes, birds, and anything that flies! In my free time, I enjoy crocheting, solving sudoku puzzles, and reading. I have been learning Russian for about two years, and I'm so excited to visit Kazakhstan and learn about the beautiful country and culture!