Cadence has been working on her 6th grade science fair project for almost 4 months now. She knew she wanted to do something with iron in cereal, but wasn't sure exactly what she wanted to do. She went through several different ideas before she came up with one that she liked, was interested in, & that actually worked really well for a science project.
She named her project:
What an "Iron"ic Breakfast!
She wanted to prove that the iron content in cereals differ from what is what is written on the nutrition labels. I didn't know how she was going to do this, but that's what experimentation is for right?
She spent a good month experimenting with different ways of pulling iron out of cereal. It wasn't until we got an industrial strength magnet that the experiment started to really come together. (That magnet was SO powerful that it couldn't be shipped by plane because it would mess up the instruments! It's insane!!!!) Once we got the magnet, she was able to pull ALL the iron straight out of the cereals. Can you believe there are actual black iron chunks in the cereal we eat? I had no idea!
Once the experiment started coming together, she was able to measure the levels of iron per serving of cereal. Sure enough, Cheerios trumped the other 4 cereals even though it's nutritional label said it only had 45% of the daily value of iron.
She put her poster together with all her information, pictures, examples, & her abstract & entered it into the science fair. I went to the school & visited her. She's such a doll. I love my kids so much.
Two days later she came home from school with a blue ribbon around her neck & a certificate in her hand. My baby girl took 1st place!!!! I am SO proud of her & all her hard work.
I spent the next two days frantically filling out paperwork while Cadence wrote a 6 page research essay with bibliography on her project so that she could enter the county science fair tonight & apply to enter the regional science fair in March. There were some crazy late nights (11:30pm is LATE), but she got it done & I am beyond proud of all that she has accomplished.
I love you Cadence!!!