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People who think writing is not manual labor have not done any. It's true you do not use your legs or cardiovascular system the same way you would in some occupations, but the strain on your eyes, neck, back, and wrists more than makes up for it. Headaches, chronic fatigue, and carpal tunnel pain are just a few of the physical occupational hazards facing writers and other workers who type a lot. As a professional freelance writer, I've become more familiar with these writing-related ailments than I care to be. To help others in a similar situation, here are seven ways I've found to help reduce strain and fatigue when writing.

1. Create a Comfortable Workspace

First, create a comfortable workspace. Your workspace includes your desk, your screen, your keyboard and other input devices such as a mouse or digital pen, and your chair. Discomfort, strain, fatigue, and pain can result from placing any of these in awkward positions.

Position everything so that you can sit up straight with your screen at eye level, your hands placed comfortably, your back and hips comfortable supported, and your feet conveniently located on the floor. Adjust the height, lateral positioning, and distance of the elements of your works to achieve this.

Avoid placing your screen so that you have to tilt your head or twist your neck to see it. Keep your keyboard and other input devices at a height where you can drape your hands comfortably over them rather than flexing your wrists and fingers up when you type or click. Keep your input devices at a distance where you do not have to overextend your elbows to use them. Adjust the height and positioning of your chair to conform with these principles.

2. Sit Comfortably

Creating a comfortable workspace is a step towards sitting comfortably, which is another key to avoiding fatigue and strain while writing. Good posture will also help with sitting comfortably. Following a few important postures principles will provide you with solid structural support, minimizing strain and maximizing comfort.

When you sit down to write, keep your head up so that the center of your screen viewing area is at eye level. Keep your neck and spine straight by adjusting your shoulders so that they align vertically over your hips. Let your feet rest supported flat on the floor or a supporting surface.

Avoid post problems by monitoring the positions of your head, neck, spine, shoulders, and hips. Do not lean forward with your neck or trunk. Do not let your head droop. Do not slouch your shoulders. Do not push your hips ahead of your upper body. Do not let your feet dangle behind you or stretch them out ahead of your body.

3. Warm Up

Warming up before you type will help you avoid fatigue and repetitive motion strain. This is especially important if you tend to experience wrist stiffness when typing, but it's a good practice in general to prevent stiffness and boost energy.

Spend a few minutes warming up your eyes, neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, and fingers. Take at least 10 to 30 seconds for each of these body parts, moving in different directions to stretch the muscles and stimulate circulation.

Here's a quick chair exercise warm-up routine you can adapt to your needs:

  • Open your mouth and eyes wide as if to yawn, then close them gently, clicking your teeth together lightly. Repeat 10 to 30 times.
  • Loosen your neck and shoulders by rolling your arms in circles, reaching up and out in front of you as if grabbing a big ball or a pair of rowing oars, then pulling your arms down and back behind you to complete the circle. Repeat 10 to 30 times. (If you are in an environment or physical condition which does not allow you to make large circles like this, you can make smaller circles by putting your hands on your hips, with the backs of your wrists on your sides as if making a pair of Bird's wings, and just rolling your shoulders.)
  • Push your hands out in front of you while flexing your wrists back and extending your elbows, as if pushing something away, and then slowly squeeze your fingers together while pulling back, imagining digging your fingers into something warm and squishy. Repeat 10 to 30 times.

I've found that warm up like this before I type makes a huge difference in whether I feel stiff or not.

4. Work in Short Bursts

Sitting and typing too long at one time will strain your eyes and body, triggering fatigue and reducing productivity. You'll have more energy and write more if you work in short bursts instead of typing non-stop marathons. For peak performance, 30 to 45 minutes is about as long as you should go before taking a short break.

5. Pause to Blink and Yawn

Whether you're typing or taking a break, you should pause periodically to blink and yawn. Staring at a screen and focusing too long strains your eye muscles and can trigger headaches and tension in the jaw and neck. You can alleviate this by remembering to pause periodically to blink and yawn.

6. Stop to Stretch

During breaks, running through a brief stretching routine will help you loosen up stiffness and refuel your energy. Simply walking around and moving your arms will help. You can also repeat your warm-up routine.

7. Use Alternate Input Devices

A final way to reduce fatigue and pain from writing is to use alternate input devices to cut down strain from typing. I prefer to compose my outlines with a pen in a notebook before I ever sit down at a computer. Other ways to avoid typing are to use a digital smartpen, which can convert your written words to digital text while recording your voice, or text-to-voice software like Dragon NaturallySpeaking, which will record your voice and translate it into text. You can even record yourself and then hire a transcriptionist to type it.

These are a few of the most important strategies you can use to reduce the physical stress and strain that comes with writing. Adopting these tips will make writing a more comfortable experience and give you more energy to get more done.

Source by Roy Rasmussen

June 29, 2017 0 comment
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As the data analytics industry has evolved over the years, so has the syllabus in courses related to the industry in universities. However, the challenge that always faces young or even seasoned professionals is that where they might place their next bets in terms of training as there are always so many choices that are being discussed simultaneously. Among most choices, the tools Audit Command Language and SAS are a regular feature. This implies that experience with these tools should be present on any professional’s profile in order to lend any credibility.

Nevertheless, which of these should be stressed on is somewhat unclear as both are rarely implemented together. Listed below are the most prominent differences between these tools to understand the factors that would lead a company or a professional to make their choices:

1. Interface – The Audit Command Language is primarily a GUI based and targeted to towards end-users without a strong technical background i.e. auditors and accounting professionals. SAS on the other hand is designed in such way that most operations would be performed by writing appropriate scripts. Users of the SAS tool are expected to be familiar with concepts of data querying and manipulation.

2. Performance – ACL Audit Command Language is not known for performance when working with large data sets. As a matter of fact, according to some estimates, data lines beyond 10-15 million records start pushing ACL to its limit compared to SAS on an equally powerful machine.

3. Scale of Implementation – Since ACL is intended to be used by users who are not technical in nature, it can be scaled quite easily from the local desktop to a server environment. In the case of SAS software, depending on the software i.e. BASE or Enterprise Guide, connection to a server is mandatory. This implies that investment in SAS can be quite significant as the choice of packages within SAS also has to be considered.

It must also be pointed out that they both allow users to perform all the basic functions required for data analytics professionals. Given these differences, it would be fair to say that both tools have their merits and downfalls. However, when it comes down to making a choice, firms and professionals have to consider things like scope of projects to understand the ROI factor. For instance, it would be fair assume that a project which is to last only for a week, could be catered by Audit Command Language scripts and for projects with longer timeframes and larger data sets would choose SAS. These differences are equally valid for professionals looking to train on these tools. So choose wisely.

Source by Mohit Prabhakar

June 29, 2017 0 comment
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Trying to have a baby is an important time between couples. The decision to have children is only the beginning, and in some cases, the ability get conceive may take several months, or even longer.

Tips on conceiving a child have been around for thousands of years and have spanned across all cultures. Science can also help in providing some of those tools that can be used to determine the best time to try for a new baby.

A study in done in October of 2008 at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) may lend credence that women have a tendency to give off signals when their bodies are most fertile. For couples who are "Trying to Conceive", this may be another tool to use to assist in starting a family.

The study was run with about 70 women that averaged about 20 years of age, with normal cycles and not currently using birth control. Researchers conducted tests to see if hormone changes affected the participant's voices during their most fertile times of the month.

Researchers recorded each subject during the course of the month as a baseline for comparison and sampling. Each subject was to speak the following sentence "Hi, I'm a student at UCLA" during their peak and low end of their fertility cycles.

When these records were compared, researchers found a distinct difference in the level of pitch at the peak of their fertility cycle which was about 48 hours prior to ovulation. Researchers hypothesized that the change in hormones during that time might account for the change in their voices.

In summary, scientists are continuously looking at ways to help couples in their quest to start a family. Having children can be a frustrating experience if the couple is ready, but the process does not produce expected results quickly enough. Conceiving tips like these may help couples in trying to get pregnant naturally.

Source by Stewart Bailey

June 29, 2017 0 comment
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In May of 2017, the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics reported medical nutrition therapy was found to be helpful in keeping newborns from becoming overweight in cases where their mother was diagnosed with Gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is the kind diagnosed for the first time during pregnancy. It affects about 7 percent of pregnancies…

  • a fetus receiving high levels of sugar can store it as fat, just as in adults.
  • overweight children often become obese adults and are then at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
  • mothers of overweight newborns are at risk of needing a c-section.

Scientists at Herning Hospital in Herning, Denmark, found the longer the mother diagnosed with Gestational diabetes followed their prescribed healthy diet, the lower the birth weight of their baby. They compared four hundred and thirty-six women who had been diagnosed with Gestational diabetes with two hundred and fifty-four healthy pregnant women. The women with Gestational diabetes were given medical nutrition therapy to follow…

  • the participants who followed the medical nutrition plan best had infants with the lowest birth weight among the diabetic mothers. Birth weight was 1.2 g less per day of diet treatment.
  • overweight babies were more common among non-diabetic women than among the mother who had been diagnosed with Gestational diabetes and treated with diet therapy.

A total of 27 percent of non-diabetic women had an infant weighing over 4 kg, compared with 18 percent of diabetic women controlling their condition with diet.

The University of California in San Francisco, United States, recommends pregnant mothers consult with a registered dietitian when Gestational diabetes is diagnosed in the second half of the pregnancy. Dietitians calculate how much carbohydrate is needed and how much should be eaten throughout the day…

  • three meals a day and two or three snacks are important to keep blood sugar levels normal and steady.
  • the equivalent of two slices of bread each meal is recommended, although diets must be individualized according to height, weight, preferences, and needs.

Mothers and unborn babies both need proper nutrition at this time.

Some foods to be avoided include…

  • fruit juices – high in sugar and absorbed quickly.
  • sugary desserts and snacks – raise blood sugar levels quickly.
  • added sugars, including syrups and honey.
  • sugary beverages

Sucralose (Splenda) is often recommended as a substitute for sugar because it is the same molecule as glucose but turned inside out. It will not raise blood sugar levels. Bacteria cannot digest it, so it is better for the mother’s teeth as well.

Source by Beverleigh H Piepers

June 28, 2017 0 comment
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Homeschool science education is fun! It is more fun when you can use things found around the house to demonstrate some naturally occurring phenomena such as air pressure. Flying a toy plane is every child’s dream, and if it is combined with education, it can promote better understanding.

Before we go into the fun learning activities that you could co-ordinate with a homeschool science program, let me teach you some principles on which airplanes fly. There are some forces working on an airplane as it flies. They are the forces of thrust and drag and lift and gravity.


Thrust moves the airplane forward, and is provided by the jet engine and the propeller. Drag is a force of resistance that works in the opposite direction of thrust and slows down the airplane. Lift works in the upward direction and is produced by the wings. Gravity works in a direction opposite to the lift and pulls the plane down due to its weight. The right balance between these four forces keeps the plane flying.


Airplanes are shaped in such a way so as to minimize drag caused by air pressure, in order to allow them to glide smoothly. When air hits a moving object having a smaller area, it does not cause much resistance since there is less air pressure working on that object. On the other hand, when air hits a moving object with a larger area, it causes resistance as there is a higher pressure working on that object.


This is why airplanes are aerodynamically designed with cone-shaped noses so that the air pressure on the airplane body is reduced. This reduces drag and allows them to glide effortlessly through the air.


As an airplane moves with great speed on the runway, the wings are tilted upwards, increasing the air pressure on them. Therefore the airplane is lifted off the runway and rises higher. The angle of the wings determines how high the airplane will lift. In the same way, air pressure is used to maneuver the plane using the tail rudder.


You can blend the following fun activity with your homeschool science program. Buy a balsa wood toy airplane at your local store or drug store. As we assemble the airplane, we will experiment how it flies as we add each part.


To begin with, fly only the airplane body without the fins or wings. You will find that it is no better than a shoe flung in the air. The thrust is of no use, as it cannot make the right use of air pressure to fly.


Now attach only the large wing and fly the airplane. Your plane will seem to lift but then somersaults or plummets to the ground.

Next attach the horizontal stabilizer tail and fly it with a curve. You will notice that the somersaults have stopped but there is a zigzag movement.


Attach the vertical tail or rudder and now check out your toy airplane. This time you will notice a successful flying spell without any fishtail movements.


Here’s something for you to figure out on your own. Fly the airplane without the metal nose clip and see what happens. What is the purpose of this metal clip?


If you enjoyed your airplane lesson and experiment, let me tell you that I have loads of similar activities to enhance your homeschool science learning. To get great science experiments and activities visit the free “Homeschool Parent’s Guide to Teaching Science” at the link below.

Source by Aurora Lipper

June 28, 2017 0 comment
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The discovery of whipping cream is lost in obscurity. The process is easy enough to have been discovered by accident many times in many places. One likely scenario is where someone in a cool climate was making butter, but being in a hurry, whipped the cream rather than churning it. A common folk tale tells of a fast horse ride with a half filled container of cream.

The first well known reference to it was when the French chef, Vatel created a variation with sugar to serve at a reception to honor King Louis the XIV in 1661. The addition of sugar is taken for granted today, but many other flavors have been added over the years, vanilla being the most common. Other popular flavorings include brandies or liqueurs and orange.

In the 1930’s, British scientists started developing aeration systems for use in the food industry. They soon developed a working system using pressurized N2O (Nitrous Oxide). N2O immerses fully into dairy products such as cream, causing instant whipped cream when the pressure is released. Hand held units suitable for home use were developed as well as larger commercial systems.

After World War II, American companies began manufacturing whipped cream dispensers. Many never developed quality systems and some companies discontinued production. The introduction of disposable, one use cans in the 50’s caused the closing of most of those that were left.

The waste from disposable cans has always been considered undesirable, even in the wasteful time period it was developed. The nature of the system always left some cream in the can when the N2O had been used up. The waste of the can itself was hardly an issue at that time. The convenience was considered to far outweigh the disadvantage of waste.

In today’s ecologically aware society, many of us are no longer willing to contribute to the waste of disposable cans. There are many quality alternatives available. Making whipped cream at home with a whipped cream dispenser is fun, ecologically safer, and less expensive than disposable pressurized cans.

Source by Donna Menelley

June 28, 2017 0 comment
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It is important as a business owner that we know who is coming and going from our facility at all times. Tracking this is often a difficult task. We do this for safety and security reasons. It is expensive to hire a security company to watch the flow of traffic and track it for you. That is where access control systems come into play. An access control system allows you to monitor when people enter and exit access control systems help to keep unauthorized people out, while providing flawless access to those who are authorized to be there.

Access control systems have three main mechanisms. They include a controller, locks and the device that enables and disables the lock. The controller is a multi level device that is programmed with software from a computer that manages the system. This is where your control access, create accounts and look at the logs of entry and exit. Cost is usually a factor with how in depth the reporting from the controller. The more detailed the options and flexibility in programs the more expensive the system.

The locks are enabled and disabled per a command from the central control system, computer. There are two different types of locking systems available, electric and magnetic. Magnetic locks tend to be chosen more over electric locks. They tend to be a bit more costly but are advantageous because of their strength, ease of installation and power.

The access device is the key to the access control system. There are several different options available in the area of access devices. It is often determined by the level of security needed for a facility. A high tech government facility may be interested in doing a biometric scan instead of a pass code entry because it is possible to pass along a code but is nearly impossible to pass on the information needed for a biometric scan. If you are however just giving access to your companies parking garage something simpler like a magnetic card reader is all you need.

I was recently at a gated community up in Oscoda where in order to access the cabin you needed to enter through a sliding electric gate. It is nice because every visitor has a unique id that tracks when they arrive and exit. The code was then deactivated after our stay at the facility. I felt incredibly safe letting the kids play more freely than on other vacation I had been on because I knew that people entering through gate were supposed to be there.

The technologies available within the access device systems themselves are incredible. I think it is crazy that you can range in access from a number code, a magnetic reader, a key fob, scanning systems all the way to biometric devices. Fingerprints and hand scanners are, in my opinion, the most secure systems. It is incredibly hard to lose or duplicate a part of you. Whereas it is easy to misplace a magnetic card reader or forget an access code.

Whatever business you are in and whatever system you need whether an exit and entrance gate access system or a door access system make sure to research the options available to you. It is important that your system be able to allow you the insurance needed to fell that your business is as secure as it possibly can be.

Source by Kevin Germain

June 28, 2017 0 comment
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If you are trying to get pregnant and yet cannot conceive, doctors recommend different methods to remedy this. Certain factors have been identified to lower the chances of conceiving. Some of these factors are alcohol consumption, smoking, lack of exercise, improper diet, and many more. Because of the different scientific studies that established the effects of diet on fertility, many doctors recommend that proper diet is a key to increase fertility.

Have you heard of lemon water? It has been said that this type of water is good for fertility. In fact, it has many health benefits. How does it help for most infertility couples?

For many years, lemon water for fertility has been gaining popularity among women who find it hard to conceive. Lemon water for fertility is from the Traditional Chinese Medicine, which uses natural ingredients to treat and prevent diseases.

Lemon is a great fruit because it is loaded with vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and antioxidants. First and foremost, drinking water already does wonders for fertility. Water thins out mucus and increases it as well. And cervical fluid is very important in conception. Without cervical fluid, the sperm won’t be able to reach the egg. Furthermore, if the cervical fluid is of good quality and quantity, it can help the sperm stay alive for several days while waiting ovulation.

And if you add lemon to your drinking water, you are even increasing the likelihood of getting pregnant many times. The bodies are bombarded with harmful free radicals from pollution and food. And these free radicals can harm the sperm, egg, and reproductive organs. This is the importance of antioxidants. Antioxidants in this beverage will help destroy these free radicals thereby making your bodies more ready for conception. This is why it is effective for infertility treatment.

Another great advantage of lemon water for fertility is that it has no adverse effects since you are using an all-natural ingredient. You can continue drinking this even if you are already pregnant. You can also continue with your water regimen even if you are prescribed with fertility drugs or in conjunction with other fertility treatments.

Other health benefits include: detoxification, hormonal balance, enhanced immunity, liver health, digestive health, and great skin. How do you make this type of water? You simply have to add 1 to 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice to your warm drinking water.

Lemon water for fertility can be consumed any time. Although many people believe that it is best early in the morning. Instead of drinking coffee or hot chocolate, drinking this beverage is great for re-hydrating your bodies. Furthermore, it can help to stimulate bowel movement in the morning.

Source by Eddy Wai KK

June 28, 2017 0 comment
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Essentially, environmental science is the study of the Earth's geological atmosphere, ecosystems and processes. People employed in scientific jobs that focus in environmental science typically conduct field studies and researches to acquire data about the environment. They also perform laboratory research in order to explore the various chemical and physical properties that make up natural elements. There are a number of types of environmental science jobs that qualified scientists can choose to focus on. A scientist may choose to specialize in a specific branch of life and earth science. One can choose to work for a university, private research institution, government agency or a nonprofit organization.

A research scientist often focuses on particular areas involved in environmental science. These areas include ecological development, water cycles and hydrology as well as climate change. Experts that specialize in ecology are the ones studying the interactions between living things and their environment. Meanwhile, a hydrologist monitors changes in the temperature and precipitation of water. On the other hand, an environmental scientist focusing in climate change attempts to explain the patterns and phenomena that affect and induce global warming.

An environmental specialist in a research position normally spends a lot of time outdoors to make observations and to collect samples. He or she needs to take accurate measurements of variables such as temperature, humidity and barometric pressure, among others.

Meanwhile, in a laboratory setting, a scientist usually analyzes samples of air, earth and water as well as any living matter in order to identify the properties that compose it. He or she is also responsible for tracking the changes in the samples over time and compose detailed reports according to their findings.

A number of scientific jobs may be found in government agencies as well as conservation organizations. A conservation scientist basically investigates how human activities impact the ecosystems and the entire environment in general. These scientists may also perform long-term researches and studies focusing in a particular area while detecting and tracking changes in the climate, the quality of air and the demographics of animals and plants.

There are also scientific professionals who facilitate tours in state and national parks. They also train and educate the public about how they can help conserve resources. They also lead in environmental cleanup and recycling activities.

As more and more people become conscious and concerned about the environment, scientific jobs that give focus on the environment is also expected to continue increase. Thus, if you are looking to get a job in the field of science, it might be best for you to specialize in environmental sciences.

Source by Stephen Waller

June 28, 2017 0 comment
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Creating super habits are easier than you could ever imagine. Most people have something they would like to change in their lives. If you ask anyone, they are usually able to answer this question, "If you could change anything about yourself, what would you change." All the self help and personal development programs and books available today are full of useful information that nobody sees to take advantage of. You've seen the TV commercials and listen to other people tell their stories, about how they lost weight.

Are you one of those skeptics that find these stories hard to believe. Do you think it's possible to create a life changing habit within 30 days? If you do not think it's possible, have you ever tried to change something about yourself you do not like.

If you have not tried, how do you know it's impossible. If you have tried to create change in your life, did you quit, did you quit shortly after you started. This is often what most people do. They either quit before they start and never even get started, or they quit within a short period of time after they started. Usually these people have an excuse, most of the time their excuse is quite simply, it was harder than I thought.

Creating super habits in 30 days is possible and you do not have to be an over achiever to accomplish this goal. Creating these habits will require some effort on your part but the rewards most of the time are worth the effort.

I challenge you to change something about yourself you do not like within the next 30 days.

Go to the next step for more information.

Finding Something You Do not like about Yourself

Source by Gregory Vanden Berge

June 27, 2017 0 comment
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The Six Doors are the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind. If these doors are not guarded, one’s soul will wander in and out through them upon death and fall into the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Why? The eyes, ears, nose and tongue are doors leading to rebirth as four kinds of animals, and are also known as four paths of birth.

If one desires for sights excessively, his soul will leave the body through the eyes upon death. He is destined to be born again as birds for others to watch and enjoy. If one listens to heresies excessively, his soul will leave the body through the ears. He is destined to be born again as domesticated animals for others to order. If one desires for aroma excessively, his soul will leave the body through the nose. He is destined to be born again as insects to taste all filth and bad odours and will die of sucking and biting their victims. If one likes to slander others or criticize others, his soul will leave the body through the mouth. He is destined to be born again as aquatic lives. This is because the mouth is symbolized by “kan” in the trigrams, which also symbolize water or scales.

For those who practise heresies, do not practise filial devotion, and perform wicked deeds, they will be punished in future lives. This is the eternal law of karma. For those few who practise their virtues and perform good deeds but are not meant to encounter Tao of Heaven during their life times, they will be rewarded in their future lives by being born in rich, powerful, or influential families, enjoying wealth, power or fame. Once their rewards are exhausted, their souls still return to the Underworld. These are the six paths in the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.

Realizing the consequences of the six paths, Lao Tze taught others to constantly guarding these six doors to avoid souls passing through them. The five external doors – the eyes, ears, nose, tongue and body – are relatively easy to guard; however, the internal door – the mind – is difficult to guard. The mind, resides in the spleen, is called “Yin-shen” (the ‘yin’ spiritual image). To tackle this, Taoism devised a dumb technique: concentrating one’s mind at the Right Portal constantly. This method let the True Fire of old “yang” (aureole) refine “Yin-shen”. If one practises this technique continuously as if he is retarded or slow, he can attain a calm mind and have clear wisdom after a hundred days. With prolonged practice, one will act according to his True Nature and need not guard his Six Doors anymore.

My Heavenly Master JiGong said, “If you wish to become a Carefree Immortal and a Fully Enlightened Being, you must cultivate and practise Tao with one-mindedness, not repeating the same mistakes, humble the mind and subdue arrogance, treat people with gentle words and a cheerful face, and be responsible to oneself and Heaven. After carrying oneself across the bitter sea of life, one should help carry others across; having oneself enlightened, one must guide and enlighten others; having oneself corrected, one must help others to correct themselves.”

Author: T.A Chew

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June 27, 2017 0 comment
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For 5th grade science fair projects that are fun, easy and appealing, it is often best to use simple materials and equipment around the house and in stores as well as to apply simple processes. This way, your child will not be intimated by the thought of tackling complex materials and processes that can cause him to back out halfway through the project.

Simple Materials and Equipment

You need not spend plenty of money on buying complex and potentially hazardous materials like chemical substances to make an excellent science fair project. Your child’s teacher will even discourage it because safety is always first in science.

Your child can use the measuring spoons and glasses, pots and pans, and even ladles to measure, mix and make your science projects, with the added advantage that he can keep it secret from the rest of the school. Now, contrast that with letting your child do his experiments in the school laboratory. And you can make it fun for him and the rest of the family! Well, of course, your child must do majority of the 5th grade science projects but you can help out, can’t you?

For example, in an experiment where wet plaster is dropped from varying heights to predict the size of craters when meteorites fall on the Earth, you can help your child arrive at just the right consistency of the plaster. All you need are water and plaster of Paris and a small box filled with soil.

You have to guide your child, encourage his innate curiosity and build on it for numerous 5th grade science fair projects. You will be surprised at how many questions he has that can be answered with simple demonstrations using simple materials and equipment.

Simple Processes

No matter how simple the process adapted, it must still adhere to the scientific method. This way, your child can be involved from the first to the last step of the scientific process that, in turn, will make him better prepared to present the results of his study.

Keep in mind, however, that the scientific process is not a set of rigid rules. You can be more flexible with the process but within limits since objective observations and results must be made. After all, 5th grade science fair projects are supposed to be fun – not rigid – and easy.

For example, in an experiment where the growth of Venus flytraps are studied, the process can be simplified by confining the variables to just a few number, the hypothesis to just one, and the data collection period to just a few days’ time. Thus, only the variable of types of feed is changed, only one hypothesis is made in that the one fed the crickets will grow the fastest because of the protein content, and the period is limited to just 2 weeks instead of 3 weeks.

With 5th grade science fair projects, you can encourage your child to seek more answers to his questions simply because the materials and equipment used are easy to use and the processes adopted are easy to follow.

Source by Dee Schrock

June 27, 2017 0 comment
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