Science Fair season is here again. It seems to come a little earlier here on the west coast. Rebecca has chosen, "How much starch is contained in different types of bread?" Sounds easy enough, right? Well it is. We just jaunt down to the CVS and get some iodine, some bread, and dribble the iodine on the bread and graph the color results. Not too terribly difficult, but I am not so sure we can get a good project out of it. The project seems so simple that there isn't a lot of wow factor in it. It's not her fault though. She was asked to pick a science fair project the second day she was at school. Usually we research the different topics online, check out how intricate it could be, and make the decision from there. I say "we" because now a days the teachers send home forms that say ...."yes, I will supervise my child's science project, yes I will make sure my child works according to guidelines set forth by the teacher, and yes, I will make sure my child completes all assignments on time." You actually have to sign this and send it back or your child will get a "0" for the grade. Yep, they even get a grade on whether or not they bring back the paper filled out and signed by the parents. Sheesh! I remember when I had to do all that stuff my self, with no Internet, uphill, 3 miles, in the blinding snow!!! OK, maybe that was a bit of an exaggeration, but we did have to research the topics and do all that stuff ourselves. I never had to ask my mom to sign a paper saying she would babysit me through my science assignments. Is that what we have come to now a days? Do we have to babysit kids to make sure they get their education?? Hmmmmm....we, as a society, may be in trouble.
So, I have to go and get Rebecca some iodine and some bread. We are going to be testing white bread, whole wheat bread, South Beach diet bread, and gluten free bread. The prevailing hypothesis is that the diet bread will have less starch in it seeing as how it is low carb. We don't know....that is why it is called an experiment. I am hoping for a repeat of last year(well...this year...), where Rebecca got a first place in her school, and an honorable mention at county! Maybe if we tie in something cool, like Morgan's and my Gluten allergy to it we could get a more interesting angle and better attention to it? I don't know. What I do know, is that she and I are in this to win this. I signed a paper saying so.......so bring on the bread baby.