“Mecnieri.me” ( scientist me ) is another new project that aims to create scientific experiments for kids and teenagers. These low-budget experiments are easy to conduct at home. The experiments help teens deepen their knowledge in the fields such as astronomy, geology, meteorology, computer science, physics, mathematics and engineering.
“Doctrina” has interviewed project author – Tako Basiashvili.
Tako Basiashvili, who is just 19 years old, is a second-year student of the department of biochemistry at the San Diego State University. She has already participated in the implementation of the very responsible and interesting project.
The project – “Mecnieri.me” is a cognitive online portal for children aged under 12 years of age. There are interesting and simple experiments placed into the portal. The main charm of these experiments is that each of them can be done by the supplies that are easily available at home.
In order to better understand the project, let’s take one of these simple experiments : “invisible ink”. This experiment requires only a sheet and lemon juice. If a child writes any word on a piece of paper with a lemon juice and then dries it nothing will appear on the paper, but in case of reheat it the written word will clearly be seen. The process is not only fun, but also cognitive, because children are able to find the process explanation on the site and to understand more about it. The website provides them with relevant information about the process.
Thus, they learn that the lemon juice, as well as other fruit juice, contains carbon compounds. These substances are invisible at room temperature, but in the heat they may dissolve and release the carbon. In case carbon meets air, oxidation process begins and the substance turns into open or dark brown colored substance, which is the experiment’s result.
The following simple experiment is ,,giant soap bubbles “. Probably every child dreamed of having large soap balloons, which actually is not as difficult as it seems. In order to achieve our goal, we need to mix one cup of water with two tablespoons of dish washing liquid, a tablespoon of glycerin (available in pharmacies) and a teaspoon of sugar, the mixture should be kept in a closed container for 1-hour period, and then, we have to mix gently and start forming giant bubbles with flexible metallic sticks.
“Studying science and technology at an early age will support violation of stereotypes about these fields in our country and it will be the guarantee of future growth and success of the fields of science and technology, “- Tako Basiashvili said in her interview with “Doctrina”.
Author: Tamar Devdariani
Translation: Tamar Tabatadze
The Hall of Young Scientists & Analysts – “Doctrina”