Tom helped Avery with her project for the 5th Grade Science Fair. Her experiment, crumbling charcoal (volcanic ash) on a clear snare drum top and shining a light (the sun) to see if planetary temperatures are moderated by atmospheric insulation, was inspired by a book they both enjoyed:Mistborn.
And while father and daughter are talented in the literary, thrift-store and creating departments, I realized as I helped her prepare her presentation that neither of them had any idea of how the scientific method works.
Luckily, I do. And so she hit the sweet spot of the elementary school award system (recognition but no further effort required): Honorable Mention.