Message from my wife

My daughter has a science fair project she needs some help on. From my wife:

I normally don’t do these kinds of things, but Antonia (our daughter) is doing a science fair project where she is comparing the social science data she collects in a traditional setting versus the data she collects on line. In order to do this, she needs only adults who are willing to participate in the project sometime this weekend. The survey will take approximately five minutes. The first page is the human informed consent where she outlines what the project is about, what the risks are, what the benefits is has to science, and what measures she plans to protect your anonymity. And if you don’t want to do it that’s okay too, because like I said, it is with great timidity that I ask, I hate doing these things, but science fair calls.

There is a very brief demographic survey in the beginning and then the heart of the survey is a replication will ask you to identify shapes to sounds and names. Very simple, don’t over think, just your first reaction. Antonia and the 2010 Science Fair thank you.

Take the survey here.

Susan Jacobse
Naples Property Blog


  1. Fr. John A. Peck :

    I’m happy to have completed the survey.

    Go Antonia!

  2. Finished! Is she going to share her results? That was very cool! Thanks for letting me ‘play’ too!

  3. Know all too well the drama of the science fair. Third child started hers this week too.

    It’s a conspiracy, I tell you!

    Magdalena, friend of Fr. John Peck

  4. Fr. Johannes Jacobse :

    It is a conspiracy. 🙂

    Thank you to everyone helping out.

    Sure, we will publish the results. It will be a few weeks though.

  5. I loved the science fairs when I was a kid. The school teachers reflect that in those days the projects could often take half a year or more. Now kids are so scheduled the long term ‘advise and progress’ cycle really a feature of the old projects isn’t possible.

    That, and ‘all year school’ pretty much cancels the nearly universal experience of 8-hrs/day work experience in the summers. Now most high school seniors have no idea what it takes to work 40hrs/week. There is a great deal of learning that goes on to become part of a team working at a business. Not to mention self-understanding about career and ‘not career’.

    For example, being the fellow that unloaded bags of ‘fertilizer’ off the delivery truck at the hardware store in high school, I came to understand doing homework was a much better idea than I thought previously.

    • Fr. Johannes Jacobse :

      Here in Florida they take a different approach than when I was a kid. Growing up, parental involvement was verboten. Here it is encouraged. Then, on JUDGMENT DAY, all adults leave the room, and some very qualified judges take four to five hours to question the kids. If the kids understand the concepts and can support the thesis verbally, they are in. If they can’t, judges know mom or dad did the project and they are out of the running.

      As a result, you get some fantastic projects. I’m proud to say my daughter won first prize in her category two years in a row (social sciences — and due to my wife’s effort alone — I just made the copies). You can read about it here:

      6th-grader turns testing tables on teachers, School Board members

      That was three years ago.

  6. Done. Best of luck Antonia! I would like just say how the children of our Orthodox Clergy are so valuable to the Church. Given the present state of affairs they face many challenges and need support from everyone. Being a child of Orthodox clergy is a great gift if you take the time and perspective to look at it.

    Too bad no Orthodox Jurisdiction in America has a formal support program for the Children of Clergy.

  7. Finished the survey also. Very interesting… I definitely saw a pattern in my responses. It would be interesting to see what the overall results will be. Go Antonia!

  8. George Michalopulos :

    Done! Go Antonia!

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