My Dad Met Carl Sagan!
Apr 17th, 2016 by alton

My dad and I were talking about how Carl Sagan was a role model for Neil deGrasse Tyson. His Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey television series was an update of Carl Sagan’s television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. My dad said that he was lucky to have met Carl Sagan during a lecture and he showed me a copy of Cosmos that Carl Sagan had signed for my dad!

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Signed By Neil deGrasse Tyson!
Apr 16th, 2016 by alton

While in New York, my mom visited the Hayden Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History. The Director of the Hayden Planetarium is, of course, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. He presented Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on television. He is one of my heroes! She bought a copy of The Pluto Files that was signed by Neil deGrasse Tyson himself!

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World’s Largest Periodic Table!
Mar 3rd, 2016 by alton

Yesterday, we went to Gustafson Stadium to see the largest periodic table of elements in the world.

Graduate students from the UT Health Science Center worked with over 100 elementary, middle, and high school students to try and set a new world record. Every school chose an element and painted a canvas tarp for that element. My dad’s high school chose Iron because it is the 26th element and Theodore Roosevelt (the name of his school) was the 26th president. Each decorated tarp is 12 feet by 15 feet. When put together, the entire periodic table of 118 chemical elements is more than 22,000 square feet. It’s big enough to cover a football field!

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Milky The Milk Carton
Dec 15th, 2013 by alton



I just saw this really interesting video with my mom and dad. It is called “Coffee & TV” and it is a music video about a family looking for their missing son. They are so sad that he is missing that even a milk carton jumps down from their table and helps them look for him. The name of the milk carton is Milky. Milky looks everywhere for the missing son and finally finds him playing in a band. The story has a happy ending and I really like Milky.

The video does not use stop motion animation like Wallace and Gromit, but uses puppets like they do for the Muppets. My dad says the name of the band is Blur and they are from the United Kingdom, the same place as Doctor Who and Wallace and Gromit. I like the jokes that they make with the cans and bottles in the video, like the soda cans and the scary monster can. Dad says that there is really a drink called “Monster” and that is what makes that joke funny.

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I really liked Milky so much that dad made me a paper cutout to play with. If you want one, you can cut it out of paper and play with Milky also. My dad put it on his website, but you can download it on my website, too. Here is my download link.

The music video was directed by Hammer & Tongs and the song is “Coffee & TV” by Blur. Milky the milk carton was designed by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. I am just a kid and I am in no way affiliated with these people. I am a fan, so please do not sue me.

Science Fair Award
Nov 6th, 2013 by alton

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This morning at school, I was told to go to the principal’s office. I was nervous until I saw some other students go also. When we got there, we were told that we had won an award for our science fair projects. I won first place!

My School’s Science Night
Nov 5th, 2013 by alton

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Today at school we had to explain what we did for our science fair project. We were called into the gym one by one and some grownups that I did not know asked me to explain my third-grade science experiment. They were nice, so I told them about how to make slime with PVA and borax. I think that they were teachers because they asked me a lot of questions about what I did. Every time that I answered a question, someone would ask me another one. They looked surprised when I was talking about making the PVA solution and how the borax molecules made bonds with the PVA. Maybe they have never tried it before.

Tonight was Science Night at my elementary school. My school had different science activities to do and a science fair. My friends and I put our science projects in the school gym. There were kids from the different grades there. All the parents were invited to look around and ask the kids questions about them. There were a lot of cool projects! It looks like everyone had fun coming up with a question to answer and trying to use science to answer it. I really enjoyed talking about my science question and how my dad helped me answer it when we were at his school. I think science is fun.

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My Science Fair Project
Nov 2nd, 2013 by alton

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My school is going to have a science night and my third-grade teacher asked me if I wanted to be in the science fair. I asked my mom and dad if I could be in it and they were happy to help me.

First, I had to come up with a question I had to answer. I thought about a lot of things, but my dad told me to choose a question that I could answer right now with materials that I had at home or at school. I remember going to the library and seeing that the daily activity for kids was about making slime. I could mix this white powder with some liquid in a little cup and it turned into slime. I wondered if adding more powder would make the slime thicker so I could make a bouncy ball out of it. Dad said that would be a good question to try and answer for my science fair project.

My dad showed me how to use Google to look up words on the Internet. I looked up “slime,” “chemistry,” and “science fair.” We found some videos on YouTube that showed people mixing stuff and making slime. Dad helped me find some websites that were about the chemistry of slime. I learned that when a group of atoms bond together they make a molecule. When you mix borax powder with water, it makes a solution. When you add polyvinyl alcohol powder to the solution, it turns into slime. Dad said that polyvinyl alcohol can be called PVA. PVA is a molecule that has a long shape like string. The PVA strings slip and slide past each other in water. The borax powder is another molecule. When you mix them together in water, the borax bonds to the PVA molecule strings and makes them stick together. This makes it slimy.

Dad asked me how I could use this information to answer my question. I said we could add different amounts of borax powder to PVA and see if that would make it thicker and bouncier. How much borax do we need to turn the PVA into a solid? Dad said that now I had a question to answer, I was ready to create a science experiment. My dad calls it an investigation. He took me to his school and he helped me get all the materials.

He explained to me how important it is to be safe and to wear goggles to protect your eyes and wear an apron to protect your clothes. He also showed me where all the materials and chemicals were kept in his classroom. He showed me where I could put my notebook and where I could put all of my materials that I would need for the science experiment. He explained how I should always write in my notebook everything that I did for my experiment. That way, I would always have a record of what I did in case I forgot or made a mistake.

With my dad watching me, I first made a 4% solution of PVA powder in water. I weighed 40 grams of PVA and put it into a big beaker and added water to make 1 liter. I heated the water until the powder dissolved. I added drops of green food coloring to the PVA solution so I could make green slime. Next, my dad and I made different borax solutions with different amounts of borax in the same amount of water. The borax solutions were 0% borax, 2% borax, 4% borax, 6% borax, 8% borax, 10% borax, 25% borax, 50% borax, and 75% borax, but the borax started to not dissolve all the way when it was 10% borax.

With everything ready to go, I got nine beakers put 50 mL of green PVA solution into each beaker. I added 50 mL of the different borax solutions into the nine beakers and stirred them with a glass rod to make slime. Next, I put each slime into a little cup with a glass rod and drained the liquid back into the beaker. Dad said that I could test to see how thick the slime was by dropping a marble into each cup and waiting to see how long it took to sink.

I found out that you cannot keep adding borax to water and have it dissolve every time. Also, no matter how much borax you add to PVA, it will not turn the slime into a solid. The slime gets thicker, but not very thick to make a bouncy ball. At the end, my dad let me mix all the slime cups together and I made a big gooey ball of slime!

I Was A Kid Zombie
May 19th, 2013 by alton

My mom’s friend wanted to know if I wanted to be a zombie. Heck yeah! Her friend had a friend named Alex who was trying to make a movie about the zombie apocalypse and he wanted some kids in it. So I went with my mom to some playground and spent most of the day pretending to be part of the undead. My mom even got to play the part of a zombie, too! We both had makeup on with lots of fake blood and fake scratches. Later in the day, my mom fell on some gravel and hurt her hands. She was bleeding, but the blood was not fake that time.

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Alex wanted to make the entire movie, but he told me that he needed to make a movie trailer first so that other people could see it and maybe be interested in it. If they decided to be really interested, they could even help Alex with his movie. The movie is called “The Holy Dark” and Alex has a Facebook page about it. If you want to see it, the link is here.

The movie trailer is an Alex Helton Production. I am just a kid and I am in no way affiliated with him, but I hope he asks me to be in his movie again.

San Japan 2012
Aug 19th, 2012 by alton

Here is a fan music video made at this year’s San Japan. San Japan is a Japanese culture and anime convention held every year in San Antonio, Texas. A lot of people go to the convention dressed up in costume as their favorite fantasy or science fiction character. My mom and dad went as part of the booth for Doctor Who fans. A San Japan fan with a YouTube name of “Phoenix729” made this video. Here is his YouTube link. I am in the video several times dressed up as the tenth Doctor from Doctor Who. My mom is also in it dressed up as Donna Noble, the tenth Doctor’s companion. Get the joke?

The fan music video was created by Jeremy “Phoenix” Williams and the song is “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers. I am just a kid and I am in no way affiliated with these people. I am a fan, so please do not sue me.

My LEGO Jaws Movie
Oct 23rd, 2011 by alton

Here is my first LEGO movie that I made with LEGO minifigs and stuff. I used my mom’s camera to take a picture of the LEGO scene, move them a little, take another picture, move them a little more, and take another picture, and when you put the pictures together you can make a movie out of them. This is called “stop animation” and it is how Wallace and Gromit and King Kong were made, although that is not how Jaws was.

My mom and dad were happy with my movie and thought it was funny. My dad loved the part when Chief Brody shoots the shark and says “Smile, you shaddabup!” I don’t know why Chief Brody says such a funny word in the movie and I guess my dad thought it was funny, too. My mom had a strange look on her face so I don’t think that was my mom’s favorite part.

The movie was produced for Universal Pictures and directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb based on the novel by Peter Benchley. The original music was composed by John Williams. I am just a kid and I am in no way affiliated with Universal Pictures or any of its subsidiaries. I am a fan, so please do not sue me.

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