Isaac just got back from the district science fair and he gets to take his Mervan project on to the regional fair at BYU at the end of this month. He’s excited about this because they have things like rock climbing and other activities, and disappointed that he’ll be fed pizza for lunch (he’s allergic to milk and dislikes pizza.) Dean and I are something of science fair agnostics, because Dean’s observation of the judging (he was a judge last year) is that it’s just hard for most non-scientist parents to really fairly assess the quality of the science. He also says it’s heart-breaking judging the projects of kids who clearly had less parental guidance or support, and whose projects are therefore kind of unfocused (even though the kids may be no less talented than others.) Anyway, science-wise, Isaac’s project was just as good last year but perhaps a little less easily understood to a lay audience, and Isaac didn’t make it to region. So the whole thing is pretty subjective, in Dean’s (totally objective, of course) opinion. But we’re of course happy for Isaac – this year.