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Posted: March 16, 2016 in Science
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Hi my name is Abishai.

Today I am going to tell you about my retirement plan. My career plan is to be in the UFC, but I have learned that mixed martial arts is a sport that you don’t stay in as an old man, so my retirement plan is to become IRON MAN. It has been a childhood and preteen dream of mine to create a flying crime-fighting suit of armor that I could use to protect the city I live in (wherever that is).

Last Sunday I don’t know what came over me, but I just really wanted to start working on it. So, my dad let me have a binder, and I started to draw designs for it like an arm brace, the chest plate, the helmet, and the energy source (it is going to be solar powered). Because my dad is a prepper I decided to go with solar power because, if the apocalypse does happen, I won’t have to find gas, diesel, or water. Part of my weapons arsenal on the suit is an electricity blaster, tranquilizer launcher, missile launcher, plasma blasters, and a frontward EMP blast. I’m also going to have an artificial intelligence unit inside my suit, and his name will be something unique or something complex. Ahh. I know what to call him. I’ll call him Bob. Perfect!

This is my retirement plan. Pretty boss, right?

Peace Out!

Guess what? The picture below is of me as a little dude with an almost real Iron man.

Iron Man

My Boo Dog Project

Posted: October 13, 2015 in Science
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This is my Boo Dog Project. I really want a Boo Dog because they’re so cute and cuddly. My aunt Honey is the first place I ever heard of one. My dad said the first thing I needed to do was analyze it, especially the money part, so I did. Here’s what I came up with.

  • Boo dogs are Pomeranians
  • a Boo dog costs $1,000 at least
  • I’ll probably need dog insurance because Boo dogs are fragile and dog hospitals cost a lot. I found a plan at that covers accidents only. If you just want emergency coverage for your dog, this plan is ideal for you. It offers low-cost coverage for injuries only (like poisonings and broken bones), but not medical conditions. It is $10/mo.


Here’s where all the big money comes in…

Nutritional Supplements*
Food/water bowls
Dental/chew toys
Routine veterinary exam
Emergency veterinary care
Heartworm test**
Heartworm prevention
Fecal exams
Flea/Tick prevention
Professional teeth cleaning
Grooming tools
Professional grooming
Stain/odor removers
Doggy bed(s)
Boarding, per dayTOTAL
First Year
Each Following Year

I also found out the following…

  • Boo dogs live for 12-16 yrs
  • the leading cause of death is trauma probably because people step on them by accident
  • what will happen if I go to college

If you touch my boo dog without permission down the hole you GO!!!

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What I came up with is that I cannot get a boo dog right now but I think with a consistent job for about a year I can do it. I’ll also need to figure out what to do with it when I go to college in a few years.

I wrote this report with my Boo dog pencil.

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In a recent blog, Seth Godin said that “Just about everything tastes better toasted”. He’s not just talking about food. Seth says you can also toast ideas, services, products, and relationships. To toast means that you are putting in the effort to do something nice or special for someone or something. You are customizing what you do to fit a particular persons needs.


Let’s talk science. Seth said, “The Maillard reaction is a chemical reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars that gives browned foods their desirable flavor.” The reason toast turns brown is because the heat is melting the sugar, and when sugar is heated it turns brown. The hotter the heat the faster it turns brown. It is because of the Maillard reaction that things like hamburger buns and your everyday loaf of bread are brown. In the factory they bake them so that they taste better. The same concept is also applied on things like pork, french-fries, biscuits, popcorn, and tortillas. It’s just that you never think about it that way.


I enjoy making toast the old fashion way, in a pan, because I find it more fun than just popping something in a toaster and leaving it to the machine overlords. My brother, Benaiah, would rather do it with a toaster. He thinks that if you toast the bread in a toaster you can walk away and do other stuff. My brother also prefers toast over bread because he likes that it crunches in his mouth. I like toast because it brings a specialness to my plate that a plain piece of bread lacks.

That’s All Folks

Me and my little brother won an award in the 2013 Zombie Survival STEM Challenge!

Here’s a pic of our award stickers from Nerd in the Brain

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Click HERE to see our bridge that we built.

We just completed the Nerd in the Brain Zombie STEM Challenge! Here’s what it was…

The Mission:

Create a method of crossing a “river.”  Your creation must be able to support a standard vegetable can (15 to 16 ounces) and safely get your vegetable can across at least two feet of water.  Remember…you want to get your can across the “river” without leaving zombies a way to follow you! Supplies and building materials should cost no more than $10. $10 budget does not include tape, scissors, or glue.

Rules and Regulations:

  • Submissions may be from an individual or a team (class, family, etc.)

  • Supplies should not cost more than $10. If we suspect you’re sneaking in fancy, high-dollar supplies, you will be questioned. ;)  $10 maximum spending limit does not include glue, tape, or scissors.

  • Method of crossing “river” must support a standard can of vegetables (15 – 16 ounces).
  • Method of crossing “river” must be tested.  (If at first you don’t succeed, we encourage you to revise your plan and try again!)

For more info on Nerd in the Brain, click HERE.

Here’s our pics…



Preparing to Build

River is giving a victory speech.

Giving a Victory Speech

The evil horde approaches.

The Horde

The horde catches one of the good guys.

Horde Catches One

Uh oh. There’s a fight on the jobsite.

Fight on the Jobsite

Fighting local wildlife.

Local Wildlife

Lifting the girders into place.

Lifting the Girders 2

Lifting the Girders

Crossing the bridge with the food supplies.

Crossing the Bridge

The horde approaches the bridge.

Horde Approaches the Bridge

Once we’re across, the soldier goes back to set charges to blow the bridge and keep the horde away.

Setting a Charge to Blow the Bridge

Setting a Charge to Blow the Bridge 2

Running away from the explosives.

Running from the Explosives

Oh no. He didn’t make it.

Didnt Make It

All Done


Hi, my name is Abishai, and I visited the Horry County Waste Management Facility for a field trip.

There was a girl there, and she was making a purse out of recycled bottles and grocery bags. They were also making grocery bag sleeping mats. It takes 500 grocery bags just to make one of the mats. Mom said we would start a mat with all our extra bags at home. It may take a while to finish one with the number of bags we have, but we are getting some extra grocery bags from some of the people that go to our church The Pilgrimage.

After that, we took a tour of the landfill. Our tour guide’s name was Joe Hunter. He is my dad’s friend from the home show. The biggest truck we got to see was the compactor that they use to crush the trash so it doesn’t take up so much space. We also got to see a dump truck dumping out its trash on the pile.

The yard waste was very interesting because they showed us how they can repurpose that waste into compost. They sell their compost for $15 for one ton of material. Joe let us ride in his truck so we could go up on the top of the big trash heaps. We passed the oldest heap and saw they had big pipes coming out all over the place. They recycle their methane through tubes. Daddy says methane comes from trash, cow burps, and people farts. Joe told us they were methane collectors. The collectors moved the methane over to the big engines that give power to not only the Waste Management Facility but also putting that extra energy back in so others in the area can use that energy as well.


When we drove in a little more we saw a tornado of birds. There were 3 adult bald eagles and many immature eagles. Joe told us that their facility is now considered a bald eagle reserve due to the large number of the eagles.


There are so many more things I can say about this field trip but I will stop here for now. I will end this by saying this was the most awesome field trip I have ever been on.





The Tree Trimmer

Posted: January 9, 2013 in Science
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*Note from Dad- This is his uncorrected wording before we tackled it from a usage, grammar, and spelling point-of-view. Abishai’s task was to craft a photo essay of at least 50 words. The event happened last week when we tabled regularly scheduled homeschool lessons for a unique activity taking place right next door.

I got to see the tree trimers and took a lot of pictures so I though I would make a photo essay. I got to see them put wood threw a wood chiper. They cut down tou trees. After  they were all done there were like 1,000 branches in the yard. All of this was next door.

Corrected version-

I saw the tree trimmers, and I took a lot of pictures so I thought I would make a photo essay. I saw them put wood through a wood chipper. They cut down two trees. After  they were all done, there were about  1,000 branches in the yard. All of this was next to my house.




Summertime at Christmas

Posted: December 26, 2011 in Science
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Note from Dad- Abishai used a weather station that we bought him to record the weather for an entire week this Christmas. Beautiful weather this year! He had a great time with it. To monitor the weather forecasts he checked it in the newspaper, on the Wii weather report, and online. This project was not just for science class, but also satisfied part of the requirements for the Cub Scout belt loop for Weather.