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oodles locked herself in the laboratory for the rest of the week. That was fine with me. I could work on my own science project in peace. I just needed an idea. . Unfortunately, Bailey didn't want me to think. She wanted to play. As soon as I sat down to lstorm ideas Bailey brought me a ball. "Not now, Bailey," putting the ball next to my science book. listened to me about as well as Noodles. The next I knew Bailey brought me a doll. When I didn't throw she fetched an old shoe. I at the ball, the doll and the . I looked at my science ',. I looked at Bailey. 's when I got my won- JI idea. writing down my Noodles led the laboratory and stepped into the Boo-Boo rolled out her. your robot was "1 said. anymore," Noodles I. "1 fixed his crossed He's ready to work. What do you want him to do?" lon't want Boo-Boo to do anything," I said. "I'm working science fair project, which is exactly what you need to is my project. A blue-ribbon proj..c" Iodles the umpteenth time. r project needs to be more than an invention. You need charts and reports and a display," I reminded her. 'q'hat's ' what Mr. Falkner told us." I knew Noodles didn't like making charts. "1'11 help you if you want." "1 won't need all that stuff because Boo-Boo will wow the judges all on his own," Noodles decid- ed. "And I don't need your help." "What if his circuits get crossed. again?" I asked. "What if his bat- pack runs dry?" "It won't," Noodles said. "Tell me about your project and I bet Boo- Boo can help you." Deep down I knew that I should do my project by myself. Still, having help would be nice. "It's about Bailey," I explained. "1 plan to find out which toy she likes best for fetching." Noodles rubbed her chin. She crossed her eyes. Then she shrugged. "Seems to me you just have to throw a bunch of toys all at once and see .... which one she brings back. Boo-Boo can throw all the toys for you." "NOV I yelled. I remembered the mess Boo-Boo made before. I wasn't in the mood to spend the entire weekend picking up after a crazed, robot. "1 need to do a controlled experiment to se e if Bailey likes round or square, soft or hard, heavy or light toys the best. I'm going to do the experi- ment at least three times to see if the results are the same. make a chart to keep track of it all." %odles sighed. "Sorting. Making a chart. Keeping notes. lat sounds boring. It would be much easier if you just let throw them all at once," Beep," Boo-Boo said. His eyeballs flashed and he rolling toward the toy shelf. in front of Boo-Boo. "StopF I said right into his button. rolled to a stop. "Beep. Beep. Boo-Boo stop. good." then, Bad opened the back door. "One of you needs set the table for dinner while I finish mowing the grass," called inside before shutting the door. groaned. Setting the table was not my favorite job. In I hated it more than cleaning up toys. I pointed at les. "You have to set the table," I told her. "I'm busy my science fair project." glared at me. I stared back. Then, slowly, a smile across her face. "Okay," she said. "Boo-Boo will set table for us." you sure that's a good idea?" I asked. "Your robot has made one big mess." was before I made adjustments," Noodles said. 'TII sure to say exactly what I mean." looked at Boo-Boo. "Boo-Boo," she said carefully, about each word. "Put the dishes on the table." .aghts flashed. Knobs twirled. Boo-Boo's eyeballs turned Lults. "Beep. Beep," Boo-Boo said. "Dishes on that, Boo-Boo rolled across the den floor and disap- into the kitchen. Maybe Noodles was right and Boo- could do some of our work. bumped up against my leg. She had dropped a rub- ber ball by my toes. I started sorting toys into different groups. I was busy writing the groups on my chart when I heard something that turned my stomach to ice. "NOV Noodles screamed. "NOV ii: Brought to you by LG&E Energy Foundation Go to kypress.com for story-related activities Story Written by: marcia fhornfonJones clelble Oadeq Activities Written by: tIfa iBroalwaq Terrl elarr mclean Illustrated by: chris UJare