Last month, I was travelling back from California to my home in Michigan. We were traveling via train and decided to get off in Kansas City and drive the rest of the way home. We took some time to explore Kansas City Union Station, this included time at Science City. It is a fun science museum geared towards kids of all ages. One of the attractions at Science City, I wanted to talk about on this site. They have a Test Kitchen that features some food related programs for school aged kids. One of them is the Science of Popcorn. This teaches kids why kernels pop into a delicious treat. There is also the Science of Soda class. Learn about how soda is carbonated and flavored. I didn't get to experience these classes myself, but they sound like a wonderful idea. I am all about teaching people how things work in the kitchen and here is a great fun way to do that with kids. Below is some more information about the programs. For questions or to sign up visit the Science City website.
Science of Popcorn I
(Grades 1-3) 15-30 students — One hour — Thurs, Fri
Students experiment with how popcorn is prepared and learn some of the physical science behind how it "pops". Students will...
• Compare and contrast types of corn
• Predict results with different popcorns
• Taste the outcome
Science of Popcorn II
(Grades 4-12) 15-30 students — Two hours — Thurs, Fri
While working in teams students experiment with popcorn and discover the science behind these mini-explosions. Students will...
• Experiment with variables that affect popcorn's ability to pop
• Compare and contrast types of popcorn
• Hypothesize reasons for kernels popping or not
• Test methods or products that may affect results
• Conclusions discussed with class
Science of Soda
(Grades 4-12) 15-30 students — Two hours — Tues, Wed
Students experiment with beverage flavor, color and fizz as they learn the chemistry behind soda pop. Teams then create marketing plans to promote their new product. Students will...
• Observe chemical reactions
• Experiment with procedures or ingredients
• Compare and contrast results with other teams
• Develop and present a marketing message