Holiday Science: Gravy

What's so scientific about your holiday gravy?  Isn't gravy just, well, food?  Food we put on mashed potatoes and turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas and Sunday and, well, pretty much any time?   How could gravy have anything to do with science? Here's the thing, drooling holiday turkey & gravy lovers:  gravy-making is all about the science of starch. Starch?  That white powdery stuff Great-Grandma used [...]

How to Use Popcorn to Teach Rates

by Christy McGuire, Contributor This time of year, students’ minds are starting to drift to the upcoming Thanksgiving Holidays. Why not use popcorn to channel a little of that excitement into your classroom? Use popcorn to teach graphing, rate, and slope. Let your students eat your props, and you will quickly be one of the coolest teachers to ever discuss rates.Here is [...]

Take the Thanksgiving Table Trick Challenge

While the turkey is cooking and everyone is standing around waiting for the meal to start, take out a few kitchen items and entertain your guests. Make sure you practice the challenge beforehand so you can amaze and baffle your audience. Don't forget to reveal your tricks and your science knowledge. Make your big finish the Table Trick Challenge. The Amazing Egg [...]