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Touch supercooled water drops with an ice crystal and trigger them to freeze instantly.
What kinds of candy are made and enjoyed in where you live?
Grow marshmallows to monstrous proportions!
Take a timeline tour of our past and present.
the Fudge House on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco!
Visit Kendon Candies, a lollipop factory in San Jose, California
Get up close and personal with a sucrose molecule.
Find out how different kinds of candy are made in the Candy-o-matic!
For accuracy, it's best to use both a candy thermometer and the cold water test when making candy.
Experience the thrill of pickle making, and explore how a cucumber becomes a pickle.
High energy prices got you down? Discover how pickles can ease your troubles.
Learn how to use physics to distinguish between raw eggs and hard-cooked eggs.
How can a microscopic organism lift several pounds of dough? Find out with this activity.
Play with the stuff that makes dough stretchy.
Tour the Breads of the World
Take a microscopic tour of the staff of life.
Explore gluten, the substance that gives bread its structure.
Pickling is the art of manipulating the microbial garden in foods.
The common ground between pickles, cheese, bread, wine, and many other foods.
Build a simple motorized toy made of a recycled CD and a DC motor.
What can you do with a frozen water balloon? Plenty!
Discover the secret colors hidden in black ink. With a paper towel, a black marker, and a cup of water, create a rainbow of colors while exploring capillary action and chromatography.
Make a simple rocket and a rocket launcher, and watch a demonstration of how the finished rocket will fly.
Make a simple musical instrument that sounds like a swarm of buzzing bees when you spin it around.
Saving seeds helps preserve the culture of Native American farmers in the American Southwest and northern Mexico.
Get down and dirty with the surprising science of soil.
If you're a patient gardener, you can grow your own hybrid flowers.
This is an easy grafting project for beginners.
Make a crowd-pleasing noisemaker called a sound sandwich, which you can adjust to raise or lower its pitch.
Build a stripped-down motor, a simple, easy-to-make version of the electric motors found in toys, tools, and appliances.
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