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Ice Cream Shake


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Ice Cream Shake

In this tasty activity, learners make their own ice cream any day of the year in an exploration of heat and cold. Highlights include freezing and melting and the transition from liquid to solid. And at the end, you can eat the experiment! Try using this activity for an Ice Cream Day science celebration.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English, Spanish

Materials List (per student)


  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Quart-size zip-lock bag
  • Gallon-size zip-lock bag
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • Paper towels
  • Cup/bowl and spoon (for tasting)

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Taste
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
      • Heat Transfer
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
      • Liquids
      • Changes of Phase

Informal Categories


  • Food and Cooking

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • taste
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • WGBH

Source Collection:

  • Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, WGBH Educational Foundation, ©2006

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0452485
  • Public television viewers
  • The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
  • Arby's
  • Greendog

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