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Pickle Lab

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Pickle Lab

In this online activity, learners experience the thrill of pickle making, and explore how a cucumber becomes a pickle. In this "virtual kitchen," leaners discover that pickling takes practice to determine the best recipe (or conditions) for pickling cucumbers. These conditions include room temperature and amount of salt. Use this activity to help learners explore the science of cooking.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per student)

  • Computer with internet connection


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Viruses and Bacteria
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Taste
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Acids and Bases
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking
  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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