Getting a taste of chemistry with ice cream was one of the fun activities at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
During Ice Cream Science Weekend, children got the opportunity to see how ice cream is made with liquid nitrogen.
When a batch of ice cream appeared out of a cloud of nitrogen gas, 11 year old Zoe Goldstein was amazed. She got to see how the liquified gas at -320 degrees Fahrenheit, instantly turns milk, sugar, and vanilla extract into ice cream.
“They get to see the chemistry of it, and it’s right in front of their eyes,” said Michael Aguinaga, the museum’s school programs manager.
The museum is getting kids back into the mood for learning.
“We want to keep them excited even going into the new school year because they kind of take it off in the summer,” Aguinaga said. “But if you can infuse the science with the fun, they really don’t get that they’re learning until they’ve learned it.” Her overall goal is to excite children about STEM subjects, including science, technology, math, and engineering.