And won a second place ribbon.
I wasn't around much last week, because we were doing serious science stuff.
Her project was on the role of baking powder in the height of a cake. Her question was "Does the amount of baking powder affect the height of a cake?"
Last weekend, we spent hours baking cakes from scratch in order to change the amount of baking powder only to realize at the end of the night that we could merely make cupcakes of flour, baking powder, and water.
Much easier and cheaper!
She learned a lot during this process. She learned some basics about alkalis and acids. Carbon dioxide was a big subject. She learned about variables. She was introduced to decimals.
It was a challenging but educational and fun experience all around.
In case your youngin' would be interested in this subject for a science project, here is her bibliography.
Edicola, Jon. "The Food Scientist - Baking Soda vs Baking Powder." YouTube. N.p., 14 June 2013. Web. 12 Mar. 2014.
Gardner, Robert. Kitchen Chemistry: Science Experiments to Do at Home
New York: J. Messner, 1982. Print.
Glass, Don. "Baking With Carbon Dioxide." A Moment of Science RSS. N.p., 8 Mar. 2012. Web. 12 Mar. 2014.
Legourmettv. "Baking Soda Vs. Baking Powder." YouTube. N.p., 16 May 2010. Web. 12 Mar. 2014.
Mandell, Muriel, and Frances W. Zweifel. Simple Kitchen Experiments: Learning Science With Everyday Foods
. New York: Sterling Pub., 1993. Print.
VanCleave, Janice. Janice VanCleave's Guide to the Best Science Fair Projects (Science Series)
. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1997. Print.
Various. "Baking Powder." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 03 Oct. 2014. Web. 11 Mar. 2014.