Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Sweet Science

I've recently given up chocolate (and most other sweets) in a futile attempt to get in better shape for my upcoming race season. Of course this means I can think of nothing but sugar. ("Did you say ice cream?!?! No, I said 'ion beam.'" ) So I figured I would talk about all the tasty physics treats I can't currently eat. Enjoy, because I know I won't!

Periodic Table of Cupcakes

One of my favorite Food Network shows is 'Cupcake Wars.' They produce the most amazing stuff in such a short amount of time. And cupcakes are just so cute and so tasty and you can try so many different flavors without going into sugar shock. And this is the awesomest cupcake display I've seen. Cake and science all at once! It was created for a chemical engineering department reception. There is a friendly rivalry between chemistry and physics and they are close to having us beat in the baked goods department with that display. However, we still win with our famous laser cake.

Oreo Phases of the Moon

We all learned about the phases of the moon in school at some point, but here is a way to make your own model complete with creamy filling. By opening up Oreos and eating exact amounts of the filling, its possible to create a diagram of the phases of the moon. I think that the "new moon" would be my favorite to make. You aren't just looking at a poster on your classroom wall; you are involved in making it. I think this is such a great lesson plan. So engaging, so innovative, so chocolatey!

Dr. Honeydew and Beaker cake

My last tasty treat is this adorable muppet cake (scroll down past the door knocker from Labyrinth). I found it on the cake wrecks blog, which I love. Ok, its not really a "science" sweet, more of a "scientist" sweet, but cute none the less.

Next week I'm sure I will be posting about the bubbles in the beer I'm not drinking.

Happy eating!

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