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Science Fair Ideas on Popcorn Projects

Popcorn is one many peoples favorite snacks. Bringing it into the science fair is a great idea for a project. You can show off some ingenuity and bribe the judges with delicious treats! There are nearly an infinite number of experiments with popcorn. A few of them are listed below.

Please Remember popcorn is just heated corn. Handle with care right after cooking

Almost all popcorn experiments give us one of two things; a better taste, or more popcorn. Taste can be a matter of preference. Here are two experiments that get us more popcorn, faster.

    1) Which Brand leaves the fewest unpopped kernels. Choose 3 different brands of popcorn. Count out 3 groups of 100 kernels for each brand, a total of 900 kernels. Pop them in batches of 100. Count how many kernels are left by each brand. Repeat this 3 times for each brand. Create a chart showing your results. You could also do a break down on the cost per popped kernel. Did the most expensive brand produce the most popcorn? 2) Which brand of popcorn pops the fastest No one wants to wait for their popcorn. Win the judges over by letting them know which brands of popcorn will get to them the fastest. Choose 3 different brands of popcorn. Count out 3 groups of 100 kernels for each brand, a total of 900 kernels. Pop them in batches of 100, timing them. (The popping will go on for a while once the cooking process is done. Determine a time frame between pops that qualifies as "done")

Now you know which brand pops up the fastest. Consider looking at what other variables affect the time. What happens if you freeze the kernels? How about if you refrigerate them? Does your elevation play a role.

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