Science & Popcorn

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Who would ever have thought that Science and Popcorn could go together? Or they could be so much fun (at least eating the popcorn was fun).

My Daughter had to do a science project for school so instead of the usual “potato makes electricity” we decided to do something more fun.

Alicia’s Science Project

How does temperature affect popcorn?

We took 3 bags of microwave popcorn and froze one, refrigerated one, and left one out at room temperature for 24 hours. We then microwaved each bag to see how long they took to finish popping and if there was any difference in quality of kernels popped.

What we found was there is no real difference in the number of kernels popped, and the length of time doesn’t change significantly. However it did take a bit longer to pop the cold and frozen bag of popcorn.

I hope you enjoyed this years science project as much as I did eating all that popcorn ;)

We had so much fun doing this experiment that I think we will give Trent’s laundry soap experiment a try next and see if it really does work like he says, stay tuned!

~Phil


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21 thoughts on “Science & Popcorn

  1. Ummmmm, You were not supposed to look at that ;)

    I kind of gave my Daughter freedom to do it herself and I didn’t quite look at every little thing…

    ~Phil

  2. Sorry to burst your kernel, but “effect” is the correct verb to use. “Affect” would mean that popcorn cares about the temperature and corn has no feelings. “Affect” would be incorrect, period.

    The better sentence would be “The relationship between starting temperature and popcorn’s popping time and popped quality.”

    Neat project btw.

  3. well im doing this science project and i kept my bags in the locations for 2 weeks and popped the the same time. room tempature had the least number of kernals left

  4. My daughter is doing this for a science fair project also. However, I have one question. Do you leave the popcorn bags in the plastic wrap or take it out of the plastic before putting in the freezer and fridge?

  5. WOW,
    all the comotion over what word to use, the correct work is “Effect”. As long as mom and child enjoyed themselves, that is all that matters!!

    • Lol! You are too funny Jordan… However we did this three years ago, so I don’t think we stole your idea…

      I wish you luck with your project…

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