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Children’s club couples science, Lemonade Day

Children’s club couples science, Lemonade Day

Almost a dozen children showed up Wednesday night at Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library for their weekly Science Club. This week’s lesson was about solutions, and what better solution to learn about than lemonade and help kick-off Lemonade Day with a sign-up event at Science Club.

Science Club is on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. and at 4:30 p.m. for children to explore a different branch of science at each class. The club is geared towards children ages 5-12 and younger siblings are welcome with parental supervision.

“I had a good time,” commented Kameron Joseph, Harker Heights resident.

Library staff had a marker board at the front of the classroom with the different components that make up a solution written out in marker. Heather Buller, Activities Coordinator, Harker Heights Library helped the children squeeze the juice from lemons before they began the experiment in solution proportions.

The lesson in solutions began in learning what solubility was. The children were asked at each step, if they knew what any of the words were or thought they might be. The first step in a solution is a solvent and that is liquid, and for lemonade the liquid of choice is water and lemon juice. The solvent is then dissolved in a solute and that was sugar. Sugar and water were boiled until it created a simple syrup. Solvent plus solute equals a solution and the solution is lemonade.

The steps in creating the lemonade solution is where the fun began. The lemon juice was added to water and then ice was added. The children were asked how much of each ingredient should be added to create lemonade. The first taste test was declared “too sour” by a young “scientist”.

Another child helped in creating the final solution by estimating how much more simple syrup should be added. He declared to final solution a “perfect cup of lemonade” fellow students had the chance to taste his experiment and many said it was “too sweet”. The children learned there was a difference in perception of what perfect lemonade is.

“It was fun tasting. And, everyone had different opinions of the lemonade being too sweet or too sour,” remarked John Hoover, age 10, Harker Heights resident. “This is the first time we have ever had a food for Science Club. I have come to all the Science Clubs here.”

A family also left the event carrying yellow backpacks as they had signed up for Lemonade Day following Science Club. National Lemonade Day is the first Sunday in May every year.

“We just signed up for Lemonade Day. The kids have an uncle in Houston that volunteered for Lemonade Day last year,” remarked Emily Baker, Harker Heights resident. “We are going to teach them the business and the ‘ins and outs’ of running a business and to calculate costs. Maybe find a way to make lemonade without sugar.”


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