Education Outreach - Institute of Food Technologists Iowa Section

Education Outreach

Are you looking for a fun activity and a way to spread the love of food science with a kid in your life? Check out our food science kits here. This is our second round of assembling and selling kits. We received great feedback from the first round and are excited to share the joy of food and experiments with more kids!

Here are a few experiments to give you an idea of the types of activities included in the kit. 

Milk Rainbow Experiment and Milk Rainbow Video 

Gluten Balls

Wiggle Worm Experiment

Wiggly Gummy Worms

You can find instructions in a variety of places, but this is a good resource:

What You Need:

3-6 Gummy Worms (some brands work better than others, but we haven't found the perfect brand yet)

Scissors or Paring Knife to cut gummy worms

3 Tablespoons Baking Soda

1 cup warm water

1-2 cups vinegar in a glass

Cut gummy worms lengthwise into 4 pieces. Mix baking soda into warm water and add the cut gummy worms. Let the worms soak - most instructions say 15-20 minutes, but longer (even overnight) tends to work better. Then fish out the worms and place them in a glass filled with vinegar. Watch the worms start to wiggle and maybe even rise to the top - it is an acid and base reaction just as exciting as any erupting volcano!

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