On June 26th, Cool Science took the show on the road and taught the science behind ice cream at the Basalt and Aspen libraries. The first show in the morning was at the Basalt Regional Library, and kids ranging from preschool age to young teenagers got to learn about how ice cream is made and what makes it delicious. The second show was at Aspen’s Pitkin Country Library where an eager group of kids roared and cheered as they saw a frozen hot dog smashed to pieces and a massive cloud emerge from a bucket liquid nitrogen and hot water.
After the shows, the kids had the chance to make their own cup of ice cream by cooling down a mixture of milk, cream, and sugar with liquid nitrogen. Making ice cream is usually a slow process, but when rapidly cooled by liquid nitrogen, which is as cold as the planet Uranus, (-322 °F) you can have a frozen treat in mere minutes.
Cool Science’s day in the mountains was an excellent chance for kids and parents to learn how ice cream is made and, even better, see the chemical processes in action.