You scream, I scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM

25 07 2011

Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States declared July National Ice Cream Month!! Take a peek at the proclamation that makes this month so creamy and delicious.

Do you want to enjoy ice cream as much as this little guy? There are many delicious ice cream places in Austin that you can try. This week, campers in the Museum’s Home Grown Cooking camp will take a field trip Amy’s Ice Cream and see where the famous Austin establishment makes their ice cream. Stop by Amy’s sometime and try one of their seasonal flavors such as Girl Scout Thin Mint or Fresh Peach (with peaches from Fredricksburg).

If you’d like to be a Creator of Flavor, you can make Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag from this recipe:

What you need:

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk or half & half
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons rock salt
  • 1 pint-size plastic food storage bag (e.g., Ziploc)
  • 1 gallon-size plastic food storage bag
  • Ice cubes

Tip: A 1/2 cup milk will make about 1 scoop of ice cream, so double the recipe if you want more. But don’t increase the proportions more that that — a large amount might be too big for kids to pick-up because the ice itself is heavy.

Here is a list of fun-to-read books about ice cream you can all read together!

Did you know?

  • It takes an average of 50 licks to polish off a single-scoop ice cream cone. Challenge your family to a Lick-A-Thon, and see who finishes first.
  • The biggest ice cream sundae in history was made in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1988 and weighed over 24 tons.
  • Of all the days of the week, ice cream is mostly bought on Sunday.
  • The United States produces the most ice cream in the world.

We hope you have enjoyed National Ice Cream month and find a smile in a good ice cream cone.





Technology Engaging Creativity

24 06 2011

There are a number of outreach programs that the Museum runs to bring the hands-on learning experience to a wider audience. One of our newest outreach programs is TEC Lab, which stands for Technology that Engages Creativity. TEC Lab students learn simple computer programming in order to create their own animations and games, explore various hands on projects involving electricity and circuits, and lots more.

Safely soldering with help from our UT mentors.

In our most recent session of TEC Lab, college students from the University of Texas’ Student Engineers Educating Kids program (SEEK) joined our classes as mentors. It was an amazingly rewarding experience for our students to work one on one with college students who are studying some of the same concepts that we were exploring. Because we had so much help from the SEEK students, we were able to do some pretty sophisticated projects, including soldering to make a Drawdio pencil.

Alex launches a water balloon on the trebuchet.

This spring, we took a field trip to the University of Texas. It was many of our student’s first time visiting a college campus. The SEEK students we had been working with were great hosts! They let everyone shoot a water balloon from a large  trebuchet and demonstrated how to make ice cream with frozen liquid nitrogen (and of course, let everyone eat ice cream too!). The TEC Lab students got to walk through various buildings and classrooms on campus checking out libraries, classrooms, and computer labs. It was a very inspiring trip.

Checking out the liquid nitrogen. Soon - ice cream!

The Children’s Museum will be coordinating even more sessions of after-school outreach programs next school year… maybe we’ll even be at your school!

Thanks UT and SEEK! We had a blast!





Ice cream for you & me!

27 04 2009

ice-cream-cone

We realize it’s not summertime just yet, but that’s no reason why we can’t enjoy America’s favorite dessert. Each year, the average American eats an average of 23 pints of ice cream. I am definitely one of those people! Wouldn’t you just love some ice cream with chocolate syrup, sprinkles, and whipped cream right about now? Mmmm!

Check out our previous post about ice cream. It gives you the recipe to make your own at home. Get creative and invent new flavors!

Steve Spangler explains the science behind making ice cream. Check it out!

Did you know: Sugar makes the dessert sweet, but it also serves another important purpose. In the freezer, plain cream turns into a solid that’s hard as a rock. Sugar helps keep the ice cream softer by lowering the mixture’s temperature.








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