Can it ice cream is DairyNZ’s latest in-school education programme learning module. The science lesson for years one to six investigates an element’s change in state (a compulsory part of the New Zealand curriculum). In this case, from cream to ice cream: liquid to solid.
The lesson also introduces different types of mixtures, helping children learn the science behind what makes them different - suspensions, colloids and solutions (colloids are made up of a fine substance scattered throughout another substance — examples include marshmallow or gelatine).
The learning module also looks at the ingredients that go into making ice cream and links that back to where food (in this case, cream and milk) comes from.
To make the learning really come to life, DairyNZ provided an ice cream making kit to the first 350 teachers who signed up via the School Kit teacher database. The kits provided everything the class needed to make a batch of ice cream. Not surprisingly, 350 educators were fully subscribed within 19 minutes of the registration opening. It seems everyone wants a churn.
Teachers who received the kits modelled the basic experiment of making ice cream using the fail-proof method provided, showing the mixture change from liquid to solid in a plastic bag combined with ice and demonstrating the principles of heat transfer. The twist for children came with the challenge to make a ‘breakfast’ flavoured ice cream with the kit, including flavours like baked beans, marmite, rolled oats and fruit.
The purpose is to get children thinking innovatively and outside the box through getting them to taste test their flavours. They trial and evaluate a prototype ice cream sample against key attributes to select and develop an outcome. The children judge the different flavours and rank each one out of five using the judging sheet included. The leftovers are then polished off with great gusto (a great way to avoid a meltdown in the classroom).
You might say that when it comes to making learning easy to swallow — DairyNZ’s got it licked.
What is DairyNZ’s education programme?
DairyNZ’s education programme in schools is delivered by an organisation called School Kit. Together, we develop and deliver learning resources that explore different curriculum subjects through a dairying lens. Our aim is to improve children’s understanding of dairy farming and spark their interest in dairying as an exciting career option. To find out more visit dairynz.co.nz/education
This article was originally published in Inside Dairy May 2018