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Back-to-school: Fun science egg-speriments!

Friday, September 12, 2014

It’s that time of year again, the end of summer vacation and the beginning of an exciting new school year for your kids. It’s no secret that a healthy breakfast of eggs provides kids with the protein and nutrients they need to power through lessons and excel for the entire school day. But did you know that eggs can be useful in the lessons themselves? Parents can help get their kids back into school mode with fun science experiments that are educational, easy to set up and use various household objects, including eggs. This September, the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association helps make the transition into the new school year by offering fun science experiences starring the incredible, educational egg!

“Colorado egg farmers have always known that in addition to being nutritious and delicious, eggs are an effective tool for education,” said Terry Tormohlen, local farmer and member of CEP. “The unique properties of the shells and the composition of the egg make it a versatile, interesting tool to use when teaching science. We encourage parents and teachers to use eggs when teaching science to kids as a way to make it fun and educational at the same time.”

Whether it is just for fun or part of a serious science fair project, there are egg experiments for all age and ability levels. Just remember to always wash your hands well with soap and water after handling raw eggs. Find this and other amazing egg experiments courtesy of Steve Spangler Science at ColoradoEggProducers.com in the Just for Kids section.

What you will need:
Two drinking glasses
Two raw eggs
Table salt
Spoon

The Experiment: The Floating Egg

1.    Fill one of the drinking glasses almost to the top with plain tap water.
2.    Gently drop one of the eggs into the water-filled glass. It sinks right to the bottom!
3.    Fill the second drinking glass half-full with water.
4.    Add four tablespoons of table salt to the water, and stir.
5.    Fill the rest of the cup with water, almost to the top.
6.    Gently place the second egg into the salt water solution… it floats!

All you did was add salt to your water. How does the second egg float?

The first egg sinks to the bottom of the glass of regular tap water. This is because a raw egg has a greater density than regular tap water. Essentially, the egg has more matter stuffed into a specific area (volume) than the same amount of water. When you add salt to the water, you increase the water’s density. That is to say, the salt packs into the same volume of water. With enough salt added to the water, the density of the water is greater than the egg, allowing the egg to float.

Learn more fun egg experiments to try at home by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. To learn more about CEP please visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com.

CEP is a proud sponsor of the 3rd annual Pedal The Plains bicycle tour, taking place September 19th to 21st. The event will run through the Eastern Colorado towns of Wiggins, Ft. Morgan and Sterling – registration is now open.


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About Colorado Egg Producers Association

The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association is a membership organization representing seven farms throughout the state. CEP is committed to doing what’s right for its community, as illustrated by the regular donation of thousands of eggs to food banks throughout the state. Local egg farmers take great pride in providing eggs to Coloradans. Eggs are a gluten-free food and we are proud to offer consumers the choice between cage, cage-free eggs, organic, nutrient enhanced, brown and white eggs, although it is important to note, there is no nutritional difference between cage-free eggs and conventionally produced eggs. For more facts and information about eggs and CEP, including a list of where to buy Colorado eggs, please visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com.

 

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