By ALEXIS BARTOLOMUCCI
Children performed science experiments with sweets at the Poland library on April 13.
Poland librarian Annette Ahrens set up her stations as the children waited in anticipation of what was going to happen. Sour, sweet, soft and hard candies were used in the experiments.
Ahrens started out the program with sour candies and placing them in three cups containing clear soda, water and corn syrup. The experiment was conducted to see how fast the candy would dissolve in each cup. The children had to guess what would happen to the candies in each experiment.
Everyone was required to go outside for the last experiment, which consisted of using a roll of Mentos, a bag of Nerds jelly beans and two 2-litres of Diet Coke. The children took a step back and watched as the Mentos were poured into the Diet Coke and the carbonation caused the Diet Coke to shoot several feet into the air. Before the jelly beans were poured in the bottle, the children had to guess what candy would make the Diet Coke fizz the most; many of them guessed the jelly beans. Although the jelly beans made the Diet Coke fizz, the Mentos made the Diet Coke shoot higher.
All of the children went home with a packet of all of the experiments they did that consisted of instructions on how to do the experiment, what should happen and why it happened.
The program showed how science happens every day and that it can be fun to learn.