Kids at Yates library learn science while blowing bubbles, analyzing ice cream

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 1 July 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos by Kristina Gabalski

LYNDONVILLE – Popular presenter Rick Merritt returned to the Yates Community Library on Thursday afternoon with a special kids’ program entitled “Pop Secret and I Scream for Ice Cream!”  Participants learned about the science behind bubble gum and ice cream.

The second half of the yummy science program involved analyzing the effect of salt on ice and making ice cream.  Here, participants work in pairs to agitate ice cream ingredients and ice with salt in plastic bags to make the frozen treat.

Merritt and his sons, Nate (in white T-shirt) and Kory show participants how to measure the s-t-r-e-t-c-h (thanks to elastomers) in bubble gum.

After participants tested and recorded data regarding the elasticity of various bubble gums, a bubble blowing contest was held.

Merritt helps participants dish up the ice cream.

This year’s family of swans on the Johnson’s Creek millpond adjacent to Yates Community Library includes six babies or cygnets.  The family could be seen swimming serenely around the pond during the library program which was held outside.