Our mission at Kids Discovery Factory is to inspire young learners to innovate and create through exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. And when we make lemonade, we use all of those approaches! Join us in exploring STEAM and making lemonade by following our fun recipe:
1 1/2 cup Lemon juice (fresh squeezed for more fun!)
1 3/4 cup of Sugar
8 cups Water
Step 1: Technology- Look up the recipe
You did it! You used technology to find our website and this recipe! Pat yourself on the back and move onto step 2.
Step 2: Mathematics- Measuring and Mixing
Now we will make the lemonade! In a saucepan, mix the sugar and 1 cup of water. Cook until the sugar and water form a syrup. Cover and let cool in the fridge. Squeeze all of you lemons until you have 1 1/2 cup of lemon juice and pour into the pitcher. Don't throw away your lemons, you'll want them for step 3. If seeds fall out, scoop them up with a spoon and discard (or save and try to grow a lemon tree). Next fill your pitcher with 7 cups of water, the syrup, and lemon juice. Stir them all together.
Step 3: Science- Lets get fizzy!
First, grab your squeezed out lemons and baking soda. With a grown-ups help, sprinkle the baking soda over the lemon. What happened? What you saw is a chemical reaction. When you mix an acid (lemon juice) with a base (baking soda) they have a chemical reaction (fizzing). If you'd like to make your glass of lemonade a little fizzy, ask an adult for help and add a small pinch of baking soda to your cup. Don't worry, a little baking soda is safe but you might notice a slight change in the taste.
Step 4: Art- Let's get colorful!
Delicious fizzy lemonade can be made even more fun by adding art! Grab your favorite food coloring and drop in a color or two. Or decorate a plastic cup with paint or permanent markers!
Step 5: Engineering- the Perfect Lemonade Stand
Now that you've made the perfect cup of lemonade, try your hand at building a lemonade stand! What materials do you have at home that you could use? Cardboard, a small table, art supplies, whatever you can imagine! With your adult's permission, you can set up a lemonade stand and share with your neighborhood.