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Sweet Science

Where does sugar hide? Why do we need so much sugar? What has more sugar, a lemon or a strawberry?
To find out the answers join our activities at the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem 
Special performances for kids * Scientific demonstrations * Building workshops * Hothouse tours and lots more
During Sukkot and Hol Hamo’ed we invite you to visit the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem for some special activities all about sugar, as well as our Fields of Tomorrow agricultural exhibit, sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
What is sugar? Sugar is the generic name for a large group of carbohydrates found naturally in food, especially in fruit, vegetables, grains, legumes, and milk. In addition to sugar, these foods contain a wide range of nutritional components that are necessary for the body. Fruits, for example, contain nutritional fiber, vitamins, minerals, and a long list of compounds known as phytochemicals, as well as sugar. Increased consumption of vegetables, fruit, whole grains and legumes helps prevent some diseases and constitutes part of the recommended daily diet for sensible nutrition.
Our family activities include the following:
‘Sweet’ scientific demonstration: How Much Sugar?
How is cotton candy made and how is science involved? We’ll show you how cotton candy is produced, we’ll explain what it’s made of, how it’s formed and how it keeps its  shape. We’ll also experiment with melted sugar and watch what happens when we put it in water. Who’s sweeter? Let’s measure the sugar content of fruit. We’ll also learn what starch is made of, and why it isn’t sweet even though it’s composed of polysaccharides. We’ll light the sweet dragon flame and identify sugar cane grown in the Museum’s giant vertical field.
Experiential workshop – Candy from Nature
Who doesn’t like colored fruit gums? At our workshop, you will make your own tasty, healthful fruit gums to take home. For children aged 6 and up, accompanied by an adult. 
Building workshop: Constructing Sugar
What does a sugar molecule look like? Build your own personal model of a sugar molecule (glucose) composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen to take home as a souvenir. For ages 4 and up.
Family activity: The Sugar Detectives
Sugar has many names and forms. Parents and children are invited to visit various activity stations around the Museum to discover where sugar hides in the food we eat. Where is it found in its natural form, where is it added, and how much do we need every day?
Tour of hothouses and: All about Tomatoes and Other Veggies
Guided tour for families in the Fields of Tomorrow. This interactive tour combines the SCIO Israeli innovation by Consumer Physics with an examination of vegetables and fruits grown in various areas of the Museum. 
“Ooga Ooga” – play for children
Short and entertaining. The chef of the Science Museum is trying to bake a sweet cake. But first he learns about the ingredients, breaks eggs, and has a lot more weird surprises for us…
Written, directed, and acted by Shmulik Friedman, Scientific Clown.
Tuesdays 31.10, 7.11, 14.11, 21.11, 28.11, 5.12, 12.12
(Length of play: 20 minutes. For children aged 3 and up)
WINGS OF LIFE – 3D nature film
From the Disney studios, NATURE is a colorful celebration, inviting the viewer to flutter from flower to flower with butterflies, bees, bats and birds, pollinating gorgeous flowers that grow in diverse regions all over the world. Hebrew narration. (NIS 10 entrance fee).

Sweet Science event is supported by the Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development.
Advice and referral to scientific sources was kindly provided by members of the Institute of Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
Date Created: 25/09/17
Date Updated: 03/04/18