Each learner chews a piece of gum until it loses its flavor, and then leaves the gum to dry for several days. By weighing the gum before and after chewing, they can determine the amount of mass lost which corresponds to the amount of sugar in the gum. Learners are then asked to design their own experiment to answer a question of their choosing related to the activity. Learners can follow this with a related activity: "How much Sugar is in Bubble Gum?" Resource contains detailed suggestions to assist learners who are designing their own experiment. Time requirement is intended to be spread over several meetings.


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