The first two activities included in this module are designed to get the participants excited and engaged for the day's lesson.
The first activity will demonstrate a simple physical science model that will parallel the physics inside the popcorn kernel.
The enclosed canister allows the gas pressure to increase causing the lid to "pop", whereas the popcorn kernel's pericarp acts similar to the film canister.
The heat forms steam inside the kernel, the pressure builds and the kernel "pops".
Have room arranged to accommodate the expected number of participants.
I would suggest having no more than 2-3 participants in each group as this will cut down on unnecessary chit-chat and annoying conversations that do not pertain to the module. Kindly ask all participants to place their cell phones on vibrate or place in off position, as this is another annoying disturbance that so often occurs during professional development sessions.“The field of robotics has embraced unorthodox power sources and actuation methods ranging from organic materials to muscle cells to pneumatics and combustible gases,” a research paper said.“We propose to expand this library of actuators with a well-known consumable, namely popcorn.”The use of a household item in an exclusive field makes robots seem a bit more accessible—like a Sunday afternoon DIY project.Module Description This unique module of science and technology will give teachers the opportunity to explore the mysteries of microwave popcorn and the technologies that make it possible.In this process they will venture through a series of events in the investigation of the microwave popcorn bag.It also gives laymen something to grasp onto while trying to make sense of complicated science.After all, who among us has never watched a kernel of corn burst into a tasty treat?Do not place more than one microwave in any given electrical outlet.Contact the building supervisor for recommendations. Have paper towels and/or handy wipes available after handling popcorn.Give participants time to plan an inquiry-based lesson to deliver to their students - see lesson plan template.Overall Assessment Monitor participants throughout the session as outlined in the lesson for students.