Lake Barkley Christian Academy explores the mysteries of science
by Hawkins Teague
Aug 29, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last week, children at Lake Barkley Christian Academy thought they’d put the expression, “So hot you could fry an egg,” to the test. While they were at it, they thought they’d see what 100-plus-degree heat would do to peanut butter and cheddar cheese.

Linda Rhudy, the head of the school, said that teacher Heather Wolfe had worked on several science projects with the students. The children guessed how the three food items would change appearance. They cracked an egg over aluminum foil and placed the peanut butter and cheese on foil as well. They then went outside each hour to check on the progress.

By 11:30, the peanut butter had mostly liquefied, although the cheese had not. It had, however, melted enough that it looked more like smoked salmon than a dairy product. It also seemed to be killing all the ants that had been attracted to it. The egg never quite became white, but instead grew firm under the sun, Rhudy said. The high temperature last Wednesday, according to their thermometer was 100 degrees, which dropped to 97 while there was a little bit of cloud cover.
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