activity

Fruit is naturally sweet and juicy, but is there a way to make it even sweeter and juicier? Find out in this sweet science experiment.

safety
  • Uses a knife
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 45 minutes
yield
  • Makes about ½ cup strawberry topping

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Prepare Ingredients

1 cup (5 ounces)
strawberries
1 teaspoon
sugar

Gather Equipment

  • Masking tape
  • Marker
  • 2 small plates
  • Ruler
  • 1 paper towel
  • Scissors
  • Cutting board
  • Paring knife
  • ¼-cup dry measuring cup
  • Small bowl
  • Spoon
  • 1 fork per taster
1
 

Use masking tape and marker to label 1 small plate “Sugar” and second small plate “Control.”

 
2
 

Use scissors to cut paper towel into two 6-inch squares. Place 1 square on each labeled plate.

 
3
 
1 cup (5 ounces)
strawberries

Cut off leafy green parts of strawberries. Stand strawberries on cut sides and slice into ½-inch-thick pieces.

 
4
 

Use ¼-cup dry measuring cup to scoop ¼ cup sliced strawberries onto paper towel–lined plate labeled “Control.”

 
5
 
1 teaspoon
sugar

Use ¼-cup dry measuring cup to scoop another ¼ cup sliced strawberries into small bowl. (Save any remaining strawberries for another use.) Add sugar to bowl and use spoon to stir until well combined. Transfer strawberry-sugar mixture to paper towel–lined plate labeled “Sugar.”

 
6
 

Make a prediction: Will the plates of strawberries look the same or different after 15 minutes? Why do you think so?

 
7
 

Observe your results: After 5 minutes, observe the plates of strawberries. What do you notice? Repeat observing your strawberries every 5 minutes until 15 minutes have passed.

 
8
 

Use a fork to taste 1 strawberry from each plate. What do you notice about their flavor? Their texture?

 
9
 

Eat your experiment: Discard paper towels. Combine all strawberries in now-empty small bowl. Use spoon to stir until combined. Spoon strawberries over oatmeal, ice cream, waffles, or your favorite dessert (or just eat them on their own!).