Popcorn is a food that has been around for many thousands of years, ever since people in America discovered that if corn (maize) was left next to a fire, it would 'pop' into fluffy and delicious shapes.
Ever since then, popcorn has become one of the most popular foods on earth, with movie-goers everywhere tucking into huge bucketfuls of the stuff.
There is a little more to popcorn than that, and we are going to design some experiments which will allow us to find out a little more about this fascinating food.
For these experiments with popcorn, it is best if you have a hot air-popper. If not, you will need to use a pan on the cooker (stovetop), so it is important to have an adult helping you.
You must also remember that popcorn is very hot when it comes out of the popper so handle with care. If you want to eat the popcorn afterwards, make sure that all your equipment and your hands have been washed properly.
Experiment 1 - Are Yellow or White Kernels the Best?
A good supply of both yellow and white popcorn kernels.
A hot air popper or a pan, a 30 ml oil and a stove