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Monthly fablab provides hands-on chemistry learning

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Jacalyn Walker teaches the chemistry involved in making marshmallows.


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Zane Everhart, Emily Berry and Autumn Berry do some cooking with teacher Jacalyn Walker.


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Faith Fetters and Pam Earley with a fablab selfie.


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Faith Fetters mixes and pours.


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The fablab’s finished product.


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Chemistry teacher Jacalyn Walker mixes it up with EC students Autumn Berry and Jazmin Carrico. For more photos from the recent fablab, see wnewsj.com.


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Jazmin Carrico doing some mixing.


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Linna Greene and Melina Noble pouring.


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Linna Greene and Melina Noble cooking up some marshmallows.


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The fablab students of East Clinton High School recently learned about the chemistry involved in making marshmallows.

While making marshmallows, Cynthia Saylor, the Principles of Food and Culinary teacher, taught students about the importance of measuring, timing, and cooking temperatures of the marshmallow process.

They also learned from Chemistry teacher Jacalyn Walker the chemistry involved in making marshmallows.

The students — Faith Fetters, Autumn Berry, Jazmin Carrico, Zane Everhart, Emily Berry, Linna Greene and Melina Noble — learned that gelatin, one of the main ingredients, is mostly collagen which is obtained from animal bones and fish scales.

When the collagen is mixed with water, hydrolysis happens. The collagen is loosened and spreads out its long protein fibers to form a colloid. When the sugar water is heated and added to the gelatin, it is beaten for a long period of time to add in air.

As the mixture cools, the protein bonds of the collagen will reform and all ingredients will combine to form the bouncy texture of a marshmallow.

You have to allow marshmallows to sit overnight, so students came back the next day and were treated by Pam Earley, the high school librarian, to chocolate bars and graham crackers where they then made microwave s’mores with their marshmallows.

East Clinton High School Library hosts a new fablab every month. If you’re interested in joining each month check out the school website for more information at www.eastclinton.org/HS/Highschool.htm .

Jacalyn Walker teaches the chemistry involved in making marshmallows.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/11/web1_Mrs.-J-Walker-teaching-chemistry.jpgJacalyn Walker teaches the chemistry involved in making marshmallows. Courtesy photos

Zane Everhart, Emily Berry and Autumn Berry do some cooking with teacher Jacalyn Walker.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/11/web1_Zane-Emily-Mrs.-J-Walker-Autumn-cooking.jpgZane Everhart, Emily Berry and Autumn Berry do some cooking with teacher Jacalyn Walker. Courtesy photos

Faith Fetters and Pam Earley with a fablab selfie.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/11/web1_Faith-Mrs.-Earley.jpgFaith Fetters and Pam Earley with a fablab selfie. Courtesy photos

Faith Fetters mixes and pours.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/11/web1_Faith.jpgFaith Fetters mixes and pours. Courtesy photos

The fablab’s finished product.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/11/web1_finished-product.jpgThe fablab’s finished product. Courtesy photos

Chemistry teacher Jacalyn Walker mixes it up with EC students Autumn Berry and Jazmin Carrico. For more photos from the recent fablab, see wnewsj.com.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/11/web1_J-Walker-Autumn-Jazmin.jpgChemistry teacher Jacalyn Walker mixes it up with EC students Autumn Berry and Jazmin Carrico. For more photos from the recent fablab, see wnewsj.com. Courtesy photos

Jazmin Carrico doing some mixing.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/11/web1_Jazmin-mixing.jpgJazmin Carrico doing some mixing. Courtesy photos

Linna Greene and Melina Noble pouring.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/11/web1_Linna-and-Melina-pouring.jpgLinna Greene and Melina Noble pouring. Courtesy photos

Linna Greene and Melina Noble cooking up some marshmallows.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/11/web1_Linna-and-Melina-cooking.jpgLinna Greene and Melina Noble cooking up some marshmallows. Courtesy photos
Monthly fablab provides hands-on chemistry learning

For The News Journal