Science Club Pop-Science Showcase & FUNdraiser

11 Feb

Raising funds for your school’s science club shouldn’t leave you feeling like a failed experiment. By hosting a Popcorn Palace Pop-Science FUNdraiser, you’ll engage and entertain supporters, and boost your popcorn sales.

Popcorn has some amazing and fascinating features – and you can apply your scientific knowledge and skills to create an interesting, interactive popcorn showcase. The unveiling of your showcase can be timed to correspond with your fundraising launch – and help you gain interest and momentum when gathering support for your science club. If each student completes one experiment or scientific presentation, you can charge a nominal fee for entrance to your showcase, as well as offering delicious Popcorn Palace samples, and treats for order or purchase.

To start, you’ll need a “research” team, and access to the school lab. With a little supervision, and some careful planning, your team can execute these easy experiments (and many more!) which reveal some of the fascinating truths and facts about popcorn.

  • Which kernels pop better – white or yellow? In this experiment, your team will form a hypothesis and conduct research which uses the scientific method to prove which kernels perform the best, under pressure.
  • What makes popcorn pop? This series of experiments is designed to answer the age-old mystery, by using unique controls to reveal the qualities and conditions which combine to turn regular ‘ole kernels into a delicious, homemade treat!
  • Which stovetop technique works best? When making popcorn on the stove, many debate about the benefits of popping with cold oil, versus preheated oil. This experiment is designed to compare the two techniques, and reveal which is more efficient.
  • Which popcorn tastes best? Though this may seem to some to be a matter of opinion, every person has their preference – and gathering information scientifically from many participants can provide you with helpful statistics regarding your subject. Use these guidelines to create a blind taste-test, and let your audience sample Popcorn Palace’s gourmet flavors, to find their favorite!
  • Where does popcorn come from? This research experiment will help you create a geographical display of the United States, which shows the most popular places to cultivate and harvest popcorn.
  • How long has popcorn been around? This research experiment is designed to create a chronological timeline, which showcases your team’s historical knowledge of popcorn.
  • Compare/Contrast. This research project should showcase the nutritional content of popcorn, side-by-side with other common snacks, such as potato chips. By providing this information, your team will allow your audience to come to their own scientific conclusions.

Remember – the key to good fundraising is to make your POPScience Showcase interesting and fun for your audience. The key is to get creative! An air-popping station which allows kids to participate in popcorn “research”, a guessing game which uses a jar filled with kernels, or a popcorn trivia game – all of these are great ideas which can help you turn your fundraiser into a FUNraiser. You might also consider offering Popcorn Palace samples as door or raffle prizes – inspiring additional sales to happy snackers.

You’ll find it simple to raise funds for your school’s science club, by doing what you do best – experimenting! And an interactive POPScience showcase will not only show supporters what your science club is all about – it will also encourage them to enjoy healthy, high-quality treats, and have a little wholesome fun.

For more information on how your school or organization can use Popcorn Palace’s delicious, gourmet popcorn to make your fundraiser successful, contact our team, today!

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