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Conic Scones Baked in Snow-Cone Cups

Sconic sections are baked in snow cone cups resting in mason jars. (Photo by LENORE M. EDMAN, Evil Mad Scientist)

To get their cone shape, scones are baked in snow cone cups resting in mason jars. (Photo by LENORE M. EDMAN, Evil Mad Scientist)

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Cooking Teens Magazine is on Summer Break. See You Soon!

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
Scientists Explore Math Review with Tasty Results

Tired of working on your math packet this summer? Maybe what you need are some hands-on projects to help illuminate the lessons. For example, the folks at Evil Mad Scientist have cooked up a great way to illustrate conic sections. You know, from algebra, when a plane slices through a cone, and all those curves result, be they an ellipse, a circle, a hyperbola or a parabola. You can try to imagine what they look like, or you can bake some scones, cut them up, smear them with jam or Nutella or peanut butter, and examine the results for yourself.

“It’s just a nice way to augment traditional learning — just as a way to enjoy the math at another level. We see math in everything we do. We’re the kind of people who play board games at the dinner table,” scientist (and baker) Lenore Edman told National Public Radio.

Sconic sections from Evil Mad Scientist demonstrate the resulting shapes created when sectioning a cone. (Photo by LENORE M. EDMAN, Evil Mad Scientist)

Sconic sections from Evil Mad Scientist demonstrate, through baking, the shapes created when sectioning a cone. (Photo by LENORE M. EDMAN, Evil Mad Scientist)

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Middlebury College FoodWorks Interns Dig Louisville

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Vermont college students are interning this summer in all sorts of food-related programs — in Kentucky. About a dozen students and graduates, members of Middlebury College’s FoodWorks program, are scattered around Louisville doing everything from growing to picking to distributing food from farms.

One intern, Nicole Hoesterey, oversees campers at a day camp who garden in the morning then make and eat lunch with the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor. “I see kids who have not been exposed to very many different vegetables, don’t know how food grows, who saw things growing in the garden, like raspberries, that they had never seen before,” Nicole tells the Courier-Journal.

Middlebury College junior Zac Lounsbury, right, works at Grasshopper Distribution in Louisville, Ky., as a FoodWorks intern. (Photo by JAMES TENSUAN, The Courier-Journal)

Middlebury College junior Zac Lounsbury, right, works at Grasshopper Distribution in Louisville, Ky., as a FoodWorks intern. (Photo by JAMES TENSUAN, The Courier-Journal)

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Vermont FoodWorks Intern Summers in Louisville

FoodWorks intern Nicole Hoesterey weeds the Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church graden in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by JAMES TENSUAN, The Courier-Journal

FoodWorks intern Nicole Hoesterey weeds the Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church garden in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by JAMES TENSUAN, The Courier-Journal)

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