Spotlight — How Sweet It Is.

Once upon a time, Mrs. Kell created Kell’s Cookie Dough. Now she’s moved her baking expertise from kitchen to lab, and teaching baking and decorating through STEAM. Your kids will learn about and dissect plants and flowers, and make Flower Pot Ice Cream. We’ll look inside a variety of fruits and make sherbet-inspired desserts. Then, we’ll discuss shelled creatures and, yum, we’ll make bon bons. STEAM is now officially edible.

Here’s the schedule for all of our Steam Camp Kids summer camps — each of which will be taught at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in central Austin (Links: Map / Registration).

June 1-5
9 am – 12 pm Ooey Gooey Science
1 pm – 4 pm I Spy!

June 8-12
9 am – 12 pm We are Superheroes
1 pm – 4 pm Crazy Concoctions

June 15-19
9 am – 12 pm Kitchen Kids
1 pm – 4 pm Magic Tree House Adventures #1 – Dinosaurs Before Dark

June 22-26
9am – 12 pm Food Lab
1 pm – 4 pm Magic Tree House Adventures #2 – Knights at Dawn

June 29-July 3
9am – 12 pm How Sweet It Is!
1 pm – 4 pm Bees, Bugs & Butterflies

June 29-July 3
9am – 12 pm How Sweet It Is!
1 pm – 4 pm Bees, Bugs & Butterflies


In camp, we’re going to try the Sugar Rainbow experiment to test density differences in our colorful sugar-water samples.

Once we’ve completed the experiment, we’ll use the sugar waters to explore color mixing.

And, once we’ve explored color mixing, we’ll add a tablespoon of vinegar to our sugar water and pour the mixture into a vase. We’ll place cut white roses in the vase with the mixture and we’ll place additional cut white roses into a second vase filled with plain water.

Time for predictions! What do we think will happen to the roses? To the water?

We’ll discuss capillary action, cohesion and transpiration to discover how the rose “drinks” the water. Changes in the flower petals will show this. And, we’ll discover how the simple carbohydrates in sugar provide nutrients to plants. We should see a difference in the perkiness and the lack of perkiness in the two roses.

Isn’t it amazing what a little sugar, water and nature can teach us?