A Science Lesson in Good Taste

During the waning days of this unseasonably warm winter, Deasy Elementary School students welcomed spring with a fun and tasty outdoor program, thanks to an assist from the Science Museum of Long Island in Syosset. With help from the Museum Science Educator Sean Goggin, classes took turns extracting maple from the school’s maple tree. Mr. Goggin explained to the young children that maple can only be tapped from a tree during the months of February and March and that maple syrup tastes best when it first comes out of the tree. Students received a taste of this “Grade A” maple syrup and also learned that most pancake syrup is made from corn syrup–not maple. The exercise taught the students about nature, the environment and nutrition, in a fun, delicious and very hands-on way as part of their ongoing unit on tree life.