Discovery Science Center: Science of Gingerbread

Written by Norman Gidney. Posted in Features

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Published on December 13, 2013 at 2:00 am with 1 Comment

The holidays are usually associated with visions of sugar plums, candy and old St. Nick. But for the 8th year in a row, Discovery Science Center is presenting an inquisitive take on Christmas with, The Science of Gingerbread.

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This exhibit, which runs from now until January 5th, is a showcase of creativity and engineering.  Divisions from all over Orange County created a wide variety of edible structures in over 10 different categories.  The center ended up with 185 different entries but only a select few were awarded the blue ribbon.  This years winners are as follows.

There were two special categories this year:

  • Celebrate DSC – in honor of Discovery Science Center’s 15th birthday
  • Most Unbelievable – in recognition of the DSC’s current traveling exhibit, The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Best Holiday Theme:

· WINNER - #38 “The Nutcracker and the Land of the Sweets” - James and Brooke McCabe & Cora Heigl

· WINNER – #38 “The Nutcracker and the Land of the Sweets” – James and Brooke McCabe & Cora Heigl

 

Best by an Organization:

WINNER - #13 “Gingi Sleigh Escape” – Mario Schwarz-Cole & the La Habra High School Culinary ROP class

WINNER – #13 “Gingi Sleigh Escape” – Mario Schwarz-Cole & the La Habra High School Culinary ROP class

 

*Honorable Mention - #127 “OC Carousel” – Parenting OC, Melanie Hohman

*Honorable Mention – #127 “OC Carousel” – Parenting OC, Melanie Hohman

 

Best Youth under 5:

WINNER - #84 “Pony Village” – Bethany Strawn

WINNER – #84 “Pony Village” – Bethany Strawn

HONORABLE MENTION - #20 “A Boy and His Love for Dogs” – Oliver Spurgeon Hoffman

HONORABLE MENTION – #20 “A Boy and His Love for Dogs” – Oliver Spurgeon Hoffman

 

Best Youth Ages 6-13:

WINNER - #31 “Warriors: River Clan” – Jennifer & Elizabeth Cresap, Heather Anne George, Sarah Rose George

WINNER – #31 “Warriors: River Clan” – Jennifer & Elizabeth Cresap, Heather Anne George, Sarah Rose George

 

Best Youth Group:

WINNER - #65 “Daisy Troop 2994 Campout” – Alicia Richards & Daisy Girl Scout Troop 2994

WINNER – #65 “Daisy Troop 2994 Campout” – Alicia Richards & Daisy Girl Scout Troop 2994

Best by a DSC Member:

WINNER - #161 “King Kandy’s Candyland Castle” – Ty & Hayley Kindell

WINNER – #161 “King Kandy’s Candyland Castle” – Ty & Hayley Kindell

 

Celebrate DSC:

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WINNER – #179 “Seasons Screamings” – Sue Lau, Jay Patel, John Kinley from “Polio Survivors Plus”

Most Unbelievable Creation:

WINNER – #17 “Upside Down Christmas” – Linda Stanwood

WINNER – #17 “Upside Down Christmas” – Linda Stanwood

 

President’s Choice:

WINNER - #16 “Krzywy Domek” – Susan Van Wig

WINNER – #16 “Krzywy Domek” – Susan Van Wig

 

HONORABLE MENTION - #30 “The Mission” – St. Regis Monarch Beach

HONORABLE MENTION – #30 “The Mission” – St. Regis Monarch Beach

 

But there are so MANY more that were entered.  Her are a few of our favorites.

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There is more learning and interactivity in the Gingerbread Village too.

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Attached to the Ripley’s Believe it or Not exhibit is the Gingerbread Village.  Here guests can play with the physics and science behind snowflakes, learn about ice and protection from the cold, and even learn the engineering science behind building the perfect gingerbread structure.

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They even have Santa! (Weekends only)

The Science of Gingerbread is included in general admission fees to the Science Center. Tickets can be purchased at the science center or online at  www.discoverycube.org. Prices are as follows: adult ($15.95), senior ($12.95), and children 3-14 ($12.95). DSC is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For a nice Holiday outing that will teach your kids a thing or two, this is just the place.

 

About Norman Gidney

Norman Gidney, also known as Fishbulb, produces and edits many of the articles on MiceChat. Tune in every Tuesday for the Orlando Parkhopper and every Friday for In The Parks. But you'll also find his photos in the Weekly Round Up, SAMLAND, and numerous other columns on the site.

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  • jcruise86

    Norm,
    THANK YOU for the excellent photos! The Discovery Science Center (along with the California Science Center across from USC in Exposition Park) is a must-visit museum for Southern California kids. One grown up can get in free with a Bank of America debit card one specified early day per month–but unfortunately I forgot what day that is. Call the museum for more info.

    If any intrepid Micechatter would write a review with some photos of the new Exploratorium location in San Francisco, I will name the next cow eyeball my kid dissects there after you!