GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - KARE 11 has its own microbe that will be headed on a rocket to the International Space Station later this month. NASA chose the Streptomyces Kanamyceticus, which was obtained from the KARE 11 kitchen. One of the earliest antibiotics was isolated from this microbe in 1957.
When Kitchen Pantry Scientist Liz Heinecke isn't swabbing our studio for bugs, she's helping parents teach their children more about science.
Her experiment for spring looks like a lava lamp in action, and teaches youngsters about properties of liquids like water and oil, vinegar, and also chemical reactions thank to some Alka Seltzer tablets.
Watch the video and try it for yourself. Off camera, Liz attached a small balloon to the top of the container, which shows kids another way to measure the chemical reaction.