Two weeks ago, in the midst of our Egypt study, we started an experiment to see which salt combination would best mummify an apple.
Egyptians would cover a body with natron (like baking soda) for 40 days. We learned that different priests would use different combinations of salts to soak the bodies. So, we put it to the test. We quartered an apple and set up 4 test cups:
Students worked through the scientific method to develop a hypothesis. Then we hid the cups in a dark closet for about a week and a half.
We unveiled our experiment and recorded our observations. We found that the two pieces that were best preserved were the two that contained epsom salt. Interesting.
Since students fought over taking these apples home, I count this experiment as a success!