How sweet it is: Chocolate program transforms science into artistic fun

The Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania has a program planned this weekend that’s sure to satisfy the sweet tooth of children and adults.

Following the success of last year’s “Science of Chocolate” event, the Discovery Space will hold an adults-only event March 22 and family activities planned during the day March 23.

Michele Crowl, the center’s director of education, said this year’s children’s events will have a more artistic focus — with a little science thrown in, of course. Kids will be able to use chocolate to paint and sculpt and view a chocolate-themed exhibit.

The 21-and-older event March 22 will focus on Mayan hot chocolate and wine-and-chocolate pairings. Tickets for that event cost $10 per person and may be reserved by calling Discovery Space at 234-0200 or emailing info@mydiscoveryspace.org.

Crowl said the center’s events help show children how science impacts their daily lives and help them see what it might be like to have a career in the sciences one day.

“Our goal for events like this is to show kids that scientists actually do all kinds of jobs that impact their daily lives,” Crowl said. “Too often kids have a narrow view of how science impacts their lives and what it means to be a scientist. We want to change that.”

The Discovery Space is partnering with Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and its faculty who study chocolate as part of their research. Crowl said the center hopes to partner with other researchers on future events.

“Partnerships like this are mutually beneficial and we hope to engage other groups in similar way,” Crowl said. “Blending the expertise of Penn State with our hands-on science exhibit gallery creates a great experience for visitors.”