Local Educators Cook Up Experiments on 'Iron Science Teacher'

Iron Science Teacher fruit cake battle.
With a crafty nod to TV's Iron Chef franchise, a local battle called Iron Science Teacher has a similar premise: Take a secret ingredient and use it to make something, in this case a science demo that will fly in an actual classroom. The secret ingredient in Iron Science Teacher is often an edible one, though that's not a requirement. Past picks have included chocolate, potatoes, fruitcake, sugar, and, um, bones.

Iron Science Teacher heats up the Exploratorium (3601 Lyon at Jefferson) as Bay Area educators vie for bragging rights on Friday, July 10, and Friday, July 17, from noon to 1 p.m. The competition is free with regular Exploratorium admission ($14), or watch the Web broadcast live.

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