Lower School Science Has First Ever Popcorn Tie-Breaker
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Lower School Science Has First Ever Popcorn Tie-Breaker

On Tuesday, students in John Frassinelli's fourth-grade class did something that they have never done before. 

They had a popcorn tie-breaker. 

Each year, the class does a lab in which they test the kernels of popcorn that pop with two different brands, Orville Redenbacher & Kroger. Eight teams of two students apiece pop both brands under controlled circumstances and count the popcorn that pops.  The whole project takes about two weeks and there is always a winner.  

"What if there's a tie?" the students asked prior to this year's experiment.

"There had never been a tie," Dr. Frassinelli explained. "We use a lot of data and there's always a winner."

"But what if there IS a tie?" they asked again.   

Then we'll have to do a tie-breaker," Dr. Fraz conceded. 

The students must have known something. Following the experiment, there was a tie for the first time ever.  84% of the Kroger kernels popped, as did 84% of the Orville kernels.  

The students were delighted. There would be a tie-breaker. 

And after this morning's tiebreaker pop-off, the results were stunning to Dr. Fraz.

"It was another tie!" he explained.

A day that the students will not soon forget and another creative day of teaching and learning in the Frassinelli's Lausanne science lab. 

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