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JM: You got a soar throat? Well, open up and say aah.â€™ And if the idea of a tongue depressor depresses you, well hereâ€™s a sweet new idea that can make a trip to the doctorâ€™s office a bit more palatable. Iâ€™m Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet. Virginia Beach 5th grader Ian Williams, with teammates Anna Xystros and Devin Hollinger, came up with a solution to one of lifeâ€™s less pleasant encounters. Anna explains.
AX: â€œA few weeks before, one of my team members got strep throat, and they had to go in for two little strep tests, and they remembered how they kept gagging over a normal tongue depressor, and we decided to make one thatâ€™s candy, so that it doesnâ€™t make you really gag and stuff, and after youâ€™re done with the test, you can eat it.â€
JM: The self-proclaimed Candy Doctors submitted their idea for an edible tongue depressor to the Kidsâ€™ Science Challenge, our nationwide competition for 3rd to 6th graders. Well, it took top prize in the flavor category, and the kids got right to work developing their first round of prototypes. Devin helped put them together.
DH: â€œWe covered popsicle sticks in like, paint of the color of the tongue depressor.â€
JM: â€œWhat flavor would you like it to be?â€
DH: â€œSo far weâ€™ve only made vanilla, butâ€ [laughs]
JM: â€œWell, it sounds like you guys are already in the planning stages. All of you are going to get a chance to travel to New Jersey, meet Joan Harvey in her lab, and make this idea that you guys are talking about, youâ€™re going to make it happen!â€
DH: â€œOh my gosh! Thank you!â€
JM: The Candy Doctors have since met with flavorist Joan Harvey, at Cadburyâ€™s flavor lab, to create their candy tongue depressor prototypes. To see how it turned out, visit kidsciencechallenge.com.
Pulse of the Planetâ€™s Kidsâ€™ Science Challenge is made possible by the National Science Foundation. Iâ€™m Jim Metzner.