Hot Dog Mummy
Students will research the history and science behind mummification as it relates to ancient Egyptians. In an attempt to replicate that process, students will use common household goods to make a hot dog mummy.
The objective of this experiment is to understand and replicate the process of mummification as it relates to ancient Egyptian techniques.
- One regular size hot dog
- Large plastic container with lid
- Kitchen scale
- 8 packages of baking soda
- Measure the hot dog, weigh it and take a photo. Record that information in a notebook
- Line the bottom of the plastic container with at least one inch of baking soda
- Place the hot dog in the center of the container.
- Cover the hot dog completely with another layer of baking soda.
- Place the container in a dark location away from air vents.
- Do not open the lid for 14 days.
- On the 14th day, open the lid and examine the hot dog.
- How has the hot dog changed? Does it smell? What does it weigh? Has the color changed? Compare your notes from the raw hot dog.
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