Hi! It’s Friday, February 8, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)
Take a virtual field trip (sponsored by the Field Museum) and learn how to pick cacao beans, ferment them, and process the beans into chocolate.
When you get to the site, you’ll see information about a chocolate exhibit at the Field Museum. While the exhibit is no longer at the Museum, there are several interactive resources still available at the site. Scroll down the page to the subheading, “Interactives” to take the animated and informative virtual tours that include:
*Manufacturing Chocolate – When you click on the title, it may take a few seconds for the program to load and open. Your patience will be rewarded when you click on the “enter” button, and follow the 12-step interactive, animated tour to see:
- How Cacao Trees Grow
- Harvesting Cacao Pods
- Drying Cacao Beans
- Shipping the Beans
- Roasting the Beans
- Winnow the Beans
- Grind the Beans
Throughout the tour, as you read the information, you’ll be invited to use your mouse to activate the animations. Be sure to click on the “continue” buttons throughout the tour to learn more.
*The Chocolate Challenge – Take a virtual journey around the world to learn about the history of chocolate through a series of questions and answers.
*Cacao Farm – Use virtual microscopes and binoculars to discover the inhabitants that share the rainforest with Cacao trees.