Futures Channel Shows the Science of Ice Cream at Ciao Bella

Burbank, CA September 17, 2007: It’s science class. Which would you rather do? Learn about viscosity at sub-zero temperature conditions, or visit a company where the head of R & D is developing chocolate jalapeno caramel swirl ice cream? Thanks to video and the Internet, students can do both.

“Ice Cream the Italian Way,” the latest micro-documentary from The Futures Channel, takes viewers inside the kitchens at Ciao Bella Gelato Company for a glimpse into the world of making ice cream.

“Gelato is completely different from American ice cream. It’s much more dense, rich and has less air. You can really taste all the ingredients you put inside,” explains Executive Chef Danilo Zecchin in the kitchen of Ciao Bella’s New Jersey facility.

From having the right ingredients on hand for all 300 flavors to keeping the frozen treats at a frosty minus 30 degrees, the technicians at Ciao Bella have the making of ice cream down to a science. They produce more than 1,000 gallons of ice cream every day, using ingredients imported from all over the world, including mango from India and chocolate from Belgium.

Every week, thousands of educators count on The Futures Channel’s movies to provide a critical connection between the lessons they are teaching and the real world.

“I am always amazed by how well the movies highlight real-world applications of both math and science,” said Anastasia Betts, a curriculum specialist and former Literacy and Leadership Partner with UCLA’s School of Education. “From the physics of skateboard design, to the chemistry of chocolate-jalapeno gelato, to the mathematics of producing enough product to meet market demands, The Futures Channel movies have all the bases covered.”

Betts added, “When students are able to hear, first hand, professionals in their fields talk about the ways in which everyday math is helping them to perform well at their job, then students no longer feel compelled to ask, ‘Why do I need to learn this?’”

The Futures Channel was founded in 1999 with the goal of using new media technologies to create a channel between the scientists, engineers, explorers and visionaries who are shaping the future, and today’s learners who will one day succeed them.



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