Praxis Science Outreach Science Smarts – The Smells of the Sea​son

Praxis Science Outreach Science Smarts Column

December 4, 2021

The latest Praxis ‘Science Smarts’ column in the Medicine Hat News (December 11): The Smells of the Season. Link:

The Smells of the Sea​son

Patty Rooks

I have abso​lutely loved the sprink​ling of snow we had this week. It truly does make it feel more like the Hol​i​day Sea​son is fast approach​ing.

Of course, this means we are all dec​or​at​ing. With all of the uncer​tainty and loss we have had in the past few weeks throughout the coun​try, there is a short​age of Christ​mas trees. Although unfor​tu​nate, I know I will make do with an arti​fi​cial one. The only thing I am missing is that fra​grance that comes with a real tree. Of course, I have come up with a solution rooted in sci​ence.

Let’s get star​ted! Remem​ber to ask an adult before doing this exper​i​ment.


  • Unfla​voured gelatin
  • Pine essen​tial oil
  • Goggles
  • Water
  • Stove
  • Pot

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Author: Lochsloidh - McFarlane

Retired science/biology teacher.

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