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Science Fair Project: Which Chewing Gum Lasts the Longest?

Try this fun Gum Science Experiment!

Science fair projects don't have to be dull. This project tests which brand of gum has flavor that lasts the longest. My kids enjoyed doing this project together with their friends. The adults and teenagers viewing the science fair project loved it too because it actually gives you some practical information you can use. When you go to buy gum, how can you get one that lasts longer? The results are startling.

What Science Fair Questions Can You Ask About Gum?

We chose the question, "Which gum brand lasts the longest?" and used six different gum brands. It probably would have been better to choose gum with the same flavor, but my daughter thought that was boring, so we chose different flavors.

You could also do the question, "Which Flavor of Gum Lasts the Longest?" That experiment would use several flavors of the same brand of gum, maybe the gum brand you like the best.

Another gum experiment would be: "Which bubble gum makes bigger bubbles?" In that experiment, you would have a variety of people blowing different types of gum and using a ruler to measure how big the bubbles are.

Or you could try: "Which gum has more flavor, sugarless or sugared gum?"

Chewing Gum Science Fair Instructions

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Packs of Gum. Step one: Choose a Variety of Gum brands and guess which one will have the longest lasting flavor.Kids reading while chewing gum. Step 2: Gather some family and friends to chew gum with you!  We had everyone stay around a table reading comic books.  You could have people watch a movie too.Kids on couch. Step 3:  Hand out gum, get the timer ready and say "Ready, Set, Go!" to start everyone chewing.  Step 4:  Have each person tell you when the flavor runs out.  Write the time in minutes and seconds on your chart.  4th Grade sisters. Step 5: When everyone's flavor has run out, start again with another type of gum!4th Grade Science Fair Board: Which Gum Lasts the Longest?
Packs of Gum. Step one: Choose a Variety of Gum brands and guess which one will have the longest lasting flavor.
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Packs of Gum. Step one: Choose a Variety of Gum brands and guess which one will have the longest lasting flavor.
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Kids reading while chewing gum. Step 2: Gather some family and friends to chew gum with you!  We had everyone stay around a table reading comic books.  You could have people watch a movie too.
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Kids reading while chewing gum. Step 2: Gather some family and friends to chew gum with you! We had everyone stay around a table reading comic books. You could have people watch a movie too.
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Kids on couch. Step 3:  Hand out gum, get the timer ready and say "Ready, Set, Go!" to start everyone chewing.
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Kids on couch. Step 3: Hand out gum, get the timer ready and say "Ready, Set, Go!" to start everyone chewing.
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Step 4:  Have each person tell you when the flavor runs out.  Write the time in minutes and seconds on your chart.
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Step 4: Have each person tell you when the flavor runs out. Write the time in minutes and seconds on your chart.
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4th Grade sisters. Step 5: When everyone's flavor has run out, start again with another type of gum!
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4th Grade sisters. Step 5: When everyone's flavor has run out, start again with another type of gum!
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4th Grade Science Fair Board: Which Gum Lasts the Longest?
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4th Grade Science Fair Board: Which Gum Lasts the Longest?
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Step by Step Science Fair Project on Gum

Step by step photo directions are to the left. You can also see a sample 4th grade project below.

  1. Choose a question.
  2. Gather the materials and arrange for the people to chew.
  3. Decide on your own hypothesis--your guess of the answer.
  4. Follow the procedures below to do the experiment or develop your own procedures.
  5. Be sure to take pictures and to record your results carefully.
  6. Ask your participants to give their thoughts and opinions along the way. What is important to them about gum? Which gum do they usually like? Do they chew gum after the flavor is out? How often do they chew?
  7. Look at your results and think about your question. Write down your results and conclusions.
  8. Type up your results on the computer, or hand write them neatly.Attach them to a science board. You might want to put colored or patterened paper underneath them as a mat.
  9. Before or after you do this project, check out the videos to learn about the history of gum and how it is made.

See below for a sample project.

Science Fair Chewing Gum Table: insert minutes and seconds it took to chew gum until flavor was gone

 
Stride
Juicy Fruit
5
Hubba Bubba
Trident
Extra
Mollie
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brendan
 
 
 
 
 
 
Steffi
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maggie
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sopnie
 
 
 
 
 
 

What is Your Favorite Brand of Gum?

  • Double Bubble
  • Hubba Bubba
  • Stride
  • 5
  • Juicy Fruit
  • Extra
  • Trident
  • Orbit
  • Wrigleys
  • other--tell us in the comments!
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History of Chewing Gum

How Bubble Gum is Made

How to Put Science Fair Board Together

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Step One: Make a chart as you go of how long each gum lasts.  Add up the numbers and get an average for each gum type.Step Two: Type it all up on your computer.  Parents can help at this point, especially in setting up charts.  We use Printshop to make the titles, but you can also use letter stickers.Step Three:  Print out your project and cut off the extra paper.Step Four: Cut some colored paper for matting the parts of your project (we like colored scrapbook paper)Step Five: Mount the print-outs on the matting paper using glue sticks, glue dots, or double-sided tape.Step Six:  Set up everything on your board and then glue it down using glue sticks, glue dots, and double sided tape.  Sometimes, if we are having trouble getting things like the title to stay down, we use a stapler like in this picture.Finished Science Board Step Seven:  Add on your pictures and boxes from your chewing gum.
Step One: Make a chart as you go of how long each gum lasts.  Add up the numbers and get an average for each gum type.
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Step One: Make a chart as you go of how long each gum lasts. Add up the numbers and get an average for each gum type.
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Step Two: Type it all up on your computer.  Parents can help at this point, especially in setting up charts.  We use Printshop to make the titles, but you can also use letter stickers.
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Step Two: Type it all up on your computer. Parents can help at this point, especially in setting up charts. We use Printshop to make the titles, but you can also use letter stickers.
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Step Three:  Print out your project and cut off the extra paper.
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Step Three: Print out your project and cut off the extra paper.
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Step Four: Cut some colored paper for matting the parts of your project (we like colored scrapbook paper)
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Step Four: Cut some colored paper for matting the parts of your project (we like colored scrapbook paper)
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Step Five: Mount the print-outs on the matting paper using glue sticks, glue dots, or double-sided tape.
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Step Five: Mount the print-outs on the matting paper using glue sticks, glue dots, or double-sided tape.
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Step Six:  Set up everything on your board and then glue it down using glue sticks, glue dots, and double sided tape.  Sometimes, if we are having trouble getting things like the title to stay down, we use a stapler like in this picture.
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Step Six: Set up everything on your board and then glue it down using glue sticks, glue dots, and double sided tape. Sometimes, if we are having trouble getting things like the title to stay down, we use a stapler like in this picture.
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Finished Science Board Step Seven:  Add on your pictures and boxes from your chewing gum.
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Finished Science Board Step Seven: Add on your pictures and boxes from your chewing gum.
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Sample 4th Science Project on Gum

How I thought of this project:

All the kids in our family like to chew gun. Sometimes our parents give us some but other times we have to buy it ourselves. We all like different flavors but one of the things that makes gun good is if the flavor lasts a long time. So I thought about doing an experiment to test that.

  • Question: Which brand of gum lasts the longest?
  • Hypothesis: I think that 5 gum will last the longest. Trident will be next. I think Stride will be 3rd, Juicy Fruit will be 4th, 5th will be Double Bubble, and then 6th will be Extra.
  • The Materials:
  1. I had 6 types of gum.
  2. I had a piece of paper and a pencil to mark down how long the gum lasted.
  3. I had a timer so I could keep track.
  4. I gathered my sisters, brother and friends to chew!
  • The Process:
  1. First I asked some people to try out my experiment.
  2. We all sat together and I passed out the first piece of gum. We all unwrapped the first gum, Double Bubble.
  3. We said, “ready, set, go” and popped it in our mouths and started the timer.
  4. We all chewed the gum and each person told me when their flavor ran out and I marked it down on my chart.
  5. When everyone’s flavor ran out, we stopped the timer and got out another type of gum to do the experiment again.
  6. We did this for all the gum.
  7. Some people didn’t get a chance to try all the gums but I marked the ones they did try.

The Results:

We recorded the results on a chart which showed the person who chewed and how long the flavor lasted.

  • What we noticed about the gums and the flavor:
  1. My sister Sophie said she noticed that most of the flavors lasted with a strong flavor for one minute and then the flavor faded to just a little bit for the rest of the time.
  2. Five has the most flavor. It is good and lasts a long time. The Stride gum lasts a long time but the flavor is not as good as 5 gum.
  3. Juicy Fruit gum is harder to chew. The gum is stiffer. It seems to have last longer because it was harder to chew.
  4. Extra was pretty soft and was sweeter than the other gums.
  5. All of the gums we chose were sugarless except for the Double Bubble.
  6. Double Bubble is the best for blowing bubbles. You can blow bubbles with the others but not as well. 5 gum blows pretty good bubbles.
  7. In 5 gum, I noticed that when I blew a bubble and put it back in my mouth the gum tasted sweeter.
  8. Sophie noticed that when she wasn’t thinking about the flavor the whole time, the flavor seemed to last longer.
  • Our Favorites:
  • Sophie likes 5 because it lasts a long time and Extra because it is sweeter.
  • Steffi likes Double Bubble because she likes to blow bubbles and Juicy Fruit because of the taste.
  • Mollie likes 5 and the Trident because of their flavors and because they last a long time.
  • Brendan likes Juicy Fruit best but says it runs out quickly.
  • Maggie likes Extra because she likes the dessert flavors they have, but she also buys 5 a lot because she likes to chew gum that lasts a long time.

Conclusion

  • The gum brands that lasted the longest were 5, Stride and Extra. I was right that 5 gum would be the longest lasting flavor and that Stride would be next. I was surprised that Extra lasted so long because I thought it would be the shortest time because it is sweeter than most of the gums and has more unusual flavors.
  • I noticed that is a big difference in how long gum lasts.
  • Smaller people, like my sister Steffi, seem to have gum last longer than bigger people. Maybe people with big mouths chew harder and faster.
  • When thinking about buying gum, people might want to try 5, Stride or Extra if they like long lasting taste.


Chewing Gum Geography

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Mexico -
Mexico
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Aztecs used Chicle, which is boiled down from tree sap, for a gum. In the 1880s chicle was imported to the U.S. for the gums "Black Jack" & "Chicl

Greece -
Greece
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Greeks used the resin of the mastic tree for chewing gum.

New England -
New England
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The Native Americans chewed spruce resin, and the early settlers learned to do that too. "The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum" was sold in 1848.

Finland -
Finland
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5,000 years ago, Neolithic people left birch bark tar chewing gum that has teeth marks in what is now Finland.


 Last updated on October 16, 2012

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Comments 47 comments

katey 2 weeks ago

used this for my science project

shaniya 3 weeks ago

doublemint

Mikayla 5 weeks ago

The best part is you get to keep the rest of the gum:)

gvtydytdrtduj 5 weeks ago

i loe this topic

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Hendrika 2 months ago from Pretoria, South Africa Level 3 Commenter

What a fun project? Chewing gum, who would have thought you can do it. I am surely going to tell my Granddaughter about it.

Alex 2 months ago

This was so much fun

kaykay_300 3 months ago

i had did a project om this

hakeem hurst 3 months ago

I feel that this project is GREAT!!!!!!!!

marciano alex 5 months ago

tghanks really helpfull

Liz 5 months ago

Big League!

 
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VirginiaLynne 6 months ago from United States Hub Author

Love that you had this idea too! This was my kid's idea and they did it in 2005 for the first time.

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clairewait 6 months ago from North Carolina Level 1 Commenter

Also, love the way you got your students to all chime in. Brilliant. Wish I'd been a Hubber when I was still teaching. I totally would have done the same thing. Haha.

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clairewait 6 months ago from North Carolina Level 1 Commenter

This was totally my 6th grade science fair project in 1993. Did we go the same school?

bloom 6 months ago

i like gum alot

 
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VirginiaLynne 10 months ago from United States Hub Author

If you look at the information in the article it tells you it used to be made from the chicle plant but now there are synthetic substitutes

eli 10 months ago

what is gewing gum made from

johnnhae 11 months ago

i will do bubble gum

 
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VirginiaLynne 11 months ago from United States Hub Author

So glad to know you did well at your science fair!

antoinettte 11 months ago

i love this projet it i did this projet and i got 1 place and the science fair

you should this this projet

Timmy 11 months ago

I like your project.

Nerdgirl 11 months ago

My science project will rock!!!!

Chariana Reyes 12 months ago

Like it

bob 13 months ago

very helpful

 
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VirginiaLynne 13 months ago from United States Hub Author

isabelle--Thanks so much for telling me about your project. I have 2 daughters in the 5th grade and they loved doing this project too!

isabellefrizielli 13 months ago

i love to chew gum , this project is fun ,easy and diligent. Me i am using gum for me and my two friends Brandon and Roshod, they are cool but weird. Our project is going to be really fun..... My name is Isabelle Friziellie and i go to Gateway Elementary 5th grade . Bye

Jacob 13 months ago

How I thought of this project: it says: we like to chew gun

the croystier 14 months ago

well My favorite gum is big jacks favorite extra flavor docios

none of yo business 14 months ago

I love this website sooooo much

kayla 14 months ago

LLove it im going to do the same project have me great idea's

 
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VirginiaLynne 14 months ago from United States Hub Author

I think you would do the same basic project outlined here but use the same brand of gun in lots of different flavors. Pick a gum that has a lot of varieties to make this work. Be sure you have several volunteers to work on it. Depending on the age of your daughter, you may want to try the experiment again with either a different brand of gun, or try the same flavor in different brands.

You could also find out what different sorts of flavorings are used or compare ingredient lists to see if you might identify which ingredient makes a difference!

Claudia 14 months ago

My daughter is intrested in doing this project. we need some help in reaserching "which flavor of gum last the longest" If you have any advice as to where we can research on this project please let me know as it is greatly appreciated.

carly 14 months ago

I LIKE THIS WEBSITE

cece 15 months ago

i love all differnt kind of gum

lizy 15 months ago

I am doing ''what gum lasted the longest'' and I really need get this now it is so easy!!!!!

julianna 15 months ago

me and my friend r going to do the samethiing from knootz

mariah 15 months ago

im doing thiz project 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! im going to the science fair

TAMARA BUSH 16 months ago

love it !!!!!

Kathie 16 months ago

10 very good

faith 16 months ago

i am 10 and this is a cool thing to do i what to git an a+ it was relly cool

nansy.parra 17 months ago

which has the longest gum

Daniela 17 months ago

I love bubble gum

averaeynnah 18 months ago

i like up 2 u

mat 18 months ago

hi, thanks very helpful

 
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VirginiaLynne 2 years ago from United States Hub Author

Glad you like the idea Thundermama. I have a gum chewing project I just put up and I have a couple of other ones in the works, so check back! If you do the project, let me know how it turns out!

 
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VirginiaLynne 2 years ago from United States Hub Author

Hi Maddie--I couldn't participate either--I was hit by a car at 12 and also have jaw problems. The dentist hears my jaw "click" and asks me if I chew gum all the time though!

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Thundermama 2 years ago from Canada Level 1 Commenter

What a great project for elementary students. I am sure at least one of my daughter will be considering this as an option for their science project. Thanks for sharing!

 
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Maddie Ruud 2 years ago from Oakland, CA

I know I would have loved experiments like these when I was a kid. Unfortunately, my jaw was broken about 15 years ago, and it still gives me trouble. No bubble gum for me!

Great original photos, too!

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