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Croton-Harmon First-Graders Become Mixologists For A Day

PepsiCo mixologist Kathlene McManus visited a first-grade classroom at Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School to work with students in creating their own soft drinks in a safe and creative environment.
PepsiCo mixologist Kathlene McManus visited a first-grade classroom at Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School to work with students in creating their own soft drinks in a safe and creative environment. Photo Credit: Croton-Harmon Schools

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- A Croton-Harmon parent who works for PepsiCo invited first-grade students at Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School to create their own drinks.

Kathlene McManus, a mixologist for PepsiCo, shared the methods she uses in creating soft drinks at her job.

“To protect our eyes and clothing, we had to wear lab jackets and safety goggles just like [McManus] does when she works,” said first-grade teacher Patricia Lynch. “We had to smell the different flavors and learn how to make a drink clear or cloudy. Based on what we liked, we were able to add flavors and mix until we got them just right.”

The activity allowed students to see a real world example of how using a STEM method like trial and error can be useful.

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