After seeing Rice Krispie Conic Sections on Shawn’s blog, I knew I had to make them for my class. I’m so glad I did. They were amazing. They are actually very easy to make, and totally worth it. We have been doing parabolas all year, but it was so cool to cut a conic and SEE a parabola inside!
Tips for anyone who wants to make them. I used snow cone cups that I got on Amazon.com. I first looked at Target, but there were no snow cone cups to be found in January. Once the treats were made and set, the snow cone paper just tore off very easily.
The Rice Krispie Treat recipe is not on the Rice Krispies box, but on the marshmallow package. It took a double recipe to fill 18 snow cone cups. I only have one Alg 2 class, so this was fine. But, if I had more students I would probably not fill the cups up as full, so a double recipe would fill more cups.
I gave each group of students two snow cone krispie treats (so we could make a full conic) and some plastic knives, and then we were off! I first had them cut a circle off of the top. Then we moved to ellipses and parabolas. For the hyperbola, I had them stick their two cones together. I was impressed at how well it went. Sometimes you do an activity that sounds great, but doesn’t really give you the full effect. The rice krispie cones turned out better than I even thought they would! And of course, the best part about Rice Krispie Conic sections is that you get to eat them! This was worth its weight in gold today during the LAST period of the day before 8 inches of snow was expected to fall!