Bread Mold Science Project

Imagine this. It’s science project time. It’s also an autumn day, complete with that clear breezy light that only comes in October and is made to frame special days. Now these days, let’s be honest. Don’t always, o.k., take place in school do they? Hmmn? What’s worse, the topic is bread mold.

Aside from penicillin, and yes, I do have a nice story to tell about that, there isn’t a lot I can think of that’s nice about bread mold. So, just to be ornery, let’s show that we can get rid of it, instead of making it, o.k.? I mean, nearly everybody and their dog can make it, in gardens, aquariums, mountains, etc. Let’s just get rid of the stuff. O.K.?

Any ideas?

Yeah, But we do need to eat bread, so the bread will have to stay.

I don’t think the women would like to make it fresh every four hours. No, that won’t work.

Materials management, you say, eh, Frank?

All right, let’s let out the geek.

Unchain him, Henry!

What, that’s preposterous. Why it’ll never do…. Have it in this paper in 2 minutes!

…an ultraviolet breadbox, of all the KPC ideas. TPTB will never go for it. IRL it’s a good idea though. I hope. I’m not IOMH. Those kids might think I’m just trying to be cool, but I learned this back in my electromagnetic science project. This ultraviolet breadbox SLAP.

The goal: to build a bread box that has a built in UV system to repress the ability of mold colonies to form.

Tools: If you use power tools, please use them with someone who knows how to use them. They have a habit of jumping and lurching when they see defenseless fingers, eyes and knees. Please don’t let the unattached ones be yours! It’s painful, and often irreparable! Same goes for knives. Always cut away from yourself. And never toward anyone else. No showing off, either!






*Wire cutters

*A timer for lights

*A breadbox, a stainless steel bread box would be splendiferous. (For reflective purposes)

*Size N, Coaxial DC Power Plug Connector that is solderable.

*UV Bulb. Use your resourcefulness here. Medical supply houses and food distributors use them.


Step 1. Examine your bread box. Remember this is your baby, so keep it cool looking. Consider where to put the sources of heat. The bulb and inverters will put out some heat, but the brick will be the main source.

Step 2. Drill a 9/16” hole with a hole saw blade on your screwdriver in the back of the bread box. Ask for help if you need it….This is for the wires and extensions.

Step 3. Mount the light source. Use super glue to stabilize the fixture, and the silicone it permanently into place.

Step 4. Connect the power source to the light, that is, plug it in. You might want to glue the wire to the side of the bread box to keep things looking neat.

Step 5. Line the bread box with tinfoil or even a mirror. Use some spray on glue to keep the tin foil on the walls, floor and ceiling of the box.

Step 6. Take the chrome baking rack, and cut it to fit the bread box. Secure it with blobs of hot glue.

This radiating of a loaf of bread… does it bring anything else to mind?

All the great scientists conducted thousands of experiments, and it might have been just one, that special one, that sparked him or her on a fantastic voyage of discovery. Where would this bread box take you? Why don’t you think about it?

If you answer that it might take you to the farms of Mississippi, the test tubes of the National Institute of Health, or some miserable lab somewhere where two raving lunatics are dedicated to their work, you would all be right. The question is, why?