Food/Cooking Chemistry Project?

Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:04 PM

Good Morning Peeps!

At our school this year we have been tasked with finding a "quad D" project for our students to complete.  We have kind of narrowed it down to a project on the chemistry of cooking and are trying to come up with something in that realm.

Has anyone ever done a food/cooking project before.  Quad D in the Rigor and Relevance framwork means real-world application. So the students should be desiging some sort of project of their own dealing with food/cooking.

Any thoughts or resources would be greatly welcomed!

Chris Leverington
Chris Leverington
3820 Activity Points

Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:36 PM

The chemistry of food and the physics of cooking can be really engaging for students! If the course will be taught in a science lab, it is important that eating not be allowed in the lab. Here is an article by Key Roy, NSTA's safety expert on Eating in the Lab

Mary Bigelow
Mary Bigelow
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Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:31 PM

Hi Chris,

Sounds like an interesting project!

A few years ago I took one of the edX MOOC courses called "HarvardX: SPU27.1x Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science" and it had a fair amount of chemistry included. The course can be audited so that you can join for free and review the course for ideas. We did labs on elasticity where we had to test various foods using tools found in a typical kitchen. Then we made an elastic gel (flan). There was experiments on diffusion of soy sauce in egg white and then an optional exercise on diffusion of lime juice in fish (ceviche). The later included calculations of a diffusion constant for hydrogen ions. We learned about spherification and candy ... The course is now listed as self-paced and can be started anytime. It might be worth perusing for ideas.

Rebecca Falin
Rebecca Falin
71295 Activity Points

Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:09 PM

Well, you gotta listen and share my spanking brand new 5 minute "All This Science" podcast episode on microwave ovens (and other goodies)

Cheers! Hope your academic year is fantastic !

Marsh Carroll
Marsh Carroll
109 Activity Points

Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:56 PM

I've never done a Chemistry Food Cooking project, but I am sure if you relate everything to mixtures/solutions and reactions then the students will see how they are doing chemistry in their everyday life. I would've loved to do this as a students because not only do you learn chemistry, but you learn what each ingredient does to the overall recipe which is a good life skill.

Stephanie Morales
Stephanie Morales
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