Chemistry of Cooking Project
Using the "Science of Cooking" website you and your partner will explore a topic in food chemistry. You will be assigned a topic which is covered on the “Science of Cooking” website.
1. On the “Science of Cooking” website for your topic, click on the “Kitchen Lab” tab. Your group should complete one of the “Activities” listed on the right of the page and one of the “Recipes” listed on the left side of the page. You may also research and complete your own “Activity” and/or “Recipe” instead. Document (record observations, take pictures, etc) your completion of these to include in your final report. On your due date, bring your product from the “Recipes” activity to class to share with your classmates.
2. Click on your topic’s “Science of…” tab. Explore the information covered on this website and choose two topics that especially interest you to delve into deeper (i.e. one of the primary chemicals in your food or a chemical process involved with cooking your food). Find more information about these topics using at least four sources other than the Exploratorium website. At least one source for each topic must be one of those on the Suggested Sources list.
3. Turn in the Topic Approval sheet with your chosen recipe, activity, and topics. This will be approved and returned to you. This must be completed and your topics approved in order for you to receive credit for the project. You will attach it to your final report.
4. Complete a written report (double-spaced, size 12 font) including, in this order:
5. Choose ONE of the activities or topics you explored (either c, d, e, or f above) and prepare to teach the class about it for five to ten minutes on your assigned date. This does not have to be a formal presentation—be creative! For example, have us do a quick game or activity, show a video you made, or do a live cooking show. This is also when you will share with us the product of your “Recipe” lab. Yum!
6. There will be a 15-point quiz after all the presentations, so pay attention to your classmates and be informative in your own presentation.
“Science of Cooking.” www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/index.html
ChemMatters website: www.acs.org/chemmatters