Tie food to science and showcase hands-on cooking activities that can be done at school, at summer camp or at home with these seven resources found in PBS LearningMedia. Register for a free account to get full access to thousands of resources for summer learning!
Cooking Cookies with Solar Power | Grades K-8
In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, the cast tests two homemade solar cookers to determine which one can cook a "s'more" faster. Both designs exploit the fact that heat flows in three ways: by conduction, convection, and radiation. Though one cooker performs better than the other, they both outperform the experiment's control setup.
Kitchen Chemistry | Grades 3-8
Acids and bases react with other chemicals in predictable ways. This interactive activity from the ZOOM Web site allows you to conduct virtual experiments on various solutions to determine if they're acidic or basic. In one experiment, you can test the acidity of different household substances by trying to launch a virtual cork rocket.
Science Cooks! | Grades 5-8
Good nutrition is an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Nutrients provide energy and are the building blocks our bodies need to function. Learning to make sound choices about food is an important life skill, one that can be practiced by looking at and understanding Nutrition Facts labels.
Choosing Foods for Your Health | Grades 5-12
Learn from Misty and Tim, two teens who have diabetes, about the food choices they make to help them control their condition, in these two video segments adapted from Living With MyType2. Misty is a college student learning to adapt her dietary needs to a new environment filled with options. Tim goes grocery shopping with his mother and explains how he identifies foods as healthy or unhealthy based on their ingredients and location in the store.