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National Agriculture in the Classroom

Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix

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Gourmet Lab: The Scientific Principles Behind Your Favorite Foods

Hands-on, inquiry-based, and relevant to every student’s life, Gourmet Lab serves up a full menu of activities for science teachers of grades 6-12. This collection of 15 hands-on experiments, each of which includes a full set of both student and teacher pages, challenges students to take on the role of scientist and chef as they boil, bake, and toast their way to better understanding of science concepts from chemistry, biology, and physics. By cooking edible items such as pancakes and butterscotch, students have the opportunity to learn about physical changes in states of matter, acids and bases, biochemistry, and molecular structure.  What better topic than food to engage students to explore science in the natural world?

Sarah Young
National Science Teachers Association
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