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Cooking with Chemistry

Turn down the heat and get ready to create edible molecular masterpieces using the power of chemistry. In Cooking with Chemistry, students will investigate the physical and chemical transformations of ingredients that occur during cooking. Through the making of molecular gastronomic recipes such as oil powders, foams, fluid gels, and infusions, students will learn how different substances and chemicals added at the right time during the cooking process can change the molecular structure of solids and liquids, transforming them into completely new and interesting (and edible!) treats.

Concept/Standards: Chemical Reactions

Turn down the heat and get ready to create edible molecular masterpieces using the power of chemistry. In Cooking with Chemistry, students will investigate the physical and chemical transformations of ingredients that occur during cooking. Through the making of molecular gastronomic recipes such as oil powders, foams, fluid gels, and infusions, students will learn how different substances and chemicals added at the right time during the cooking process can change the molecular structure of solids and liquids, transforming them into completely new and interesting (and edible!) treats.

Sample Projects

Oil Powders

What We Do: Students will be taking oil, an incredibly common cooking liquid that is high in fat, and transforming it into a powder using maltodextrin.

What We Learn: Students will learn how maltodextrin, a food additive made from starch, can convert liquid fat molecules into a dried, solid state powder. Students will also learn that this now converted fat is more easily digestible as a solid starch and better for you!

Fluid Gels

What We Do: Students will be turning liquids into gels that will behave like both a solid and a liquid! These gels are created using a gel-like substance called agar agar and are used in cooking to infuse tons of flavor into liquids.

What We Learn: Students will learn how to create the molecular structure of a gel and how the molecules in gels are structurally different from those in liquids and solids. Students will also learn how gels hold their shape when infused with more liquid to create the fluid gel texture.

Infusions

What We Do: Students will be creating a lavender infused lemonade to enjoy as a beverage on a hot day!

What We Learn: Students will learn how the tiny oil particles contained in lavender can transfer into a liquid through the process of osmosis.

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Oak Chan Elementary
101 Prewett Dr.
Folsom, CA 95630

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  • Grade(s): 3rd-5th grades
  • Date(s): Tuesday, March 06-Tuesday, April 24, 2018
  • Time: 2:45pm-3:45pm
  • Price: $98/child
  • Seats: 15
  • Site: Oak Chan Elementary
  • Location(s): Sacramento, Folsom
  • Season: Spring 2018
  • Length: 7 weeks
  • Duration: 60 minutes