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LIFE SCIENCE

Culinary

Scientific

Lesson Title

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Olfaction

The Right Spice: Exploring Olfaction through Spice Combinations
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Enzymes

Do Curds Just Want to be Cheese? No WHEY! Exploring Enzymes through Homemade Burrata Cheese
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Respiration

The Rise of Steamed Buns: Exploring Cellular Respiration through Steamed Buns
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Microbes

Yes we “Can: Exploring Microbes in Food Preservation
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Sensation and Perception

Discovering Umami: Exploring the Sense of Taste
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Catalysts

Caramelizing Catalysts: Exploring Catalysts through Caramelized Onions
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Nitrogen Fixation

Hummus and Humus: Humus, Legumes, and Nitrogen Fixation
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GLUTEN FORMATIoN

The Knead-to-Know Dough: Exploring Gluten Formation in Pie Crusts

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Molecular Properties of Polymers

Risotto: Exploring the Science Behind Starches

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

Culinary

Scientific

Lesson Title

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Physical Changes

Popping the Question: Exploring the Science Behind the Corniest Phase Change

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MISCIBILITY and Emulsions

Magical Mixology: The Science Behind Mixing Oil and Water
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Diffusion

Marinating Madness: Exploring Diffusion with Marinated Tofu

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Protein Denaturation

What’s the Deal with Eggs?: Demystifying Heating and Whisking Eggs
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Density

>Drinkable Density: Exploring Density through a Homemade Fruit Beverage
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Phase Changes

Without Ice Cream, There Would be Chaos: Exploring Phase Changes with Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce
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Crystal Formation

Hot Tempered: Exploring Transitions in Chocolate
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Acids & Bases

(pH)

Not your Basic Pickle: Exploring pH while making Pickles
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Molecular SolUBILITY

EXTRACTING HOTNESS: Exploring solubility through chili peppers and shrimp cocktail
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Foams and Aeration

Puffy Pancakes: The Science of Foams
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Thickening

Soupy Starches: Exploring the Science Behind the Thickening of Soup
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Oxidation and Reduction

Oxidizing Potatoes: Exploring Food Waste and the Science behind Browning
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Polymer Crosslink

CORNY MOLECULES: Exploring polymer crosslinking through corn tortillas

SCIENTIFIC METHOD

Culinary

Scientific

Lesson Title

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Experimental Design

The Quest for the Perfect Cookie: Practicing the Scientific Method through Baking

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