It's Just Food, Dude! (Science Edition)

Grade 3-5

Welcome to It's Just Food, Dude! (Science Edition). At the beginning of class each week, students will explore a different food science experiment guided by the scientific process. There will also be a component called Food Fight! where students will create their own food product based on marketing science. Students will work on their Food Fight! projects each week towards the end of class, and present on a volunteer basis during our final session. Students will learn how everyday kitchen items can be repurposed into fun and interactive science lessons.

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Instructor: Ariella F.

Hi, I’m Ariella and I am a sophomore Economics major at Barnard College. I am organized and creative, so I can consistently think of new ways to explain the material. I also am approachable and encouraging, so students will feel comfortable interacting with me.

It's Just Food, Dude! (Science Edition)

Grade 3-5


July 1-July 30, 2020

5 weeks (once per week)

  • Wednesday @ 3:00 PM
  • Thursday @ 3:00 PM

Eastern Time

45 min sessions

Ariella F.

Course Outline

  1. Lesson 1: Baking Soda Volcano (45 min)

    Wed, July 1 @ 3:00 PM

    Eastern Time

    When vinegar and baking soda combine, a gas called carbon dioxide is created - the same type of gas used to make soda bubbly. We will combine the two materials in a bottle where there will not be enough room for the gas to spread, causing an eruption!

  2. Lesson 2: Fake Snot Edible Slime (45 min)

    Wed, July 8 @ 3:00 PM

    Eastern Time

    We will make edible slime that looks like snot (eww)! Using gelatin, water, and corn syrup, we will create a special kind of slime - edible and safe for all ages! We will talk about why the ingredients gel together to create this unique consistency.

  3. Lesson 3: Snap Crackle Jump! (45 min)

    Wed, July 15 @ 3:00 PM

    Eastern Time

    In this lesson we will explore static charge using cereal. By rubbing a wool sweater against plexiglass, we will generate a net negative charge, polarizing the cereal on the table. A great difference in charge will occur, and the cereal will go towards the bottom of the plexiglass plate, against the force of gravity.

  4. Lesson 4: Plastic Milk (45 min)

    Wed, July 22 @ 3:00 PM

    Eastern Time

    In this class we will create plastic from milk. This activity gives students the freedom to create any shape or color imaginable! When milk is heated and vinegar is added, the milk will separate and clump. The liquid will then be drained, and moldable plastic will be available for students' enjoyment.

  5. Lesson 5: Fool Your Tongue (45 min)

    Thu, July 30 @ 3:00 PM

    Eastern Time

    In this class we will discover the relationship between taste and smell. First we will eat a normal apple, then repeat while smelling vanilla - you won't believe the results! We will spend the end of class sharing our Food Fight! projects on a volunteer basis.

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