After teaching cooking classes to children for 8 years, I didn’t realize that I’d ever head back to the traditional classroom to teach biology again. But I have good news on many fronts:
- I love it. Even more than I thought I would.
- All of my recent experience setting up cooking classes for children has made it much much much easier to set up labs for my biology students.
- And finally, it is awesome to see how many labs I can do with my students that connect to food.
Take our recent experiment about pH, for example. Did you know that cabbage juice is an amazing indicator of whether or not a substance is an acid or base? All you have to do is boil some red cabbage leaves and strain off the purple juice. Use that as your test solution and add some lemon juice. Magic will happen. Trust me. I dare you to bring your kids into the kitchen and see what inspires them 🙂
Take a peek at some of my other food-science activities with students:
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