Science Cooks!

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In this health, cooking, and math activity, learners explore nutrition and examine nutrition labels. Learners cook a healthy version of a granola bar and then create a nutrition label for their product. Learners calculate servings and nutritional information for each ingredient in the granola bar.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
2 to 4 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • prebaked plain granola
  • sticky sweetener (honey, syrup, etc.)
  • spices (cinnamon, ginger, etc.)
  • dried fruits (raisins, cherries, etc.)
  • nuts (almonds, macadamias, etc.)
  • legumes (peanuts, soy nuts)
  • seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, etc.)
  • other ingredients (popcorn, puffed rice, chocolate chips, etc.)
  • bowls
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • stirring spoons, spatulas
  • wax paper
  • paper and pencils
  • computer (optional)
  • calculators (optional)
  • cookie cutters (optional)


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Health and Nutrition
  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
    • Number and Operations
      • Decimals
      • Fractions
      • Multiples and Factors
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • taste
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Culture, ethnicity, and gender

  • Girls

    • Explicity developed for this group
    • Acknowledges this group's contributions to STEM
    • Highlights STEM opportunities for this group
    • Identifies role models or mentors in STEM fields from this group
    • Uses inclusive images of people from this group


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Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, Twin Cities Public Television, Inc., 2010

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0813519
  • ExxonMobil