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Cooking


Cooking isn't just an art.
Explore topics ranging from heat and photosynthesis to bacteria, as you learn some secrets behind favorite foods and recipes.

All learners can discover the fun of cooking when they're making something delicious. Mix in science and math, and they become not just chefs but scientists and mathematicians.

Howtosmile.org has partnered with TV411.org to present activities related to six important cooking topics. These are beautifully (and tastefully) explained through video recipes starring Chef Jamika Pessoa from the TV411.org "What's Cooking" project. Use these videos to introduce science and math concepts, then extend the experience with aligned activities.

See what science fun you and your learners can whip up!


Cooking Topics
Select a science cooking topic to learn more.

Bacteria


"See how microbes ad zest to dip and how to control them."
We may not like to think about it, but bacteria are everywhere, even in our yummiest foods. Check out these activities to see how bacteria work as invisible kitchen helpers.

Heat


"Peek into a hot oven and a microwave and watch molecules dance."
Cooking is more than just edible ingredients like fruits, vegetables, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Heat is a critical "ingredient" too, whether you're toasting bread, grilling meat, or baking apie. Try these activities to learn why browning makes meat taste so good, and how different foods react to heat.

Carbohydrates


Carbohydrates in our diet help keep us moving. Check out these activities to learn about sugars and carbohydrates, and how our bodies convert them to energy.

Photosynthesis


Next time you eat, thank the sun. Without sunlight for photosynthesis, you couldn't get fruits and vegetables from trees or vines, or grow grains like wheat and rice.

Elements and the Periodic Table


"Add a pinch of salt and explore the elements in cooking."
What is salt actually? There are many different types. Table salt combines two elements - sodium and chlorine. Try these activities to learn more about other elements.

Water and Phase Changes


Cooking is a great way to investigate the phases of matter - solid, liquid, and gas. Boil water for pasta and serve ice water to drink, and you've got all the phases covered. Try these activities to explore phase changes, and to eat some yummy ice cream!