What if you cook your way through chemistry
class? At CASEE, Year Three students are doing just
that. Students delve deeper into chemistry by studying
food science. It’s the application of practically everything
you will learn in chemistry only it’s a lot more fun and tasty. At CASEE, the Center for Agriculture, Science
and Environmental Education in Battle Ground, Washington, Students in Year Three study Chemistry,
Food Science and English while attending the half-day science focused curriculum. This activity, they are looking at some of
the reactions you can get. You get to talk about how sodium has a +1
charge and calcium has a +2 charge. We put calcium lactate in the liquid that
we are putting into, that we are going to make spheres out of, then we put it in to
a sodium alginate solution, and that happens. It’s a lesson in molecular gastronomy as students
make food that looks and acts like other food to trick the mind and the palate. I’m making glass potato chips today. It’s just water and potato starch, really. We are doing agar-agar powder or noodles. We use a syringe and medical tubing to get
that noodle shape. The noodles are made from banana, and colored
with strawberries. Push it out and you get that noodle and it
kind of reminds you of spaghetti but it tastes completely different. That’s what is cool about this. So there’s a lot of different ways to shoot
off in a lot different directions with physical qualities and chemical qualities of food…
the phase changes they can go through. Too soon, too soon. Be careful. Too soon. On top of our cake, we are going to be putting
these caviar spheres like spherification and they are going to be lemon and raspberry because
that’s the flavor of our cake. Sugar, glucose and water. We pour it over water balloons and it forms
a bowl. They are like strawberry crisps that we making
with these little thin wafer papers that are edible. It’s still a chemistry course so we do go
through a lot of classical chemistry concepts, periodic table. We were looking for something that went really
well with chemistry. Situated on an 80-acre outdoor learning lab,
students spend a half day on the CASEE campus and the other half of their day at their home
high school to round out their studies. Each spring, CASEE students plant a garden
and later enjoy the bounty in class. It’s usually crops they planted the year before
so they actually plant a garden, grow a garden, harvest a garden, and cook it and eat it. It’s a really nice full circle connection
to make. If you are hungry for more information about
CASEE, visit our website and apply today! casee.battlegroundps.org