Cooking with science and design!

June 15, 2016 at 9:39 AM

Cooking can be described as both an art and a science, and the Year 4 students at the Boys’ School have been working on a project which combines the two! The project culminated with a trip to the Food Technology kitchen at the Girls’ School for some hands-on learning.

The theme for the boys’ Science and Technology lessons has understanding the way materials behave and interact determines how people use them. In Science, the boys have been looking at the processes of mixing, melting, and dissolving, and applying these to the concept of a fair test. Fair testing is the process of changing one variable of an experiment at a time while keeping all other conditions the same. The boys explored the variables that impact on how sugar can be mixed, melted or dissolved, and showed how heat can speed up a change in some materials.

To complement the Science work, the Technology lessons have seen the boys designing suitable containers to store confectionary. They were encouraged to think of food products as a whole, from the original ingredients to the finished packaging. The task was to identify the criteria required to create an effective confectionary box by comparing and categorising existing designs. They then brainstormed a variety of possible plans before selecting one final design that they would create.

The two learning strands came together on the trip to the Girls’ School. With assistance from parent helpers, the students created a number of tasty treats including truffle balls, rocky road and lemon coconut surprise. They then moved into the Textiles classroom to construct the final design of their confectionary box. The test here was to see if the box would transport their food products home safely to be shared with others!

The boys took away practical knowledge of hygiene practices in the kitchen, the importance of measuring accurately and the various processes involved in cooking while developing their conception and design skills.


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