Contributor’s Name: Derek Starkenburg
Students will use their understanding of chemical reactions, cellular respiration, and human health to determine the primary ingredients for a soup that will be served to our community at the final Place Study Presentation. Students revisit the concept of the atom from the modern quantum theory, learn how atoms combine through chemical reactions, and see that cellular respiration is a chemical reaction required to break down glucose for energy in the cells of living organisms. Students also explore the concept of food security, the pathway of food from field to fork, and the concepts of macro and micro-nutrients. Students serve the soup they make and give public service announcements during the meal about aspects of science from the curriculum they learned.
Geared Towards seventh,eighth
Curriculum: Curriculum – Science
Tags: Middle School
Kick off: Food Systems: From Field to Fork
Seminar Title: “Omnivore’s Dilemma,” by Michael Pollan
Group Initiative: Garden Exploration
Project: Place Study Presentation
Discussion Topics: Food security, the cost of nutrition, industrial versus local food systems, organic versus natural products, impact of farming and cattle rearing on global warming.
Outside Opportunity: Trip to TABLE, a local charity that helps feed children in our community (students bring donations that the community left at the presentation).