Be a food scientist

What is your protein IQ?
Create a cookbook to learn Standard Operating Procedures for food safety and environmental monitoring. Test for proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids and compare plant and animal protein. See teacher background →


# Introduction to Food Science

Engage students by showing videos for more information on food safety laws.


# Food Safety

Illustrate the importance of food safety techniques to ensure food quality by creating a survey from the questions suggested and conduct it with a class or school; preparing agar plates using aseptic preparation methods; investigating the effectiveness of various types of hand cleaners to determine if they have antimicrobial action, monitoring cooking stations by following this standardized test to ensure the safety and quality of food production; determining the effect of temperature on bacterial growth.


# What is your Protein IQ? cookbook

Create a cookbook of recipes using proper cooking techniques to share with a larger audience using the assignment description, the rubric, a template and an example of one Standard Laboratory Operating Procedure (SLOP) recipe.


# Biomolecules Information

Fill in the information about biomolecules from the video Macromolecules Gone Wild. Students may check their answers using the Biomolecules Chart Key.


Teacher background

Food science is a growing career field. The average supermarket carries more than 20,000 items, most of which were developed into safe, affordable, and tasty products by food scientists. Currently, the demand for Food Science graduates exceeds the number of degrees awarded.

This unit focuses on the biotechnology, biology and chemistry of food and employs techniques used by food scientists as they develop new food products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security our nation’s food supply. Prevention of issues that can cause illness is the focus of the new FDA Food Safety Law.

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Next gen science standards

Science and engineering practices

  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Crosscutting concepts

  • Scale, proportion, and quantity

Disciplinary core ideas/content

  • ESS1A The universe and its stars
  • LS1C Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms
  • LS2B Cycles of matter and energy transfer in ecosystems
  • PS1B Chemical reactions
  • PS4B Electromagnetic radiation
  • PS4C Information technologies and instrumentation

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