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Molecular Gastronomy – Creative Chemistry in the Kitchen (flex school)

During this 4-week flex class, students will explore the various techniques used in molecular gastronomy based on scientific principles. This course is more detailed than the live course.
Michelle Filippini
284 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 15 learners
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No live meetings
Over 4 weeks
11-16
year olds
10-12
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Class Experience

Week 1:
1.  Students will explain the purpose of molecular gastronomy and the relationship to scientific principles.
2.  Students will review advantages and disadvantages of this cooking method.
3.  Students will compare molecular gastronomy versus traditional food science.
4.  Students will explore the five senses used during the process of eating.
5.  Students will explain how molecular gastronomy includes social, artistic, and technical components.
6.  Students will review the classification of matter while focusing on mixture definitions and applications to molecular gastronomy.

Week 2:
1.  Students will explore the various techniques including gelification, spherification, and emulsification.
2.  Students will identify the various food additives used in these cooking techniques.
3.  Students will create edible juicy spheres, following the spherification technique, using ordinary kitchen supplies.

Week 3:
1.  Students will explore the various techniques including powderizing, siphon whipping, sous vide, and liquid nitrogen.
2.  Students will identify the various food additives used in these cooking techniques.
3.  Students will create a graphic organizer of the various molecular gastronomy techniques presented.

Week 4:
1.  Students will research additional molecular gastronomy techniques other than the types presented in the class.
2.  Students will identify molecular gastronomy techniques based on modern cuisine pictures.
3.  Students will reflect on the course and the marriage between science and cooking.
I like to blend chemistry concepts with real-word applications.  Teaching chemistry through context helps the student find meaning to the lesson.  
Week 1:
Students will watch two, self-paced Nearpod presentations.  

Week 2:
Students will watch two, self-paced Nearpod presentations.  Students to complete a kitchen activity of making edible spheres using the technique of spherification. Students to share information with peers in Week 3 Nearpod collaborative space.

Week 3:
Students will watch two, self-paced Nearpod presentations.  Student to create a graphic organizer of the various molecular gastronomy techniques presented.  Students to take a picture and submit through the classroom page for peer review and collaboration.  

Week 4:
Students will watch one, self-paced Nearpod presentation that include course reflection components.  Students to research additional molecular gastronomy techniques other than the types presented in the class and share in the Nearpod collaborative space. Lastly, students to be presented with modern cuisine pictures and to identify one of the molecular gastronomy techniques used in the creation of the food.
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To create the spherification activity, you will need the following materials: 2 c water and 1/4 c water (preferably purified water), 1 t sodium alginate, 1 t calcium lactate, mixer or blender, (5) bowls (one microwavable), whisk, spoon, frozen or fresh fruit (about 1 cup) (examples include mango, strawberry, raspberries), microwave, strainer, 1/4 c measuring device, 1 c measuring device, pipette (or dropper bottle, syringe, medicine dropper).
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Student will be assessed continuously through the Nearpod mini quizzes, games, collaborative assignments (in Nearpod), open-ended questions, graphic organizer, mini research component, and reflection questions.  
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
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Michelle FilippiniA Teacher with all of the "Solutions"
284 total reviews
139 completed classes

About Me

Hello, my name is Michelle Filippini.  I am a professional educator for the last 22 years in a public high school in Pennsylvania.  I have a B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering, a M.S. degree in Classroom Technology, and a M.S. in Online... 
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