Help Me Incorporate Cooking Into My Technology Class?

Help Me Incorporate Cooking Into My Technology Class?

Faith Durand
Sep 22, 2010

Q:  I'm a high school technology education instructor who teaches a nine week Introduction to Technology class to all the freshmen. I have several students this marking period who share my love for cooking and baking, and I'd like to do some simple cooking (pancakes, no-bake cookies) with them. However, the trick is figuring out how to incorporate it into my curriculum (Internet, Web 2.0, computers, current/emerging technology, etc...) so that it is educational and not just something fun to do.

I'm looking for some suggestions. I would love to know what you and/or your readers think. Thanks!

Sent by Adam

Editor: Adam, what a great question! There are so many interesting directions to take. You could talk about the technology of cooking and how technology changes the way we cook — from fire to modern induction stoves. You could also look at the web and how it's changed the way people cook; it has really opened up new ways of sharing recipes and food cultures.

For more science projects, you could consult these two books:

Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food, $21.25 at Amazon
On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, $26.40 at Amazon

Those ideas are not very specific, but we'll throw it out the crowd. Do you have any ideas for projects that Adam could incorporate into his class?



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