Make Use of Scientix Resources on the Topic of Food

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Food – could you find a more relevant topic for every age group? We must eat to provide our bodies with nutrients and energy. People enjoy eating. The way we eat, from early childhood, influences our health for all our life. The food topic can be investigated in pre-primary as well as in primary and secondary classrooms and it is a topic connected to real life, which can be very attractive for our students, if we find the appropriate resources for it.

The topic of food is good for integrating STEM subjects like Biology, Geography, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Art, Technology, but even Language, Art and Counseling activities. It is also appropriate for understanding connections between environment, economy and society (People, Planet and Profit). This topic is perfect for inquiry-based learning, materials are cheap and easy to purchase and the experiments proposed are easy to run by students. Food is a great topic for interdisciplinary classes.

You can find various resources connected to food in the Scientix repository. All these resources listed below are in English, but you can find some more in other languages. The descriptions of projects are based on descriptions in the repository.

 

How clean is your kitchen? (Age 5-7)

This food hygiene lesson demonstrates to students how easily potentially harmful microbes on raw and undercooked food can transfer to humans. It can be a used when teaching about food and hygiene.

 

Food and food labels (Age 11-19)

Through guided inquiry activities, students learn to look at the composition of foods and the amounts on nutrients. This is a good resource for Health Science classes, for Science or Nutrition classes.

 

Chocolate choice challenge (Students of all ages)

This combination of an inquiry-oriented activity, experiment and lesson plan teaches about Fair Trade, organic produce and consumer power through tasting different types of chocolate.

 

Food and diet (Age 16-19)

What drives people to eat, what happens to food once it has been eaten and what impact humans’ dietary choices have on health and well-being?

 

Food preservation (Age 14-16)

Pupils explore why food needs to be preserved and the science behind different preservation techniques.

 

The meal deal (Age 11-14)

Why and how we cook food, the efficiency of cooking and the impact of cooking on health. The Meal Deal contains teacher’s notes, pupil worksheets and a range of support materials, including PowerPoints, technical briefs and videos.

 

Safe food activity (Age 8 – 11)

On this worksheet, pupils can draw or write how food is kept safe during all stages of production. Look for more resources (worksheets, videos) in CommNet project: Communicating the Bio-economy. It includes educational material on Bio-economy topics, for children aged 5-16.

This worksheet can be used for brainstorming, in the first part of the lesson or activity, when teaching students about the importance of food safety.

 

Chemistry at Home : Chemical substances in foods (Age 14-17)

The activity informs about some of the chemical substances in food. It includes two hands-on experiments and several shorter activities. This resource is valuable for experiments (for example, the baking soda experiment; or iodide in table salt). Also, many videos and books can be found and used in teaching chemistry related to food.

 

Food (Age 14-16)

Here you can learn about the flow of energy in the human body. Students explore the food they consume and the energy that they use in general day-to-day activity.

It is a documented step-to-step activity and it can be used in Science and Mathematics classes (it could also be a great resource for an extracurricular project). Check out the worksheets about calories and the links for resources on teaching about food and healthy lifestyle.

 

Food – Where does bread come from? (Age 5-8)

This is a longer project – practical tasks about all the steps needed to make bread (from the germinating of the wheat grains up to the final baking of the dough). It can be integrated into a STEM project and all these resources can be combined with field trips (visits to local bakeries) and practical activities.

 

Food Hygiene – Junior (Age 5-11)

With this activity pupils learn how easily potentially harmful microbes on raw and undercooked food can transfer to humans.

 

Food Hygiene – Senior (Age 11-15)

With this activity pupils learn how easily potentially harmful microbes on raw and under-cooked food can transfer to humans.

 

Proof of the pudding (Age 14-18)

Inquiry and assessment unit outlines a hands-on inquiry activity in which the students (plan to) prepare a “good” pudding. This can focus on biological aspects – nutrition, energy content of foods, quality of nutrients, healthy lifestyles – and chemical concepts – groups of organic compounds, colloidal systems and sol gels, but also on attitudes towards healthy nutrition and lifestyle.

 

The use of digital comics: Healthy Eating (Age 12-19)

With the help of this eTwinning kit pupils learn to use web based tools to create comics, and explore the theme of healthy eating and the consequences of poor dietary habits. Available in 22 languages.

 

Explore guide: a crisis of fat? (Age range: 14-18)

This is a collection of teaching methods, a valorification of the resources on the obesity theme (lesson plans, videos, games, virtual experiments), available on the Xplore Health site. It is a very useful teaching guide, with proposals for teaching sequences and activities, even evaluation tools.

 

COMMNET (Phase 1) – What’s changed? (Age: 5-8)

Multiple choice, learning about different foods and ingredients. It can be used in the introductory phase on a lesson about food processing, to find out what students know about the topic.

 

COMMNET (Phase 1) – Where does food come from? (Age: 5-8)

A comprehensive guide to agriculture, food preparation and distribution – for preschool children.

 

We consider these resources (lesson plans, videos, worksheets, experiment ideas and much more) useful and easy to integrate in your teaching. It is up to you whether you decide to use the whole lessons or just parts of them. Some more complex resources can be used for project days or science weeks. They are an excellent collection of good practice in teaching about food, especially because of their interdisciplinary and scientifically documented approach.

 

Authors: Aiki Jõgeva and Marika Emese Cîmpean

STEM Discovery Week 2018 – LICEUL TEORETIC GRIGORE ANTIPA BOTOSANI, ROMANIA

Today, April 25, 2018, we carried out the planned activity that was recorded and broadcast live on the official facebook page of the school. It was a successful and captivating activity for all participants successfully marking STEM. The mathematics professor Voinea-Axinte Costica and the physics professor Burduja Dinu conducted an activity with the main objective to motivate the students of the 11th grade in the study of the notion of derivative .

 

How will we celebrate STEM Discovery Week 2018

As a Scientix ambassador, I decided to give my contribution to celebrating STEM Discovery Week 2018.

As technology dominates our lives, learning basic computer programming isn’t just a smart idea, it’s an essential skill for grown-ups and children alike.
Learning how to build simple codes and their games and Pixel Art, helps kids refine their design, logic, and problem-solving abilities. It also allows them to express ideas and creativity in unique ways. For that we don’t need technology. Because I love coding.

I love science because it allows children to be curious and discover the world around them, to observe, discover, spot and conclude in an interesting way because they are working through the game.

We will organise several events in different places and cities

1. STEM workshop: “From drawing to programming” at Mensa’s Projects’ Fair in Novi Sad, Serbia

This workshop is for pre-schoolers. During our workshop, we will play and code with educational robots DOC. This is just a small part of the project “From Drawing to Programming”, which started as an eTwinning project.

2. Find your code, workshop at ,,Dragan Lukic” Primary school, Belgrade, Serbia

This workshop is for school children from 1st to 4th grade. During our workshop, we will play and code with unplugged games, cards and educational robots like DOC or Lego Boost. This is just part of the eTwinning project in which we participate as a school.

3. Say yes to STEM with Scientix and Go-lab – lecture for teachers in ,,Dragan Lukic” Primary School in Belgrade

I will show to my colleagues, primary school teachers, what is the Scientix portal and what it offers to teachers and students. All teachers with interest in STEM courses will meet the European community of science education. They will be guided to register on the Scientix portal, and get to know the basic features it provides with materials for teachers, webinars and courses. They will be presented with the Go-Lab platform with special reference to interactive simulations.

4. Play and explore, workshop for children in Mensa Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia

We will play with things around us and trough experimentation and simulation we will get conclusions about electricity and magnetism. Using the Go Lab platform, we will present the opportunity to children to learn better using simulations. One such simulation is Circuit Construction Kit: DC. Using real electric circuit and magnet we will explore materials around us.

STEM Discovery Week 2018 -BOTOSANI, ROMANIA

Geplaatst door Liceul Teoretic "Grigore Antipa" Oficial op woensdag 25 april 2018

LICEUL TEORETIC GRIGORE ANTIPA BOTOSANI, ROMANIA

Today, April 25, 2018, we have developed our learning plans through practice ~

Geplaatst door Liceul Teoretic "Grigore Antipa" Oficial op woensdag 25 april 2018