Food Science Projects Ideas

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Food Science Projects Ideas

There are so many ideas for food science fair projects that the choices are almost endless. Elementary to middle school age students enjoy doing food science projects. They can choose from baking or cooking to even testing the differences in properties of food while it is raw and then cooked. Food science projects can involve many areas of science such as chemistry, nutrition or even physical science.

  1. Baking Soda

    • Baking is something many students love to help out with at home. They can learn about the properties of baking soda and why it is necessary in some recipes. Have them do a little research on what baking soda actually is and what it does. Have them find different liquids in your pantry. Pour 2 tbsps. of the liquid in a small bowl, add 1 tsp. of the baking soda, and see how it reacts. Record the results. Take pictures when adding the baking soda to add to your report and your display board. They can also make a chart that lists the liquid and the pH value of the liquid.

    M & M's

    • Test each color of M & M’s to find out about color additives to food and determine the different colors manufacturers use to make the candy. The student will need chromatography paper, sodium chloride solution (regular saline from the drug store) to test each color of candy. The chromatography paper can pull out the different chemicals used in coloring the candy. Pour some of the sodium chloride solution into a small bowl or beaker. Drop in one of the candies and stir it around to melt off a little of the color, but remove the candy before getting to the chocolate. Drop just the end of one of the strips into the solution for minute. Pull the strip out and allow it to dry. Notice the different colors in layers. The different colors move at different rates allowing the student to see the various colors in each candy.

    Cookies

    • Baking is a science. This is a project that all students would enjoy, but is probably more appropriate for elementary or middle school students. This project decides how much of that science is dependent on the tools we use. Have your child mix up a batch of cookies. Use different types of cookie sheets to test the results. There are many types of cookie sheets you can use, such as aluminum, non-stick or baking stones. Use whatever you have on hand and maybe buy one or two more to give you a well-rounded test. Take pictures of the cookies and record their appearance. Taste-test them to see if the different baking sheets alters the flavor or texture at all.

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