The Edible World
- Grades 3-4
- Science and Engineering
The saying goes, “You are what you eat,” and in this chemistry class, you’ll learn how true that adage really is. Examine the ways fats, proteins, and carbohydrates fuel our bodies and make energy for everything from taking a breath to reading a book to running a marathon. Through lab experiments and class discussions, examine the composition of familiar foods, consider the chemical reactions necessary to make them, and explore the role foods play in health and disease. Learn about vitamin D deficiency, study the labels of multivitamins, and complete a vitamin C titration to compare the nutritional value of common fruit juices. Analyze the contents of your favorite fast foods and learn about proteins while using a biuret solution to test for peptide bonds. Study freezing-point depression, the periodic table, and elemental properties while making your own ice cream. Keep a food journal, and at the end of the course, build your public speaking skills by giving a presentation about what you’ve learned.
Typical Class Size: 12
- Compare and contrast examples of molecular food models and evaluate each based on the given structural composition
- Recreate the periodic table by organizing elements based on their properties
- Construct a definition of taste based on the relationships of taste buds, receptors and the brain and conduct pH tests to differentiate between compounds with different tastes
- Experiment and evaluate the relationship between smells and their levels of acidity and alkalinity
- Investigate and conclude the coloring of food’s effects on perception of its taste
- Classify common foods based on their nutritional content into the major groups of the food pyramid
- Relate the molecular structure of proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates to their physical properties
- Produce a model of the major organs of the digestive system describing how these structures dictate function
Summer Dates & Locations
Testing and Prerequisites
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Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
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Please acquire all course materials by the course start date, unless noted as perishable. Items marked as “perishable” should not be acquired until the student needs them in the course. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact [email protected].
Course Extras (Lab fee info, etc): Lab fee: $145
About Science and Engineering at CTY
Explore space and our planet
In our Introduction to Astronomy course, we’ll visit a nearby observatory or planetarium, see what the cosmos looks like through various spectra, and immerse ourselves in the science and technology that bring the universe closer to home. In Marine Ecology, we’ll visit local wetlands and tidepools, observe flora and fauna, collect water samples and analyze them for clues about their health and humans’ impact. And in The Global Environment, we will explore the human impact on our environment and generate proposals for addressing climate change.
Bond over chemistry
Our chemistry courses help you see the world differently, starting at the atomic level. The Edible World gives budding chefs and science lovers a glimpse into the chemical reactions that happen when we make food, and the chemical makeup of meals and treats we eat every day. In our Crystals and Polymers course, we’ll synthesize slime, grow rock candy, and isolate strawberry DNA to learn about the molecular structure of naturally occurring gems and human-produced plastics. In Chemistry in Society, we’ll consider how the chemicals in products can both enhance and degrade the world around us; produce biodiesel in a lab to understand alternative fuels; and prepare aspirin to learn about the healing and toxic properties of pharmaceuticals.