How Much Energy Is There in Food?

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People associate calories with food, but what is a calorie? Young scientists measure the number of calories in samples of food to better understand the concept. They test a variety of samples, take measurements, and compare their results to those listed for each food. Then they discuss how to improve the experiment design and get more accurate results.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Remind students of the difference between a calorie and a Calorie
Classroom Considerations
  • Be aware of all food allergies
  • Follow all safety guidelines when working with fire and sharp objects
  • Applies to daily life
  • Connects biology, nutrition, and engineering principles
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