Freshman / STEAM / Global Resources

In the Food course, you will be guided through three different parts of the food cycle as access points to different sciences: Ecology, Chemistry and Genetics. Through hands-on experiences in planning a garden, cooking a meal, and engaging in the debate on Genetically-Modified Organisms, you will explore the current joys and challenges of feeding our world. You will also use Mathematics to determine growth plans, crop yield, and our ability to feed our rapidly growing population.

Course Units

  • What is the Ecology of planting?

    In this unit you will dive into the web of life to explore what soil is made of, how seasons affect our food and take the role of a farmer to design a garden.

    Here are the unit sub guiding questions you will pursue:

    • How do black beans help the flowers?
    • How do I know if I should plant beans or broccoli?
    • Why plant corn and tomatoes together?
  • What is the Chemistry of cooking?

    In this unit you will look at our food through the eyes of a chef, so you may explore the chemical reactions of food, try different cooking techniques and bake a creative cake missing an important ingredient.

    Here are the unit sub guiding questions you will pursue:

    • Why does salt shrink lettuce & sugar grow yeast?
    • How many dishes can you make with potatoes?
    • Why do we need a recipe to bake a cake?
  • What is the Genetics of evolution & co-evolution?

    In this unit you will look at our food through the eyes of a seed-saver, using your taste as well as your knowledge of genetics to make decisions about the food you would like to grow.

    Here are the unit sub guiding questions you will pursue:

    • What if a plum marries a peach?
    • How does corn evolve?
    • How do I choose which seed to save?