Project: Chemistry in Everyday Life - Processed Foods

Teacher: Christopher Smith
School: Topeka West High School
Location: Topeka, Kansas USA
Start Date: 02/18/2011
End Date: 03/31/2011
Project Plan
Unique Requests of
Participating Mentors:

Mentors that are knowledgeable in chemistry and research. Also have an interest in learning and sharing information with students about the chemistry of processed food. Inspiration for this project comes from the book, _Twinkie, Deconstructed_ by Steven Ettlinger.


Students will be creating a learning reflection portfolio using MS PowerPoint about major chemistry concepts and apply them to real-world situations. Students will be researching about the chemistry of one Processed Foods that they eat. Be able to identify the ingredients and additives and describe the manufacturing process that makes it fit for human consumption.


1. Science Curriculum & Application 2. Independent learning & Group Cooperation



Grade Level:


Content Area:

Science - Chemistry

Student Outcomes:

Chemistry Science Portfolio *Chemistry Concept Term(s) *Real-world Application

Evaluation of
Student Outcomes:

1. Chemistry PPT Portfolio Rubric

Teacher Role:

1. Teach Curriculum 2. Facilitate learning between students/mentors 3. Communicate with mentors

Mentor Role:

1. Send/respond messages 2x week 2. Assist student in completing PPT portfolio- understanding & applying concepts, overall editing/review PPT