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chemistry of cooking: Desserts

One-Week Summer Program for Pre-High School Students

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NEW!! High School level Chemistry of Cooking program! 

Stop and think about it – cooking is a SCIENCE.
Cooking and baking involve a deep understanding of chemical reactions, the building blocks of food, and molecules such as proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. How do they all come together? Why do some flavors taste so awful together?! How can one wrong move ruin a whole dish? Conversely, how can a few simple tricks create a masterpiece? 
Let’s get creative and scientific while treating your family to some home cooked food! This is the time to dive into a science that everyone will love you for. 
Have you ever wondered how combining a few simple ingredients such as eggs, flour, and sugar can transform into a delicious cake through the magic of an oven? Well, it’s not magic, it’s chemistry! Students learn the science behind cooking through hands-on activities in the kitchen. In the process, they learn the parallels between preparing a recipe and bringing up compounds to create a final product! Students will develop knowledge of chemistry and science that can lead them towards a career in chemistry while also developing practical skills in the kitchen. 

This one-week summer program is designed for students interested in chemistry. Get your oven mitts ready for Chemistry of Cooking!


July 29 – August 2, 2024 | Olin/Wellesley, MA

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Dr. Diane Perito

Dr. Perito earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Tufts University. She currently teaches chemistry at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Dr. Perito has extensive experience teaching all levels of high school chemistry, from introductory to AP.  She has also held positions as the Director of STEM Education and Science Department Chair. 


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