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chemistry of cooking

One-Week Summer Program for Pre-High School Students

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 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. 

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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 teens interested in chemistry. Get your oven mitts ready for Chemistry of Cooking!

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June 26- June 30, 2023 | Olin/Wellesley, MA

July 24- July 28, 2023 | Gann/Bentley, Waltham

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Instructor: Leslie Velasco

Ms. Velasco is completing her Ph.D. in Chemistry at Boston University. She has been a Teaching Assistant for several levels of college-level Chemistry courses, an Adjunct Chemistry Lecturer, and a Graduate Teaching Fellow. She has invested herself in the Chemistry community in other ways, as well! She has been a professional athlete tutor, interned as a Quality Control Chemist, served as President of her undergraduate Biochemistry Club, and been the recipient of the prestigious NIH Diversity Supplement Fellowship.


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