Looking for engaging science kits for kids? Few activities capture and keep kids' interest like those involving food. By conducting food chemistry experiments with this kitchen chemistry kit, students finally get rewarded for playing with their food!
With this food science experiment kit, kids can create their own home science labs and discover how to test for protein! As they conduct the science activities and experiments inside this kitchen science kit, they will begin connecting the dots between science and nutrition. Using its lab-grade chemicals, labware, and instructional manual, your scientific explorers will have a blast testing different foods for protein, vitamin C, and more!
Whether in elementary, middle school, or high schools, students will love learning about the chemistry behind everyday foods. This food science kit is much more than an educational toy; it allows them to perform qualitative DIY tests (indicating presence) for chemical components, such as:
- Glucose, a simple carbohydrate
- Starch, a complex carbohydrate
- Protein, made up of amino acids
- Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid
Even reluctant students and parents become confident food chemists as they test food for proteins, fats, and simple & complex carbohydrates. Use this food science kit to put different foods and treats to the test, such as lollipops, oranges, ice cream, potatoes, and more. This science experiment kit promotes discovery through hands-on labs and gives kids familiarity with essential procedures, such as:
- Forming a hypothesis
- Making an aqueous solution
- Mixing & measuring
- Recording & charting data
This food science kit's step-by-step instructional manual guides you through five hands-on experiments; it even includes suggestions for more food chemistry projects to tackle independently. Use the included charts to record results. With your kitchen or classroom as the food chemistry lab, test whatever interests you!
This Food Science Kit Includes:
- 6 test tubes, a rack, and a holder
- 5 lab-grade chemicals
- Beaker and pipettes
- Lab manual & wax pencil
See our kitchen chemistry experiment ideas below for some food chemistry science fair project inspiration!
Science Fair Project Ideas:
- Which has more glucose—homemade or store-bought jam? Try different brands of jams and jellies, including some with artificial sweetener.
- Do lemons, limes, oranges, or grapefruits have more vitamin C? What about orange juice or lemon juice from the store vs. fresh? What about juice from concentrate?
- Does canning or freezing change the nutrition of fruits and vegetables? Test fresh and preserved foods.
Other Food Science Kits & Related Products:
- Make Your Own Chocolate Kit
- Thames & Kosmos Candy Chemistry Kit (to make your own edible candy)
- Rock Candy Crystal Growing Kit (to make your own crystal rock candy)
- & more!
Note: The biuret reagent has a shelf life of 12 months.
Note: To keep costs low for you and encourage recycling, this kit comes packaged in a shippable, environmentally-friendly cardboard box.
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Chemistry of Food Experiment Kit
- 6 large test tubes
- Test tube rack
- Test tube holder
- Biuret reagent (protein indicator) Note: the biuret reagent has a shelf life of 12 months.
- Benedict's solution (glucose indicator)
- Lugol's iodine (starch indicator)
- Indophenol (vitamin C indicator)
- Ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
- Pipets (droppers)
- 250 ml glass beaker
- Wax pencil for marking on glass
- Experiment guide with charts to record test results
To make an aqueous (liquid) solution from solid foods, first use a mortar and pestle to grind them up. (Alternatively, use a knife to finely chop them, or break them into small pieces and grind them up using the back of a fork.) Then, in a small dish or cup, add ¼ teaspoon of ground food and 1 teaspoon of water; stir to make liquid solutions.
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