March 6th is National Frozen Food Day. For students in school they cannot imagine a time we did not buy frozen food, but this ability to preserve nutrients as food was flash frozen was a game changer. To find out more about Mr. Birdseye, the person who discovered the power of flash freezing food, check out this site.
To celebrate National Frozen Food Day you can discuss states of matter and why freezing into smaller particles keeps food fresh, tasty and nutritious, while freezing slowly over a long time will result in food that resembles mush. You can have a discussion around your students’ favorite foods that are prepared from a frozen resource.
STEM is about encouraging curiosity among your students, so encourage them to come up with questions about frozen food.
If you are using Defined Learning’s PBLs the following would be relevant for this theme:
Grade 2 Farmers and the economy
Grade 3 Food Safety
Grade 4 Space food scientist
Grade 5 Chef
Grade 6 Food truck entrepreneur
Grade 7 School lunch operations: Healthy ice cream
Grade 8 Food activist: eco friendly meal kits
Grade 9 Culinary artist and sustainability
Grade 10 Restauranteur
Grade 11 Grain farmer
Have fun and enjoy your favorite frozen food as you celebrate Mr. Birdseye’s discovery!
About the author: Dr. Cindy Moss is a nationally respected thought leader in STEM education and reform. Dr. Moss brings over 31 years experience in district leadership, classroom instruction and inquiry based learning to her work as a champion for STEM engagement and career & workforce readiness. Learn more about Dr. Moss here and follow her on Twitter at @STEMboss
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