STEM Challenge Experiment and Design with Pancakes

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4th - 6th
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STEM Engineering Challenge: Are you ready to try a cooking experiment? You’re going to love this challenge! It’s hands-on STEM at its best? Let’s cook some pancakes!

What is the challenge?

This STEM activity will have your students experimenting with one of the ingredients of a pancake. After testing many versions of the recipe they will use the data collected to make a final batch of pancakes in the attempt to create the best possible one. The design feature is, of course, to add toppings to the final recipe and enjoy eating the gourmet meal!

Students will test several amounts of one ingredient, learn to judge and score a pancake, and use their data to determine the correct amount to use of the ingredient. They will then need to increase the recipe to make a large batch of pancakes attempting to create the best possible pancake. Adding toppings and eating is the best part!

What is your prep?

You will need supplies in addition to this package, including all-purpose flour, baking powder, vegetable oil, milk, water, sugar, syrup, mixing bowls, measuring cups, measuring spoons, paper plates, plastic cutlery, a spatula, and a griddle for cooking. You will need to set up griddles (more than one works well) and consider how ingredients will be dispense. Don't worry the teacher's guide includes many tips to walk you through this!

This package specifically contains:

  • Cover
  • Teacher Overview
  • Pancake Recipe
  • 5 pages of Teacher Directions and hints
  • Additional Hints
  • Scoring Rubric for Pancakes
  • Science of Baking Powder page
  • 3 pages of photos
  • 2-page lab sheet with answer key
  • Terms of Use

It is a fabulous activity that will have your students measuring, mixing, stirring, cleaning up, experimenting, making decisions, and collaborating. It’s hands-on learning at its best!


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