Stop What You’re Doughing – Biology Bake-Off is Back

13 October 2016 | College News, Science

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As part of the Royal Society of Biology’s ‘Biology Week 2016’, pupils from three local primary schools were invited to put their creative culinary skills to the test in a ‘Biology Bake Off’.

33 pupils from Stoke Damerel Primary, Stuart Road Primary and Weston Mill Community Primary Academy joined City College’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and hospitality teams for a whole day workshop.

Taking place in the College’s industry-standard training kitchens, pupils started the day by investigating the science behind cooking; looking at how kitchen materials change through mixing, heating or freezing. This was followed by an introduction to the human eye and an interactive quiz to put their knowledge to the test.

After lunch, armed with a selection of icings, sweets and decorating tools, the pupils were challenged to decorate cakes to look like a human eye. The cakes were judged on their realism, how neatly they had been decorated and how innovative the pupils were with the decoration.

Andy Robinson, STEM Centre Co-ordinator at City College, said: “Biology Week showcases the important and amazing world of the biosciences – getting everyone, from children to professional biologists, involved in fun and interesting life science activities.”

“Our Biology Bake-Off was a fun way to engage pupils with biology and to show them how – in somewhere like the kitchen – it has a huge influence on our lives. Activities like these provide the opportunity to cover elements of the national curriculum in a fun and hands-on way.”

For young people interested in STEM subjects or any of the other options available at the College, the College Open Day is on Saturday 5 November from 10.00am to 1.00pm at the Kings Road campus. Visit our events page or call 01752 305300 for more information.

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