By Kelsey Martinez
On Friday, May 4, Cougars for Change will be holding the school’s first-ever bake competition. Students are bringing in baked goods they’ve made and having them judged with a blind taste test.
Jessica Kucenski’s science students have been working on chemistry projects for the most of the fourth quarter. The project is to create an edible product using the knowledge they have of chemistry. The last checkpoint of the project is to bring their creations to school so they can be judged. The only students participating in the competition are her students.
“Baking is a practical skill that involves chemistry. Anyone can learn basic chemistry concepts, but it takes a greater level of thinking to transfer these concepts into a product,” said Ms. Kucenski. “I want all my students to be able to think at a greater level because that is what’s going to help them succeed.”
All students participating in event will have their recipes placed in a recipe book. The recipe book will be sold as a hardcover book or an e-book. The books will be available for preorder on May 7. The hardcover version will cost $10 and e-books will cost $5. All the proceedings will go to Cougars for Change. First, second, and third place winners in the five categories (cakes, cookies, brownies, breads, and other desserts) will have their recipe acknowledged as a winning entry in the recipe book.
“I have always liked cooking and I’m pretty good, but I have never really baked,” said Thayne Jackson. “So this was interesting. It’s cool that other people will be able to use this recipe.”