Food Scientist: Making a Dessert Pizza

In this adventure, explorers will think like a food scientist applying to work for Slice Pizza Company.  They will need to create a recipe for a new and affordable dessert pizza.  It will be their job to design the pizza and come up with the budget for the pizza.

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12 Comments

  1. Kate Skivington on January 29, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    My kids LOVED this project. We researched different “healthy” but dessert-like snacks, talked about a budget, and what people would want to order at a restaurant. I added the Walmart food app to our iPads and kids searched for products that were not on the ingredient list, and used those prices. We used the Chatterpix app to create min-ads for our pizzas and after the vote, we made the favorite in class!

  2. kayla_rs on February 1, 2019 at 10:27 am

    My kids had such a great time with this lesson!! We really got into the mindset of a scientist and discussed how important it was to think about how the ingredients we chose would taste together. They are already begging me to do another lesson like this. Maybe a dessert taco?!

    • Jessica Gordon on February 12, 2019 at 8:35 pm

      oo great idea! we will definitely make a note to release more food lessons- love the dessert taco idea!

      • Unknown User on May 8, 2020 at 10:28 am

        Awesome I loved dessert tacos as a kid

  3. brittany.balch on February 12, 2019 at 10:00 am

    My students loved this project! They had never heard of a food scientist. They enjoyed learning about a new career and using their creativity to design a new dessert pizza. We did this STEM activity a week before Valentine’s and students asked if they could create their dessert pizza as Valentine’s Day special for the business they were applying for. After the students created a plan and designed the model of their pizza they then asked if they could create a form of advertisement to sell their pizza for Valentine’s Day. I loved how engaging the STEM activity was and how it integrated so many different content areas. Students loved that they were challenged to stay within a budget while still being creative with the toppings and sauces they added to their pizzas!! They look forward to our STEM time each week and can’t wait to find out what career they will learn about next time!

  4. brittany.balch on February 12, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Here are some pictures of my students working hard!

  5. alysa.louton on February 21, 2019 at 9:15 am

    My students LOVED this activity! It fit perfectly with our field trip to a pizza place that we went to last week! We have been studying fractions, so we did incorporate fractions to the lesson. Students had a lot of fun being creative and seeing that this could be a real job. Students got creative and really put their personality into their creations! Very engaging!

  6. Emily Clifton on April 10, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    My third graders had a lot of fun with this lesson! They really enjoyed getting to create a prototype of their own dessert pizza!

     

  7. Emily Clifton on April 10, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    My third graders used play dough and art supplies to make a “pizza prototype”

     

  8. Elizabeth Baldwin on April 28, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    Elizabeth Baldwin made a dessert pizza!

  9. Melanie on May 6, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Look’s great! Hope you enjoyed It!

    • Unknown User on May 8, 2020 at 10:29 am

      I’ll definitely try that with my kids!

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