What has sauerkraut got to do with science?
Here is a lesson about picking a science fair topic.
(Not doing science fair ? Just want a good read? Read the link at the end of this post.)
Pick something you are interested in or that you can afford to use. Then, look for the science related to that item. Okay, we've selected sauerkraut, just to prove that almost any topic can become a subject of science study.
Brainstorm: What about sauerkraut has to do with science? What does your topic have to do with science?
Do a Literature Search:
Here's a sampling of literature found on sauerkraut. Do a search on your own topic.
- Traditionally Fermented Foods http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=1939
- Newspapers and Magazines
- Food Chemistry: Changes in biogenic amine concentrations during sauerkraut storage. Volume 69, Issue 3, 15 May 2000, Pages 309-314
doi:10.1016/S0308-8146(99)00273-3 Copyright © 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
- Leuconostoc sp. strains: aem.asm.org/cgi/content/full/68/6/2877
- Fermented Foods
- Lactic Acid Bacteria
- Create Sauerkraut (commercial kit)
- Create sauerkraut (the old-fashioned way)
- http://www.genkifoods.com/faq.html (commercial site)
- DNA Fingerprinting in Sauerkraut?
Select a question from among your brainstormed ideas:
Write an experimental design:
- Materials and Methods (future tense)
- Blank data table
- Literature Cited
Perform the Experiment
Think about the Experiment and Future Experiments it suggests
Write a Laboratory Report:
- Materials and Methods (Past Tense)
- Discussion and Conclusions
- Literature Cited
- What did you do well?
- What did you learn?
- Do you have something to publish?
- Do you have ideas for another experiment?
- What can you do to improve your science fair experience next time?
Here's a wintertime story on sauerkraut that you might enjoy: http://www.thisisby.us/index.php/content/old_mother_hubbard__s_sauerkraut_soup
(c)2007, 2008 J. S. Shipman