Just like cars, our bodies need fuel to run! The energy we take in as food, and that we use up through everyday activity and exercise, represents an equation that must balance if our bodies are to stay healthy. This activity explores how the different foods we eat contain different amounts of energy, as well as different nutrients that we need for our bodies to work at their
best. Students will take part in a calorimetry experiment, releasing and measuring the chemical energy found in several types
of food. They will also assemble their favourite meals and, after engaging with the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, fine-tune these to reflect a more balanced diet.
This activity aligns with and extends concepts and content within the K-6 Science and Technology and PDHPE syllabuses, as well as the 7-10 Science, Mathematics and Food Technology syllabuses.
The science focus is on working scientifically and the PDHPE focus in Years K-6 relates to the Healthy, Safe and Active Lifestyles strand.