Burning Cheetos in 7th Grade Science

"This is definitely a fun way to burn calories," chuckled one student in junior high science class. Students especially love learning about science when it involves burning things! They calculated the number of calories found in a Cheeto by setting it on fire and using the energy to heat water. A calorie is the energy required to heat one gram of water one degree Celsius. Students were amazed to see how much chemical energy is stored in the bonds of a Cheeto. Next time you can't get your campfire started, you might try throwing on a few Cheetos!
Located in Los Angeles, CA, Berkeley Hall School is a private, coeducational school for students in preschool through grade 8. Rigorous academics in a supportive atmosphere and grounded character development allow students to become fearless scholars and conscientious citizens - gain a love of learning, leadership with social responsibility, creativity with moral integrity, and self-esteem with compassion for others and the environment.