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Little Miss Muffet Learns to Make Cheese—Student Laboratory Kit

By: John Fedors, Retired Biology Teacher, San Diego, CA

Item #: FB1310 

Price: $27.50

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Little Miss Muffet Learns to Make Cheese Laboratory Kit for biochemistry and consumer science is inexpensive, fast-acting, safe and very consistent in controlled studies. Make curds. There's nothing wrong with being cheesy.

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Product Details

Genetically engineered and mass produced, the enzyme chymosin is now the premiere enzyme for cheese manufacturing. It is also a perfect enzyme for classroom studies. It is inexpensive, fast-acting, safe and very consistent in controlled studies. Your students will make curds and whey using milk and chymosin as they study the first intermediate step in the cheese-making process. After witnessing the basic reaction, students will become involved in designing their own controlled experiments to learn more about regulating the curding reaction of chymosin. Complete enough chymosin to curd 100 L of milk.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Chymosin powder, 2 g
Cheesecloth, 1 sq. yd

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Engaging in argument from evidence
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
MS-ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
MS-ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
MS-ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution
MS-LS1.D: Information Processing
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Scale, proportion, and quantity
Systems and system models
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-2. Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
MS-PS1-3. Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.
MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
MS-ETS1-4. Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.
HS-ETS1-3. Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
HS-PS1-6. Refine the design of a chemical system by specifying a change in conditions that would produce increased amounts of products at equilibrium.
HS-LS1-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins, which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells.