Science Day essay contest

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Science Essay competition to celebrate National Science Day

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 Prize winning essay
 Group A - 11 to 13 years
Science essay topic : Kitchen Science
Name : Aarohi Gaikwad
School name : Amrita Vidyalayam, Pune, Maharashtra
Date of Birth : 24 December 2005

One Sunday morning, I got all sorted and actually a little late was about to start my science studies. But suddenly, I heard the call of my mother ordering me to come into the kitchen to help her .I went there and with a disappointed tone said, why did you disturb me? I was about to start studying science ,”Hearing this she replied “Dear imagine this work as a science practical and start working listening to her words my mind was questioned. Tons of doubts and questions started running into my mind .I started relating my kitchen and the science practical .But ,after spending some time on thinking on the topic and observing the things around me I got to notice hundreds of things which are based on science .Soon ,I realized that how influenced we are and how important role the science play in our day to day lives In a way it simplifies our efforts to do a task and yes! also has helped in the development of human being

Really ! Science has a huge impact on our lives and lifestyle science is everywhere infact all around us. Hence as we are talking about science in our lovely and homely kitchens how could we even ignore mixers which are used for grinding food materials? Mixers which use gear driven mechanism to grind our food. This amazing machine is based on physics. Our microwave ovens which are nowadays almost in every kitchen is also based on Physics These ovens use a fan through which heat is distributed evenly and our food gets baked ,roasted and heated even more easily and quickly. The taps in our kitchen are also based on physics as the require force to pump out water. Even the soft and healthy chapatis which are routinely made almost in every kitchen are also obtained due to physics. The grits’ mill uses physics to give us flour. The grist mill grinds the grains, Sieves the bran from the grain and that's how we get flour. This is how Physics has made a huge impact in our kitchens

Even the veggies which are rich in vitamins such as vitamin A, B and C and routinely available in our kitchens and are part of our meals are included in science. They are a part of Biology and Botany. Microbiology has also made a small but valuable corner in our kitchen. As the curd, paneer, cheese etc. cannot be formed without the bacteria called 'Lacto-bacillus, yeast also plays an important role in the process of fermentation. Talking about science in our kitchens chemistry cannot be ignored as it remains in our kitchen in the form of NaC1 (Sodium Chloride, Salt) through which our food will be tasteless. Since ancient time our kitchens had been full of medicines and had worked like a small dispensary. Our kitchens have really useful products like Turmeric (haladi) which have antiseptic properties to heal many wounds, infections and stomach aches. Water also contributed in chemistry as it’s known as ‘Universal Solvent’. This Is why water is used in many recipes, syrups, curries etc. So chemistry also have a huge impact in our kitchens.

Thinking on this I realized that our kitchens are a meeting point of many branches of science like Physic, Biology, Microbiology, Bio-Chemistry, Botany, Chemistry and many more. All the branches contribute a lot in our kitchens. I would like to sincerely thank our ancestors to invent and implement such science in our kitchens and in the world. Really ! I realized that really kitchens are like a small science laboratory wherein we experiments through are recipes.

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