Molecular Gastronomy 101
Saturday Enrichment Camp

Hosted by the Great Plains Center for Gifted Studies (GPC-GS) and partially funded through a Teaching Innovation and Faculty Creativity grant from The Teachers College, high ability students in grades three through eight prepared a three-course meal using precision cooking or “Molecular Gastronomy” techniques on April 29, 2017. Students experienced sous vide, spherification and powderization molecular gastronomy techniques for a mixed green starter salad, chicken with spring vegetables entrée, and ice cream dessert. Bo Andersen, Joe Kern, Jonny Leach, Abby Phelps taught informative hands-on classes. Connie Phelps directed the camp assisted by Misty DeDonder, Megan Glenn, Connie Staley, and Sherry Roth. DeDonder Farms and Joe Kern from My Seven Acres Community Supported Agriculture for providing delicious farm-to-table foods. Attendees qualified for digital camp badges and membership in an Enrichment Camp Google Community. Stay tuned for information on the Summer Enrichment Camp planned for July 10-14, 2017, with Molecular Gastronomy, LEGO and Creative Expression sessions. Watch The Teachers College Facebook and Twitter feeds for more information!

Growing farm to table produce
Developing flavor profiles!
Junior chefs at work!
Using liquid nitrogen to freeze ice cream
Spherification with fresh blackberry juice!
Junior Chefs at work!



2017 International Torrance Legacy Creativity Award

The Honor and The Glory, A Grateful Heart, What A Mystery!, Couldn't Help Laughing, Journey to Forever,

A Reluctant Adventure, Who Would've Thought, Exploring a New Universe

 Students are encouraged to freely interpret these themes. 

Invention Categories

Arts and Leisure
Science and Engineering
Toys and Games

Click here for the 2018 Torrance Legacy Award flyer here.

Click here for the 2018 Torrance Invention Guidelines.

Click here for the 2018 Invention Consent form.

Click here for the 2018 Torrance Invention Rubric.

Click here for the 2018 Torrance Invention Packet. 

Write a 300-500 word description and include 3D drawings or photos of all aspects of the invention. One invention accepted per category. Each student may submit only one submission for the category of 2D or 3D art or both. 

For more Information Contact:
Connie Phelps

Applications accepted from
January 1, 2017 - August 21, 2017

Eligibility: Students in grades 2 through 12. Participants need not be enrolled in gifted programsStudents will compete in one of four divisions: 2nd & 3rd grades; 4th & 5th grades; 6th, 7th & 8th grades; or 9th through 12th grades.


The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), The National Association for Gifted Children Creativity Network, the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development, the Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI), Ignite Creative Learning Studio, Knox College, The Center for Gifted, a Northern Illinois University partner, and the Great Plains Center for Gifted Studies, Emporia State University.