For the Love of FACS

The 2019 Fresh FACS Catalog/Magazine

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The 2019 edition of the Fresh FACS Catalog/Magazine has been sent to the printer and will be ready for distribution very soon! We have been working very hard to make the new edition great and hope that it will be received with as much enthusiasm as last year. The Fresh FACS Catalog/Magazine is free. If you are already on our mailing list, you will receive your copy very soon. To request a copy, simply send your name and mailing address to or message us from the Fresh FACS Facebook page. Here’s a preview of what you will find in the 2019 Fresh FACS Catalog/Magazine.

In this issue you’ll find five articles in this issue focused on building up STEAM in FACS. The complete lesson related to each of these articles will be available as a free download from our website

Popping With STEAM

Popcorn in bag

Go deep into the food chemistry and physics of making popcorn as you guide your students to understand what makes popcorn pop (Psst…It’s not as simple as you think!) and how the microwave oven works.

Sweet Science

Based on a tried-and-true food science project, this article and activity will demonstrate the concept of freezing point depression and molecular gastronomy as students make ice cream in a zip-top bag.

science of ice cream

Food Physics

This two part article uses the Air Fryer and the Instant Pot® to graphically demonstrate many scientific principles and concepts. In addition to the chemical changes in the food cooked in these two remarkable appliances, students will discover important nutritional facts and the science behind them.

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Next Gen Textiles–TwinkLED Toes

This article will introduce you to some illuminating and creative ways to utilize soft circuitry in your textiles, apparel and interior design programs that will have your students glowing with excitement! Using electronic components and a few basic craft supplies, your students can engineer fashion that will truly light up the night.

LED Shoes Cut

These light up shoe clips are a fun and fashionable project that students are sure to love!  The clips can also be used to decorate book bags, purses, as hair accessories and more!  Students are introduced to circuits and sewing with electrically conductive thread by creating a soft circuit and connecting it to an LED and battery.

Fair Food

Vision and innovation are not unique to the technology being developed today. In this article you’ll be introduced to a period in history that fairly exploded with energy and invention. Inspire your students to appreciate creativity and ingenuity as they prepare one of the most iconic recipes of all time.

Palmer House Brownies

Preparing the Original Palmer House Brownie recipe created for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair is a sweet lesson in American innovation and history.

We’re excited to share all of our fresh ideas for teaching FACS! We hope you enjoy learning about our resources and we hope you’re inspired to add STEAM to your FACS program!

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FACSessorize, Family and Consumer Science Education, FCS, Food and Culinary Arts, For the Love of FACS, Historical FACS, Home Ecology, Home economics, Save FACS

First Ever Friday FACSessories

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One of the things I love most about the field of Family and Consumer Science is the way our course content touches every aspect of life!  I see random links to FACS in the news, in magazines, on social media; virtually all around us!  I call these fun facts and bits of trivia FACSessories!  Yes, I made up that word, but I think it fits!  If you’ll read the definition in the graphic above, I think you’ll understand where I’m coming from.  Anyway, I thought I’d share a few FACSessories with you on Fridays.  I hope you’ll share some of these factoids with your students.  You never know what will catch their attention and help them to remember what you’ve discussed in class!

FACSessory #1

Today (April 5) is National Caramel Day!  Americans began making sugary syrups in the 1600s, but the delicious, chewy caramel we love today is a more recent invention.  Caramel candy emerged in the 18th century and quickly became one of the most popular sweets on the market.  In fact, Milton Hershey’s first business was the Lancaster Caramel company!

Caramel is made with butter, brown and white sugar, milk or cream, and vanilla.  It’s usually enjoyed as an ice cream topping, a candy filling, or by itself.  Caramel is an important ingredient in the first ever combination candy bar, the Goo Goo Cluster!

Ask students to think of other dishes, products or recipes where caramel is used as an important ingredient.

FACSessory #2

We casually use trademarked product names in our every written and spoken communication.  There’s a word for this practice–genericide.  Genericide is the process of a trademark becoming generally recognized to represent a particular type of product, rather than the specific company’s product that the trademark emanated from.  This practice is very common in food products.  Here are some food terms you probably didn’t know were trademarked.

  • Shredded wheat
  • Broccolini
  • Butterscotch
  • Granola
  • Jell-O
  • Pink Lady Apples
  • Popsicle
  • Saltine
  • TV Dinner
  • Ugli fruit
  • Coca Cola
  • Thermos

Other FACS-related trademark names (and their non-trademarked names) are:

  • Onesies (Body suit)
  • Crock-Pot (Slow cooker)
  • Chopstick
  • Velcro (Hook and loop fastener)
  • Band-Aid
  • Kleenex (facial tissue)
  • Cuisinart (food processor)
  • Frisbee
  • Pampers
  • Play-Doh
  • Tupperware (Plastic storage container)

Discuss with your students the pros and cons of marketing a genericide trademarked product.

Visit our website for more FACSessorize fun!  Happy Friday!

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For the Love of FACS

STEAM for the Holidays

Every teacher knows how challenging it is to keep students’ focused on learning during the holiday season.  There are so many distractions during the time period between Thanksgiving and Christmas break, that it often seems impossible to accomplish anything academically.  Well, I have a suggestion that just may be the answer you’ve been looking for!   Check out the Sweet Architecture activity available on our website and download the complete unit for free!  The fourteen page unit includes everything you need to teach your students to engineer a gingerbread house that is as structurally sound as it is festive!

malibu gingerbread house

Sweet Architecture is definitely not your traditional gingerbread house activity!  The Sweet Architecture gingerbread houses aren’t simply baked, constructed and decorated!  These houses are engineered to ensure structural integrity and designed to reflect the elements of specific architectural styles.  Through the activities in the Sweet Architecture unit students will be introduced to the science of baking and working with sugar.  Math skills are applied through calculations of yield, recipe scaling and cost.  In short, Sweet Architecture is a totally STEAM-powered lesson!

STEAM for the Holidays Contest

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Need a little incentive to give the Sweet Architecture activity a go?  Enter our contest to win everything you need for four groups of students to engineer their own gingerbread structures!  Submit your contest entry by midnight November 22!  The winner will be notified by email on November 23 and the prize package will be shipped ASAP!  Don’t miss out!  Enter today!

I am totally committed to enabling FACS educators to make STEAM an integral component of the FACS curriculum!  Check out our current STEAM resources and watch for new STEAM titles coming in 2019!

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of our FACS Friends and Family!