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The Contaminated Case of the Cooking Contest – Book (G.A.S. Series)


Product Description

Contaminated Cooking Contest CoverThe Contaminated Case of the Cooking Contest
by Drs. Peter Wong and Pendred “Penny” Noyce
Illustrated by Yu-Yu Chin

With time travel and mysteries that need solving, the Galactic Academy of Science (G.A.S.) series instructs readers on how to think like scientists. Under the guidance of a Dude or Dudette from the future, the middle school characters are faced with treacherous, present-day crimes that require a historical knowledge of science in order to be solved. From investigating problems to analyzing data and constructing explanations and solutions, this series blends elements of sci-fi with educational methods that distill the key thinking habits of scientists and engineers. The science of food safety combines with mystery in this G.A.S. adventure about an outbreak of foodborne illness When a cruise featuring a cooking contest turns into a disaster of vomiting passengers, seventh-grade G.A.S. trainees Mae and Clinton have a mystery to solve. With help from Selectra Volt, Dudette from the future, the two kids travel through time to learn about the science of food safety. Between journeys to the past, they investigate clues aboard ship. But when a storm comes, and conditions aboard the disabled ship become desperate, can Mae and Clinton discover the cause of the outbreak in time?
Target Age Group – 9-12
ISBN – 978-0-9907829-2-6
Price – USD $9.95
Publication Date – 2015


Dr. Peter Wong

Peter Wong, Author Dr. Peter Wong has been involved with engineering research and education throughout his career as a Research Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Tufts University (Medford, MA); Director of University Relations and Director of Middle School Engineering Curriculum at the Museum of Science, Boston, MA; Founder and Director of the K2 Enrichment Program in Newton, MA; Board Member of the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair; and now as Co-Founder of Tumblehome Learning. He has taught undergraduate courses ranging from fluid mechanics to instruments and experiments to gourmet engineering (heat transfer in the kitchen). He has produced over 85 technical journal and conference publications, five pending patents, three middle school algebra and engineering supplemental books, and one women in engineering outreach guide. He has worked on several websites related to engineering for k-12 student. He has directed dozens of undergraduate students in research, advised 13 graduate engineering students, and reviewed18 graduate students as a thesis committee member. His after-school program, K2 Enrichment Program, has been running since 2005, generating science & engineering interest in numerous young children ever year.

Peter’s primary and secondary education were in the Boston Public School system, and he graduated from Boston Latin School in 1986. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (senior thesis work related to thermal processing of High Temperature superconductors) and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (master thesis work numerical modeling of zone-melting recrystallization of silicon wafers) from Tufts University in 1991. His doctoral research focused on numerical modeling of radiant thermal processing of semiconductors; and he received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University in 1995. Through independent research, professional workshops, and collaborations with colleagues, Peter continues his lifelong learning in technical topics (e.g., comparative biomechanics, microelectromechanical systems, biomedical devices, and nanotechnology) and educational areas (e.g., k-12 STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math] education, undergraduate engineering education, professional development for teachers, and informal science education). Through this work with Tumblehome Learning, he is learning and applying concepts related to social networking, 21st century skills, contemporary educational technologies, and personalized education.


Pendred “Penny” Noyce

Pendred (Penny) Noyce is a doctor, educator, and writer. She grew up in California, completed a degree in biochemistry at Harvard and a medical degree at Stanford, and did her residency in internal medicine in Minnesota. She then moved to the Boston area, where she practiced at a community health center for several years. In 1991, she helped establish the Noyce Foundation in honor of her father, Robert Noyce, co-inventor of the integrated circuit and co-founder of Intel. The foundation focuses on improving K-12 education, particularly in mathematics and science. From 1993-2002, Penny helped lead a statewide math and science improvement effort called PALMS in the state of Massachusetts. She gradually withdrew from medical practice to focus on her education work and on raising her five children. She has served on the boards of numerous non-profits, including most recently the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, TERC, the Libra Foundation of Maine, the Concord Consortium, and the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications.

As her older children set off for college, Penny began writing for middle-grade children. Her first two novels for children, Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers, and The Ice Castle: An Adventure in Music are published by Scarletta Press. As well as chairing Tumblehome Learning’s board, Penny serves as the editorial lead for our Galactic Academy of Science series of science mysteries. Tumblehome Learning represents a convergence of Penny’s interests in science, education, and great writing for kids.

Penny loves to travel, ski, ride horses, and explore islands.


Example pictures from the book:

Typhoid Mary - Contaminated Cooking Contest

“Typhoid Mary”

Microscope View of Contamination

“The $1 Microscope”

Old London - Contaminated Cooking Contest

“A Trip to Old London”


Chapter Listing of “The Contaminated Case of the Cooking Contest”:

Chapter 1  - Cruise Ship Departs Miami

Chapter 2 - Nicholas Appert and Bottled Food
Paris, France, 1812, Saturday

Chapter 3 - Dinner at the Captain’s Restaurant

Chapter 4 - Cooking Contest, Round One

Chapter 5 John Snow and the Pump Handle
London, 1854, Sunday

Chapter 6 - Growing and Staining Microbes

Chapter 7 - Clarence Birdseye and Frozen Fish
San Juan, Puerto Rico and Labrador,
Canada, 1914, Monday

Chapter 8 - Sara Josephine Baker and Mary Mallon
New York City, New York, 1907, Monday

Chapter 9 - Percy Spencer and Microwaves
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1942, Monday

Chapter 10 - CDC and Second Outbreak
Atlanta, Georgia, 2014, Tuesday

Chapter 11 - Time Course and Dot Maps

Chapter 12 - Ferran Adrià and Creative Cooking
Barcelona, Spain, 2009, Wednesday

Chapter 13 - Identifying the Suspects

Chapter 14 - Tailing the Suspects

Chapter 15 Helicopter Delivery and Hurricane Meals

Chapter 16U.S. Army Research Center and Bio-Detection
Natick, Massachusetts, Thursday

Chapter 17 - Midnight Buffet
Thursday to Friday