Project Based Learning Electives provided by the Berrien Springs Virtual Academy
All students must complete a project for these classes.

Baking and Cooking       Spring 2024

  • Instructor: Joel Bennett       
  • Email: mrjoelabennett@icloud.com          
  • ‚ÄčPhone:  317.764.6030
  • Format: In-person
  • Masks: Optional
  • Location: Village Seventh Day Adventist Church, 635 St Joseph Ave. Berrien Springs (for the Wednesday classes)

Beginning Baking

  • Ages 8+
  • Begins Wed., Jan. 24 - March 15
  • Wednesdays 12-1:45

Food can really be an art form!  Learn the basics of baking with experience in a wide range of products in over 10 sessions.  You will make corn bread, pizza, cinnamon rolls, brownies, apple crisp and cakes, all from scratch!  You will walk away with food and a recipe book.

Beginning Baking Syllabus


Advanced Cooking: Pastas and Empanadas

  • This class is for kids ages 9-16 who are very comfortable in the kitchen
  • Begins Jan. 10 - March 20
  • Wednesdays 2-3:45

In this advanced cooking course, you will focus on pastas (fresh and filled) as well as savory pies.  You will become fluent in whipping up a scratch crust and experimenting with pairing flavors to create new and interesting combinations!  As you gain more confidence, you will use your precision and creativity to utilize the abundance of produce grown in your own yard and the rest of SW Michigan.

Advanced Cooking Syllabus

Advanced Baking Competition

  • For students ages 9-18 who are very comfortable in the kitchen
  • Jan 10- Mar. 20
  • Wednesdays 4-5:45

In this course you will focus on using your skills and talents to work in partner teams to meet challenges in different categories.  After the first 3 skill building weeks, we begin a cumulative point competition.  You will have a rubric that scores your creations.  At the end of the course, the team with the highest cumulative score will be declared the winner.

Advanced Baking Competition Syllabus

Virtual Beginning Baking (contact instructor for more information)
*Must begin in January
Learn the basics of baking with experience in a wide range of products over 10 sessions!   In this course you will make corn bread, pizza, cinnamon rolls, brownies, apple crisp, and cakes, all from scratch!  You will walk away with food and a recipe book.  

Virtual Beginning Baking Syllabus

*Please note: it is important to make as informed a decision as possible when choosing your student's Community Resource classes. Most locations will allow a student to drop a class after one meeting, at no charge if it wasn't a good fit for the student, but not all. Some classes plan ahead based on the number that have signed up and have purchased materials, hired teachers, etc. and there might be a fee for class time or materials given to the student if the student drops after one or two meetings. The school cannot pay for classes that students do not complete, so choose wisely; if you do not take the class off of your student's schedule by the deadline, you may be asked to pay for the class time incurred prior to dropping the class.

Teacher of Record: Peres Sambu