Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. I want my students to get involved in their learning every step of the way.
Everyone needs to learn how to eat for life!
I teach Nutrition & Wellness and Intro to Culinary students in grades 9-12.
Although budgets across the country are shrinking, Americans' waistlines continue to grow. Fresh fruits and vegetables seem to elude those who believe that small budgets don't allow for such luxuries. The truth is that many Americans, especially youth, have become so far removed from the source of their food that they don't even know how many of their favorite foods are prepared.
Students will study the science behind some of their favorite foods. Using the resources provided through the grant, students will prepare nutritious recipes and analyze the chemical reactions that occur in the kitchen. Classes will compare conventional methods versus unconventional as they explore a variety of tastes in each food group. Students will practice kitchen conversions as they adjust recipe yields. At the end of the year I want students to be able to describe how STEM can be applied to the food they eat.
Our school is in the middle of a MAJOR renovation. We are in a temporary space that is not equipped with everything that we need to apply the skills that we're learning. We've gone from six kitchens to one. The additional Cuisinart convection microwaves would allow every group to have their own oven on lab days since we already have three in the room. The carts allow us to move the microwaves to the side of the room on non-lab days. We have one microwave cart and 3 convection microwaves at the moment.
I don't want my students' experiences to be limited because we don't have enough of the equipment necessary to teach them how to prepare healthy snacks and meals for themselves.
They deserve to enjoy the experiences and labs that students have come to love in our Nutrition & Wellness classes. The microwaves and carts will transition into our renovated space at the end of the 18-month period.
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