My students need styrofoam bowls and paper towels to enjoy the dishes we create in our Math and Science of Cooking class.
Our school is a rural school in southeast Louisiana. All students at our school receive free breakfast and lunch. Our community is not a wealthy community, but they are rich in community spirit. In the beginning of the school year, a local church invited our entire faculty in for a lunch and prayer. At that lunch, the church pledged to support us as much as possible with prayers, manpower and finances as available.
Our parents often work multiple jobs to make ends meet.
The children needed a safe place to be supervised after school hours while their parents work. This prayer lunch inspired us to collaborate with local businesses to help build up our free after-school program. Through local and federal grants and business sponsors, we now have a free after school program for students in grades three to five. We have found our students are most interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) classes so we made our after school program a STEAM-focused program. In our program, we have a science lab, a coding class, a computer literacy class, a maker lab, music/dance class and the "math and science of cooking".
I am fortunate enough to teach the fun "Math and Science of Cooking class." Our students got to see in real life, the water cycle when we cooked our smothered potatoes. The students saw the steam collect on the lid of the skillet and then rain back down on into the pan. When we need to double or halve a recipe, the students get to practice real life math skills.
We are learning math and science concepts in a fun, engaging way.
The students don't even realize they are learning; they are just cooking. A side effect has been that parents are reporting that students are asking to help their parents in the kitchen. How awesome is that? Families are engaged in spending time together in the kitchen.
We have been fortunate enough to receive much of our needed materials through grants, but we simply cannot keep up with paper towels and styrofoam bowls. We end every cooking lesson with a tasting session. This requires a massive amount of bowls and napkins. Please consider helping us with this less than glamorous project of paper products.
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|Dart 12BWWCR Concorde Foam Bowl, 10 12oz, White, 125 per Pack (Case of 8 Packs) • Amazon Business||$16.49||4||$65.96|
|Scott Choose-A-Sheet Mega Roll Paper Towels, 6 Count (Pack of 4) White, Quick Absorbing Ridges for Easy Cleanup, Equal to 36 Regular Rolls • Amazon Business||$23.99||2||$47.98|
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