Our pilot program included approximately 10 middle school students and 9 Harvard undergraduates. The first iteration of the program began in February 2013. Eventually, our goal is to expand this educational model to other youth centers locally as well as nationwide.
The Food Lab for Kids aims to engage young students in the sciences through the lens of cooking, and to involve them in healthy, nutritious lifestyles.
Harvard undergraduate students serve as teachers for hands-on, lab-based classes on concepts in food science and nutrition. We are currently holding weekly classes at the Area IV Youth Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At the end of the program, students are paired off into smaller groups and are mentored in developing their own research projects based on the concepts of science they have learned and their own curiosity. These projects will be presented at a final presentation event with invited local chefs and sponsorships from local businesses to celebrate the students' work.
We are currently supported by the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) Nectar Fund and Whole Foods.