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Last day with the chefs this spring


Last Saturday was the last day with the chefs this spring--so we made desserts!  We made ice cream, brownies, and scones.  Our guest speakers, the Honey Masters teens, also brought in some honey that we added to the ice cream and scones.  It was amazing!

 desserts with chefs 3/29/14desserts with chefs 3/29/14

Fried Chicken, Coleslaw, and Cookies!


I haven't blogged in a while, but we've been really busy in the Agriscience Component.  We are still working on our compost bin, and we have been doing more activities about health and communities.  But this last week, the chefs were back!  They helped us make fried chicken, coleslaw, and oatmeal cookies.  They were wonderful!

 chefs on 3/15/14--fried chicken, coleslaw, oatmeal cookies

 chefs on 3/15/14--fried chicken, coleslaw, and oatmeal cookieschefs on 3/15/14--fried chicken, coleslaw, and oatmeal cookies



Last Saturday, the teens got to do some woodworking in order to build a compost bin.  They measured all the parts, but we still have to put it all together.  We also had another lesson about health and how it is affected by environmental and social factors.  

 building a compost binbuilding a compost bin

Cooking with Chefs!


Last week, the chefs came again to help our teens become more comfortable with cooking their own food.  We made potato leek soup, guacamole, homemade chips, and salsa.  It was the first time many of the teens had tried leeks or avocados!  Everyone was really impressed with how easy it is to make your own chips with corn tortillas and a deep fryer.  We also had a guest speaker, Eric Karch, who talked about careers in environmental engineering.


 working with chefs

Minority Scientists Showcase 2014


Last weekend was the Minority Scientists Showcase, which is a big event the Science Center holds every year around Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.  Our teens always have activity tables at the event.  The Science Corner teens talked about straw bale gardening, recycling, and aquaponics.  We had lots of visitors!

 straw bale gardeningstraw bale gardeningrecycling activity



Last weekend, the Science Corner teens prepared for the Minority Scientists Showcase.  They made straw bale gardens, homemade flytraps, an aquaponics system, and a recycling activity.  But we also got a visit from two bunnies, Taylor and Eclipse!  Photos below!

 bunnies!bunnies!baby box turtleswalking the bunny