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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
Scientists Explore Math Review with Tasty Results

Tired of working on your math packet this summer? Maybe what you need are some hands-on projects to help illuminate the lessons. For example, the folks at Evil Mad Scientist have cooked up a great way to illustrate conic sections. You know, from algebra, when a plane slices through a cone, and all those curves result, be they an ellipse, a circle, a hyperbola or a parabola. You can try to imagine what they look like, or you can bake some scones, cut them up, smear them with jam or Nutella or peanut butter, and examine the results for yourself.

“It’s just a nice way to augment traditional learning — just as a way to enjoy the math at another level. We see math in everything we do. We’re the kind of people who play board games at the dinner table,” scientist (and baker) Lenore Edman told National Public Radio.

Sconic sections from Evil Mad Scientist demonstrate the resulting shapes created when sectioning a cone. (Photo by LENORE M. EDMAN, Evil Mad Scientist)

Sconic sections from Evil Mad Scientist demonstrate, through baking, the shapes created when sectioning a cone. (Photo by LENORE M. EDMAN, Evil Mad Scientist)

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Middlebury College FoodWorks Interns Dig Louisville

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Vermont college students are interning this summer in all sorts of food-related programs — in Kentucky. About a dozen students and graduates, members of Middlebury College’s FoodWorks program, are scattered around Louisville doing everything from growing to picking to distributing food from farms.

One intern, Nicole Hoesterey, oversees campers at a day camp who garden in the morning then make and eat lunch with the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor. “I see kids who have not been exposed to very many different vegetables, don’t know how food grows, who saw things growing in the garden, like raspberries, that they had never seen before,” Nicole tells the Courier-Journal.

Middlebury College junior Zac Lounsbury, right, works at Grasshopper Distribution in Louisville, Ky., as a FoodWorks intern. (Photo by JAMES TENSUAN, The Courier-Journal)

Middlebury College junior Zac Lounsbury, right, works at Grasshopper Distribution in Louisville, Ky., as a FoodWorks intern. (Photo by JAMES TENSUAN, The Courier-Journal)

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Teen’s Organization Pairs Leftover Food with Charities

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

When Kiran Sridhar, now 15, was in seventh grade he volunteered at a soup kitchen in San Francisco. It was there  in the kitchen that Kiran understood the sheer numbers of hungry people in his neighborhood. Then he started learning about how much food Americans waste every day. He decided to figure out a way to reconcile those figures.

Kiran began WasteNoFood.org, which matches businesses which have extra food with charities that feed the hungry. Recently, the Sodexo Foundation awarded the teen a STOP Hunger Scholarship for his work. “If you are sincere and work with integrity and strong conviction, you can make a big difference in your community,” Kiran told the foundation.

Kiran Sridhar, left, and his Lick-Wilmerding classmates solicit local restaurants for donations of leftover food to WasteNoFood.org in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by WasteNoFood.org)

Kiran Sridhar, left, and his Lick-Wilmerding High School classmates solicit local restaurants for donations of leftover food to WasteNoFood.org in San Francisco. (Photo by WasteNoFood.org)

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Marin County Fair Showcases Teens’ Good Fare

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Summer time is county-fair time in America. And county fairs mean lots of food, food contests and farming competitions. The Marin County Fair, in San Rafael, Calif., puts a California spin on the summer fair. Food vendors must provide healthful options among their wares. Leave it to teens to rock the healthful options department. Terra Linda High School’s Nicarguan Service Club members entered their chopped salad into the Good Fare Showcase and won the Best in Show award. Their Gallo pinto beans dish wasn’t far behind, taking third place. All the funds teens raise at their booth benefit a school for needy students in Nicaragua. “Last year this booth raised a fifth of the money needed to keep the school open for a year. This year we should be able to do more,” Kim Lee, 17, told the Marin Independent Journal.

Kim Lee, 17, displays the ribbons and works the counter at Terra Linda High School's food booth at the Marin County Fair in San Rafael, Calif. (Photo by ALAN DEP, Marin Independent Journal)

Kim Lee, 17, works the counter at Terra Linda High School's award-winning food booth at the Marin County Fair in San Rafael, Calif. (Photo by ALAN DEP, Marin Independent Journal)

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Teen Groups Gather to Grow Greenhouse

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

A couple of church youth groups from different states came together to assist a thriving third in Pennsylvania, helping to build a new greenhouse which will supply an area foodbank. At the new greenhouse, behind Carlisle High School, teens and their chaperones recently planted fruits and vegetables for the Project SHARE food bank in Carlisle. Teens from Harrisburg’s YouthWorks, as well as teens from the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts in Springfield, built raised beds and tried to till the garden’s rocky soil so they could help their brethren.

“You have youth from two different churches in two different states,” David Leigh, a father of one of the teen workers, told the Sentinel. “Yet they came together like they have been friends all their lives.”

Jessica Larkin, front left, Farm Coordinator for ProjectSHARE, helps YouthWorks members, from left to right, Jessica Katusich, 15; Trevor Ciempa, 16; Mitchell Braun, 16; Jenna Davis, 14; and Kassidy Offutt, 14, in the food pantry's new greenhouse in Carlisle, Pa. (Photo by JASON MALMONT, The Sentinel)

Jessica Larkin, front left, Farm Coordinator for ProjectSHARE, helps YouthWorks members, from left to right, Jessica Katusich, 15, Trevor Ciempa, 16, Mitchell Braun, 16, Jenna Davis, 14, and Kassidy Offutt, 14, in the food pantry's new greenhouse in Carlisle, Pa. (Photo by JASON MALMONT, The Sentinel)

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