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.
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!
Last Saturday, the Agriscience teens went to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Many had never been there before and were impressed by its beauty and size. Bonus: the corpse flower was blooming! This only happens about once every ten years. The flower smells like a dead corpse so as to attract flies to pollinate it. There were a bunch of people there to see this event.
This past Saturday was the Healthy Corner Store Cook-off and Event in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood. Our teens took part, since we are part of the Healthy Corner Store Project. Some of our teens had a booth where they made paper with visitors. Other teens, Aleah and Chevon, took part in the cook-off. They put in at least 20 hours of practice in the two weeks before the event. Their dish was a veggie wrap, and it took first place! The teens won a panini maker, cookbook, gift certificate, and other prizes. Here's pics: