Kids in the Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) summer camp learned more about the science of food and cooking this summer thanks to Northwestern University scientist mentors. A dozen NU volunteers visited the Washington and Nichols school sites over eight weeks to work with small groups of elementary and middle school youth on the Science Club curriculum called The Science of Food. The kids conducted cooking-based experiments and tested recipes for some of their favorite foods, including ice cream, pancakes, hamburgers, and soda. Along with the experiments, youth also learned about nutrition and ways to make recipes healthier.
The Y.O.U. summer science program was supported by two Evanston Township High School (ETHS) students, hired through the Evanston Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program. The ETHS students worked with the Y.O.U. kids and staff plus had the opportunity to write for the Science in Society online magazine, HELIX.
Science in Society also partnered with Y.O.U. during the 2014-2015 academic school year to teach 10 kids at the Dawes Elementary School site. Their partnership will continue for the upcoming school year.