Kelvin’s Kitchen

Former Name: The Engineering Of Food

Camp | Grades PK-2

In Kelvin’s Kitchen, students will explore environmental, industrial, chemical, and marine engineering. They will explore protecting and restoring the ocean environment and ecosystem, creating the perfect condition for plants to grow, different ways to mix chemicals to make recipes, and design efficient ways for food factories to produce quality food.

Everyone has to eat, and engineers are involved in all the steps of getting food from a farm to your table. Engineers help figure out how to make food, package it, and how to deliver it to your table. During this camp, students will learn the engineering behind the fishing industry and how to protect other animals and the coral reef in the process, how designing the perfect environment for plants to grow can help increase food production, and learn how chemical and industrial engineers concoct different tasty recipes and manufacture them quickly using assembly lines to produce tasty treats in the quickest way possible. Students will be building designs, playing games, and be involved in several different activities throughout the week to drive home to impact that many different types of engineers have in the foods we eat!

Restoring the Reef and Its Ecosystem

For this Kelvin’s Kitchen activity, students will identify types of animals that live in a coral reef and work to create and introduce those animals into their newly restored environments. This activity is designed to help them understand the importance of reef ecosystems and why they must be protected, as well as how marine engineers work to preserve underwater environments. They will create edible animals that would live in a coral reef, drawing from their new understanding of animals that typically live in coral reefs.

Goin’ Fishin’

Students will examine ways commercial fishermen use nets to catch a lot of fish at one time and practice estimating the amounts of objects, comparing estimates to actual amounts. They will design a net that won’t catch endangered sea turtles but will still allow commercial fishermen to catch fish.

Greenhouse and A Recipe For Soil

Students will discuss how the greenhouse effect can help plants grow and construct their very own greenhouse. They will identify similarities and differences between healthy and unhealthy soil to help them create their own yummy, delicious recipe for soil complete with worms, nutrients, and much more.

This lesson is from the program: Jr Environmental Engineering: A Recipe for Soil (link)

Kelvin’s Cookie Company

In this activity, students will invent a process and recipe for creating cookie dough and studying the reactions between the various ingredients. They will multiply their cookie dough recipe to discover how to create it in bulk and sell their cookie dough in a bakery setting in exchange for play money.

This lesson is from the program: Junior Chemical Engineering: Kelvin’s Cookie Company (link)

Teamwork Treats

For this camp activity, students will organize and simulate an efficient assembly line that helps them understand the benefits of an assembly line, including their purpose to produce large quantities of goods in a timely manner. They will use an assembly line process to compile a recipe book and ice cream!