What is The Mad Food Science Program?
The Mad Food Science Program is a fun, interactive educational incursion, that uses quirky experiments to get children to understand key health messages.
The Root Cause have recently completed a 2-year trip around Australia, and have presented this workshop to over 100 schools and over 23,000 children and parents, with great success and feedback.
The main objectives of the program are to teach students:
- to take responsibility for what they put in their mouth
- to taste food with their tongue, not with their eyes
- why their body needs a rainbow of fruit and vegetables
- how to read food packets, and why real food is so much better
- how food can affect their mood, concentration and behaviour
- how to start positive conversations about healthy food at home
- to make better choices together with parents – at home, and in lunchboxes
- to help overcome the parent-child power struggle about food
The Program features thought-provoking conversations, engaging experiments, and a taste-test for every student. Students regularly change their behaviour around food immediately after attending the program.
Educating children means engaging them in the subject matter, and making them want to learn.
A Highly Effective Curriculum-Matched Program
The program is designed to support schools with PDHPE and Science & Technology syllabuses, and the NQF Quality Improvement Area of Health and Safety for daycares, preschools and outside school hours care facilities.
The Mad Food Science™ Program is aimed at 3 distinct age groups:
- 4-5 years – preschool and early learning centres
- 5-13 years – primary school
- 13-16 years – high school
Each version of the Program uses distinct experiments and messages to suit the abilities and age groups of the students.
Concepts covered include the following:
- Understand your body, why it is different to everyone else’s and responds differently to different foods
- Learn how food can affect mood and concentration
- Explore the differences between real food and processed food, and why our bodies need more real food
- What do packet labels actually mean, and how to read them
- Why it’s important to talk about food with parents
What Teachers are Saying About the Program:
“Terrific! Great how the info ties together. In school some of this may be covered in various KLAs but science, maths, nutrition, anatomy is put in to a very convincing narrative in this workshop! Incredibly necessary info and not at all what’s available out there otherwise. We stress healthier choices, ‘sip n crunch’ and fitness, but the ‘impacts’ of poor choices not otherwise known. Loved it!”
“A very valuable experience to give students awareness and healthy decision-making. Highly engaging with strong takeaway messages and experiments – easy for children to implement. Thank you, it was an excellent program. Very practical and relatable. Positive links for learning across KLAs (Maths / HSIE / Science etc)”
“I like the use of the One Body For Life terminology.”
“Fantastic, I hope the kids can go home and educate their families.”
“A great program with examples (such as the car) that related to the students. Thank you for a great, fun, educational program.”
“Students thoroughly enjoyed the ‘hands-on’ experiments. Very informative and certainly got the students thinking about their food choices.”
“Extremely informative and students felt they were making the decision rather than being told. They were understanding why and it got them thinking.”
“Very eye opening! I need to be a better role model for my students too. Great way to start the conversation. Thanks! I really enjoyed learning about foods. Even as an adult I sometimes feel misled and make unhealthy choices for myself.”
What's Included in the Mad Food Science Program?
The program incorporates the following.
- Incursion for children on site at your school
- Companion Parent Workshop on the same afternoon/evening
- Handouts for every child (graciously printed by our National Partner, Worldwide Printing Solutions)
- Two full terms of free weekly lunchbox tips for the school to send out and continue the messages.
Who can run The Mad Food Science™ Program?
The Program gets best results when hosted by complete schools, as it becomes a catalyst for strong change within the school. We can work with Early Learning Centres, although we find best results occur from age 4 and up.
Here's How to Get Started:
To learn more about running The Mad Food Science™ Program in your school, early learning centre, or community, fill in this form and an Info Pack will be emailed directly to you:
Info Pack Request Form
Alternatively, you can contact our team here:
Israel Smith - email or phone 0413 708 432
Remember, each booking for The Mad Food Science Program™ means you are ALSO helping us in our mission transform children's health in Australia, by empowering kids to make better food choices!
We look forward to working with you. 🙂