THE MAD FOOD SCIENCE PROGRAM
Standing for Children's Health, while keeping things fun.
The Mad Food Science Program – now known as The Mad Food Science Incursion – is an engaging, interactive whole-school program, designed to kick-start behavioural change in schools around food and sustainability, through education and inspiration.
By taking a whole-school approach, The Mad Food Science Incursion starts conversations with children, parents and teachers about food and how it impacts health, learning, waste and the environment.
After visiting over 140 schools across Australia, we know that processed, packaged food has a strangle-hold on kids’ lunchboxes and minds, and it's preventing children from being their best and fulfilling their potential.
The Mad Food Science Incursion is designed to change that.
Keep reading to find out more.
THE MAD FOOD SCIENCE INCURSION HAS ALREADY REACHED:
STATES & TERRITORIES
Empowering Children Through Fun
The Mad Food Science Incursion lets students get their hands dirty.
There's tasting, talking, moving and listening – but at the end of the day, it's all about educating students to start making better food choices straight away, using experiments, observations, and discussions to reinforce key health messages.
For the teachers and school staff, there's valuable data regarding food and waste at the school, which can be used to develop and enhance the school’s strategic plan.
Parents get their own opportunity to learn through a parent-focused information seminar.
We believe that The Mad Food Science Incursion can be the catalyst for a system of wholistic change throughout your school.
What People Are Saying:
"I was amazed how easily the children picked up the concepts that I see even adults struggle with. The kids all had a brilliant time and I know a lot of children went home telling about their learning experiences!"
Mum and P&C Member
“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.”
PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHER
Studies show that children who eat more nutritious food, including fruit and vegetables, perform better in NAPLAN testing, and concentrate better, behave better, and socialise better in class.
- Are better, more successful learners, and remain more ‘on task’
- Show improved brain capacity, and a greater sense of resilience
- Are less likely to exhibit hyperactive behaviours or mood disorders
- Twice as likely to perform better than those who eat unhealthy food
- Have lower rates of obesity
The Mad Food Science Incursion helps make this your school's reality – and also directly supports schools with the Australian Curriculum’s PDHPE learning area. The Incursion contains material which supports units about anatomy, maths, waste and sustainability, and uses the science-inquiry skills of predicting and observing, to help cement the PDHPE messages.