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  • Grow Your Food IQ Weekend

Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Grow Your Food IQ Weekend

Science is everywhere, and the kitchen table is no exception! Join us for Grow Your Food IQ Weekend and discover the connections between food and science, technology, engineering, and math. Visit Chocolate: The Exhibition on its last weekend at the Museum. Meet experts in fermentation, microbiology, growing food in urban areas, and cranberry farming. Learn about how people taste and smell food. Make a solitary bee house for your back yard.

 

Live Presentations

 

Beer Science and Trivia

  • Saturday, 11:30 am
  • Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Blue Wing, Level 1

Ronn Friedlander, co-founder and chief science officer of Aeronaut Beer, has a background in biochemistry and biomedical engineering. Aeronaut Beer has studied different yeast and microbes to enhance beer flavor. Learn about an attempt to recreate a long-lost beer from America and also participate in some beer science trivia for fun prizes.

 

The Bittersweet Science of Chocolate

  • Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 pm
  • Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Blue Wing, Level 1

Marian Bechtel is a Museum education associate and has researched the science of chocolate to create a fun presentation for visitors during the Chocolate: The Exhibition tour. Come learn more about chocolate science and ask them any questions you have about it.

 

Solving Microbiome Mysteries with Fermented Foods

  • Saturday, 2:30 pm
  • Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Blue Wing, Level 1

Join Professor Benjamin Wolfe from Tufts University's Department of Biology to learn how his lab is using familiar fermented foods to unlock secrets of the microbiome. From fungal superhighways in cheese rinds to slimy biofilms in fermented tea, this talk will highlight the surprising diversity of microbes living in your favorite fermented foods.

 

Incredible and Edible Urban Gardening

  • Sunday, 11:30 am
  • Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Blue Wing, Level 1

HomeHarvest works throughout Boston and harmonizes productive edible landscapes with functional social space to create resilient and beautiful urban sites. Adam Monroy, designer and operations manager, combines degrees in horticulture, sustainable agriculture, and landscape architecture with 18 years experience in landscape construction. Join Adam to learn about agricultural urbanism, the role organic matter performs in living soils, what soils can do to combat climate change, and remarkable edible crops that can be grown in Boston.

 

From Bog to Bag with Decas Cranberry Products, Inc.

  • Sunday, 2:30 pm
  • Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Blue Wing, Level 1

Did you know that the tart, ruby-colored cranberry is America’s Original Superfruit, and the number one agricultural crop here in Massachusetts? Join Parker Mauck from Decas Cranberry Products Inc. to see how cranberries are grown in bogs, view the magic of a cranberry harvest (waders not required!) and learn about all the amazing nutrients and health benefits this mighty little fruit provides.

 

Special Activities

 

Fermentation Science Table (Drop-In Activity)

  • Saturday, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Blue Wing, Lower Level

At this table staffed by microbiologists from Tufts University, visitors will get a close look at the microbial worlds inside jars of kimchi with live microscopy and interactive models of fermented food microbiomes.

 

More to Explore in Chocolate: The Exhibition (Drop-In Activity)

  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 – 12:30 am and 1:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Chocolate, Blue Wing, Level 1

Where does chocolate come from? Why do we like it so much? Join Museum educators for the hands-on activity of the day and explore the many secrets of this tantalizing treat!

 

Science of Seeds and Living Soils

  • Sunday, 10:30 – 11:15 am
  • Blue Wing, Lower Level

At this table staffed by HomeHarvest, visitors can participate in hands-on activities related to living vs. fertilized soils and what seeds need to grow successfully.

 

Life in the Charles (Drop-In Activity)

  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River

Our food supply depends on a healthy ecosystem! Examine a sample of water from the Charles River under a microscope and see the amazing diversity of tiny organisms that make up the base of our food chain.

 

Genes and Bitter Taste (Drop-In Activity)

  • Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
  • Hall of Human Life, Green Wing, Level 2

Do you like to eat raw broccoli? What about red wine? Your like or dislike for this vegetable or drink may have to do with your genetics!

 

Observe and Classify to Build Your Food IQ (Drop-in Activity)

  • Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Natural Mysteries, Blue Wing, Lower Level

Use your science and math skills to discover patterns in the look, feel, and smell of common foods.

 

Kitchen Chemistry (Drop-In Activity)

  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Suit Cabot Lab, Red Wing, Lower Level

Solve a food science mystery by mixing common ingredients together to create chemical reactions!

 

Chocolate 3-D Printer (Drop-In Activity)

  • Saturday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Blue Wing, Lower Level

Check out a chocolate 3-D printer in action while you try your hand at making your own chocolate designs.

 

Raising Solitary Bees in Your Back Yard (Make and Take)

  • Sunday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Blue Wing, Lower Level

Solitary bees are excellent pollinators, gentle, and easy to raise. Learn what it takes to raise the bees in your back yard and make a take-home bee house.

 

Smell Bar – The Chemistry of Smell (Drop-In Activity)

  • Saturday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Blue Wing, Lower Level

Step up to the smell bar and use your nose to test special scents from pleasant to pungent. Learn about how different arrangements of the same molecular formula can change their scent.

 

Exhibits

 

Chocolate: The Exhibition

  • Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Blue Wing, Level 1

Where does chocolate come from? Why do we like it so much? Raise your chocolate IQ and discover the complete story of the treat that we crave. Learn more about this exhibit.

 

Interactive Food Exhibits in the Hall of Human Life

  • Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Green Wing, Level 2

Explore the Food environment and the link stations in the Hall of Human Life. Learn more about how your food choices may influence food technology, or how your genetics may influence what and how much food you grab at a buffet. Keep your wristbands so that you can continue to explore your data at home. Learn more about this exhibit.

 

Sense for Scents

  • Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Blue Wing, Lower Level

This exhibit component is part of the Take A Closer Look exhibit. Test your sense of smell with individual and combined scents.

Location

Exhibit Halls

Audience

Recommended for: Grades Pre-K – 12 and adults

Public Event

Free with Exhibit Halls admission. Purchase Exhibit Halls tickets:

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