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  • Grow Your Food IQ Weekend
  • Grow Your Food IQ Weekend
  • Grow Your Food IQ Weekend
  • Grow Your Food IQ Weekend
  • Grow Your Food IQ Weekend

Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 | 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. Meet experts in agriculture, microbiology, nutrition, and seafood. Learn about cheesemaking, how fruits come from flowers, and thermal properties of cookware. Take a selfie with amazing fish from local waters. Ask a dietitian about food and nutrition.

 

Live Presentations

 

Food: Getting Beyond Taste

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

Join Dr. Jacqueline Wolf from Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital for a behind-the-scenes look at food, nutrition, and wellness. In order to make informed choices of what we should and shouldn't eat, we need to understand how the types of food can affect us. We'll discuss approaches to personal nutrition and consider medical conditions that require dietary changes. Food can be both healthy and tasty!

 

Food and Farm “Frenemies”: Plants and Insects

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

Insects! Can't live with them, can't live without them. Explore the fascinating ways that plants and insects have evolved together to make our gardens flourish or fail!

 

Beer Science and Trivia

  • Saturday, 2:30 pm
  • 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 re-create a long-lost beer from America and also participate in some beer science trivia for fun prizes.

 

Indigo: Harnessing Nature to Help Farmers Sustainably Feed the Planet

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

Just like humans, plants have microbiomes. These communities of bacteria and fungi live within plants and support their growth and development. Modern agricultural chemicals, particularly fungicides, have disrupted the plant microbiome. At Indigo, we seek to restore the plant microbiome in order to support crop health and productivity. Relying on powerful machine learning algorithms, as well as lab, greenhouse, and field testing, we identify natural, beneficial microbes and apply these to crops in the form of a seed coating. Our passionate team believes that this microbial technology can have a profound effect on grower profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health.

 

Test Your Local Seafood Knowledge: Do You Know What Fish Are Swimming in New England Waters?

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

Join Red's Best, a Boston-based wholesaler and pioneer in seafood traceability, for a fun myth-busting game to learn more about the abundant, diverse species landed by the small boat, New England fishermen. Stay for Red's Best interactive, whole fish "selfie" booth to get hands-on with a variety of fish and shellfish available to us in Massachusetts.

 

Special Activities

 

Life Under a Microscope at the Charles River Field Station (Drop-In Activity)

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

Our food supply depends on a healthy ecosystem! Use microscopes to examine a sample of water from the Charles River and explore the amazing diversity of tiny organisms that make up the base of our food chain.

 

Will It Pop (Drop-In Activity)

  • Saturday, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm and from 2:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Hall of Human Life, Green Wing, Level 2

Will all corn kernels pop? Come explore the science behind this tasty snack!

 

Ask the Dietitian (Drop-In Activity)

  • Saturday, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Blue Wing, Lower Level

Meet Lindsay Keach Bronstein, MS, RD, LDN from the Osher Clinical Center for Integrative Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital and ask your burning questions about foods, diets, and wellness. Learn more about Foodicine Health's mission to develop and promote educational projects that increase awareness of healthy diets and meal plans that are part of the treatment for chronic health conditions and food allergies.

 

The Science of Cheese & Cheesemaking (Drop-In Activity)

  • Saturday, 12:30 – 2:00 pm
  • Blue Wing, Lower Level

Discover the science, the sights, and the smells of cheese and cheesemaking. Biochemistry, chemistry, and microbiology can all be found to influence a final cheese and its appearance, taste, and aroma – so come to the table and find out how!

 

Hands-On Laboratory (Drop-In Activity)

  • Saturday, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Suit/Cabot Lab, Red Wing, Lower Level

You be the scientist! Take a closer look at what we've got under our microscopes. Try out tools and techniques scientists use in research labs. Test your investigative powers as you conduct your own science experiment. Our feature activity will be Flower Power: all fruits come from flowers! Use microscopes and dissecting tools to take a closer look at fruit and flower anatomy and draw what you observe.

 

Genes and Bitter Taste (Drop-In Activity)

  • Sunday, 10:00 am – 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!

 

Whole Fish Selfies (Drop-In Activity)

  • Sunday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Blue Wing, Lower Level

Following the 12:30 pm talk by Jared Auerbach, stay for Red's Best interactive, whole fish "selfie" booth to get hands-on with a variety of fish and shellfish available to us in Massachusetts.

 

See the Heat! at the Investigation Station (Drop-In Activity)

  • Sunday, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Blue Wing, Level 2

Use a heat camera to investigate the thermal properties of cookware and a variety of food storage containers.

 

Exhibits

 

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

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