Ovens & Murray Advertiser - North East Regional Extra

TECH & SCIENCE

- with CHRIS

THIS year, the school theme for National Science Week was ‘Food: Different By Design’.

Australia is a world leader in food production, and recent innovation­s in food science and technology are set to propel us inot the future.

The CSIRO, along with Australian industries and entreprene­urs, is already forging bold new ground using science to see into the future, where exciting innovation­s are waiting to be explored.

Already we’ve seen examples of Australia’s growing alternativ­e protein industry.

Last year CSIRO announced a partnershi­p with plant-based meat product start-up V2Foods - a new company formed using CSIRO science, investment from the CSIRO Innovation Fund and in partnershi­p with Competitiv­e Foods.

At St Patrick’s Primary School the foundation students put on their food scientist hats to design their own veggie ‘Budda’ bowls, including vegetables that are in season and Australian grown.

They then learnt about mixtures and made a sweet, salty and sour dressing with soy sauce, lime juice, and a little dash of honey honey - producing delicious results.

Grade one and two students conducted experiment­s to investigat­e optimal growing conditions for seeds and mushrooms.

Variables they explored included how sunlight can impact growth, soil type or amount of water.

Once ready for harvest they will be exploring children approved recipes for their produce.

Grade five and six students involved in the Able, Gifted and Talented (AG & T) program explored the carbon footprint of the foods we eat, including innovation­s in insect protein production.

Students are explored how cricket protein powder can be incorporat­ed in common school lunch box snacks like muffins and corn chips.

Another two groups are designed, their own low carbon footprint burger exploring lower carbon alternativ­es to the regular beef burger.

Great job students, it sounds like you made some yummy science snacks.

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 ??  ?? JIMINY, CUPCAKES WITH CONSCIENCE: Back - Luke Dillon, Archer Gray and Lainey Draper; front - Alyssa Forge, Roxy Smithwick and Evie Anderson
JIMINY, CUPCAKES WITH CONSCIENCE: Back - Luke Dillon, Archer Gray and Lainey Draper; front - Alyssa Forge, Roxy Smithwick and Evie Anderson
 ??  ?? FUN-GI: Chloe Lestino, Rafferty Lyster and Xavier Overberg with their terrific mini mushroom farms.
FUN-GI: Chloe Lestino, Rafferty Lyster and Xavier Overberg with their terrific mini mushroom farms.
 ??  ?? SEEDS OF INNOVATION: Imogen Rea with her wonderful seed cups.
SEEDS OF INNOVATION: Imogen Rea with her wonderful seed cups.
 ??  ?? OM-NOM-NOM: Eli Cassidy with his Budda-bowl.
OM-NOM-NOM: Eli Cassidy with his Budda-bowl.

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