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WHAT'S FOR DINNER!? - The last class of the day

Last class of the day would bring cooking curriculum back into schools and solve an age old daily question 'WHAT'S FOR DINNER?'. Kids would cook a tasty meal with enough servings to feed their family and bring it home for dinner! This addresses several opportunity areas: (read more in description)

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What's for dinner will aspire to address several needs:

1. Educate kids on the fun of cooking with their friends in an inspiring environment
2. Relieve the 'we don't have enough time to cook' pressure - a leading barrier to entry for parents
3. Provide recognition and a significant 'role' for kids in the family with the recognition they long for.
4. A more sustainable / cost effective food system with ingredients purchased in larger amounts to supply multiple homes with similar meals
5. A mechanism for the school to connect by creating a community based on food
6. Immediate feedback for kids that what they are learning makes a significant difference.

Design challenges:

1. Where will kids cook?
Use the facility that's already there! Lunch area with modest equipment. Alternatively a mobile truck could be used (temporary cooking vs. permanent)

2. Who will pay for this?
Since its providing family meals they could pay a subscription fee. Insurance? Kids cook food to sell? Subsidies via Michelle Obama? If the expense is seen as risky the program could be run on an experimental basis to prove the concept.

3. Who will teach the class?
Important question! If the food isn't good the program would fail on the first meal! Thinking something similar to Dave Eggers model where volunteers from the community roll up their sleeves with talent thrown at educating. Could be a part of a culinary education experience for example.

Age of kids. The solutions to changing kids’ eating behaviors will vary depending on their age. What works for a toddler won’t necessarily fly for a teenager, although we suspect some concepts might be appropriate for all ages—even adults! Which age bracket does your concept address (tick all relevant boxes)?

  • Middle school (Tweens) 11-13
  • High school (Teens) 14 -18
  • Young adults 18-21

Hurdles to success. Helping kids make smarter food choices comes with a variety of hurdles that have to be addressed in order for a design solution to be successful, which of these do you think that your Concept overcomes (tick all relevant boxes)?

  • Expense and Convenience
  • Peer Pressure
  • Lack of Knowledge

Evaluation results

7 evaluations so far

1. Food Knowledge - To what extent is this concept teaching people about food knowledge?

It's teaching people a great deal about food knowledge - 71.4%

It's teaching people a moderate deal about food knowledge - 14.3%

It's teaching people a little about food knowledge - 14.3%

It's not focused on food knowledge - 0%

2. Cooking - Is this concept focused on getting people to cook?

It's all about getting people to cook - 100%

It's moderately about getting people to cook - 0%

It's getting people to cook a little - 0%

It's not focused on cooking at all - 0%

3. Originality - How original is this idea?

This idea is extremely original - 28.6%

This idea is somewhat original - 42.9%

This idea has some originality about it - 14.3%

I have seen this idea before - 14.3%

4. Scalability - How scalable is this idea across communities and geographies?

This idea can be scaled across many communities and places - 28.6%

This idea can be scaled but needs some work - 42.9%

This idea will take a fair bit of work to scale - 28.6%

This idea cannot scale at all - 0%


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I love the idea of giving children permission to go explore the kitchen, as a kitchen is seen to be a very adult environment, also allows children to start exploring different kinds of foods from a young age. This can also make children more eager to try new things instead of sticking to the same stuff.

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