“Better School Food”
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Better School Food: An app to improve the taste of food at school
A major problem in our school is that many students do not eat the school food, which they don't like. As a result, they suffer malnutrition during the school day. This is unacceptable. In addition, they are too hungry to concentrate on their studies or learn anything.
The plan is to change the lunch food at school to offer students more tasty and nutritious food, cooked fresh every day. Restaurants, parents, and school leaders can log into the app to give feedback and ask neighborhood restaurants near the school to participate in this public service that helps students.
To encourage restaurants to participate, we will inform them that this is a tax-deductible donation. The restaurant will also be able to send advertisements to recommend parents to go to the restaurant that is donating their food.
When a restaurant shows interest, they will be given the school principal’s contact information to make a call or message the school to make a plan to donate food. There is also a message section in the app for restaurants and school leaders to communicate, and a section for students and parents to “like” a restaurant and ask them to join the Better School Food Program.
A function we can add later is that the restaurants can send the meal schedule to the parents so that they know that their children ate and if they ate well, and also the principal of the school can register to organize the meal times.
Un gran problema en nuestra escuela es que muchos estudiantes no comen la comida de la escuela, que no les gusta. Como resultado, sufren desnutrición durante la jornada escolar. Esto es inaceptable. Además, tienen demasiada hambre para concentrarse en sus estudios o aprender algo.
El plan es cambiar la comida del almuerzo en la escuela para ofrecer a los estudiantes alimentos más sabrosos y nutritivos, cocinados frescos todos los días. Los restaurantes, los padres y los líderes escolares pueden iniciar sesión en una aplicación para dar su opinión y pedir a los restaurantes del vecindario cerca de la escuela que participen en este servicio público que ayuda a los estudiantes.
Para animar a los restaurantes a participar, les informaremos que se trata de una donación deducible de impuestos. El restaurante también podrá enviar anuncios para recomendar a los padres que vayan al restaurante que está donando su comida.
Cuando un restaurante muestre interés, se le dará la información de contacto del director de la escuela para hacer una llamada o enviar un mensaje a la escuela para hacer un plan para donar alimentos. También hay una sección de mensajes en la aplicación para que los restaurantes y los líderes escolares se comuniquen. Y para que los estudiantes y padres de familia den "me gusta" a un restaurante y les pidan que se unan al programa Better School Food.
Una función que podemos agregar más adelante es que los restaurantes pueden enviar el horario de comidas a los padres para que sepan que sus hijos comieron y si comieron bien, y también el director de la escuela puede registrarse para organizar los horarios de las comidas.
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Kate is the Director of Instructional Design in the Boot Camps division of online education provider, 2U. She oversees the development of intensive short courses that teach adults in-demand technology skills. She's worked at the intersection of media, tech and education for over 15 years and obsesses over the ways those things influence our culture--and how we can harness them for good! Before working at 2U, Kate was lucky enough to geek out on this stuff with fellow nerds at Mouse, the San Francisco Film Society and the Jacob Burns Film Center.
Another way you might be able to sell the idea to local restaurants is to talk to them about another big problem: food waste. A lot of extra food from restaurants goes to waste at the end of the day. I bet a lot of restaurants would be happy not to see their food go in the trash, and instead go to appreciative students. As a next step, it might be good to think about how that food from restaurants will get to the schools. Who is responsible for delivering it? And how can you make sure there's enough donated food to feed every student?
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I help teachers figure out how to start teaching computer science to their students. I design activities that the teachers can do with their students, model that lesson for them, and then share resources to make computer science fun and engaging for learners of all ages.
I chose to study biology and pre-med since I had experience with them, knew that I enjoyed them, and knew that I could do well in them. I was intrigued by CS, but I didn't want to take a class, risking thousands of dollars in tuition on a subject that I didn't know if I would be good at or enjoy. I distinctly remember seeing the CS majors' projects, programming robots to play music and dance around the floor, and wishing that I could do that...yet I never did.
Fast forward a few years, and I am a high school science teacher. A friend tells me about an opportunity to be trained in something called Exploring Computer Science, an introductory high school curriculum for students with little-to-no background in CS. This is perfect! I can provide my students with the opportunities that I wish I had in school. I ended up creating a pathway for students to take ECS, AP CSP, and AP CSA, but I knew that I had done all I could at that school.
I left to become a professional developer. I now spend my time designing and implementing trainings for K-12 teachers who want to start teaching CS, either as a standalone class or integrated into another subject area. And I still occasionally run coding events for kids at my local library.
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Katherine Moriwaki is Associate Professor of Media Design in the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons School of Design. Her work has been featured internationally in conferences, festivals, and museums around the world. Katherine is co-founder of the "Scrapyard Challenge" a workshop focused on creating electronic interactive objects out of found materials and junk. She is co-author of “Fashion and Technology: a Guide to Materials and Applications” published by Fairchild/Bloomsbury.
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