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FoodLab

In partnership with Costa Mushrooms and Melbourne Polytechnic

Term: 1-4, 2021

Program Type: Specialist Program (Design Challenge)

Duration: 2 days consecutive plus 2-3 prework lessons

Year Level: 7-12

This program aims to bring innovation into the kitchen. As food innovators, students will use the design thinking methodology and food science to tackle the problem of food waste, converting mushroom stalks into a value-added product for our industry partner, Costa Mushrooms.

Students will investigate the key elements of a value-added product and will examine the properties of food to investigate how different senses contribute to our perception of taste and flavour. Students will use their findings to develop a new product and use experimental procedures to iterate their recipe.

Students will also have the opportunity to see how technology is reshaping the food industry, experiencing Costa Mushrooms’ new training program that utilises virtual reality. Throughout the program students will understand the future diections of the food industry and associated education pathways through engagement with experts from Melbourne Polytechnic.

Industry Focus

Food Science & Technology 

Curriculum Links
Science

Technology

Engineering

Art

Maths

Success Criteria

Ability to follow scientific experimentation protocols 

Collaborate effectively to create solutions to identified problems

Consider a range of tools, technologies and specialist equipment

Skills Focus
Communication

Collaboration

Problem Solving

Capabilities
Critical & Creative Thinking

Personal

Social

Ethical

Tech Skill-Ups

Industry-standard kitchen equipment

Aquaponics

Molecular Gastronomy