Posts Tagged ‘ kids ’

Hunger in America

Some kids in America don’t get enough food to eat. The cost food has risen in the last year, while many people are still out of work. The result is that in our own country, some kids go hungry. Here’s a BBC article and video about a family that can’t afford food, home, pets…

The Children Going Hungry in America

Cost of Chicken Presentation at the California Science Teachers Conference

California Science Teachers Association LogoI’ve presented our project at the California Science Teachers Conference on October 19, 2012, in San Jose California. The teachers gathered for an evening discussion on the use of social media in science education. I talked about our CrowdMap, Ushahidi, and how our data can be used in a classroom. Below are some photos of the event. We also watched a few Green Ninja videos — a San Jose State University project teaching kids about conservation.

My presentation is linked below.

Nick Werby at the California Science Teachers Conference

Nick Werby at the California Science Teachers Conference

Nick Werby at the California Science Teachers Conference

2012-10-18 Cost of Chicken Slide Show

2012 10 18 Cost Of Chicken Slide Show Compressed from OlgaWerby

Cost of Chicken Video

So here it is: The Cost of Chicken video! This is our 2 minute video submission to the EDF Sustainable Design Challenge. All the kids you see in this video worked hard to make this project happen!

Packaged Food Makes Girls Hyper!

On March 16th, Scientific American Magazine published an article: How Packaged Food Makes Girls Hyper, by Aimee Cunningham. It’s about the chemical bisphenol A, known as BPA. In our house, we threw away all of our plastic containers, cups, and drinking bottles. We now use only glass and metal. Not only are we sure that they are BPA free, but the glass and metal lasts longer. So given that kids get hyper when exposed to BPA and it makes better conservation sense, why is anyone still use plastic?

Cost of Chicken on PBS!

Heather Leson, a Ushahidi evangelist, liked our project! She interviewed our mom and Ms. Leson’s article, which featured the Cost of Chicken and other cool crowdmaps, was featured on PBS. Hope this results in tons of data points! THANK YOU!

150 Data Points on Cost of Chicken Crowdmap!

Lowell High School Seal Last week, students taking Economics in Lowell High School were assigned to collect some data points for our Cost of Chicken Crowdmap. In just a few days, we have 150 data points! While most are from San Francisco, we do have some food data from Russia and India (and hoping to get more from other countries soon).

The most obvious conclusion from all this data so far is that no one seems to know where their food comes from! It might be that all the data was collected from big cities. But we suspect that food consumers in general have little idea of who grows/produces their food. And the companies that do do the food manufacturing try to high this information. They use cute names on their packaging: “Foster Farms Chicken”. But where is this farm? There are probably many farms that grow chicken to be sold under this name.

And so we are planing on developing a way to track where food comes from — stay tuned for the Cost of Chicken Labs — where we talk about our ideas.

Trusted Food Reporters from Bangalore, India

We are pleased to welcome our first two Trusted Food Reports — Founding Members! — Amogh and his twin sister Amrita. They are currently in 3rd grade in Bangalore, India. Check out their reports!