Science Center Introduces FirstHand Programs for Young Culinary Innovators and Educators

Curious minds in Philadelphia won’t need to take the summer off, thanks to a new lineup of summer STEM education programs at the University City Science Center.  Starting in July, the Science Center’s FirstHand initiative will offer Taste Test, a new program that introduces youth to molecular gastronomy and culinary innovations.  FirstHand will also pilot a new professional development program targeting Philadelphia-based middle school teachers. The FirstHand Institute for Educators’ first class will debut in August.

Taste Test will focus on the science of gastronomy and challenge middle school students’ perceptions of taste through active experimentation. Participants will step into the world of molecular gastronomy and see how genetics, texture, phases of matter, and presentation of foods affect the taste experience. Visits to Science Center-based labs will inspire the students’ own creative culinary innovations. Taste Test will accommodate two groups of 15 youth from Sunrise of Philadelphia. Taste Test is generously supported by grants from The Lenfest Foundation and TD Bank Charitable Foundation.

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