Teacher Experience: “Farm-to-table Restaurant Entrepreneur” Task for 4th Grade Math & Science Students
A Defined STEM Learning Experience From:
4 th -Grade Math and Science Enrichment Teacher
Endeavor Elementary (OH)
Farm-to- table Restaurant Entrepreneur
Here’s What We Did:
For this task, students created their own farm-to- table restaurant showcasing organic,locally grown ingredients on the menu. Students researched the health differences between organic and non-organic foods while correlating it to our local crop production.Students created their own restaurant name, logo, slogan, and menu using healthy foods and meat identified through their research. They also designed a garden for their restaurant using dirt made of restaurant compost. Students created a marketing campaign for their restaurant to make locals aware of their mission and the health benefits of certified organic food.
Why Defined STEM Was the Perfect Fit:
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