What is the Science and Cooking Academy?
Science and Cooking Academy is a wholistic learning centre around food. We strive to immerse kids in different learning experiences around food, which include scientific concepts, scientific thinking skills, problem solving, confidence building, communication, social sciences and social skills, amongst others.
Science and Cooking was founded with the belief that a positive learning experience and environment helps children learn better, be more confident, and feel more emotionally secure.
Since we started the program in January 2017, we have seen this in effect and have been surprised at the rate of growth the children have made in terms of their confidence, organisation, positivity, creativity, and communication skills!
The Academy gives kids an opportunity to get continuous exposure and experiences to grow, better assess their strengths and weaknesses, and have their positive self-image reinforced. It has been designed based on close observation and feedback from our previous students.
Structure and Duration
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The first program of the Academy will be an intensive beginner’s course for 6-months, divided into three parts. They will be given an in-depth understanding of the science behind everyday ingredients and cooking methods, apart from developing a scientific temper and understanding of the social science behind food.
|Months||End of Term Assessment|
|Part 1||2 months||On-going research project, theoretical, and practical test|
|Part 2||2 months||On-going research project, theoretical, and practical test|
|Part 3||2 months||Pop-up Restaurant|
During the last month, the kids will be putting up pop-up restaurants at the space. Each kid will get a dedicated day to put up their restaurant with the other kids acting as sous chefs. For the pop-up restaurants, the kids will have to plan their own menu, create order lists, plan the prices, and serve a multi-course meal for their friends and family.
The idea behind this structure is to make kids really proficient with the basics of science and cooking and give them opportunities to showcase their learning. At the end of each term, the kids will be given an apron of a different colour, which would signify an advancement in their skill level.
Kids can sign up for all the 6 months, 2 months at a time, or just 1 month.
|1 month||2 months||6 months|
|Rs. 10,000||Rs. 18,000||Rs. 40,000|
If a child has to leave before the completion of the program, we will refund the money for the remaining time.
Frequently Asked Questions
The six month curriculum is designed as a combination of essential life skills, school-based curriculum (science, maths, social science, language), and culinary school curriculum.
The classes will be differentiated with each child having their own learning goal for the six months based on their age, interests, ability, and what they are learning at school. This way we can ensure a thriving multi-ability classroom with an 7 year and a 15 year comfortable learning at their own pace within the same class.
Given below is the broad curriculum we will ensure each child masters in a practical and applicable way at their level.
|Life Skills||School Curriculum||Culinary Expertise|
- How will they learn all this in a cooking class?
The course will have multiple opportunities to ensure that kids are learning in a balanced way. They will be doing continuous research work, experimenting, there will be debates and discussions, they will be planning menus and presenting their food to various people.
For example, in a simple class on milk, kids will be learning about how we came about drinking milk, what factors determine which animal we drink the milk of, understanding how the rest of the world consumes milk, the differences between the various kinds of milk available, how it affects our bodies, along with learning about how heat affects milk, how different ingredients react with milk, what flavours go better with milk, how different milk products are made, etc. They will discuss and debate these things, they will research and write about it, and they will experiment and observe.
This learning will build their confidence to create their own delicious recipes with milk rather than us just giving them an easy to follow recipe of, say, a cheesecake!
2. How will you ensure they learn all this?
The course is built to provide ample opportunities for kids to showcase their learnings, including research work, regular assessments, and a pop-up restaurant at the end of the six months as a culmination of the course.
Apart from that, we will have continuous one-on-one conversations with each child to determine their learning goals, and create individual growth trackers so that the kids can always know what path they are going on. The facilitators will also be maintaining rigorous notes on each child based on observations and conversations so we also always know where each child is at. Which we are happy to discuss with parents at any time!
3. How will it benefit my child?
Apart from the obvious benefits of learning how to cook delicious food, we believe a course like this will have multiple benefits for children no matter what they choose to do in life.
If your child wants to be in the food business, the benefits are obvious. They will be trained from an earlier age by professionals, will learn the basics of ingredients and techniques, and would have better cooking skills like knife skills, flavour profiles, etc.
If your child wants to be an engineer, they will develop a stronger scientific temperament, learn to be methodical and structured, have a better grasp of concepts, and already have multiple opportunities to apply them.
If your child wants to be an entrepreneur, they will learn how to manage resources, become better at planning and organisation, develop confidence in their abilities, and practice their skills by organisation of mini-events.
If your child wants to become a sports person, they will learn discipline, teamwork, and last minute decision making.
If your child just wants to be a child, they will get to be playful, they will get to make friends, they will get to make a mess (and clean it up!), they will get to giggle and laugh, and just have a good time!
At school, they will be more confident, understand concepts better, become better self-learning, handle the stress of learning difficult things better, be calmer under pressure during exams, be better problem solvers.
And finally, as individuals, they’ll be more confident, learn to deal with their emotions better, be happier, and more self-reliant!
Will it interfere with their studies?
We are doing our best to ensure that they develop skills at the Academy which they can use to better their lives, not just at school. The skills and concepts they learn should help them with their studies rather than come in the way of things. All the work and learning we want them to do at the Academy will be done mostly during class hours as we want them to continue having time for family, school work, and other hobbies.
But how will they study for their Monday tests if they are at the Academy all the weekend?
We are hoping that the Academy instills in them the discipline of continuous learning rather than stressing the day before the test. We hope that the 6 hours in the weekend at the Academy pushes them to better manage their time and drive them to work hard at everything they do, including Monday tests.