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College To Host The Science of Food Event, Part Of Remake Learning Days

Posted April 19, 2021 at 9:15 am

After a most challenging year for education, Remake Learning Days of Central PA (RLDAA) launches this spring, joining over 17 national regions with family-friendly learning events designed to engage caregivers, parents, and kids around the country. RLDAA is an interactive national festival that will take place in Pennsylvania between May 6-16, 2021 and will host over 40+ programs in a partnership with ENGINE of Central PA STEM Learning Ecosystem. The events are designed for kids of all ages to help develop their sense of creativity, perseverance, and curiosity.

In doing its part for the community, Penn Highlands Community College and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown have partnered and will be at Central Park hosting The Science of Food event on Saturday, May 8th, from 10 AM to 2 PM. The Penn Highlands Central Park Center is located at 425 Main Street in downtown Johnstown. This event is free and for all ages.

This local event, The Science of Food, is designed for parents and caregivers to learn alongside their kids and offer relevant and engaging educational experiences for youth of all ages (pre-K through high school).

Take a bite out of science during this event, where it will encourage you to play with your food! Through many rich STEM activities, participants will explore the following:

  • Chemical reactions of food in culinary concoctions
  • Fermentation experiments
  • Discovering the biology of tastebuds
  • Extraction of DNA in foods
  • Growing your own food
  • Making ice cream
  • Candy chromatography

Each station will include hands-on activities for participants and may include takeaways, perfect for the budding chef, scientist, chemist, or anyone who likes to eat!

“Remake Learning Days is such a great opportunity to elevate all the great things that are happening throughout Central Pennsylvania across many amazing organizations, especially as we end a very hard year on us all,” says Amanda Smith, Director of K-12 Engagement and Assistant Professor of Education at Penn State University, and Executive Director of ENGINE of Central Pa. “This is a great way to end this academic year on a high note and celebrate and support innovative learning with our youth and families.”

Click here for a complete list of events and registration information. 

About Remake Learning Days Across America
It is led by Remake Learning (RL), a network that ignites engaging, relevant, and equitable learning practices in support of young people navigating rapid social and technological change. National partners of RLDAA include PBS Kids, Digital Promise, Common Sense Media, Learning Heroes, and Noggin. RLDAA is generously supported by The Grable Foundation, The Hewlett Foundation, Schmidt Futures, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Ford Foundation. Visit remakelearning.org for more information or follow RL on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. For more information specifically on Remake Learning Days Across America, visit remakelearningdays.org or follow RLDAA on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the hashtag #RemakeDays.

About ENGINE of Central PA, a STEM Learning Ecosystem
A project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, fiscal agent, ENGINE of Central PA is one of the few university-led ecosystems to bring meaningful STEM research and innovations to K-12 education. Led by Penn State University, with an executive team of Intermediate Units, business/industry, and science centers/museums, and collaborations with community partners and organizations, our network builds a community of lifelong learners that promotes equitable access to meaningful transdisciplinary experiences. We strive to empower youth living and working in our region to be innovative problem-solvers, ready to succeed in the careers of tomorrow. ENGINE of Central PA is comprised of the following counties in Pennsylvania impacting over 160,000 students and 11,000 educators: Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, and Schuylkill. For more information, visit https://www.enginecentralpa.org/.