Health & Ecology

Health, Not Hunger

Take action to make your place less hungry and more healthy and explore the driving question: How might we achieve health, not hunger?

Recommended Timeframe: 2-3 months, 4-5 hours/week

Eating is a fundamental human need. In this unit, we shift our relationship with food by growing some of our own and deepening our understanding of nutrients all the way down to the level of matter and energy. Because there is enough food to feed the planet, we bust misconceptions about hunger in our own communities and around the world. All this so you can take action to make your place less hungry and more healthy.

Key Topics

  • Plan and design a Community Impact Project
  • Read Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, written by Michael Pollan and illustrated by Maira Kalman
  • Become a scientific illustrator
  • Grow and eat your own microgreens
  • Investigate the causes and solutions to hunger and  how to achieve zero hunger
  • Examine the link between food insecurity and obesity
  • Discover how matter is organized from atoms to organisms
  • Track matter and energy flowing in your body
  • Learn how plants generate energy through photosynthesis
  • Make choices about the food you eat based on data you collect
  • Host a hunger banquet
  • Write a letter to the editor of a local paper