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Food is Funky for Kilworth Kids


A group of 42 pupils aged 10-12 from St Martins National School in Kilworth visited Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark recently to take part in “Food is Funky – but what happens after you swallow” workshops. These hands-on workshops allow kids to follow the process of digestion and in doing so transform breakfast cereal into poo!  They learn about food and about different organs in the digestive system.  Knowing what happens to the food they eat every day is of great interest to them, and it encourages a food awareness which promotes healthy eating. The “Food is Funky” workshops were developed by Eva McArdle at the APC Microbiome Institute under the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme.

“The kids were fantastic and really got stuck into the experiment part of the workshop.  There are plenty of budding young scientists in Kilworth!” said Dr Elaine Patterson at Moorepark, who organised the visit.