Bring "Planet Potato" to Your School or Organization
Suitable for students of all ages, "Planet Potato" is an interactive 40 minute program that explores the history and social influence of the world's most important vegetable. Along the way audiences learn where it comes from, how it grows, ways it is eaten around the world (other than fried) and how potatoes have transformed the way we all live.
Using museum artifacts, objects, toys and other props, Tom Hughes takes a look at how history and social studies have been influenced through food and how geography has determined what people eat. He engages students directly, inviting their active participation in the program, with role-playing, assisting in math and science demonstrations. ( No matter what people eat, it all ends up in the same place, the digestive system or gut. At the close of each program, using a funny prop, Tom shows how what we eat really does matter.)
All programs mesh with and support National Education Standards in Social Studies, History and Geography. They are interdisciplinary, (selected math and science concepts are included,) multi-cultural and hands on, with an emphasis on cross curriculum global awareness. The programs enrich and bolster current school curricula.
--Never look at food, especially the potato, the same way again.
--Understand important issues like globalization, using French fries as example.
--Be active participants in role-playing, math and science demonstrations.
--Understand that their food choices have important consequences.
--Be motivated to lead active, healthy, intellectually engaged lives.