What’s new at YouthWork&Learn at Smokey House? Our schedule this year includes science activities in the morning, followed by lunch with home-made dishes using vegetables and herbs from our garden.
For science, we started with a field study where the students compared and contrasted seeds from native Vermont plants.Our second focus was current electricity, including experiments with batteries, light bulbs, wire, and measurement, with emphasis on photovoltaic (PV) energy. Our life science strand provided students an opportunity to observe behaviors within a population of Tenebrio beetles (mealworms) during their four stage metamorphic cycle. Students are monitoring these cycles and experimenting with the effects of light and darkness on the beetles. In the kitchen this fall we’ve made: pesto, caprese salad, pizza, hummos, tabbouleh, lentil-rice soup, tomato sauce, apple butter, cider, leek and potato soup, focaccia, frittatas, oven-roasted potatoes with scrambled eggs, pumpkin bread, apple crisp, chili, cornbread, and apple cake. Yum!