Edible Real Estate

December 11th, 2019
Edible Real Estate
ar 10 students at Cornerstone College are bringing home the goods this Christmas with unique projects.
The soon-to-be-seniors’ collaboration skills have impressed their teachers throughout the process of constructing gingerbread houses and wooden tables.
Home economics and nutrition teacher Helen Brockelbank said students had fun supporting each other while working creatively and learning about nutrition.
“One or two gingerbread houses just collapsed and these students would rally around and offer ideas to reconstruct,” Helen said.
“The task has generally been a collaborative one, starting with making and baking the dough, covering their cake boards and finally assembling and decorating their houses.
“It is all their ideas; they are creating, problem solving and everyone has experienced success.
“The most important skill in this subject is connecting with each other and supporting and encouraging each other’s work.”
This semesters’ ‘Food for Health’ course has sought to teach students the value of sustainable and healthy eating, based on the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating from the national health department.
“We have produced healthy food throughout the semester, so this has been a fun time to enjoy a treat,” Helen said.
“Our guidelines recommend a treat at special occasions only, such as Christmas, hence this design brief of making ginger bread houses from scratch.
“We have to get back to teaching students the huge benefits of making food from scratch, and not buying out of a packet or pre-made which is mostly unsustainable.
“Nutritionists believe the main cause of high obesity rates amongst adolescents is because they eat treats 24/7, so my aim is to encourage eating treats, but only at special occasions.”
In addition to baking, students excelled in creative architectural and decorative tasks.
“A couple of houses inspired me where the students used their piping bags like paint brushes and created beautiful pattern work with just white icing,” Helen said.
“Lots of maths was involved from measuring ingredients and the spatial aspect is important in the construction of the house.
“They also wrapped and lcurled ribbons to make their finished house attractive.”
Helen said the project was fun for students because it gave them a chance to learn about a tradition and be creative without relying on digital programs.
“I seriously think this task is fun because it is not driven by technology,” Helen said.
“They got to have a rest from their computers and from sitting down all the time – we need to have more of a balance and remember that computers are just a learning tool.
“The student’s internal satisfaction is the grade – the fact they are posting them on social media is great feedback that they have loved this task.”
Helen said that while stopping students from eating their materials was a challenge, she hoped their nutritional education would ensure complete houses were made.
“They were pretty good; I would have to say this group are very active with sport so they tend to keep energy intake and expenditure balanced!
“Many said they were going to eat them as soon as they got home but then I heard them talking amongst themselves and saying their mums would be making them keep them until Christmas, so I suspect many will go under the tree.”
Arlette Hunt, who oversaw the Year 10’s 10-week project to construct unique occasional tables, said students learnt a wide variety of skills.
“The main techniques we aim to develop are traditional woodworking joints such as mortise and tenon, dowel and biscuit joints,” Arlette said.
“Many students designed tables especially for certain areas in their own homes – some are coffee tables for the loungeroom, others are hall stands, TV cabinets or bedside tables.
“Some applied surface finishes to suit the existing décor of their home furnishings.
“Students also learned how to plan for, cost and draw up 3D models of their projects.
“These elements helped them build skills that will be required for year 11 and 12 SACE design folios.
Arlette also praised the students teamwork.
“One of the noteworthy achievements that I have really enjoyed about this group of students is their collaborative approach.
“It is great to see students helping each other, asking one another for advice, sharing tips for different tools and processes and learning not just from what I teach them but from one another.
“They often helped each other with parts of the construction that require more than one set of hands and it was awesome to see them helping one another in this regard.”

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