[Health] [Sugar-devel] New activity from OLPC France

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Mon Apr 18 07:47:48 EDT 2011

On Sun, Apr 17, 2011 at 11:24 AM, Stefanie Nobel
<stefanie.nobel at googlemail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> I’m glad to present you a new project from OLPC France. For the next six
> months we will develop a new playful software, which aims at educating
> children about a healthier nutrition.
> In this game children are taking care of an avatar by providing him with
> meals, which they have to prepare before. By doing so the children are meant
> to learn the importance of good nutrition for their healthy.
> The game will be supported by Danone Research. They will not only finance
> the project but also share their great knowledge on this topic with us.
> We’re just at the begining of the development but here is a short
> description of our first ideas:
> The game will be split in two parts:
> In one part the children can create their own recipes in a virtual
> environment, similar to a “cook studio”. There is also the possibility to
> share these recipes with other children.
> The other part is for validation: Here the meal will be “validated” by the
> avatar, (for example, a reaction might be, that the avatar can’t do homework
> because he has not sufficient energy).
> So at first we will have to define the relevant parameters, which you have
> to consider when you validate a healthy meal, for example:
> The need of the different nutritional values,
> The nutritional value of the aliment
> In natural and organic state and
> after the preparation of the meal
> The activities, the avatar/child do/did during the day
> The season and the weather
> The times of the meals during the day(this has an impact on the gain of the
> food)
> The health of the avatar/child
> The extent of hygienic conditions when preparing the food
> The next step will be to collect all those information and integrate it into
> a rough logic.
> So don’t hesitate to comment about this project and share your thoughts.
> We appreciate all kinds of input!

FWIW, several of us have been thinking about a different angle on a
cooking activity, one more geared towards chemistry and the science of
the kitchen: getting the kids to experiment with recipes, for example,
changing the 'resting time' when making noodles from flour and water,
and observing how this changes the consistency,  flavor, etc. The
Activity would be more like a lab notebook and set of simple data
analysis tools than anything else, but then the kids could presumably
photograph their results with their XO and share their successes and
failures, and aggregate data more widely. It be interesting to fold in
nutrition into the mix: does Danone have data we can use re how
cooking impacts the foods we eat?



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Walter Bender
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