National Careers Week: Pupils get a taste of a career in food technology
04 March 2014
from Kent's Wilmington Grammar School for Girls this week visited London South Bank
University (LSBU) to get a taste what of a career in Food Technology is like, coinciding
with National Careers Week (3 – 7 March).
year 11 students from Kent travelled to LSBU, where the University's Food Scientist
Dr Ken Spears showed the pupils a creepy crawly example of new food product
development (NPD) – edible insect snacks created with a 3D printer from ground-up insects.
edible insects project tied in perfectly with the students curriculum, with innovation
in food technology being a key requirement of the current GCSE food technology
syllabus, which the students are gearing up to take.
pupils were provided with commercial smoothie products and carried out product
evaluations to measure, pH, soluble solids, sensory profiles, nutritional
analysis and used the information to recommend a 'best buy'.
Then - suitably
dressed as food handlers – the pupils were provided with a variety of fresh
fruits and other ingredients, such as honey and yoghurt and briefed to design a
new smoothie product with similar quality features to the commercial products.
Johnston teacher at Wilmington Grammar School for Girls, said: "With technology
changing at an ever increasing rate, it is important that students explore
topics that are current and relevant to them.
activities and learning at the event were an excellent way for the students to
engage in a part of the curriculum that continues to change and impact our
lives - a fantastic opportunity for the students to learn and in an interactive
and exciting way!"
about the importance of introducing pupils to the practical elements of food
technology, Dr Ken Spears said: "The food
industry offers a wide range of careers in food technology, particularly in new
food product development, and these type of events give young students a
'taste' of higher education and career opportunities."