Students presenting the nutrient bars to the class.

Across the globe thousands of people struggle daily with food insecurities, hunger, and poverty. Biology teacher Nicole Washburn at Martin L. Nesbitt Jr. Discovery Academy (NDA) challenged her students to come up with a nutrient rich bar that could be used as a meal supplement in other countries. 

“Each group researched several facets of the country they chose, including a food that could be included in a nutrient bar,” she said. “They had to include at least one food that is locally sourced near or in their country, and then add other nutrients to the bar to make it a nutritious option. Students also had to follow the FDA guidelines for macronutrients which includes lipids, carbohydrates, and proteins. In class we are learning about the macromolecules used by living organisms such as those listed in the macronutrients.”

NDA strives to build globally minded students. Teachers are always looking for inventive ways to bring the outside world into the classroom. Ms. Washburn felt like this assignment was the perfect opportunity for students to dive into a foreign country that they are not familiar with. 

“I feel it’s important for students to connect concepts to real world examples and experiences,” Ms. Washburn said. “This was a chance to help students become familiar with other countries, particularly those that struggle with high poverty and food insecurity.”

For many students this assignment was very eye opening, revealing the differences people face in various areas of the world. Some students say that the project changed how they view things. 

“I would say this project did have an effect on me,” said ninth grader Evie, “I feel more grateful now for what I have, and to live in a country that doesn’t face a lot of food insecurities. I am more mindful now to not deliberately waste anything, as I know there are others in the world who are not as fortunate as I am.”

Nutrient bar made by a group of students.