Self-sustaining kitchen teaches kids about healthy living

Interactive, self-sustaining kitchen teaches kids how to grow and cook food.

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German design student, 24-year-old Tobias Tsamisis has proposed a way to teach children the importance of a healthy diet using a self-sustaining kitchen. The interactive, educational tool pairs technology with the basics of life.

“I asked myself why do we need all of this futuristic and super high tech products for a healthy future. We need something that teaches our children an essential life skill: How to plant and cook your own healthy food,” says Tsamisis.

The kitchen produces its own fruits and vegetables using the waste generated by its integrated aquaponic system. Aquaponics is the marriage of aquaculture, raising fish, and hydroponics, the soil-less growing of plants. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the growing plants while the plants provide a natural filter for the water the fish are raised in.

The “Future Classroom” has a cooking area, equipped with a cooking stove and a sink which can be hidden when not in use.

The two sections are connected by an interactive screen which allows the users to generate their own profiles. The techy addition is designed to keep kids interested by rewarding them with digital awards and awarding them with interesting and funny facts. The platform encourages the sharing of these facts among profiles. “It´s a way to teach the children in a playful way for a healthy and happy future,” says Tsamisis.

The Future Classroom aims to teach kids how to plant food, where food comes from, the importance of the quality of food all while having fun.

“In addition to conventional education, the kids can decide what they want to learn, what they want to collect. It is to support their interests and creativity!”

Tsamisis’ concept has been entered into the Electrolux Design Lab – a global design competition open to undergraduate and graduate design students.