Get involved! Volunteer for Firebellies Middle School Science and Cooking Project

Dear Foodies,

Hope y’all are having great breaks.

As many of you probably know, Firebellies is expanding its successful Young Northfield Chefs program at the local middle school. Over the next academic year, middle school youth attending the Firebellies Young Northfield Chefs program will embark on an exciting culinary adventure, with a scientific touch. Using science as their tool and food as their working material, Middle Schoolers will work with Carleton students to explore the wonderful world of science, through cooking. Together, students and volunteers will connect simple observations of food with more complex scientific principles central to the study of chemistry, biology and physics.

Through hands-on cooking experiments, students will learn scientific concepts while building meaningful relationships with Carleton students. The program will also include field trips to the college and to local farms, facilitating numerous opportunities for youth to connect with the local community.

Middle school students will not be the only ones benefiting from the added science component; four Carleton students will work closely with Deborah Gross, professor of Chemistry and an avid foodie, in an independent study. The student-initiated project brings together Carls from different backgrounds and will guide the work not only of the broader volunteering operation, but also the development of a curriculum that will be shared with the world.  

If you could not commit to the independent study/schedules did not work out, or if you just want an amazing volunteering opportunity, I would recommend you to volunteer with the program! It will be a 2hr/week-commitment for 5 weeks, starting around 4th week. You are expected to attend the brief planning meetings (20-30mins) on Sundays as well.

If you are interested, please fill out the really brief application (attached) and send it to me by September 20th. I have attached the volunteering application. We will most likely do the volunteering on Thursdays, from 3-5pm.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Greetings from Sweden,


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