WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
GrookIt is a grow and cook set for children to create awareness of the origin of our food. The children plant and grow the microgreens and then cook a dish with the home-grown plant. The set consists of a folder with recipes for children to cook dishes with micro-greens, micro-green seed bags and feedback cards for the parents in order to be more creative with their feedback on the dishes created by the kids. On the feedback, cards are stickers with words and stars for the overall performance. The stickers can be put on the recipe cards. The recipes are sorted into 3 categories; starters; mains and deserts. The fourth category is called favourites. In this category, the kids can store their favourite recipes. The recipe cards leave space for own notes and remarks. All recipes are laminated and therefore washable.
For the recipes, I also designed 5 different dishes. I experienced with different fruits and vegetables to create natural colouring. I created interesting and funny dished appealing to children, all containing microgreens. For the deserts, bean sprouts were most suitable.
HOW DID I GET THERE
GrookIt is the result of the course Exploring Interactions at TU Delft (2014)
In this course, we had to design and develop a concept together with the user. We were designing for a specific interaction vision. My goal was to make children feel proud about contributing to the dinner preparations and my envisioned interaction was to make them feel proud like being on stage and winning a trophy. The process included contextmapping in form of sensitising booklets that were given to a whole class of children in a Delft Primary school. The booklets were evaluated and the basis for following interviews and exercises carried out with some of the children from that school class. After the research phase concepts were created, tested with the children and iterated upon in several iterations. For the final project, a lot of exploration with food consistency, taste and natural colouring was done to develop the final recipes. The final concept was tested within a family.