GrookIt is a grow and cook set for children to create awareness of the origin of our food. It is the result of extensive research, contextual inquiry and iterative prototyping, taking a research through design approach.
USER RESEARCH , DESIGN CONCEPT & PROTOTYPE
CONTEXTMAPPING SESSIONS (GENEATIVE RESEARCH METHOD)
ITERATIVE CONCEPT VALIDATION (RESEARCH THROUGH DESIGN)
PROTOTYPES & FOOD EXPOERIMENTATION
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.
Research & Design Process
HOW DID I GET THERE
GrookIt is the result of the course Exploring Interactions at TU Delft. I worked together with the Montessori primary school in Delft. The goal was to create more awareness about where our food comes from and introduce seasonal and regional food choices to children in a playful way. The process included context mapping in form of sensitizing booklets that were given to a whole class of children in the primary school. The booklets were evaluated and the basis for following contextual interviews and exercises carried out with some of the children as well as their parents. 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 coloring was done to develop the final recipes. The final concept was tested within a family.