A Science Project to Benefit Honduras

March 12, 2014

With every sourcing trip Emeran takes she aims to connect with the local culture and discover ways that A&E can impact the local communities in a positive way. The last trip to Honduras connected Emeran to a non-profit organization that assists teachers in Honduras called Buenos Vecinos/Good Neighbors

 With Honduran teachers in mind, A&E will be hosting a fun, interactive Science project at the café in Amherst exploring the fascinating nature of plants. The aim is to engage the local Amherst community while providing a benefit to schools in Honduras.

On March 16, we will lead participants through a fun and engaging project to learn about Chlorophyll, an important green pigment that helps plants absorb sunlight in order to undergo photosynthesis. We will use coffee leaves and coffee filters to perform Chromatography, a process of separating out pigments in order to see the full spectrum of colors within Chlorophyll. This project is suitable for kids of all ages, and will be an interesting way for adults to learn more about plants as well.

Honduras is a very agriculturally focused culture. Much of the economy relies on coffee farming, and a large portion of A&E’s coffee is sourced from this country as well.  Thus, a science project utilizing a common Honduran plant provides an interactive way for Honduran children to learn about science through a culturally relevant context.

After the experiment a group will build science kits for this project with coffee filters, black markers, and clear cup. A&E will send these kits to a school in Honduras in an effort to provide teachers with a fun way to inspire students to learn more about their local landscape and economy.

We hope to see you there!

What: Chlorophyll Chromatography Science Project
When: Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 3 to 4 p.m.
Where: A&E Coffee Roasters, Amherst, NH




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