Recently the Master Franchise of High Touch High Tech in Turkey, Eglenceli Bilim, began working on a project with major non-governmental organization, TEGV, focusing on science education for children in Turkey. The project will last 3-5 years to promote math and science skills of 40,000 children in Turkey. It’s been a few months since Eglenceli Bilim and TEGV started their project together and we just wanted to give you an update on how well things are going!
Here is a video showing students in Turkey receiving our hands-on, educational, science programs!
Programming is going to start this month in the cities of Istanbul, Izmir, Adana, and Giresun. During the month of March around 300 school aged children will have started participating in High Touch High Tech’s hands-on science programming. A projected amount of 2500 children will have joined the programs by the end of the year!
Recently, the High Touch High Tech location in Turkey provided teacher training to those who will be helping with this project. Here are some photos from that training event.
With ‘Turkey Day’ on the way it’s important to discuss the ever popular myth that turkey makes you sleepy!
For the past few decades, we’ve blamed post-Thanksgiving drowsiness on tryptophan, an amino acid found in turkey meat. Is this really fair or should we be pointing our fingers somewhere else? Perhaps somewhere closer to our empty plates and full bellies? Tryptophan indeed is linked to drowsiness – that’s no myth. It’s a biochemical precursor to serotonin, which has a calming effect on the brain and body. But to put an ordinarily awake person into a state of slumber it would generally have to be consumed on an empty stomach, in combination with little no other protein (which limits the absorption of tryptophan by the body), and in amounts larger than are typically gobbled up during a holiday feast. L-tryptophan is also present in chocolate, some fruits, dairy, red meat and eggs. But we as a society don’t associate those food items with drowsiness. However, tryptophan is almost certainly not the cause of the Turkey Day food coma. The real culprit? It’s probably a combination of your body working hard to digest a large meal and a fervent desire to put off doing the dishes!