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Project challenge:

Eggcellent Omelet Challenge

Suggested Ages: 3rd – 5th Grades

Get cracking with this challenge to whip up an omelet that looks and tastes great! Stay DETERMINED to persevere through any veggie chopping, omelette flipping challenges you may encounter, and enjoy scrumptious success!

This is no ordinary DIY project for kids: It’s a step toward becoming an innovator.

 

Every Galileo Design-It-Yourself Challenge teaches the same techniques and mindsets that professional designers an engineers, artists and chefs use in their work. With skills like these, we believe you can change the world.

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Materials list:

Help your child find these materials or a close substitute: 

 

 

Ingredients for 1 large omelet (2-4 servings):

  • 4 eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • Optional: pinch of another spice you think could be delicious!
  • 2 teaspoons oil (for sautéing veggies)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon butter (for cooking eggs; could also replace with oil)
  • Optional: 1 cup spinach (or less)
  • Optional: 1/3 cup shredded cheese (or less)
  • Optional: ½ cup of mixed vegetables (see below)
  • Select the vegetables you want to include and then fill in the quantities (use up to ½ cup or 8 Tbs. in all). Get creative—Work with what you have and try fun new possibilities! 

 

___ Tbs. chopped onion
___ Tbs. chopped mushrooms
___ Tbs. chopped red pepper
___ Tbs. chopped zucchini
___ Tbs. chopped tomato
___ Tbs. some other veggie you think would be delicious

 

Equipment:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk or fork (for beating eggs)
  • Knife (for cutting veggies)
  • Cutting board
  • Dishtowel (to keep the cutting board in place)
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Stove
  • Non-stick frying pan
  • Hard spatula

 

Activity Steps:

Use these to keep your innovator on track as they create: 

 

      1. Crack eggs into a mixing bowl. Add spices and beat with a fork. Set aside.
      2. Dice vegetables into small pieces. You should have 1/2 cup (8 Tablespoons) of veggies in all. Set aside.
      3. If using greens and/or cheese, rinse up to1 cup spinach and shake water off. Set spinach and up to ½ cup cheese aside in separate piles near stove.
      4. Add 2 tsp. oil to frying pan. Add veggies and sauté on medium high heat (3-5 minutes). Set aside. Return the empty pan to the heat.
      5. If using spinach, add it to the empty pan and sauté 1-3 minutes until wilted. Leave spinach in the pan.
      6. Add 1/2 tablespoon butter and melt, coating the pan. If using spinach, spread evenly in the pan.
      7. Add the egg mixture into and cook undisturbed for about 30 seconds.
      8. Use the spatula to push cooked eggs toward the center. As you do this, tip the pan allowing the raw eggs to fill the gaps and cook. Continue until the omelet is mostly set around the edges, but still a bit runny in the center (about 3 minutes).
      9. Get ready to flip the omelette with the spatula. This is tricky so be determined. Lloosen the omelet on all sides; it’s ready if it slides when you give the pan a good shake. Lift the entire omelette like a pancake and flip it. Lower the heat to medium-low.
      10. Add the toppings. If using, sprinkle the cheese and sautéed vegetables over half of the omelet.
      11. When the eggs are fully cooked, use the spatula to fold the omelette in half. Lift the plain half over the half with the toppings.
      12. Slide the omelette out of the pan and onto a plate. Turn the burner OFF.
      13. Fill out the tasting notes (in the Eggcellent Omelet Making PDF) and enjoy!

 

Guiding Questions:

If your child is stuck, try asking these questions to help them keep on innovating: 

 

  • How might you set up your ingredients and cooking space for success?
  • What’s not working?  How might you try doing X differently? What if you try a different tool or adjust your technique?
  • If something didn’t go as planned (the eggs are over/under cooked, the omelet breaks while flipping, the eggs stick to the pan) how might you adapt and still make something delicious?

 

More Ideas:

Whatever the project there’s always an opportunity to add your own twists or extensions. Here are some ideas to get you started: 

 

  • If your child is new to any of the kitchen tools or appliances–provide the support and guidance needed for success. Try this 4-step process: 1) Do it for them (while they watch), 2) Do it with them, 3) Watch them do it, 4) Let them do it alone.
  • Encourage kids to read through ALL of the recipe steps BEFORE they start cooking so they are prepared for what’s coming up next.
  • Design an omelet quick fire challenge. Set a time limit for cooking the omelet from start to finish. Or set up two chefs in an omelet competition. Or invent another challenge
  • Be sure to set expectations for food use and clean up.

 

Wrap Up Questions:

Lock in the learning by asking your child these questions about their project and how they practiced the featured Innovator’s Mindset element: 

 

  • What was challenging about making the omelet? Were you able to stay determined and overcome those things? Do you think those things will be easier the next time you make an omelet?
  • What great omelet techniques did you discover or invent? What would you share with other kids who are going to try this challenge?
  • What new ideas would you like to try for future omelets? New flavor combos? New techniques? New plating ideas? Would you like to cook anything else with your omelet?

SHARE!

The last step in the Gallieo Innovator’s Process is SHARE. Great learning can come from sharing successes and failures—to solidify your own experience as an innovator and to inspire others.

 

SHARE WITH galileo

 

Snap a picture of your child’s omelet and share it with the Camp Galileo Anywhere community.

 

 

Share with family and friends

 

Your innovation doesn’t stop with you. Inspire someone else by sharing your project challenge—maybe they’ll try it themselves or maybe your project will give them a new idea.

 

  • Who: someone in your house, a family member, a friend
  • How: in person, on the phone, online
  • When: anytime, starting now!