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Food Safety Education for Youth: Theme Park Kitchen Game is now Available!

The Learning Games Lab team at New Mexico State University recently hosted a webinar with the Extension Foundation to introduce their latest educational technology innovation: "Theme Park Kitchen," a food safety game for youth. Using their expertise in game-based learning and engaging young learners, the team has turned food safety education into an exciting game for the upcoming generation of food handlers.

"Theme Park Kitchen" is an online game aimed at both entertaining and educating youth about essential food safety practices. Players immerse themselves in various themed kitchens, where they learn to prepare and serve delicious meals while prioritizing safety measures. This game represents a revamp of "Ninja Kitchen," initially launched in 2011 to teach children fundamental food handling skills. In this updated version, particular attention has been given to enhancing cultural sensitivity, with the design team actively involving youth to creating a more inclusive game. The project received support from the New Technologies for Ag Extension program.

During the webinar, participants gained insights into how gameplay can effectively engage and educate, and learned about the inclusive design principles employed by the Learning Games Lab to develop Theme Park Kitchen. The team also shared practical strategies for educators and Extension agents to integrate the game into both formal and informal educational settings. Additionally, opportunities for collaboration with the Learning Labs design team were discussed.

Find  all the valuable resources from the session, including access to other interactive tools and games, publications related to the project, and presentation slides below! Also test the game for your own use and reach out to the team with ideas to use this game!

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The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit You can view the terms of useat

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