Teaching children about nutrition and eating well may be a logistical nightmare for some schools, but with a new concept called The Charlie Cart it doesn’t have to be. Inspired by the chuck wagons of American pioneers, the roaming cart is a fully-stocked mobile kitchen packed with enough equipment, lessons and training materials to get kids cooking in the classroom.

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The Charlie Cart is a durable, compact kitchen on wheels that includes everything needed to inspire students to participate in hands-on, healthful cooking lessons. Teachers and students can make just about anything with the cart’s cooktop and small oven, a rinsing station, mixing bowls, cutting boards and various cooking accessories. The mobile aspect of the cart is not only convenient for moving it between various classrooms, but also works for lessons held outdoors in school gardens or playgrounds.

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As the project’s Kickstarter campaign gets underway, the ambitious yet user-friendly cart is a practical way to bring nutrition and cooking education to every classroom. Charlie Cart comes with simple to use streamlined lessons and equipment kits for educators to use cooking projects as a way to “engage all the senses to reinforce academic concepts, influence attitudes about food, and foster lifelong healthy habits.”

+ The Charlie Cart Project Kickstarter