Steamboat Springs Freshman students at Steamboat Springs High School will travel around the world to literally get a taste of different cultures from 10 am to 1 p.m. today.
The Upper Emerald Mountain F.L.I.T.E. students have spent almost three weeks preparing for their culture fair. The freshmen picked any country they wanted, researched it and will finally showcase their efforts.
Each student was required to make a display board featuring aspects of their country. The board had to include climate, precipitation and temperature graphs, along with a travel brochure and a traditional recipe. The students were required to find out how much the dish they chose would cost for a person from that country. The students will then make the dishes and share them during the fair.
"I made Scottish cheddar cheese soup and Scottish toffee for my project," said student Laura Philip. "I figured out that it would cost about 2 percent of a Scottish person's income to prepare the dish, which is a fair amount. They could probably eat the soup on a daily basis."
Philip is planning on dressing up in a traditional Scottish scarf and plaid skirt and playing the Braveheart Soundtrack for everyone at the fair. "I've spent a lot of time on this project," she said. "The display board took me three hours and the toffee took me one hour, and we've been researching for a long time."
As a part of their final grade, students are required to sample food and learn about cultures from five different continents, not including North America or Antarctica. The students researched a variety of cultures, choosing almost any region they wanted.