Teaching kids the importance of nutrition, the Mobile Food Lab uses a converted school bus to make cooking friendlier and more accessible

Food impacts everyone's lives, and it has the power to bridge almost any kind of divide. Now design firm Tessellate Studio has partnered with the Reed Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting people with autism, to create an interactive, mobile exhibit inside a former school bus that teaches kids and employs adults with autism.

The Mobile Food Lab was designed to help educate kids from kindergarten through middle school on nutrition and gardening, all accomplished through an immersive and interactive channel. The 300-square-foot bus acts as both a greenhouse and an interactive exhibit that illustrates the importance of eating well, including cooking and gardening demonstrations. Amazingly, the Mobile Food Lab houses multi-sensory lessons and activations while fitting 30 people comfortably.

All of the lessons taught within the bus are meant to spark conversations about food, from the plant anatomy charts to the herb flavor profile outline. Tesselate and the Reed Foundation made sure to pique kids' curiosity while avoiding talking down to them. Workers with autism get the chance to interact with visitors, adding another layer of social good. And because it's completely mobile, the lab is much more accessible than other field trips.

Mobile Food Lab


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Food impacts everyone's lives, and it has the power to bridge almost any kind of divide. Now design firm Tessellate Studio has partnered with the Reed Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting people with autism, to create an interactive, mobile exhibit inside a former school bus that teaches kids and employs adults with autism.

The Mobile Food Lab was designed to help educate kids from kindergarten through middle school on nutrition and gardening, all accomplished through an immersive and interactive channel. The 300-square-foot bus acts as both a greenhouse and an interactive exhibit that illustrates the importance of eating well, including cooking and gardening demonstrations. Amazingly, the Mobile Food Lab houses multi-sensory lessons and activations while fitting 30 people comfortably.