Before distributing the cultural probe kits on the kids, it is best to test out the questions on a few children first to make sure that an average child of the same age understands the requirements. Often, researchers discover missing points or realize issues that only become apparent with the child’s input. Initially, we met with Professor Bahous who teaches education in the Lebanese American University in Beirut, to look over our questions and give us feedback, as she is extensively experienced with such projects and Lebanese children. We also met up with Nadine Touma of Dar Onboz, who recently finished filming a documentary with children and their families in Lebanese rural areas concentrating on their traditional eating habits.
We asked parents and friends to help us find children between the ages of 10 and 12 from different demographics across Lebanon, who would be willing to test the questions with us. Some of the questions (see above) are very personal and would give us insight about how the kids feel about the world surrounding them and themselves, the answers could help us find smarter ways to reach them and better ways to integrate a healthy lifestyle into their everyday lives. We are currently piloting our probe kit questions before mass producing a significant quantity and issuing them to schools who have already approved the project. Thanks to Toufoula’s founded reputation and previous projects, the dispensation part of the project has been relatively easy for the MENA Design Research Center.