Apple Valley, Calif.– Tamara Alt, a teacher at Apple Valley High School, was one of 30 teachers nationwide chosen to complete a food science training program developed and implemented in a partnership between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and Graduate School USA.
The one-week program for middle and high school science teachers, as well as family and consumer science and health education teachers, took place in Washington this summer.
Alt has already implemented this training into the classroom, and her students recently began a lab designed to answer the question “Where does bacteria grow?”
The training is part of the FDA/NSTA Professional Development Program in Food Science, a sustained effort to train U.S. teachers to use FDA’s curriculum in their classrooms nationwide and train additional teachers in their area of the country. The goal of the program is to educate teachers and students about critical food safety issues such as foodborne illnesses by exploring the science behind them.
The program arms teachers with a unique topic and curriculum with which to teach science. In addition, participants learn about nutrition, food allergies, cosmetics safety, and color additives from FDA experts. The teachers also receive nutrition education material to help teach their students how to use the Nutrition Facts label to make better food choices.
(source: Apple Valley Unified School District news release)