Science of Food Safety

SciPack

SciPacks are self-directed online learning experiences for teachers to enhance their understanding of a particular scientific concept and its related pedagogical implications for student learning. Unlimited expert content help via email and a final assessment both facilitate and document teacher learning.

The Science of Food Safety SciPack, co-developed between FDA and NSTA, explores the science underlying food safety. This SciPack is focused on Standards and Benchmarks related the composition and functioning of cells and viruses; the growth, reproduction, and evolution of bacteria; the fundamentals of the human immune system; and societal precautions against foodborne illness.

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Reviews (21)
  • on Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:38 PM

The structure of the SciPacks really help me understand the underlying concepts that surround each topic. I had a lot of fear of science before learning about the NSTA Learning Center, and Initially, I was unsure of how well I'd grasp scientific concepts in a self-paced, online format. However, the carefully sequenced topics, interactive activities and simulations, in addition to the voice-over explanations work well together to help deepen my understanding in the content area. Especially valuable are the pedagogical implications and common student misconceptions. I feel a lot more knowledgeable about a subject after using a SciPack, and I highly recommend the Science of Food Safety SciPack to anyone needing to learn more about this topic or review key concepts.

Naomi Beverly  (Marietta, GA)
Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA)

  • on Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:33 PM

The food safety science pack was very informing. There was very good information for me as the teacher, that would help the food science lesson come alive and be more interesting to the students. I learned a lot'especially with those topics I felt very confident about.

Delphine Malloy
Delphine Malloy

  • on Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:33 PM

The food safety science pack was very informing. There was very good information for me as the teacher, that would help the food science lesson come alive and be more interesting to the students. I learned a lot'especially with those topics I felt very confident about.

Delphine Malloy
Delphine Malloy

  • on Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:27 PM

I found this to be a very informative and helpful SciGuide. I really liked how it gave me lesson plan ideas on simple yet important topics such as handwashing. In Kindergarten, handwashing is very crucial and important to ensure the health and well being of the students. I also liked the section on properly caring for and raising farm animals. We are fortunate enough to visit our neighboring highschool which has a mini farm. The students have a better understanding of where food comes from (instead of the local store or the kitchen). I also liked the section on the 4 C's. These lessons can be easily adapted to a Kindergarten classroom.

Deanna Spain
Deanna Spain

  • on Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:26 AM

I completed this SciPak in order to belatedly be a better advisor to an FLL team as they finished up their cimpetition. I am very glad I did, as it helped me do a better job of helping them understand the many complex things that go into food saftety and how their project could address the issue. I also learned a great deal personally, which is good too.

Laura Jones  (Herndon, VA)
Laura Jones (Herndon, VA)

  • on Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:52 AM

This resource contains a plethora of information and as a newby to food safety, I found it all informative and extremely relevant. I most certainly can use the simulations/interactives, graphics, and quizzes with my scholars to help them bridge the gap between the science learned in the classroom to the world outside of school. I loved this SciPack...it's one of my new-found favorites (as I reflect on the knowledge gained to my personal life).

Lorrie Armfield  (Laurel, MD)
Lorrie Armfield (Laurel, MD)

  • on Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:53 PM

This is considered to be my favorite science lesson. it is most real, relevant, so much into our daily life. I appreciate so much how the lesson involved current researches and social awareness.

Ronaldo Relador  (Bowie, MD)
Ronaldo Relador (Bowie, MD)

  • on Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:45 PM

I found this Sci Pak incredible valuable to myself as science educator. There is a ton of information to take in, and if you are not familiar with food science, I would definitely take notes as you go thru each section. This will make the final assessment easier to get thru. All sections give you enough explanations and knowledge, so you could include mini lessons within your larger units, or construct units on the topic as a standalone. I found it simple to implement some of the simple concepts within my classroom lessons. The information on fauna in the intestinal track was review for me; however, I never thought to include tid-bits of this information as my students study the human body. Also check out the NSTA/FDA professional development program, if you are looking for a hands-on experience with free curriculum. They are a great resource if you have questions throughout the SciPak.

Elizabeth Dalzell  (Colorado Springs, CO)
Elizabeth Dalzell (Colorado Springs, CO)

  • on Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:02 PM

When i was doing this SciPack, I found it very informative. When I did my PD indexer to figure out which SciPack I should do I did mine on Life Science and the Science of Food Safety was my lowest one. Doing the SciPack really helped me in learning things i really did not know before. Although the final assessment was challenging it all was okay in the end.

Kimberly Glover
Kimberly Glover

  • on Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:02 PM

When i was doing this SciPack, I found it very informative. When I did my PD indexer to figure out which SciPack I should do I did mine on Life Science and the Science of Food Safety was my lowest one. Doing the SciPack really helped me in learning things i really did not know before. Although the final assessment was challenging it all was okay in the end.

Kimberly Glover
Kimberly Glover

  • on Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:45 PM

I thought the engaging introductions were a great jumping point especially if seen from a students point of view. I enjoyed how it started with a common issue that occurs in life (e.g. a child having stomach issues and background information) and how to understand the situation, the packet links the situation to cell biology. There was a nice variety of activities and videos that kept the lesson from being monotonous. Throughout the lessons, there were some quiz questions appeared before the readings that gave the answers, I do not know if this was done on purpose or not, but I think organization would reduce frustration when searching for answers. Overall, great packet. Informational, content was nicely organized and great resources to help understand concepts.

Ryan
Ryan

  • on Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:23 PM

Overall, I thought this was a pretty good SciPack. It was interesting to learn the history of food preservation and the technology that is used to track where food contamination is originating from. In today's world, where the food you eat travels many miles and is touched by many hands, a simple mistake made by one person in one place can have profound consequences. I don't know why they chose to start the SciPack by teaching about prokaryotic vs. eukaryotic cells. Yes, food issues are all caused by by prokaryotic cells, but I don't see how that information was relevant to the actual matters of food safety. It's not that I consider that material unimportant, I just don't see why it was put in this SciPack.

Eric Carlson  (Royal City, WA)
Eric Carlson (Royal City, WA)

  • on Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:45 PM

Nice refresher on basic biology of cells, cell types and cellular metabolism. LOVED the two CSI activites towards the very end. These would be absolutely fun and engaging for my students to do. Great summaries of the 12 major players that cause food borne illnesses. Didin't like how many times they used the term "germ/germs" in most sections or when they told us to clean out our ear wax by using Q-tips. My MD says this is a no-no.

Katherine Jezidija-Kendall
Katherine Jezidija-Kendall

  • on Sun Dec 26, 2010 6:10 PM

“Science of Food Safety” is only the second sci-pack I’ve completed. The first was “Cell Structure and Function” and that one was very linear in its covering of the various topics. This sci-pack is more scattered and covers a wider variety of topics (including but not limited to: prokaryotes vs. eukaryotes, viruses, symbiosis, immune response, population growth curves, reproduction and variation, etc.) under the umbrella of food-borne illnesses and bacteria. I found the topics very interesting and a good review; however, if learning this material for the first time, I don’t know if the variety of topics would keep my interest or begin to feel overwhelming. I do feel that the information was presented in a clear way and have honestly thought about incorporating some (probably not all) of these topics in a more integrated high school biology unit. The last section of “Food Safety and You” also encompassed a lot of personal safety and public policy to add information not always provi

David
David

  • on Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:02 PM

I found this resource very interesting and filled with knowledge. This SciPack wasn't what I expected though. I thought this source would focus more on how food broke down through decomposition and might have some topics within on being biodegradable ,but it seemed to rely more on cellular aspects and ways to handle food safely. However, for those topics this source is filled with ineeded information.

Anna
Anna

  • on Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:38 PM

Plenty of good information, but I think the details about the various foodborne illnesses, for example, could have been presented in a more memorable way. The tests were way too tricky -- tested one's ability to decipher the questions and answers far more than one's knowledge base. I'll use some of the basic, primary information from this unit in my own teaching, but I'd develop the more detailed info on pathogens, agencies, etc., a little differently.

Gina  (Ruidoso Downs, NM)
Gina (Ruidoso Downs, NM)

  • on Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:54 PM

This scipack was all right for a very general overview, but there wasn't a lot of depth to the subject matter. Some of the animations were useful and it did cover a range of topics important to food safety, but I would have likied a little more detail.

Rebecca F  (Elizabeth, WV)
Rebecca F (Elizabeth, WV)

  • on Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:37 AM

You know, a great change in the final assessment would be to show which questions were missed and why. When I mess up an assessment, I go back but it's hit or miss and it would be more productive for me to see what the test maker considered to be the right answer. I wouldn't even mind the second and third chance tests to have some or all different questions to avoid short cuts

James Johnson  (Custer City, PA)
James Johnson (Custer City, PA)

  • on Thu Jul 28, 2016 4:44 PM

I appreciated the content layout, but the final assessment is difficult. I agree with some of the previous posters. There are some trick questions, and trying to go back to learn the material again, I find it difficult to locate the content used to create the assessment. Plus, not knowing exactly which ones were missed and why, I'm unsure about what material I have mastered.

Carrie Akins  (Edmond, OK)
Carrie Akins (Edmond, OK)

  • on Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:57 PM

I failed this Scipack a number of times. I found the material needlessly complex and unclear in many places and the final exam riddled with "trick" questions.

James Johnson  (Custer City, PA)
James Johnson (Custer City, PA)

  • on Sat Nov 03, 2012 12:36 AM

I took the assessment twice and failed twice. The first time I got an error message. The second time, I failed and it said I answered 27 out of 30 correctly: Life's Starting point of 1; How Cells function 6 of 4; Bacteria are everywhere 2 of 3; The chemistry of cells 0 of three; Requirements for reproduction 3 of 2; Variation and selection 3 of 2, most interactions are good 0 of 1; Avoiding the Bad 2 of 2; Dealing with the ugly 2 of 4; Personal food safety 5 of 4; Public Policy and Technology 3 of 4. 27 out of 30 looks like 90%. It said I got 50%...

James Johnson  (Custer City, PA)
James Johnson (Custer City, PA)


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