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Teach Science Concepts and Inquiry with Food
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar took place on December 18, 2008, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Alan Tart, a Regional Retail Food Specialist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The presentation focused on biological food safety hazards.

This was the second, of two, Web Seminars presented as follow-up to the Food and Drug Administration’s Symposium at the NSTA Area Conference on Science Education in Portland, OR. In this program the presenter shared examples biological food safety hazards and described the growth and survival characteristics of various biological food safety hazards. Mr. Tart, a former science teacher, also lead a discussion about how teachers could use this information with students in the classroom. Note: The presenter experienced a few technical difficulties with his Internet connection.


Twenty-one (21) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Seminar participants received a one year subscription to one of NSTA’s SciGuide for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I will be able to use the part about acids/bases in the classroom. I will also inform the students that hand sanitizer is not as effective as hand washing and will encourage them to do so.”


  • “I can definitely use this information when discussing chemical reactions that take place in the body and also when discussing viruses and bacteria.”


  • “Relevant to everyone. Many ideas and directions possible to teach students about food safety, microorganisms, and biology in general.”


  • “I love attending Web Seminars. They fit my schedule and I am able to learn new ideas from the comfort of my own home.”


Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


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