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Teaching Science with Food Safety
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 April 27, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Alan Tart of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In this Seminar, Mr. Tart talked about what the FDA’s Food Code is and how it is developed and the application to the science classroom.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

This is the second of two Web Seminars scheduled as a follow-up to the Teaching Science with Food Symposia that took place at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Philadelphia, PA. In this program, Alan Tart talked about specifics of the FDA Food Code with respect to handling food, treating food properly with regard to temperature control, and what characteristics can make a food a potential hazard. The participants were asked to think about the application of the information to the classroom and to one’s personal life. Mr. Tart offered a variety of classroom resources that are free from FDA and can be used to educate students in a number of national science standards while addressing an issue of growing importance, food safety.

Twenty-seven (27) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. In addition, one participant joined the presentation from a country outside of the Unites States: Turkey.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center 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 can tie in the bactericidal properties of some of the chemicals mentioned.”

  • “Great material presented. will use in life science-in bacteria, virus and disease unit.”

  • “It was very informative. The information is great for students to learn about because it is relevant to their lives and the food they eat.”

  • “I teach Culinary Arts and Nutrition so we study and perform food safety practices every day...”

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

For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org

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