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Science and Our Food Supply - Middle School Guide: Dear Science Teacher

Science and Our Food SupplyTeacher's Guide for
Middle Level Science Classrooms

2007 Edition

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Dear Science Teacher,

What captures the interest of students? Food! A proven motivator, interest in food can be used to engage students in inquiry-based science. Never before has food science received the public attention it's receiving now - from scientists and public health officials to lawmakers and the media.

Taking advantage of this broad public interest, coupled with the richness of recent advances in food science, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) formed a partnership to develop teaching and learning materials. FDA is an agency of the U.S. government authorized by Congress to inspect, test, and set safety standards for all food, except meat, poultry, and processed eggs. NSTA is the world's largest professional organization dedicated to the teaching of science. Its mission is to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. Leading FDA food scientists from across the country provided their expertise in designing challenging laboratory experiments and activities for this program in collaboration with an expert panel of science teachers coordinated by NSTA.

We are pleased to present you with a copy of Science and Our Food Supply. This innovative, supplemental curriculum introduces students to the fundamentals of microbiology, while at the same time imparting important public health information. Custom designed for use by middle level science teachers, the emphasis is on an inquiry approach, which is in alignment with the National Science Education Standards.

Science and Our Food Supply suggests many useful teaching ideas and strategies. FDA and NSTA have also partnered in the development and offering of a "Professional Development Program in Food Science" designed to better prepare science teachers in the use of the curriculum materials to maximize the learning opportunities for their students. If you are interested in this program or other workshops and support opportunities, please contact the NSTA Professional Programs Division (www.nsta.org).

We are confident that you and your students will find Science and Our Food Supply to be a useful guide to an engaging and relevant learning experience.