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Science and Our Food Supply - Free Supplementary Curriculum for Middle Level and High School Classrooms

2014 Edition

What captures the interest of students? FOOD! Yes, food can be used to engage students in inquiry-based science — really! The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have created Science and Our Food Supply, an innovative, interactive supplementary curriculum for use in middle level and high school science classes. An advisory board of experienced teachers just like you developed and tested the materials.

Food safety has become an important national focus. Each year, approximately one sixth of the U. S. population has mild to severe illnesses caused by pathogens in food — and more than 3,000 people die from them. Learning food safety science will enable your students to better understand decisions and practices that may affect their personal health. It will encourage them to step up to the plate and take an active role in preventing foodborne illness.

This curriculum is linked to current education standards.


Science and Our Food Supply Teacher Guides

Science and Our Food Supply Teacher GuidesThe Science and Our Food Supply Teacher Guides are challenging hands-on, minds-on activities that link food science and food safety to students' everyday lives. They are crafted in a teacher-friendly modular format that covers food science from the farm to the table. They easily fit into science, health, and other classes.

In each guide you’ll find in-depth activities and labs covering this broad range of topics:

  • Bacteria, including Foodborne Pathogens
  • Pasteurization Technology
  • The Science of Cooking a Hamburger
  • DNA Fingerprinting
  • Outbreak Analysis

Middle Level Guide (PDF 17MB)  High School Guide (PDF 17MB)


Additional Program Components

Dr. X and the Quest for Food Safety Interactive Video

  • Features a savvy food scientist (Dr. X) and student (Tracy) who introduce and reinforce the science concepts in the activities and experiments
  • Students will get the inside scoop on emerging microbes: how they live, grow, and s-p-r-e-a-d!
  • Explores behind-the-scenes research in laboratories and the latest food safety technologies that affect the foods we eat
  • Meet real-life scientists working in a variety of food science careers 

Food Safety A to Z Reference Guide   

  • The most current, comprehensive food science information in an easy-to-use alphabetical format
  • Need-to-know practices for handling, preparing, cooking, and serving food
  • Insider interviews with real-life scientists
  • Tips, fun facts, and answers to your most frequently asked food safety questions

Careers in Food Science

So you want to be a scientist? Learn all about what it takes to make it happen by checking out these exciting interviews! Professionals working in a variety of food safety careers tell all about their jobs and scientific discoveries, and reveal their secrets for success.

Lose a Million (Bacteria) Game

"Lose a Million (Bacteria)" is a fun game based on the popular TV game show, "Who Wants to be a Millionaire." The game begins with a million bacteria. The object of the game is to lose bacteria.  


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