2012 Food Engineering Essay Contest Links
Need some inspiration? The following links may help get you started:
If you are a teacher you might find the following links useful for your class:
University of Illinois Extension, Just for Kids—This page includes several modules with resources for kids and teachers including "Food Fun", "The Great Plant Escape", and "Where Your Food Comes From".
Lesson plans from AAAS—AAAS has several lesson plans that can be adapted for different classes. Check out these for starters:
- Global Breakfast—Students explore the concept of global interdependence by investigating the origins of the foods they eat. (Grades 3-5)
- Sanitation and Human Health—Students learn that advances in health and human life expectancy have resulted in large part because of technologies that we now take for granted, such as modern waste-disposal, sanitary food handling, and refrigeration. (Grades 6-8)
- Risks and Benefits—Students learn to assess and weigh the risks and benefits associated with innovations in science and technology. Topics include food irradiation and transgenic crops. (Grades 9-12)
Where Does Our Food Come From?—This worksheet shows how food gets from the farm to the kitchen. Students can fill in information about the process along the way.
Squashed Tomato Challenge—This is a great practical action resource from the UK National STEM Centre suitable for high school students.