Published: Wednesday, August 6, 2008 9:36 AM CDT
Avil Snow, Food Science teacher at Heber Springs High School,
and Mrs. Alice Mullis, a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher from
Georgia, attended the 99th Annual Conference and Expo of the
American Association of Family and Consumer Science (AAFCS), which
was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin June 19-21.
This year’s theme was “Evolving Technology: Impact on Individuals,
Families, and Communities”. Over 900 Family and Consumer Sciences
professionals from across the United States attended this year’s
national conference that kicked off AAFCS’s Centennial
Celebration. Next year the 100th anniversary will be held in
Ms. Snow and Mrs. Mullis were invited to attend the conference
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug
Administration, and the National Science Teachers Association to
participate in their Food Safety and Food Science Exhibit.
“Science and Our Food Supply” is a curriculum that was developed by
the FDA and NSTA for teachers to use in middle and high school
classrooms to teach students about food science and food safety.
During the Expo Ms. Snow and Mrs. Mullis worked with FDA/USDA
representatives Mrs. Louise Dickerson and Ms. Brandy Maes handing
out classroom curriculum and reference guides, videos, brochures,
classroom posters, student games, DVDs, and numerous other teacher
resources. Ms. Snow and Mrs. Mullis presented mini sessions to
teachers on how to use the materials they received.
Since attending the “FDA/NSTA Professional Development Program
in Food Science” held in Washington, D.C. and Salt Lake City, UT in
2006, Ms Snow has presented hands-on food safety labs and food
science teaching materials to over 150 Family and Consumer Sciences
teachers in Arkansas.
A select group of 40 teachers from middle schools and high schools
are chosen each year to attend this workshop where they are taught
how to use the curriculum, participate in actual food science labs
at the University of Maryland, and participate in field trips to
the USDA Farm and FDA Headquarters.
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