Hands On teaches middle school students food safety concepts while meeting state-mandated curriculum standards in the core subject areas.
Using highly effective research-based instructional strategies, student labs, and hands-on activities, the Hands On curriculum covers subject areas in math, science, social studies, and language arts during the week-long unit. Teachers of all subjects work together to teach these interdisciplinary lessons, allowing students to build on food safety concepts from all subjects, improving knowledge and retention.
At this time the Hands On curriculum and related materials are provided to participating schools at no financial cost to the school (a $600 value). This free access is made possible through generous contributions from industry organizations, foundations and government grants.
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This program is operated through a partnership between the Grocery Manufacturers Association Science and Education Foundation (GMA SEF), The University of Tennessee, and the Partnership for Food Safety Education. The GMA SEF oversees the day-to-day operations of the program and provides funding support. PFSE provides a platform at fightbac.org for hosting the downloadable curriculum. The University of Tennessee handles order fulfillment.