Food Science continues to be one of those areas that FACS teachers are still having difficulty teaching properly. This can be due to lack of knowledge, lack of resources, or lack of interest in the subject matter. Whenever I find a resource that addresses one of those areas, I have to share it.
Virtual labs can assist you in teaching your students the basic laboratory techniques and practice methods when you are short on resources. It is very interactive and it allows your students to virtually participate in different laboratory experiments that they may not otherwise get to experience. In addition, the virtual lab comes with a curriculum guide and other activities that can be used to assist with teaching these lessons.
This resource includes labs for the following topics:
- Test for Mold (Food Toxins)
- Bacteria Sampling
- Using the Microscope
- PH Scale
- Water and more!
Hope this resource helps. Remember, we are a part of STEM, let’s make our mark!!!
2 thoughts on “Virtual Labs for Food Science”
It helps if the FACS teacher can team up with a science teacher. That was my introduction to food science 6 years ago and it was so helpful. For the first time in 6 years, Food Science is being offered again and I’m so excited to be able to teach it.
I couldn’t agree more. We (New Mexico State University and South Dakota State University) developed the virtual labs with educators from FACS, Agriculture and Science as our primary audience. Glad to hear you are teaching food science and partnering with your science teacher. We NEED more food scientists.
Dr. Joan Hegerfeld-Baker
SDSU Extension Food Safety Specialist