Project Summary and Intended Outcomes
This project aims to develop much needed youth curriculum on various topics surrounding seafood. Seafood represents a very healthy underutilized protein in the US and is one of the most promising sectors of the food industry with regard to increasing the protein supply to feed a growing population. Although farm raised seafood is the fastest growing food sector worldwide American consumers are still unfamiliar and have negative views of farmed fish. This project will result in the development of a curriculum that can be used to educate middle and high school students and teachers to promote a future of better informed seafood consumers.
Roles and Responsibilities
The intern’s responsibilities will be to first work with the extension lead and some community educators to develop an adaptive 1-3 hour curriculum with interactive learning activities for middle and high school age students. The curriculum will focus on safety, nutrition and sustainability of fished and farmed seafood. Once the curriculum is developed the intern will engage with students to teach the new curriculum at aquariums and summer camp programs across Long Island. Depending on interest and time constraints the internship will end with the intern helping run a teacher workshop to introduce teachers on Long Island to the new curriculum.
Qualifications and Previous Coursework
The student intern should have taken at least 4 introductory level courses in either food science or marine biology and past experience working with youth.
Benefits and Skills
Better understanding of safety, nutrition and sustainability of farmed and fished seafood
Teaching experience at middle and high school level
Professional development through community outreach and networking