Youth Farmed and Fished Seafood Education Program

Worksite Location
Suffolk County - Stony Brook, NY
Project Dates
Approx. June 1 - July 28
Faculty Sponsor
Eugene Won, Animal Science
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Michael Ciaramella - NY Sea Grant
Stipend Amount
$4,000
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