Geneva, IL — FONA International, Inc. will host 40 teachers from neighboring DuPage County at a “Science Behind the Flavor” course on February 28 through its Discover FONA program, the company reports.
The object is to acquaint middle school and high school chemistry, science, culinary arts and food educators with the fundamentals of flavor science and chemistry and provide them with ideas and resources for interactive activities for their classrooms. Participants receive complete lesson plans for units on how lipids affect flavor and food descriptors, demonstrations involving sweeteners and blending flavors, and copies of the day's presentations, according to Katie Sudler, community education director of Discover FONA. In addition, they will learn about careers in the flavor and food industries to share with students.
Sudler explains: “They will have the opportunity to not only relate the topics to their curriculum, but also go back to their classrooms with knowledge of new STEM careers their students have likely never considered. No matter where they're coming from as teachers, we have something they can use in their classroom.”
Developed in 2012, Discover FONA has introduced more than 2,500 students to the world of flavor science. The company's educational outreach initiative also includes student tours, classroom visits and demonstrations and career fairs.