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NIU FoodMASTER program receives $930K grant

The Holmes Student Center at Northern Illinois University Jan. 10, 2019.
The Holmes Student Center at Northern Illinois University Jan. 10, 2019.

DeKALB – Northern Illinois University is boosting its health sciences programming thanks to a $930,000 grant for a FoodMASTER initiative.

According to NIU newsroom, the grant was given through the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership to supplement training for K-12 teachers.

The FoodMASTER initiative helps educators use food as a tool to teach math and science through hands-on activities such as preparing egg white foams; learning chemical reactions by observing how bananas turn brown; using cabbage juice to distinguish between a basic or an acidic solution; and discovering where germs can hide on your hands a solution called Glo Germ.

The FoodMASTER program at NIU will be funded by this grant for five years, in addition to funding other free curriculum, updating the program website, and pilot testing the program in and outside of Illinois.

The FoodMASTER program is also supported by the Science Education Partnership and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

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