The following educational research proposal is a request for funding to investigate the impact of the FoodMASTER (Food, Math, and Science Teaching Enhancement Resource) Initiative approach on underserved, minority youth attitudes towards science. The FoodMASTER Initiative is a compilation of programs aimed at using food as a tool to teach basic research, science, and math concepts to grades 3-8 youth. The proposed research project focuses on authentic STEM Education opportunities for underserved, minority youth that positively impact attitudes towards science. The brief specific aims include 1) creating new FoodMASTER curricular materials, 2) establishing a Deep South Network to serve as a model to others, create new implementation formats and assess impact on attitudes towards science, and 3) creating field trip experiences for underserved minority youth in Eastern North Carolina. Implementing these NIH SEPA FoodMASTER Initiative specific aims will increase science learning opportunities for underrepresented minorities and impact the health professions STEM pipeline.

Public Health Relevance

The proposed research project focuses on authentic STEM Education opportunities for underserved, minority youth that positively impact attitudes towards science. This project will impact informal science learning environments for grades 3-8 by 1) creating new FoodMASTER curricular materials, 2) establishing a Deep South Network to serve as a model to others, create new implementation formats and assess impact on attitudes towards science, and 3) creating field trip experiences for underserved minority youth in Eastern North Carolina. The NIH SEPA FoodMASTER Initiative will increase science learning opportunities for underrepresented minorities and impact the health professions STEM pipeline.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
Office of The Director, National Institutes of Health (OD)
Type
Education Projects (R25)
Project #
1R25OD023721-01
Application #
9298155
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1)
Program Officer
Beck, Lawrence A
Project Start
2017-08-01
Project End
2018-07-31
Budget Start
2017-08-01
Budget End
2018-07-31
Support Year
1
Fiscal Year
2017
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Name
East Carolina University
Department
Nutrition
Type
Schools of Arts and Sciences
DUNS #
607579018
City
Greenville
State
NC
Country
United States
Zip Code
27858