The Hands On Classrooms program provides resources for students, teachers, administrators, and parents on the basics of food safety, food systems and processing, and many other topics.

Using highly effective research-based lesson plans, student labs, and hands-on activities, Hands On curricula covers subject areas in math, science, social studies, and language arts and are aligned to state content standards in each of these areas. Teachers of all subjects work together to teach interdisciplinary lessons, allowing students to build on food safety concepts from all subjects, improving knowledge and retention.

Hands On Classrooms is operated as a program of the Grocery Manufacturers Association Science and Education Foundation.  The GMA SEF provides support and manages the daily operations of the program.  More information on the GMA SEF can be found here. 


AMLE - Association for Middle Level Education
We are proud to announce that all Hands On curricula are officially endorsed by the Association for Middle Level Education.  For more information on AMLE, click here.


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Biology in a Box — Biology and Math are better together! Check out more hands-on, inquiry-based activities for K-12. Activity books for 10 units of different topics in biology and ecology are available free through the web.

Partnership for Food Safety Education– The Partnership for Food Safety Education provides additional resources for K-12 students related to the core pillars of food safety: cook, clean, chill, and separate. 

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