Market food safety at retail and show me the data: Science fairs and rockmelon

I judged my first science fair this morning. I’ve done lots of stuff with schoolkids over the years – food is a wonderful teaching tool – but this was tough. There were 10 of us, judging about 180 projects at one elementary school. Being the newbie, I got the prep (kindergarten) and grade 1s (grade 2 would have been a conflict of interest). We had score sheets that will be returned to the students, and I thought, how do I evaluate this, I don’t want to crush the investigative soul of a 6-year-old. It’s fair game to crush the souls of PhD students and other profs through peer-review, but this felt like peer-review for little kids. I mainly wrote encouraging things and asked questions. The things kids think of. We…


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