This topic, from the Association for Science Education (ASE), focuses on nutrition and looks at links between diet and health. Students are able to reflect on the nutritional and social values of different diets and then exchange information about their findings. As they work though the topic the students make a personal survey of what is eaten locally during a typical day, gather information about current and traditional eating habits and find out about local concerns related to diet.

After exchanging their findings and views with students in other countries, students compare and discuss the responses received from classes in other parts of the world.

This topic fits into the general biology curriculum as well as chemistry, home economics and languages. In most countries it is suitable for students aged 12-14. It is available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Bulgarian and Arabic.

This resource was included in the ASE Science Year CD as part of the AKA Science collection. There are still active schools making use of Science Across the World topics and exchanging ideas and information. For details visit the Science Across the World pages of the ASE web site.

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