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Sara Ducey

Paul Peck Humanities Institute Director; and Professor of Nutrition and Food
Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland
Teacher/Educator, Curriculum Developer, Topic Enthusiast
Science, Social Studies, Other : Humanities, Museum Pedagogy, Food and Nutrition, Environmental Health Science

Sara Bachman Ducey is director of the Paul Peck Humanities Institute (PPHI) at Montgomery College (MC) in suburban Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. She is committed to supporting creative, interdisciplinary and integrative learning for students, and for faculty. She leads or contributes to faculty workshops on integrative learning, object-based learning, digital storytelling and community engaged learning. She has previously served MC in a variety of roles including, Collegewide Chair for Integrative Studies, Coordinator for the Women’s Studies Program, and Coordinator for Nutrition & Food courses. Learn more about the PPHI by visiting

She earned a BS in Plant and Soil Science from University of Massachusetts, an MS in Human Nutrition from Michigan State University and an MPH in Environmental Health Science from University of Maryland. She teaches NUTR101 Intro to Nutrition and her classes routinely visit Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of American History museums.

Sara is recipient of MC’s “On Her Shoulders We Stand,” the Faculty Outstanding Service Award,” and is Emmy-nominated, with MCTV’s Dan Rankin, for producing “Access to History - Blackbird: The Fastest Spy Plane.” This video, with more than three million views, centers on a trip by MC student veterans to Smithsonian’s Stephen F. Udvar Hazy Air and Space museum.

Sara Ducey's collections


Sara Ducey, An Introduction to Teaching with Objects and the Smithsonian

<p>This Learning Lab collection is a companion to the <strong>edX</strong> course, <strong><em><a href="" target="_blank">Teaching with the Smithsonian: Addressing 21st-Century Challenges in the College Classroom</a></em></strong>, and the video interview, <em>A</em><em>n Introduction to Teaching with Objects and the Smithsonian</em>, featuring Sara Bachman Ducey, Paul Peck Humanities Institute director at Montgomery College in Maryland, USA.</p> <p></p> <p><br></p>
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Seeing, Thinking and Wondering About Space Food

Astronauts need food and good nutrition to stay healthy in space. This collection looks at the challenges in preparing, packaging, transporting, and storing food in space. What innovations were required? What problems needed to be solved? How did the problems change over time? This collection uses the "See Think Wonder" visible thinking routine developed by Project Zero at Harvard University. This strategy encourages students to make careful observations and thoughtful interpretations. It helps stimulate curiosity and sets the stage for inquiry. First, Watch the Apollo 11 TV broadcast of July 22, 1969 of an astronaut eating in space (22 seconds). Use the "See Think Wonder" routine to stimulate interest among students about the problems encountered by astronauts when trying to eat. Ask, "What do you see? What do you think about that? What does it make you wonder?" Next look at the second image in the collection, "Space Food, Meal Package, Day 11, Meal C, Apollo 11 (white)". Repeat the questions examining both the food and the label. Next, ask students to search the collection for "space food" and assemble one meal -- breakfast, lunch or dinner. Compare the different meals created by students using the see, think, wonder routine. For example, what kinds of foods do they see (or not see)? How are the foods packaged and how does it change over time? How are the more recent foods different from the first meals? The purpose of this discussion is to help students see how engineering problems and solutions evolve over time. Ask students, what impact would longer missions have on packing meals for space? Watch the video, "Three Types of Food," and compare the information in the video with student ideas. Then ask students to propose solutions for the current question -- "How can we grow food in space?"
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Visible Thinking with Still Life: Activities for Intro to Nutrition (NUTR101) Students

<p>Intro to Nutrition is a 3 credit, non-lab science in the General Education curriculum at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, USA.</p> <p>Scientists rely on observation to help them identify patterns and to formulate their hypotheses.  These three looking activities help students to develop more effective looking, thinking and questioning skills. These skills will serve them in this science class and in their lives outside the classroom, as well.</p> <p>Exercise #1: Students are presented with two still life portraits from the 19th century.  The first is by German American artist Severin  Roese in 1852 and the second by Everhart Kuhn, in 1865.  Working in small groups students use the SEE-THINK-WONDER routine to discuss and record the similarities and differences they can identify. They share out to the larger group their findings to see if others saw the paintings differently.</p> <p>Exercise #2:  Students examine one of the two paintings, either Still Life #12 (1962) by Tom Wesselmann or Breakfast Tacos (2003) by Chuck Ramirez.  This exercise employs the WHAT MAKES YOU SAY THAT routine from Project Zero.</p><p>#MCteach<br /></p> <p><br /></p>
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Just Cool

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Smithsonian Learning Lab: Holocaust Art & Memorials

<p>For summer training</p><p>#MCteach<br /></p>
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Equality, Inclusion, Democracy: What Do They Look Like to You?

<p>Activity to spur a Montgomery College-wide conversation about these topics.</p><p>#MCteach<br /></p>
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Food and Nutrition -- History and Science

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Historical Figures in Food and Nutrition Science

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Project Zero Thinking Routines

<p>These slides are from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education —Project Zero.</p><p>#MCteach<br /></p>
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