April 03, 2004
Fremont: Anu Suresh, a teacher at the Fremont Alsion Middle and High School, was awarded a $2,500 grant by the National Science Teachers Association. The grant will be used for an integrated science program which uses a small olive press to demonstrate basic science concepts. Students at the Montessori school will press olives grown in the Mission San Jose area.
The press is a First PressTM home olive oil system which was donated to the school. Ms Suresh has degrees in Zoology, Forensic Science, and Biology and has worked in several high profile biotechnology laboratories. Any Olive oil producer will agree that mastering science concepts such as pressure equations, emulsions, relative fluid densities and the chemistry of oxidation is essential. Add the knowledge required of a farmer and Ms Suresh could have a college curriculum.