The following teacher resource materials are based on Arkansas’ learning standards as defined in the Arkansas Curriculum Frameworks.
Ag-tivities are fun, hands-on activities that you can use to enhance your lessons on agriculture.
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Future Scientist Mini-Institute
USDA/ARS Lab at Booneville, Arkansas
June 14-15, 2016
Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Board
Arkansas Farm Bureau – Ag in the Classroom
USDA/HSINP Future Scientists Program
The Future Scientist Mini Institute is an exclusive opportunity for 20 science teachers who are committed to using project based learning to introduce their students to the science involved in agriculture and the future employment opportunities for scientists in agricultural fields. This program is designed to increase the science teachers’ knowledge of research and enable them to inspire their students to ask questions and provide them with the research skills necessary to help them search for answers.
A total of 20 science teachers currently teaching in grades 7-12 will be selected from the applications to take part in the two-day mini institute at the USDA/ARS Dale Bumper’s Small Farms Research Center in Booneville, Arkansas. Half of the institute will focus on helping the teachers learn about the life cycle of the corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea) and corn and sorghum through lecture and hands-on work in the lab and field. Participants will be shown how to grow the insect in the classroom and how to conduct simple experiments. The other half of the institute will focus on exposing the teachers to the work of some of the research units at the USDA/ARS Small Farms Research Center. Presentations will be made by ARS research scientists to the teachers during the two-day institute. The research focus at ARS is to find solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table, and each lab has its own focus related to local agriculture.
In addition to the excellent hands-on instruction, lab work and field work, teachers who participate in the institute will also receive:
1) $200 travel stipend
2) Digital microscope
3) 20 hours of Prof. Development credit through TAMU recognized nationally
4) Free materials/links to USDA/ARS labs and scientists/technicians
5) Lunches during 2-day institute
These materials may be ordered from your county Farm Bureau for use in your classroom. Please contact your local county Farm Bureau to order these materials.
AITC Educational Materials
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Webquests take students on an internet journey to learn about different areas of agriculture. Webquests include activities for students to show what they learned on their journey. To see the list of webquests and start the journey, click here.
This bimonthly e-zine has been developed for the busy secondary educator and their students. Each issue features current events, classroom resources, activities, and grant opportunities that enhance standards based on science, applied technology and social studies curricula
To view the current AgroWorld click here.
Students can explore agriculture through virtual tours, test their ag knowledge and learn about agriculture in other states. Enter the zone here.
Ag-Discovery is an outreach program to help students learn about careers in animal science, veterinary medicine, agribusiness and plant pathology. This 2 week program allows participants ages 12-17 to live on a college campus and learn about agricultural science from university professors, practicing veterinarians and professional working for the U.S. Government. Students chosen to participate in Ag-Discovery will gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, field trips and other group and team building activities. For more information, click here.
2001 National AITC Conference
New York AITC
USA Rice Council
Kentucky Corn Growers
National 4-H Foundation
Janet Hawkins, PhD.
Renee Sager, IL Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts
Susan Miller, Williamson Ag Literacy Coordinator