Curriculum

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pH in soil

3 lessons, 5 files
What is the variability in pH of soils across a field? Soil tests show the pH and nutrient amounts in a field. Soil chemistry determines the amount of root growth, the amount of nutrients that can be held in the soil, and the ability of plants to take in …
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Rise of the mutant weed: weeds and herbicide resistance

2 lessons, 5 files
How do farmers reduce competition for their crops? What weeds are resistant to herbicides? How does the mechanism of resistance work? Weeds present problems in farm fields—they rob sunlight, nutrients, and water from the crops. What can farmers do? Herbicides are one answer, but they may not do enough as some weeds have developed …
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Let’s eat! Exploring food science

4 lessons, 18 files
How is science in everything we eat? What is your favorite food? Chances are a soybean product is being used to process it or, if it’s a meat dish, was used to feed the animal. Other living things (microbes) help to make our food, too. …
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International trade in agriculture

3 lessons, 4 files
Why do we engage in trade with other countries? What are the ways in which this trading occurs? Trade in agricultural products is big business. In Ohio nearly 50% of soybeans are exported. In this unt, students learn about the customers for Ohio's ag products and how these goods are traded.
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Discovering and diagnosing honey bee killers

3 lessons, 7 files
How can we identify pathogens that are causing honey bee deaths? You may have heard about Colony Collapse Disorder, a syndrome likely caused by multiple factors that results in the deaths of many honeybee colonies. Become a diagnostic researcher and use …
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H2Know digital case study

1 lesson, 1 file
How might water quality be improved? The H2Know case study invites students to investigate water quality in Lake Erie. Students will gather information about the problem, consider potential contributors and environmental factors, review …
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Growth and development of pigs

3 lessons, 6 files
What do you know about pigs? Pigs are one of the largest consumers of soybeans! In this unit, students explore the habitat, growth, and feed of pigs.
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Aquaculture

3 lessons, 6 files
How does aquaculture meet the global demand for protein? Students discover the science and challenges behind global fish farming by completing these three lessons.
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Food science careers

3 lessons, 6 files
What are some careers in food science? The food production sector in Ohio employs nearly 70,000 people and includes some of the biggest food producers in the nation. From developing flavors to checking food quality, there is a lot going …
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Drones in the classroom

2 lessons, 4 files
How can technology such as drones be utilized to evaluate the health of vegetation in an agricultural setting? Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are employed in a variety of ways from taking aerial photos at the most basic to spraying pesticides to small areas of the field by specialized drones. Students learn …
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Commodity transportation

4 lessons, 7 files
How do transportation and logistics affect our food supply? Getting food from farms to markets is dependent on many forms of transportation, and involves careers related to logistics, infrastructure, commodity trading, and engineering. Students learn about …
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A closer look at insects

2 lessons, 4 files
What is the difference between a pest and a beneficial organism? A pest is any organism that is unwanted or causes harm. How might we use these pest species to find out if they have any beneficial traits, such as antibacterial or antimicrobial properties? Students …