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Making biodiesel from soybeans

Making biodiesel from soybeans

Nature doesn't waste anything. Why should we? Make biodiesel and create a scale model of an anaerobic digester, while investigating bioenergy and how it is produced.

Soy McCoy coloring book

Soy McCoy coloring book

What is a soybean? What value does it have? For younger students, a coloring book that introduces soybeans: the history and the uses in animal agriculture, bioproducts and the local grocery store. This is perfect for ag days, camps …

Plant oils matter: agricultural soap

Plant oils matter: agricultural soap

What are the ingredients of products you use everyday like soap? Does it matter where they come from? Soap made from soybeans? Sunflowers? Olives? Plant oils have different “fatty acids” that determine the characteristics of your soap—is it creamy? bubbly? hard? soft? It is the oil in plants…

Agriculture in print: soy ink

Agriculture in print: soy ink

How do we replace non-renewable resources with renewable resources in high use products like inks? Create ink recipes and test the formulas. Ink is basically pigment mixed in a liquid that will not blur when put on paper. Inks made with soybean oil are made f…

Hula hoop math: yield prediction

Hula hoop math: yield prediction

Can we predict the yield of a crop and forecast food production? Use hula hoops and math to predict how many bushels of soybeans are growing in a particular field. This fun activity was tested with 500 6th graders from Newark City Schools …

Animal agriculture: engineer an egg catcher

Animal agriculture: engineer an egg catcher

How do engineers solve problems in agriculture? It takes 30 million eggs a day to satisfy the US consumer! Ohio is #2 in the nation in egg production and ag engineers have helped to design facilities that keep chickens …

Meet the bean: soybeans are everywhere!

Meet the bean: soybeans are everywhere!

What is a soybean? Why are soybeans such a valuable crop? Here are some activities that are perfect for agriculture days, county fairs, after-school programming or summer camps! Recipes for soy plastic and soy …