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Virtual learning about food science careers

May 28, 2020
Teachers, do your students know about the many careers associated with Food Science? GrowNextGen provides many resources to help them gain this knowledge, including food science workshops. Kalley Schaefer of Fayette High School attended Experience …
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Virtual science fairs in 2020

May 26, 2020
Science fairs across Ohio were another casualty of the COVID-19 virus. Fortunately, the organizers at Ohio Academy of Science were able to take the process online. Students submitted their projects and judges reviewed and scored them virtually. The …
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Planting soybeans with Farmer Eckel

May 14, 2020
Spring is here, and it is time for planting! The Ohio Soybean Council and GrowNextGen made it possible for everyone to be a part of spring planting with Wood County farmer Nathan Eckel. Eckel hosted a virtual field trip on his farm, talking about …
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ChickQuest Adventures deliver home learning

May 8, 2020
When schools closed due to COVID-19, teachers were asked to convert their classroom lesson plans for distance learning. GrowNextGen provided a collection of virtual resources to support these efforts, but we wanted to do more. Enter ChickQuest …
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What’s lurking in your soil? Using BLAST to analyze DNA sequences

Apr 30, 2020
Shadybrook Farm is having soil trouble! A soil test report has identified several potential culprits. In a webinar sponsored by GrowNextGen and the Ohio Soybean Council, teachers helped identify the species by examining DNA sequences using BLAST. …
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Socially-distanced salsa

Apr 30, 2020
Nicole Silvers teaches science in Toledo, Ohio. After attending the Ohio Soybean Council- and CIFT-sponsored Field to Package workshop , she was excited to implement the salsa-making activity in her Botany class at Ottawa Hills High School. …
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How is artificial intelligence being used in food production?

Apr 29, 2020
Food comes from healthy plants, so monitoring crop health is critical. OSU ag engineering grad student, Chris Wiegman spoke to a webinar audience about the research he is currently engaged in, his path to this study, and the importance of …
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Out and about with OSC ambassadors

Apr 27, 2020
The Ohio Soybean Council and Battelle sponsor outreach activities to promote agricultural knowledge in Ohio. Here are some of the events where OSC ambassadors have presented: Bethany Sheridan visited North Union Elementary School in Richwood in …
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Expert tips on writing workshop proposals

Apr 14, 2020
How do you craft a ‘winning’ workshop proposal, one that gets accepted? Pam Snyder , GrowNextGen leaders and bioscience teacher, has partnered with GrowNextGen for many years. Snyder recently retired after 35 years with Columbus City Schools. She has …
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Creative renewable energy superheroes

Apr 1, 2020
Look out, world; there are some new superheroes on the energy scene! These are renewable energy figures, ready to prove their worth and keep things going. Donna Parker, a science teacher at Coffman High School in Dublin, found this idea on a AP …
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Online learning with labs

Mar 23, 2020
GrowNextGen teacher leaders Jennifer Foudray and Rachel Sanders run an interactive classroom at Global Impact STEM Academy. As part of their response to school closures, they adapted a fermentation in a bag lab and mailed it to students, so they …
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Genomics in the Fields for the classroom

Mar 20, 2020
GrowNextGen teacher leader Rachel Sanders recently had the opportunity to attend HudsonAlpha’s Genomics in the Field workshop in Alabama. The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology conducts genomics-based research to improve human health and well …