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Learning about biotech careers

Nov 11, 2019
Are your students aware of the many biotech careers associated with agriculture? The GrowNextGen website has a great resource collection for Biotechnology . Kelly Blanchard teaches at Little Miami High School in Morrow, OH. She used the …
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Outreach at PAST Foundation’s STEM of Spirits 2019

Nov 7, 2019
GrowNextGen was an Experience Partner for the PAST Foundation’s annual fundraiser, helping PAST to provide access to STEM Education and summer camp opportunities for 450+ Central Ohio kids in 2020! GNG outreach ambassadors shared several activities …
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Graham Local Schools Crowdstruction 2019

Nov 7, 2019
Election Day means schools are closed, but that gives the teachers a chance to do some fun learning! A staff in-service day provided district educators with a variety of opportunities. GrowNextGen lead educators Jane Hunt and Heather Bryan presented …
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Congratulations, National FFA Officer Kolesen McCoy!

Nov 6, 2019
Ohio student Kolesen McCoy was selected as a National FFA Officer at the recent national convention and will serve as National FFA’s President. McCoy had served last year as State FFA President. He participated in a competitive process to represent F …
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ChickQuest: identifying day-old chicks

Nov 1, 2019
After attending a ChickQuest workshop, participants are ready to hatch eggs in their classrooms. What an exciting event! To help identify the cute chicks, here is an identification guide .
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Fish feeding engineering fun

Oct 31, 2019
Students in the PAST Foundation’s Innovators Club tackled an engineering problem: design a more efficient fish feeder! This activity is part of the 4-H Aquaculture Challenge . To improve the efficiency of hand feeding fish and to optimize the …
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SOY much fun down on the farm!

Oct 28, 2019
100 first graders from Reynoldsburg City Schools spent the day at Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory recently. While there, the students: made soy ink did a taste test comparing almond milk, soy milk , and cow milk made a cow …
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A visit from an agronomist

Oct 8, 2019
Kristyn Keriazes’ students at Global Impact STEM Academy welcomed Jonah Johnson to their middle school science class. As a kick off to a unit on “Why are Careers in Agriculture Important?”, Johnson came to talk about his career as an agronomist with Sun …
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Seeing the value of biodiesel

Oct 2, 2019
Bioenergy is a kind of renewable energy made available by converting one form of chemical energy, from a biological source, to a more usable energy. Typical biomass includes agricultural wastes, municipal sewage and solid waste, industrial and …
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A lively trip through the nitrogen cycle

Sep 30, 2019
Where do YOU go for great lesson plans? Jason Board, a teacher at the STEAMM Academy @ Hartford, part of the Ohio STEM Learning Network, attended the Ohio Soybean Council-sponsored Tech in Ag workshop this summer. That’s where he experienced this …
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Active learning at Farm Science Review

Sep 21, 2019
Graham Middle Schools’ 8th graders participated in a scavenger hunt that took them through Farm Science Review on a mission! They were tasked with finding out about careers related to agriculture, so they visited an equipment dealer to see the …
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Food science workshop enhances classroom learning

Sep 19, 2019
Janel Gerwin, an instructor at Oak Harbor High School/Penta Career Center, attended the Experience Food Science: Field to Package workshop. This event, sponsored by the Ohio Soybean Council and the Center for Innovation in Food Technology, included …