A hundred first graders from Herbert Mills STEM Elementary recently visited OSU’s Waterman Farm. Their visit was made possible by the Ohio Soybean Council. While on the farm, students were able to make soybean seed necklaces, soy chocolate milk, and butter; pet a chicken and a cow; learn about milking a cow; go on a hayride; and learn about farm operations and Ohio’s production of soybeans. A first grade teacher said, “This is the best field trip we’ve ever done!”
Through the Best and Brightest partnership, the Ohio Soybean Council is supporting Reynoldsburg STEM schools with agricultural STEM activities. Elementary school teachers are receiving ChickQuest training and middle school and high school teachers will present lessons on biodiesel, GMOs and global trade. In addition, the OSC is committed to creating summer internships for students and externships for teachers. This is an example of the possibilities for partnership between industry and education.