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STEM learning at Henry County Fair

Rides, food, exhibits—and STEM education?!? Yes, teachers got it all at GrowNextGen teacher leader Donna Meller’s “Ag + Science = STEM” presentation at the Henry County Fair! Sponsored by the Henry County Farm Bureau, the Ohio Soybean Council and Ohio Corn & Wheat. Meller provided hands-on lessons for teachers from kindergarten through sixth grade. These lessons are tied to Ohio Science Standards and are designed to help children understand more about global ag and where their food comes from.

Meller shared Meet the Bean and highlighted its bean sort activity from the packet. Each teacher received Meet the Bean packets, bags, and mixed beans.

For a Food Science connection, Meller demonstrated how to make butter with her audience. They created a small sample and tasted it at the end of the workshop. Meller used ag commodities to demonstrate density and discussed how mass and volume can differ according to a molecules physical state.

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