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Providing “meaningful learning experiences”

May 21, 2019
School’s out, but learning never stops! Thanks to a grant from Battelle and The Ohio Soybean Foundation, our informal education program, Exploration of Modern Farming, will provide opportunities for students, parents, other family and community …
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How Design Challenges Empower Students to Solve Problems and Contextualize Learning

Apr 19, 2019
Teaching students how to solve real-world problems, and giving them experience solving real-world problems, is critical to their development as future problem solvers – and that’s why, three years ago, the Ohio Stem Learning Network (OSLN) started hos …
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GNG teacher leader Todd Tayloe visits Commodity Classic 2019

Mar 5, 2019
Todd Tayloe, teacher at Carroll High School and GrowNextGen teacher leader , talks about going to Commodity Classic 2019, America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational event: Commodity Classic 2019 was such a wonderful …
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Encountering a whole new world

Mar 5, 2019
Leah LaCrosse, Huron City Schools 8th grade science educator and GrowNextGen teacher leader , visited Commodity Classic 2019, the largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational event in America: Walking into Commodity Classic …
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Snow’s not stopping this educator event!

Feb 21, 2019
Despite a sudden snowstorm, about 20 teachers recently gathered for a STEM learning event. Food science, GMOs, and potato chips were on the menu for the Summit Educational Service Center’s “STEMming Up to the Challenge: A STEM Leadership Cadre”. …
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ChickQuest: not just for elementary students!

Jun 7, 2018
The typical ChickQuest teacher is in an elementary school, but the program can be tweaked to accompany higher grades. Jennifer Scheidler teaches Academic & Accelerated Biology at Sycamore High School. Here, she explains how she incorporated …
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NCMS Students on a “ChickQuest”

May 3, 2018
Sixth-grade science teachers Sarah Clouse, Sara Steigerwald, Anne Aston, and student teacher Lauren Fairley attended “ChickQuest” during the NCCS Professional Learning Day on February 16. In the article below, Mrs. Anne Aston shares the lesson with us. …
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Hello, Milwaukee! Here’s some STEM in ag for you!

Nov 18, 2017
GrowNextGen brought “STEM in Agriculture” to teachers at the 2017 NSTA Milwaukee Area Conference. Teacher leaders Brian Badenhop (Ohio Hi-Point Career Center) and Jeff Jostpille (Fort Jennings High School) presented two sessions with Jane Hunt and Hea …
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STEM elementary visits Waterman Farm

Nov 4, 2017
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 …
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Kochensparger named as a PBS Digital Innovator

Aug 1, 2017
GrowNextGen teacher leader Amy Kochensparger has been selected as a PBS Digital Innovator . This program recognizes “classroom changemakers: educators who skillfully approach education with a bold and fresh perspective, and who integrate digital m …
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Precision in gene editing presents great potential

Jul 26, 2017
Kirk Reese, DuPont Pioneer Agronomy Research Manager, spoke to teachers at the Ohio Soybean Council-sponsored Ag Biotech Academy workshop about CRISPR-CAS technology, a bacterial immune system used to make precise genetic changes within organisms. …
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Community outreach events bring soybean science to the masses!

Jun 30, 2017
Ohio Soybean Council ambassadors have been traveling around to share science and fun with eager learners. Soy Excited for Science, Eastland Fairfield CC A group of about 30 students investigated chemistry and food science around soy including making …