Tagged elementary

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21st century ChickQuest learning

Jun 7, 2022
Melanie Smith, Amy Chizmar, Ann Coleman, and Shellie Traut, 3rd grade teachers at Westwood Elementary in Elyria, implemented ChickQuest in a BIG way for their 84 students! “This year we had the amazing opportunity to be in a brand-new school …
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Agriculture in print: soy ink

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How do we replace non-renewable resources with renewable resources in high-use products like inks? Create ink recipes and test the formulas. Ink is basically pigment mixed in a liquid that will not blur when put on paper. Inks made with soybean oil are made from a renewable resource, are much more …
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Akron welcomes ChickQuest learners!

Mar 31, 2022
48 Ohio educators gathered in Akron last weekend for an all-day training in STEM activities and more. These dedicated teachers were willing—even enthusiastic—about giving up part of their weekend to be able to attend ChickQuest. …
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Animal agriculture: engineer an egg catcher

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How do engineers solve problems in agriculture? It takes 30 million eggs a day to satisfy the US consumer! Ohio is #2 in the nation in egg production and ag engineers have helped to design facilities that keep chickens safe from predators and …
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Animal agriculture: the egg comes first

Jan 10, 2015
Thirty-nine teachers recently braved November snow and low temperatures to spend a day learning about animal agriculture in the ChickQuest workshop. This school program encourages 3rd graders to use science, engineering, and technology to …
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ChickQuest, including some chick doctoring, too!

May 31, 2022
South Range Elementary teacher Tawny Tharp won grant materials to share ChickQuest with her third grade students. “I have been having a fun time with my students during the month of May while we waited for our incubated chicks to hatch! One of our …
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ChickQuest: A classroom journey through the life cycle of chickens

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What is the life cycle of a developing chick? From monitoring living eggs to observing chicks, these STEM activities pique curiosity, encourage collaboration and communication, and provide young scientists with unforgettable experiences. …
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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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ChickQuest primer

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What do you know about chickens? Chickens are one of the largest consumers of soybeans! In this unit, students learn about the characteristics of birds and chickens, and how to idenitify different breeds.
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G. Keymah Durden

Co-founder, Rid-All Green Partnership
agriculture education aquaculture elementary urban farming soil science
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Growth and development of pigs

3 lessons, 6 files
What do you know about pigs? Pigs are one of the largest consumers of soybeans! In this unit, students explore the habitat, growth, and feed of pigs.
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Hula hoop math: yield prediction

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Can we predict the yield of a crop and forecast food production? Use hula hoops and math to predict how many bushels of soybeans are growing in a particular field. This fun activity was tested with 500 6th graders from Newark City Schools at the Devine Farms in …
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Leslie Cooksey

Extension Educator at 4-H Youth Development
agriscience elementary extension camps afterschool programs
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Make biodiesel from soybeans

5 lessons, 16 files
How might we make and use renewable fuel? Make biodiesel and create a scale model of an anaerobic digester, while investigating bioenergy and how it is produced.
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Meet the bean: soybeans are everywhere!

4 lessons, 6 files
What is a soybean? Why are soybeans such a valuable crop? Here are some activities that are perfect for agriculture days, county fairs, after-school programming or summer camps! Recipes for soy plastic and soy lip balm …
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Plant oils matter: agricultural soap

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What are the ingredients of products you use everyday like soap? Does it matter where they come from? Soap made from soybeans? Sunflowers? Olives? Plant oils have different “fatty acids” that determine the characteristics of your soap—is it creamy? bubbly? hard? soft? It is the oil in plants that …
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Soy McCoy coloring book

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What is a soybean? What value does it have? For younger students, a coloring book that introduces soybeans: the history and the uses in animal agriculture, bioproducts and the local grocery store. This is perfect for ag days, camps or after …
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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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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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We have never bean soy excited before!

Nov 24, 2017
Elementary schools around Ohio are learning about soybeans through fun, fast-paced interactive assemblies. The Ohio Soybean Council is sponsoring these school presentations designed to educate children about agriculture in general and soybeans in …
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What does a seed need to grow?

May 16, 2015
That’s what we asked the students at New Hope Christian Academy Field Day in April. They came up with all the right answers: the sun, water, dirt. Some mentioned ‘bonus’ items like worms and fertilizer! After telling them all about soybeans and …