Help Them Find a Field They’ll Love
Associations from across the country have united to create a national green industry website targeted toward high school students and designed to spark interest in the variety of careers that the green industry has to offer. The website features careers and career pathways in everything from landscape design to horticulture production. The site also contains information for parents, teachers and guidance counselors. Check it out at www.thelandlovers.org
Need to rejuvenate an officer team, new bell work or a motivational piece? Take a look at this site. You can play the 4-5 minute videos directly from the website or purchase them for your library. Thought provoking and inspirational, these short movies will spice up your instruction: http://www.walkthetalk.com/pages/inspirational-movies.htm (shared by Kendra Linnebur, Kan.)
Help students explore colleges and universities by visiting www.collegeview.com. This site allows students to search by name, location or area of study. It highlights 100 schools in the agriculture/agriscience program of study. Students can select schools of interest and do a side-by-side comparison in the areas of location, cost of attendance, admission requirements, student body demographics and academic performance. It’s a great tool to help students find their way in the maze of colleges and universities.
Get to the Edge of …SCIENCE
The DuPont Challenge© is the foremost science essay competition for students in grades 7 to 12. This year’s theme, “Get to the Edge of …SCIENCE,” will challenge students in bold and dynamic ways. Last year's winner was inspired by the television show "Ugly Betty.” Perhaps your students could re-purpose their agriscience fair project or write about the scientific component of their CDE? A student with a winning essay and his/her agriculture teacher may be selected to travel to Walt Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center. Essays must be submitted no later than Jan. 31, 2009, to www.thechallenge.dupont.com. Winners will be notified by April 15, 2009.
NAAE Summer Internships Available—Get your graduates interested!
NAAE has three summer internship positions available for 2009. There are two positions for a communications intern and one for an advocacy intern. All positions will last for eight weeks. The communications interns will be based at the NAAE office in Lexington, Ky. These interns will write award citations, news releases, and create presentation scripts and slide shows, as well as other communications-related tasks. The advocacy internship will be located in Washington, D.C., and will be responsible for assisting with national advocacy for school-based agricultural education. For complete internship descriptions and application procedures, visit http://www.naae.org/links/internships. The deadline for application is Feb. 27, 2009.
Breeds of Poultry and Wild Birds Calendars
As part of its ongoing efforts to educate backyard poultry owners about what they can do to protect their birds against avian influenza (AI), the U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering free and informative calendars for 2009. These calendars, which feature full-color photos of poultry and other birds each month, contain useful information in English and Spanish about protecting poultry from infectious poultry diseases such as AI and include tips on what to do should poultry owners suspect that their birds are infected. Those interested in receiving this free calendar can go to http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov and click “2009 Backyard Biosecurity Calendar.”
Practice Mechanics Tool Identification
Courtesy of California State University-Chico, use this website to increase your students’ abilities to correctly identify commonly used tools in the shop: http://www.csuchicoag.org/agMech/. Maybe, just maybe, they’ll quit using screwdrivers for chisels and hand you lineman pliers when you ask for them.
Interactive Punnett Square
Increase student understanding of Mendelian genetics using this interactive webpage: http://www.athro.com/evo/gen/punexam.html. Students work through understanding the ratios, phenotypes, genotypes, mono- and di-hybrid crosses, and dominance and recessiveness. It’s a great tool to gauge learning and assist in determining which concepts students grasp and what needs further instruction.
Looking for short demonstration or informative horticulture videos? Check out P. Allen Smith’s website at http://www.pallensmith.com/index.php?id=8. Loaded with great information, the site features a video tab where you will find Smith demonstrating gardening techniques, floral design ideas, and educating viewers about the basics of horticulture and landscaping. It’s well worth the time to explore everything that is posted.
National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy
To date, 71 teachers from 45 states and Puerto Rico have been trained as Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors by participating in the week-long NATAA conference in Chestertown, Md. The 2009 NATAA will again be held in Chestertown, July 12-19. To apply, contact Craig Frederick at firstname.lastname@example.org, or simply download the application at http://www.ffa.org/index.cfm?method=c_aged.nataa. Deadline for submission is Jan. 23, 2009.