2010 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Program
It’s not too late to apply for the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA), sponsored by DuPont. Receive hands-on instruction for implementing effective, inquiry-based instruction in your classroom without paying a dime! To date, 90 teachers from 45 states and Puerto Rico have been trained as Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors by participating in the weeklong NATAA. The date for the 2010 Agriscience Teacher Ambassador program is July 11 – 16 at Chestertown, Md. View the 2010 NATAA Application. Applications must be submitted electronically by Jan 29, 2010, to firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information about NATAA, contact Craig Frederick, email@example.com.
Free Horticulture and Agronomy Curriculum
Need a refresher in the basic concepts? Teaching classes for the very first time? Have a student who needs an SAE? Want to give your instruction a global slant? Check out the free curriculum from the Nutrients for Life Foundation, http://www.nutrientsforlife.org/leaders/.
Turning STEM into STEAM (That’s science, technology, engineering, agriculture, and math!)
Look for the connections between agriculture and the STEM movement in education by reading Human Capacity Development: The Road to Global Competitiveness and Leadership in Food, Agriculture,
Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (FANRRS), http://www.aplu.org/NetCommunity/Document.Doc?id=1639 and Transforming Agricultural Education for a Changing World (a brief report from the book), http://dels.nas.edu/dels/rpt_briefs/ag_education_final.pdf or skim the book at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12602#toc.
Agricultural Biotechnology: A World of Potential
Here’s a great resource for your classroom and to keep you abreast of what industry thinks about agricultural biotechnology. This issue of Your World Magazine is a must have: http://biotechinstitute.org/resources/documents/YW18_1AgriculturalBiotech.pdf
Statistics in Farming
There are more than 2.1 million farms in the United States, totaling more than 900 million acres. And those millions of harvests aren't only producing food; they're also producing data--a lot of data! That's where statisticians like Sarah Hoffman and Jackie Brown of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) come in. The information they collect, analyze and distribute helps to keep agriculture growing strong. Show your students where their crops come from and the vital role played by statistics. Watch the movie: http://www.thefutureschannel.com/dockets/realworld/stats_farming/. The Futures Channel was founded in 1999 with the goal of using new media technologies to create a channel between the scientists, engineers, explorers and visionaries who are shaping the future and today's learners who will one day succeed them. © 2009 The Futures Channel, Inc.
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food
Teachers! Become a part of the movement to help create the link between local production and local consumption. Go to
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/knowyourfarmer?navid=KNOWYOURFARMER. This is a USDA-wide effort to create new economic opportunities by better connecting consumers with local producers. It is also the start of a national conversation about the importance of understanding where your food comes from and how it gets to your plate.
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