Teacher Resources

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation
The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, a federal government agency, is now accepting nominations for four Agriscience Awards and four Life Sciences Awards to be presented in July 2012 in Washington, D.C. A copy of each award's Call for Nominations follows. The Agriscience Awards and Life Sciences Awards competitions each have components for a scientist, a high school educator and two high school students. Nominations are accepted online only. Deadlines and websites are as follows:

For questions, contact Judi Shellenberger, executive director of the foundation, 315 258-0090 or email judithmscolumbus@cs.com.

Google Earth (Courtesy of Mr. Barber and Mr. Bailey in GA)
Google Earth now has a "ruler" feature at the top of the screen. It can be set to calculate distances in any increment (miles, feet, etc.). By selecting "path," you can find the distance for multiple points. This could be useful in finding the perimeter of a pasture to determine fencing needs,row length in a field and a variety of other activities. There is also the “planimeter” feature for calculating acreage; www.acme.com/planimeter.

NAAE Ford Truck grants for FFA chapters
During the 2011-2012 school year, Ford Truck will continue to provide a $3,000 grant to an FFA chapter in each of the six National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) regions. To qualify, the chapter must have a local Ford Dealer participating in the National FFA Scholarship Program and a minimum of three applicants for the Built Ford Tough--FFA Scholarship. Visit the NAAE’s News & Views webpage for details. For information on getting your Ford Dealer participating in the program, contact Lori Randle with the National FFA Foundation, 317-802-4241 or lrandle@ffa.org.

Instructables
Have you ever looked and looked for instructions on how to create something and never found them? Try this website called Instuctables. You’ll find recipes and plans for creating everything from birdhouses to fondue, greenhouses to furniture, and computer software creation to building wind turbines.

They’ve even got a contest for teachers. There’s a chance to win a MacBook Air or gift certificate cash. Here’s your opportunity to show off the hands-on projects you use with their students. This contest is open to Instructables, photos, videos, and guides with a learning objective explicitly stated in the introduction.

Amazon Rainforest Workshop and Machu Picchu Extension
Searching for something unique, spirited and fun this summer? K-12 teachers and environmental educators can win one of three $1,000 scholarships to travel with scientists to one of the most diverse environments in the world. Join group leader Donna Krabill, Norfolk Botanical Garden, and scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University, and Randy Morgan, entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo, on a rainforest discovery June 29 - July 8, 2012. Experience a 1/4-mile rainforest canopy walkway, Yagua culture and crafts, village service project, ReNuPeru Ethnobotanical Garden, bird watching, night hikes, and Monkey Island conservation project. Open registration is through May. Land cost is $1,850, plus air. Machu Picchu Extension is optional. Academic credit is available. Land cost is $850 for scholarship winners. Submit the simple scholarship application by March 8. For program and scholarship information, visit Travel 2 Learn website. Contact Dr. Frances Gatz, 800-669-6806 or frances@ee-link.net for more information.

Cow Chow
The game, Cow Chow, guides players through a series of 10 questions that address the diet of cattle in today’s modern production system, ranging from the farm to the feedlot. The Alabama Check-off developed this in response to a popular feeling among consumers that “you are what you eat, and even further, what it eats.” Because there’s a big knowledge gap out there about what actually goes into the cattle we raise, consumers tend to run into some anxiety at some level about the beef they’re eating. Cow Chow is meant to address and alleviate that anxiety. You may find a use for this game or the videos it contains in your classroom. Participants are scored on their performance during the quiz and then invited to share their score on Facebook upon completion.

Heritage Iron Scholarship
The Heritage Iron Ag Media Scholarship, for high school seniors and college students majoring in agricultural communications, will award $1,000 to one first place and $500 to one second place applicant in the form of a scholarship to the college or university of their choice. Applicants should be in the form of a 1,500-2,000-word story, suitable for publication in Heritage Iron Magazine, along with the entry form found on the National Association of Agricultural Educators webpage.

Submissions may be emailed to steve@3pointink.com or mailed to 3 Point Ink, LLC P.O. Box 519, Greenville, IL 62246. Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. CST April 2, 2012.

Finalists and first and second place winners will be chosen based upon the following criteria:

  • Selection of an engaging topic.
  • Relevance to the readers of Heritage Iron. (Tractors and farm equipment built between 1960-1985 classified as “Muscle Tractors” or tractors over 100hp and the implements used with them).
  • Content includes the key components of Heritage Iron stories.
  • Entertaining.
  • Educates with historical accuracy.
  • Community engagement.
  • Submission shows good use of journalistic structure.
  • Applicant exhibits knowledge of the subject matter gained through research of topic.
  • Story contains 1,500-2,000 words.

References: The following sites will give the applicant reference to the story composition and content of Heritage Iron Magazine:

Questions concerning the Heritage Iron Ag Media Scholarship should be directed to:
Steve Ledbetter, Business Development
3 Point Ink, LLC
P.O. Box 519, Greenville, IL 62246
Phone: 618-664-1550
Fax: 618-664-9116
Email: steve@3pointink.com