Our Ohio Teacher’s Lounge: Teacher resources

Our Ohio Teacher’s Lounge is a periodic e-newsletter that aggregates food and farming related materials for teachers or those working on educational initiatives. You can see the most recent issue and subscribe to receive these emails.


School Transportation Grants

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board and Capitol Square Foundation will provide 75 school transportation grants to visit the Ohio Statehouse and its museum during the 2015-2016 academic year. The online application process will open Monday, Nov. 9, at 9 a.m. A total of 75 grants will be awarded: 25 grants in three mileage categories. The mileage categories are for a one-way trip from the visiting school to the Ohio Statehouse. All grants will be awarded on a first come-first served basis.

Training teachers

For county Farm Bureau volunteers who want to show local elementary teachers the resources available to them from American Farm Bureau Foundation, the Foundation has supplied teacher training resources to use: a power point and a presentation outline.

Bringing Biotechnology to Life Curriculum

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has released a new educational resource: “Bringing Biotechnology to Life” Curriculum. These FREE lessons meet 7th-10th grade national learning standards, though the lessons can be adapted for other age groups. The seven Project Based Learning lessons teach learners about DNA, selective breeding over time, biotechnology today, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Students are also given tools to evaluate the reliability of information they see and hear. Contact the Foundation for more information.

Virtual field trip to a pig farm

Ohio Pork Council is offering virtual field trips to pig farms throughout this entire school year. The virtual trips connect farmers and classrooms through live video chats. There are separate virtual field trips for elementary and high school FFA or science classes. If doing a live chat doesn’t fit into your class schedule, Ohio Pork Council can also send a link to recorded field trip on YouTube to watch at your convenience.

Thank a Farmer

Classrooms across Ohio are invited to Thank a Farmer this holiday season. Students are invited to create thank you letters or cards to American farmers, mail them to American Farm Bureau Foundation and the foundation will make sure they are received by real farmers. If you would like to invite a farmer to your classroom, contact your county Farm Bureau office.

Stearns Homestead

Stearns Homestead Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau partnered with Stearns Homestead, a 48-acre historic farm in Parma, Ohio, providing a farm experience to school children and other groups to learn about farm animal care and how agriculture has evolved from the 1850s. Over 1,400 students and 300 adults visited the Homestead this year.

Ohio Commodity Map for classrooms

Commodity Map Ohio Farm Bureau recently updated the Ohio Commodity Map to represent the top three commodities in each county. Feel free to use this in classrooms. This pdf version can be printed as large as a poster.

Ag is Cool

Ag is Cool Belle Fockler, Dover South Elementary; Caroline Kauh, Emerson Elementary, Westerville; Corinne Shull, Dorr Elementary, Toledo; and Phillip Stevens, Windermere Elementary School, Upper Arlington are the winners of the 2015 Ag is Cool Written Expression Scholarship Contest. Each student was presented with a $500 check for their essay describing what they learned at the Ohio State Fair through the Ag is Cool experience. Congratulations!

Eye in the Sky

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones as they are commonly called, are proving useful in many ways. In the past, farmers would get information about the state of their fields by walking the entire area. Drones give a quick and easy overview. A computer program allows the user to map out the area to photograph, sends the information to the drone, and the drone flies over the area taking multiple photographs. The program then stitches together the images it sends back. Farmers can zoom in to see small details of their land, locating problem areas caused by factors like soil compaction or too much or too little water, fertilizer or other applications.

This technology is full of potential for agriculture and other situations. While using drones for delivery is not yet possible, they can be sent into burning houses, crime scenes or dangerous areas to provide visual information while keeping people safe.

If you would like a drone demo for your class, contact Jim Love with Beck’s Hybrids.