January 2016 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.

Summer Science Spectacular June 14 and 15
Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center Summer Science Spectacular provides a professional development learning experience for elementary and secondary teachers, allowing them to experience world-class, cutting edge research conducted by scientists on the OSU Wooster campus. Educators are able to explore new ways to bring relevant, hands-on, standards-driven science to their own classrooms. Each workshop re-energizes and provides educators with opportunities to share ideas with peers while they
enhance their knowledge of science. This event is free of charge, and attendance is limited to 30. Register online (opens Jan. 11) by May 20. Contact Lori Kaser or call 330-263-3647.


Educational Resources to accompany ‘Farmland’ movie
The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance has launched an educational initiative to provide high school students a first-hand glimpse into modern agriculture. Created in conjunction with Discovery Education, Discovering FARMLAND provides high school students, educators and parents with standards-aligned lesson plans and interactive activities that explore concepts critical to modern agriculture, such as sustainability, technology, and science.

Additionally, FARMLAND will be integrated into Discovery Education Streaming Plus, a comprehensive digital library containing more than 200,000 learning assets aligned to state and national curriculum standards.

Activities related to food science
Are you looking ahead for fresh activities during spring and summer? A new, free resource on My American Farm is aimed at connecting students to the science of food and food production. “Food Science Fun” contains 10 activities designed to equip volunteers and professional educators with powerful tools for facilitating a food science day camp, or activities at a fair, other special event or in the classroom.

Farmtastic Agventures Hangouts
Each Farmtastic Agventures Google Hangout session features a different lesson covering agriculture in our world and will connect classrooms directly with farmers, food producers and other students around Ohio. Here are the remaining 2016 dates for Farmtastic Agventures (4th-5th Grades): Feb. 12, Pizza; April 15, Water and May 13, Beef. There are two sessions for each topic: 10 a.m to 10:45 and 2 p.m. to 2:45. Register Coming in March/April 2016: Exploring Agriculture through Science (8th-12th Grades).

A source for dairy-related questions
American Dairy Association Mideast has relaunched its website – Drink-Milk.com – to answer questions about all things related to milk and dairy foods. Find tools for your school and health fair resources, get science-based nutrition information, discover dairy’s benefits, and find answers to common questions. You can also meet Ohio and West Virginia dairy farmers, learn about cow care and milk safety, and get delicious recipe ideas.

Partnership produces global resources
GrowNextGen and the Columbus Council on World Affairs have teamed up to create relevant and engaging global content for students. The materials are available for free on the GrowNextGen website. Topics include Aquaculture and Soy Protein, Global Aquaculture, Here Fishy Fishy, International Agriculture Development, Soy and World Hunger, and GMOs Go Global: Should they be labeled?

Food and Agriculture Resource Guide
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s Food and Agriculture Resource Guide can help anyone find current, reliable resources and activities to use in classrooms where students are learning about agriculture. This curated list features the top recommended resources for each age group aligned to the Pillars of Agricultural Literacy. Farm Bureau members are invited to contribute resources and activities to be included in the database.

Pig farm virtual visit
Ohio students are invited to look inside pigs barns and talk to farmers via live video chat. Students will learn about how pigs live on farms and what it’s like to be a farmer, all from the comfort of their classroom. The only technology needed is a computer with a Web cam. Virtual field trips are offered at Ohio classrooms, free of charge, by the Ohio Pork Council and Farm Credit Mid-America. Sign-up

Upcoming workshops
The Ohio Corn Marketing Program is committed to providing high-quality resources and professional development for Ohio teachers. They offer free professional development workshops and summer graduate courses:

“Go Green! Renewable Ethanol Makes the Difference!” Jan. 26, 2016, Columbus. Use the engineering design process to create ethanol in the classroom. Teach students how renewable fuels provide cleaner air, energy security, and save water. The first 30 people to register will receive free fuel testers when they come to the presentation.

Precision Technology–Come and see what it’s all about! March 7, Legacy Custar Agronomy. Visit the experts at Legacy Farmers Cooperative, 4R Certified, to see how precision technology is making a difference in agriculture.

Feed the World: Science, Energy and Agriculture, June 22 and 23 June 23, Dublin. A workshop where questions are answered: How do we feed 9 billion people? How does production agriculture affect water quality? What is the value of corn production? Why biofuels? How can ag biotechnology contribute to food security? Soil and Sustainability: what is the link? Each participant will receive over $300 of classroom science materials.

Feed the World: Science, Energy and Agriculture, June 28 and 29, Cleveland. Cleveland’s Agri-Science in the City program is using agriculture to teach science, technology, engineering, and math in a hands-on way. Learn about the diversity of agriculture and how it plays a role in nearly every industry around us. How can urban agriculture play a role in feeding the world?

See how teachers are using what they’ve learned in their classrooms.

Awards applications
Please be aware of the deadlines for the National Ag in the Classroom 2016 awards programs – National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award is due Jan 15 and Ag Advocate Award is due March 1.

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Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.