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Congratulations to Laura Ringler, Ohio ACTE Award Winner!

Jul 27, 2016
Laura Ringler has been named the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher of 2016. Ringler became the agriculture teacher at Plymouth High School in 2010, and her coursework includes agriculture, food science and technology, natural resources, plant and horticulture science, communications, and leadership. For her, agriculture is “a way of life” that she enjoys sharing with her students. In her career as an agricultural …

Bacterial transformation a glowing success!

Jun 15, 2016
Joe DePalma teaches biology and chemistry at Dublin Coffman High School. He recently took his General Biology students through a pGLO bacterial transformation lab. DePalma placed the students in small groups and arranged the groups in a circle in the classroom, allowing them to talk through each step before moving on. Out of the 16 groups that plated bacteria, 13 ended up with the transformed pGLO bacteria. “I was impressed with the su…

How healthy is your soil?

Jun 9, 2016
The River View FFA learned about soil health and soil testing thanks to the donation of a soil test kit from the Ohio Corn Education program. Students were able to take soil samples from various crop fields. Next, they determined the pH, nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus levels in the soil and analyzed the results to see if fertilizer needed to be added. Students also discussed how soil testing was important …

Cross-curricular study of book “The Martian” involves hands-on science

Jun 2, 2016
Jennifer Stallo teaches grades 11 and 12 at Live Oaks Career Development Campus. She recently won a soil test kit from Ohio Corn Education. Stallo used the kit with a student in a pilot program for a cross-curricular study. The study will be implemented on a larger scale in the next school year. The lesson unit revolves around the book “The Martian”. Both English and science classes would read the novel and …

Analyzing soil profile in the pit

May 21, 2016
Christina Howard, a Black River High School Agricultural Education Teacher, used Feed the World workshop lessons in a soils unit with her Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource (AFNR) and Animal and Plant Science classes. Students worked in a soil pit to analyze a soil profile four feet deep and three feet wide. While in the “pit,” students textured soil within each horizon, measured for erosion and depth, and identified any wate…

Free test kit yields soil information

May 17, 2016
Feed the World, sponsored by Ohio Corn Education, recently gave away free soil test kits. One of the winners was science teacher Ryan Allshouse of Findlay High School. Allshouse decided to end the year teaching about agriculture and food production versus population and the amount of arable land.   Allshouse explained, “I placed my Environmental Science students in groups and each group tested a different component: pH, nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium. The…

ATI visit: the country meets the city

May 12, 2016
On Thursday, March 24, rural agriculturalists encountered a peculiar experience they will never forget. Nearly 30 students from The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Ohio traveled to Cleveland to visit East Technical High School and George Washington Carver STEM School. Dr. Nathan Crook brought his Introduction to Agricultural Communications, Education, and Leadership students to visit urban Agricultural Education. The future leaders and educators of our beloved industry had their …

Inspired students make green strides in a Rust Belt city

May 10, 2016
Jeremy Grove teaches agriscience at East Technical High School in Cleveland. Here he talks about the impact of urban agriculture on his students and the city of Cleveland. “Two years ago I walked into a school in which nearly all of the students could not define “agriculture”. Their go-to foods include hot fries and chips, along with other snacks. All of their food comes from the corner liquor store and …

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