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Teachers all over the state and beyond are using Feed the World lessons with their students! See how other teachers are implementing this curriculum in their classrooms, learn about emerging agricultural topics and resources, and get the latest updates on our workshops and satellite activities.

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Hands-on encounter with soil

Sep 15, 2018
Jerry Swartz, an Agricultural Education Instructor and FFA Advisor, did the soil ribbon test and the pH test with his Eastwood High School sophomore Animal and Plant Science students. Swartz attended the two-day Ohio Corn & Wheat-sponsored Feed the World workshop last summer and learned about these and other curriculum. Swartz said, “They enjoyed the ribbon test. It gave them a chance to get dirty and learn the difference between …

GlenOak students learn from kit won in giveaway!

Jun 9, 2018
Limited school budgets make it difficult for teachers to provide materials to cover all science topics. Thanks to Ohio Corn & Wheat, GlenOak High School teacher Dori Hess received a free GFP kit to use with her AP biology students. Green fluorescent protein, or GFP, is extremely hydrophobic compared to bacterial proteins. Unique characteristics of GFP enable it to be purified from bacterial cell proteins using HIC columns. When placed …

GFP work: learning new skills, building confidence

May 29, 2018
Feed the World recently provided Bio-Rad GFP kits to ten lucky teachers. Erin Molden is a Biotechnology Instructor at Miami Valley CTC. She shares about how she used the kit with her junior Biotech students: In the fall semester my students spent a quarter learning about microbiology, DNA, and how to combine the two through bacterial transformation. They were successful in transforming bacteria with the pGLO plasmid resulting in glowing …

Studying water quality and creating art

May 15, 2018
Want to include some art in your science lessons? Springfield High School science teacher Terri Stewart used Feed the World lessons on water quality, then worked with art teacher Kathryn Higgins on a cross-curricular project. Stewart’s students did some testing of water samples from C.J. Brown Dam and Reservoir taken near the old International Harvester plant and Buck Creek near Snyder Park. Stewart said, “We talked about the industries …

Students see benefits of biotech

May 9, 2018
What’s not to like about the pGlo activity? Barry Tucker, a Great Oaks Career Campuses science teacher, used this lab with his general Biology classes as well as his CCP Biology classes. Tucker said, “Both sets of classes were quite excited and impressed when they saw the glowing bacteria, especially because they had done it themselves.” Tucker used these activities to fulfill his classroom objectives on the study of biotechnology …

From the ear to ethanol via enzymes

Apr 30, 2018
Want to see how your science students can work with ag-related fermentation and distillation? Jerry Vydra, a biology teacher at Mogadore High School, is a Feed the World workshop alumnus and an Ohio Corn & Wheat grant recipient. Here’s how he used Feed the World lessons and materials in his biology and environmental science classes. In our biology classes we learn how cells convert the energy in food molecules into …

Ohio Corn & Wheat grant provides distillation equipment

Apr 9, 2018
Mike Liston, an instructor at Tolles Career and Technical Center, used a $500 grant from Ohio Corn & Wheat to order distillation equipment. He had his career tech lab students work with Cathy Mehl’s chemistry students to do the corn mash and distillation lab. Feed the World alumni educator John Thomas, another Tolles instructor, was also present for most of the lab periods to provide assistance. The students made the corn …

Learning about the science of food

Mar 29, 2018
Helping connect the classroom to real-world science is one of Feed the World’s goals. Stacie Taylor of Bethel Tate High School used what she learned at the Ohio Corn & Wheat-sponsored summer Feed the World workshop with her biology students at Bethel Tate High School to help them understand how this science relates to agriculture. As part of the Heredity standards for high school biology, students learn that genes are …

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