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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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Testing soil samples and learning about plants’ needs

Oct 2, 2018
Things won’t be “dull as dirt” anymore for the Ag, Food, and Natural Resources students in Jenna Meeks’s class at Southern High School. Meeks attended the Ohio Corn & Wheat-sponsored Feed the World two-day workshop and took great curriculum, activities, and supplies back to her classroom. Her objectives for the soil lesson were to help students identify soil-forming factors and explain how they produce variability in soils; and to collect, …

Feed the World lessons help prep students for Watershed Watch

Oct 2, 2018
Courtney Bockbrader, a Feed the World alumni educator, used the FTW water quality lessons to help prepare her students for a northern Ohio water monitoring initiative. Her Wildlife and Natural Resources class at Anthony Wayne High School used ditch water for the chemical tests and set up a stream simulation for macro-invertebrate identification. Bockbrader said, “It was a great practice for the Student Watershed Watch next week at the stream …

Checking fertilizer levels in Buckeye Lake

Sep 18, 2018
Scott Logsdon of Bexley High School had great things to say about Ohio Corn & Wheat’s 2 day summer workshop. “What a great summer workshop this was! Definitely a highlight for me and I am excited to see what you will offer this coming summer.” The Lawn Chemicals activity fit well with the AP Biology class discussion on deadzones, eutrophication and runoff. Logsdon had students do a lake attenuation and temperature …

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 …

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