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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 …

Biotic sampling in Clear Fork’s land lab

Apr 20, 2016
A Feed the World workshop participant shares her experience with the curriculum: My name is Danielle Haydocy and I teach at Clear Fork High School in Bellville, OH. I am an Agricultural Education teacher and I teach AFNR (agriculture, food, and natural resources) and Agricultural Communications all year long. Also, in the fall I teach Natural Resources and in the spring I teach Biotechnology and Veterinary Science. I used many …

Getting the Dirt on Dayton School’s Soil

Apr 19, 2016
Joanne Vakil, Middle School Math and Science Teacher at Dayton Islamic School, won a soil test kit from Feed the World and Ohio Corn & Wheat. She describes how she used the kit with her students: “My seventh grade Science class had a wonderful time going outside and testing the soil. This was after a week’s worth of readings in our textbook about the formation and composition of soil, as we…

Feed the World activities in Landscape and Greenhouse Management classes

Mar 25, 2016
Beth Berthold is a Landscape and Greenhouse Management instructor at the Lorain County JVS in Oberlin. After attending a Feed the World workshop, she shared what she’d learned with her students. “This workshop gave me fresh ideas to integrate into my teaching after 11 years in the classroom.” Berthold’s students learned about: soil: Students were able to identify the different particles in soil by creating a soil column using mason jars…

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