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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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FTW alumni Allyssa McMullen WINS!!

Aug 23, 2016
Allyssa McMullen teaches at River View High School. She attended the 2015 Feed the World workshop. McMullen said the workshop provided useful tools and ideas for her classroom. “I was able to teach about the ethanol process and the students developed research projects based on that information. We also did some great hands-on lessons including soil testing and water quality monitoring that helped connect the students to the environment and helped …

Feed the World alum Mary Ann Hopple

Aug 19, 2016
Mary Ann Hopple of Athens City Schools attended the Feed the World workshop in 2015. She recently won a teacher kit worth $400, full of supplies to do the FTW labs in her classroom. Hopple found the FTW workshop materials helpful. “I used the water and soil tests to help my students better understand ‘real world’ science applications. I also used cards, inspired by a sorting activity done at the workshop, to h…

Trimble students test samples to assess soil quality

Jul 27, 2016
Christine Snoddy teaches sixth grade science and social studies at Trimble Middle School in Athens County, Ohio. After attending a Feed the World workshop for teachers, she presented a unit about soil. Snoddy said her goal was to simply introduce the students to what soil is, what nutrients make it healthy for plants, and its importance. “I used a booklet about soil produced by Nutrients for Life, which I received at…

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…

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