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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One of the favorite lab activities of the year!

Dec 18, 2019
Looking for an engaging activity to connect with AP Environmental Science? Catherine Howard at Stow-Munroe Falls High School used activities and supplies from the Feed the World workshop as part of the Earth’s Systems and Resources unit. This unit included a subsection on soil formation and properties of soil that she addressed primarily through a background reading assignment and the two-day lab. Howard provided students with soil from three different …

Working with future fuel!

Dec 9, 2019
Diesel engines such as trucks, tractors, and heavy motors rely on No. 2 diesel, commonly made from petroleum distillation, for power. A renewable substitute for fossil diesel is renewable diesel, which can be easily made from corn and other vegetable oils, animal fats, and waste grease through chemical reactions. Renewable diesel burns cleaner than its petroleum counterpart and is derived entirely from biological sources. It can be combusted in any diesel …

Sharing resources in Mansfield

Dec 9, 2019
Feed the World lead educator Heather Bryan recently visited OSU Mansfield associate professor of education Donna Farland-Smith’s classroom. Bryan shared Feed the World’s resources with pre-service teachers. The group also worked through the Feeding the World lesson. This lesson analyzes population growth and engages students in a simulation using subsistence farming, a labor-intensive method of farming used by the majority of farmers in the developing world to feed their families. …

The Future of Farming is Food, Fuel and Fiber

Nov 26, 2019
credit, Jeff Broin, Executive Chairman and CEO of POET, Vital magazine, Fall 2019 To say this year has been difficult for rural America would be an understatement. From low prices to trade disputes to unpredictable weather patterns, farmers have faced one of the toughest growing seasons in recent history. And the biofuels industry has been battling challenges hand-in-hand with agriculture. The excitement surrounding the approval of year-round E15 was swiftly met …

Reaching out at NSTA Cincinnati

Nov 21, 2019
Teachers at NSTA Cincinnati had the chance to hear all about Feed the World’s great resources! We talked to over 225 teachers at our booth. FTW alumni educators also presented workshop sessions at the conference. In Phenomenal Soils, presented by Pettisville High School teacher Donna Meller, 25 participants conducted three different soil tests to determine which of three soil samples would be most productive. In Macromolecules and Fuel?, Ohio Virtual Academy instructor …

Breeding Success

Nov 21, 2019
credit: Matt Thompson, Ethanol Producer magazine A new breed of corn, produced with the ethanol industry in mind, promises more corn oil yield and higher-protein distillers grains. Charlie Brown, CEO of Brownseed Genetics, says a lesson his dad taught him has been the guiding principle of his company. “My dad in the ’70s told me, if we as farmers made 10 more cents per bushel instead of 10 more bushels per acre, we c…

BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge

Nov 21, 2019
Corn is a source of renewable energy. Our Energy and ethanol unit covers ethanol production, start to finish. This challenge from the Department of Energy gives students more information about bioenergy and ways to share what they learn! This Challenge incorporates research, interpretation, synthesis, design, and collaboration skills, while participants use their creativity to illustrate their research findings. Today’s students are the nation’s future leaders, and one of thei…

BioClub takes learning outside

Nov 12, 2019
How does run-off affect water quality and biodiversity? Kelly Mikhail’s BioClub students at Worthington Christian High School wanted to find out! Mikhail recently attended the Ohio Corn & Wheat-sponsored Focus on Soil and Water Quality workshop and received supplies to use with her students. First, club officers set up an indoor stream, part of Feed the World’s Water quality unit, for members to identify and test water quality from two …

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