Bioproducts Education & Outreach

OBIC SWT VanThe goals of OBIC's Educational program is to provide a means to bring bioproducts into classrooms, provide a vehicle for educators to meet rigorous academic content standards, address STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) goals, develop workforce skills, and inspire future innovators to develop sustainable solutions to global problems through hands-on, experiential learning.

We can influence the consumers of today by increasing the availability, accessibility, and purchasing of biobased products by facilitating retailer, manufacturer, and consumer interactions. We can influence the consumers of tomorrow and prepare them for future careers in a biobased economy through curriculum, professional development for educators, and experiential opportunities. Together, we can help consumers feel good about the products they use, the companies they support and the environment they leave behind.

Current Projects

Ohio Soy Sustainable Summer 2019

We are excited to announce that the OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center is collaborating with the Ohio Soybean Council again this year to bring you the Ohio Soy Sustainable Summer. In May 2019, OBIC will begin the state-wide outreach and education tour, conducting activities designed to educate consumers about the emerging bioeconomy and soybean industries. The Ohio Soy Sustainable Summer will be attending county fairs, STEM camps, Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum, and many more events this summer. Look for the Sustainable World tour van at an event near you and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @OhioBioproducts to see our staff traveling across Ohio and interacting with consumers like you. Use the hashtag #BiobasedLifestyle to see what others are doing to support our mission.

Past Projects

Science of Agriculture 2018 

Science of Agriculture has successfully completed its 17th year! The two-day program is hosted by the Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster, Ohio and was attended by almost 500 middle school students. The goal of the event is to ignite students’ passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Read more here...


Farm Science Review 2018

A total of 108,074 visitors attended the 56th annual Farm Science Review at Molly Caren Agricultural Center, over the span of three days, in the third week of September. Between watching the field demonstrations and checking out some of the 600 commercial exhibitors, visitors were able to test their BioSmarts at the OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center’s display, located in the Energy Tent. Read more here…


Ohio Soy Sustainable Summer 2018

During the summer of 2018, the OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center travelled over 4,500 miles of Ohio’s highways and rural backroads, all in the name of sustainability. With support from the Ohio Soybean Council, OBIC conducted the Ohio Soy Sustainable Summer education and outreach program at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum and 22 of Ohio’s county fairs. Read more here…


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