Another successful year of Science of Agriculture is in the books! This was the 16th year of the program hosted by the Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster, Ohio. Over the course of two days, October 17-18, we hosted over 700 middle school students from grades 6-8 with a goal igniting student’s passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The courses taught under the Agricultural Education umbrella are essential to students in many ways. It is our responsibility to educate youth on the importance of this time-honored industry and its professionals.
With the help of future agriculture teachers from The Ohio State University, students attended lessons focused on fun topics with titles like Creating Compost, Energy, Plants Get Sick, Too, and Nonliving Things Move. Students took part in several hands-on lessons that included tours of Secrest Arboretum, the Greenhouse Laboratory, and a visit to the Bug Zoo.
Science of Agriculture is made possible by numerous Ohio State University faculty, staff, volunteers, and future AgriScience Education pre-service teachers from the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).
OBIC appreciates all the wonderful feedback we received from teachers and parents of attendees. With the success of this year’s program, we look forward to planning next year’s Science of Agriculture. To see photos from Science of Agriculture 2017, check out our gallery here.
“I love the students from OSU conducting the workshops. They taught hands-on learning, and our young students relate to them”
“Thank you for organizing the Science of Agriculture program. My favorite session was the Bug Zoo because of all the cool bugs.”
“I appreciate all the work that went into organizing this wonderful opportunity. All the presenters did an excellent job. I'm so glad my son and I were able to participate.”