State Summary 2015 — Pennsylvania
None reported for 2015
Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs
PA hosted our state AITC Educator's Ag Institute. There were 40 educators who participated. This was the first year with a revised format that allowed past participants to attend.
Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab - Completed 158nweek-long bookings in schools across PA and instructed 98,750 students through hands on science experiments related to agriculture. 78% of visits were at schools where program had been in previous years
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
98,750 students, grades k-8, were educated last year in the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab, with pre/post surveys showing an increase in Ag Literacy.
Pre/Post assessments of the 40 Ag Institute participants showed an increase in their ag awareness, as well as attitude towards agriculture.
Tonya Wible, Program Director of the PA Friends of Ag Foundation's Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab Program, is serving her 3rd year as PA State Contact for NAITC. Tonya's connection to PA AITC began in 1998 when she attended Pennsylvania's summer workshop. She returned the following year to serve as a presenter, and continued to present at the summer workshop until 2003, when she left the regular classroom to assist PA Farm Bureau's PA Friends of Foundation with the launch of their Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab program as a means of response to the growing need for agricultural education that its members were seeing. With a BS ED in Elementary Education and a BA in Psychology from Shippensburg University, she brought to the program not only 6 years of classroom experience from her time at Chambersburg Area School District, but also a strong connection to agriculture and its importance, as she grew up on a dairy farm in Chambersburg, PA. As Program Director, she oversees all aspects of the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab: from curriculum development, to promotion, to scheduling, to school in-services and teacher training, to expansion of the program. With a better understanding of NAITC's mission, Tonya and her colleagues within the PA Friends of Ag Foundation are working to incorporate all of their educational efforts as part of their NAITC programming, as well as expand the scope of the educational programs and resources they offer.