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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2021 — Arizona

State Contact

Ms. Ashley Jeffers-Sample Menges
University of Arizona
4341 E. Broadway Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85040
P: 602.827.8253

Innovative Programming Conducted and Educational Resources Developed

Three grants were awarded and the development of resources is currently underway and will be available later this year. Curriculum development for a LEGO robotics Agri-bots unit is also being developed. As well as a 4-H@Home unit called, "Designing a Virtual Farming System with XR."

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

Program Leader Biosketch

Gigette Webb is the Associate Area Agent for the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. She is an Ag and Natural Resources Agent with an emphasis on Agricultural STEM Literacy and School Garden Food Safety. Gigette has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction.

In her third year with the NAITC program, she works closely with the 11 members of her Ag Literacy Advisory Committee in administering a research-based, scientifically accurate program that utilizes current education pedagogy.

Gigette spent 23 years as an elementary teacher. Gigette also has a lifetime of experience in working as part of a family-owned and operated sheep operation since she was a young child. Growing up in a ranch family, Gigette has had the opportunity to combine her formal education with the day-to-day STEM experiences and passion that comes from working in the American Agricultural Industry.

The Summer Agricultural Institute (SAI) completed its 31st annual Institute and the Arizona Foundation for Agricultural Literacy is the funding source for SAI, teacher workshops and curriculum development for the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Agricultural Literacy & STEM Education program. In addition to the SAI, other major programs include the Arizona Agricultural Literacy Days, which is offered in the fall, UArizona School Garden Exchange, and statewide ag literacy outreach.